There’s No Place Like Home

Posted by : Cara Armstrong on March 7, 2024 11:48 am

Timing is her forte, client management is her expertise, and Hamilton is her home. Asset Recruitment’s new Permanent Recruitment Specialist, Amy Sutton, couldn’t have timed her return to Waikato any better. As Hamilton is crowned New Zealand’s fastest growing city, Amy is setting herself up to position excellence across the region.

Introducing Amy Sutton

They say time flies when you’re having fun, which explains why Amy spent the better part of 20 years with her New Zealand passport to hand. Returning to Waikato after 20 years away, the Hamiltonian has swapped fast cars (literally) for the world of recruitment.

The mum of one, lover of travel, and client manager extraordinaire has a story that starts two decades earlier. With a Diploma in Travel and Tourism from Wintec to her name, Amy set off on her OE and found her feet working for multinational hospitality company Accor. This gave her an appetite for the hotel industry, which brought her back to Aotearoa shores, specifically Rotorua’s Novotel Lakeside.

Then came the opportunity to live and work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “I took the experience I’d gained working in hotels and made the transition to the Emirates Group events team, where I became their Head of Operations, delivering events such as the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Dubai Rugby Sevens, and Expo2020,” recalls Amy. “I had a team of 300 employees, so recruitment also became a part of my role.”

A yearning for a home

After 12 years living in the Middle East, New Zealand was calling and Amy found herself back in the country.  Based at the Waikato Stadium, Amy managed the catering for FIFA Women’s World Cup, ensuring the teams, staff, volunteers and match officials were well fed and looked after during the tournament. She also oversaw the 30+ training sites around NZ, coordinating supplies for the volunteers and staff.

Now, she’s applying her years of experience to Waikato’s recruitment sector.

Judy Davison, Asset Recruitment’s Business Development Manager, said such is Amy’s natural flair for client management, operational excellence, events organisation, and recruitment, when Amy came knocking on their door seeking employment, the team wanted to keep her.

“Amy’s international experience has brought an added dimension to our team. With many of our clients hiring internationally, Amy’s understanding of the global market is a real asset (no pun intended),” says Judy.

“Amy also has a solid understanding of the different recruitment needs across multiple sectors, from finance to legal to business development. That enables her to deliver our clients real value during the recruitment process, from finalising position descriptions to recruitment, short listing to presenting an offer.”

Amy says her transition into the recruitment sector has been a learning curve but great support from colleagues, conversations with clients, and plenty of coffee from Hamilton’s local cafes, has made it easy and enjoyable!

Get in touch and let’s set you up for success! Give Amy a call today.


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