27th July 2016

Meet the Team

Hi, I’m Michael Gray – Business Development Manager

I have been a Hospitality Professional now for most of my working career.

After training as a Chef many years ago, I worked in various restaurants and hotels in Wellington, Wairarapa, Lake Tekapo and Timaru to name a few places.

Business ownership came in the form of a Fast Food outlet in a mall, progressing to the famous Buzz Restaurant in Lower Hutt then to a large scale Tapas Bar called Speakeasy in Petone.

During the last couple of years I have been working for the Temp Centre then progressing to BDM.

I have amassed a considerable amount of knowledge as a Temp in various assignments around Wellington and hope to use that knowledge to help our Clients do even better in their businesses.

I was keen to join the team here because this Agency is an institution without peer having been in business for over 45 years now in Wellington, the first place any Hospo outlet calls when wanting quality staff without peer. We only believe in having the cream of the crop in Temping Hospo staff and supplying the crème de la crème of restaurants, cafes, sporting venues, wedding venues and catering outlets, to name a few.

I am passionate about providing Great Service and looking after the Customers needs and now look forward to bringing that passion and strength to the Temp Centre and its long term Clients.

When I am not working my wife Hilary and I love to visit cafes and enjoy taking in the amazing Café Culture within this wonderful Wellington region. You may also see us partaking in a little Rock n Roll dancing.

I would love to hear from you if you need the best Hospo Staff or indeed are looking at joining us as a Temp or Perm Hospo staff.

My mobile is 0275 777 734 or email michael@tempcentre.co.nz


Hi, I’m Claire – Recruitment Consultant

I started working for The Temp Centre as the Receptionist and have since progressed into my current position as a Recruitment Consultant.

I am really enjoying the extra responsibilities and pressure this role offers, my duties now include consulting with clients, interviewing new candidates and filling job orders.  Having worked as a Temp as well, it’s really interesting being on the other side and learning the different procedures and expectations of both clients and temps.

I grew up in Nelson and have been working in Hospitality since I was 14; part-time whilst still at school and then full time to fund my travels. My first job was meant to be helping out on the floor for one day- I was there for 2.5 years.

Over the next 9 years, I worked at numerous different functions including weddings and high profile dinners.

It’s an industry I’ve come to love as there’s always something new happening.

In my spare time, I’m a qualified freelance make-up artist. I have been involved with a number of shows including the last 2 years of WOW, and other stage shows, photo-shoots and kids face-painting. I love watching people transform with my work and seeing the before and after results! A love I am emulating at work here.

If you’re keen for some work or want to know more about what we do at The Temp Centre, pop on down to the office, I’m always up for a chat!


Hi, I’m Matthew Dumont – Recruitment Consultant

I arrived in New Zealand at the start of 2011.  I chose to live and work in Wellington, the capital of this very fine country.  When the opportunity arose to work for the Temp Centre as a Recruitment Consultant, I jumped at the chance.

Most of my experience in Essex, England was based around Retail, Kitchens and Coffee Shops; hence the right fit between working for the No 1 Hospitality provider in New Zealand and my values and principles.

I believe in providing all my Clients and Temps with the best service that they can ever receive.  I aim to please and give them a reason to want to deal with us over and over again, I firmly believe in repeat business and fulfilling their needs.  My skills lie in Customer Service.

I like working here at the Temp Centre as we meet a wide range of people.  That gives me a chance to build a relationship with them and take care of their needs.

The Temp Centre was heavily involved with staffing for the Rugby World Cup 2011 and that was certainly the highlight for me and the team here.  I also like working with some of our other larger sites here and get a kick out of it when our plans come together and both the Clients and Temps give me their thumbs up.

While in Wellington, I hope to soak the constant party like atmosphere of this city and contribute to it at the same time.

Call me on 0275 7777 67 or email me now on matt@tempcentre.co.nz if I can be of service to you.


Hi, I’m Ashleigh Grant – Administrator

I first became involved with The Temp Centre in January ’09. After having spent a year living in Germany, I returned home to New Zealand pumped to get into the Tourism industry. My initial goal was to become a tour guide and offer tours in the German language which I had recently acquired, that however changed when I joined the Temp Centre.

My first job with the Temp Centre was an office assistant, where I spoke German to clients who were having difficulty booking their travel while in New Zealand from there, my career within the Temp Centre has led to bigger and better opportunities, from which I have gained vital hospitality skills.

As well as working for the Temp Centre, I am a full time student at Victoria University where I am studying to become a secondary school teacher. The Temp Centre has been very flexible and accommodating and therefore I have found a balance between my studies and work.

What I love most about my job is how everyday is a new experience. I am constantly meeting and working with new people and discovering Wellington’s vitality.