Kate Ross

Kate Ross

Director

Kate has been working in Recruitment since 1994 and in 1997 Kate saw a gap in the market and established Kinetic Recruitment in Wellington because she felt an innovative, forward thinking approach was missing. The success in Wellington enabled her to replicate a high-quality recruitment and career management service in the Auckland market. 

Ten years down the track and Kate developed and helped in the design of the Swivel Careers programme. After seeing a vast amount students come to her agency looking for jobs with absolutely no direction she decided it was time to get our future leaders up to scratch and looking for jobs they were passionate about.

She is proud to offer a tailor-made, quality service that allows our young people to choose their own direction in life.

Pip Mehrtens

Pip Mehrtens

General Manager

Pip’s life mission is to make a positive difference in the world by being in it. After helping Kiwis become healthier and more environmentally-aware during her tenure with Healthy Life Media, moving into the youth space was a natural next step.

Having coached her daughter through the tumultuous teenage years, and being a mentor in the YWCA 4-year Future Leaders programme (year 10-13), she understands the pressures teenagers face. She is passionate about helping them believe in themselves, while being empathetic, respectful and kind to others.

Pip is incredibly proud of the programme Swivel Careers delivers, and as an accredited Swivel Careers Coach, she both leads the Swivel team as General Manager and works 1:1 with students to empower them with self-belief and find career paths that allow them to truly shine.

Linda Henderson

Linda Henderson

Head of Careers and Development

With more than 25 years’ experience managing, mentoring and coaching people of all ages, Linda is as passionate about coaching students as she is about training and mentoring our coaching team. She’s been an integral part of the growth and development of Swivel, bringing a fresh, holistic approach to the programme and has coached over 650 students to find their ideal career path.

Linda works one-on-one with students, building meaningful relationships to ensure students are left feeling empowered and motivated. Linda is 100% committed to the students she works with, and that means listening to, understanding and supporting them, no matter what stage of life they’re at.

Before Swivel Careers, Linda worked at senior management level in the arts and retail sectors and spent seven years as CEO at an industry level. She has coached and mentored business owners and senior managers to optimise the performance of their teams through career development and management.

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson

Career Coach

Prior to joining Swivel, Kate held Senior Human Resources and consulting roles in large corporate environments which she draws on this practical experience to help students consider their potential fit in the world of work.

Her coaching style is supportive and encouraging, as well as practical, positive and focused on results.  With a keen interest in positive psychology, Kate focuses on helping students to feel motivated, empowered and confident to take the big and small steps towards a successful career. 

She loves helping people of all ages to identify and leverage their unique strengths to map out a career path and career goals they can feel excited about.

Kate is a certified career and leadership coach with qualifications in Career Development as well as Positive Psychology and Well-being.

Debbie Smith

Debbie Smith

Career Coach

Debbie has always had a desire to help others, but with no career advice, it took her a long time to find her true passion. When she became a student advisor at polytechnic and realised many students were enrolling in degrees and diplomas without any career knowledge, she completed a Diploma in Career Guidance. This is when her dream to support and guide young people before they left school began. 

She has worked for the last 13 years in the tertiary sector leading the highly successful STAR and Trades Academy programmes that are designed for secondary school students to experience various career pathways. 

Debbie believes when we are in the right career where our dreams, purpose and abilities align – we have the motivation and drive to be our best selves.

Jessica McLaren

Jessica McLaren

Operations Coordinator

Jessica brings a wealth of customer service experience to the Swivel team, which coupled with her operational skills ensures the cogs of the team keep moving. Having a passion for innovation and systems, Jess is always seeking the most efficient and effective way to work as a business, Nationwide.  Jess enjoys the fact that no one day is the same dealing with Students, Schools and Parents alike means that she can use her diverse skill set.  Seeing students thrive when they know their desired career path is why Jess does what she does.

Ghada Vanderpool

Ghada Vanderpool

Digital Specialist

Ghada is an award winning digital marketer with 20 years experience in the Canadian, US and New Zealand market. She is a strategic marketer who enjoys working as a part of a team/.

Leading multiple social media and marketing campaigns ranging from website redevelopments through to social advertising campaigns and ongoing digital campaigns.  

With a Bachelor of Education, she will always be an educator at heart. Swivel allows her to combine her expertise in the digital space with her love of coaching and teaching others. 

Mikayla Tuiavii

Mikayla Tuiavii

Marketing Coordinator

Mikayla has joined the team after recently completing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Management at Victoria University. She has a passion for marketing and creating eye catching content. Throughout her studies she gained some great skills, and is excited to be able to put them to use as Marketing Coordinator at Swivel Careers.

With her strong attention to detail and creative flair, Mikayla is always creating and developing new content for Swivel. Give her anything and she can make it look slick! 

Claire Fourie

Claire Fourie

Management Accountant

Claire has a broad range of accounting knowledge gained from working in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Her passion is analysing the numbers and providing meaningful detailed information for business owners around efficiencies and growth.

Having a variety of experience, Claire joins the team with a wealth of knowledge,  strong attention to detail and love of numbers,  making her perfect fit for her role as Management Accountant.