Judges 2018

The Panel of Judges for the 2018 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 RECex, and the National Online Recruitment Awards. Stephen has been a professional recruiter for the last 3 decades, and has owned and run successful recruitment companies since 1993.  Stephen is presently also head of Customer Success with Pocket Recruiter

Stephen O’Donnell is Chairman of the Judging Panel.


Neil Morrison HR Director at Severn Trent plc, was until recently Group HR Director for Penguin Random House UK, the world’s largest general book publishing company. A member of the CIPD with 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.


Steve-Othen-Bio-Picture70x70Steve Othen is the Head of HR 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 is Managing Director of The FIRM and Talent Director for the Talent Insight Group and has over 16 years resourcing experience encompassing in-house and agency recruitment as well as RPO. Her previous organisations include Unilever, BskyB and most recently Mars Chocolate UK where she was Head of Talent responsible for the development of a best in class strategic approach to Talent Acquisition and Management. She now leads the FIRM team in providing both tactical support and strategic insight for their members.


Joanne Lockwood is the founder and CEO of SEE Change Happen, an Equality Diversity & Inclusion Practice specialising in providing Transgender Awareness and support to organisations and businesses all over the UK. Joanne is the first openly transgender past National President of the 90-year-old ‘Men’s Club’, The Round Table. In 2016 she embarked on her personal rebrand, selling her successful IT services businesses that she had built up over 25 years and transitioned.


Steve Barnhurst is the Sales Director for our awards partner, Broadbean Technology, and has been a NORA judge for several years. He has Over 20 years experience working within the recruitment sector as a recruiter, Trainer, COO and more recently, a supplier to the industry.



CEO at Social Talent (www.socialtalent.co) Online Recruitment Training, Johnny has extensive hands-on recruitment experience over the past 17 years.



Barry Flack is a seasoned Global HR Executive, leader and strategist. He solves complex people-related business problems. Successes include helping build successful people strategies for a hyper-growth start-up, launching a Retail brand in the USA and offshoring FS processes to India to name a few.




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.

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 eighteen years Matt has driven value for numerous employers by helping them connect to the best talent and improve ROI. Matt is a long established blogger, an experienced keynote speaker and regular commentator on the future of work. He hosts the Recruiting Future podcast (www.rfpodcast.com.) and is co-author of the book “Exceptional Talent” which was published by Kogan Page in 2017.


Adam Gordon is the founder and CEO of Candidate ID. Candidate.ID® is the world’s only dedicated talent pipeline software (one of the 10 most disruptive technologies in HR, 2016) and can reduce time-to-shortlist by 60%. Adam has been in the recruiting sector since 1999.



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.


Hung Lee is the founder of WorkShape.io – the revolutionary recruiting platform for Software engineers. He is an industry professional with over 15 years experience as an agency recruiter, Recruitment manager, Internal Head of Talent, recruitment trainer and strategic advisor for rapid growth businesses in the London Tech Startup scene. Now CEO of an award winning online recruiting platform WorkShape.io, Hung has been at the forefront in developing and promoting new ways in which companies can connect to talent.



Wendy McDougall CEO Firefish Software. Serial Entrepreneur, making waves and influencing the recruitment technology space. Over the last 20 years, Wendy has been a top performing recruiter, started, grown and been part of several successful company exits. She is now on a mission to help recruiters reach, engage and recruit more candidates by adopting a new and innovative approach called #predictiverecruitment.




Christine was the Co-founder and Director of The Needle, one of the UK’s leading video interview platforms. Christine has spent the last 14 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.


Formerly Marketing Director with Bullhorn and Broadbean Technology, Clair is now co-founder of Talent Stories. Talent Stories is a marketing consultancy and concierge service for the recruitment industry. Clair has been a phenomenally successful marketeer in the recruitment sector since



Lisa helps recruitment leaders, IT leaders and recruitment marketers to set ROI-led goals and use recruitment technology and digital marketing strategically. ROI is key! She’s a keen technology strategist and recruitment advocate. She’s passionate about making a difference to recruiting firms. As founder of Barclay Jones, Lisa brings a wealth of experience in recruitment technology and digital marketing.

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.