Introducing the new RCSA NZ Council members
Changes in the line-up at the New Zealand RCSA Council will see Troy Turner, Darren Hawkins and Aaron Fear-Ross come on board as members. Between them, the trio bring vast experience in recruitment and staffing to the council. Read below to learn more about them.
Troy Turner is co-founder and managing partner of Inside Recruitment, which specialises in filling leadership and specialist positions across executive, government, contracting and search recruitment. He believes in remaining at the forefront of people and account engagement, opening doors and connecting people wherever he can.
How long have you been in recruitment/HR and how long have you been a member of RCSA? I started my career in 2001 with what was Morgan and Banks in Wellington in the Accounting and Finance Contracting Team.
What do you like most about working in this sector? I really like helping people. A person’s career is a big decision, that sits alongside the likes of buying a house and having a family. In recruitment you can really make a measurable difference to people and their wider family.
What topic of conversation brings out your passionate streak? Being #1You. I love helping people think about personal purpose in advance of career.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Every dollar you save, is a dollar you don’t have to earn.
What is your favourite interview question? Tell me about your passions and interests outside of work?
What’s your claim to fame or one thing that we should know about you? I rode a motorbike to primary school in Taranki, via an old main road, which is unthinkable now.
Aaron Fear-Ross is general manager of Stat Recruitment, which is at the forefront of medical recruitment in Australia and New Zealand. With a resume boasting client services, account and project management at a senior level both in New Zealand and overseas, Aaron was operations manager at STAT Recruitment before moving into the GM’s role.
How long have you been in recruitment/HR and how long have you been a member of RCSA? Nine years to all of the above, I started with STAT Recruitment in 2010 after returning from living in the UK where I worked in the telecom industry in a range of roles.
What do you like most about working in this sector? The people and that includes the clients, candidates, others in the industry and of course my team. Everybody is driven to making other people’s lives better by making great matches so that people can work where they want, when they want and for who they want. It’s brilliant.
What topic of conversation brings out your passionate streak? Teamwork, especially over the last 18 months since I have taken on the General Manager role at STAT Recruitment. Working with people to encourage everybody to have an opinion, to work towards an agreed goal and to actively create the type of environment that they want to work in. It’s incredibly exciting and satisfying to see this approach working on a day to day basis
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? To “take a breath and choose to respond rather than react”, although, when I was given the advice it was more along the lines of ‘everybody has their own shit going on, think about that’ which had more impact at the time. It’s something that I have to school myself on every day and still don’t always get right, I think that will be a constant work in progress.
What is your favourite interview question? As I’m not a “recruiter” myself, rather I run a recruitment company, I can only refer to the questions that I ask when I seek out new additions to my own team. With that in mind, I always find the answer to the question ‘when thinking of your past xxx roles, what did you consistently like about all of them’ as I find that it makes the candidate stop and think and that this leads quite nicely into what type of environment they like to work within.
What’s your claim to fame or one thing that we should know about you? I have played canoe polo for over 30 years, represented in and coached New Zealand teams at Oceania level and coached national level teams for Great Britain at World Championships level.
Darren Hawkins is strategic Business Development Manager with Kelly Services, which specialises in recruitment for office support, industrial, trades, contact centres and government sectors. A recruitment specialist with more than 30 years operational and sales experience, Darren works with companies to design bespoke recruitment solution packages.
How long have you been in recruitment/HR and how long have you been a member of RCSA? I started in recruitment in March 1986 as an Industrial Consultant. Due to international movement I have only ever benefited from corporate membership (AU/NZ). I was a member of the UK’s REC for many years.
What do you like most about working in this sector? As a sales professional, I take a lot of pride speaking about the professionalism we promote and work towards in the industry, and love to dispel some of the negativity I receive on sales meetings. In my many years of operational experience – watching / supporting young consultants develop their careers, also showing clients how working in partnership can really benefit their business.
What topic of conversation brings out your passionate streak? Football (soccer) is my passion and I am a life-long Leeds United supporter. Travel and family are my other great loves.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Recruitment is a marathon not a sprint, and favours work ethic over academia.
What is your favourite interview question? Tell me your worst professional experience, how it happened and what you learned from it.
What’s your claim to fame or one thing that we should know about you? One thing you should know- I am possibly the most driven, competitive, energetic person most people say they have met. As a family, we have lived in the UK, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and now Auckland (in the last five years). I have completed the London Marathon, Climbed the UK’s four highest mountains and also been to the top of Uluru (Ayers Rock).