Founder, Owner and Managing Director
Gayleen Toll is a greatly experienced and successful recruiter who has over twenty years recruitment experience at a senior level. Her field of expertise has been placing professional and management level positions in international and national companies in the USA, Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland.
A passionate leader and businesswoman Gayleen moved to Cairns in 1998 and opened her own employment services business, Precruitment. Precruitment’s head office is located in Cairns with a second branch in Townsville since 2000.
An ISO 9001:2008 Quality Assured company Precruitment is now a North Queensland leading recruitment consultancy, specialising in professional and administration recruitment; permanent and temporary placements for both commercial and government enterprise.
A current Chamber of Commerce Committee Member where her focus is on assisting small business, local employment initiatives and governance. Gayleen is a past President of the highly successful Cairns Business Woman’s Club. A position that she held for three years in which time the club experienced tremendous growth and increased profile. Gayleen is currently Chair of Board of KickArts, North Queensland’s leading Contemporary Arts Organisation.
Gayleen started her professional life as a Cost Analyst with BHP. Gayleen’ s career in recruitment began in the USA in Silicon Valley, Northern California, where she worked for the world’s largest recruitment company. Her success led to her rapid promotion from Assistant Consultant to Consultant, Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Supervisor and Branch Manager. Each position was held for six months or less. This progress and promotion was unprecedented in that company. Her client list was impressive and included Hi Tech, Bio Tech and Government corporations.
Her success is evidenced by her fortune in being successively awarded the national Employee of the Year and the Branch Manager of the Year for the whole of the USA.
On returning to Australia Gayleen was asked by the parent company in the USA to open their first professional/executive recruitment division in Australia. Gayleen was also asked to take over the I.T recruitment division of the company.
Gayleen has been recognised as a Fellow of the RCSA for her commitment and professional contribution to the recruitment industry.
Founder, Owner and Executive Director FAIM
Colin’s professional life began when he joined the military by attending the Royal Military College, Duntroon. He graduated four years later as a Lieutenant into the Armoured Corps. Colin remained a soldier for twenty years during which time he served in Singapore, Malaysia, Sarawak, Vietnam, England, Germany, Canada and in many places in Australia. He fought in two conflicts, Vietnam and Borneo. Colin resigned from the military in 1981, then a Lieutenant-Colonel and at the time commanding the Leopard Tank regiment.
His second life took him into tourism at the CEO level, firstly at Mt Buller, a Victorian ski resort. After six seasons in the snow he was asked to go north to Cairns to look after the investments of some Melbourne businessmen. After being in Cairns for nine months in 1987, he was head-hunted to return to the mountains as CEO of Alpine Australia Group in the NSW Snowy Mountains. The group owned a large hotel, a ski resort and a train, the Skitube. Colin managed this Group for eight years until 1994.
Colin then took up an appointment as the CEO of Hamilton Island Limited. In 1997 Colin returned to Melbourne to do some projects such as Melbourne Underwater World, a review of the Alpine Resorts Commission and a proposal for a new campus for LaTrobe University.
In 1998, together with Gayleen, Colin moved to Cairns with the intention of creating Precruitment based on Gayleen’s recruiting expertise.
On arrival in Cairns, Colin was initially the GM of the newly opened Skyrail. Precruitment was an instant success and by 1999 Colin had moved to become the Executive Director of Precruitment.
Angela’s significant local and international human resource management and recruitment experience gives her the strong platform to provide outstanding professional services to her clients and candidates.
With a background that includes development of HR practices, policies and processes for local and large international companies, as well as the recruitment of staff at all levels.
Originally from Mount Isa, Angela has worked in both Cairns and Townsville and has an excellent understanding of the labour market in regional centres.
Angela has expertise in challenging recruitment assignments across Queensland, overseas and broader Australia having successfully assisted sourced for technical, engineering, finance and accounting positions.
Focusing on assisting local and regional business to recruit professional, technical and clerical roles; with her broader HR expertise, Angela is available to assist employers with other employment/HR issues as necessary.
Temporary Recruitment Consultant
Nikki manages our temporary staff recruitment in Far North and Western Queensland regions. Nikki’s intelligent approach is combined with a sense of urgency to help match her client’s recruitment requirements.
Her background in communications, education and training gives her a strong understanding of the skills required for successful placement results.
Prior to joining the Precruitment team, Nikki had a successful career in the Educational Sector including five years with Murdoch University in several positions including in student and external partnership engagement, communications and marketing roles as well as systems management and executive administration support.
