Hard Hat Recruits – New Zealand’s Fastest Growing Construction and Infrastructure Skilled Recruitment Specialists.

Our founder, Stuart Gill, with his experience, commitment and passion for the business, has set out to create a recruitment service that does more than just bring together the right people with the right jobs. He offers the skilled hard hat industry a total recruitment solution that spans from the detail to the bigger picture. Hard Hat Recruits is an organisation with a clear and simple mission; to deliver services, skills and talent to where it is needed in a timely and cost-effective manner. The mission is easy to write, but it takes an organisation with the commitment and calibre of the Hard Hat team to deliver on it.

Client testimonial –

“We were sceptical when first approached for work by the Hard Hat team as there are many companies competing for business. They stood out from the crowd from the initial discussions through to placing the right candidates and the aftercare – Stuart and the team recognise people are not numbers, but critical success factors on projects so keen to work with Hard Hat where possible.” – Duncan B.

Meet the team

Stuart Gill
Bsc (Hons), CMIOSH, CPMSIA,
RSP Aust.
Director
sgill@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 280 4476
Our founder, Stuart Gill, with his experience, commitment and passion for the business, has set out to create a recruitment service that does more than just bring together the right people with the right jobs. He offers the skilled hard hat industry a total recruitment solution that spans from the detail to the bigger picture. Hard Hat Recruits is an organisation with a clear and simple mission; to deliver services, skills and talent to where it is needed in a timely and cost-effective manner. The mission is easy to write, but it takes an organisation with the commitment and calibre of the Hard Hat team to deliver on it.

Stuart studied at the Construction Department of Nottingham Trent University (UK) graduating with a BSc (Hons) Degree in Health, Safety and Environmental Management. He has subsequently spent many years working across the UK and Australasia within the Construction, Rail and Transport Industries. Stuart and his wife Alison established edenfx HSE Recruitment in 2007 recruiting in the highly specialised risk management discipline.

Over time and as a result of clients wider recruitment needs, Stuart created Hard Hat Recruits which now supports the construction, infrastructure and built environment.

Stuart has a natural insight into the corporate staffing challenges that organisations face and has an ethos that centres on an honest and knowledgeable approach, believing that a good reputation is hard won, but easily lost. In addition to maintaining routine business operations, Stuart is responsible for driving continuous improvement to ensure Hard Hat Recruits delivers an exceptional service to candidates and clients.

When not at work Stuart has a love of anything outdoors and although his active rugby days are now long gone, he can be found at the local gym, swimming pool or running around Auckland somewhere.

Alison Gill CMIOSH, MRCSA, MInstD
Managing Director
agill@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 282 3156
Alison is the Managing Director at Hard Hat Recruits bringing 25+ years experience to a challenging and highly competitive technical recruitment environment. Alison’s background is as a Chartered Safety Practitioner and is a founding Director of our highly successful sister company, edenfx HSE Recruitment.

Alison has a particular interest in Corporate Social Responsibility whereby organisations consider the interests of society by taking responsibility for the impact of their activities on customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, communities and other stakeholders, as well as the environment.

The services at both Hard Hat Recruits and edenfx HSE Recruitment are delivered through this concept. Great service is the norm – give us a call.

 

 
Cath Fournier
Recruitment Manager
Cath@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 282 3156
Having worked across a range of sectors, Cath has gathered broad business knowledge with a strong focus on staffing and resource management.

With Cath working closely with industries requiring future workforce planning and skills development, including some of New Zealand’s top multimedia companies and government agencies, moving into specialist recruitment became a natural progression of her work.

Specialising in high demand and hard to resource skill sets, Cath is right in the middle of what she does best. In many of Cath’s previous roles, engaging and motivating people and technologies were critical to success.

Cath believes firmly that it is the right individual that makes the difference, and it is this approach that she brings to recruitment. Every role, every brief, is unique and requires a bespoke approach to finding the essential candidate to meet those needs.

Cath’s ‘whatever it takes’ attitude means there is no challenge too big or too pear shaped. When her hands aren’t full with juggling jobs, the kids, the husband and the dog – you can find her at the movies… with a glass of wine in hand.

 
Amber Roche
Recruitment Consultant
Amber@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 282 3156

Having stepped out of a large generic recruitment environment, Amber is now enjoying a more highly focussed relaxed style of a specialist boutique environment. Ambers expert is in all that covers Utilities, Construction and Engineering New Zealand wide.

