NORA Judges 2015

The Panel of Judges for the 2014 National Online Recruitment Awards. 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

The Judging Panel



Founder of PC Evaluate,, 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.


PenguinRandomHouse239x70Neil Morrison is Group HR Director for Penguin Random House UK, the world’s largest general book publishing company. 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.



AnnSwain70x70Ann Swain is the Chief Executive of The Association of Professional Staffing Companies.  Ann has headed APSCo, and before that its predecessor, ATSCo, for the past 12 years; creating a well-respected trade association known for its energy, thought leadership, outstanding membership service offering and lobbying power.



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 Head of Organisational Development for Compass Group UK & Ireland. Compass Group UK & Ireland employs 60,000 people in the UK, across 10,000 sites and Melanie is responsible for leading the Resourcing, Learning & Development and Talent teams which support the ongoing growth of the organisation. 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.



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.



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


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.


UKR350x70Louise Triance has a background in recruiting and the internet. She is founder and director of 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.


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.




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.





Katharine Robinson (aka @TheSourceress on Twitter) Katharine Robinson uses the Internet to track down tough to find talent. Katharine is now a successful freelance advisor on online recruitment strategies. She has worked with clients such as Capgemini Consulting, Ochre House, Verizon and PepsiCo. Katharine is a frequent public speaker on the social web (and how to search it).



Lisa Scales is 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.




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CEO at Social Talent ( Online Recruitment Training, Johnny has extensive hands-on recruitment experience over the past 15 years.




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.



SpikeTurner – Director of Ri5.Career: Spike has spent the last 13 years in media sales, and specifically the past 5 years involved in the day-to-day running of Ri5, the specialist online recruitment publication. As such, Spike has a unique and in depth knowledge of the online 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.

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.