Who we are

Lotus People was established in late 2015 by our Director, Sinead Connolly, and co-founder, Laura Hopes. Sinead and Laura identified an opportunity in the market for a recruitment agency with a genuine, authentic and down to earth approach to business. With a passion for building long term relationships, delivering the best service and doing right by candidates and clients always, Lotus People was born. The Lotus Flower signifies “a rebirth of ideas” in Buddhism and that’s exactly the philosophy we wanted to apply to the recruitment industry.

This approach enables us to identify the very best office support, marketing and human resources candidates for our wonderful client base across a range of industry sectors.

Meet the Team

At Lotus People, we are a team of committed, hard working and genuine people. As specialists within industry verticals, you will partner with consultants who understand your industry. Experience the difference of working with Lotus People.

Sinead Connolly

Director and Co-Founder

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Setting up Lotus People in 2015, Sinead holds a Bachelor of Commerce and over eight years’ experience in the recruitment industry. Driven to provide a superior, personalised recruitment experience, Sinead uses her experience within the industry and her passion for people to run Lotus and create a supportive, collaborative and hardworking team culture. Winner of the Young Entrepreneur at the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce Awards 2017, Sinead was rewarded for her commitment to delivering a unique experience in the recruitment industry. Sinead is the Queen of multitasking so when she isn’t running Lotus, she is cooking up a storm in the kitchen, finding the best new restaurants in Sydney, taking her new surfboard out to the coast and fostering kittens for the Cat Protection Society!

Michelle Barrett

Associate Director

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Having moved to Sydney in 2012, Michelle started working in business support recruitment in 2014. With a background in administration and a diploma in customer engagement, it seemed like a natural next step for Michelle. With a passion for helping people, building strong relationships with clients and candidates and working in a methodical, thorough way, Michelle has seen huge success at Lotus People since joining in 2017. Michelle brings passion, drive and enthusiasm to the Lotus office and consistently impresses with her team oriented attitude and with her desire to always be the best she can be. Taking on the role of Associate Director, Michelle is responsible for wider business growth and takes pride in ensuring that event client has a stellar experience with Lotus People. In her spare time, you’ll find Michelle playing with her cat Tony, her Great Dane, Kalou and wandering around the Inner West on the weekends with friends.

Sham Hassan

Senior Consultant – Permanent Recruitment

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With a strong background in Executive support and a degree in English Literature, Sham left the UK to travel and relocate to Sydney. In 2016, she joined the Lotus team as one of our first employees as a team assistant. Sham has had impressive career trajectory over her years with Lotus, progressing from a team assistant role to candidate manager, to then managing all candidate managers, then to senior consultant. Working as Sinead’s right hand woman over the last three years, Sinead has led our candidate experience strategy, has trained and supported most people in the business and continues to spend her days identifying the best talent in Sydney.

Focusing on the Education, Health, Membership and Non Profit sectors, Sham is the go to in the market for roles within these sectors. Sham has a unique knack of understanding culture fit and can tell instantly which candidates would excel where. She strives for excellence in all she does and is a shining example of how Lotus do things differently. In her spare time, you’ll find Sham discovering the latest music at gigs and festivals and exploring Sydney’s best beaches.

Eva Child

Consultant – Permanent Recruitment

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With a background in psychology, Eva relocated to Sydney from the UK and joined the Lotus team in 2018. Starting her career with Lotus as a candidate manager, Eva learned the ropes the ‘Lotus Way’ and flourished from the beginning. Eva has always been passionate about making valuable connections and helping people fulfill their potential. Now, focusing on all permanent and fixed term contract roles within the Financial and Professional Services space, Eva has build a fantastic network and is going from strength to strength. As someone who is bright, caring and who can work at a very fast pace, it is no surprise that her passion has produced some really impressive results.

In her spare time, you will find Eva on a mission to find gluten free treats and swimming spots in Sydney.

Kerri Olafsen

Senior Consultant – Temporary Recruitment

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The latest addition to the Lotus team, Kerri moved to Sydney from Adelaide in 2019 to pursue a career in recruitment. Since then she has greatly enjoyed building meaningful relationships with clients and candidates and placing roles with determination, focus and pace. Having previously worked extensively in the healthcare, education and professional membership sectors, in addition to undertaking recruitment for not for profits, Kerri utilises her previous experience to gain an in depth understanding of her client base whilst placing temporary candidates across education, health, membership and non-profit. Kerri is a driven, empathetic and perceptive person who is committed to delivering the highest standard of recruitment services and building trust and respect with everyone that she works with. When she is not recruiting, you will find her hanging at the beach, wining and dining or binge watching animal documentaries!

