Judges 2009

The Panel of Judges for the 2009 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

STEPHEN O’DONNELL FIRP (Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals)

Founder of AlljobsUK.com. Stephen has been a professional recruiter for the last 21 years, and has owned and run successful recruitment companies since 1993. Stephen O’Donnell is Chairman of the Judging Panel.



Jim is editor of leading monthly staffing title Recruitment Consultant. He has a strong journalistic background in employment issues, criminal law and politics.



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.


Dan McGuire, Managing Director, Broadbean Technology. Dan heads up Broadbean Technology, Europe’s largest multiple job posting and applicant source tracking company which distributes in excess of 1,500,000 online job adverts every month to more than 600 job boards across the globe. Dan has been involved in the recruitment industry, both traditional and online for over 9 years.



Helen 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).



Industry Head, Recruitment, with Google.


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Emma has over 12 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 is currently their Talent Attraction Manager. Emma is also Co-Manager of The FIRM (The Forum for In-house Recruitment Managers) a network of over 1400 in-house recruiters.



Tom Atkinson, currently C.E.O of Keen Thinking, director of Purple Factors, non executive director of Manage People, and compliance consultant for Gain Advantage and others, is always keen to witness “best of breed”. A previous judge for, presenter and recipient of, many awards, Tom is currently a judge for the “Orange” National Business Awards and has been for the last 4 years. As well as NORA, Perms Connect, one of his company’s brands, is sponsoring “Best Recruitment Consultant” awards across the country.


Founder and Chief Networking Officer at CareerSiteAdvisor. Formerly COO of Totaljobs.  To avoid any conflict of interest, Keith has recused himself from the judging panel this year, as CareerSiteAdvisor was shortlisted as a Finalist by our separate Selection Panel.


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.
4. Available facilities for jobseekers.
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.


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