Leanne Bell Engage with us | Become a partner

Partner | Talent Acquisition Specialist

Email: leanne@customisetalent.com
Phone: +64 21 622 922

Leanne is a former director of a large NZ recruitment agency and prior to becoming a Partner in Customise, she owned and operated her own boutique specialised agency for 10 years. She is a firm believer in operating with integrity and a strong work ethic and never fails to offer candidates and clients an outstanding degree of service and professionalism. With over 20 years industry experience, Leanne also adds huge value and energy to the Customise team.

Leanne takes the time to understand the goals and ambitions, culture, values, passions and personalities of the people she engages with. What she's learnt is that hiring Managers are busy people and it takes 'time' to recruit the best person for the job, and that's where she comes in. She sees it as an investment, and it's natural to fear hiring the wrong person, but by engaging exclusively with her she will take that stress off your hands.

What's important to her? Honesty, integrity, transparency, compassion, having fun and ensuring she has a good work life balance by spending quality time with family and friends. She is passionate about personalising recruitment, working intuitively and 'keeping it real'.

Engage exclusively with Leanne to leverage into her wealth of experience across Sales & Marketing related roles.


  1. Over the past ten-years I have utilized the services of Leanne Bell to source talent for leadership and commercial roles across the Asia Pacific Region. Whilst with Microsoft APAC, I engaged the services of Leanne and her team to service all of our key recruitment requirements for the New Zealand MSN business which I believe contributed significantly to the success of the brand in growing market share and profitability. Leanne is incredibly connected to the market's best talent, astute in terms of overall business outcomes and always conducts herself in a manner which has both candidates and clients develop a strong loyalty to her services. In an industry where I have found integrity and professionalism often lacking, Leanne has created a brand and reputation that is founded on just that, integrity, honesty and an approach that sustains long-term successful relationships. I can recommend Leanne and her services to any corporation or candidate as an exceptional operator who always makes doing business enjoyable and productive. (Kerry is the former General Manager, Microsoft Advertising and Publishing, APAC)

    Kerry McCabe - Managing Director, RadiumOne APAC | Formerly General Manager, Microsoft Advertising and Publishing, Asia Pacific

  2. I have had the pleasure of working with Leanne both in my own career development and in the establishment of my sales teams over the past 10 years. Leanne has proved time and time again that she has an innate understanding of potential employees that will not only fit with my work ethic and personality but also that of my team's. Leanne is a trusted advisor and makes it her obligation to understand you and your business in order to get the best results. I would have no hesitation in referring Leanne's skillset to find you the right candidate and next employment opportunity.

    Cameron Taylor | General Manager - oOh! Media New Zealand

  3. I can recommend Leanne unreservedly. I have worked with Leanne for over ten years now, and she has consistently sourced top quality candidates for me, that in many cases have been able to work for me in more than one company. Her strength is her ability to thoroughly interpret a brief and the real requirements of a role, and then overlay that on an intuitive understanding of the culture of the team and the business. Her acumen in this has resulted in a high success rate for me, from graduates, to sales team, to senior management. Leanne is a true professional, and most importantly, delivers!

    Charles Miller | Mailshop Limited l General Manager

  4. Back in 2003 after graduation, I struggled to find work for 5 months. During this time I applied to at least 100 roles only to be rejected without an interview. It was a hard time for me and my self-esteem got worse and worse and I felt like my degree was fast becoming a waste of time. I then got a call from Leanne in reply to a role I applied for and we arranged an interview time. When I met with Leanne, she gave me some wise words of advice - to the point I think she may even have told me that I needed new shoes! After our meeting she sent me on my first client interview with the NZ Herald for a co-ordinator position. That role (which I was successful in landing) was the first step of what is now a (relatively) long media career. I went on to work for Advertising Agencies TVNZ, MTV and Mediacom. I want to finally say a huge thank you to Leanne for getting me into the industry, especially when I was having such a hard time - she is a fantastic recruiter!

    Rita Steel | Account Director - Pandora Radio NZ

  5. I was referred to Leanne a few years ago and she was great in her consultation as a Recruiter as I transitioned senior management roles. She was adept at matching my skill set to employer specific needs and positions. The time taken was minimal as the match was strategic, methodical and done with a smile. My first meeting with the client was a match! The success ratio of 100% was down to Leanne's wide network of contacts across a broad range of industries. As both a client and candidate I know she uses a thorough vetting process that can only benefit employer and employee and this is a compelling advantage in today's time sensitive world. I highly recommend Leanne and know you'll enjoy the recruitment process.

