Expert talent recruitment and people solutions for Geelong and Victoria’s South West

Harvest is a boutique talent recruitment and HR consultancy firm based in Geelong.

We are regional experts in providing bespoke talent solutions.

Some of our solutions include:

  • Leading the end-to-end recruitment across a broad range of specialist, technical and hard-to-fill roles;
  • Managing Executive search assignments;
  • People Solutions through Harvest’s HR events and programs or HR consultancy; and
  • Delivering outplacement and EAP

We do what we do best so that you have more time to do what you do best.

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Maree Herath Director
Maree Herath Director

Highly qualified Maree has undertaken formal studies in Science (B.Sci) and Business (B.Bus), training (CertIV TAE) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course with further professional development in economics, technology and leadership.

Maree has 30 years’ experience in industry, predominantly in the provision of recruitment and HR services across, Melbourne, Perth and Hong Kong with international recruitment firm, Hudson.

Maree is Director of boutique end-to-end HR services firm, Harvest (est’d 2009) and with her years working across diverse industries, on thousands of assignments, Maree brings the ability to hone on disciplines, sectors and capabilities very quickly.

Recently awarded the Geelong Business Leader of the Year, Maree is Past President of the Geelong Business Club, sits on the Cultural and Economic Development Pillar of G21, the Strategy and Policy Committee of the Committee for Geelong, the Board of Barwon Community Legal Services and has memberships to the Geelong Chamber of Commerce (Silver Partner) and AHRI – Australia’s Peak Human Resource body.

Louise Rau Talent Acquisition Manager
Louise Rau Talent Acquisition Manager

Louise Rau is a senior Talent Acquisition Manager and Executive Business Parter, successful in diverse organisations; including not-for-profit, recruitment agencies and private enterprise. Recruiting across a range of industries and sectors with experience in Executive through to Leadership and Operations Lou works with clients and candidates to identify the key skills and competencies that enable people to perform with depth and capability in their world of work. 

 A skilled People Leader, Talent Strategist Lou works with Line and Executive to operationalise strategic planning and capacity building through workforce planning, talent acquisition, organisational development, data analysis and system design.  

 Significant experience in initiating and developing strategic regional partnerships, credibility in relationship management and ability to form deep and significant connections make Lou an asset to this region. Astute and commercially minded in advisory roles her experience is complemented by creative, engaging ownership of recruitment process and a strong network to meet deliverables. Strong commitment and understanding of divergent workforces and harnessing the potential of people has seen Lou thrive in recruitment for the past 20 years. 

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Tara McCusker Recruitment Consultant
Tara McCusker Recruitment Consultant

Tara is a Recruitment Consultant at Harvest with a background in hospitality and the implementation of customer service campaigns, now specialising in professional services and finance recruitment.

Dedicated to delivering solutions that meet her clients’ needs, Tara is committed to ensuring the right candidates are matched with the right clients. Her previous experience in hospitality has honed her interpersonal skills, making her a dedicated and accurate professional within the recruitment industry.

Tara is on a mission to make a lasting impact in the world of recruitment.

Lachlan Bryce Recruitment Consultant
Lachlan Bryce Recruitment Consultant

Lachlan comes to Harvest from a varied industry background. He had tertiary education in Melbourne, lived overseas, has worked as an employee and as business owner, and still strives for continual improvement in work and life.

Lachlan brings project, safety, contract, management, and creative skills and knowledge to the Harvest team learned and honed over the years, allowing him to have familiarity when engaging with clients and candidates alike.

Lachlan is an end-to-end consultant for Harvest, looking after all aspects of the job placing process.

Kaiylah Kail-Howell Associate Consultant
Kaiylah Kail-Howell Associate Consultant

As Associate Consultant Kaiylah assists clients with their recruitment and talent acquisition needs. Kaiylah’s career began with four years ago in the United Kingdom. During her time there, Kaiylah worked in diverse sectors, including real estate, retail, and finance, honing her skills while gaining global exposure.

This experience allowed Kaiylah to develop a unique approach to clients, in addition to different roles across diverse industries gaining exposure to working with professionals from different walks of life while adapting to diverse work environments. This has assisted Kaiylah cultivate a deep appreciation for the importance of finding the right talent to drive business success.

Having recently returned to her hometown of Geelong, Kaiylah now brings a wealth of knowledge she can apply. Passionate about contributing to the growth and development of organisations through great people, Kaiylah’s goal is to leverage her international experience and connect top talent with organisations, creating mutually beneficial partnerships that drive success for the region’s employers and the broader community.

Kaiylah believes in the power of connecting people and organisations, and as an Associate Consultant it allows her to do just that! Kaiylah looks forward to continuing her journey in this field, making a meaningful impact in the world of talent acquisition, and helping businesses thrive by finding the best individuals to join their teams.


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Hayley Smith Candidate Engagement Manager
Hayley Smith Candidate Engagement Manager

Based in the Sunshine Coast, Hayley is no stranger to Harvest, having recently rejoined the team as the Candidate Engagement Manager.

With over 5 years’ experience in Recruitment, working across a variety of industries throughout Australia, Hayley brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to researching and sourcing the perfect candidate for the job brief. Hayley thrives on creating and maintaining positive and lasting connections with candidates and clients and providing them with tailored and bespoke talent solutions. If you’re a job seeker looking for your next opportunity, get in touch with Hayley today to chat about your next move.

When she’s not in the home office you’ll find her on the beautiful beaches of Mooloolaba with her family and fur-babies.

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Ashleigh Psimaris Executive Officer
Ashleigh Psimaris Executive Officer

With a Diploma in Human Resource Management, Ashleigh brings over 10 years in HR administrative support in the recruitment industry.

Well established in the sector, she has been accustomed to being the sole administrator responsible for providing coordination, administration and office management support for a team of executive recruitment consultants.

Ashleigh provides hands on coordination of all aspects of office management. It’s a diverse and active role ensuring the smooth running of operational, human resources, systems and administrative functions. She also provides confidential administrative, secretarial and project support to the Director.

Petra Eijzenga Recruitment Mentor
Petra Eijzenga Recruitment Mentor

Petra is a seasoned professional with a Dutch background, who joined Harvest as a mentor of our team. With a rich history in recruitment, in both operational and leadership roles, Petra brings a wealth of expertise to guide our team. Her innate ability to connect with people on a personal level makes her a true people person, fostering an environment of collaboration and growth. Petra’s extensive knowledge in recruitment make her an great asset, ensuring both client and team success.

We work closely with our clients and it shows

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