Geoff commenced with Merit Solutions in 2007 following an extensive career in Human Resource Management which spanned over 20 years in the retail, IT and HR Consulting industries. While his early career involved working as a HR professional in the IT industry, Geoff’s most significant career involvement was to set up the HR function with the start-up retail company Pick’n Pay. As part of this project he worked closely with the then Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) in developing one of the first computer based skill coding systems. This facilitated the initial recruitment process which involved engaging in excess of 800 people at all levels. Geoff worked with Pick’n Pay as a HR professional for some eleven years and gained significant experience in many key areas in addition to recruitment and selection. These included Industrial Relations, Occupational Health and Safety, workforce planning, staff development, performance management, salary administration, and budgeting.
In 1996 Geoff commenced with PA Consulting as an HR/Recruitment consultant and later moved to Management Recruiters Australia as team leader in executive recruitment.
Recruitment and Selection
With Merit Solutions, Geoff has supported selection panels in the state government and local government sectors either as “scribe” or panel member. He has assisted with selections for managerial, professional, technical and administrative positions in Brisbane and in regional Queensland. Building on his earlier generalist HR career, Geoff has significant recruitment experience across both the public and private sectors in Queensland. Clients during this period included Brisbane, Gold Coast, Caloundra and Logan City Councils, Emerald and Redlands Shire Councils and several state government agencies. As a recruitment consultant Geoff fulfilled a range of roles in the selection process including advising in relation to advertising, search and selection strategies.
At Pick’n Pay Geoff was awarded “Executive of the Year”. Among the achievements contributing to this award were his leadership of major organisational restructuring to improve the efficiency of the company and successful negotiation and conclusion of one of the first enterprise agreements in the industry. Geoff is Treasurer of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation of Queensland, having been a Board Member for over 15 years.