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Consultant Profile

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Lisa Loakes

Angela Anderson

Principal Consultant


  • Talent Acquisition and Attraction Strategies

  • Recruitment

  • Selection

  • Scribing

  • Shortlisting

  • Workforce Planning

  • Job Descriptions

  • Job Evaluation

  • People (HR) Policy & Practices


  • Bachelor of Commerce (OB & HRM)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Film & Media)
  • Graduate Certificate (Business)
  • Graduate Certificate (Philanthropy and Not for Profit Studies)
  • Associate Diploma Speech and Drama Australia (ASDA)

  • Associate Diploma Trinity College London (ATCL)

Career Details

Lisa is a seasoned People and Culture professional with more than twenty-five years of relevant experience across diverse sectors.  Working as a Consultant with Merit Solutions for a total of fifteen years, her expert advice and efficient service delivery is valued by our clients.  She has held senior project and managerial roles within the Queensland Government including Manager People and Capability for the Public Trustee and Recruitment Manager for Queensland Treasury.  For a number of years, Lisa also developed and ran her own business, providing HR advice and developing HR systems, policies and procedures for small business clients. Over the last 11 years, her and her husband co-founded a not-for-profit homeless shelter and Lisa’s role is Director of Corporate Services.

Recruitment and Selection

Lisa has a passion for improving both the efficiency and the effectiveness of recruitment strategies.  She brings specialist knowledge of behavioural interviews, evidence-based assessment and best practice selection strategies.  In assisting panels to improve selection outcomes, Lisa has developed interview questions, work sample tests and role play based assessment methodologies and provided advice on complex issues relating to natural justice.  She is highly skilled in efficiently completing candidate screening, shortlisting, facilitating interviews and providing post-selection feedback. 

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.  

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. Recently, she has assisted agencies like the National Injury Insurance Agency, Queensland to recruit to bulk positions across classification levels using innovative techniques like video interviewing.

People Policy and Practices

Lisa worked as a Manager and Senior HR Consultant in several Queensland Government agencies and with a not-for-profit organisation, specialising in the areas of People and Capability, Workforce Planning and HR Policy.  Lisa also has strong experience working with private sector clients to develop and utilise workforce planning and HR policies.  In particular, Lisa has written Recruitment and Selection policies and training manuals and delivered training in this area.

Organisational Design

Lisa has considerable experience in organisational design and the review and development of role descriptions.  She has provided professional assistance to clients in the preparation of Job Analysis Questionnaires for Queensland Government job value assessments (JEMS evaluations).  She has an excellent understanding of competencies and the ability to align them with role requirements. 

Learning and Development

Lisa holds teaching qualifications in Speech and Drama with both AMEB and Trinity College and at times over the last 30 years has run her own studio teaching individuals up to large groups. While working with Queensland Treasury as Manager, Workforce Management she both designed and delivered Applying for Jobs and Panel Member training modules. In her own small marketing business, she co-designed and delivered self-paced training modules for people looking to identify their niche and develop their own business.

Would you like to work with Lisa?

Contact us to discuss availability and how she can help you and your organisation.

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