meet the team

Our team of HR professionals boast deep industry knowledge and human resources expertise. And with hands-on experience across a wide variety of sectors, our HR team is well-positioned to help any organisation – regardless of size or specialty.

Principal

Merilyn founded Catalina Consultants in 2012 on the belief that all organisations, regardless of size, should have access to top quality bespoke HR services. She enjoys working closely with her clients and believes that the best results are built on relationships of rapport, trust and authenticity.

Growing up, Merilyn had her sight set on stardom and dreamed of becoming an actor. She also sang and played the piano, but ended up studying accounting and HR. Whilst she hasn’t won her Grammy just yet, she still loves a good karaoke night. Merilyn loves to travel with her family, with South Africa being one of her most memorable destinations.

Principal

Katie loves the positive impact that HR can have on a business and having the ability to be part of implementing projects that help a business achieve its goals. Katie utilises her many years of consultancy experience to build long-lasting relationships with clients, colleagues and stakeholders.

As a keen traveller, Katie has lived in the UK, France, and Saudi Arabia and has spent a lot of time in Europe. Katie loves Champagne and French cuisine. On the weekend you will see Katie at dinner with friends, hanging by the pool, or watching sci-fi with her puppy, Thor.

Senior HR Advisor

Emma was attracted to HR because it offered both a variety of work and the chance to help businesses get the most out of their biggest assets: their people! She has experience in both the public and private sectors and loves the diversity that all her clients offer with their unique HR needs.

Emma’s a self-proclaimed fan of teen drama series although watches more children’s TV than she’d care to acknowledge since having her daughter. She loves hosting friends and family, enjoying just getting together for a nice meal and a glass, or two, of wine. A keen traveller she can’t wait to show her daughter the world!

Senior HR Advisor

Fayssal is an HR generalist with a focus on learning and development and organisational development. With broad experience in sectors including financial services, telecommunications, FMCG, construction and not-for-profits, Fayssal is known for his bold ideas and quest for learning.

Fayssal believes that an organisation’s success is dependent on its people, how engaged they are, and how equipped they are to deliver outstanding results. This drives his purpose.

Outside of work, Fayssal is known for collecting Jordan's sneakers, listening 90s hip-hop and rap, following the UFC, and hosting BBQs with friends.

Senior HR Advisor

Zoe is passionate about HR because she believe that the success of a business is built on the quality of its people experience. She values building close working relationships with all areas of the businesses she works with. Zoe’s background is in psychology and the majority of her HR career has been within the advertising, media and communications industry. She’s excited to work with an experienced team to support the HR needs of a variety of businesses.

In her free time, Zoe loves to unwind with long runs by the beach, hot yoga and a good book. She’s a big fan of podcasts, especially anything to do with true crime. On a night out you can catch Zoe seeing live music or a comedy show, topped off with some delicious comfort food and a semillon sauvignon blanc or two.

HR Advisor

Faza appreciates the variety in her work as a HR Advisor. Getting to work with different clients across different industries always keeps her day interesting and allows Faza to keep learning. It’s the first job she’s had where she can genuinely say that no two days are the same.

As someone who’s innately curious, Faza savours new hobbies. She’s tried bullet journaling, drawing, photography, Muay Thai, and skateboarding, with kayaking next on her list to explore. Faza also loves trying out new cuisines at intriguing restaurants, but can’t go past a pizza – it’s a weekly staple in her house!

HR Advisor

Katherine is an experienced HR Advisor with prior business experience in the recruitment and hospitality industries. As a motivated and driven HR professional, at Catalina Consultants, Katherine enjoys delivering tailored solutions to support client needs. In her diverse role, Katherine is responsible for managing a portfolio of professional services clients, supporting employee engagement programs, developing policies and processes that support operational goals and objectives, and delivering skills training sessions to managers and their staff.

When she’s not at work, Katherine loves spending time with her young son, cooking wholesome food for her family, and catching up with girlfriends over a glass of red wine.

HR Advisor

Madeleine comes to Catalina Consultants with an interesting background. Before studying Human Resources at university, she completed an archaeology degree and travelled to Europe for a month-long excavation. Now as a HR Advisor, Madeleine relishes the diversity of working with a variety of clients every day.

Every year, Madeleine travels to her family’s hometown – a little island off the coast of Sicily called Lipari. It’s surrounded by the sea, beautiful beaches, and amazing food. In her downtime, she enjoys kicking back at home and watching Queen of the South, Vikings, and every crime documentary or series available on Netflix.

HR Advisor

As a HR Advisor, Georgia was attracted to Catalina for the exposure of work and variety of clients. Georgia brings more than five years of experience to her role and looks forward to providing advice, enhancing processes, and ensuring high standards are met within the business.

Living “la dolce vita”, Georgia is constantly trying all types of cuisines, going for beach walks, listening to music and playing with her puppy. Having travelled and visited a lot of historic landmarks, there’s still so much more of the world she’d like to see and explore. A big staple in her life is to be constantly surrounded by family and friends, enjoying a glass of wine or coffee, watching the sunset, and having a laugh.

HR Support Advisor

Afsara loves the flexibility and variety that comes with her role at Catalina Consultants. She's deeply passionate about the HR industry, and as a HR Support Advisor, she's the one that always organised, always prepared and will always have a pen at the ready.

On the weekend you might find Afasara dining out in some of Sydney's most exotic restaurants or catching up on re-runs of her favourite shows, Stranger Things and The Office. Her hidden talent? She's a rather keen rapper. Respect.

HR Support Advisor

As an HR Administrator, Nicole appreciates the variety of exposure across different industries and projects, and the chance to continually learn new things. In particular, Nicole has found it rewarding to work on mental health and wellbeing training content including R U OK? Day and COVID-19 impacts. Nicole wants to help break the stigma around mental illness and promote mentally healthy workplaces. She is grateful for having a knowledgeable and supportive team to work with at Catalina Consultants.

Those who know Nicole will say that she has a knack for picking the perfect Messina gelato flavour combo to match any occasion. On a Saturday night, you’ll likely find Nicole with a spicy margarita in hand, overlooking the beach, engaging in banter with her friends.

HR Administrator

As a HR Administrator, Eloise provides assistance to the team of client managers at Catalina Consultants. Eloise enjoys the exposure this brings her and the ample opportunities for her to learn and be challenged as an HR graduate starting her career.

In her free time, you'll find Eloise at her local bouldering gym climbing or exploring all that Sydney city has to offer. Although, nothing brings Eloise more joy than cooking for her friends, travelling to England to see her family, or spending time with her beloved puppies Nala and Bonnie.

HR Administrator

Cally-Ann joins Catalina Consultants as a HR Administrator, having recently come from a finance role in the construction industry. Cally-Ann is eager to put her degrees in Human Resource Management and Psychology to use through supporting her team and range of clients.

In her spare time, Cally-Ann enjoys an active lifestyle, playing OzTag, going to the gym and enjoying music festivals. She's always up for trying a new restaurant with friends, or getting takeaway while watching the latest true crime documentary.

Office Administrator

As the Office Administrator at Catalina Consultants, Gemma is very organised and loves helping people. In her busy role, Gemma takes pride in helping the team to run smoothly by providing support in all areas.

As a Bondi Beach local, Gemma loves the beach, doing the famous Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, and having picnics and sunset drinks with friends.

Gemma's hidden talent is design and she is currently in her last year of a visual communications degree at UTS. She's also a keen cook and enjoys experimenting with new recipes.