Frances Weber

Candidate Manager – Permanent Recruitment

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Frances joined the Lotus team mid 2019 and hasn’t looked back. With a background in retail management and a degree in Criminology, Fran was referred to Lotus and how lucky we are! Fran has learnt all about recruiting through ‘The Lotus Way’ – identifying talent, building strong relationships with candidates and valuing their experience throughout the process. Supporting Michelle and the wider team with candidate manager, Fran is meeting outstanding candidates every day and is always ensuring we are delivering the best in candidate experience. An accredited coach providing support during these difficult times for candidate, Fran has been praised again and again for her empathetic, helpful and practical approach. Outside of work, you’ll find her hanging out with friends in the outdoors, waiting to receive attention from strangers’ dogs!

Jessica Kniaz

Operations and Project Coordinator, Amsterdam

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With a BA majoring in HR, Jess has always had an interest in the recruitment industry. After a stint of travelling, Jess joined the team as Lotus’ first team administrator in early 2016 and soon progressed into a recruitment consultant role on the temporary team. Our longest standing team member, Jess thrived in just a few short years at Lotus; rapidly growing her desk and being the go to for everything in the office! Having worked remotely from Amsterdam for over a year, we are now delighted to have Jess back in the office in Sydney! Looking after everything from marketing to operations to projects to database management, she is an integral part of the Lotus People team.

Lana Bruce

Personal Assistant, Townsville

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With a background supporting a busy team for a global recruitment agency, Lana comes highly recommended to Lotus. Joining the temporary team in a team assistant role in 2017, Lana was soon promoted to Personal Assistant to Sinead. With an incomparable drive, pragmatic approach and organisational skills that can’t compare, Lana is an invaluable support to Sinead and the team. Covering everything from office management, social media and marketing, EA duties and regular project support, Lana keeps the Lotus wheels ticking over! When she decided to relocated to Townsville with her partner in 2018, we knew we couldn’t live without her, so Lana now works remotely with her gorgeous puppy, Barry, by her side!

Lotus People Alumni

Whilst we would love for everyone to stay at Lotus forever (!), we know this isn’t possible and that people need to travel and pursue other paths. To forget these employees and the value they’ve added wouldn’t be right, so here are our Lotus alumni!

Sara Cornwall

Sara was our first ever Lotus employee back in February 2016. In her time with Lotus, she was promoted to manager of the permanent team, ran a hugely successful permanent desk and led by example daily. Winning Recruiter of the Year at the Recruitment International Awards saw the industry recognise Sara too! Sara lived and breathed the Lotus values and whilst we were gutted to see her go in July 2018, we are so excited for her next adventures in NYC where she will be closer to her family.

Kelsey Westwood

Kelsey joined in February 2017 to support Sara as her candidate manager. Together, the team were formidable and Kelsey, with her pragmatic, strategic brain, was an invaluable resource in the time she was with us. Kelsey was also shortlisted as a finalist for Back Office Support Team of the Year at the Recruitment International Awards 2018! Kelsey moved on from Lotus in July 2018 when she decided to take a year out and go travelling in Central and South America and once she returns to Sydney, we would welcome her back with open arms!

Laura Hopes

Co-Founder

Co-founding Lotus People with Sinead in August 2015, Laura put all of her energy and drive into setting up the agency. Working as yin and yang and operating seamlessly together, Sinead and Laura had a recipe for success. In late 2016, Laura made the tough decision to move on from Lotus to follow her passion of yoga teaching and training and now runs her own successful recruitment training business. We are so lucky to still have access to her amazing training abilities and are proud to call her Lotus alumni!

Chloe Duignan

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Joining Lotus People in 2017, Chloe has been an invaluable part of the team in her two years with us. Working as part of the permanent team, Chloe built exceptionally strong relationships across our client base in the financial and professional services sector. With a host of successful placements under her belt and with an unparalleled work ethic, we were so sad to see her move back to the UK. Happily for Chloe, she will be closer to family and we are grateful for the years she spent at Lotus People!

Small Business Champion Awards

Small Business Champion Awards

2019 Finalist
Best Small Agency to Work For

Best Small Agency to Work For

2018 Finalist – Recruitment International Awards
Small agency of the year

Small agency of the year

2018 Finalist – Seek Awards
Back Office Support Team of the Year

Back Office Support Team of the Year

2018 Finalist – Recruitment International Awards
Recruiter of the Year - Sara Cornwall

Recruiter of the Year - Sara Cornwall

2018 Winner – Recruitment International Awards
Sinead Connolly, Young Entrepreneur

Sinead Connolly, Young Entrepreneur

2018 Winner – Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce Awards

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