Meet Our Team
Nathan & Elri Levin – Dairy Farm Worker now Farm Manager
Nathan & Elri Levin – Dairy Farm Worker now Farm Manager
Phil Hughes is our Lead Recruiter. He has been in the recruitment and HR industry for over 12 years, working in large corporates and HR companies including Kelly Services, with a focus on customer service (both clients and candidates). He enjoys placing people into a role where they can succeed and grow from their experience. Phil has a passion for the outdoors and lives on a lifestyle block with his wife, where he dabbles in small scale dairy and beef farming. He has a Masters Degree in Business and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business from Waikato University. Originally from the United Kingdom, Phil has been in NZ for 25 years.
John is our Trade Recruitment Consultant. He is originally from the Philippines and graduated Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Starting a career in the Philippines, he works as Recruitment Officer in the Overseas Placement agency specialising in Trades and Engineering. John has over 12 years’ experience working at Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) handling Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) programs and services. He is directly involved in recruitment, organising jobs fair together with recruitment agencies, coordinating with Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) to resolve welfare cases and providing scholarship/livelihood assistance to OFW Families and their dependents.
John then moved to New Zealand in February 2016 and earned a Diploma in Business Level 7 at Edenz Colleges in Auckland. With strong determination, he continued his passion of being a Recruitment Consultant helping migrants find work in New Zealand.
He lives in Waihi Town with his family and enjoys swimming, spending time with family and friends.
Louise joined Greenstone as Dairy Recruitment Consultant, having previously worked for Livestock Improvement and more recently spending five years with the Primary ITO as a Training Adviser.
Louise Studied Media Arts at Wintec and worked for seven years in Advertising. She is currently working towards completing her New Zealand Agribusiness Diploma.
Louise and her husband have 3 Children and a Dairy Farm in the Waikato.
Graydon is a director of Greenstone Recruitment and also a fully licensed immigration adviser. He started Greenstone Recruitment in early 2006 after recognising the need for quality employees while working as a senior Rural Bank Manager for Bank of New Zealand. He is well known as an industry specialist in his field. Graydon has been a finalist in the NZAMI Immigration Adviser/Lawyer of the year awards.
Graydon has an Honours degree in Economics and 10 years of banking experience: 3 years as a Senior Rural Banker with the BNZ and 7 years of Investment Banking experience in South Africa. He is a keen sportsman and has completed multiple Ultra-marathons and marathons. He grew up on a beef and sheep farm in South Africa and he and his family moved to New Zealand in 2001.
Vanessa is a Licensed Immigration Adviser and Director of Greenstone. She was one of the first advisers to be licenced in 2008. Vanessa was a finalist in two categories of industry awards hosted by the NZAMI in 2013 - Immigration Adviser/Lawyer of the year and NZAMI Service Award. She enjoys challenging residence cases and appeals.
Vanessa grew up in South Africa. She has a Masters degree in Economics from Rand Afrikaans University and 8 years of Banking experience in New Zealand and South Africa. She has served as a Board Member of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI), and on the Immigration Advisers Authority Reference Group.
Vanessa is fluent in Afrikaans.
"Choosing Greenstone was probably the best decision we made after deciding to immigrate to New Zealand. Vanessa’s professionalism and expertise combined with her personal touch made the whole process a lot easier and less stressful. Greenstone was the only immigration consultancy that presented different options from the start and made us feel positive about our chances to succeed. Our application was approved a lot quicker than anticipated and thanks to their assistance we are residents of this beautiful country. We would highly recommend Greenstone Global."
Angie & Jan Cronje
Ruth is one of our Client Managers, and works with the Licensed Immigration Advisers to ensure that documentation is correct. She started her career with the ANZ Banking group, progressing through the ranks to Branch Manager during her 10 years with the Bank. While raising her three children, Ruth has worked in a part time capacity at various entities, most recently as Financial Administrator. She has also been very involved with the swimming community in the Waikato.
Ruth has a National Certificate in Business Studies.
Kay is Greenstone's Office Administrator and will be your first port of call, either in person or by telephone. Kay was born in Martinborough in the Wairarapa and has worked and lived in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton.She began her career in Banking, working for two different Banks in Wellington and Hamilton for a total of 18 years. While her daughter was growing up she had other part time roles with an Export and an Import company in Auckland. She then spent 13 years at a Chartered Accountants firm. Kay loves people and enjoys spending time with her family and friends while enjoying cooking, travelling and reading.
Barbara has been with Greenstone since 2008. She started as the Office Administrator before progressing to her current role of Finance Administrator. Barbara has a New Zealand Certificate of Commerce and has worked in various office roles during her career. She is married to Grant, and has four children.
Haley is one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers. Haley joined Greenstone in 2014 in the role of Administrator before moving into a Client Services Manager role. Haley took some time off when she had her son Jack at the end of 2015 and now returns to Greenstone Global as a Fully Licensed Immigration Adviser. She has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing from Unitec and Graduate Certificate in Immigration Advice from Toi Ohomai, where she received the runner up award for second highest marks over courses B and C (Temporary and Resident visas).
