About Merlin's Group

"If you’re going to do something, do it right the first time." - Neil Hurst

Merlin’s Group is an ICT Technology and Recruitment Company, founded in 2019 by family members Zach & Phyllis Hurst. Merlin’s Group was created by Zach as a legacy for his mother (Phyllis Hurst) in his father's (Neil Hurst) memory.​


"Our philosophy is to carry ourselves with the utmost integrity and professionalism to become the number one trusted advisor to all our Clients. We pride ourselves in our conscientious approach in everything we do.


As we know; the world of ICT is ever-evolving, highly erratic, and rapid. We utilise our passion for innovation as well as our work within the industry to keep us at the helm of this change alongside our Strategic Partners. When it comes to recruitment; we take extra care to look for the certain spark in someone which we call ‘The Right Stuff’."

Zach Hurst, Managing Director, Merlin's Group

Zachary (Zach) Hurst, our Managing Director, specialises in Project Management and Technology with over ten years’ experience working in the IT industry. Zach is a Senior ICT Project Manager by trade with a passion for innovative technology.


He boasts an accomplished background in Technical Project Management, and enthusiastically drives innovation and growth within Merlin’s Group.

Zach strategizes his time and focus to ensure he has breadth of understanding across the many technologies and disciplines in the ICT industry, ensuring he is delivering cutting-edge outcomes for his clients. Zach is multi-talented, boasting qualifications in PMP, CAPM, PRINCE2, PRINCE2 AGILE, ITIL, and SCRUM.

Zach Hurst

Managing Director

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Phyllis Hurst, our Executive Director, joins with a keen focus in Project and Program Delivery. Phyllis is a Senior ICT Project Manager with over thirty years’ experience managing and directing Projects and Programmes. She has an unrivalled experience within the ICT industry and leads the delivery governance for Merlin’s Group.


Phyllis utilises her considerable expertise and understanding of the work to determine the perfect candidate for each role. She is highly qualified, holding a Masters Degree in Project Management from Stanford University, Certified IBM Senior Project Manager and PMP.

Phyllis Hurst Executive Director

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Sarah Venables (Sarah) specialises in Project and Procurement Management with over thirteen years’ experience working in Strategy, Procurement, Technology and Management. Sarah is our Head of Services and brings a passion ensuring the highest quality of outcome.

Sarah boasts an accomplished background in Project and Procurement Management, and enthusiastically drives the quality of services within Merlin’s Group.

Sarah's focus is like a laser when it comes to any task. She puts 110% effort into everything she does and ensures she is delivering the highest quality outcomes for our clients. Sarah is multi-talented, boasting qualifications in PRINCE2, PRINCE2 AGILE, ISO9001 Quality Management Systems, and Business Systems Analysis.

Sarah Venables

Head of Services / Consultant

Jen Smith, our Service Delivery Manager, joins with a keen focus in Delivery of Services and ensuring high Customer Satisfaction. Jen possesses an intimate knowledge of Systems Testing as well as Systems Implementation and brings this to Merlin's Group to ensure top-quality Service Delivery to our Customers.


She has an unrivalled experience with ICT Testing and Implementation within the ICT industry and is an extremely valued member of Merlin's Group.


Jen has recently completed her university Degree boasting her ICT Qualifications to the next level! Congratulations, Jen!

Jen Smith

Service Delivery Manager / Consultant

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Merlin's Group Australia

Merlin’s Group focus on recruitment  and placement of highly-skilled ICT Professionals as well as delivery of high-quality ICT products in Government.

We have highly coveted skills and certifications from Standford University, ITIL, PRINCE2, PRINCE2 AGILE, SCRUM, CAPM, and PMP.  We use these skills and certifications to continuously deliver tailored, high-quality solutions to each of our Clients.

We utilise our channel partnerships with tech giants CISCO, SAMSUNG, LENOVO, DELL/EMC, and MICROSOFT to drive innovation, build digital strategies, and deliver technology transformations to our Clients.

Get In Touch

ACT Office Phone (02) 6243 5116

Toll Free Number 1800 161 422

ACT Office: Level 9, Nishi Building, 2 Phillip Law St, Canberra, 2601

ABN 11 635 131 798

ACN 635 131 798

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