About Us

The world is becoming more digital, socially connected, mobile and virtual, having profound effects on our work lives – from how we search for jobs and source talent to how we interact in the workplace and manage employees.

Ignite is re-imagining talent services, providing specialist recruitment, on-demand talent and outsourced people services designed to ignite potential in this new world.

Using deep industry expertise combined with a fresh approach called FutureNOW that uses progressive tools, technology and techniques, we uncover hidden needs, motivations and desires in order to connect candidates and clients for the lasting benefit of both.

Ignite Specialist Recruitment Services understands the driving forces behind industry transformation and helps candidates and clients meet the challenges of accelerated change. Using deep industry know-how, connections and passionate experts, we place permanent, part-time and contract positions in all levels of seniority in Architecture, Construction & Engineering, Business Support, HR & Legal, Information Management, IT & Digital, Life Sciences, and Sales & Marketing.

Ignite On-Demand Talent Services provides the freedom for candidates and organisations to engage on a project-by-project basis – whether for a 2-hour job or a 6-month contract – using a fast and convenient process. With Ignite’s vetting process and oversight of the work, as well as on-site project completion, both talent and employers can participate in the gig economy with far less risk than if using a typical freelance marketplace.

Ignite Outsourced People Services addresses the HR industry shift in management philosophies & technologies, supporting the development and implementation of initiatives designed to ensure organisations have the right skills to transform today and drive success tomorrow. Aimed at providing better talent outcomes, Ignite offers solutions for recruitment efficiency, leadership pipelines, talent cost reduction, talent mobility and more.

With around 300 employees, Ignite operates in eight offices across Australia, as well as in China under the Lloyd Morgan Executive brand. The company formerly traded under separate brands including Alliance, Candle, JavIT, Lloyd Morgan, SouthTech and The One Umbrella.

About Ignite

Ignite Specialist Recruitment Services

Ignite Specialist Recruitment Services understands the driving forces behind industry transformation and helps candidates and clients meet the challenges of accelerated change. Using deep industry know-how and connections, we place permanent, part-time and contract positions in all levels of seniority in Architecture, Construction & Engineering, Business Support, HR & Legal, Information Management, IT & Digital and Sales & Marketing.

Ignite On-Demand Talent Service

Ignite On-Demand Talent Services provides the freedom for candidates and organisations to engage on a project-by-project basis – whether for a 2-hour job or a 6-month contract – using a fast and convenient process. With Ignite’s vetting process and oversight of the work, as well as on-site project completion, both talent and employers can participate in the gig economy with far less risk than if using a typical freelance marketplace.

Ignite Outsourced People Services

Ignite Outsourced People Services addresses the HR industry shift in management philosophies & technologies, supporting the development and implementation of initiatives designed to ensure organisations have the right skills to transform today and drive success tomorrow. Aimed at providing better talent outcomes, Ignite offers solutions for recruitment efficiency, leadership pipelines, talent cost reduction, talent mobility and more.

Our Leadership Team

Julian Sallabank

Julian Sallabank

Chief Executive Officer Read More
Julian Sallabank

Julian Sallabank

Chief Executive Officer

Julian is a seasoned entrepreneur and strategic corporate advisor. He has experience commercialising and growing national and international businesses, working across a range of industries, including financial services, international trade, health, education, advertising and information technologies.

He took the reins of Ignite in December 2016. Prior, he was CEO / Director of Student Edge (2010 – 2014), an organisation focused on assisting secondary and tertiary students with financial management, part‐time jobs and career pathways.

Julian holds a Master of Business and Technology (AGSM) and is a member of the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and Chairman of the Board Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Alex Hunter

Alex Hunter

Director of New South Wales and Victoria Read More
Alex Hunter

Alex Hunter

Director of New South Wales and Victoria

Alex is an experienced recruiter and talent management leader known for developing innovative strategies, shaping cultures, and improving staff engagement and productivity. As the Director of New South Wales and Victoria, he is focused on revitalising Ignite’s offering and coaching consultants to deliver transformative talent and insights to clients.

Having spent several years leading an internal recruitment function, Alex understands what it takes to truly partner with a business as a preferred supplier. He asserts that adding measurable value takes more than just providing good talent – it takes deep vertical market expertise and an ability to address a broader recruitment picture.

