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Meet the SustainAbility Team

We are a specialist recruitment agency that works within two core markets: Accounting & Finance and Technology. Based in Sydney and recruiting across all industry sectors, our success has always been built on our core philosophy — ‘taking the long-term view’.

To speak to an expert, specialist recruiter about your hiring needs or career goals, please connect with your relevant consultant below.

Pete Zonneyvlle

Peter Zonnevylle

Director, Senior Technology Appointments

Email: peter@sustainrecruit.com
Phone: 02 8274 4602
Mobile: 04 1439 7756

Peter co-founded Sustainability Consulting in 2008 with Martin O’Donnell, where he bring 20+ years’ in the Sydney technology market to focus on senior leadership roles ranging from head of engineering to CTO & CIO. Peter also sits on the board as an advisor across the SustainAbility group.

Peter previously spent 9 years with ASX listed Candle Australia, where he progressed from new business development consultant to become the youngest ever GM of their Sydney head office, leading a team of 40 recruiters through their 3 most profitable years of growth. Prior to relocating to Australia in 1999 Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Law and spent 2 years with McGregor Boyall Associates, sourcing IT professionals for the London and Frankfurt financial markets.

Peter’s success is obvious through the unparalleled network he has developed over the years.

Ed Mils

Edward Mills

Director of Projects & Architecture

Email: ed@sustainrecruit.com
Phone: 02 8274 4611
Mobile: 04 5013 0800

Ed brings 15 years of recruitment experience in the IT projects & architecture space. Whilst he is hands-on, Edward also oversees a team responsible for delivering across Architecture, PMO, Business & Data Analysis, QA & Agile transformation (Agile Coaches, Scrum Masters).
Edward’s experience includes coaching junior consultants and leading seniors to management, as well as board advisor roles across the larger group. Always focussed on the customer and candidate experience, Edward helps manage delivery and relationships with some of the group’s largest clients.

Edward’s approach to all he does is open communication, collaboration and ethical recruitment – living the company values every day.

Previously having six years with the Interpro Group, he managed the wealth and trading divisions of the Commonwealth Bank and became the number one IT provider. An internal 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

Ben Athey

Director, Technology and Business Intelligence

Email: ben@sustainrecruit.com
Phone: 02 8274 4604
Mobile: 04 2311 9020

As a highly motivated sales leader, Ben brings a wealth of knowledge spanning almost 20 years in the Sydney IT recruitment market, specifically within Business Intelligence, Data, and Infrastructure. In addition to his current sales leadership responsibilities, Ben sits on the board of Sustain Health in an advisory capacity.

Ben has held numerous roles in his career 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.

Martin O Donnell

Martin O’Donnell

Director, Executive Search, Finance and Accounting

Email: martin@sustainability-consulting.com.au
Phone: 02 8274 4646
Mobile: 04 2179 7172

Martin co-founded SustainAbility in 2008 and has recruited senior finance staff in Sydney since 1999. Managing a team of experienced, specialist, finance recruiters SustainAbility offers a turn-key recruitment solution to all our clients’ accounting recruitment needs – from senior through to junior positions.

As well as being a co-director of SustainAbilty, Martin also assisted with the establishment of our sister companies – Lotus People in 2015, SustainDigital in 2016 and SustainHealth in 2017. He now sits on the board of all three organisations, assisting with driving the strategy and operations of all the brands.

George Double

George Double

Technical JavaScript 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 himself 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 over the next few years.

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

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Max Lambert

Technical Java Consultant

Max kicked off his recruitment career in early 2017, working the Software Development market in the South of England. He established himself as one of the top consultants for a global recruitment agency, progressing through the ranks from Junior, Consultant, Senior to Lead, within a 2.5 year period.

Max has proven experience of scaling Development teams across different technologies such as Java, PHP, JavaScript and GoLang. He has placed engineers at all levels from Junior, Mid, Senior through to Software Development Managers.

His role here is to help grow Sydney’s Java and PHP development teams. He believes technology has no limits and feels the same about the clients he partners with.

Tim Baldwin

Tim Baldwin

.NET / Microsoft Team Lead

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.

Robert Ladak

Robert Ladak

Senior Consultant – Contract Business Analysts / QA / Scrum Masters

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 two years within the niche Regulatory Affairs space, he decided to move to the sunnier shores of Sydney in early 2015. For three years, Rob headed up our Finance Transformation contract desk, supporting a range of SME’s and large corporates during periods of financial change. He now looks after our contract Business Analyst desk, sourcing a range of BAs from functional specialists through to digital subject matter expects for a variety of high-profile projects.

Carl McDonald

Carl McDonald

Business Intelligence and Big Data Consultant

Carl has been recruiting for over 8 years across London & Sydney. Initially focused on finance, he then switched his focus to Business Intelligence & Data where he has built a strong Sydney offering across all variations from Data Engineering, Warehousing, to Visualisation. His informative & friendly approach has been pivotal in creating long lasting relationships with both clients and candidates alike.

Benn Nicholson

Senior Consultant – Accounting and Finance

Benn has been recruiting hard to find talent since he first flew the nest. Whether it was Nuclear mechanical engineers in Argentina, customer service teams in South Africa, or finance teams during EOFY.
Benn joined the sustainability team because of their human approach to candidates and clients and will be focused on Sydney’s Permanent and contract qualified accounting and finance market.
Benn has the rare experience of both sides of the talent acquisition coin, spending 6 years in agency recruitment, and 2 years as an internal talent acquisition manager. He understands the challenge of building and maintaining pipelines of talented candidates for your business and is continuing to build an outstanding network of candidates for when you need them.