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 candidates 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

Team Lead – Temporary Recruitment

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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. Originally training Kim, who has quickly progressed to be a consultant, Michelle now works closely with Jamie who supports her by generating candidates across all temporary clients within the Financial and Professional Services space. 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.

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.

Miya Pathmaraja

Senior Consultant – Temporary Recruitment

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After completing her marketing and business administration studies and volunteering around Asia, Miya arrived in Australia in 2014, starting with Lotus People in 2018. 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 was a duck to water at Lotus. Starting her career supporting as a candidate manager, Miya is now looking after all temporary roles for our clients within Education and Health. Miya has quickly established herself as a true consultant and was promoted to senior consultant faster than anyone else in our short four year history! Named as one of the Top 5 Consultants for Candidate Experience by Recruiter Insider, Miya’s candidates obviously feel the same!

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

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.

Kim Evans

Consultant – Temporary Recruitment

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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 had a fantastic foundation in recruitment – learning everything from Michelle. A complete asset to the temporary team, Kim works at an extremely fast paced and consistently receives positive feedback from everyone she deals with so it was a natural progression to consultant for her. Supporting our clients within Property, Construction, Engineering, Memberships and Non Profits, Kim has had an impressive career so far at Lotus being named as Number 1 for Candidate Experience by our external survey provider, Recruiter Insider.

Outside of the office you’ll find Kim exploring Sydney’s beautiful beaches or enjoying a Bodypump class!

Daisy Martin

Consultant – Temporary Recruitment

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With a background in commercial sales and management, Daisy spent some time travelling the world before arriving in Australia in 2018.

Having been a temp herself, Daisy jumped at the opportunity to experience recruitment from the other side. Starting at Lotus in a candidate manager role where she was closely working with our temporary candidates, Daisy was soon promoted to a consultant role, drawing on her passion to help people and build strong relationships. A temporary consultant supporting clients in the IT & technology, creative, media, retail and FMCG industries, Daisy has been an invaluable member of the team. Outside the office, you will find her attempting to catch waves and road tripping to the many beautiful camp spots around Sydney.

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! Recently deciding to move to Amsterdam with her partner, Jess is now working for Lotus remotely. Looking after everything from marketing to operations to projects to database management, we are so grateful to have access to Jess’ brain and are so happy she is still a part of the team, despite her distance!

Frances Weber

Candidate Manager – Permanent Recruitment

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The newest addition to the Lotus family, Fran joined the team in 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 is enjoying learning about recruitment the Lotus Way – identifying talent, building strong relationships with candidates and valuing their experience throughout the process. Supporting Sinead, Sham and Eva on the permanent team, Fran is meeting outstanding candidates every day and is always ensuring we are delivering the best in candidate experience. Outside of work, you’ll find her hanging out with friends in the outdoors, waiting to receive attention from strangers’ dogs!

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!

Ruth Goudie

Candidate Manager

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With a background and degree in Social Work, Ruth has always gravitated towards working with people. Deciding to make the move to Sydney from Auckland in order to pursue a career in recruitment, we instantly found a value alignment with how she works and with our approach.

Joining the team in October 2019 to support Michelle and the wider temp team with all candidate management and candidate experience, Ruth is our go to for all temp candidate queries. Meeting wonderful temporary candidates every day, Ruth is constantly striving to find the best talent in the Sydney market. With a passion for social justice and advocacy, Ruth feels passionately about building meaningful relationships.

Outside of work, you’ll find Ruth discovering the hidden gems that the Inner West has to offer, as well as making regular trips to the beach!

Alice Lerwill

Recruitment Consultant – Permanent Team

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Referred to Lotus People by our own, Daisy Martin, Alice joined Lotus fresh off the boat from the UK. With a diploma in business and a background in business support recruitment for award winning agencies in London, Alice operates with a candidate first approach. Joining the permanent team as a recruitment consultant, Alice will be focusing on all clients across our commerce and industry clients including tech, media, advertising, construction and engineering. With an innate ability to perfectly match the right person with the right environment, Alice is a fantastic addition to the Lotus team. Outside of work, you will find Alice topping up her tan and exploring Sydney’s many beaches!

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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