Lisa Loakes


Senior Consultant

  • Recruitment
  • Selection
  • Scribing
  • Shortlisting
  • Workforce Planning
  • Job Descriptions
  • Job Evaluation
  • People (HR) Policy and Practices
  • Talent Acquisition and Attraction Strategies
  • Bachelor of Commerce (OB & HRM)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Film & Media)
  • Graduate Certificate (Business)
  • Graduate Certificate (Philanthropy and Not for Profit Studies)

Career Details

Lisa originally worked as a Consultant with Merit Solutions for almost ten years. She has experience in senior HR roles in the Queensland government in agencies such as Queensland Treasury where she managed the Recruitment function.  During her time away from Merit Solutions, she worked with the Public Trustee where she was Manager, People and Capability and was heavily involved in the implementation of their workforce plan.  Lisa is also very entrepreneurial and values driven.  She co-owns a small Internet marketing business and with her husband, co-founded a not-for-profit organisation that provides supported accommodation and assistance to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Recruitment and Selection

Lisa has worked as an independent panel member or scribe on numerous recruitment exercises for local and state government agencies.  She has assisted panels with selections for managerial, professional, technical and administrative positions up to Senior Executive Service level.   In assisting panels to improve selection outcomes, Lisa has developed interview questions, work sample tests and role play based assessment methodologies.

Within the Queensland Government, Lisa was heavily involved in consulting with senior management on selection and recruitment requirements and determining the best methodology for attracting quality applicants.  She has a passion for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Public Sector recruitment and has specialist knowledge on behavioural based questioning, rating performance and selection strategies and techniques in general.

More recently, she has worked on developing talent attraction strategies for a state government department.

People Policy and Practices

Lisa worked as a Manager and Senior HR Consultant in the areas of People and Capability, Workforce Planning and the development of HR policy.  In particular, she has written Recruitment and Selection policies and training manuals and delivered training in this area. Lisa also has strong experience in working with private sector clients to develop and utilise workforce planning and HR policies.

Organisational Design

Lisa has considerable experience in the review and development of role descriptions and has an excellent understanding of the Queensland Government methodology for job evaluations (JEMS).  She has provided professional assistance to clients in the timely preparation of Job Analysis Questionnaires for JEMS evaluations.

Coaching and Training

Lisa has an excellent understanding of recruitment and selection processes and vast experience with public and private sector selection processes.  She is skilled in coaching job applicants in the development of well targeted resumes and applications utilising social media platforms including LinkedIn.  Lisa has also designed and delivered training for selection panels.