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


ainsley.johnstone@thinktalent.com.au | 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.

My Areas of Focus



- 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 - Executive & Strategy


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.

My Areas of Focus



- 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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Dimitra Fourtzis

Director | Customer & Innovation


dimitra.fourtzis@thinktalent.com.au | 0410 089 073

Hi I’m Dimitra, a respected talent partner for clients and candidates alike. I present with client side Marketing experience where I forged by corporate career at NAB across a number of marketing disciplines and in leading marketing teams across product, consumer and business banking marketing, brand and sponsorship and CRM.

The skills required to be a successful marketing executive in today’s commercial environment are continually evolving, with a profound emphasis on insights, marketing tech and digital. 

Having led high performing marketing teams at NAB, I know intimately the nuances of this sector and understand the demands and challenges facing top executives in these important functions. I have a real passion for talent advisory and launched a career in executive recruitment over four years ago.  I’ve recently joined Think Talent to led the Customer portfolio which includes Marketing, Digital and Experience. 


My Value Proposition



My relationship focus and strong commitment in helping leaders design and build the right team and in helping individuals find their happy place in their career.
 
My Areas of Focus



- Marketing

- Product

- Digital

- Experience and Design

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Michelle Mason

Senior Talent Partner | Customer & Innovation


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

Originally from Canada, I have been living in Melbourne for more than three years now and am part of the Customer and Communications portfolio here at Think Talent.

With a background in Sales and Marketing, I have had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s biggest brands, including the National Hockey League.

My Value Proposition

I pride myself on having a strong customer focus approach and the ability to adeptly identify with the needs of both my clients and candidates to ensure the best outcome.

My Areas of Focus



- Customer Strategy & CX
- Marketing
- Sales
- Events

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Alice King

Talent Partner | Customer & Innovation


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.

My 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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Steven Watton

Director | People & Communications


steven.watton@thinktalent.com.au | 0468 906 888

Originally from Northern Ireland, I’ve specialised in Executive HR and Communications recruitment for over eighteen years in the United Kingdom and Australia. As well as working for a number of Australian and international brands, I also ran my own Executive Recruitment and Search business for almost five years.
 
Having considerable tenure in the People and Communications market, I has developed a strong reputation in the Australian business community due to my broad industry knowledge, high-level of service delivery and extensive networks across all sectors. I enjoy contributing to the development of my team so that we can continue to provide challenging and exciting career opportunities to our growing network.
 
My Areas of Focus


 
- Organisational Development / Leadership & Culture
- Business Partnering

- Diversity & Inclusion

- Safety & Wellbeing / HSE

- Remuneration & Benefits
- Talent Acquisition

- Employee & Industrial Relations

- HRIS

- Corporate Communications

- Customer Experience

- Corporate Affairs

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Chloe Sharpin

Talent Partner | People & 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.

My Areas of Focus



- 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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Majella Pinnuck

Talent Partner | People & Communications


majella.pinnuck@thinktalent.com.au | 0466 898 833

I work within the People and Communications portfolio at Think Talent. Specialising in the area of Corporate Affairs and Communications, I am passionate about connecting talented professionals with like-minded organisations.

My Value Proposition

Having spent over 4 years in the executive search space for Corporate Affairs, I have an understanding of the complexities of the discipline and am able to align vision, values and skills between organisations and prospective employees.

My Areas of Focus



- External Communications
- Internal Communications
- Community Engagement
- Stakeholder Relations
- Government Relations
- Public Affairs
- Sustainability

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Shanelle Moloney

Talent Partner | Tech & Projects


shanelle.moloney@thinktalent.com.au | 0407 848 156

I'm Shanelle, a recruitment professional with over 8 years agency experience across a variety of disciplines, sectors and industries. I am part of the Digital and Tech team here at Think Talent.

My Value Proposition

I love working with candidates to ensure they are reaching their career goals and enjoy the challenge of working complex roles.

I really love growing teams within a business and enjoy learning about new technologies, watching products grow and hearing about what companies are doing to stay ahead of the game.

My Areas of Focus



- Architecture & Design
- Programming
- Testing
- Web Development
- Firmware
- Embedded Software Development
- Cross-platform SW Application Development
- IoT- Internet of things

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Amy Murphy

Operations & Marketing Specialist


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, social media, operations and administration.

My Value Proposition

Originally from Ireland, I have gained more than six 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.

My Areas of Focus



- Marketing
- Operations
- Social Media
- Campaigns
- Event management
- Administration

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Lea Russell

Executive Assistant


lea.russell@thinktalent.com.au | 0415 441 179

My role at Think Talent is to support the Co-CEO’s, ensuring they have everything they need to get out there and change the world.

I come bringing 20 years’ experience across ticketing, events and elite sport. My roles have been with high profile organisations such as Ticketek, Cricket Australia, Rugby World Cup, Melbourne Cricket Club and the Australian Football League, and after all that, there isn’t much I can’t organise!
 
My Value Proposition

I’m a chaos taming, roll my sleeves up kind of woman who loves to jump in the deep end. I enjoy creating an environment of support with a splash of fun, and taking the stress out of other people’s day. I do this by being a fast-acting and motivated assistant who cares about the big picture and what’s going on for my team.  
 
My Areas of Focus

- Our CEO’s

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Karen McGonagle

Financial Controller


finance@thinktalent.com.au | 03 9070 0703

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

My Areas of Focus

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

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