Meet the Swivel Careers Team

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Kate Ross

Director

Kate has worked in recruitment since 1994 and is the founder and Chief Executive of Kinetic Recruitment, Wise Ones and Swivel Careers.

She started Swivel Careers after seeing that a vast number of young people were come to her agency looking for jobs with no or little direction – often going down career paths that were the wrong fit. She saw a need for high quality career coaching for school-age students, and worked with a team of organisational psychologists and business professionals to design the leading-edge programmes that Swivel Careers offers today.

Kate is also a business advisor, executive coach and keynote speaker for conferences and events.

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Kate Thompson

Career Coach

Before joining Swivel Careers, Kate held senior human resources and consulting roles in large corporate environments. She draws on this practical experience to help students consider their potential fit in the world of work.

Her coaching style is supportive, practical, positive and results-focused. With a keen interest in positive psychology, Kate focuses on helping students feel motivated, empowered and confident to take the big and small steps towards a successful career. 

As a certified career and leadership coach with qualifications in Career Development, Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, Kate loves helping people of all ages identify and leverage their unique strengths to map out a career path and goals they feel excited about.

Linda Henderson Head Coach at Swivel Careers
Linda Henderson Head Coach at Swivel Careers

Linda Henderson

Head of Careers and Development

With more than 25 years’ experience managing, mentoring and coaching people of all ages, Linda is as passionate about coaching students as she is about training and mentoring our coaching team.

Linda is 100% committed to the students she works with, and that means listening to, understanding and supporting them every step of the way. She enjoys working one-on-one with students and building meaningful relationships to ensure they empowered to make the right choices for them, and leave feeling motivated.

Linda previously worked at senior management level in the arts and retail sectors and spent seven years as CEO at an industry level. She has coached and mentored business owners and senior managers to optimise the performance of their teams through career development and management.

Debbie Smith, Swivel Careers Career Coach
Debbie Smith, Swivel Careers Career Coach

Debbie Smith

Career Coach

Debbie has always had a desire to help others, but having had no career guidance herself it took her a long time to find her passion. When she became a student advisor at polytechnic she realised many students were enrolling in degrees and diplomas without any career knowledge, so she completed a Diploma in Career Guidance. This is when her dream to support and guide young people began.

She has worked for the last 13 years in the tertiary sector, leading the highly successful STAR and Trades Academy programmes designed for secondary school students to experience various career pathways.

Debbie believes when we are in the right career – where our dreams, purpose and abilities align – we have the motivation and drive to be our best selves.

Jessica McLaren
Jessica McLaren

Jessica McLaren

Operations Coordinator

Jessica brings significant customer service experience and operations skills to Swivel Careers and ensures the cogs of the team keep moving. She has a passion for innovation and systems, and is constantly seeking the most efficient and effective ways for Swivel Careers to work as a growing global business.   

Seeing students thrive when they discover their desired career path is why Jess does what she does.

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Peta Dumergue

Head of Operations and Programme Management

Peta joined the Kinetic Recruitment team on the frontline after completing her Bachelor of Business degree. Today she oversees Swivel Careers’ infrastructure, processes and procedures, ensuring all of the moving parts are aligned to offer students a seamless experience.

As someone lucky enough to know what she wanted to do at university, the most rewarding part of the Swivel Careers process for Peta is seeing students reach the point where they know where they are headed – and are excited to get started.

Mikayla Tuiavii
Mikayla Tuiavii

Mikayla Tuiavii

Marketing Coordinator

Mikayla joined the team after completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Victoria University. She has a passion for marketing and enjoys creating eye-catching content. She loves putting these skills to use marketing our programmes in New Zealand and internationally.

With strong attention to detail and creative flair, Mikayla is always creating and developing new content. Give her anything and she can make it look slick!

Hannah McDonald
Hannah McDonald

Hannah McDonald

Facilitator

Hannah joined Swivel Careers from the recruitment industry, bringing her knowledge on the recruitment market and the end to end recruitment process. She has a degree in Commerce from Victoria University of Wellington.

Hannah is engaging and articulate in her delivery of programmes. She is motivated to share her expertise with students, and ultimately help young people find their passion and get ready to step into tertiary study and the workplace. The confidence she sees students leave with once they have completed the Swivel Careers process is what makes her thrive.

Karen Panckhurst, Management Accountant
Karen Panckhurst, Management Accountant

Karen Panckhurst

Management Accountant

An innovative and forward-focused Accounting Professional with 10 years in the Finance sector before gravitating to roles in SME's as part of the Senior management team.

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Rosa

Rosa Senescall

Facilitator

Rosa has a background in recruitment and it is her less traditional pathway into that career that makes her passionate about Swivel. Guiding young people to discover their strengths and capabilities and helping them explore the countless employment pathways that exist, is something she would love to have had. This drives her work and combined with her empathy with the diversity of youth, means she comes to Swivel with a determination to help each individual student find what makes them feel positive about their future. 

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At Swivel Careers our true point of difference is our people: we hire the best. Our team of career coaches, facilitators and operational staff are experienced and qualified professionals who are well connected to employers and are driven to help young people build fulfilling careers.

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