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Our story

Managing director and CEO, Regan Higgins founded Franklin Smith to provide bespoke recruitment and employment solutions to both employers and candidates, and to bring great companies together with great people.

With offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, our growing team of recruitment consultants are at the forefront of their specialist fields. Transparency, accountability, and reliability are at the core of all we do.

Company culture

The way we operate encourages innovation and individual thought with a view to allowing our team the ability to develop unhindered. We aim to be the benchmark of the recruitment industry, placing a high value on ethical operation with an unparalleled commitment to service.

Working at Franklin Smith makes you part of a collaborative, entrepreneurial environment designed to see you enhance your career and optimise your potential. The bonds formed within our team of consultants are just as crucial as the ones we make with clients and candidates – because the bottom line is that it’s all about the people. Our recruitment consultants focus on creating new ways to do business as opposed to enforcing out-dated and tired recruitment practices.

Our Community

Inspiring people and influencing positive social change runs in our blood. We actively seek opportunities which benefit clients, candidates, and the wider community with a goal to connect, inspire and engage.

Franklin Smith’s flagship event, Auckland Got Talent, is an exclusive career showcase event which aims to provide a springboard for new construction cadets struggling to get a foot in the industry. Young construction grads are keen, eager, and hungry to learn, but many of them struggle to enter the industry due to outdated and one-size-fits-all recruitment models. We tore down the walls and encouraged some of the biggest names in the industry to take a chance on Auckland’s youth. 50% of all fees were donated to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Our Leadership Team

Regan Higgins

Founder and CEO of Franklin Smith 

Matt Folkard

Operations Director (NZ/AUS) 

Patrick Kirkland

General Manager of Franklin Smith Trades

Tom Kilby

Associate Director of Franklin Smith Construction

Our Team

Bronwyn Wilson

People & Culture Manager

Niroshan Dias

Finance Manager

Karla Yparraguirre


Adam Witherick

Manager – Recruitment Specialist – Property and Finance

021 280 9379

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John Black

Recruitment Specialist – IT


021 839 812

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Waldo Eksteen

Recruitment Specialist – IT


021 735 244

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Justin Yeo

Recruitment Specialist – IT Contracting


021 228 7271

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Suman Bali

Manager – Recruitment Specialist – Business Support

021 839 379

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Sarah Kennedy

Recruitment Specialist – Business Support

021 279 9355

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Brad Neal

Recruitment Specialist – Residential Construction

021 191 6397

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Farrel Gordon

Recruitment Specialist – Architecture and Design

027 268 5757

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