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Member Interview: Halcyon Knights

By July 21, 2016 No Comments

Give me a quick overview of Halcyon Knights, what do you do?

Halcyon Knights is an IT&T Executive Search and Recruitment firm – we work with clients and candidates across the APAC region. Aksana & Brooke are co-directors of the NZ operation.

Halcyon Knights stands alone as a powerful brand in a competitive market. Halcyon is a synonym for wealth, prosperity and good times. A Knight, is an icon of leadership, strength and solidarity. We are committed to delivering results. Halcyon Knights has placed over 1500 professionals across sales, presales, delivery, marketing, digital and leadership in the IT Vendor and Services environment sector within ANZ over the past 9 years.

They specialize in IT Executive Search & Permanent Recruitment, IT Vendor Recruitment, Cloud, Infrastructure and Project Services (CIPS), Commercial/Executive Recruitment, Digital Recruitment, Management Consulting, Technical and Contract Recruitment.

Tell us a bit more about yourselves!

Aksana’s role is that of a Director at Halcyon Knights – NZ. She is an experienced IT/ Technology Search Consultant and a savvy business leader that has been in the recruitment arena for over 12 years.


Aksana deals with all types of ICT, digital and heavily-focused tech roles starting all the way from Developers (both Microsoft and Open Source), Testers (manual and automated), BAs, PMs, Technical Consultants, Solution Architects, EAs, Infrastructure Architects and Systems Engineers, all the way through to senior C-level roles, e.g. CTO, CEO, CDO, CIO, COO, etc. There is no role that she cannot fill.

Brooke has a background in BI sales and 5 + years regional recruitment consulting experience which extends throughout Asia Pacific. Brooke’s regional network allows her to leverage a much greater talent pool when clients are experiencing talent shortages in the ANZ market or are looking to enter new markets in the region.

Brooke has placed mid to senior level talent into IT&T vendors, service providers, financial services, management consulting, advertising, digital/online businesses as well as large corporates and start-ups across Asia Pacific

Specialities: Information Services, Solution Sales, Business Intelligence, Software, Cloud, Analytics, Mobility, Security/Storage, Risk/AML, Strategy, Product, Marketing, Digital, Transformation, eCommerce, Consulting, Telco and Executive/MD level appointments.

Describe what 2016 means for you and Halcyon Knights?
Aksana and Brooke: 2016 is all about growth, working hard and brand awareness we hope to mirror the Australian business and collaborate with regional offices.

So far what Generator facilities make things easier for you on a daily basis?
Generator is a true connector, it’s a business hub. We love the fact that we are able to hold events and to attend the many held here. We plan to have our office launch here at Generator in the next few months – so watch this space!
We enjoy the flexibility to use the break out spaces for meetings, the Wi-Fi which is accessible all around Generator and the relaxed environment. Thanks Generator for the social atmosphere – you have made us feel welcome and we are sincerely grateful!

What is a fun fact about yourself?
Aksana: People say I am a great baker but find it funny that I never eat my own baking.
I am a VP of Membership at The Early Birds Toastmasters Club at ASB. I help to manage and to run this Toastmasters Club and I am a keen salsa dancer too.
Brooke: I love to network. I’m a bit of a foodie. When I’m not working I’m usually out on the water or at the beach.

How long have you been with Halcyon Knights and what’s your favourite part of the job?
Brooke: I opened the Auckland office in Mid-March.
Our leadership team is so collaborative, supportive and it was great being given the tools to shape the business the way we wanted to.
Aksana: I have started with Halcyon Knights in late May and it has been an exciting journey. The founders – Lincoln Benbow and Marcus Lunch – work very hard and are truly inspirational leaders. In fact, they were one of the main reasons why I have decided to join “The Knightery”. Lincoln and Marcus are true visionaries. I’d like to ‘mirror’ their success and help them and us make Halcyon Knights a true connector in the IT industry and a global tech recruitment partner of choice.
Another thing that stands out about the HK company is the people.
The team are very personable and professional. They are all true experts in their fields – the HR, the PR & Marketing Manager, all of them!…
Finally, the company has great values – honesty, sincerity, respect and hard work. All of them are my core values too. I could not pick a better place to work in.

If you were a famous person who would you be and why? OR – who inspires you?
Brooke: I look up to powerful women in tech – majority of the top technology businesses have all male leadership at c-level and this is starting to change as businesses see the value of adding diversity to their teams
Aksana: I look up to an ex-client of mine, Alexandra Babitcheva. She has been my mentor for years. She is a dedicated individual, a very hard worker and a great female leader whom I aspire to and am very grateful that I got to work alongside her.

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