Lotus People Story

Who we are

Lotus People has a passion for excellence and an unshakeable desire to create a different recruitment experience. In an industry where candidates can be seen as a commodity and relationships transient, our talented consultants use their extensive experience and local knowledge to build and grow strong networks within the Sydney market. This approach enables us to source the very best office support, marketing and human resources professionals for our clients across a range of industry sectors.

Meet the Team

At Lotus People, you will partner with a specialist in your industry sector. We pride ourselves in our understanding of the sectors we work in.

Sinead Connolly

Director and Co-Founder


Setting up Lotus People in 2015, Sinead holds a Bachelor of Commerce and over six years’ experience in the recruitment industry. Driven to provide a superior, personalised unique recruitment service, 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 camera out on day trips and fostering kittens for the Cat Protection Society.

Jessica Kniaz

Senior Consultant – Temporary Recruitment


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. Jess has thrived in just a few short years at Lotus; rapidly growing her desk within the Education and Health sectors, progressing to senior consultant, providing support and guidance to new team members, applying her stellar operational skills to all things process and database management and now, hiring Miya as her dedicated candidate manager and recruitment coordinator. With her calm demeanor and considered approach, Jess is invaluable as our longest standing consultant on the temporary team. In her spare time, you will find Jess frequenting music gigs, bush walking and travelling at home and overseas.

Sham Hassan

Team Lead – Candidate Management


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 a team assistant and quickly became intrigued by all things recruitment. Progressing from a team assistant role to candidate manager, Sham supported the temporary and permanent teams with all candidate support and engagement – allowing her to become very familiar with the recruitment process on both sides. Naturally progressing in the business, Sham was soon promoted to a recruitment consultant position and now thoroughly enjoys managing her own client base within the FMCG, Retail, Creative, Membership Body and Education sectors, along with continuing to work closely with the rest of the team to source high calibre candidates across all industries. 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.

Michelle Barrett

Team Lead – Temporary Recruitment


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 lives and breathes the Lotus values. Joining the team in mid 2017, Michelle brings passion, drive and enthusiasm to the Lotus office and receives consistently positive feedback from candidates, clients and everyone she works with within the FMCG, Retail, Creative and Membership Body sectors. A true team player, we are lucky to have her. In her spare time, you’ll find Michelle playing with her cat Tony, wandering around the inner west on the weekends or socialising with friends.

Serina Khan

Senior Recruitment Consultant


Serina’s love and passion for helping people is what brought her to Lotus People. With a logical and diplomatic approach, Serina has the ability to build excellent relations with both clients and candidates. Serina progressed within the recruitment industry rapidly and has experience both working on a commercial desk in Australia as well as managing a very busy and fast paced logistics and manufacturing desk in the UK. After travelling in New Zealand, Serina relocated to Sydney and has joined Lotus People as Senior Recruitment Consultant within the temporary division focusing on professional and financial services.

In her spare time Serina enjoys being active and socialising with friends on the beach or sipping cocktails!

Chloe Duignan

Consultant – Permanent Recruitment


Having completed her degree in 2015, Chloe decided to relocate from Ireland to Sydney to start her career. After temping for a global business support agency, she was offered a position internally where she spent over one year placing office support candidates. Seeking an environment where collaboration and ethical behaviours were rife, Chloe joined Lotus in late 2017. Being completely service driven in her approach, focused on supporting people and building strong relationships with her clients and candidates it is no surprise that Chloe has been a huge success recruiting permanent roles within the Financial Services and Professional Services sectors. Thriving in fast paced environments, Chloe is committed to providing a seamless experience to everyone she deals with and in her spare time, you’ll find her exploring all that Sydney has to offer with her friends!

Louise Elliott

Team Manager – Temporary Recruitment


Thanks to studying a BA in Mandarin, Spanish and French, Louise has lived overseas in weird and wonderful locations and, settling in Sydney in 2014, fell into recruitment and absolutely loved it. Combining her experience in business development roles and love for working with people, Louise has built strong client and candidate relationships across a variety of industries. Joining the Lotus family as the Manager of the Temporary Team in April 2018, Louise has previous experience managing teams in Business and Accounting Support practices within a large global agency and brings her enthusiasm and positive approach to the team. In her spare time, you’ll find Louise at yoga by the sea, hosting dinners with friends or making her way around Sydney’s amazing bars and restaurants.

Kim Evans

Candidate Manager – Temporary Recruitment


After completing an LLB in Law & Criminology and enjoying months of travelling Kim arrived in Sydney three years ago from the UK and fell in love with the city. With a background in hospitality management, she is passionate about providing exceptional customer service and building strong customer relationships. Joining the team as Michelle’s candidate manager, Kim will support with all things candidate generation and candidate engagement. Outside of the office you’ll find Kim exploring Sydney’s beautiful beaches or enjoying a Bodypump class!

Lana Bruce

Personal Assistant


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, 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! In her spare time, you’ll find Lana by the beach or keeping fit and healthy outdoors.

Miya Pathmaraja

Consultant – Temporary Recruitment


After completing her marketing and business administration studies and volunteering around Asia, Miya arrived in Australia in 2014. Having managed recruitment processes whilst working in retail management, Miya has always been interested in recruitment. Passionate about service delivery and the desire to building long term and meaningful connections with clients and candidates, Miya is a perfect fit for Lotus. She is so excited to join the business as Jess’ Candidate Manager recruiting temporary candidates within the Education and Health sectors. Outside of work you will find her in the ocean organising diving expeditions to clean up the ocean floor, cooking or hanging out with her furry friend, her dog Roh!

Eva Child

Candidate Manager – Permanent Recruitment


With a background in applied psychology, Eva relocated to Sydney from the UK and joined the Lotus team in October 2018. Eva worked previously in a busy team as an Assistant Psychologist where primary responsibilities included psychometric assessment for a variety of complex presentations in children and adults. Eva has always been passionate about making valuable connections and helping people fulfil their potential, so joining the Lotus family became the perfect opportunity on her arrival in Sydney. In her spare time, you will find Eva on a mission to find gluten free treats and swimming spots in Sydney.

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 lead 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-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!

• 2018 Winner: Recruiter of the Year – Sara Cornwall: Recruitment International Awards
• 2018 Finalist: Best Small Agency to Work For: Recruitment International Awards
• 2018 Finalist: Back Office Support Team of the Year: Recruitment International Awards
• 2017 Winner: Sinead Connolly, Young Entrepreneur: Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce Awards
• 2017 Finalist: Employer of Choice: NSW Business Chamber Awards
• 2017 Finalist: Excellence in Small Business: NSW Business Chamber Awards
• 2017 Winner: Best Small Agency to Work For: Recruitment International Awards
• 2017 Finalist: Rising Star: Recruitment International Awards
• 2017 Winner: Recruitment Services: Small Business Champion Awards
• 2016 Finalist: Small Agency of the Year: Seek Annual Recruitment Awards
• 2016 Finalist: Top 10 Coolest Companies for Small – Med Businesses: Job Advisor