Amber gets great satisfaction in making dreams come true for candidates and hiring managers.

In her spare time, Amber loves spending time with her family and friends and being a wine connoisseur. Always up for a challenge, she’s been known to kick off her heels and don some PPE every once in a while.

 
Anahera Blackbourn
Hard Hats Executive Assistant
Anahera@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 282 3156

Ana is our administration guru behind the scenes and offers dynamic customer service skills to our Hard Hat Recruits team. She assists customers and clients through the complete recruitment process with her friendly, calm and collected manner.

She has worked in varied industries predominantly dealing with and managing people from Early Childhood, Self-Employment, Personal Training and spent 10 years as a Police Constable. She enjoys the recruitment industry as it supports her people skills.

In her spare time, you will find Ana working around the farm, giving The Block NZ a run for their money with her latest house renovations, or sneaking a good book to read with her feet up and cuppa in hand.

 

Fleur Townsend
Accounts Department
accounts@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 282 3156

Fleur works part time and is in the office Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Fleur is our in-house Xero expert and provides all accounts payable/receivable support for our clients and our team.  She also looks after the payroll function, giving her an automatic win for the ‘Office Favourite’ title.

The rest of her spare time is spent looking after her two boys, going for walks, spending time at the beach or watching a lot of sport!

Kathy Fandam
Recruitment Manager
kathyf@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 320 4431

With 20 years solid recruitment experience in the Trade, Technical and Engineering industries throughout New Zealand Kathy will always be able to assist with sourcing ‘hard to find’, highly skilled candidates.

Kathy has developed long-standing relationships and a trusted reputation with both clients and candidates based on her industry knowledge and successful service delivery, benefiting all parties.

Kathy strives to deliver the highest possible level of service and professionalism and you can expect her service to be, personalised, direct and honest. Life of the party, Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, riding pillion with her hubby on the Motorbike and getting out on the water.

Donna Masters
Office Manager and EA to Alison Gill
Donna@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 972 0730

Donna has been in administration for over 20 years and for the last 12 years has worked alongside some business leaders as a Personal Assistant/Executive Assistant. Having worked in a range of industries her broad knowledge and organisational skills help to provide edenfx clients and candidates with the knowledge that they are in safe hands. Now as Group EA she keeps Alison in line, provides support to the Directors of edenfx and Hard Hat Recruits and also manages the day to day running of the offices in Silverdale.

Known for her love of heels (we have never seen the same pair twice), Donna loves to shop with a capital S and is otherwise spotted on the beach  or in her tinny trying to master the age-old kiwi art of fishing.

Maureen Jackson
Executive Assistant
Maureen@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 280 4476

Maureen (Mo) has been in administration for over 20 years predominantly in PA roles in a variety of industries, both large and small.  She brings huge energy to the team and every day sees her with a smile on her face.

In her down-time she enjoys hanging out with her two children (until they outgrow that), swimming in the ocean and rainy days will find her at the movies.

Bex Watkin
Para-Recruitment Consultant
Bex@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 282 3156

Bex is new to the recruiting game with a background in communications. Quick on her feet and picking up the recruiting business expeditiously, she has brought a fresh set of arms to a very busy agency.

Full-time recruiter and part time salt water enthusiast – if she’s not at the office, you can find her at the beach.

 

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Bill Powell
Chairman
info@hardhatrecruits.co.nz
T: +64 9 424 8367

Bill has been an Independent Advisor to the Board since 2010; we are delighted to have his wisdom and commercial acumen as Chairman of the Board.   Bill has over 40 years New Zealand Business experience in all major sectors, and was the Australian and New Zealand Managing Director of the DIC Group from Japan for over 25 of those 40 years.

Affiliations/sponsorships

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Hard Hat Recruits Directors Stuart Gill and Alison Gill are members of Civil Contractors New Zealand (CCNZ) – Representing members in the civil engineering, construction and general contracting sectors
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Hard Hat Recruits is affiliated with The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). IPENZ represents engineers from all disciplines, aiming to promote and advance the profession and serve the wider community.
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Our team are registered members of the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (Australia & New Zealand). Our recruitment consultants follow the RCSA Code for Professional Conduct. Following the Code for Professional Conduct means that RCSA Member practices are always of the highest standard.
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Hard Hat Recruits Director, Alison Gill is an individual member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand
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Hard Hat Recruits Director, Alison Gill is an individual member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand

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