The Republic of MedRecruit
The Republic of MedRecruit - one place, wherever you are, to make your current dreams your future reality
Who we are
Meet the team who specialise in helping doctors GO FURTHER!
Dr. Sam Hazledine, Managing Director
Sam founded MedRecruit in 2006 with the clear and passionate vision of improving the lives of all doctors in Australasia. Sam graduated from Otago Medical School in 2003. After starting work as a doctor he saw how many of his class mates and colleagues were becoming disillusioned with medicine while some were doing things differently and loved it. Sam decided to go locuming in Australia to join the ones who loved it! After experiencing a number of different recruitment agencies Sam realised that doctors deserved much better; they deserved a partner to assist them to realise their goals, dreams and ambitions, so in 2006 Sam founded MedRecruit. Sam’s passion, energy, and enthusiasm for partnering with doctors has seen MedRecruit grow rapidly; MedRecruit was named the fastest growing Business Services Business in the Deloitte Fast 50. Sam continues to be passionate about improving the lives of all doctors in Australasia, about partnering with doctors to let them know it’s okay to dream and to assist them to achieve their dreams. Sam lives in Queenstown with his wife Claire, their daughters Zara and Florence, and their dog Ernie. Sam is a New Zealand extreme skiing champion and also loves water skiing, surfing, and mountain biking.
Claire Hazledine, Co-Pilot
Claire was instrumental in assisting Sam to start MedRecruit and to launch it across Australasia. Claire has an extensive background in media and communications and graduated from Otago University with a BA then gained her post-graduate diploma in journalism at Massey University in Wellington. Claire left a public relations career in order to assist Sam in bringing what they see as a fantastic opportunity to as many doctors as possible. Claire is also a keen skier and is currently a full-time mother to their daughters Zara and Florence. She still assists MedRecruit with PR and media relations.
Ernie is the Hazledine’s staffy and likes to think of himself as MedRecruit’s mascot. He’s always up for an office visit to lift the team’s spirits, and to check the rubbish bins for food! Ernie’s passions include going for walks around his kingdom to make sure all is well, helping Sam run MedRecruit and sneaking into bed with Claire and Sam on cold nights.
Henry Edney, Business Manager Australasia
Originally from the UK, Henry arrived in New Zealand in 2007 and joined MedRecruit soon after, becoming MedRecruit’s first employee. Henry is based in MedRecruit's Gold Coast office, and worked in the New Zealand office until late 2011. He is responsible for business development and managing the Solutions Specialist teams in both Australia and New Zealand. He is passionate about helping doctors GO FURTHER in Australasia and providing an exceptional service to the hospitals who need them. As an avid sportsman, when not at work you will most likely find Henry hitting the ball rather well on the tennis court or trying to find his ball on the golf course.
Bree Cook, Business Development Executive
As the Business Development Executive in our Australian office, Bree is responsible for growing new business as well as amplifying relationships with existing Hospital and GP Clinic clients.
Bree works closely with the MedRecruit team to identify key clients to bring on board, so we can ensure we have the best range of jobs possible for our extensive database of doctors. Bree also works with existing clients to ensure MedRecruit in-depth understanding their needs, so MedRecruit continues to make the best job-match between doctors and clients to ensure both parties are satisfied.
Prior to joining the team at MedRecruit Bree practiced as a nurse for Healthscope, before a change of career into marketing and advertising with Sensis Yellow Pages.
Outside of work, Bree enjoys spending time with her husband and three beautiful children and friends - usually on one of the beautiful Gold Coast beaches.
Mike Voyce, Marketing Manager
Mike is MedRecruit’s Marketing Manager. He has over 16 years' marketing experience, which he claims does not make him old, just wise. Mike believes marketing isn’t rocket science; it’s really just a matter of getting others knowing, liking and trusting you more. Originally from Auckland he moved to Queenstown seven years ago for a lifestyle change and never looked back. Continuing to develop his marketing experience and challenging himself are very important to him, but not nearly as important as spending awesome amounts of time with his wife Mandy and two children Harry and Emily. When not at work (or mowing the lawns) you’ll find him mountain biking, skiing, hiking or camping with his family in what he believes is one of the world’s most amazing places – Queenstown.
