Working with you

We focus on quality, not quantity and prefer to leverage relationships rather than make cold calls.

In Australia’s competitive financial and technology landscapes, businesses often rely on bespoke recruiting solutions that can help them get ahead of the curve and grow. SustainAbility is a specialist Tech and Accounting recruiter who can do just that.

Our Sydney-based team of experienced professionals stem from the very sectors they recruit in. So, when you partner with one of our expert recruitment consultants, you benefit from their in-depth industry understanding, reliable networks and above all, their commitment to provide a win/win partnership to both clients and candidates alike.

We have built a reputation as a premier recruitment agency whose success is based on adopting an open and collaborative approach, offering clients access to vast pools of high-calibre talent as well as providing access to the best IT and accounting jobs in New South Wales. On top of that, we have the latest technology and systems in place to ensure our recruitment services are seamless and efficient, no matter what your needs may be.

Despite our technologies, maintaining our personal touch is at the epicentre of everything we do. Through transparent communication and strategic support, you are in good hands.

To speak to an expert recruiter about helping your business, or for your next career move (whether that’s Accounting or IT), get in touch.

Meet the IT team

Peter Zonnevylle

Director – Technology Leadership / Executive Search

After graduating with a Bachelor of Law Peter began his recruitment career with McGregor Boyall Associates in 1997, specialising in sourcing IT professionals for clients working in the London and Frankfurt financial markets.

He relocated to Australia in 1999, managing several high-profile accounts for Candle IT, including Westpac. During his time as Candle’s general manager, NSW, the business experienced its’ three most profitable years of growth. Peter established SustainAbility Consulting with Martin O’Donnell in 2008.

Edward Mills

Director – Executive Search Technology

After a career in Urban Architecture in the UK Edward moved to Australia in 2005, reinventing himself in IT recruitment.

Joining the Interpro Group he managed the wealth and trading divisions of the Commonwealth Bank and became the number one IT provider across the bank.

The opportunity arose to move within the group to TRA Global to build a niche vertical market team; from here he continued to grow as the top-billing consultant, before taking P&L and management responsibility for the TRA team in Australia.

Ben Athey

Director – Technology & Business Intelligence

As a highly motivated sales leader, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge spanning almost 20 years in the Sydney IT recruitment market.

Ben has held numerous roles from consultant to key account manager and sales manager. He has recruited, managed and led teams, as well as personally kept his finger on the pulse in the market, always maintaining direct client relationships with a focus on long term partnerships.

Ben’s success is demonstrable through his loyal client base and tenure of industry relationships.  In addition to his current sales leadership responsibilities, Ben sits on the board of Sustain Health in an advisory capacity.

George Double

Software Development Consultant

George has been recruiting JavaScript engineering in Sydney for three years where he’s placed over 80 engineers. His clients, usually software companies and startups, have a high bar of engineering and George prides his work on a high quality approach. He carefully matches engineers to teams’ culture, technologies and opinions.

He has the opinion that the depth of engineering within JavaScript and the front end is exponentially going up, and finding JS engineers will only get tougher throughout 2018 and 2019.

You’ll usually find him at Sydney’s JS meetups. Get in touch and chat JavaScript with George.

Tayler Lacey

Development Operations Engineering Consultant

After graduating with a First-Class Bachelor’s degree in Event Management, Tayler started her career with West Lancs Borough Council co-ordinating; Local Elections, the EU Referendum and fund raising events for the Mayor of West Lancs. After relocating to Sydney, Tayler joined the SustainAbility team to pursue her interest for contemporary technology and building long-lasting relationships with people.

Paulina Wajda

Business & Test Analyst

After visiting ¼ of our planet and graduating from 4 different unis around the world with a Master in International Business (Sunshine Coast University, QLD, Australia), Master in International Business Relations (Poland), Diploma in Business (Peru), Diploma in International Management (Germany) and working in internal recruitment for one of the biggest Swiss banks, decided to turn everything upside down and start her journey with external recruitment down under.

She specialises in recruiting Business Analysts, Project Management and testers. Message her for more info and she will provide you with support in English, Polish or Spanish.

Tim Baldwin

Full Stack Developer

After graduating with a History degree, Tim entered the world of recruitment back in 2013, recruiting for engineering development teams across the South East of England. Since late 2016, Tim has been matching some of the best .net developers Sydney has to offer with awesome opportunities.

Tim prides himself on being a transparent, genuine recruiter who adds real value to Sydney’s software development market. Whether you are looking for your next position, searching for a new engineer or just interested in hearing about the market, Tim is always available for a coffee or a quick chat.

Laurence Sims

Microsoft Contract Consultant

Laurence is an experienced People and Culture specialist. He is inspired to create optimal working environments that bring the best out of the people who inhabit them. He has over 10 years’ experience building powerful teams in some of Australia’s most well-known brands.

Laurence has now taken to consulting for Sydney’s best .Net development environments. Here he can share his keen eye for connecting people with team dynamics that allow them to thrive.

