Bringing expertise in executive search, specialist recruitment and human resources for Geelong and South West Victoria

Harvest is an executive search, specialist talent recruitment and human resources firm, proudly based in Geelong.

We are Victoria’s regional experts in providing bespoke talent solutions.

Some of our solutions include:

  • Managing executive search assignments, including C-Suite
  • Leading the end-to-end recruitment across a broad range of specialists including people and culture, marketing and communications, finance and accounts, legal, technical and other hard-to-fill roles
  • People Solutions through Harvest’s HR events and programs or HR consultancy; and
  • Delivering outplacement and career coaching.

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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Hayley Smith Recruitment Team Lead
Hayley Smith Recruitment Team Lead

Based in the Sunshine Coast, Hayley is no stranger to Harvest, having worked as a Senior Recruitment Consultant, Candidate Engagement Manager and now Recruitment Team Lead. With over 5 years’ experience in Recruitment, working across a variety of industries across Australia, Hayley brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to researching and sourcing the perfect candidate for the job. Hayley thrives on creating and maintaining positive and lasting connections with candidate and clients and providing them with tailored and bespoke talent solutions. If you’re a job seeker looking for your next opportunity, reach out to Hayley today to discuss 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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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.

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Lachlan Bryce Recruitment Consultant
Lachlan Bryce Recruitment Consultant

Lachlan, brings a wealth of diverse industry experience to the Harvest team. With a foundation in tertiary education from Melbourne, complemented by international living and entrepreneurial ventures, Lachlan embodies a commitment to continual growth and adaptation in both professional and personal spheres.

His multifaceted background has equipped him with a broad spectrum of skills, spanning project management, safety protocols, contractual nuances, and creative problem-solving. These competencies, cultivated and refined over the years, empower Lachlan to engage seamlessly with both clients and candidates, fostering trust and rapport at every stage of the recruitment process.

As an end-to-end consultant at Harvest, Lachlan assumes responsibility for all facets of job placement, leveraging his comprehensive skill set to deliver tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of each client and candidate.

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Ashleigh Psimaris (Maternity Leave) Executive Officer
Ashleigh Psimaris (Maternity Leave) Executive Officer

With a Diploma in Human Resource Management, Ashleigh brings over 10 years experience 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.

We work closely with our clients and it shows

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