Haley was born in New Zealand and grew up in the small town of Pauanui on the Coromandel Peninsula where she now lives with partner Greg and son Jack.
"The processing was really smooth. The processing of my application didn’t take long and Haley Sykes kept updating me with the status of my application. Haley prepared all my supporting documents in order and informed me of any additional requirements INZ needed. I appreciate Haley and the rest of the Greenstone Global team for making it happen in a short period of time. Cheers!"
Jim is completing his Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration Advice and is a provisionally licensed adviser. Jim was born in New Zealand and grew up in Auckland. He has a Master of Laws from Victoria University, a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws conjoint from Auckland University and a Diploma in Project Management from the Southern Institute of Technology. He worked as a lawyer in Nelson before he and his family moved to Mae Sot, Thailand for 2 years and worked with a local NGO. They recently returned to New Zealand in 2017.
"My thanks to Mr Jim Ennion for my application which was successful and quick, only taking three weeks! All the best"
Steven is one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers. He completed his Graduate Certificate in New Zealand Immigration Advice from the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga in 2016, and served his two year period as provisional license holder at Greenstone before become a fully Licensed Immigration Adviser in June 2018. Steven has dealt with the full spectrum of immigration cases and is valued by all his clients.
Steven was born in New Zealand and grew up in a multitude of places including Christchurch, Thames, Mussoorie (India), Suva (Fiji), Palmerston North, Auckland, Osaka (Japan) and Shanghai (China). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Massey University but his career has taken him in other directions including teaching, banking and marketing.
After 13 years living abroad, Steven is now based in Hamilton, New Zealand. He is well versed in speaking business Mandarin.
"I would just like to pass on how fantastic the service and advice provided by Steven was. He went above and beyond to make sure the visa was approved as quickly as possible and we would not have been able to do this without his expertise. This is a very stressful situation for a small business like ours and we are relieved to have this approved."
Carol Wright joined Greenstone Global in 2010 and is a fully Licensed Immigration Adviser, with many years of experience with both work and residence visa applications. Carol has a special rapport with all her clients and was a finalist in the NZAMI Immigration Adviser/Lawyer of the year Awards 2017. She has also represented Greenstone on the Immigration Advisor Authority reference groups.
Carol grew up in the USA and has a Bachelor of Arts International Studies from Miami University. She has three years legal experience in the Ohio state legislature. She has also worked in tertiary education for 14 years in New Zealand, often dealing with foreign students.
Carol has three children with husband, Blair.
"On the behalf of Alfredo, Nicolas and Mario we would like to thank Carol Wright for all the hard work and passion she has put into obtaining Alfredo’s 3 year work visa. We are extremely happy to have Alfredo in the team and have nothing but respect for all that Carol has done."
Alfredo Gonzales & Mario Lopez
Stephan is one of our Licensed Immigration Advisers. Stephan is experienced and leaves no stone un-turned in preparation of visa applications and other complex immigration issues. Before joining Greenstone, Stephan worked for a prominent law firm for more than seven years. Towards the middle of 2015 he sat and passed all the required papers (A+ average) to meet the Immigration Advisers Authority's licencing requirements.
Stephan also sat on the the Immigration Advisers Authority reference group for 2016, where he worked to make a valuable contribution to the Adviser industry.
Stephan grew up, studied and married in South Africa. He was later admitted as a lawyer in the High Court of South Africa. Stephan gained more than 13 years legal experience in South Africa before he and his family immigrated to New Zealand in 2008.
"Extremely satisfied from the service of Greenstone, my visa outcome was excellent but I would like to make special comment on communication with Stephan de Plessis regarding my visa application documents. He was in touch with me 24/7. Thank you so much for all you are hard work Stephan –“you are a great man”
Kelly has completed her Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Immigration advice and is a provisionally licensed adviser. Kelly was born in South Australia and grew up in Adelaide. She has also spent several years living and working in the U.K. before she came to New Zealand in 2013. She has a background in recruitment and after assisting many skilled migrants enter the New Zealand workforce she became interested in the immigration process and pursued her study and licensing from there. Prior to recruitment, Kelly worked in the hospitality & tourism industry in Australia, U.K. and New Zealand. She also has a Certificate in Small Business and Project Management.
Kelly is based in our Christchurch branch and has lived in the South Island since she arrived in New Zealand with her partner, Rourie. They welcomed their first child, Seamus, in December 2019.
"Thank you so much Kelly, Steven and Greenstone team for all the effort and guidance"
Abigail is our Christchurch Client Manager and assists the advisers in ensuring all documentation is prepared correctly. Originally from the Philippines, Abigail has over 10 years of work experience as a visa officer and consular officer with the Embassy of Norway in the Philippines. In these roles, she gained first-hand experience with immigration, visa processing, and consular assistance.
Abigail holds a New Zealand Certificate in Project Management from the Southern Institute of Technology in New Zealand and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Lyceum of the Philippines University.
Abigail loves traveling and enjoys developing relationships with people of all cultures.