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, we are 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

With over 10 years of HR industry experience across a range of industries including law, accounting, IT, banking, finance and retail, Megan has also developed specific expertise in a number of key HR areas. These include the development of graduate recruitment programs, staff development and policy writing. Megan has a particular interest in working closely with new clients to introduce them to HR and get them up to speed.

As a mum of one, with another little one on the way, Megan loves spending time with her family and is a sucker for romantic comedies. One of Megan’s secret talents is her amazing memory – give her a test when you meet her!

Senior HR Advisor

Stephanie loves the diversity that comes with her role and working across different industries. She believes that the best way to add value to a business is to know them inside-out. Stephanie takes the time to really understand her clients and their business needs. Stephanie also has a keen interest in developing unique HR initiatives for her clients.

When she’s not in the office, you’ll find Stephanie enjoying a musical – preferably a Gilbert and Sullivan production. She’s a self-titled ‘musical theatre nerd’ and loves singing along at the top of her lungs when she’s in the car. She’s also a keen chef and loves a slow cook barbecue on a Saturday summer evening.

HR Advisor

Sarah is highly adaptable and multi-skilled, bringing a wealth of knowledge to her client portfolio that spans across a wide variety of industries. From financial services to fashion, Sarah loves that all of her clients offer their own unique HR needs.

One of Sarah’s most memorable holidays was to the beautiful region of Kerala in India. She was blown away by the overwhelming array of colours, tastes, sounds and smells. And, fun fact: Sarah can whistle with any two-finger combination!

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 previously worked in the Sydney office of a national accounting firm.

Emma’s a self-proclaimed fan of teen drama series and loves Riverdale, Dynasty, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars and loves hosting dinner parties with friends and family. If you’ve got a Microsoft Excel cell or formula question, Emma is the go-to spreadsheet queen at Catalina Consultants.

Office Manager

After 13 years working for HM Revenue and Customs in the UK. Elaine decided a career change was needed and moved into the field of financial planning when migrating to Australia. She's now looking forward to working in a new industry and supporting the Catalina Consultants. Elaine also holds a Diploma in Financial Services. Elaine is an avid netballer and plays every week. Her position? Goal attack. After a game, you'll most likely find Elaine with her teammates sharing a bottle of wine or out for dinner with her family. She's currently hooked on Jack Taylor on Netflix and is an avid fan of detective thrillers.

HR Advisor

Simon brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Catalina Consultants and has a particular interest in people analytics when it comes to implementing human resources strategies. Bitten by the travel bug, one of his favourite destinations is Central America. While the landscape, people and food that make the destination incredible, Simon's top tip is to seek out the unique scuba diving spots.

When Simon’s not in the office, you might find him at his local pub with his friends, catching up on the latest crime documentaries on Netflix, or attending to his tropical fish.

HR Advisor

Shaadi believes that teams are the custodians of culture. Given this, she loves the fact that working in the HR space means she can drive positive change for both individuals and organisations – it's for this reason, that she loves HR so much.

Her biggest inspiration is her Aunty Rita, who was a keen traveller and writer. As for travel, Shaadi's favourite destination is Mexico. She lived in Playa Del Carmen for a few months and fell in love with the people, art, food and the ocean. Next time you attend a meeting with Shaadi, feel free to introduce yourself in Farsi or Spanish, as she's fluent in both.

HR Advisor

With a background in sales and marketing, Elena recently made the switch to HR and has recently completed her studies. In the office, it’s Elena that keeps things running smoothly, offering office and workflow support. She’s our go-to member for recruitment administration. She’s a people person, and loves the diversity of Catalina Consultant’s clients.

After a month-long holiday in Portugal, Elena came home inspired and is currently trying to learn the Portuguese language. Está indo bem! When the working week is over you’ll find Elena enjoying an Espresso Martini (or two) with her friends or watching the latest episode of The Crown or Outlander on Netflix.

HR Support 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 Administrator

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.