Anna Pettigrew, Communications Manager
Anna is responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies to improve internal and external communications. She has vast integrated marketing and communications experience; from strategy development to campaign management and delivery. Working closely with Mike, Anna oversees our marketing campaigns, media relations and internal communications and implements strategies to promote MedRecruit. She ensures the MedRecruit team are equipped with the necessary information to carry out their jobs effectively.
Given the slightest opportunity you’ll find Anna making the most of Queenstown’s amazing natural playground by heading into the hills for a touch of running – particularly the downhill variety, or hitting the slopes. When not out and about, you’re likely to find her cooking up a storm for friends and family while enjoying a glass of delicious Central Otago Pinot Noir.
Corina Sommerville, Human Resources and Service Manager
Corina is MedRecruit’s Human Resources and Service Manager. Corina’s passion for business is focussed around people, and she believes that just as important as the doctors we work alongside, are the team within MedRecruit that provide awesome service. She strongly believes that our success in helping doctors achieve their dreams hinges on everyone within MedRecruit having the opportunity, the tools and the support to provide genuine assistance at every opportunity. Corina brings a wealth of experience from her previous management and leadership roles, across a number of industries including finance, recruitment and adventure tourism.
Corina says the best thing she ever did was leave city life in Auckland eight years ago, for the wonderful outdoors lifestyle in Queenstown. Corina is very happily settled in Queenstown with her husband, their young daughter and McKenzie, their chihuahua. When Corina is not in the office, she can usually be found with her family out mountain biking on a trail somewhere in Queenstown, or hitting the slopes.
Noelle Lacey, Solutions Specialist & Team Leader
Originally from Ireland, Noelle worked as a Chemistry Laboratory Technician in UCG hospital for two years before completing her specialty in Medical/Pharmaceutical Chemistry in London. Noelle is responsible for managing permanent placements of overseas doctors into New Zealand and Australia as well as locum placements of New Zealand doctors into Australia. She has extensive knowledge of the international doctor market including New Zealand and Australian compliance regulations for overseas doctors. Noelle travelled for four years before settling in Queenstown after breaking her leg on a jet ski! Noelle has worked with MedRecruit for four years as a Solution Specialist. Fortunately for us, she tried to return home to Ireland once but missed Queenstown so much and decided to settle here for good!
Allyra McGrath, Solutions Specialist
Allyra recently made the move from Australia to New Zealand for a complete change in lifestyle; swapping the sun and sand of the Gold Coast for the snow in Queenstown. Allyra is another one of our Solution Specialist superstars and her role is to look after our internationally qualified doctors; ensuring they find the right job and lifestyle here in Australasia.
Allyra’s background in sales and customer service, both in Australia and the UK, has given her a passion for delivering first-class solutions.
Outside of work Allyra can be found enjoying the outdoors; camping and snowboarding are firm favourite activities.
Paul Hibbett, Senior Solutions Specialist
With a BA Hons in Digital Art and Photography to his name, Paul left University in London in search of a challenge. After two years of successful media sales, Paul applied his communication skills to the recruitment industry where he worked for a further two years supplying staffing solutions to the fashion industry. He’s adamant that meeting a kiwi was the best thing that ever happened to him, and he left London and the sandy shores of his home and family in Cornwall to begin a new life in New Zealand. As a keen snowboarder and experienced windsurfer Queenstown offers the perfect setting. Now a family man with two young children, Paul has settled in Queenstown and offers unparalleled service to both his clients and his colleagues at MedRecruit as Solutions Specialist.
Matthew Bazsika, Solutions Specialist
Matthew joined the Queenstown MedRecruit team as a Solutions Specialist in 2013. Matthew is an American-born Kiwi and after completing his studies, moved back to New Zealand in 2012. Shortly thereafter he joined MedRecruit. Matt is responsible for looking after our New Zealand Locum and Fixed Term contract doctors. Having begun his career in the hospitality industry as an Operations Manager, Matthew is a service-oriented person and thrives on providing a first-rate level of service to his clients and colleagues.
Matthew loves the lifestyle that Queenstown has to offer; the perfect place to continue his interests in fishing, mountain biking, and outdoor adventures, and when not outside, Matthew can be found playing basketball or enjoying time with friends and family.
