Katrina Collier #BeHuman

Who Is Katrina Collier?

Chief Searchologist

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Katrina Collier – Founder, Author & Keynote Speaker on Candidate Engagement | Founder of DisruptHR London, Bristol, Cambridge, Newcastle & York.


The Searchologist & DisruptHR? 🤔

Katrina is a Gemini so of course her company has two distinct sides focused on her highest values, speaking, being heard and community!

The Searchologist improves candidate engagement through the book, the show, offsites and speaking, giving candidates a voice and recruiters and hiring managers a way to be heard. DisruptHR London, Bristol, Newcastle, York and Cambridge, give HR a voice and support #ConncectingHRAfrica and Hope for Justice, giving street kids the chance to be heard.


Candidate Engagement

The Searchologist was founded to teach HR & recruiters social sourcing & recruiting and Katrina has successfully delivered training to SMEs and corporates all around the world. In 2018 she pivoted to focus on the problem of candidate engagement because finding people online is easy, there are countless tools and methods to reveal people and contact details… and this is the problem.

Sourcers and recruiters don’t have an issue finding people, they have an issue evoking a response because of the huge amount of recruitment spam! She has penned The Robot-Proof Recruiter, published through Kogan Page in August 2019, and delivers keynotes and facilitates sessions that inspire those in recruitment to change their mindset, #BeHuman, and drastically improve candidate engagement and response rates.



As a typical “Generation X”, Katrina has often been ignored by HR so it was with some irony that she has spent so many years training HR and discovering they weren’t as bad as she thought! She soon realised that those HR professionals who are out there breaking rules and improving the world of work, aren’t given the opportunity to speak and that a new platform was needed.

After speaking at DisruptHR NYC in 2016, she brought the Disrupt movement across the pond and she can’t quite believe what it has become – a platform where people have permission to be themselves and share their ideas. London’s HR community clearly needed something new and refreshing and she is truly awed by it each and every time. In 2019, she has brought DisruptHR to Bristol, York, Glasgow and Cambridge.


Why work with Katrina?

KatriKatrina Collier - The Searchologistna Collier challenges conventional recruitment thinking, technology buzzword bingo and anyone who thinks a robot can do what we do! Instead she instills excitement and confidence into HR, recruiters and sourcers, who are encouraged to make better use of technology and engage with potential recruits humanely.

Cutting through the industry hype, she will show you how to put the human front and centre in your recruiting and talent acquisition, how to increase response rates in this candidate driven market, and how to reduce candidate ghosting. It all starts with your mindset.


Katrina is a popular HR & Recruitment keynote, including for ERE, SourceCon USA & Europe, SOSU Sourcing Summits in Asia, Australia, NZ & Europe, EVOLVE! Summit, RecruitDC, SRSC, HRus Israel, APSO South Africa, and even to the Singapore Government, and is quoted in BBC, Forbes, SHRM, Cambridge University’s Strategies for Success and many more. She is also an Ambassador for Hope for Justice, raising funds through her DisruptHR events and the royalties from The Robot-Proof Recruiter.

When she’s not on a plane, you’ll find her tweeting @KatrinaMCollier and on InstagramLinkedIn & Facebook, championing the #BeHuman cause.



The Searchologist

💪🏻 Puts The Human In Recruiting
👍🏻 Improves Candidate Engagement
🤖 Robot Proofs Recruiters | Sourcers!
😇 Demystifies Hype From Fact
😎 Uses Aussie Brit Humour

What people say

You’ll find plenty of client feedback from Katrina’s training days on the Testimonials page  and of course on LinkedIn.


Weekly interviews & insight

The #SocialRecruiting Show


Jo MenonKatrina brings that great mix of expertise, integrity, confidence and humour to all things sourcing. Her straight talking approach is refreshing and her delivery second to none. I really enjoy working with Katrina most recently where she helped build expertise and the ‘art of the possible’ in the sourcing space with one of our mutual retail clients. She’s very supportive and encouraged me to speak at one her very popular and excellent Disrupt HR events! I recommend Katrina without hesitation and look forward to working with her again.

Jo Menon, Interim HR Programme Manager

Kay Kelison It had been a while since I had attended a SourceCon conference! Then I received an email notice on the topic “Can we Automate Being Human?” It piqued my interest because it’s a subject I have been thinking about as well. I was happy I opened it, I knew right away that I needed to meet her! Katrina’s SourceCon keynote, “Can we Automate Being Human?” really brought life back into our industry! Thank you, Katrina, for bringing back “human” part of HR. Katrina, you’re the real deal and so much more!”

Kay Kelison, Senior Researcher/Trainer