Judges 2011

The Panel of Judges for the 2011 National Online Recruitment Awards has now been finalised. As usual they will, of course, 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 AlljobsUK.com, and the National Online Recruitment Awards. Stephen has been a professional recruiter for the last 24 years, and has owned and run successful recruitment companies since 1993.

Stephen O’Donnell is Chairman of the Judging Panel.




Louise 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.



Helen Reynolds is CEO of HB RIDA (www.hbrida.com). HB RIDA is a joint initiative between Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity (James Caan) and The Recruitment Industry Development Agency (www.rida.uk.com).



Matt Alder is the founder of strategic consultancy MetaShift and has spent the last twelve years working within the Internet space. He became involved in online recruitment eleven years ago, spending seven years as Head of Interactive Media with TMP Worldwide followed by four years as Head of Digital at Penna Barkers.





Neil Morrison is Group HR Director for the Random House Group, one of the largest general book publishing companies in the UK.  A member of the CIPD with over 15 years experience in generalist and specialist HR roles, including time spent leading resourcing teams. Neil is also an experienced HR blogger and sector commentator.



Emma Mirrington has over 13 years resourcing experience encompassing in-house and agency recruitment as well as RPO – most recently she spent five years at Unilever as their European Talent Manager prior to moving to Sky where she spent three years as their Talent Attraction Manager.  Emma is now Head of Talent at Mars Chocolate UK and is also Co-Manager of The FIRM (The Forum for In-house Recruitment Managers) a network of over 3,500 in-house recruiters.


Bill Boorman is the co – founder of #TruEvents. 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.




Siân Harrington has been the editor of the prestigious and definitive HR Magazine since 2006.  In that time, Siân has won HR Journalist of the Year, 2010 Finalist for Editor of the Year, and HR Magazine was acclaimed HR Publication of the Year for 2010.


Alan Whitford has over 20 years experience in the start-up and expansion of high technology businesses in Europe.  Alan founded  RCEURO.com to partner and stimulate debate, best practices and knowledge sharing within the EMEA Recruitment community.  Abtech provides strategic and practical insights to the automation and web-enablement of Human Resource and Recruitment Process activities throughout Europe.

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.


Peter Gold.  With over 20 years recruitment experience and the last few years being heavily involved in using social media, Peter now advises employers on how to use social media for both internal and external talent management initiatives, as well as “more traditional” on-line recruitment activities ranging from attraction to measuring results


Andy Headworth is a recognised recruitment industry specialist, focusing particularly on the subject of social recruiting, helping and advising companies how best to make use of using the social media channels in their recruitment activities.  His experience across all recruitment disciplines spans over two decades and has included work in UK, Europe, US and the Middle East.


Steve Evans’ career includes; UK Director, TMP.Worldwide, establishing the UK’s fastest growing ATS and Marketing for the UK’s largest job board software provider. In 2008, Steve established Net Natives.  Steve is regularly invited to contribute to various recruitment publications and sits on the judging panel for social media and Recruitment Awards.


Ben Nunn , Head of Digital – ThirtyThree.  Ben has worked in the recruitment advertising sector for over 16 years across client service, online recruitment and digital communications. As Head of Digital at ThirtyThree, Ben is responsible for the team of digital creatives, developers and project managers who design, develop and implement market-leading website solutions.


Mike Taylor is the Managing Director of Web Based Recruitment, Online Recruitment Marketing Specialists. Prior to this, Mike had spent the previous 15 years working in HR and Recruitment for major blue chip companies including IBM, Motorola and Nokia.  Mike is also the force behind two of the major recruitment conferences in the UK, the Social Media in Recruitment Conference, and the forward-thinking Mobile & Video in Recruitment Conference which takes place in London on the 17th November 2011.




Katharine Robinson

Katharine Robinson (aka @TheSourceress on Twitter) uses the Internet to track down tough to find talent. In January this year she joined Capgemini Consulting as Sourcing Recruitment Manager in their in-house recruitment team. Katherine is a frequent public speaker on the social web, and how it augments the real, social and professional worlds.

Keith Robinson, Founder of CareerSiteAdvisor.



Jamie Leonard, Director with ReConverse.


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.

Shortlisted sites are entitled to display this logo on their site and literature.





The winners in each category are entitled to display this logo on their site and literature.