About Aspire Executive Search

Aspire has assisted in the executive appointments of great leaders who have gone on to have a significant and measurable impact on business performance, both in New Zealand companies and overseas.

We’re admired for our meticulous and insightful approach to understanding our clients’ needs; and we’re passionate about the difference great leaders can make to an organisation.

We’re proud of our reputation, our relationships, and the difference we make to enable both businesses and leaders to grow. Our returning clients are testament to our exceptional service.

Our Previous Executive Appointments

We have facilitated executive appointments in New Zealand, Silicon Valley, and the UK. Our executive search spans a broad range of organisations, from NZX listed corporates and software companies, to financial services start-ups and industrial manufacturing.

Deputy Chairman
Vice President of Engineering
Senior Vice President Product (US based)
Senior Vice President Sales (US based)
Chief Marketing Officer (US based)
Chief Financial Officer
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Strategic Advisor

NZX Listed Software Company

Chief Financial Officer

New Zealand's Largest Food Retailer

Chief Information Officer
Head of Customer Analytics

New Zealand’s Largest Life Insurer

Senior Vice President, Engineering

VC Backed US Software Company

Non-Executive Director
Human Resources Director
Marketing and Retail Development Director

Listed Global Retail/Franchise (Food)

Chief Operating Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Financial Officer

NZX/ASX Listed Software Company

Chief Executive Officer

Financial Services Advocacy Organisation

Chief Financial Officer

NZ Industrial Manufacturing

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Customer Officer
Independent Directors (3)

Financial Services Company

Director of Sales

NZ Software Company

Executive General Manager – Commercial and Distribution
Executive General Manager – Personal Insurance
Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing
Executive Manager – Claims Assessment

ASX Listed General Insurer

Executive Manager – Claims, Underwriting and Product
General Manager – Marketing and Product
Chief Risk Officer

ASX Listed Life Insurer

Sales Director

Global FMCG Distributor

NZ Country Manager / Vice President Software Delivery

NYSE Listed Payments Software

General Counsel
Chief Product Officer

Fintech Startup

Executive Director

Not-for-Profit Arts OrganisationPro bono

Chief Executive Officer
Board Directors (2)

Not-for-profit health advocacy organisationPro bono

Marketing Director

Market Research / Software

Head of Operational Risk and Compliance

New Zealand Bank

Executive Director

Financial Services Membership Organisation

Director of Information Technology
Director Client Strategy

Leading New Zealand Law Firm

Chief Data Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Software Engineering Team

Software Startup

Non-Executive Directors (4)
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer
Head of Communications

Financial Services Startup

Board Directors (2)

New Zealand Member Organisation

Pro Bono Appointments

We believe strong leaders make all the difference in the not-for-profit sector, but financial constraints mean many New Zealand not-for-profit organisations lack the resources to apply a robust search methodology when appointing key Executives.

Aspire is committed to contributing the best way we can, by providing one pro bono executive search engagement to a not-for-profit organisation each year. If you are a not-for-profit organisation wishing to register your interest in this programme, please contact us for an initial confidential discussion.

Pro Bono Testimonials

“The Aspire team helped build Simplicity a fabulous Trust Board, which will choose and distribute millions to worthy charities. They did the heavy lifting in identifying, filtering and interviewing a diversified group of Trustees, who all give their time and hearts to Simplicity.

They liaised extremely efficiently and enthusiastically with all parties, and gave our charitable purpose an extremely successful start. They can almost sell Simplicity better than we can!

Scott and the team were simply a joy to work with.”

Sam Stubbs, Managing Director, Simplicity

“Kea is grateful to the Aspire team for helping renew our Board of Directors as we continue to build the “Borderless Nation” of New Zealand around the world.

Aspire ran a great process, understanding what we needed and identifying a (very) long list of amazing candidates.

With their responsive, high-touch style, Aspire helped us quickly identify the best new Directors for Kea. We are excited with the outcome of the process that Aspire led for us.”

Phil Veal, Chairman, Kea

“Emma and Scott at Aspire Executive Search took the time to genuinely understand who we are as an organisation, where we are heading and what kind of individual would be our successful candidate. The support for the entire process from the pre-briefing to the final appointment and all the million and one things in between, was exceptional.

Emma facilitated robust discussion and challenged the Board’s thinking. We are absolutely delighted with our new Chief Executive and cannot thank Emma and Scott enough.

The level of care, commitment, integrity and professionalism to the recruitment process we experienced, is second to none.

I would highly recommend Aspire Executive Search.”

Jemini Patel, Chair, National Foundation for the Deaf

“Emma and Scott gave the Trust their undivided attention during the entire process; from their pre-briefing sessions with the trustees, which served to coalesce the board’s thinking around the capabilities and skills needed from a successful candidate, to the decision on the final appointment. They treated both the board and all the applicants professionally and with respect throughout and played a pivotal role in facilitating the process for everyone involved, including challenging the board in its thinking processes around the appointment, adding significant value and depth to the decision making.

The Trust is delighted with the appointment of our new director, and recognises that this is in no small way due to the skills, professionalism, warmth and empathy which both Emma and Scott brought to the search.”

Cynthia Smith, Chair, McCahon House Trust