Nikki has been a teacher across a broad sector of subjects including English, Migrant and Indigenous programs as well as Public Relations. Prior to the education sector, Nikki was a Journalist Public Relations and Media professional for six years.
Nikki’s diverse career and experience as a highly skilled mentor and coach has resulted in her strong commitment to providing individual quality service, achieved by assisting, motivating and encouraging her candidates and clients to reach their business and personal goals.
Leslie is a prominent Australian business woman, with exceptional experience and skills in corporate growth and development. She has had a highly successful career in the travel industry where she established her own company which she floated on the Stock Exchange in 1999.
In recent years she has turned her expertise to assisting SME organisations in the employment, mining and medical Industries. In every instance she has started from the ground up turning struggling companies into healthy, motivated and financially secure entities. In her board positions she acts as mentor and counsellor to other board members and the CEO.
Leslie brings sound business skills to the recruitment industry. She is able to understand the commercial requirements and find the best fit for the company based on skills and cultural fit.
Leslie is ideally suited to the recruitment of senior level candidates in commercial, not-for-profit and government organisations including CEOs, Financial Controllers and Senior Project Managers. She also helps organisations in North Queensland and remote communities throughout Cape York and the Torres Strait islands.
Leslie’s diverse experience has required her to work with professionals of all types so it is appropriate that she is also responsible for our professional placements with a special emphasis on Public Accountants and Solicitors.
In 2000, Leslie was inducted into the Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame, an initiative of the Australian Businesswomen’s Network which celebrates the achievements of Australia’s inspiring business women.
Dawn joined Precruitment as an experienced consultant in Townsville in 2014. She has extensive skills recruiting in the region’s commercial and government sectors for both Temporary and Permanent positions.
Prior to joining Precruitment, Dawn was a successful Recruitment Manager in the UK. She works closely with clients and candidates, identifying their needs and providing regular feedback and assistance through each part of the employment process.
Dawn brings exceptional qualities to Precruitment, including her hardworking, enthusiastic and professional attitude. She has an outgoing personality with the drive for success and an understanding of the importance of building long term relationships with her clients and candidates.
Dawn has expertise in coaching and mentoring candidates with their interview skills and resume preparation, assisting them identify individual strengths and a suitable career strategy.
Administration Manager QAR OH&S Officer
A dedicated professional, who joined Precruitment in 2013, Colleen provides administration management and support to the Precruitment team to help achieve organisational goals and improve team productivity and efficiency.
Colleen has an eye for detail, creative thinking and problem-solving acumen which makes her a strategic asset for both clients and candidates alike. She is highly organized with outstanding follow through and a comprehensive grounding in management and operations.
With background in Office Management, Accounting, Marketing and Administration from within the recruitment and engineering service industries. Our clients, candidates and team benefit from her ability to effectively multi- task whilst adhering to strict deadlines and maintaining a strong customer first focus.
Colleen has been instrumental in the implementation, rollout and training of Precruitment’s upgraded office equipment including cloud-based CRM Bullhorn, Advertising Platform Broadbean, Astute Timesheets Online, MYOB Accounting, remote interviewing, meeting and telephony system capabilities, as well as new servers and PCs across the business.
An experienced and dedicated consultant Sandy joined Precruitment in 2014 after an award-winning career in the media & not for profit sectors. Her skills help deliver successful results with challenging & diverse recruitment assignments for her clients.
Sandy works on exclusive roles for A&TSI Shire Councils including Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Lockhart River, Napranum, Aurukun, Hope Vale, Torres Shire Council, Warrabindah and TSIRC. Assignments include CEOs, Executives, Finance and Accounting specialists, Lawyers, Engineers and Senior Project Managers.
Sandy has extensive experience across regional and Western Queensland in recruiting from top to bottom for Local Government and communities. She has recruitment expertise in all challenging to source roles for remote locations, from trades to CEO’s and everything in between.
Sandy brings crucial skills to Precruitment especially her incredible communication and relationship skills along with her desire to always achieve exceptional results for clients and candidates.
Christine has worked in the recruitment industry since 2007 and joined our Permanent recruitment team in 2017 with a focus on the commercial recruitment portfolio.
Christine has broad recruitment experience across many industry sectors and professions. Her expertise has included health, scientific, marketing, administration, communications, executive and professional recruitment including legal, accounting and engineering.
With excellent leadership qualities and formal qualifications in Law and Sociology, Christine’s career has included managing teams of recruitment specialists across most professions and business areas.
Christine consistently delivers a personalised, consultative service with a deep understanding of the industries she recruits in.