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.

Senior HR Advisor

In her senior role at Catalina Consultants, Elena most enjoys working with an array of incredible businesses and getting insights from their leaders. As a people person with a love of learning, Elena likes being exposed to a wide range of industries and professions and working closely with managers to guide them in their growth journeys. Elena is inspired by strong and powerful women and believes in making positive social impacts.

On a Saturday night, you'll find her trying out a new restaurant or bar, and sampling the finest tequila they have. Because, you only live once!

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

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.

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

As a recent university graduate, Katherine is just beginning her HR career journey. She is really enjoying the hands-on approach, gaining industry knowledge and is already working on a range of projects for Catalina Consultants.

An interior design lover, Katherine has been busy styling and decorating her home that she shares with her new husband. She loves going out to dinner with her close friends; on the weekend, you’ll likely find her in a local beer garden enjoying some live music, food and drinks.

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 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 an HR Administrator, 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

Jade loves using her knowledge to support organisations throughout the recruitment process and helping people find work and fulfilment in their life. She enjoys taking the time to build relationships with her clients, ensuring she can assist with their human resources needs. Inspired by Australian athlete Turia Pitt, Jade has always believed in the power of greeting people with a smile.

When she's not in the office, you might find Jade planning her next trip. One of Jade’s most treasured holiday memories was a hiking trip she took to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. For any adventure lovers, Jade recommends the Na Pali Coast and Kalalau Trail for an unforgettable experience. And, on the weekend when she isn’t hiking, you'll most likely find Jade beachside enjoying a drink with her girlfriends.

HR Administrator

As the first port-of-call for many of Catalina Consultant’s HR clients and partners, Pooja revels in the client interaction and exciting project work that comes with her role.

On her days off, when she’s not out with her friends, Pooja enjoys watching procedural dramas and crime thrillers on Netflix. If she’s in the mood for something lighter, a rom-com or episodes of The Office is the way to go. Pooja’s favourite holiday destination is Hawaii because it offers a great mixture of sightseeing, adventure, and shopping. She can’t wait to return one day.

HR Assistant

As an HR Assistant, 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.

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.