Rochelle Wert, Solutions Specialist - GP Placements
Rochelle is a kiwi, hailing from the Catlins in New Zealand’s South Island. She completed a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and then moved across the ditch for five years to explore Australia. Rochelle began her recruitment career whilst in Perth, and later joined MedRecruit in 2009. She has a special knack for listening to doctors and tailoring solutions that deliver everything they want and need. Outside of work Rochelle keeps herself busy spending time with her husband Mike, riding her horse Jaffa and walking her dog Joey on their lifestyle property near Wanaka. She loves the outdoors, especially getting out in the boat on the West Coast or heading up the mountain snowboarding.
Nicola Thomas, Solutions Specialist - GP Placements
Nickky is a Solutions Specialist based in our Tweed Heads office. Nickky’s focus is on providing exceptional service and optimum efficiency. She comes from a loyalty and incentive background so really understands what drives us all, which is integral in understanding what our Doctor’s need to enable them to get quickly settled into their placements.
Originally from Christchurch she made the move across the Tasman in October 2010. When Nickky is not at work you will find her enjoying time with friends and family and utilising all Australia has to offer as a keen lover of water sports and fashion. She has travelled the world extensively, and has settled on the Gold Coast with the MedRecruit team.
Courtney Walford, Solutions Specialist
Courtney joined the MedRecruit team in January 2013 as a Solutions Specialist and is responsible for looking after our SMO/Consultant Doctors. Courtney graduated from Bond University, Queensland in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business and entered the workforce in Brisbane as a Recruitment Consultant in the Oil and Gas Industry, where she honed her recruitment skills.
When Courtney isn’t working with the MedRecruit team, she loves to travel and can so far count the following countries among the stamps in her well-worn passport: USA, Canada, Europe, Trinidad and Tobago, and the UK.
Sahra Ruddell, Solutions Specialist
Sahra is another Kiwi that joined the Aussie ranks in 2012. She made the move to Australia in 2008, originally to the Gold Coast, and then to Melbourne. The lure of the Coast was just too much and she is extremely happy to be back. Sahra’s most previous work experience has been in recruitment for marketing firms, however the majority of her work history has been in personal finance. The moment she met with the MedRecruit team and discovered our values and passion for what we do, she knew MedRecruit was perfect for her.
Sahra enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding as well as making the most of the stunning Gold Coast beaches. She prides herself on great customer service and is always looking to find the very best solution for her clients.
Katie Walcott, Solutions Specialist
Katie joined MedRecruit in 2012 as a Solutions Specialist, placing locum doctors in Australian placements. She knew instantly that MedRecruit was perfect for her as it embodied the ideal balance of a work hard, play hard philosophy. She has a sales and customer service background and loves helping people achieve their goals. She will do whatever it takes to exceed people’s expectations. Katie loves new and exciting challenges and thrives on delivering the best solution making sure her doctors and our hospitals are 110% happy.
Katie has lived on the Gold Coast for most of her life and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She loves the lifestyle on the Coast, with its sunny beaches, beautiful hinterland, and yummy restaurants. In her spare time, she enjoys having a “girl’s night in” with her friends, or going on a new adventure with her husband.
Matt Hall, Solutions Specialist
Matt is another kiwi convert and joined our Australian MedRecruit office in 2012 as a Solutions Specialist. Matt’s focus is placing PGY2 – PGY4 doctors.
Matt previously spent five and half years working in hospitals in and around the Wellington region of New Zealand. Beginning as a roster coordinator, he then spent two and half years recruiting doctors followed by a brief stint as the Unit Manager of the Wellington RMO unit, before moving to the Hutt Valley hospital as the RMO coordinator. Matt has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of hospitals and understands the daily pressures of rosters and service demands and is passionate about helping doctors and hospitals alike.
Matt came into the health industry with an eclectic skill mix; he was the manager of a student radio station, Marketing assistant to the Jack-ass video game launch, and also a trained Electrician. All of these skills have helped shape him into a solution focused machine!
Nathan Shepperd, Solutions Specialist
Nathan joined the Australian MedRecruit office in 2012 with a focus on placing PGY5+ doctors in Australia.
