Meet the team that will gain you the edge


Think Talent is a hive of positive energy that promotes an entrepreneurial culture of accountability, collaboration and iterative learning which ensures we go the extra mile to enable your growth. Our business isn't for everyone, it suits agile high-performers who can apply broad experience gained across consulting, in-house, start-up and enterprise environments. 

We believe that every person has a unique talent profile and that a workforce is healthy and engaged when a diverse mix of talents are represented, valued and utilised. We also recognise that employee engagement, diversity and the well-being of a workforce all impact organisational productivity and performance. 

It is essential that our people and network have a voice and feel respected. This often comes down to basics like returning calls, providing feedback, taking the time to provide some career advice or just delivering on commitments.

Entrepreneurs at heart, we believe that success breeds success. We go the extra mile to think outside the box to create opportunities and solutions that add value to our network. We also encourage each other to be creative, look for growth prospects and put forward new ideas that bring our performance to the next level. 

That is the Think Talent way. 

Ainsley Johnstone

Co-CEO


ainsley.johnstone@thinktalent.com.au | 0408 391 648

One half of a powerful duo, I started Think Talent with my co-founder and co-CEO Natalie Firth, to realise both our career and family aspirations, without having to sacrifice either. As the head of a top talent agency, I strive to work differently and promote an outcome-focussed culture which allows people to achieve their work/life nirvana.

My Value Proposition

I present with talent acquisition and engagement leadership experience gained across agency, enterprise, change program and start-up environments. I am passionate about people led business strategy and connect executive and proven leaders with growing and transforming businesses

I am also an entrepreneur and PR enthusiast at heart and always look for opportunities to use the talent engagement process to build brand and EVP equity.

Areas of focus include:

- Executive, General Management, Strategy and Innovation
- Diversity and female leadership engagement advisory
- Organisation structure strategy
- Future talent engagement strategy
- Targeted digital campaign management and EVP marketing

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Natalie Firth

Co-CEO


natalie.firth@thinktalent.com.au | 0413 231 661

I started the Think Talent, with Ainsley Johnstone to disrupt the industry’s endemic bro culture.  A passionate advocate for female leadership, flexibility in the workplace and also the broader cultural influences that shape gender roles, my goal is to contribute to a world where women -- and men -- no longer have to choose between family and a career.

My Value Proposition

I present with talent acquisition and engagement leadership experience gained across agency, enterprise, sporting and start-up environments. I am passionate about helping businesses secure top talent to help them on their growth journey.

I am also an entrepreneur at heart and always look for opportunities to use the talent engagement process to build brand and EVP equity. I strongly believe that every person deserves respect and care, two traits that are ironically sometimes lost in our industry.

Areas of focus include:

- Executive level Corporate Affairs appointments
- Diversity and female leadership engagement advisory
- Organisation structure strategy
- Future talent engagement strategy
- Targeted digital campaign management and EVP marketing

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Steven Burrows

Director - People & Culture


steven.burrows@thinktalent.com.au | 0407 848 156

With a degree in music theatre (same university as Hugh Jackman!), I don’t think I could have found a better training ground for the world of talent acquisition (albeit indirectly.) Where else would I have been so thoroughly prepped to dance with corporate Australia, to play detective to find the most elusive of candidates and to ensure that, no matter what, the show will go on?

My Value Proposition

I’m coming up to 12 years in recruitment and have loved being part of the broader talent acquisition piece. I have good instincts and am someone who calls a spade a spade. I love helping hiring managers and candidates and pride myself on my service oriented approach.

Every organisation has its own unique challenge to attract talent and I’ve experienced recruiting for Australia’s largest employers right through to micro-businesses in the industries you would expect in Melbourne.

Areas of focus include:

- Executive People & Culture Leadership
- Generalist lifecycle HR
- Talent Acquisition
- Employee & Industrial Relations
- Remuneration & Benefits
- Safety & Wellbeing / HSE
- HRIS
- Organisational Development / Leadership & Culture
- Diversity & Inclusion

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Chloe Sharpin

Talent Acquisition Partner - People, Culture & Communications


chloe.sharpin@thinktalent.com.au | 0408 276 170

I work within the People, Culture & Communications portfolio. Originally hailing from the UK, I love to focus on finding my network opportunities within forward-thinking, evolving businesses.

My Value Proposition

After several years in recruitment and with more than 2 years in Melbourne specifically, I am able to understand the complexities of these sectors to ensure that the talent is in line with organisational and project visions and objectives.

