“I want Big Wave Digital to be synonymous with quality…we’re a company that’s embracing change and disruption, but one who’s caring about people and the environment – not solely driven by making money” – Keiran Hathorn, Director

Meet Keiran Hathorn



With a reputation as one of the industry’s finest advisors, Keiran Hathorn counsels executives on their careers; and has been integral to the success of some of Australia’s most exciting businesses.

More about Keiran
Keiran has placed thousands of candidates in his 19 years as a digital, data and tech recruiter. He gives confidential counsel to senior digital executives, and enjoys helping people at pivotal points in their careers. Keiran is a creative business thinker, and gives much of his time to helping clients build businesses across Australia, and now in SF. He is also deeply human. Our work, after all, is where we spend most of our time and greatly impacts our lives. Keiran gives confidential advice with compassion, and is a highly sought after advisor across the industry.

An award-winning Executive Search, Technical and Digital Media Recruitment professional with over 18 years specific experience in the Digital Media sector across Australia/NZ/Asia.

  • Focused on Executive Search within Digital Media, roles such as CEO,MD, CIO, CTO, VP Sales, VP Marketing.
  • One of Australia’s best connected Digital/Technical recruiters with access to the finest talent across the digital landscape.
  • Strong AWS Cloud infrastructure recruitment experience.
  • Technical: Specific focus on iOS Apple Mobile iphone/ipad developer recruitment, extensive network.
  • Development: E commerce, iOS, Android, php, Dev Ops.


A Book, A Song, A Movie

Book (Poem) Dylan Thomas’ powerful poem: Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage,rage against the dying of the light.

Song Pachelbel – Canon in D – I heard as a child and it still resonates

Movie Interstellar

Most like to work with for a day
Richard Branson, to spend a day on Necker Island, working on Big Wave Digital strategy as directed by Sir Richard!

Best interview tip
Always arrive early. Do your research on the company. Establish good eye contact and begin with an enthusiastic hand shake!

Favourite distraction
I love swimming. I swim 4 to 5 times a week and enjoy competing in Ocean Swims on weekends. My dream is to compete in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Hawaii later this year.

Best time of year
For work January – I come back to work full of inspiration, creativity and energy READY to change the world.

For Holidays – I love Autumn, escaping up to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains with my family.

One of Australia’s best connected Digital/Technical recruiters with access to the finest talent across the digital landscape. Keiran has over 30,000 1st LinkedIn connections and is a well regarded, powerful networker.

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Meet Marijke Arkesteijn

Research Assistant


Marijke is our newest Big Waver . All the way from beautiful Amsterdam.

As research assistant at Big Wave Digital Marjike’s role is to take care of our Digital Marketing. Included but not limited to Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, edm’s and our own website.

Currently studying  HRM at the University of The Hague (Bachelor of Arts).

If you need to know anything about Digital Marketing from Web Analytics to how to optimise SEO Marijke is our super star of knowledge.

Exciting to have fresh digital strategies being implemented that are ‘Agile & Innovative’.

Quick FOUR with Marijke

A Book, A Song, A Movie

Book: De verbouwing

Song: Somewhere only we know – Keane

Movie: The Holiday

Best interview tip
Make sure you already did some research about the company to show your interest about it and it gives a professional impression. But most of all, enjoy the interview, relax and see what happens.

Favourite distraction
Listening to music, having company of friends fancy a cold drink in the summer and cuddling with my cat.

Best time of year
Summer! I am always getting so happy of the beautiful weather. I love to go on vacation and sightseeing some beautiful places.


Digital Marketing 


Judy has been with Big Wave Digital since our inception in 2010.

Judy handles digital marketing , content editing and reference checks.

Judy is a large part of Big Wave Digital’s success and has worked behind the scenes handling the quality of everything that we do.

Judy’s key attributes are :

  • Superb attention to detail
  • Willingness to never give up
  • Reference Check superstar
  • Ability to assist on Digital Marketing campaigns
  • Identify and target new clients and roles to work on.


Judy comes with 30 years experience in Teaching in Vancouver , Canada.

Quick Five with Judy

A Book, A Song, A Movie

Book : Milly Molly Mandy. My long suffering father used to hide it because I wanted it read to me every night

Song : Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Movie : The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Most like to work with for a day

I would love to work with my brother , John Hathorn, learning more about antiques

Best interview tip
Be well prepared, be honest and friendly. Be yourself!

Favourite distraction
Being on or near the water.

Best time of year

Spring is my favourite time of the year when everything is bursting into new life -blossoms, flowers trees and baby animals.


Company Accountant / Bookkeeper


Big Wave Digital’s accountant and bookkeeper since 2011.

Wilma brings a world of recruitment accounting and bookkeeping experience .

Key Attributes:-

20 years experience in Recruitment related businesses

8 with Big Wave Digital

Skilled at BAS returns, end of year and payroll.

MYOB online expert.


Wilma came highly recommended back in 2011 and has actually never left as she has done such a brilliant job

Quick Five with XXX

A Book, A Song, A Movie

Most like to work with for a day
Elton John

Best interview tip
Enjoy the journey

Favourite distraction
Coffee and my girls

Best time of year
Tax Time as I love what I do

Meet Honey

Director of Happiness


As fluffiest team member, Honey supports us with her cuteness and bubbly personality.

Honey is always up for a cuddle or walk, which helps us to get a break from work, before we focus again on finding top talents.

Quick Five with Honey

Favourite food
Treats and snacks from my Big Wave friends

Best interview tip
Be friendly , never bark too much and always be on time

Favourite distraction

I like
Going for walks and to play fetch

Are you our next BIG WAVER ?

You Belong Here …

Hi there, potential Big Waver

My name is Keiran Hathorn and I run Big Wave Digital. As you probably ascertained, we’re a Digital, Data & Tech recruitment team based in leafy Paddington, Sydney. We also have staff in Byron Bay, Wollongong and Vancouver. And we’re growing into Melbourne, Canberra and the U.S.

I’ve been in recruitment for almost 20 years. I still love the buzz that winning in recruitment gives you. Certain ‘successful’ character traits stand out to me in people whom I know will win in the wonderful world of recruitment.

Winning character traits that spring to mind are:

  • grit
  • inner drive
  • competitive spirit
  • wanting to help others
  • respecting others
  • professionalism
  • follow-through
  • a sense of urgency.

And most importantly, a sense of humour.

Quick Five with YOU

A Book, A Song, A Movie
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Most like to work with for a day
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Best interview tip
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Favourite distraction
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Best time of year
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This is quite the combo, but I know what works and best performers of this balancing act possess all of these qualities.

I feel that you can have your cake and eat it too.

We love what we do

And we’d like you to get to know our stellar candidates

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