Kate Ross

Kate Ross


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.

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.

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.

Nicky Rennie

Nicky Rennie

Relationship Manager

Nicky has always had an interest in people and communication. From an early age, she only ever wanted to be a broadcaster and has more than fulfilled that goal with an award-winning 30-year career in radio.

As well as broadcasting, Nicky has also been a columnist for newspapers and magazines, a motivational speaker and an MC. Prior to coming to Swivel, she spent four years running her own national marketing and events company helping fine-tune businesses and their messages to the market. Nicky is passionate about effective communication, creativity and encouraging people to project their best self to the world. 

Spending seven years as Assistant Manager/Matron in the boarding house environment, Nicky has both the knowledge and understanding of pastoral care and the unique benefits and pressures this puts on students and their parents.

We have an incredibly high education standard in New Zealand. Nicky is really excited to be working with our schools and students to ensure that the young people who complete our programme are not just ready to take on the world, but to conquer it.

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.

Claire Fourie

Claire Fourie

Management Accountant