About Us


Standard Candle HR

When we were considering a name we wanted it to define our purpose. We discovered the term Standard Candle and was immediately drawn to what it stands for and how it was used as a measurement tool.

For those that don’t know a “Standard Candle” is a known luminous intensity or a known brightness. A candle flame is a known brightness, acts in a consistent and regular way and can be used as a precise form of measurement.

A number of candle flames were used in an experiment as a part of a 10 year project to measure the expansion of the universe. This led to a Nobel prize in physics in 2012.

At Standard Candle HR we consider our ‘Known Brightness’ to be our level of HR expertise.

Our HR support, guidance and products consistently sets the standard by delivering measurable HR outcomes through improved people performance.


We seek to maximise a company's growth with recruitment, development and talent management initiatives, empowering people with HR workplace programs that encourages team work, challenges individuals and helps identify future leaders.


Attention to Detail

We apply a forensic methodology to understand your existing HR landscape.

Organising and Planning

Our 'hands on' engagement and operating model balances the need to meet short term goals with programs that align with long term business objectives.

Leadership/Strategic Thinking

We initiate a comprehensive growth management approach based on improved people performance, workforce modelling and succession plans.

Meet The Team

Jan Marsden

Jan has over 13 years senior executive HR generalist experience and a broad business background originating from Sales and Customer Service. Jan has passion for people to 'realise their potential' imparting knowledge, experience and a direction for individuals to reach their goals. Her understanding of the business environment and the importance of people performance has assisted many companies achieve their strategic and operational results in competitive environments. This experience has proven invaluable allowing companies to take advantage of her management skills, HR knowledge at different stages of an organisations development.

Jan has a Masters of Management from Charles Sturt University and is known for her commitment, determination and ability to effectively communicate at board, senior management and staff level.


Rod Burdon

Standard Candle HR - Rod Burdon

Rod Burdon
Admin & Client Services

Rod, has enjoyed success in business for over 30 years.

From operational and marketing roles to a Director of his own company Rod has been a key contributor across a diverse range of industries throughout his working life.

Rod’s broad based business acumen together with a proven track record in sales and customer service provides SCHR with a deep understanding of what the client experience should look like.

Rod is particularly motivated to ensure that our HR support and programs will help create a pathway for our clients to achieve their business objectives through people development.

As he says, ‘It’s all about outcomes driven by client expectations'.

Rod’s position as Admin and Client Services underpins our efforts to ensure we deliver the right HR solutions.

We welcome Rod’s experience and business knowledge to the team.

Fiona Hobbs

Standard Candle HR - Fiona Hobbs

Fiona Hobbs
HR Advisor

Fiona Hobbs commenced with Inspire Success in 2012 as an HR Consultant. When Standard Candle HR acquired Inspire Success in 2017 Fiona decided to come along for the ride! Fiona has brought with her a diverse range of experience across the Human Resources spectrum. Along with her sales and marketing skills Fiona has over 20 years experience in recruitment and career guidance. Clients across a wide range of industries including FMCG, Communications, The Arts, Media and Manufacturing have benefited from Fiona's expertise in HR

Fiona is charismatic and versatile, possessing excellent communication and interpersonal skills. She has the ability to build strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders across all levels. Fiona has qualifications in Marketing, Sales, Public Relations, Human Resource Management and Photography.


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HR Support | 1300 620 100
Admin/Client Services | rod@standardcandlehr.com.au


PO Box 988 Crows Nest NSW 1585
PO Box 3067 Wamberal NSW 2260

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