Prior to Ignite, Alex was Head of People & Culture Service Deliveryat TAL, Australia’s largest specialist life insurer. He’s also held positions with several recruitment consultancies in Sydney and London, including Darwin Rhodes, Edison Morgan, Meninx, Witan Jardine and Hamish Fulton & Associates.

Alex has a Master of Theology Degree from the University of St. Andrews in the UK and holds accreditations in Barrett Corporate Transformation Tools, and Hogan and DISC assessments.

Leonie Knight

Leonie Knight

General Manager Queensland Read More
Leonie Knight

Leonie Knight

General Manager Queensland

Leonie Knight is an Industry professional with over 21 years experience in building high performance businesses in Recruitment and HR sectors. Her experience in developing growth strategies to deliver improved company performance and building market leading Offerings and Solutions to overcome the challenges of the changing landscape of Workforce Solutions are key services that she leads within the Queensland business of Ignite. As a industry leader she works with complex businesses to develop Service Catalogues that deliver value and strategies to business, where your business can leverage and derive significant financial and operational value.
Leonie leads a strong team who offer strategies pertaining to Attraction, Retention and flexible souring models that aid our customers to scale accordingly. Having attended Board Training and being a previous Board Member of ITCA, Leonie is well versed on enabling organisations to meet the corporate objectives of their Board and Stakeholders for corporate customers, or meet the policy of Government.

Aggie Lu

Aggie Lu

Regional Director of Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou Read More
Aggie Lu

Aggie Lu

Regional Director of Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou

Aggie Lu heads up Lloyd Morgan’s Northern and Western China offices. With over 10 years of experience in the professional recruitment sector, Aggie has a strong belief that the only way to truly impact and drive a recruitment business to its ultimate success, is by providing tailor made value addedservices that synergies with the talent strategy of clients in today’s constant changing talent market.

Greg May

Greg May

General Manager, South Australia Read More
Greg May

Greg May

General Manager, South Australia

A “recruitment junkie” who gets a buzz each time he places a good person in a good job, Greg has spent nearly 20 years providing skilled ICT talent to the South Australia market. He’s led several companies through expansion, setting up sustainable strategic and operational frameworks to support long-term targets.

As the GM of Ignite in SA, Greg is accountable for the business’ success, driving sales, connecting high-calibre candidates with clients, and attracting and mentoring a team of industry-leading staffing experts.

Prior to Ignite he led change initiatives and increased profitability as GM for Talent2, expanded market reach as GM of Hudson, and co-built Robert Walters’ Adelaide business from the ground up, creating niche recruitment services, growing a staff of 20+ and developing the business into the area’s recruiter of choice.

Greg thrives on helping businesses and people meet the demands of constant change. He enjoys coaching team members and is committed to creating a high-spirited work environment that is as fun as it is productive.

Nicole Shepherd

Nicole Shepherd

General Manager, Canberra Read More
Nicole Shepherd

Nicole Shepherd

General Manager, Canberra

Nicole is a thought leader who combines deep recruitment experience with a passion for developing market-leading offerings. She heads up Ignite Canberra, driving sales and leading a team of recruitment and HR professionals.

Having spent her entire 20+-year career in the industry, Nicole worked for companies such as Andersen Contracting and Peoplebank before joining Ignite where she transformed the local business from a transactional-based recruitment agency into a full-service HR consultancy. In addition to expanding business in the commercial market, under her leadership Ignite deepened their reach into the government sector. They now provide services such as countrywide volume placements, tailored recruitment processes, and HR services to a number of federal agencies.

Nicole is dedicated to making a difference in all she does – whether by helping candidates get the right roles, helping federal agencies improve the way they work with recruiters, or helping her team get more from what they do.

She serves on the Board of the Information Technology Contract and Recruitment Association and is an active member of Women in Information and Communication.

Chris He

Chris He

Regional Director of Shanghai and Suzhou Read More
Chris He

Chris He

Regional Director of Shanghai and Suzhou

As the Regional Director of Shanghai and Suzhou, Chris has a strong track record in delivering successful placements as well as building up teams. Before taking on his current role, Chris was leading 2 of the highest earning teams in Shanghai. Prior to joining Lloyd Morgan, he worked for a UK-based recruitment company for more than 3 years. Chris believes in building up good relationships with those he work with as well as delivering the best solutions to both clients and candidates.