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).

Mahendra Tharmarajah

Mahendra Tharmarajah

Chief Financial Officer Read More
Mahendra Tharmarajah

Mahendra Tharmarajah

Chief Financial Officer

Mahendra Tharmarajah is the Chief Financial Officer of the Company responsible for leading the shared services function including credit, finance, human resources, information technology and legal/commercial.

Mahendra is a transformational finance leader with over 25 years’ strategic, commercial and operational experience in building, growing and selling businesses in Australia, Asia/Pacific, UK and US across diverse sectors, in both entrepreneurial and multinational corporate environments.

He commenced his career in the accounting profession, spending 5 years with Arthur Andersen gaining experience in audit and corporate finance. After moving into commerce Mahendra spent 3 years with pay TV group Austar in various commercial finance roles and the next 9 years in head of finance roles with several fast-growing venture capital backed businesses including travel ecommerce operator Viator. At Viator Mahendra was instrumental in overseeing 200% compound annual revenue growth and expanding the business to the US and UK. In 2010 Mahendra joined the Couriers Please Group and oversaw a significant restructure, turnaround and eventual sale of that business at 12.5x EBIT in late 2014.

His core competencies include providing financial and commercial leadership, developing and executing strategy, managing change and building and growing businesses. Mahendra is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters in Applied Finance.

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.

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 Association of Professional Staffing Companies in Australia (APSCo Australia) and is an active member of Women in Information and Communication.

Roubina Giragol

Roubina Giragol

General Manager, On Demand Read More
Roubina Giragol

Roubina Giragol

General Manager, On Demand

Roubina Giragol is the General Manager of Ignite’s On Demand contingent workforce division, providing organisations with qualified resources on a Project-by-Project basis whether for short term or long term engagements.

Roubina has been with the organisation for over 10 years and together with her loyal and robust team has successfully delivered numerous projects for the major clients of Tier 1 System Integrators such as IBM, DXC Technologies, TATA Consultancy and a plethora of Large Corporations. She is a solution focused leader who understands business needs and how to navigate complex environments to drive outcomes which successfully deliver large scale, national and ANZ outcomes for our clients.

Roubina has a consistent relationship focused approach enabling the formation of deep, long term partnerships with organisations and individuals. These relationships are supported by the senior teams she leads that provide consistent delivery and outcomes that effectively support the tactical initiatives and strategic objectives of our clients.

Roubina has qualifications in Psychology, Business, Sales Management and Marketing and combined with her background and her genuine caring personality has made her to be unwaveringly loyal and committed to the teams and Individuals that she leads and provides her with a understanding of the responsibilities and accountabilities necessary to deliver success.

Jayson Eichstadt

Jayson Eichstadt

General Manager, VIC Read More
Jayson Eichstadt

Jayson Eichstadt

General Manager, VIC

Jayson is a global Human Resources, Recruitment & Manpower Solutions Professional with over 24 years expertise in Australasia, Europe, Middle East & Africa. He has successfully led, transformed and developed some of the largest recruitment and human capital businesses in the world across multiple locations and is expressly focused on customer engagement measurement and improvement.

Jayson holds a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership and previously held positions as Managing Director, General and Executive Director before joining the Ignite business in 2017.

Through implicit knowledge gained in Australasia, Africa and Europe he is a trusted advisor within the global talent, Compliance, MSP/ RPO Solutions and Business operations improvement space. Human Productivity Improvement Specialist, Advisor & Consultant.

Michelle Campbell

Michelle Campbell

Manager, People Services Read More
Michelle Campbell

Michelle Campbell

Manager, People Services

Michelle Campbell is the Manager of Ignite’s People Services division that delivers RPO and HR Consulting services to Tier 1 government and private sector organisations. Michelle has over 20 years of recruitment and human resources experience. Michelle is an experienced people and performance manager, managing diverse talent acquisition and HR teams across multiple sites.

The first decade of Michelle’s career was spent in ICT recruitment managing large contingent ICT workforces for Tier 1 Commonwealth Departments and large private sector IT specialist organisations.

For the past 10 years Michelle has built and managed Ignite’s People Services practice and major RPO contracts. This includes 10 years as the exclusive recruitment provider to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade nationally, managing volume permanent recruitment activities, the department’s Temporary Employment Register, graduate recruitment, performance management of contingent employees, and internal capability assessment.

Michelle oversees Ignite’s People Services delivery of large-scale capability, talent management, leadership assessment, workforce planning and organisational redesign projects. Ignite’s methodology is an evidence-based best practice assessment methodology incorporating contemporary talent assessment and management tools.

Michelle has qualifications in human resources, behavioural science, leadership and management.