Life Plus operates across a wide range of disciplines within the Healthcare sector and each area of the organisation employs senior and highly experienced Healthcare Recruitment staff who can demonstrate sound consultancy expertise specific to the Healthcare market. Life Plus offers a truly collaborative working environment to deliver first class solutions for all positions from Medical Receptionist, Homecare and Healthcare Assistants, Registered Healthcare Professionals right through to executive management level to a consistently high standard.
At Life Plus, we take pride in succeeding together. Our team members are one of our most important assets, sharing their local and international expertise, pushing our businesses to the next level, achieving results as they champion our vision of innovative healthcare.
Every day, our team brings passion, leadership, drive and inspiration to our business and serves as the cornerstone of our success.
The owner of Life Plus, Darren together with the Managing Director, Michelle Batchelor is responsible for the direction and operational management of the company. Darren couples a wealth of experience in the healthcare recruitment with hands on experience within the mental health sector as a residential unit manager, giving him valuable insight at grassroots level.
From the UK originally, Darren has held “the responsible individual” position for two highly respected healthcare agencies in the UK. The role of “the responsible individual” registered with the Commission for Social Care Inspection in the UK has both legal and moral implications; this means that if anything did happen involving a worker from that agency, “the responsible individual” could be held personally responsible and liable.
Darren is a keen Formula One fan and is always happy to chat about the good old days of motor racing.
Responsible for the strategic direction and the operational management of Life Plus, Michelle holds qualifications in Business Management and Human Resources. Originally from the UK, Michelle has over 20 years’ experience across general management, operational management and recruitment, with 14 years’ experience within the Healthcare Recruitment. From a recruitment perspective, Michelle specialises in sourcing, attracting and engaging talent globally for “hard to fill” positions, with extensive skills in recruitment through social media/social resourcing/internet strategies leveraging web technologies.
Michelle believes in working as an extension of the client’s organisation to make the recruitment process as seamless as possible. When she is not in the office, Michelle can be found in the Boxing ring, as a 3 x World Champion Kickboxer and an Asia Pacific Boxing Champion…… did I mention she is also the company debt collector..
As a registered nurse with over 34 years experience ranging from emergency nursing to clinic and nursing management roles including her recent experience as a Village Manager; Rhonda brings a wealth of knowledge of nursing and a focus of customer service. Rhonda is passionate about client centred cares and building effective, knowledgable teams with Life Plus clients to best meet their individual needs and enable them to achieve their individual goals.
Rhonda enjoys fishing and spending quality time with her husband Andrew and their children.
Preeti holds a Bachelors of Commerce from India and Diploma in professional accounting from Auckland University. Joining Life Plus in 2010 as Accounts and Payroll Administrator promoted to Financial Controller in May 2014, Preeti is a perfectionist and give’s 110% in everything she does – her mantra being “Life will give back everything you have given to it”. A versatile member of the team Preeti has an extensive Healthcare Recruitment background and is a wizard with databases.
When she is not at work playing with the numbers, Preeti enjoy’s spending every minute of the day with her gorgeous son, daughter and husband. She also loves to cook and dance (preferably not at the same time as it gets messy) …….
Is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare, working in various roles including management, rehabilitation, training, palliative care and home and community support, both overseas and in New Zealand.
Is committed and passionate about ensuring the provision of quality care to clients by well trained and competent staff to meet client individual needs.
Outside of work enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities, travelling and dog training.
Since joining Life in 2011, Tracey’s role has expanded considerably. Extremely organized with exceptional attention to detail Tracey is always 2 steps ahead balancing Homecare Coordination with general office management and support. From a Hospitality background, this is Tracey’s first time in the Health sector and she has taken to it like a duck to water and is an integral member of the team.
Now a seasoned member of the Service Coordination team, there isn’t any area of coordination that Tracey isn’t familiar and experienced in and can’t handle. Tracey’s no-nonsense attitude get things done and deliver the utmost in customer service!
With three young daughters who demand a lot of her time and attention Tracey successfully juggles motherhood with work and the odd glass of wine with family and friends.
