Meet the WOWzers

  • Emily McLeod

    Co-Founder & Director

    I founded WOW Recruitment with a mission – to prove it’s possible to make clients, candidates and recruiters happy – at the same time. That might sound like a stretch but in just a few years I’ve grown WOW into a vibrant team trusted by brands both in Australia and overseas – and we’re doing exactly that!

    When we started back in 2017 recruitment was losing its personal touch – it was becoming a numbers game when to me it’s always been about people. I focus on three simple things; understanding clients’ needs, caring for candidates and creating an inspiring workplace to attract great consultants. This recipe – plus great communication – allows us to consistently help our clients build successful teams that elevate their organisations.

    I’m curious by nature with high levels of attention to detail. That means my clients have someone on their side who never stops asking the right questions. About their business and where it’s heading. And about the role and what success would look like. I then take that same forensic approach with the candidates. To me, success is only really achieved when I find the perfect alignment between both.

    Around 75% of the workforce are passive candidates – they might have half an eye on the job market but they’re not actively seeking a new role. Creativity is key in engaging with this group. You need to look beyond the standard platforms. You need to use clever searches, smarter advertising and have finely tuned networks if you want to reach beyond the obvious and uncover the people who didn’t know they needed finding. Because of all that I’ve been able to achieve results like placing a candidate into a leading logistics company after three weeks when the company had been looking themselves for nine months.

    We’re people who take the time to know people. That’s the WOW-way. And that’s the secret to recruitment happiness.

    If you need a recruitment ally working relentlessly for your success then you need to talk to me or any of my team. That’s what our WOW-way offers you. And it’s what recruiting for tomorrow feels like.

  • Daniel Tonkin

    Co-Founder & Director

    Sports-mad Daniel is concerned that every team he supports tends to under-perform. With the exception of one – and that’s WOW! Starting his entrepreneurial journey in 2008 he has honed his professional game through his sales, marketing and recruitment businesses with great success. His pride and joy though (aside from West Tigers) is WOW and he takes immense satisfaction from its growth nationally and now internationally. Adventurous by nature, Daniel’s an adrenaline junkie and anxious to add to the 30 countries he has already visited. He is however prepared to be patient as he waits for Arsenal FC to win the Premier League again.

  • Louise Anderson

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

    Having run her own children’s party company for nine years, Louise knows a thing or two about organisation and staying level-headed! Now with more than three years of recruitment experience behind her, Louise has channelled this rather unusual path into recruitment to develop her own unique, solutions-focused style. She’s different from other recruiters and she ain’t afraid to say it!

    Working with Louise means working with someone who is empathetic and enjoys building a deep understanding of what people need. Whether that’s helping a client to contextualise what they really need from a new hire or guiding a candidate in finding the right connection with a business they believe in.

    When not delivering the goods for those exceedingly well-tended clients and candidates, you’ll likely find Louise championing sustainability and conscientious recycling in her building or exploring her passions. Favourite pastimes include (inhales deeply)…Roller-skating, Bikram Yoga, dancing (she says she’s not that great, we don’t believe her!), randomly forward rolling when least expected, (slow) cooking, repeats of her favourite Aussie TV series – Offspring, ordering from Uber Eats and being a member of climate change group ‘Common Ground on Climate’.

  • Arzum Shahettin

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

    Self-confessed Seinfeld, fruit flan and Sydney Harbour Bridge obsessive, Arzum’s marketing background and experience in sales and internal recruitment make her a vital member of our team. She knows that building a workforce around a business’s team culture is vital to long term success. And that’s where one of her other obsessions kicks in – digging deeper to truly understand everyone’s story. Her experience then gives her the unique ability to view every candidate as both potential employee and possible colleague. That might be why her candidates tend to stay in touch throughout their career journey. Or maybe it’s the fruit flans?

