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. Michael is based in Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

Phone: +61 (0)418 88 3807
Email: [email protected]

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. Janine is based in Brisbane.

Phone: +61 (0)407 621 306
Email: [email protected]

Graham MacAulay


Graham has over 20 years Human Resources experience in the higher education sector.  Prior to joining UniRecruit, he was HR Director at Queensland University of Technology for 10 years.

Graham has a sustained record of successfully working with senior executives from head of school to Vice-Chancellor to recruit and retain senior leaders and other critical staff.  He has led a number of sector-wide HR initiatives as well as a number of innovative programs to recruit and retain high performing and high potential academic staff.

A deep involvement in facilitating academic promotion over many years has given Graham extensive knowledge and understanding of the performance indicators of high calibre academic staff. Graham is based in Brisbane.

Phone +61 (0)419 704 686
Email [email protected]

Sue Bennett-Williams


Sue has over 20 years senior management experience in the higher education sector with a focus on driving and leading major change management initiatives including implementing recruitment, retention and people strategies. Sue is an exceptional communicator – her relationship building, networking and influencing skills are highly regarded within the sector where she has worked successfully within complex management structures across a wide range of stakeholders.

Most recently, Sue held various senior management positions at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) for over 15 years at both the faculty level and in university-wide roles including Director, International (UNSW Business School), Project Director of Global Education (UNSW International) and Director, MBA Program (Australian Graduate School of Management – AGSM)

Over the last 3 years Sue has worked as an Education Consultant providing strategic advice and support for tertiary education providers across a range of areas including HR selection and recruitment, market research and strategic planning. Sue is based in Sydney.

Phone:   +61 (0)419 439 479
Email:  [email protected]

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. Ian is based in Newcastle

Phone: +61 (0)408 445 472
Email: [email protected]

Geoff Summers

Director – New Zealand

Geoff has held HR Director roles at Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Fire Service and has a Master’s degree (with distinction) in Human Resource Management. From 2005 to 2015 he was a shareholder, director and manager in New Zealand’s largest remuneration consultancy where he regularly serviced numerous higher education clients. He is committed to education at all levels and serves on the Board of two institutions that have an education focus. He has previously taught Human Resource Management and Management Skills on Victoria University’s MBA programme, and he has taught Human Resource Management in International Business on the Victoria University’s International MBA at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Geoff is a Past National President of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand and he is a Life Fellow (one of only ten such appointments ever made) of that institute. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Management New Zealand. Geoff is based in Wellington.

Phone +64 (0)27 445 5000
Email [email protected]


Dora Delaat

Senior Consultant

Dora has 20 years Human Resources experience in the higher education sector.  She has a successful record of working with senior executives to recruit and retain senior leaders and other critical staff.   She has had key roles in a number of university-wide HR initiatives as well as a number of innovative programs to recruit and retain high performing staff. Dora has extensive experience in international recruitment. She understands the importance of finding the right person for the job. Dora is based in Brisbane.

Phone: +61 (0)434 051 349
Email: [email protected]

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: +61 (0)412 358 234
Email: [email protected]