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..
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.
With 20 years of working in the Healthcare sector and a background in Management, Health Promotion, Education, Psychotherapy/Counselling, Maria brings to the role of National Client Relationship Manager her passion for ensuring an excellent quality of care is provided to all her clients at Life Plus. Each day brings new challenges which Maria happily embraces.
Originally from the UK, Maria and her family relocated to New Zealand 13 years ago where they made it their home and are now officially NZ Citizens. In her spare time, she enjoys socialising with friends, assisting her son with his music and relaxing walking her dog on the beach.
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 enjoys 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) …….
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.
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 sometimes 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.
Abby joined Life Plus in May 2019 as a temp payroll administrator. She then moved on to our Front of House Administration role on a permanent basis. “The company welcomed me with open arms. They really take care of their staff members. I have never experienced anything quite like it with another employer”. Abby enjoys getting out of the house as much as possible, using her spare time to mainly shop up a storm – particularly at Sephora, makeup and beauty is a major passion of hers. She hopes to graduate from university one day with a Doctor’s Degree, specializing in Dermatology.
Fiona is a registered nurse with over 20 years of experience in the UK and NZ. Her speciality is cardiology but after 15 years in the UK it was time for a change. Fiona enjoys meeting and assessing new clients and assisting them to find the appropriate recovery needs.
She balances this with her busy home life as a mum to two boys and enjoys playing netball to burn off some energy – when not injured herself!
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.
“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.
I am a highly motivated and qualified Occupational Therapist with a passion for promoting health and wellness in everyday life. During my placement within the wonderful world of OT, I have experience in working with predominantly adults, older adults and young adults who have suffered brain injuries, stroke survivors and neurological conditions, spinal injuries and amputees.
I have a keen interest in Psychology and Holistic Health and Wellness. I am currently in the process of part-time study for a Bachelor of Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine in the management of chronic health conditions and pain management. I hope to in the near future to undertake postgraduate studies to expand my learning within the Occupational Therapy sector.
Outside of my career, I have two beautiful children and a husband whom I cherish with all my heart. I have a love for anything yoga, fitness, health and food-related (I can eat a family block of peanut butter Whittakers easy!)
I grew up in South Africa. The youngest of 3, have two brothers. I LOVE any animals, especially dogs. My fav food is anything that is not healthy, unfortunately. Me and my husband moved to New Zealand on the 1st of January this year, to explore this beautiful country and expand our horizons a bit.
Mary always enjoys being high as a resource coordinator ever since she started in LifePlus last November 2019. She has 4 years experience in the Philippines within the RPO and has been flexible to handle and source candidates in different kinds of industry. She started as a Working Holiday Visa who’s craving for growth and independent life in this picturesque country. Nature, sheep, cows, landscape and opportunities are some of the reasons that she decided to go here. She is still learning and adjusting about everything in NZ, she can’t wait to explore and discover all of what this land of the long white cloud has to offer. Outside of work – she enjoys being with her friends doing karaoke, eating something new, solving puzzles/game boards and going to places she’s never been to.
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.
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!
I am a registered nurse with 15 years’ experience in community nursing, both in New Zealand and Australia. I love challenges that require out of the box thinking, I am committed to patient centricity and person-centred care.
Born and raised on the South Islands west coast of New Zealand I moved north and then spent 10 years living in Australia before moving back to be closer to family.
In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, home renovation and spending time with family and friends.
I am an Enrolled Nurse since 2011 and has been with Life Plus since August 2012.
Hina joined Life Plus as an Enrolled Nurse and Assessor and completes assessments for all of our short term clients.
Hina really enjoys getting out into the community, meeting new clients and providing them tools for their recovery process.
Hina also used to be our Staff Induction Instructor, however, with our company transitioning to a paperless system, she has helped introduce an electronic-based programme.
Hina enjoys spending time with her children, cooking and also baking and making sweets.
I grew up in Taranaki. I’m the proud mum to 5 beautiful girls.
I enjoy spending time with my Whanau and my hobbies include reading, vinyl records, retro furniture.
My background prior to LifePlus was in Dentistry, Healthcare Assistant and Restorative Justice.
Born in New Zealand with Cook Island heritage. I was blessed with being able to live in Rarotonga for the past 10 years and recently moved back in December 2019. In my spare time, I enjoy reading books with a Lord of the Rings nature and watching sci-fi movies. Living near the sea is where I like to be for scenic walks around the local marinas and beaches when I am motivated to get out there and walk. I am married to a Samoan and we have 2 wonderful children.
Kia Orana e Kia Manuia