Andrea McDonald


Genuinely caring about people and the quality of work you deliver leads to great outcomes.

As a Director, Andrea provides the strategic HR framework at u&u focusing on facilitating staff development, wellness and career planning, and ensuring u&u is ‘a great place to work’. Andrea also leads a number of recruitment teams, is heavily involved in progressing our Customer Engagement strategy, and offers value-added services to a network of senior HR professionals in Brisbane.

Andrea has been well known in Brisbane as one of the leading senior HR recruiters, having recruited over 650 HR positions over the past decade. Andrea has been the standard by which we measure the highest level of recruitment service achievable – the ‘Andi standard’ is one to which we all aspire!

Andrea commenced her recruitment career in 2003 with Hudson and then Talent2, where she established their first HR recruitment practice for Queensland and was the National Practice Leader for HR recruitment. In 2012, she established Acquire Executive with Craig Sneesby, which later merged with u&u. Andrea has a double degree in Business and Science from Queensland University of Technology and has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management through Central Queensland University.

Some of Andrea’s previous recruits:

  • Group Director – People: Cover-More Travel Insurance
  • Executive Leader – People & Safety: Queensland Urban Utilities
  • General Manager – People and Culture: Auto & General
  • Head of Organisational Development: Auto & General
  • Head of Culture and Capability: Bank of Queensland
  • Head of HR Shared Services: UnitingCare Queensland
  • Head of Human Resources – Strategic Development: UnitingCare Queensland
  • Director IR and Policy: Department of Health
  • Head of Workplace Relations: CS Energy
  • Head of People and Culture: Lite n’ Easy


Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Applied Science
Queensland University of Technology

Post Graduate Diploma – Management
Central Queensland University

Get to know Andrea

What is your favourite unique travel destination? Waiheke Island off the coast of Auckland.  It has beautiful beaches amongst amazing wineries and great restaurants!

If you had to choose your last meal on earth, what would it be? The Crispy Whole Fish from Spirit House on the Sunshine Coast.

What is the best advice you’ve been given? On average it takes ten years to become an overnight success….find what you love and don’t give up.

What would you tell your younger self when finding your first job? Be teachable, Be humble, Aim to Serve, Be Courageous and always be the hardest worker in the room and the rest will come.

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