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Our Story

Rec People commenced trading in 2018, after 10 years of service as Rec Relief. So why change the name after all those years of building a successful brand and reputation?

Let’s go back in time…

Founder, Mandy Nolton identified a need for a mobile, flexible, skilled and experienced workforce in recreation and leisure within Local Government.

“The work we do and the workforce in place to deliver it is not static, it’s a constantly changing environment. We need to be responsive to that change.

“Unfortunately change doesn’t happen quickly enough in these work environments, so we created a solution.”

That solution was Rec Relief – a mobile temporary workforce of recreation and leisure professionals willing and able to walk in to any team and hit the ground running.

So why Rec People?

Whilst temporary staffing is still at the core of our business offerings, Rec Relief transitioned to Rec People and expanded its service offerings to provide permanent, temporary and project-based options for employment.

This, in conjunction with mentoring services, graduate programs and targeted recruitment, ensures the best new talent can get a head start and receive the support and guidance they need to be the best they can be.

Today, Rec People has built relationships with over 40 local councils in Victoria. We aim to make that 79 as well as providing service offerings across the country.

With our extensive experience in the leisure and recreation space specifically, advocating for our employees, understanding the culture of each local council, and providing fast, flexible options for the best talent, Rec People truly has changed the way leisure and recreation departments in local government hire, support and retain talent.

Meet the Team

Mandy Nolton

Mandy Nolton

The Creative Leader Who’s Not Afraid to do Things Differently

Mandy’s passion for learning and innovative attitude enabled her to identify an opportunity to work in the Recreation and Leisure industry across a number of different councils.

Since 1994, Mandy has worked in community recreation roles within Local Government and private enterprise, combining her passion for community recreation and leading and developing a small business. Starting her career in the aquatic and leisure facility management environment, Mandy worked in a number of indoor and outdoor facilities before moving into recreation development, project management and recreation planning roles. After 24 years of delivering recreation and leisure projects and providing leisure planning services to Local Government, Mandy is managing and growing the Rec People business.

Howard Scott

Howard Scott

Howard brings experience, wisdom and dedication to the Rec People team having worked in the industry for over 30 years. With Howards’ experience, there isn’t much that he hasn’t already encountered. Prior to joining Rec People in 2010, Howard held positions in Australia and Northern Ireland including Co-ordinator Community Leisure Services, Manager Leisure and Tourism and Manager Council owned Arts and Leisure Centres. Howard is an asset to any team with a quiet confidence and a supportive attitude.

  • Sports club liaison and development
  • Project management and delivery
  • Recreation and leisure planning
  • Policy review
  • Strategy implementation
  • Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Corangamite Shire Council
  • City of Kingston
  • City of Greater Shepparton
  • Yarra Ranges Shire Council
  • Frankston City Council
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
Kerry Irwin

Kerry Irwin

Kerry has more than 20 years experience working with local communities within Local Government. Kerry has undertaken management roles predominantly in the areas of Recreation, Community Development and Environment. Kerry has been responsible for the management of recreation, community development, community planning, youth, environmental sustainability, social inclusion, emergency recovery, economic development and tourism. Kerry joined Rec Relief in 2015.

Kerry is passionate about communities and the physical, social and mental benefits gained through participation in community life and ensuring the environments we live in positively impact on quality of life and health and wellbeing.

  • Leadership
  • Skill and interest identification and planning
  • Mentoring
  • Work system analysis and improvement
  • Strategic work planning and resourcing analysis
  • Performance evaluation
  • Project development
  • Program management
  • Policy development
  • Funding attraction
  • Community development, consultation and engagement
  • Health promotion
  • Yarra Ranges Shire Council
  • Monash City Council
  • Knox City Council
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • City of Stonnington
  • City of Ballarat
  • City of Yarra
Jason Young

Jason Young

Previously, an enthusiastic and motivated Customer Experience Coordinator responsible for daily customer experience operations at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Lakeside Stadium and State Netball & Hockey Centre.

Jason joined the Rec People team in 2018 as a Recreation Projects Officer.