Diploma in Management qualified, Ayesha has worked in the Health and Disability sector for the last 3 – 4 years, prior to her time with Life Plus working as a Homecare Coordinator for one of Life Plus’s competitors. Ayesha joined Life Plus bringing with her a wealth of knowledge in Homecare across, MOH, DHB, ACC and Private contracts. Since joining Life Plus, Ayesha has adjusted to the Life Plus way of doing things and utilising her excellent multi-tasking skills. Ayesha is a Health and Safety Rep for Life Plus. Ayesha commented:
Life Plus can be my Canvas e.g. a painter needs a good canvas, colour and brush to implement his talent. For me, this organisation is a canvas, employees are the colours and my talent is the brush. No matter how talented the painter is, he still needs the right canvas and good colours to implement his talent.
Ayesha enjoys socialising with friends and co-workers, gardening, home decorations and spending family time with her Husband.
An Enrolled Nurse & Assessor, Hina joined Life Plus in 2011, since joining the company expanding her role into Assessments and more recently Careerforce Assessments.
Born and bought up in Kenya- Nairobi, HIna is married with 3 lovely children (2 boys and a girl). Arriving in New Zealand in 2003 with her lovely family looking for a better future for her children. When she is not working Hina enjoys the beautiful scenery of New Zealand and keeps herself busy with cooking, baking and sewing aswell as being a active community member.
Starting off as a Community Support Worker, Russel’s experiences in the healthcare sector is varied.
Truly passionate about providing good care for Russel it is not about financial gains, but a commitment to providing the best possible quality care, assigning the most competent staff and meeting the client’s needs!
When she’s not assisting after hours, Russel’s family is her source of love and inspiration whom she loves to cook up a storm for!
“Blossom wherever you are planted” is one of Joy’s life mantra. She is a Registered Nurse both in the Philippines and here in New Zealand. As she started working with Life plus as a Complex Care Registered Nurse back in 2016 she learned the ropes of New Zealand community care passionately and worked her way up as a Complex Care Consultant at present. Life plus is her first ever company in New Zealand and her loyalty and commitment to the team is a reflection of how she admires the culture of this remarkable organization.
She particularly enjoys the holistic resources of Auckland. Where she can work happy during the week, chill on a Friday night and enjoy the serenity of nature with her family on a Sunday Lunch at the beach.
Anisha joined Life plus in early 2018 as a team administrator and is now our Administration and Events Manager. She comes from a fast pace hospitality and customer service background working at the cinemas for over six years. Even though she sometime misses her discounted movies, popcorn and ice cream, she loves the people she is working with and cannot wait to learn more about the company. Anisha is also a graduate in a Bachelor of Arts in event Management minoring in Public Relations. When Anisha isn’t at Life plus she’s either catching up on her favourite shows such as The Real Housewives Series or Shortland Street. She loves shopping her way around every mall or current sale that’s on. If she’s not watching her favourite shows or shopping her heart out, you can find her eating her body weight in pizza and pasta or looking good meme she can chuckle to.
Marigold joined Life Plus in September 2018 as a Serious Injury and Complex Care Consultant. She is from the Philippines and has migrated in New Zealand last year. She is a Registered Nurse, in both New Zealand and Philippines, with over 10 years of experience in different fields of nursing. Back in the Philippines, she specialised in coordinating organ donation and transplantation in the country for 6 years.
These experiences, along with trainings, has helped her develop outstanding clinical and administrative skills and allowed her to attain a foundation of skills necessary to ease into nursing practice.
When she is not at work, most of the time she only stays home and relax, watch movies, cook food that she fancies. And sometimes catches up with her friends. She loves to travel, do shopping, get a relaxing Thai massage. She grew up in a Christian family and goes to church every Sunday.
Sarah joined Life plus in August 2018 as a Temp Services Consultant She has previously come from a dynamic and fast paced dental background, working as an oral health therapist in hospital and private settings. She graduated from a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Oral health. Although her dental background is now behind her, Sarah continues to be passionate about dental health and improving oral health related quality of life.
