Gayleen Toll

Gayleen Toll

Founder, Owner and Managing Director

Gayleen's Bio

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.

Colin Toll

Colin Toll

Founder, Owner and Executive Director FAIM

Colin's Bio

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.

Erica Connery

Erica Connery

Recruitment Consultant

Erica's Bio

An Accredited Recruitment Consultant through our industry Professional body the RCSA, Erica manages our temporary staff recruitment in North and Western Queensland regions. Erica’s strong customer focus and exceptional communication and listening skills give her a solid base of the skills required for positive placement results.

Prior to joining the Precruitment team, Erica had a successful career in customer service and administration from within hospitality and retail. Coming from fast paced client focused industries, combined with her strong sense of urgency, helps Erica to quickly and successfully match our client and candidate’s needs.

Erica is an excellent communicator who prefers one on one phone or in person interaction to build strong and meaningful client and candidate relationships. Refreshingly, she sees email as just a tool in her trade rather than the primary method to communicate with her clients. Erica has a very friendly and approachable demeanor; she is an active listener and is persistent in her desire to help. 

Colleen Smith

Colleen Smith

Administration Manager QAR OH&S Officer

Colleen's Bio

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.

Leslie Lofthouse

Leslie Lofthouse

Specialist Consultant

Leslie's Bio

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.

Olivia Basi

Olivia Basi

Recruitment Consultant

Olivia's Bio

Olivia, working with our permanent recruitment team, successfully assists our clients with recruitment in both the Government and Commercial Sectors.

Olivia has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Certificate in Human Resource Management. Olivia’s educational background gives her a strong base to be a successful consultant providing professional advice to assist her clients and candidates throughout the recruitment and career transition process.

Prior to recruitment Olivia worked within the medical industry communicating with physicians, nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals. It was an exceptionally fast paced environment that required excellent time management and problem-solving skills to meet constant competing deadlines and priorities.

Olivia has developed excellent communication and organizational skills which are complemented by outstanding analytical and logical thinking. She has a customer focused attitude and takes pride in assisting people in achieving their aspirations and goals.

With a passion for helping people succeed, Olivia’s skills and experience ensures each client and candidate finds the right fit for them.

Gemma Eldridge

Gemma Eldridge

Administration & Consultant Support

Gemma's Bio

A highly professional and skilled administrator, Gemma is the friendly first port of call to Precruitment.

With experience in the recruitment industry since 2015 Gemma knows the importance of excellent customer services and she always has a reliable, honest, and loyal approach to her work.

Gemma thrives in a fast-past environment and her exceptional organisation and time management skills make her a fantastic member of our Precruitment team. Always taking pride in her work with a demonstrated strong attention to detail which is complemented by her high level of IT and administrative skills.

Gemma is instrumental in driving our e-marketing including our monthly   Previews Newsletters and our Exceptional Candidate Flyer, website and all social media and marketing activities and campaigns.

Andrea Tunjic

Andrea Tunjic

Human Resources Management (HRM) Advisor

Andrea's Bio

A Specialist Human Resources Consultant that enhances the capabilities and value Precruitment brings to our clients. Andrea will help you to take a proactive approach to align team environment, skills and performance with your business model and goals.

Andrea has practical experience on both sides of the employment fence, starting out in industrial relations, she then moved onto Human Resources Executive roles in the public and private sectors.  

Now consulting to a broad range of businesses throughout Australia she mentors’ leaders in best practice Strategic HR, organizational development, and workforce planning to improve workforce performance

Award-winning people management strategist, published author, and leadership coach who helps to create successful businesses by modernising workforce practices. 

A diverse career spanning 25 years in the people management space, Andrea has earned a 360-degree perspective on the needs of stakeholders at work. 

Andrea is the creator of Vibe Me Up, an online program to teach self-leadership and iCoachMe, a critical thinking app that has been recognised by the International Coaching Federation.

Sandy Evans

Sandy Evans

Recruitment Consultant

Sandy's Bio

An experienced and dedicated consultant Sandy joined Precruitment in 2014 after a successful career in the media and not for profit sectors. A number of her media campaigns resulted in Direct Marketing Awards for Special Honours, Lead generation and Integrated media campaigns. These skills help her think outside the square for successful results with challenging and diverse recruitment assignments for her clients.

Sandy works on exclusive senior management and professional roles for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Shire Councils including Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Napranum, Aurukun, Hope Vale, Woorabinda and Torres Strait Island Regional Council. Assignments include CEOs, Executives, Finance and Accounting specialists, Lawyers, Engineers and Senior Project Managers.

Sandy has extensive experience across regional and remote Queensland in recruiting from top to bottom for Local Government and Aboriginal Organisations. 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.

Sylvia Dowie

Sylvia Dowie

Quality Assurance Manager

Sylvia's Bio

Sylvia has many years’ experience in the recruitment industry including having been a successful recruiter and business manager.

Having first joined Precruitment in 2002 Sylvia was tasked to lead in the development and implementation of Precruitment’s Quality Management System. With her wealth of knowledge and experience in Human Resources, Recruitment, Administration, Quality Assurance, Induction and Safety facilitation Accreditation of our Quality Management System (QMS) was achieved within the year. Supported by Sylvia’s passion for continuous improvement in all our business operations we have repeatedly received outstanding results from annual QMS External Audits.

Sylvia’s skills are complemented with an Advanced Certificate in Personnel Management and experience in Human Resources/Recruitment and Administration from both the Recruitment Industry and Corporate Enterprise. Her successful career has included Human Resources Advisory roles with a large multi-national company.  Sylvia has successfully completed Training Courses in Quality, Safety, Security and Environmental Management Systems & Internal Auditing and Lead Auditor Training for ISO9001 Quality Management Systems.

Working closely with the Managing Director and all staff Sylvia ensures that our Quality Management Systems is adhered to by providing training, assistance, conducting Internal Audits and frequent review of all Precruitment operating processes.