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.

Favourite film? The Greatest Showman (I picture myself in the circus)

Favourite book? Being Dead is No Excuse

Do you have a pet and what is it? I have a cactus which I nearly killed from lack of attention

What do you do to relax? I walk…and stop at wine bars along the way

What makes you laugh? Animals doing stupid stuff on Instagram

What drives you mad? Forgetting passwords

Pam Irvine

Ready to do business with you

Pam Irvine is Rec People’s Business Development Coordinator by title but in reality is so much more to the team. Affectionately known as “The Paminator” Pam is our quality control machine, making sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed and that our systems are operating as they should. She has 25 years experience in business development including roles in customer service as well as sales with her last 6 years focusing on the sport and recreation sector and clients ranging from national peak sporting organisations to local government all around Australia. She loves to travel (don’t we all) and doesn’t mind a bit thrill-seeking, having parachuted from 14000 feet.

Favourite film? The Hunt for Red October
Favourite book? The Da Vinci Code

Do you have a pet and what is it? Archie is my 6 year Keeshond (dog)

What do you do to relax? Lie on a beach at a tropical resort

If you could retire anywhere in the world where would it be? Fiji, with an annual long trip to Italy

What makes you laugh? Really good comedy

What drives you mad?  People being incompetent

Larissa Kleiss

Show me da money!

Larissa is everyone’s favourite person in the office. Why, I hear you ask? Because she looks after the finances (which means payroll). Larissa’s been on the Rec Relief/Rec People journey most of the way with Mandy and her business support role includes:

  • Invoicing
  • Payroll
  • Account reconciliation
  • Paying of invoices
  • Debt collection
  • New proposals and contract extensions
  • Data management 

Leisa Bourke

Admin support with a smile

Leisa has almost 20 years’ experience in providing professional Office Management & Executive Support Services primarily with global enterprise organisations.

Leisa is detail orientated and highly organised.  She thrives on supporting busy professionals so that they are freed up to focus on their core business.  She is motivated by adding value to a successful team.

Favourite film? Very hard to name just one!  Most recently Bohemian Rhapsody, but I also have sentimental favourites including: The Wizard of Oz, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Grease, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins (you get the drift!)

Favourite book? Anything biographical.  I love learning by reading about other people’s lives and experiences.  My Journey by Jim Stynes is a book I could not put down.

Family pet? Our family has a 3-year-old, Hungarian Vizsla named Fletcher (named after the great AFL/Essendon champion Dustin Fletcher)

What do you do to relax? Run a bath, light a candle, play some music and pour a good glass of wine.

Retiring where? Positano, Amalfi Coast, Italy

What makes you laugh? The show on Ch 10 show called ‘Have you been paying attention?’

What makes you mad? Sitting in traffic on a toll way!

Joe Novella

A rose amongst the…(only joking)

Joe is Rec People’s Marketing and Content Manager, which means that he’s responsible for all the content you see on the website, newsletter and social media channels. A published writer and film maker, Joe is a devilishly handsome, charisma machine with an intellect that has more moving parts than an exploding star. It’s Joe’s job to help the world understand just how great Rec People’s services are and how they can help Local Government.

Favourite film? Lord of the Rings (all of them) and Star Wars (all of them).

Favourite book? Lord of the Rings

Family pet? Max the Magpie

What do you do to relax? Don’t know what that “R” word means

Retiring where? Gonna go till I drop

What makes you laugh? The Office (US and UK), Seinfeld, Scrubs and people falling over videos

What makes you mad? People who go to work sick and spread their germs errgggh!!!

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