Judges 2020

The Panel of Judges for the 2020 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.

Shortlisting Panel

In advance of the final judging stage, we also have a Shortlisting 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 Final Judging Panel, but just as vital to the NORAs.

Our 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 has worked with a number of recruitment startups over the past 20 years.

Stephen O’Donnell is Chairman of the Judging Panel.


Richard Charnock is Director of Operations at the REC. In a 10 year career at the REC, Richard has held various roles, including Head of membership and Head of the Institute for Recruitment Professionals (IRP).




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.


CEO and Founder of Join Talent. Katrina’s experience is in setting & delivering talent acquisition strategy spans financial services, retail, BPO and tech/start-ups. Add in all the different types of roles that sit within those companies and that’s most of the job market covered! Katrina is one of the foremost players in the in-house recruitment and HR strategy sector.



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.



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.



Joanne has been working with Startups & Scaleups for the last 8 years including co-founding my own boutique RPO providing Recruitment Services to fast growth tech-led businesses. She is a long-standing judge for the NORAS (National Online Recruitment Awards) dedicated to the improvement and evolution of candidate experience.



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.



Katrina Collier is on a mission to get all the people who recruit people to treat people better. Through facilitation she energises human connection; showing companies how to free their human-made recruitment obstacles to improve candidate engagement, reduce candidate ghosting, and ensure that all parties deliver a positive candidate experience. She is the author of The Robot-Proof Recruiter and Mastermind Certification, and delivers keynote talks that inspire recruiters, HR, and hiring managers to improve the recruitment experience for everyone.



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



Giles is one of the original ‘early adopters’ in the world of Recruitment Technology, having been with Jobtrain since 2002. Today, he champions the business to the outside world – sharing his 20 years’ of experience and knowledge and developing relationships and win/win propositions to drive Jobtrain forward.



CMO Pocket Recruiter, Digital Transformation in Talent Acquisition I Innovation in Recruiting | Recruitment Marketing | HRTech start ups.




Co-founder, IHR. The largest and most engaged community for In-house Recruiters.




Joanne is a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging specialist who engages with organisations to develop policy & best practises to be more inclusive for all people.

Working with leadership teams, challenging biases, I help to develop a vision and strategy for conscious inclusion, with the aim of bringing about positive culture change, employee experience and promote good mental health.


CEO, NED, Consultant – 20 years growing businesses in the online job advertising space. Ian has over 20 years experience in launching and running job boards in the UK. He has recently stepped down as the CEO of Simply Jobs Boards which operated some of the UK’s leading niche job boards. He set up the business up from scratch to eventual sale. Ian is now focusing on new business ventures in the recruitment space as well as helping other job board operators who value his expertise.


Director and Owner at Calgary Communications. Steve has been at the forefront of recruitment advertising, marketing, branding and the candidate experience since the 1980’s.




Christina is the Managing Director of Green Umbrella Marketing, having led an MBO. Christina works with recruitment business owners and marketing directors to educate them on how best to maximise their online marketing activities to enhance their business, increase brand awareness and ultimately increase sales..



Global Influencer and Business & Personal Growth Coach to the Talent Recruitment Sector. Ian is a Recruitment, NLP & Employment Futurist, Influencer and a Sage Global Business Expert with proven track record of aiding businesses and individuals to achieve and very often exceed their growth ambitions



James has over 15 years experience in the online and digital world, working my way up from a developer to Digital Strategy Manager and now Managing Director of Think In Circles, a marketing and branding agency for the recruitment sector.


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.

6. Especially for 2020 – how recruitment websites are serving their audience at a time of global health crisis, and subsequent employment crisis.

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.