When Sarah isn’t working hard at Life Plus, she is most likely eating just about everything, singing and learning the ukulele or going down the rabbit holes of reddit. She loves playing PS4 games on the weekend, struggling to gym, and low-key edits YouTube videos on the side. She has no pets, but would really like a black Labrador at the moment.
Pretika has joined Life Plus in the beginning of 2017 as our payroll officer. She holds a Diploma in Accounting from Fiji. Pretika has got past experience in accounts receivable and credit controlling. With a very limited experience in payroll, Pretika is doing a very excellent job and got a very quick grasp of end to end payroll duties and New Zealand’s payroll legislations.
Apart from her weeks busy schedule she enjoys spending time with her family and helps in the family business. She also loves exploring things and enjoys travelling.
Highly organized and detail-oriented Senior Payroll Officer with extensive experience in payroll administration, tax, and benefits plans in the corporate community. Capable multi tasker having a flexible and helpful attitude towards work. Experience of providing a payroll service to practice clients with more than 900 employees.
Keen to find a challenging position within an ambitious company where I will be able to continue to grow my payroll experience and develop my abilities.
Sarah joined the Life Plus team in January 2019, as a Serious Injury and Complex Care Consultant. She is a Registered Nurse and has come from the busy Middlemore Hospital Emergency Department, and is enjoying the change of scenery in a more supportive and relaxed workplace.
When not at work she plays soccer competitively in the weekends, and social games during the week. Sarah also snowboards, swims and enjoys any outdoor activity with friends and family. She tries to eat healthily but a normal weekend for her would involve drinking wine and eating yummy food. She loves animals but her partner won’t let her get a French Bulldog puppy until they own their own home (dreaming!).
Daphne recently migrated from Singapore to New Zealand and is enjoying her time here so much more than humid Singapore.
She joined Life Plus in February 2019 and is learning so much about the working culture in New Zealand. Daphne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in Singapore and has been working for the past 5 years in Singapore. Life Plus is her first job in Auckland and having been in recruitment in Singapore, she is learning the similarities and differences between Singapore’s and New Zealand’s recruitment industry.
When she is not working, Daphne enjoys experimenting and cooking her hometown dishes and chilling at the beach with her husband.
During my 10 years in Recruitment, I have gained experience in several areas including retail and office support, however over the past 7 years I have specialised in Warehousing, Manufacturing and Logistics. Although I specialise in this space, I am also known to recruit for roles in Professional Services and Office Support, roles include but are not limited to ; Marketing, Digital Media, Finance, Office Administration and Senior Management. My recruitment experience includes volume temp, contract and perm placements roles at all levels.
In business and in my personal life, I believe strongly in being genuine and true to who I am when establishing relationships. This approach helps me build strong relationships based on trust and dependability. My colleagues are who I spend a third of my life with so having a mutual respect and a solid team environment is important to me and my success.
Coming from a background in both residential and commercial construction, Simon has a wealth of knowledge within the industry.
Starting on the tools as an apprentice carpenter, working his way up into a Design/Pricing role within the Frame & Truss industry, Simon has shown a natural ability to adapt to all areas across the industry. With a passion to succeed, he is driven to deliver the best outcome for all candidate’s and client’s he works with.
Jacqui comes to Life Plus with over 20 years of nursing experience. Having trained in London, UK, the first half of her career was spent in Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine. Since relocating to NZ with her family 6 years ago, she has found her focus more around robust, holistic assessments and building a passion for providing individualised packages of care with her client at the centre.
Jacqui will be the first Consultant in the new Tauranga office.
Outside of nursing, she is a committed Dragon Boat racer, often participating in local and regional Regatta’s.
She also loves her jet ski and can regularly be seen whizzing around the Bay of Plenty’s waters at the weekend, usually with one of her children hanging on behind her.
Oh, and she is a crazy cat lady!
Mae is an experienced nurse who worked mostly in the Emergency Department and hospital care settings for 10 years. She is an adventurer who enjoys meeting new people, travelling and experiencing different cultures through art and food. If she isn’t working, she is out tramping, surfing and spending time with family and friends.