Ben Hellstrom

Microsoft Resourcing Consultant

Before entering the world of recruitment, Ben juggled four jobs, a full-time degree in Medical sciences, a young family and seven different community ventures simultaneously. He brings a wealth of experience surrounding relationship development and is focused on forming long term partnerships.

Ben aims for a high degree of professionalism without compromising on empathy or honesty. He specializes in the .NET space in the SustainAbility team alongside Tim and Laurence, and is meticulous about getting it right.

Robert Ladak

Senior Business & Test Analyst

After graduating university with a degree in Sport Psychology, Rob began his recruitment career in London sourcing pharmaceutical professionals throughout Europe. After building out a new market for 2 years within the niche Regulatory Affairs space, he decided to move to the sunnier shores of Sydney in early 2015. For 3 years Rob headed up our Finance Transformation contract desk supporting a range of SME’s and large corporates during periods of finance change. He now looks after our contract Business Analyst desk sourcing a range of BA’s from functional specialists through to digital subject matter expects for a variety of high profile projects

Heather Shillitoe

Project & Change Management

Graduating in 2012, with a Masters in Biomaterial Science and Tissue Engineering (Sheffield, UK), Heather decided to take a completely different path and found herself working and really enjoying her time as a graduate recruitment consultant in the UK. Fast forward from 9 months of travelling and making the move across to Australia, she now has 5 years recruitment experience in the Sydney market. Heather specialises in Project and Change Management roles, across a range of industries, on both a contract and permanent basis.

She is focused and prides herself on building effective partnerships with clients and candidates alike. If you are looking for your next role or wanting to build out a high performing team, Heather would be more than happy to have a chat.

Meet the Accounting & Finance Team

Martin O’Donnell

Director – Executive Search Finance & Accounting

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Martin entered the recruitment industry in 1997 with Badenoch and Clark, recruiting accounting contract staff for a wide variety of corporate commerce and industry clients in London.

Martin moved to Australia in 1999 and joined Hamilton James and Bruce and was responsible for the management of a number of their Accounting divisions including the Commerce, Financial Services and Government teams.  In 2003 he joined Charterhouse Partnership as an Associate Director with the mandate to assist the start-up organisation grow to become a leading recruitment brand within Australia and Asia, before moving on to set up SustainAbility with Peter in 2008.

Scott Allen

Senior Finance Transformation Consultant

Scott has been recruiting in the Sydney market since 2011, starting his career with Keegan Adams where he focused on temporary recruitment across a number of industries before moving to accounting specialists West Recruitment where he focused on temporary and permanent roles in the qualified and part-qualified accounting market.

His experience has seen him recruit across all regions of Sydney forging strong relationships with clients and candidates alike. In 2016 Scott continued his career growth and joined SustainAbilty to focus on contract recruitment in the qualified accounting market for the Sydney region.

Julie Song


Julie is a degree qualified accountant whose career commenced in 2014 at BDO, where she completed a cadetship in Private Clients. She then joined Deloitte Private’s Family Enterprise Advisory division, providing taxation and advisory services for small to medium privately owned businesses and high net worth individuals.

After graduating from a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and HR) in 2018, Julie decided to pursue recruitment as she is passionate about connecting finance and accounting professionals to jobs that utilise their strengths and align with their goals.

Carl McDonald

Commercial & Chartered Accountant

Carl is a well-traveled languages graduate speaking Spanish, Russian and Portuguese, having starting out his recruitment career in London and setting up a finance and accounting division within his company there.

With six years of experience in the recruitment industry, Carl joined SustainAbility in 2018, where he specialises in mid-senior level finance and accounting permanent placements.

Will Macpherson

Recruitment Resourcer

Before starting his career in recruitment, Will had been honing his sales and relationship management skills as an Account Manager.  This experience developed his passion for helping people and his favourite part of recruitment is developing relationships with candidates to help them find that perfect next role.

Originally from New Zealand, he moved to Sydney to chase the sun and enjoy the beach lifestyle Sydney is famous for. As our first New Zealander, he’s keen to bring his friendly Kiwi personality to the Sydney recruitment market.


Meet our sister brands

As a growing business we are able to support our clients and candidates within complimentary service lines including business support, marketing and digital specialists.

Please visit SustainDigital, Lotus People and SustainHealth.



At SustainAbility we feel strongly about giving back to the local community. This year we will be aligning ourselves with The Stepping Stone House charity. As a team we will be giving up our time to help as well as financial donations from our SustainAbility community. Please get in touch if you would like to donate.

Stepping Stone House

“Established in 1989, Stepping Stone House is a not for profit organisation providing medium to long term accommodation and development for young people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness or are living away from their families aged 12 to 24 years old. The aim is to develop their self-esteem, resilience, self-confidence and good health through motivational experiential learning including outdoor education and adventure so that they achieve responsible independence and be the best they can be.”

If you are interested in finding out more about a career with us please contact us to find out more.