Originally from beautiful Christchurch, New Zealand, Nathan moved to the Gold Coast in 2012 to take advantage of the opportunities Australia has to offer. Nathan has been employed in a Sales and Customer Service environment ever since and has not looked back. Nathan has a real passion for helping people to achieve their goals. He is also passionate about health and fitness; when he is not busy at work you can find him at the gym or spending time down at the beach with his baby boy, Kayden.
Jessie McMahon, Solutions Specialist Assistant
Jessie joined our Australian MedRecruit office in 2012 as the Solutions Specialist Assistant. Her role is to help the Solutions Specialists’ job of getting vacancies filled as hassle free as possible so they have more time for you. She made the move from Geelong in Victoria for a bit of a sea change.
Prior to joining the MedRecruit team, Jessie worked in administration at a property valuation company and as a team coordinator at an accounting firm in Melbourne. The Gold Coast is perfect to fulfil Jessie’s love of the beach and some weekends you’ll find her revelling in the sun while enjoying a delicious coffee at a beach side café. She also enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking, shopping, and running.
Sarah Gunn, Solutions Specialist Assistant
Sarah joined MedRecruit as a Solutions Specialist Assistant in December 2012 and is working alongside Jessie helping the Solutions Specialists with the administration side of filling vacancies.
Sarah started her career in childcare, which she enjoyed, but after four years decided that she would prefer working in an office environment and became a legal secretary. Sarah loved her time as legal secretary and stayed at the same firm for close to five years. She learnt a lot about the legal system and this experience helped her to cultivate her into a strong administrator. Sarah then moved to Brisbane City, from the Gold Coast, to become a Recruitment Coordinator. However she decided her heart remained in the Gold Coast and has recently relocated back.
When not in the office you can find Sarah on one of the Gold Coast’s fine beaches, swimming and working on her tan. She also loves a good night out dancing the night away with friends.
Jane Moody, Placement Coordinator
Jane is a kiwi who headed to Australia after receiving her Travel and Tourism qualification. She has spent three years living and working in some amazing locations, including Bondi Beach and the beautiful Whitsundays. After experiencing diverse landscapes and ticking off a few must-do activities like diving the Great Barrier reef, 4WD on Fraser Island, and visiting Australia Zoo, Jane has returned to Queenstown to indulge her passion for snowboarding. Jane specialises in supporting doctors with their Australian placements, ensuring every work related detail is taken care of so they can experience the same locations she enjoyed so much.
Melanie Grindell, Placement Coordinator
Melanie is a South Island Kiwi based in our New Zealand MedRecruit office. She has resided in beautiful Queenstown for the past ten years, and has extensive experience in hospitality and service, so is well equipped to look after you at the highest level. Melanie specialises in supporting hospitals and doctors with Australian placements so will get doctors to where they need to be, and manage all aspects of the process.
An enthusiastic thespian, Melanie likes helping out in amateur dramatics on and off the stage. She is also a keen kayaker and enjoys travelling and dining on Thai food.
Dani Rush, Placement Coordinator
Dani is originally from Melbourne and joined the MedRecruit team as a Placement Coordinator in 2012. After completing a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Aviation, Dani began travelling the world and through this found a love for snowboarding. It was this passion that brought her to Queenstown to build a life here in 2007. With over 15 years’ experience working in a variety of customer focused industries, Dani thrives on helping people and enjoys providing a high level of service to all our Doctors.
In her time away from work Dani likes to make the most of the year-round activities the mountains surrounding Queenstown have to offer. A keen mountain biker, snowboarder, and adventure seeker, you will find Dani most weekends in the great outdoors with her Staffy, Sid, by her side.
Kylie Elder, Placement Coordinator
Kylie joined the MedRecruit team in January 2013 as a Placement Coordinator.
With over 5 years’ experience working in a variety of customer service focused industries providing administration, HR, and finance assistance, Kylie is thrilled to have joined the MedRecruit team and is passionate about helping our doctors and providing the highest level of service.
Outside of the office, Kylie enjoys tennis, swimming, dancing, biking/walking the beautiful tracks on offer in Queenstown, and relaxing at home watching movies with her partner and cats.