Areas of focus include:

- Talent Acquisition
- Employee & Industrial Relations
- HRIS
- Organisational Development/Leadership & Culture
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Safety & Wellbeing/HSE
- Remuneration & Benefits
- Corporate Communications
- Customer Experience
- Corporate Affairs

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Michelle Mason

BD and Marketing Manager


michelle.mason@thinktalent.com.au | 0423 238 519

With a background in Sales & Marketing, I have worked with some of Canada's biggest brands, including the National Hockey League.

I pride myself on building strong relationships and the ability to adeptly identify the needs of both my clients and candidates. I believe in a customer focused approach, working with honesty, transparency and integrity.

My area areas of focus include:
- Customer Strategy
- Customer Experience
- Service Design
- Sales & Marketing
- Corporate Affairs
- Stakeholder Management

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Alice King

Talent Acquisition Partner - Design & Digital Marketing


alice.king@thinktalent.com.au | 0499 021 148

I’m Alice, a recruitment professional with 8 years agency experience across a variety of disciplines, sectors and industries.

My Value Proposition

I believe that collaboration, transparency, respect and trust are the key ingredients to success and I pride myself in my customer centric approach ensuring my clients and candidates have a positive journey and experience with me.

I’m a people person and have a passion for building strong, long-lasting relationships. I take the time to understand the needs of my clients and candidates, so I can best support them and deliver the best solution.

Areas of focus:

- Service Design, CX & UX/UI Design
- Customer Experience Management
- Product Management & Design
- Digital Marketing, SEO & SEM
- Digital & Content Production
- CRM and Direct Marketing

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Ken Kwan

Director - Digital & Tech


ken.kwan@thinktalent.com.au | 0468 906 888

I present with 20 years combined experience in internal talent acquisition and external agency leadership. I pride myself on a consultative, thought leadership approach that elevates the candidate and client discussion.

I am focused on providing the best experience throughout the recruitment lifecycle and ensure businesses secure top technology, project and design talent to help them on their growth journey.

My Value Proposition

I am also an entrepreneur at heart and always look for opportunities to help organisations improve their talent engagement process to build brand and EVP equity. I strongly believe that every person deserves respect and care and this underpins my engagement approach to candidates and stakeholders alike.

Areas of focus include:

- Executive, General Management and IT leadership jobs
- Portfolio - Design (UX, UI, CX) & product management, full stack development, project delivery, change, agile business analysis and IT operations positions.
- Talent process, project recruitment and engagement advisory
- Organisation structure and future talent engagement strategy
- Targeted digital campaign management and EVP marketing

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Amy Murphy

Team & Marketing Coordinator


amy.murphy@thinktalent.com.au | 0437 722 687

I am an ambitious and outgoing Team & Marketing Coordinator, who is always ready to assist the Think Talent team by providing seamless support across marketing, event management and administration.

My Value Proposition:

Originally from Ireland, I have gained more than five years’ experience within the Professional Services, IT and Recruitment industries.

I’m a born organiser who enjoys building strong stakeholder relationships. I’m committed to continuous improvement initiatives to ensure organisational efficiency and effectiveness.

Areas of focus:

- Marketing
- Event management
- Operations
- Administration

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Megan Evans

EA & Events Coordinator


megan.evans@thinktalent.com.au | 0408 136 438

I joined the Think Talent team mid-2018 after some international travel. I am the first point of contact for anything relating to our co-CEO’s, Natalie and Ainsley.

Helping to ensure both their days run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, is my number one priority.

My Value Proposition:

Having a background in Physics, I am also numbers and analytics driven. This has allowed me to get involved in the reporting and on-boarding of new analytical systems at Think Talent.

Areas of focus:

- Calendar Management
- Event Management
- Reporting & Analytics

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Caroline Zielinski

PR Manager


pr@thinktalent.com.au | 0400 172 145

I am a media specialist, who has worked in journalism, content writing and public relations for nearly a decade.

My Value Proposition

A freelance writer and PR specialist, I have been published (and worked as a staff journalist) at the former- Fairfax papers, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, NewsCorp and newswire service AAP.

I have also worked as a Senior Account Manager at a tech and business PR firm, Media and Capital Partners, and as a Senior Media Adviser at Monash University.

Areas of focus:
- Public Relations
- Content writing
- Media
- Journalism

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Karen McGonagle

Financial Controller


finance@thinktalent.com.au | 03 9070 0703

My Value Proposition

Founder of Silk Business Advisory, I focus on financial management that enables businesses to grow.

Areas of focus include:

- Management and year-end accounting
- Tax advisory
- Business advisory

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