A hard working and dedicated team member, capable of liaising with all levels of an organisation, community and the general public, Jason has the perfect temperament and attitude to get things done.

  • Aquatic and leisure facility administration
  • Leisure projects
  • Sports club liaison
  • Stakeholder engagement.
  • Yarra Ranges Shire Council
Leanne Sklavenitis

Leanne Sklavenitis

An authentic, passionate and hardworking recreation professional offering over 27 years experience in not for profit organisations, Local Councils and the private sector in the health and fitness industry and aquatic and leisure facility management space. Leanne is an experienced speaker, trainer, facilitator, qualified lecturer and coach locally, interstate and internationally.

With fantastic interpersonal skills, she is proactive and has a positive can-do attitude at all times. Leanne is a reliable team member with strong time management skills and the ability to multi task and remain calm under any situation.

  • Aquatic and Leisure facility operational reviews
  • Facility management and operations
  • Project management
  • Staff mentoring and coaching
  • City of Monash
  • Warrnambool Shire Council
  • Darebin City Council
  • Banyule City Council
Matthew O'Riley

Matthew O'Riley

A mature and quietly confident young professional, Matthew gained valuable life experience as a captain and coach of junior sport whilst teaching swimming and working in municipal aquatic and leisure centres.

Matthews first experience into community recreation within Local Government was with the City of Moreland undertaking sports club liaison duties as part of an internship program. Showing great talent with the right attitude and attributes to make a difference in the lives of the local community, Matthew quickly found his way to Rec People.

  • Aquatic and leisure facility administration
  • Sports club liaison
  • Project management
  • Recreation development.
  • Manningham City Council
  • City of Port Phillip
Brendan Gosstray

Brendan Gosstray

Brendan is a genuine all-rounder and his expertise and experience in local government means he can support a wide and diverse range of projects and placements to suit our local government clients.

Brendan has over 20 years experience and considerable success as a senior local government professional in Regional Victoria. In his last role within Local Government, Brendan led the Council’s direct delivery of all recreation, parks and open spaces strategic planning, services and capital works.

Brendan joined Rec People in 2014 and is a dynamic operator in all his endeavours, making him the genuine all-rounder of our team.

  • Service management reviews and audits
  • Asset management reviews and plans
  • Preparation of contract specifications for services and projects
  • Budget preparation and management
  • Capital works planning and delivery
  • Project management (Prince2)
  • Parks and Open Space Master Plans
  • S86 Committees of Management
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Ballarat City Council
  • City of Casey
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Indigo Shire Council
Daniel Ferguson

Daniel Ferguson

With experience in Local Government, State Government and the private consulting sector, Daniel brings with him a level of confidence and knowledge gained from experience. Daniel has extensive experience in developing strategic plans and policies, having undertaken a wide range of projects for government agencies Australia-wide as both an external consultant and in-house policy, planning and project management roles. He also has experience in the design, delivery and management of infrastructure projects, ranging from minor capital works projects through to major venue redevelopments and upgrades (such as the Etihad Stadium redevelopment).

Daniel joined Rec People in 2012 – 2013 and has since returned in 2018 to further his career in project based consultancy work. Dan has a thorough understanding of the social determinants of health, barriers to participation in sport and physical activity and benefits that can be achieved from a well-planned service system, urban environment and supporting infrastructure.

  • Strategic planning and policy development
  • Project management
  • Community engagement
  • City of Kingston
  • City of Port Phillip
  • City of Whittlesea
Jane Kopecek

Jane Kopecek

Jane is a Sports Management Professional with experience in the areas of sport and recreation planning, project management, client liaison and facility management. With experience in a number of Councils in Victoria and Queensland, Jane brings with her extensive knowledge and wisdom across a variety of fields in the recreation and leisure space.

Jane has a mature and well considered outlook on life with a calm and relaxed nature. With a quiet confidence and extensive experience, Jane will add value to your team with minimal effort.

  • Recreation and leisure planning
  • Project management
  • Leisure facility contract management
  • Strategy implementation
  • Community consultation and stakeholder engagement
  • Stonnington City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • City of Boroondara
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Banyule City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
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