Louise Smith, Account Manager
In 2011 Louise relocated to the Gold Coast from England with her Australian boyfriend who she met in London. His love of surf and sand prompted the move, and although Louise is a city girl, she’s adapting to her new lifestyle well. She has found a passion for the outdoor lifestyle, and enjoys camping on the beach, 4WD adventures, diving and bush walking.
Louise graduated with BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles and continues to be creative by enjoying the arts and theatre, making gift cards and drawing/painting. She has previously worked as a buyer in the fashion industry, most recently worked in the medical recruitment industry in London, before joining MedRecruit’s Gold Coast team. Her one weakness? She can’t resist the urge to shop (who could after working as a buyer!).
Michelle Levy, Personal Assistant
Michelle joined the MedRecruit team in 2011. Michelle is the human jukebox of the Australian office and always has a smile on her face. Michelle is an administration superstar helping the business development and sales teams. Michelle is popular with doctors and the MedRecruit team for being super-efficient, pro-active and always having a positive attitude.
Michelle is originally from Waihi, New Zealand, but has jumped the Tasman to enjoy all the opportunities Australia has to offer. When she isn’t seamlessly helping the team, she can be found kayaking the canals on the Gold Coast. Michelle also enjoys playing an active role in the lives of her gorgeous niece and nephew.
Tamsin Gorman, Administration Assistant
Originally from the UK, Tamsin graduated with an LLB from the University of Manchester in 2010. Having spent almost two years living in Auckland, Tamsin moved to Queenstown and joined MedRecruit in 2012.
Tamsin has both administration and legal secretarial experience, which has given her a keen eye for detail. Tamsin supports both the Human Resources and Marketing teams, and in particular is responsible for database administration, ensuring our doctors and hospitals receive their newsletters on time, and processing and purchasing our doctors rewards.
Outside of the office Tamsin enjoys skiing, running, cooking, and relaxing with a glass of chilled Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Hollie Stone, Office Administrator
Hollie relocated to the Gold Coast from Sydney and joined MedRecruit in 2012. Hollie is the “cold face” of MedRecruit answering our main phone line on a daily basis. Integral to the MedRecruit team, she is also our vacancy guru, keeping our website up to date with hot jobs across Australasia on a daily basis.
When not working, you’ll generally find Hollie walking her dog along the beach or hanging out with friends and family. Hollie has a passion for travelling and her ultimate goal is to travel the world. Hopefully not too soon as we want to keep her here!
Nicole Healy, Assistant Accountant
In February 2012 Nicole decided to swap the heat of her home town, Brisbane, for the cool alpine climate of beautiful Queenstown. She has joined our superstar accounts team to work alongside the CFO, whilst supporting our team of Accounts Administrators to ensure the smooth operation of accounts. Nicole brings with her 16 years of accounts administration experience.
When Nicole is not at work, she’ll be spending time exploring her amazing new location with her partner Iain, dining with friends and watching movies. She also really enjoys interior design; Iain will often come home from working away and find that she has changed something inside the house.
Rochelle Davidson, Accounts Administrator
Rochelle is MedRecruit’s accounts administrator and is responsible for ensuring all of our wonderful doctors are paid on time. With over 10 years’ experience in both accounts administrative and retail roles within various industries, she’s a true asset to the accounts team.
When not working, Rochelle can be found shopping up a storm around Queenstown or on her daily walk around Lake Hayes or Queenstown Hill with her dog Marley, whilst cat Coco looks after the home front.
Kelly Turner, Accounts Administrator
Originally from Perth, Kelly made the jump across the pond to Queenstown in November 2011 in order to be closer to family and experience the Queenstown lifestyle.
In addition to her Accounting qualification and experience, Kelly has previously worked in a leadership training and development role where she was responsible for coaching and training middle management in personal and professional development; in particular leadership and management skills.
As an Accounts Administrator at MedRecruit Kelly adds value to the relationships with our Doctors and Hospitals by ensuring that their financials are taken care of. When not at work Kelly is often enjoying the beautiful surrounds of Queenstown and can be found walking her dog around Lake Hayes or enjoying a quiet moment in Frankton with a hot cup of coffee.