About Retained

About Retained

Following 20 years in the recruitment industry Retained was founded in 2015. We believe that a positive recruitment experience is in the detail, the connection, phone call, the face-to-face meeting and developing the opportunity.

Working on a retained (exclusive) basis ensures everyone is committed, positive and aiming for the same outcome. Choosing Retained has great benefits, and it’s not just our affordable rates at 6-8% – our friendly and experienced team understand what it takes to successfully deliver strategic roles at all levels, locally and internationally.

Our success and growth is purely down to putting our clients and candidates at the heart of everything we do.

Ben Suddaby | Founder

Our Values


The highest quality personalised service. We know we are up against tough competition and that’s why we never stop thinking of creative ways to ensure the best outcome for our clients and candidates.


We treat each engagement individually and with equal importance…we don’t buy into the ‘one fits all’ approach to recruitment. We work collaboratively with all our clients to share experiences, ideas and laughs to build recruitment campaigns that works for you.


We don’t believe you need to spend 15-20% on your next recruitment project. Recruitment technologies have moved on but costs have stayed consistent. Work exclusively with Retained on your next projects and save up to 60% on fees.

Our Team



With 20 years recruitment experience, including eight years as a Director for a multinational specialist recruitment agency, Ben is one of the more experienced specialist recruiters in the Brisbane region.

Ben prides himself on his professional yet friendly approach and enjoys working in genuine business partnerships with his clients. With a straight forward style, Ben always looks to give a current, honest and realistic solution to a client’s requirements.

Contact Ben on: ben@retained.com.au


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Nicola is a Qualified Accountant with a 1st class business degree. Nicola has over 20 year’s experience across the recruitment, investment banking, mining, not for profit and hospitality industries… to name a few!!!

Nicola brings a passion for recruitment and providing a service that fits the needs of today’s businesses.

Contact Nicola on: nicola@retained.com.au


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Retained | Recruitment, Search & Coaching | Brisbane & Gold Coast