About Us

The Altitude Story

Altitude is the brainchild of Paul Halstead and Damian Procter, two avid enthusiasts in the Melbourne IT Recruitment sphere who worked together previously for seven years. They wanted to perform IT recruitment in a very different manner to the rest of the market and it was this vision that inspired them to establish Altitude in 2016 as a customer-centered, professional recruitment and advisory consultancy.

With Paul now following his passion for building automobile masterpieces, Altitude has continued to grow from strength to strength with Damian and a dedicated team of consultants, providing personalised recruitment services across a specialised range of roles.


Our Values & Community

Altitude is driven by the central focus of giving back to our community and promoting your success, as both a client and candidate. We take pride in Our Values to working with Integrity, being Authentic, Honest and treating our audience with Respect.


Altitude always promotes inclusion, equality, wellbeing and diversity of thought to ensure that both the recruitment industry and our local and tech communities continue to not only grow, but thrive. We’re proud advocates and supporters for these fantastic groups, who feel the same as we do:

YoungCodersAU  |  Go Girl, Go for IT  |  Care to Connect  |  Radio Lollipop  

The Male Hug  |  Mums Returning to Work  |  Front-Line Meals



Our Process

From day one when Paul and Damian started Altitude, our success and growth has been based on developing strong and genuine relationships; built on a reputation for providing a high level of care to our client and candidate communities. 

At Altitude, your success is our primary focus and to ensure this, we have developed tailored Client & Candidate Care Processes built around our values and quality management principles.

Client Care

Our approach to Client Care is driven by our pursuit to help you achieve your hiring goals. No matter the role you’re recruiting for, our commitment to you is that we will:

    • Represent your organisation with professionalism at all times, through headhunting, networking and all advertising channels.
    • Conduct a detailed candidate screening process ensuring the candidates meet the technical skills, whilst also having the right interpersonal skills to fit with your company and team values. 
    • Ensure all candidates submitted have provided their consent to have their profiles represented. 
    • Complete a two step reference check and verification. 
    • Provide a comprehensive onboarding process for all employees and subcontractors, supporting compliance to all statutory standards and company requirements. 

We will work transparently at all times, to help mitigate any risks during the Recruitment Process.

Candidate Care

Let’s be honest; job seeking can be a challenging process. Our team at Altitude understands this so we take great pride in providing you a quality recruitment experience. 


  1. When we advertise a role, depending on the volume of applications and key skills required by our clients, we initially only contact shortlisted candidates and then notify all applicants when the role is closed.
  2. Where you’re shortlisted, our team will take the time to really understand what you’re seeking in your next role and give you a detailed brief of the opportunity at hand to assess its suitability to you.
  3. Our commitment to honesty and transparency means that you’ll be represented fairly to our clients.
  4. You’ll be kept aware of where you are in the recruitment process and we’ll strive to provide a personalised level of care and service through:
    • the initial phone screen and internal interview
    • helping you through preparation for the client interview
    • accepting the offer, assisting you through you resignation and signing the new contract
    • assisting in your onboarding
    • helping you get settled into your new role.
  1. We will work proactively on your behalf as we partner with our clients who are equal opportunity employers that actively embrace diversity in their workforce irrespective of gender, age, culture, thought and work arrangements.

So remember, if you’re needing any help, we’re always just a phone call away at
1300 95 16 59.

Meet Our Team


Lourize Recio

Lourize Recio

Recruitment Specialist

Lourize collaborates with Senior Consultants, strategically using relevant sourcing channels to find the best talent for various opportunities.
A seasoned recruitment professional, she also brings to the team her broad experience in operations, assisting with the onboarding of new Contractors and managing the backend support and administration functions.
Lourize works remotely from the Philippines.
She loves spontaneous road trips, beach getaways, movie nights at home, and spending quality time with her family.

Deepthi Rangaraju

Deepthi Rangaraju

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Deepthi is a Senior Consultant with extensive experience in and a passion for technical recruitment. A quiet achiever, she is driven by the pursuit of achieving results for challenging roles, meeting tight deadlines, and is highly capable of leading large recruitment campaigns for both contract and permanent recruitment.

Deepthi’s Specialisations are in recruiting for roles across Architecture, DevOps, Software Development & Testing.

Deepthi is a Mum of two and is the Founder of Care2Connect, a charity that aims to link people with disabilities to relevant services so they can live life to their fullest potential.

James Hawes

James Hawes

General Manager, Recruitment

James leads our recruitment team of consultants who work across technology and enterprise consulting specialisations within Cloud and Infrastructure, Data & Analytics, Security, Software Development, Embedded Systems / IoT & Project Services and Enterprise.

James is passionate about developing our business through effective leadership, staff development and strategy that ensures Altitude continues its high calibre, professional recruitment business. James is very much involved in day-to-day recruitment and enjoys working with some of the best organisations within the Embedded Systems and IoT space.

For James, a perfect day outside of recruitment is spending the day at the beach with his wife and two young kids.

Kelsey Eades-Sedgers

Kelsey Eades-Sedgers

Recruitment Consultant

Kelsey is a Recruitment Consultant with experience across technical roles within the IT space such as Software Development and Infrastructure & Networking.

She is passionate about building long-term relationships with a strengths-based practice to help support both candidates, clients and colleagues around her. Kelsey's recruitment journey stemmed from her background in employment services and youth work, combined with her interest in the Technology / IT industry.

When she's not at work you can find Kelsey either at the gym or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Lyka Asuelo

Lyka Asuelo

Recruitment Coordinator

Lyka specialises in filling technical positions such as Software Developers & Engineers, Architects, Project Managers and Product Owners, utilising various sourcing channels to get the best talent. She collaborates with consultants to set realistic technical requirements.

Lyka works within our team based out of the Philippines.

Lyka has 2 wonderful kids and loves to spend time with them. She is a lover of nature. Lyka enjoys the calming beauty of the sea, mountain and sky. She is also an advocate for a healthy lifestyle.

Damian Procter

Damian Procter

Managing Director


Damian founded Altitude and is a recruitment enthusiast with a passion for helping his client and candidate community to achieve the best possible outcomes. He is also motivated by helping the community, specifically women and kids in technology.

Damian specialises in Firmware Engineering and Embedded Systems and also leads recruitment across Data Science, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning for our sister brand Cognr.

Damian is a proud Dad to two adventurous kids.



Contact us


North Building, Level 3, 333 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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