Who We Are

Who We Are

As of the 1st of April 2019 Rothley has formally merged with SWR Group.

The merger is born out of our long-standing relationships and shared values with the owners of SWR Group, and provides our clients and candidates with improved reach and capability. Our growing team of eight professionals, means that our combined networks are now even wider and deeper, reinforcing our proven ability to help to build great leadership teams.

SWR Group's origins began more than 15 years ago when Graeme Sandri, Tony Walsh, Mark Chote and Tim Rosenberg first started working together. With a long and trusted working relationship that brings a total of 70 years of experience to the table, the opportunity arose in 2017 to merge the operations of Auckland-based Rosenberg Executive Search with the SandriWalsh team in Wellington.  Rothley Executive Search has merged with and become part of the SWR Group, effective from 1st April 2019.

Under the merger, Rothley operations become part of SWR Group. 

Together we are stronger

Today we are a boutique executive search firm focused on excellence in sourcing leadership talent, specialised and hard-to-fill roles. We cover all organisational, people and subject matter leadership roles, from the C-Suite down - whether permanent or contract.

Better connections, better outcomes

With offices in Auckland and Wellington, SWR Group offers powerful representation in both cities and nationwide, able to engage personally with clients and candidates and to achieve the best results for you through our blended skills, new levels of technology and extraordinary research capabilities. And because we take the brief and then do the work through to completion, you can be sure we will get a better result for you.

At SWR Group, we know that good people know good people and we act like a matchmaker to find great people for great roles - and we search across towns and across countries to do so. Focusing on quality and long-term partnerships, SWR Group has the experience and expertise to help you think differently about identifying, attracting and retaining top people. Executive search and recruitment is what SWR Group does – we know the business, and we take the time to know your business and its specific context, culture and challenges.   

Fresh thinking, insightful advice, long-term partnerships

When you engage SWR Group you’ll work with experienced consultants who measure success by providing lasting, comprehensive solutions – solutions that rest on active listening and skillful execution.Like you, we value fresh thinking and straight shooting. We’ll tell you what we think – but only after we’ve taken the time to listen and understand your organisation and each assignment.That kind of understanding strengthens over time. We focus on partnering with like-minded clients who value quality – building long-term relationships based on trust and successful results. 


Founder and Director

Sean Brunner

Sean Brunner


Sean is the Founding Director of Rothley. He has extensive experience managing search processes for executive, director, and functional leadership positions in the private, not for profit and public sectors. Sean’s depth of understanding and personal experience of leadership, business and search means that he is well placed to deliver the best possible resourcing outcomes. 



Talk to Us

If you are looking for a fresh approach to Executive Search and Recruitment Consulting – talk to us.