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Linda-Maree Drake

Managing Director: Recruitment Consultant

I grew up in Hawkes Bay, in a family of seven. I started my career as a Medical Receptionist and then went on to train as a Registered Nurse.  I took time out of my career to have our four children, with all of our kids being educated at Roto-O-Rangi school prior to us moving on to a small rural block on the opposite side of Cambridge seven years ago.  I returned to Nursing, focusing my career at that stage in Critical and Intensive Care at Waikato Hospital until 2010.


In 2011 I moved from the hospital into our own Hamilton based human resource / employment relations consulting company, primarily focused on developing the business although I also worked with clients in many aspects of their people practices – including recruitment and policy and procedure development.


Opportunities then arose for me to work in two of our client businesses for the next 2 years to enable me to enhance my business management capabilities. In 2016 I completed my MBA (Masters in Business) at Waikato University providing me with the confidence to take on this new venture.


Since commencing at Fegan’s my medical knowledge has proven extremely useful in helping me to understand many aspects of animal care and husbandry such as mastitis, AI, calving, lame cows, nutrients and dietary requirements. I have felt welcomed into the industry by people I have made connections with, including many offering me the opportunity to come and work on their farms to gain a greater knowledge of the industry.  I believe my range of skills will bring a fresh approach and new insights into the rural sector, as the sector adapts and changes with the introduction of environmental regulations, Health and Safety and the many other HR issues now impacting on recruitment including drug free employees.