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 | Director - Executive & Strategy | 0408 391 648

One half of a dynamic duo, I started Think Talent with my co-founder and co-CEO Natalie Firth, to realise our career and family aspirations without sacrifice. I am a champion of outcome-focused and inclusive cultures that foster high-performance and allow people autonomy to create their work/life nirvana.

My Value Proposition

With experience gained across agencies and in-house at Origin Energy across major change programs, I have developed a passion for people led business strategy and talent innovation. An entrepreneur and marketer at heart, I enjoy working with progressive organisations to engage top talent and build employment brand equity that will enable their growth and vision.

Areas of focus include:

- Executive & Strategy Appointments
- Think Talent Business Development & Innovation
- Talent Intelligence & Reporting
- Employment Brand Marketing Strategy
- Diversity Recruitment Advisory
- Future-fit Team Design

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Natalie Firth

Co-CEO | Director - Customer & Communications | 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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Alice King

Talent Acquisition Partner - Design & Digital Marketing | 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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Chloe Sharpin

Talent Acquisition Partner - People, Culture & Communications | 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
- Organisational Development/Leadership & Culture
- Diversity & Inclusion
- Safety & Wellbeing/HSE
- Remuneration & Benefits
- Corporate Communications
- Customer Experience
- Corporate Affairs

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Ken Kwan

Director - Digital & Tech | 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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Michelle Mason

BD and Marketing Manager | 0423 238 519

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

At Think Talent, I am the Marketing and BD Manger.

Areas of focus include:

- Developing and implementing a sales strategy for each team
- Developing, implementing and executing Think Talent’s digital strategy and external communication plan
- Creating and implementing brand strategy, including Think Talent identity to enhance - Think Talent’s image and reputation in the market as being a trusted recruitment partner of choice
- Managing Think Talent’s website, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram environments
- Managing Think Talen’s incoming website referrals
- Executing video campaigns through Think Talent’s social channels
- Develop marketing collateral and external communications including interviewing subjects, researching topics, writing blogs and releasing job advertisements

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Amy Murphy

Team & Marketing Coordinator | 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

BI Support | 03 9070 0703

I joined the Think Talent team mid 2018 after some international travel and was the first point of contact for anything relating to the co-CEO’s, Natalie and Ainsley. This broadened my skills across stakeholder management.

My role has since evolved into business and talent intelligence support which aligns with my passion for data and Think Talent's focus on staying ahead of the curve through innovation.

Areas of focus:
- BI Capability Implementation Support
- Agile Project Management
- Reporting & Analytics
- Database Management
- Event Management

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Caroline Zielinski

PR Manager | 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 | 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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