About Us

About Us

We’ve been helping property people for three decades

Founded in 1981, the business now known as Buckmaster Hawkey (Victoria) began as an offshoot of the Newton Business Consultancy, which specialised in advising real estate agencies and property firms. We were the first recruitment consultancy in Australia to specialise in the employment needs of the real estate and property industries.

35 years later, we’re widely recognised as the leader in recruitment and consulting advice for the property and real estate sector. Right from the start, our success has been based on the same core set of beliefs we started our journey with.

We believe that our methodical, consultative approach delivers the outcomes employers need in a tight job market. We believe that candidates appreciate our honest consultative approach to finding them the best job we can.

It’s our genuine approach which has made us No.1 - and will help us remain the industry’s leader.  


Our Approach

The Buckmaster Hawkey approach can be summed up in one word - genuine. We believe that our business will prosper if we keep our commitment to our clients and to our candidates - and always act on their behalf.

It’s this commitment to genuinely help everyone who comes through our door which has underpinned our success for all these years. We value our relationships, work hard to help our clients drive their business and do everything we can to help our candidates further their careers.

It may seem like a simple approach but to get it right each and every time takes dedication and a lot of hard work. But we’ll continue to approach our business this way because it works for our clients, for our candidates and for us.

We believe in the power of teamwork and that each team member plays a part in delivering a successful outcome to our clients and candidates.

Our consultants and the majority of our support staff not only have recruitment experience but a background in property as well.  We understand the property and real estate industry and speak your language. 


Work for us


Love people and real estate?

You may be just what we’re looking for.

At Buckmaster Hawkey, we’re always on the look out for great people who are either experienced in recruitment and love real estate or who have a strong real estate background and would like to shift their career into recruitment.

If either of these sounds like you, why don’t you come and work for us?

We’re Melbourne’s most successful real estate recruitment specialists and working at Buckmaster Hawkey has some real advantages.


Real People

At Buckmaster Hawkey, we believe that being in business doesn’t mean you have to be stiff and formal.

First and foremost, we’re always professional and treat everyone - clients, candidates and team members - with thoughtfulness and respect. But we also go out of our way to ensure we have a friendly environment, work together, support one another and enjoy a laugh around the office.    


Real Estate

Undoubtedly real estate is one of the most stimulating sectors to work in. It’s an ever changing industry, full of ambitious professionals and some larger than life characters.

Unlike many other industries, you’ll find that working with real estate people is guaranteed to keep you intrigued. 


Real Careers

We look for several attributes in our team members but one of the most important is ambition.  

You’ll never need to hide your talents at Buckmaster Hawkey as we want our team to use all of their skills, develop new abilities so they can learn and grow as a professional - and as a person.


Real Benefits

We want to attract achievers to our business and to make sure we get them; we offer some great benefits to our team.

Let’s start with pay.  When you look around, you’ll find the salaries at Buckmaster Hawkey are some of the best in the industry. We also have a bonus scheme designed to reward people who work hard, get results and do it with a smile and a professional attitude.

Being real people, we also want to make sure you have a real life.  If you have family duties or other obligations outside of work, we’ll always look for ways to make room for them -including working from home.

The term ‘work life balance’ is something we believe in.

Real estate recruitment is not a 9 to 5 job, but we don’t work weekends at Buckmaster Hawkey.

What we can say is that if you’re prepared to put your heart into it, the rewards can be terrific - both financially and in terms of personal achievement.


Now let’s make it happen.

If you want to find out more about Buckmaster Hawkey and how we can help your career progress, then maybe it’s time we spoke.


Our Team

At Buckmaster Hawkey, we only appoint staff members who are experienced, dedicated to their role and who share the same approach to business that we hold. They must be genuine, skilled in their position, committed to outstanding client service and prepared to practise what we preach.


Mark Appleby

Mark Appleby



Mark worked in property management for five years in New Zealand and it was his move to Australia and subsequent job search which led to his first encounter with Buckmaster Hawkey. He was so impressed with the organisation that after gaining recruitment experience within the IT sector, he approached the Director at the time – Pam Newton seeking a position within the business and was successful in being appointed as a recruitment consultant in 2001. He quickly joined the ranks of Buckmaster Hawkey’s most successful consultants, incorporating into his work the company’s values and ethics.