  • Josh Sharpe

    Senior Recruitment Consultant

    Declan has always felt compelled to champion the underdog – across all areas of his life. This is perfectly exemplified by his favourite football team – Millwall – a club who have embraced their outsider persona and use it to bring their supporters and team together in a positive way. Professionally, Declan loves the potential he has to improve the job prospects of the candidates he deals with and to help them realise their potential. He thinks that one of his key strengths is how he manages to stay calm when things don’t quite go to plan. A handy attribute for a follower of Millwall.

  • Allie McPhee

    Recruitment Consultant

    Allie’s favourite team (apart from the one at WOW) is Harry, Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter books. We think it’s the way the young wizards always have each other’s backs that appeals to Allie because that’s exactly the approach she takes to customer care and delivering for her clients. She finds it particularly magical when she’s able to couple a great candidate with exactly the right business to take their career forward. Allie has a passion for professional and personal development and uses that to continually hone her skills as a specialist recruiter and maintain her in-depth market knowledge.

  • Vivin Edwin

    Recruitment Consultant

    With a Design background, Vivin is creative at heart and loves nothing more than wandering around art galleries, playing guitar, singing and watching horror movies. He has lived in Several different countries and cities. This is one of the main reasons he finds it easy to get along with people from all walks of life and build great relationships. He loves bringing clients together with ideal candidates to bring about the right cultural fit to progress both ahead successfully. Away from work, his favourite team is the Justice League, a group of superheroes doing good for others. Just Like work.

  • Charlotte Hunt

    Recruitment Consultant

    Charlotte comes to WOW having racked four years of recruitment experience following a degree in Psychology. As you might then naturally expect, she loves to work out what makes people tick (not a bad passion to have as a recruiter), building real relationships and getting to the heart of what clients and candidates actually want. There are two key reasons that get Charlotte out of bed, the first is finding connections between people and businesses (snap!), the second is exploration – prior to arriving in WOWland, Charlotte visited Asia, both Americas, AUS, NZ and Europe!

  • Jamie Hevia

    Candidate Experience Manager

    Rugby loving Jamie is a genuine people person with a 24/7 approach to his work. His clients are consistently impressed at how someone with so many live projects on the go is always on top of everything and available to help. He puts it down to having rock-solid systems in place – but being driven by a commitment to serve his clients and candidates certainly helps too. Jamie’s favourite TV show is Brooklyn 99. He likes the mix of eclectic personalities working together to get the job done. He says it reminds him of somewhere else…

  • Jessica Reyes

    Recruitment Coordinator

    Multitasker Jessica is greenbelt-trained in Lean Six Sigma, which gives her the edge when it comes to keeping her projects moving smoothly. But there’s also much more to her than that – creative, tenacious and with a deep work ethic, she attributes her strength of character to the Aunties she grew up with. Always keen to learn new things, Jessica is a great recruiter and a perfect fit for the WOW team. Away from the office she likes nothing better than to ‘relax’ by tackling larger DIY chores and house cleaning.

  • Sophie Harris

    Recruitment Coordinator

    Sophie loves to chat (indeed, this is a prerequisite for a WOWzer), but there’s a little more to it than that. Sophie is absolutely committed to ensuring candidates and clients come away from her processes feeling positive, listened to and satisfied with the outcome. The way she guarantees that is by creating real rapport. After a busy week building brilliant businesses with the help of great candidates, Sophie’s ideal weekend goes a little like this: Long hike (sunny conditions not essential) followed by binge-watching ‘Below Deck’ (season 9 at the time of writing).

  • Ben Pieriboni

    Office Administrator

    Ben is WOW’s resident petrolhead and loves going on long drives in his car to discover new places. This is a theme that seems to run through Ben’s professional life too – the dynamic nature of his role means that each day brings unknowns as tasks and requirements crop up unexpectedly. It means you’re never quite sure where you are going to end up – and Ben thrives in that environment. He puts this down to his flexible approach to his work and ability to cope well under pressure. Coincidentally, these are the exact same reasons he admires Marvel’s Avengers team so much.

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