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]

Graham MacAulay

Executive Director

Graham has worked for 15 years in the higher education sector as a search consultant and human resources director. He has in depth knowledge of the requirements and challenges for key roles across the sector from large complex universities to small private start ups. A deep involvement in facilitating academic promotion over many years has given Graham extensive knowledge of the performance indicators of high calibre academic staff. He has a comprehensive network of contacts in senior leadership roles and discipline specific roles ranging from law to games design.

Graham’s success is based around having an in depth knowledge of the client’s strategic priorities and challenges, as well as critical job requirements. Graham develops a trust based relationship with clients and candidates. As well, Graham finds great satisfaction in successfully identifying and supporting candidates from under represented groups. Graham is based in Brisbane and Sydney and supports clients across Australia.

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

Dr John Toohey


John Toohey is a higher education consultant, Professor, former International Dean and business school head. He has held senior AsiaPac private sector roles, board positions on several government commissions and authorities and appointments in the Commonwealth Senior Executive Service. John holds a PhD in organisational behaviour from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, was Professor of Business Psychology at RMIT University and Principal and Deputy Director at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), UNSW.

Over two decades in higher education, he has been involved in senior level university recruitment, governance reviews, strategic development, program accreditation and school rankings. He has been a feature writer for the Australian Financial Review Boss magazine, managed an international higher education recruitment company and has extensive networks in education, business and government.

Phone: +61 (0)419 407 095
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]