    Michael Tamati | NZ Business Development Manager - Sims Pacific Metals

  6. Leanne was just so down-to-earth, refreshing and willing to help. Leanne was the first and only recruitment consultant I worked with and I literally finished one Friday and then resumed temp work one week later - how easy was that? I was very nervous about venturing into the workforce after feeling "institutionalised" from working for 14 years for the same organisation. Leanne's calm but firm reassurance made my "leap of faith" so easy. Plus we had a great connection from the very first meeting with lots in common. I have recommended her to a number of my colleagues who were also dis-established because I think she is incredibly professional, mature, a great "reader of people" and she keeps in contact, something I witnessed with other dis-established colleagues rarely happened with other recruitment agencies. Leanne is a fantastic consultant and a credit to Customise Consulting.

    Louise Gordon | Event Manager

  7. Leanne was great, picked a role for me. Coached me on the interview and kept me updated.

    Tony Rew | SHEC Projects Manager

  8. Leanne has been awesome from start to finish. Great consultant, great company!

    Tony Afendoulis | Trading Representative

  9. From the first point of contact with Leanne I felt comfortable and confident that she would help me get the role I had applied for. She made the whole process effortless and was always available to answer my questions. Thanks for your help to get me the role easily and quickly!

    Tracy | Demand Planner

  10. Leanne is a very professional recruiter. She is extremely knowledgeable about the market and is a great communicator. Leanne does an excellent job and I seriously couldn't fault her service. I will continue to work with Leanne in the future and would fully recommend her to find you the right employees for your company.

    Darren Kelly - REINZ - January 2017

  11. Leanne was thorough in her explanation of the role and assisted in all areas. She followed up and managed to secure me the role within a few days....impressive!

    Kathy | Client Services - Packaging Specialist

  12. I valued the honest communication I had with Leanne, from discussing my skills to feedback on my interviews, she added value the whole way. And to make it even better I never felt like I was waiting for a call, she promptly reached out every step of the way. The best recruiter experience I have had ever!

    Melisa Shore | Head of Sales

  13. Leanne is an absolute "Rock Star" and a credit to Customise Talent. She is professional, talented and savvy and I trust her 100% to find me the most suitable candidate because she is proactive and has incredible intuition. I wouldn't consider using any other agency because of her innate ability to get the personality / company match spot-on! I will definitely work with Leanne on future assignments and I highly recommend her.

    Louise Gordon | Events Manager, REINZ, January 2018

  14. My Customise Consultant Leanne, was a gem to work with. Leanne, negotiated great outcomes for myself in my new role, identified quickly the role advertised would be a great fit for my skill set, and the company culture also a nice fit. Leanne is hugely experienced in recruitment and as such makes the process easy and seamless.

    Jane Reed | Business Development Toll

  15. Leanne was supportive, down-to-earth, communicative and informative. She ensured I knew every detail that was important in securing this role, and supported me the entire process, and then some - even after normal business hours. She was an absolute pleasure to work with in finding employment and I know for sure that I would return to her in the future if needed. She completely won me over, and represents Customise Talent in an exceptional fashion. (Yay, Leanne!) I think she's an overall sweetheart who is incredible at her job, and went above and beyond in helping each party she dealt with to feel secure and taken care of. 10/10 would recommend. Thanks for your time and assistance, in everything.

    E.S. | Sales Support and Administrator

  16. Leanne is one in a million. This experience has completely blown me away.. She leaves other recruitment consultants in the dust. Would highly recommend.

    Nikki Vibert | Account Manager I Envirowaste Services Limited

  17. We are so incredibly grateful to have found three super employees through Customise Talent. Leanne has been amazing to work with - efficient and pro-active, she "thinks outside the square". She has the ability to see that "special unique" that may not necessarily fit the profile we provide but ends up being exactly who we need. She not only cares about her candidates but also about working in partnership with her client. I would definitely recommend Leanne and Customise Talent.

    Sharlene Smith | Sales Manager, Toll New Zealand - August 2018

  18. My first contact with Leanne Bell was at a BNI Networking meeting. I wasn't even looking for staff initially but after chatting with Leanne, she basically advised me what was missing in my business and put forward a candidate whom I ended up hiring! Since then I've hired a further two staff with Leanne's assistance! Leanne is very personable and easy to communicate with. She is exceptional at her job. I would definitely recommend Leanne to any employer who may or may not need a new employee!!

    Annemare Begg | Owner, White Refrigeration - October 2018

  19. I've known Leanne for a number of years and she contacted me at the right time and presented two candidates who were ideal (almost perfect) for the roles that we were recruiting for. I really enjoyed working with Leanne throughout the process, she understands our business well and I would absolutely work with her again on future assignments. 2 out of 2 is a 100% strike rate, you can't argue with that!

    Vikas Verma | GM Real Estate & Employment, NZME - July 2018