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The Serious Bit

Larisa is a Stopgap veteran and has been recruiting for Stopgap 10+ years, 4 years in London and 8 here in Sydney. She works on agency permanent and freelance account management roles across all channels and sectors.

Larisa has over 10 years agency account management experience, having started her career as an Account Executive for Curtis Jones & Brown, a specialist integrated healthcare agency and part of the Clemenger Group. Her key clients were Johnson & Johnson Baby, Roche Pharmaceuticals - Naprogesic, Wyeth - S-26 Infant Formula and Oral Contraceptives range. To broaden her sector knowledge, she  joined Principals, indepedent brand consultancy and worked on the re-brand campaign for Prudential Insurance and ATL product launches for Hyundai.  Larisa then joined Evocatif as an Account Director where she worked for Rosemount, Penfolds and Lindemans wines across on/off trade and BTL campaigns.

Larisa moved to London where she worked for an integrated agency on Bacardi and Wolfblass wines focussing on their travel retail market. 

In 2003, Larisa joined Stopgap and for over 4 years focussed on permanent agency recruitment for leading direct marketing and integrated agencies.  

In 2008, Larisa went on extended maternity leave and in 2010, decided it was time for her and her family to head back to Sydney.  She continues to recruit for some of Sydney's leading creative agencies.

The Fun Bit

When I was little I wanted to be…  

An airline stewardess - the chance to travel the world and wear a nice uniform seemed like the best job in the world!

My first ever job was…

a weekend sales assistant for Chem-mart Chemist at Birkenhead Point, Drummoyne and I also ironed a basket of shirts a week for $5 .... 

The most daring thing I’ve ever done is… 

a tandem paraglide in Queenstown. We had to jump off a mountain, some 3000m high. My instructor misjudged the jump and there wasn't enough wind behind us, so  we tumbled a good 50m down the mountain and the only way to get down, was to climb back up and do it again.

I'm hear to tell the tale so all was fine but won't be rushing to do that again!

In my spare time you can find me…

dropping off my kids to birthday parties, swimming and taekwondo classes and if I'm really lucky I'll have to time to sit and relax with the latest copy of House & Garden or checking out Domain ....

The brand I like is .....

American Express;   great service, reliable with a bit of class - convenient for day to day shopping through to international travel ...

Hi Larisa,

I’m sorry but I have been so busy that I have only just opened your card. Thank you & the team so much for all you have done for me, you are truly the best recruitment team I have worked with.

Thanks so much for the gift card too, much appreciated.

All the best,


David Leiton

Hi Larisa,

I realised this morning that I have been spending so much time at Lavender that I have not thanked you for everything you have done.

You have been responsive & have always made me feel like you had my best interests in mind.

A BIG THANK you for setting me up at Lavender & checking in with me to ensure I was happy. If I ever feel the need to switch to another agency you will be the first one I contact.

I hope all is well with you & you have a great week.



David Leiton

Thank you Larisa. 

After dealing with a few recruiters, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the ease of this process (regardless of the outcome). Thanks for responding to my application, setting up an interview and being there, and following up on the conversation You think that sounds obvious but it's a rarity! 

Stephanie McMillan
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