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Principal - Michael Toohey
Michael Toohey established UniRecruit in early 2009, leveraging 30 years’ experience in the higher education sector.

Immediately prior to establishing UniRecruit, Michael held a senior position in the Education and Government department of Slade Partners Executive Search in Melbourne.  During his time with Slade, Michael managed numerous assignments for some seventeen universities across Australia.

Before joining Slade, Michael was the inaugural Director of the Career Centre at Melbourne Business School (The University of Melbourne).  Providing professional career and placement support to graduate students and alumni, the Centre remains the only one of its kind in Australia.

Michael also spent eight years in career strategy consulting at Right Management Consultants, a major global firm.  He was part of the Asia Pacific Region leadership team and introduced a number of innovations in client service and candidate support across the six major offices of Right Management in the Region.  Before joining Right Management, Michael was the foundation Human Resources Director for the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for some ten years.





Director - Patrick McCarthy
Dr Pat McCarthy's career has spanned higher education, with adjunct professorial appointments at RMIT University (2004 - 10) and Swinburne University of Technology (2001 - 04), as well as public employment as a senior executive in HR for some 13 years at Australia Post's national head office.

At RMIT University he made a substantial contribution to the overhauling of the MBA offering.   In addition, he lectured, mentored MBA students, supervised PhD research and chaired the MBA Advisory Committee.  At Swinburne University of Technology his duties included Deputy Chairman of the Business Work and Ageing Research Centre.

At Australia Post, he developed the Workplace of the Future vision.  This conceptual work became the cornerstone of Australia Post's Enterprise Agreements 1999 - 2003 and was the people strategy underpinning a major organisational wide technology upgrade.  He also managed the people aspects of the change  from manual sorting to electronic sorting.  This transformational change was achieved without industrial disruption and has transformed Australia Post's business performance.

In 2003, Pat received the Diversity@Work National Award for his outstanding leadership in promoting workforce diversity in relation to the employment of mature age workers.  He was awarded his PhD in 2007.




Senior Consultant - Carolyn Johnson
Carolyn Johnson is a specialist search and selection practitioner having been engaged in human resources for the past eight years.  Initially this included time working with two Melbourne executive recruitment providers across various business and industry sectors.  Her activities over recent years have been strategically focused in tertiary education undertaking global searches for specific senior academic leadership appointments.

Prior to this Carolyn’s career evolved, with steady promotions from sales and marketing management to business development and on through to senior executive management.  With a degree in Biological Sciences from Macquarie University her commercial experience includes three successful business start-ups, custom medical consumable manufacturing with Tuta Laboratories and Bard Australia, and the marketing of highly technical medical and scientific instrumentation with Linbrook International, Acute Care Systems and DKSH encompassing the Health and Life Sciences sectors.

Carolyn has had extensive exposure to the following sectors:  government and higher education including Universities and TAFEs, research institutes, private and public health, allied health including disability and community health, medical devices, biotechnology and the life sciences plus the broader corporate community.



Senior Consultant – Val Gribble
Val Gribble ML has 21 years experience in Human Resources at CQUniversity Australia (retiring in December 2010) and since 2000 was a member of the senior staff and 2IC to the Director of Human Resources.

Val served as the University’s first fulltime Workplace Health and Safety Manager from 2000-2004 and then managed the HR Services unit, responsible for all recruitment, management of the HR system including Payroll and Superannuation and HR service officers supporting Faculties and Divisions. For the six months prior to her retirement she was Acting Director of HR, managing the large HR unit and preparing for the appointment of a new Director.

As well as managing the unit Val personally managed all senior appointments to the University, often working directly with the Vice-Chancellor or other executive staff and has a well documented and recognised philosophy of positive individual service to clients.

Val has a wide range of skills across HR, including Workplace Health and Safety, Academic Recruitment, excellent knowledge of HR systems, payroll and superannuation which she is able to use in assignments for Uni-Recruit.

In Val’s private life she does voluntary work within Papua New Guinea and has been honoured as a Member of the Order of Logohu by the Government of Papua New Guinea for her service to young girls and women. Val’s ability to work with people of other cultures enhances her role with Uni-Recruit.