Founder & Managing Director
Phone: +64 (0)21 808 256
Johnny founded Customise in 2008, following seven years of hands-on and business management roles throughout the UK, Ireland and Australia. His vision was to create a new model of recruitment and HR consulting practice made up of only the most talented, experienced specialists and empower them to succeed, for their benefit and that of everyone they interact with.
As the Managing Director of Customise, Johnny provides leadership and strategic direction to a growing team of Partners. He supports the team across all areas of the business and is also still involved in the recruiting of specific roles, having sourced for senior positions globally from the EU and APAC. One of Johnny's passions is his desire to continue to encourage the growth of the unique culture of empowerment and fulfilment for the team at Customise. His vision for Customise and its people is to grow the largest team of empowered recruitment and search specialists in NZ who love what they do.
Reputed for his down-to-earth yet professional approach, Johnny is often asked to consult on strategies surrounding talent attraction and execution, operational business management, and senior level recruitment.
Outside of Customise, Johnny is an active road motorcycle enthusiast, sailing, the great outdoors, food & wine, humanitarian adventure travel and the odd pint of Guinness.
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Johnny has been a champion. Recruiting often requires patience and diplomacy in bringing two parties together. I have experienced Johnny's ability as a job seeker and as a recruiter, and fully endorse his ability to manage the process and deliver a successful outcome. He is enthusiastic, provides continual communication and delivers on time.
Pete Young | Head Of Technology Procurement at Telecom New Zealand
I have successfully engaged exclusively with Customise to source candidates for consulting and project delivery roles. I have been consistently impressed with the high standard of professionalism, dedication and focus delivered by Customise throughout the process and also with the results achieved. I have no hesitation recommending Customise Recruitment to anyone looking for a new role or recruiting for talent.
Chris Murphy | Director at Businessflow Limited
Johnny is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and professional. When I needed some professional advice, he gave me lots of valuable ideas and assistance.
Ronnie Cheung | Recruitment Advisor at SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited
Johnny's enthusiasm, determination and strong empathy are a huge asset to everyone he engages with. His technological flair, commercial nous and integrity contribute to the success of Customise, it's Partners and Clients.
John Buchanan | Financial Adviser - Spicers NZ
Johnny is an expert in his field. He has a friendly, facilitative approach to dealing with both employers and candidates. Johnny and his team of specialists offer unique solutions to source top talent. For candidates he helps guide them through the process and makes sure they are placed in positions which fit them and maximise their potential. I recommend Customise to my associates for their recruitment needs and use their services for all of ours.
Jon Purdey | MD Edge Group
I have known Johnny at a business level since he arrived in Auckland in 2006. He has always been excellent to deal with. He was insightful and accurate in introducing a suitable equity partner to our rapidly expanding business. Our requirements were for a very specific personality and skill-set to provide a meaningful contribution to our business, Johnny was able to meet these requirements precisely and within a short time frame. Johnny is a professional operator and expert in finding the right people and fit for growing businesses.
Jonathon Leonard | Shareholder - Layaway Holidays
I feel Customise Talent are a very committed team that really know their stuff. Johnny built rapport so quickly. Very friendly but professional at the same time, you feel like you are with a friend even though you only have just met the guy.
Very honest, straight to the point, not a lot of fluff. You get a sense you are dealing with a very professional team and everyone knows what they doing. I was really impressed by the whole experience.
As a hiring manager I will definitely work with you guys.
Mark Bowers | A "Pole Position" GM Appointment