who is


Paula O’Connell set up Oconsult in 2017 to provide strategic business counsel to business owners of small recruitment firms.

She has recently returned to Sydney after 15 years in the Netherlands where she established, grew and sold an executive search firm specialising in international marketing. Paula began her recruitment career with Morgan & Banks in the 1990s where she built the interim marketing practice for the Sydney office.

Passionate about all things business and recruitment, Paula brings expertise in business planning, company analysis, competitor analysis, positioning, growth strategy, exit strategy, business development planning and process audit & reviews.

She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an MBA from the University of Sydney.

What our clients say

  • Across the range of assignments we have engaged Paula we have found her adding tremendous value to our business.

    Michael Murrie Co-founder - Tandem Partners
  • Paula deeply understands the challenges that small to medium sized recruitment companies face today around driving growth and managing profitability.

    Simone Allan Founder - Mondo Search
  • For her strength and passion for guiding businesses to be future fit, I highly recommend Paula O’Connell as a consulting business partner.

    Leigh Ann Arthur LAA International Executive Search
  • Paula is a trusted and experienced set of hands. She understood my business almost immediately and had deep insights into the organisation and my industry.

    Lauren Fried Owner - Pulse Collective
  • Reasons why Paula stood out .... was simply due to the fact that she did not rest before she got a 110% understanding on what the proposition was about.

    Marc Croonenberg VP - Global HR - Cordstrap
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