Michael Toohey


Michael Toohey established UniRecruit in 2009, leveraging almost three decades’ experience in the higher education sector.  Prior to founding UniRecruit, Michael was the inaugural Director of the Career Centre at Melbourne Business School – providing professional career and placement support to both graduate students and alumni.  Michael also held senior roles at executive search firm Slade and career strategy consultants Right Management in both Brisbane and Melbourne, focused on higher education clients.  Michael was also the foundation Human Resources Director for the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for over a decade – establishing and building the function through a period of amalgamations and rapid growth.  

Phone: 0418 88 3807
Email: michael.toohey@uni-recruit.com.au

Janine Walker


Janine is a Human Resources leader in Higher Education and the health sector most recently serving as Director of Human Resource Management at Griffith University for over a decade.

Previously she was Director of Workforce for the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Director of Industrial Relations for Queensland Health.

Deeply committed to education, she has been Council Chair of All Hallows’ School and is currently a member of the Board of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Business School.

Janine’s public appointments include Board Director of the ABC, Chair of the ABC’s Audit Committee, member of Queensland’s Vocational Education Training and Employment Commission and Chair of the Australia New Zealand Foundation.

Phone: 0407 621 306
Email: janine.walker@uni-recruit.com.au

Ian Pike


Ian is a career HR professional with deep experience in the tertiary sector.  Prior to joining UniRecruit, Ian was Human Resources Director at the University of Newcastle in NSW for over a decade.  In this role, Ian supported the University through transformational change and drove the University’s recruitment, retention and broader people strategies. Ian has also held senior HR roles in a range of other large, complex organisations within the research sector [CSIRO], major utilities [Sydney Water Corporation] and resource management agencies. 

Phone: 0408 445 472
Email: ian.pike@uni-recruit.com.au

Carolyn Johnson

Managing Consultant

Carolyn Johnson is a specialist search and selection practitioner with over 10 years’ experience in the executive search industry. Carolyn has deep sectoral experience in government and higher education, research institutes, private and public health, allied health, biotechnology and life sciences.  Since joining UniRecruit in 2009, Carolyn has specialised in successful global searches for hard-to-fill senior academic leadership appointments across Australia.

Phone: 0412 796 792
Email: carolyn.johnson@uni-recruit.com.au

Val Gribble

Senior Consultant

Val Gribble has over two decades’ experience in the higher education sector, having held a range of senior HR roles at Central Queensland University, including Deputy Director of Human Resources.  As leader of the HR Services unit, Val was responsible for recruitment at the university and managed all senior appointments – giving her excellent insight into the needs of higher education clients, particularly in regional areas.  Val is a specialised search and selection practitioner at Uni-Recruit, and has been honoured as a Member of the Order of Logohu by the Government of Papua New Guinea for her volunteer service to young girls and women. 

Phone: 0419 792 671
Email: val.gribble@uni-recruit.com.au

Ann Newton

Senior Consultant

Ann has over 20 years’ experience as a senior and executive manager in the university and government sectors. Through these leadership roles, Ann has gained extensive HR knowledge and experience and a full appreciation of the importance of finding the right fit for key positions. As a senior research consultant with UniRecruit she has been able to successfully find and target multiple candidates for hard to fill positions. Ann holds a Master of Education and is the recipient of the Queensland Police Service Medal for ethical and diligent service and the Queensland Government 2010-2011 Flood and Cyclone Citation for her work during the 2011 Brisbane floods.

Phone: 0412 358 234
Email: ann.newton@uni-recruit.com.au