Mark’s commitment to the business resulted in his involvement in a planned Management Buyout in 2007. Together, he and Jeanette Hockney took over the Buckmaster Hawkey business from the founder who established the company in 1981.


While Mark enjoys handling all types of appointments, his speciality is selecting senior level executives in property management, leasing, real estate sales and administration. With his background in property and recruitment, Mark also has extensive experience advising clients on workplace needs assessment, remuneration and business structures in both the residential and commercial property sectors. He became DISC accredited in 2014 and is now able to add further value to his clients by using this personal assessment technique to ‘bench mark’ top performers, assess potential candidates for a role, as well as the culture of a workplace experiencing high turnover or other challenges.


Mark’s focus on quality recruitment processes and his determination to secure the best fit for his clients has made him one of the industry's leaders.


Rowena Arnold

Rowena Arnold

Snr. Recruitment Consultant


Rowena’s Real Estate career spans more than 20 years comprising of a variety of roles including residential sales, property management, advertising, administration and for several years she was an Executive Assistant to the Chairman of one on Australasia’s largest Real Estate groups.


In 2001 Rowena joined the PortPlus New Zealand team, a software company specialising in the provision of online services and websites for the Real Estate industry. In 2007 she moved to the company’s head office in Melbourne and became Office Manager for the company’s large IT team. In this role Rowena was responsible for all recruitment, and as such moving into Real Estate recruitment was a natural transition for her.


Rowena joined Buckmaster Hawkey in 2010. A highly skilled communicator, Rowena understands the needs of her clients and the importance of maintaining contact, from initial discussions until well after a placement is made. Beneath Rowena’s obvious dynamism lies a calm, professional consultant who constantly strives to provide her clients with all the information they require to make the right recruitment decisions for their business.


Sara Allen

Sara Allen

Recruitment Consultant


Sara comes from a marketing and media background and has a strong understanding of Sales processes. Sara worked in Residential Sales for 4 years in New Zealand, achieving Rookie of the Year and Rising Star Central region in her first 18 months. Consistently in the Top 20 Sara’s achievements where proof that dedication, enthusiasm and hard work brings great results.


Sara is a strong, passionate real person who maintains integrity, promotes honesty and likes to build good rapport with her clients. Sara's knowledge and experience in real estate allows her to understand the requirements of successful candidates, offering clients the right fit for their business. 


Sara joined the Buckmaster Hawkey team in November 2017. Sara brings with her confidence, knowledge and dedication, and provides a professional service you will appreciate.


Sibell Kursat

Sibell Kursat

Head of Operations


Sibell joined Buckmaster Hawkey in 2011, bringing with her a decade of experience in finance administration and office management. Before joining the Buckmaster Hawkey team, Sibell worked at management level in the debt recovery industry. Sibell's extensive skill set includes liquidation, litigation, trust accounting, staff training, IT and the implementation of corporate procedures.


Sibell balances her business acumen with a creative flair. She is a talented and highly accomplished photographer, specialising in weddings as well as family and corporate portraits. Many of the photos featured on the Buckmaster Hawkey website were taken by Sibell.


With her confident, friendly demeanour and considerable experience and expertise, Sibell delivers comprehensive and professional service to our clients and is a highly valued member of the Buckmaster Hawkey team.top.jpg


Willow Johnston

Willow Johnston

Talent Acquisition Consultant


Positively charged, and energetic, Willow Johnston joined Buckmaster Hawkey in late 2017, where he utilizes his people skills and warm personality as a Talent Acquisition Consultant.


Moving into the people orientated environment of the recruitment industry has felt like a very natural step forward for Willow, as he enjoys the interactive side of meeting and interviewing candidates. “Having lived in a multitude of countries across the globe in my life time, combined with my customer service and teaching background, has provided me with skills that have allowed me to immerse really well into Real Estate recruitment,” he explained.


When speaking with Willow, candidates feel an instant easy-going warmth that makes them feel comfortable and at ease in conversation. He may not always strike gold with his dad jokes, but his personality type can definitely reel in a couple of laughs around the office!


Willow’s career also includes working for The Salsa Foundation as a Salsa Instructor teaching both private/group classes of up to 100 students. When he is not working or dancing, Willow enjoys spending his time with his loved ones and eating all sorts of deliciously sweet treats as his sweet tooth gets the better of him.