About Us

executive technology search

Founded in 2001, elev8 is a specialist Executive Technology Search & Selection firm. Our approach, methodology and continued success is anchored in the extensive breadth and depth of our network of Business Technology Professionals and our ability to monitor and track their careers, development and achievements. Our operating model deliberately positions elev8 as a specialist low volume, high value service provider, offering access to an untapped, well researched and highly relevant target candidate pool. 

In 2014 elev8 established an Executive Interim Consulting division. This was in response to the demand from the market for the same high calibre professionals appearing on elev8’s permanent shortlist presentations but who could be hired in a consulting or interim capacity. To date, the biggest demand has been in the GM/CXO and Program Delivery space and continues to grow as Executive Resources on Demand increases to meet modern business operating models.

elev8 is an approved supplier to a number of private enterprises and has long been endorsed by both state and federal governments to undertake Executive Search and provide interim consulting services.

elev8 has long been recognized as working in partnership with our clients and candidates alike. Our aim is consistent. Integrity, honesty and courtesy. We represent our clients and candidates with the utmost confidentiality, always maintaining a high level of anonymity to ensure the highest level of professional and confidential representation for all parties.

Methodology & Philosophy

extensive network

All Search campaigns are tailored to the specific assignment but adhere strongly to a proven in-house project methodology based upon combining many years of Executive Search experience from local and international firms with a contemporary lean and agile delivery focus. Founding principles of integrity and honesty and constant attention to nurturing and supporting elev8’s extensive network of strong business contacts is key to the firm’s ongoing success.

elev8’s process is to encourage anonymous client representation into the market to ensure there is minimal ‘noise’ around the assignment and to ensure the position is represented in the best possible manner without diluting the appeal of the assignment. elev8 keeps the client regularly informed throughout the process providing regular open and honest feedback loops which ensures that the target criteria is regularly aligned as the process matures. elev8 applies a consistent, controlled research methodology to ensure our delivery is always the same high standard regardless of location.

In addition to consulting with candidates through the ‘push and pull’ influences, elev8 focuses strongly on behavioural interviewing techniques and competency based analysis. The process is meritocratic, focusing on change management and the ability to influence, guide and execute transformation. This includes the identification of individual motivation, environmental and situational preferences, leadership, emotional intelligence, influencing skills and responsiveness to providing advisory as well as execution ability.

We remain in regular contact with all placed individuals for many years, not just weeks or months. It is our belief that this contact provides valuable feedback loops for all parties and continues to enhance and nurture the good will at the heart of our referral networks. As a result of this strong positioning and recognition for customer service, it is inevitable that many of our candidates become our clients.

the founding Partner

Tom Shropshire
BA (Hons), MPA

Tom Shropshire is the founding owner, a Director and Principal of elev8. Tom has in excess of twenty years Executive Search experience headhunting in the IT, Technology and Digital markets of Australia, Southeast Asia and the UK.

Our business model allows him to directly manage the relationship with the client whilst professionally supported by a highly experienced back office research function. All elev8 researchers and consultants possess proven local and international experience and have been handpicked to reflect and continue the high ethical and moral standards that elev8 is recognised for.

Areas of expertise includes the placement of senior level Technology and Business Managers including CIO’s, CTO’s, CDO’s, CISO and Advisory Partners through to Program Directors and Departmental Managers (Strategy, Architecture, Security, Digital, Transformation).

Tom graduated from Liverpool University in the UK with a BA (Hons) in Ancient History & Archaeology and went on to complete a Masters Degree in European Public Administration with Distinction.

Tom Shropshire


Level 25
International Towers 3
300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney
NSW 2000