About Us

Artemis is a specialist Legal, HR and Executive recruitment agency that delivers the best placements through a seamless process for all. Named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis mirrors her strength and protective nature.  New Zealand owned and operated, Artemis prides itself on its professional but authentic customer service and its accessibility to its clients and candidates. We act with integrity, ensuring all parties best interests are at the heart of every decision.

Ka mua Ka Muri – looking back in order to move forward

We believe true innovation takes lessons from the past and applies new ways of thinking to approach challenges in a changing business environment.  Artemis combines a culture of innovation and a high performing team, with a base of continuously improving technologies and processes to deliver high quality recruitment services to clients and candidates.  We embrace the best of the past and boldly look to the future.

We actively demonstrate the future of work ourselves – the Artemis team is best described as an agile values based community.  We are a diverse team of people who all work flexibly in all regards including location, hours – and attitude!  We are committed to the goals of doing a great job, enjoying what we do and of living life well, and in doing so we assist others to do the same.

Our Team

Kathryn Cross

BMus LLB
Managing Director

Kathryn Cross believes the true measure of success for a sourcing and selection professional sits in the longevity, value and strength of their relationships with candidates they have placed and the organisations they have been placed in. The thing that Kathryn is most proud of is not one placement but being involved in sequential placements for her clients and candidates. Contributing to organisational success and assisting individuals to develop highly rewarding and successful careers motivates Kathryn every day.

Kathryn launched Artemis Executive Recruitment in April 2016. Artemis is the culmination of her long-held vision to lead an executive recruitment consultancy that is true to the values of honesty, integrity, transparency and professionalism, and where relationships are based on long term commitment and understanding rather than a series of transactions.

Having commenced her career as a commercial and property lawyer, Kathryn has since held a variety of senior leadership roles within the recruitment and executive search industry. She offers an extensive and effective network. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources (Monash).

Kathryn Cross

Managing Director

Rene Eckardt

Operations Manager

A highly accomplished operations manager, Rene has an enviable track record of success. She has over 15 years’ experience in executive support and administration having worked across a variety of industries including consultancy, government and executive search.

Rene’s strong attention to detail, superior project management skills and warm interpersonal style ensures the Artemis approach is customer-service centric, well managed and efficient. Rene ensures that Artemis clients and candidates are welcomed into the Artemis community and enjoy a high standard of service delivered with upmost care and respect.

Rene Eckardt

Operations Manager

Ben Traynor

Associate Director

With over 15 years of recruitment experience gained in the UK, Australia and New Zealand Ben is a highly effective and accomplished professional and a recognised legal industry recruitment specialist. Most recently a Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant for a one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms, Ben has sound leadership experience in both agency and internal recruitment functions.

Having worked in Wellington and Auckland, Ben has national experience and strong networks throughout New Zealand. He has specialised in legal recruitment in New Zealand for the past 8 years and brings particular skill in sourcing lawyers for law firms.

A digitally savvy sourcing and selection expert, Ben established, and is Moderator of, The NZ Lawyers Network. This group is the largest online social media forum for lawyers in New Zealand. Currently the group’s membership stands at approximately 3000 and is increasing daily. Ben is renowned for his proactive, pragmatic and solutions focused approach to legal recruitment and is a key member of the Artemis consulting team.

Ben Traynor

Associate Director

Enjel Phoon

BA LLB
Senior Consultant

As a former General Counsel and law firm Partner, Enjel has first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by inhouse legal teams, law firms and businesses in attracting, developing and retaining talent with the right cultural fit and the requisite skills and experience.

An accredited executive coach, Enjel is a considered connector with an extensive professional network. After 18 years’ experience as a corporate and commercial/tech lawyer in Sydney, London and Auckland, and a trusted adviser to start-ups through to global market leaders, Enjel moved into executive recruitment to help organisations source and build high performing legal teams.

Passionate about supporting, coaching and developing lawyers, Enjel works closely with lawyers at all levels to help them find roles in which they can thrive.

Enjel Phoon

Senior Consultant

Sasha Garner

Consultant

Sasha specialises in the sourcing and selection of high performing Business Support professionals. With a background in legal administration, executive search and event management, Sasha has held a variety of demanding administrative roles in a number of market leading law firms and companies so she knows what it takes to succeed in high performance environments.

Having successfully engaged with local and international leaders throughout her career, Sasha is a natural people person who builds high functioning and enduring relationships with her clients and candidates who can be sure their careers and recruitment needs are in excellent hands. In addition to her strong interpersonal skills, Sasha is renowned for her excellent time management and project management talent so In working with Sasha you can be assured of a well-managed recruitment process and a great outcome.

Sasha Garner

Consultant

David Hawk

LLB
Associate Consultant

A qualified lawyer, David has many strings to his bow including an award-winning career in hospitality and event management. It was this industry that honed David’s interpersonal skills and undeniable aptitude for identifying and developing talent.

David joined Artemis from an executive search and operations background and has been involved in the recruitment of senior executives across the New Zealand public and private sector. David’s research experience has seen him identify high calibre senior executives for organisations listed on the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges, across a range of sectors including human resources, legal, financial services, IT and infrastructure.

David has been admitted to the High Court of New Zealand, holding an LLB from University of Canterbury, where he developed attention to detail and a passion for research which he brings to each assignment.

David Hawk

Associate Consultant

Lara Gordon

BA LLB (Hons)
Candidate Manager

Originally a qualified lawyer, Lara commenced her legal career at Buddle Findlay (Auckland) in the litigation department before moving to another top tier law firm Norton Rose (London) to practice as a solicitor in the banking and finance department. Upon her return to New Zealand, Lara moved into legal recruitment where the experience she had gained working within the legal industry transferred to her passion in acting for candidates to secure the perfect job for them and assisting law firms and corporates to find lawyers that perfectly fit the job description and culture of the firm.

Since returning to the workforce after raising her three children, Lara has joined Artemis as their Candidate Manager. She is passionate about helping progress the careers of others through sharing her extensive experience and knowledge. Lara is also delighted to be back working with Kathryn Cross.

Lara holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland. She has been admitted to the High Court of New Zealand, as well as to the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Lara Gordon

Candidate Manager

Nathalie Gray

MA(Hons) Psychology ACIBS CIPD PDip Coaching
Consulting Partner

Nathalie has over 15 years’ experience in organisational development, spanning people strategy, culture change, leadership development, high performing teams and talent management.
She has worked in a number of global leadership and coaching roles within the legal, financial services, manufacturing, FMCG and educational sectors.

Nathalie is part of the Artemis collective of independent experts. Her qualifications as a psychologist, corporate banker and HR professional create a unique approach that balances behavioural insight and organisational development knowledge with pragmatic commercial applicability.

An experienced conference speaker; Nathalie has spoken at many conferences on the topics of leadership, talent and organisational alignment.

Nathalie holds a Masters of Arts (Hons) in Psychology. She is a Chartered Banker (ACIBS Associateship of Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland), Chartered HR Professional (CIPD Qualified Chartered Institute Personnel and Development) and a Certified Coach (Certificate in Coaching Practice, Strathclyde University).

Nathalie Gray

Consulting Partner

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