About Us

Attwood Cozens was originally set up by our Managing Director, James Cozens, over 20 years ago in the UK and by the time he moved  to New Zealand in 1997, he had built up a consulting client portfolio that included several multi branch partnerships and international companies as well as many smaller businesses, including sole practitioners.      

Attwood Cozens works with Accounting firms and IT companies in helping their businesses grow. Good recruitment is a key part of that process, but our services now go well beyond placing a good candidate in a good job.

James Cozens BA (Hons) APRCSA   

James graduated in Business Law and then worked for several years in a major UK CA firm to manager level, before moving into the recruitment industry, specialising in accounting recruitment.

He has held senior management roles for leading financial and IT recruiters in New Zealand and the UK and also worked for the Practice Advisory arm of the UK Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has recruited for all of the top International accounting firms and many smaller and medium sized organisations.  Many of the candidates that he placed in earlier years are now at Partner and CFO level working in roles throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK as well as in Western Europe, Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Dubai.

James is a past President of the New Zealand Division, and past Board Director, of the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association, the leading professional body for the on-hire, recruitment and workforce solutions sector in New Zealand and Australia.

He has always taken a keen interest in helping education providers and students to match academic skills with the increasing challenges of the workplace and has been on the Advisory Board for Accounting and Finance at UNITEC for many years including acting as chairperson in 2011.
The Attwood Cozens philosophy has always been to add value to a client's business, and our services here in New Zealand include recruitment, training, business development and practice merger and acquisition work.

Jonathan Davison BA (Hons)

Jonathan works with us in the areas of Client and Candidate Interview training. He has over 12 years Investigation and Interview experience as a Detective with Greater Manchester Police. Greater Manchester Police are among the most advanced practitioners of modern interviewing anywhere in the world and recently featured on the BBC Television programmes Eyewitness.

In his last role with Greater Manchester Police, Jonathan was an Advanced Specialist Tier 3 Interviewer and a Qualified Trainer in the field of Investigative Interviewing.

Jonathan now runs his own consulting business Interview Skills and further information can be found at www.interviewskills.co.nz
Tom O'Neil B Soc Sci (Psych)

Tom works with us in the areas of CV preparation and also provides outplacement training, leadership and support to all levels of staff and management throughout New Zealand. He has over 20 years experience in human resources and recruitment and has a degree majoring in social and perceptual psychology.       

After developing and selling two recruitment consultancies, Tom consulted independently in human resources to a number of leading national and international organisations including Sovereign Assurance, South Auckland Health, Auckland City and Morgan and Banks.  After this, Tom then joined Deloitte Touche as a Management Consultant specialising in Human Resources.  

He has had a number of articles printed in various magazines and newspapers and has been interviewed on Television and radio in relation to CV / resume and career matters.

Tom has also been a committee member (northern region) of the governing body of the recruitment industry (RCSA) and now specialises in resume creation and career support as Managing Director of cv.co.nz (NZ) Limited.

Further Information on Tom's CV business can be found at www.cv.co.nz and on his out placement work at  www.outplacement.co.nz

Carole Bates BA MHRINZ

Keeping your staff motivated, developing their skills, and hence retaining good people as skills shortages return are a key part of running a successful business, especially when your major assets are your people, as is the case with any professional firm.

Carole Bates works with us in all areas of People Performance. Carole started working as a human resource practitioner in 1995 in a professional services practice.  She established her own consultancy in 2003, with particular expertise in implementing effective people management systems to drive workplace productivity.  She is a member of the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand and a CoachU certified coach.  She has worked with a wide range of organisations, including corporates, government departments and privately-owned companies. 

Carole has a strong understanding of best practice strategies for people management.  She led the implementation of "Investors in People" for Gosling Chapman Accountants.  This internationally recognised standard ensures that people management processes contribute to business success.  Carole understands how to link people management and development initiatives to bottom line results for a business.

Carole is passionate about improving workplace productivity by helping individuals in organisations to reach their full potential and facilitating sustainable changes in behaviour.

In addition to her experience and technical expertise, Carole brings excellent communication skills to her client relationships.  She delivers results with empathy for each client's unique challenges.  Carole believes that excellence in people management is achieved not only by implementing great systems but by collaborating effectively with her clients and empowering them to be successful leaders.

Carole is the owner of Premier Performance and more details on her services can be found at www.premierperformance.co.nz     











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