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.
Lyn Russell is a highly qualified, experienced and awarded executive and leader.
In 1996 Lyn was named the Australian and Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year. Ten years later, in 2006, Lyn’s capabilities were again recognised when she was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for her outstanding service to the City of Thuringowa QLD.
Lyn has successfully held CEO roles in the City of Canning WA, Cairns Regional Council, City of Thuringowa and the Wagga Wagga City Council.
In addition to her local government roles, Lyn was formerly the QLD State Director of Morgan & Banks, the Manager of the HR Division of Brisbane City Council and the Deputy Executive Director of the Dept of Employment and Training in WA.
Between executive assignments Lyn has acted as an independent Management Consultant in executive recruitment, HR and team leadership as well as mentoring CEO’s of large organizations.
An experienced public speaker, trainer and facilitator Lyn has expertise in chairing selection panel and committees.
In her own words Lyn says, “I am an experienced executive, trainer and human resource professional in a wide range of areas including leadership, all aspects of HR and recruiting, customer service, corporate governance, economic development, community engagement and corporate planning.”
Angela brings significant local and international human resource management and recruitment experience to her position as Permanent Commercial Recruitment Consultant.
With a background that includes development of HR practices, policies and processes for large international companies, as well as the recruitment of staff at all levels. Angela has worked in both Cairns and Townsville, and has an excellent understanding of the labour market in both regional centres.
Focusing on assisting local firms to fill private sector professional, technical and clerical roles; with her broader HR expertise, Angela will also be available to assist employers with other staff issues if necessary.
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.
Recruitment Manager North Queensland
A highly experienced recruitment consultant, Rona is focused on meeting the Executive & Management staffing requirements of public and private entities throughout Far North Queensland.
With over 20 years’ experience in the executive recruitment sector across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Rona brings great skills to Precruitment’s temporary division and the Cairns office. Rona has developed a reputation for her exceptional consulting advice and high level of customer service.
Rona’s extensive consulting expertise and her corporate experience, allow her to work successfully with a broad range of clients including leading ASX listed corporations, the State Government , GOC’s and private companies within Australia.
In addition to her recruiting and consulting assignments, Rona is frequently invited to consult on the topics of personal and corporate leadership; decision making; organisational development; performance counseling and related management issues. She has received many awards globally and locally for her commitment to providing outstanding quality of service to both clients and candidates.
Rona has made the following observation:
“After many years in the industry the one constant remains – ‘the ability to make insightful decisions about people is today’s most enduring source of competitive advantage’. I have found that personal involvement in every element of the recruitment process has led to better candidate identification and increased client satisfaction. Ours is the ultimate service business. A direct outcome of this high level of client satisfaction is a significant record of repeat business with clients who feel they have been well served”
Dawn has several years’ experience in the recruitment and employment sector. Prior to joining Precruitment in Townsville Dawn was a successful Recruitment Manager in the UK. Dawn has worked closely with candidates, identifying their needs and providing regular feedback and assistance through each part of the employment process.
Dawn has expertise on coaching and mentoring candidates with their interview skills and resume preparation, assisting them identify individual strengths and a suitable career strategy. Dawn is experienced to equip candidates with relevant skills and preparation so they are fully prepared to be confident and ‘wow’ at interview.
Dawn is a hardworking, and enthusiastic professional. With an outgoing personality, she is a tenacious, self-starter, with determination – enabling her to build excellent relationships with her clients. With exceptional communication skills, a dynamic approach, coupled with a warm and empathetic personality Dawn is very much a “people person” who thrives on helping others fulfill their goals and career aspirations.
Administration Manager QAR OH&S Officer
A dedicated professional, 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.
Colleen has a background in Office Management, Marketing and Administration from within the recruitment and engineering service industries. She has also worked in hospitality having held positions as Catering and Functions Manager as well as Restaurant Manager in well-known establishments. 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.
As the QAR she assists the Managing Director and the Quality Assurance Manager to ensure continuous improvement of our Quality Assurance ISO9001:2008 system. In addition Colleen provides administration support to the finance department and is the company H&S Officer.
With strong technical skills Colleen has been instrumental in the implementation, rollout and training of Precruitment’s upgraded office equipment including cloud based Office 365, remote interviewing and meeting capabilities, CRM and telephony system as well as new servers and PCs.
Colleen has qualifications in Marketing, Tendering and Hotel Management and is dedicated to Voluntary work in her spare time.
Sandy joined Precruitment having come from an extensive career in the media and not for profit sectors. Sandy held senior media roles in London, Sydney and NZ, latterly specialising in direct response media in NZ and Japan. A number of these campaigns resulted in Direct Marketing Awards for Special Honours, Lead generation and Integrated media campaigns.
In 2007 Sandy joined Ronald McDonald House NZ to establish long term corporate funding support. As part of the Senior Management committee and the Capital Campaign development group, she contributed her expertise to source funding and project management for the second Ronald McDonald House in Auckland, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 2011 Sandy was voted onto the NZ Marketing Association Special Interest Group to promote the interests of all nationally recognised Non Profit organisations and also became a mentor on behalf of Fundraising NZ for other non -profit organisations.
Sandy brings to Precruitment her communication and relationship skills along with her desire to always achieve exceptional outcomes for clients and candidates.
Christine is a highly experienced consultant who has worked in the recruitment industry since 2007. She is a passionate professional that works in partnership with her candidates & clients. Christine has broad 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. Her career has included managing teams of recruitment specialists across all sectors.
Christine has been awarded for her outstanding performance as a consultant and she has been rewarded with several promotions from within large specialist recruitment firms in Australia. Christine moved to Cairns with her family in 2013. Christine joined Precruitment to manage our Perm commercial portfolio. Prior to joining Precruitment, Christine worked in the training sector in the Cairns and North Queensland market.
Always working with passion, integrity and high ethics, Christine consistently delivers a personalised, consultative service with a deep understanding of the industries she recruits in.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts-Sociology major from ANU
Administration & QA Representative
Ellie is a professional and welcoming first point of contact for the Precruitment clients & candidates. Prior to joining Precruitment, Ellie was a sales and marketing administrator for an international real estate company which is where she developed her love for administration and working with a broad cross section of the community.
Her marketing knowledge has been key in further developing our social media footprint. With the ever-advancing online world, Ellie enjoys investing time to train & develop her current skill base to ensure Precruitment is always positioned in the right place at the right time for our candidates and clients.
Ellie’s signature statement, ‘always here to help’ makes her very approachable, no job is too big or small for Ellie.
As the QAR she assists the Managing Director and the Quality Assurance Manager to ensure continuous improvement of our Quality Assurance ISO9001:2008 system.