Judges 2016

The Panel of Judges for the 2016 Broadbean National Online Recruitment Awards. As usual they have extensive experience of the current online recruitment sector. They are selected on the basis of this knowledge, and have no vested interested in the nominated websites. A separate consulting panel of industry experts are involved in producing the shortlist of Finalist sites, from the thousands of nominations we receive via NORAuk.com.

The Judging Panel



Founder of PC Evaluate, AlljobsUK.com, and the National Online Recruitment Awards. Stephen has been a professional recruiter for the last 27 years, and has owned and run successful recruitment companies since 1993.  PC Evaluate provides personality profiling services to employers throughout the UK.

Stephen O’Donnell is Chairman of the Judging Panel.


As of July 2017, Neil Morrison is HR Director at Severn Trent plc. A member of the CIPD with just short of 20 years experience in generalist and specialist HR roles, including time spent leading resourcing teams. Neil is also an experienced HR blogger and sector commentator.


Since 2006, Jennifer has operated as the Head of Global Talent Acquisition for SABMiller, the second largest global brewer with operations in 80 countries and over 70,000 employees. She was selected in 2014 as a project lead for LinkedIn 100, a group of global TA thought leaders, named as one of the Top 20 UK Recruiting Pioneers by “Resourcing Magazine ” in 2008 and was profiled as one of the 11 most influential UK based resourcing leaders by “Recruiter Magazine in 2013 and 2015.


Steve-Othen-Bio-Picture70x70Steve Othen is the Head of Strategic Projects at the REC. Steve has held various roles, including Corporate Membership Manager, Organisational Change Manager, Head of Service Delivery and Acting Director of Member Delivery. Steve assumed his current position of Head of Strategic Projects in July 2013 and manages, among other projects, the Good Recruitment Campaign and has shared responsibility for internal HR.



Emma has over 15 years resourcing experience encompassing in-house and agency recruitment as well as RPO. Emma is also Co-Founder of The FIRM (The Forum for In-house Recruitment Managers) a membership organisation for Talent Acquisition professionals. With over 8500 members The FIRM is a collaborative and supportive community that aims to support, develop and inspire its members.



Melanie Hayes is Resourcing & Development Director at Compass Group for Compass Group UK & Ireland. Compass Group UK & Ireland employs 60,000 people in the UK, across 10,000 sites. Melanie’s background is predominantly in Recruitment where she has delivered change programmes to implement direct sourcing models in a number of organisations.



Bethan Davies; with over 16 years of Executive Search and In-house Talent Acquisition experience, three times winner of the UK Candidate Experience Awards Bethan recently moved into the consulting field advising and leading multi-national Talent Acquisition teams on system upgrades, candidate experience and resourcing strategies.



matthewjeffery70Matthew Jeffery is currently VP Global Head of Sourcing and Employment Brand at SAP, the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is at the center of today’s business and technology revolution. Matthew has 20 years marketing & recruitment experience.



Shortlisting Panel

In advance of the judging stage, we have a Selection Panel of industry experts, who will assess all websites nominated by jobseekers, and produce our shortlist of Finalists.  To ensure transparency in the awards process, this group are quite separate from our Judging Panel, but just as vital to the NORAs.


LouiseTriance70UKR350x70Louise Triance has a background in recruiting and the internet. She is founder and director of UKRecruiter.co.uk which, via its web site and newsletter, provides comprehensive and independent information to the recruitment industry.  Louise has been involved with the NORAs since the beginning, and is the Vice-Chair of our Judging Panel.


MattAlder70Matt Alder is a strategic consultant focusing on all aspects of recruitment marketing, employer brand and recruitment technology. Over the last seventeen years Matt has helped numerous employers connect to the best talent, improve ROI and drive value via digital, social and mobile recruitment strategies and techniques.  Matt is a long established blogger, an experienced keynote speaker and regular commentator on the future of work. He also hosts the Recruiting Future podcast, which can be found at www.rfpodcast.com.




Bill Boorman is the founder of #truMunity., facilitating unconferences globally, in and around Recruiting & HR. Recruiter Trainer. Key-Note Speaker.  Formerly Director of Training with Primetime Recruitment, Bill has been at the forefront of the charge to shape Social Media Recruitment in the UK.


Lisa Scales
 recently exited as the Co- Founder of Tribepad, the multi-award winning next generation recruitment platform used to great effect by some of the world’s largest employers.



wcc-logo70Joanne is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Winter Court Consulting Ltd who work with start ups on their global growth and expansion, with a successful track record of building organisations across three continents. Joanne is also a Recruiter in Residence at Wayra UK the Telefonica Open Future accelerator for startup companies.




Wendy McDougall is the CEO of the innovative and award winning Firefish Software. Having launched, and recently successfully exited her own leading IT recruitment firm, Wendy has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the UK recruitment sector.




Christine is the Co-founder and Director of The Needle, one of the UK’s leading video interview platforms. Christine has spent the last 10 years working in the UK interim recruitment market (Hays Procurement, Badenoch & Clark) as well as launching The Needle’s cloud-based, video interview service, designed to help agency and in-house recruiters to screen and assess candidates using the latest in mobile and browser based video interviewing technologies.


Since 2009, Katrina Collier has been showing SMEs to global Corporates around the world how to source their staff on social media; transforming HR & Recruiters into Certified Searchologists. London UK based, Katrina is a social recruiting specialist; a global trainer and keynote speaker, sharing proven techniques gained from over a decade of full cycle recruitment and social recruiting experience.

The criteria to be used in judging will include:

1. Ease of use, design, layout & speed.

2. Volume of available vacancies.

3. Volume of claimed visitors, where applicable.

4. Available facilities for jobseekers. This will include the availability of mobile websites and applications, and integration with social media channels.

5. Prominence in targeted market.

Sites will be judged from the point of view of a jobseeker, and what benefits candidates best. Recruitment websites which are not mobile friendly on small screens, will not be considered.