Lisa Norris – Director, Australia

RSCA - Accredited Recruitment Professional

Lisa is based in Sydney as the Director of McCall Norris.  She deals with all our Australian based appointments.

How long have you been in recruitment?

I fell into the recruitment industry 24 years ago after a successful career in hospitality. I was actually a dairy maid on a kibbutz prior to going into recruitment!

What made you move from hospitality to recruitment?

There was no money in hospitality at the time but I don’t think I realised I was moving to a career in recruitment – I just thought I was taking a job on reception for Andersen Contracting (now Chandler Macleod) for 6 months!

Tell us about your previous experience before becoming a rec2rec?

Well I started my recruitment career in 1991, on reception joining Diversiti, now part of the Chandler Macleod Group, and made my way through to Team Leader.  After five years I moved to London to further my career, and opened the IT division of Robert Walters. I built this fledging business from two staff to more than 50 IT recruiters in a three year period and we were key to the company’s strategy to publicly list.

Returning to Australia, I took a job as Australian Head and GM Sales for what is now Randstad (Sapphire Technologies). From here I moved to Spherion, one of the world’s largest publicly listed recruitment powerhouses at the time. Spherion was acquired by Julia Ross (now part of the Chandler Macleod Group) and on acquisition I became Regional Manager Australia. My most recent job, prior to rec2rec, was as the Regional Director of Aquent, looking after operations in Australia and NZ, responsible for a network of six offices and more than 70 staff.

How did you become a rec2rec?

I really decided overnight.  I knew I wanted to go out on my own and I knew I wanted to use my network and experience to ensure others had a professional career in recruitment.  I had seen, and still do see, too many people join the wrong brands, and I wanted to guide others on their recruitment career path.  In addition to this I’d had so many people ask during my career “do you know a good rec2rec” so I thought by creating Norris & Partners, now McCall Norris, we could fill the gap.

What makes you a great rec2rec?

I have a unique skillset for a rec2rec – a great rec2rec is someone who has been there, and in the most humble sense of the word “done that”.  Many of my clients and candidates recognise this and value it, as I have held the roles I recruit for.  This coupled with 24 years of local and international recruitment experience, has resulted in me developing and providing bespoke value added services to our clients such as our new management consulting capability, and for our candidates, The Talent Centre.

It’s an exciting time for Norris & Partners as we become part of the McCall business, continuing to provide exceptional service in Australia for the group, as well as benefit from their brand, international presence and candidate reach.