John Sayers

Director

John Sayers is descendant from the Bundawang (Yuin) Mob. Yuin is the name referred to for the Aboriginal Tribal group occupying the coastal area between Jervis Bay and Twofold Bay.

The Budawang tribe were the Aboriginals to be sighted by Captain Cook in 1770, on Koorbrua beach at Murramarang.  The tribal area of Budawang is from Conjola in the north, Lake George in the West and the Moruya (Deua) River in the south.

John is a passionate and successful businessman having previously owned such businesses as Rex Airlines and Ocean Earth, developed major parcels of land in Eastern Australia and John brings a wealth of knowledge, leadership and mentoring to the 18fifty3 Group team.

He is passionate about indigenous employment and training, creating jobs for those in remote areas across Australia. John wants to join modern technology and Aboriginal culture and land management skills to drive solutions for training and employment through remote Australia.

Casey Allen

Recruitment & Relationship Manager

Casey is a proud Indigenous woman of the Tharawal Nation, whose country takes in South-Western Sydney. Casey’s passion for Indigenous Health and wellbeing is due in no small part to her grandmother’s role in establishing Tharawal Medical Services, which serves the Macarthur Region of Sydney. Witnessing the effects of diabetes and other lifestyle-related conditions on her extended family has made her a champion for Indigenous Health and wellbeing.

After completing her qualification in Business Administration, Casey started honing her skills in administrative and coordination duties. Her positive attitude permits her to proactively take on new challenges, which gives her the edge to efficiently perform her tasks and thrives on meeting set KPIs, deadlines and targets for our clients.

As 18fifty3 GAP Resource Management’s Recruitment and Relationship Manager, Casey is constantly looking for creative and innovative solutions for our clients. Casey is the teams eRecruit Specialist and has led the delivery of several successful Graduate Recruitment Programs for several Government Departments including most recently, the Department of Defence.

Catherine McGregor AM

Special Council, Non – Executive Director

Catherine McGregor AM was distinguished former Australian Defence Force Officer. She held senior advisory roles with both The Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force including multiple operations overseas. Her strategic advice has been sought by senior leaders in Defence, politics and business over a long period. She is an expert of the formation and execution of public policy and has served on the personal staff of NSW Premier Bob Carr and written speeches for a diverse range of political leaders from Kim Beazley to Barry O’Farrell and Tony Abbott.

She has considerable experience in assisting leaders to build diverse cohesive inclusive teams in business and military environments. She is often called upon to deliver keynote addresses to industry association on her compelling personal narrative of gender transition and the connection between high performance and personal resilience. She is respected analyst and commentator on Australian politics and strategic affairs and currently writes editorials for The Australian Newspaper. She is contributor to Sky News and will host her own current affairs programme in 2020.

Catherine has a vast range of skills in the areas of team building, high performance and analysis of workplace culture. She excels at working closely with senior leaders to provide reflective listening and feedback to enhance their own performance in a confidential setting.

She has been voted one of Australia’s most influential women by The Australian Women’s Weekly on three occasions. She holds the Order of Australia for sustained exceptional service to The Australian Army. She was educated at the Royal Military College Duntroon and Oxford University.

Bronwyn Archer-Dawson

Director

Bronwyn has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources, conference and event management, sales and marketing. With 13 years’ experience in the Canberra construction and property industry, Bronwyn worked for one of Canberra’s leading Project and Construction management companies in the capacity of HR Manager. Bronwyn has also worked as a Client Services Manager with a global recruitment company; both roles servicing the Building, Construction and Design disciplines.

As the Founding Director of GAPRM, Bronwyn is pivotal in relationship and business building; her knowledge and foresight allows for key implementation of processes and the future structure of GAPRM’s internal team to deliver for our clients. Bronwyn has held long term industry memberships, respected across many circles and remain current with industry standards and is consulted regularly by our clients.

Bronwyn is responsible for the company’s Quality Assurance systems including financial and risk management as well as planning an active role of lead on numerous contract and client management of recruitment jobs which recently has included a number of Federal and State Government Departments and Agencies.

Douglas Grierson

Director

Doug has over 30 years’ industry experience in Defence, Government, Corporate and Private sector, including project management, training and senior management. Doug’s expertise and specialisations are in Aerospace, Technologies and Engineering. Doug spent 20 years in Defence, 13 years working with the NSW Government framework and the last three years dedicated to establishing Business and Recruitment collaborations in the Building, Construction, Security and Technology Industries.

Having been involved with Technology Industry projects including the Joint Strike Fighter, the Frigate Upgrade, Tiger Rotary Wing and the Landing Helicopter Dock, has allowed Doug to diversify into many industries utilising a breadth of skills. Doug has built an extensive network of clients who rely on his knowledge of Government and Industry recruiting and trust his ability to tailor recruitment solutions that will deliver quality outcomes on time and within budget.

Andrew Dawson

Director

Andrews expertise lie within the Public and Private recruitment space. He has extensive management experience, working within a national and international high-performance sporting space for 15 years prior finding his feet and becoming a partner of 18fifty3 GAP Resource Management. Andrew has performed in multiple capacities within his role and has been responsible for talent recruitment, development of and management of personnel.

Andrews ability to develop strong relationships with clients, candidates and personal of high calibre is second to none. He specialises in programme and logistics management, security liaison, appropriate personal recruitment and contract management.

He has extensive knowledge in assessing potential staff who will perform under pressure and develop into future key performers. Andrew’s broad experience and ability to relate to a diverse client base, enhances his commitment and persistence in delivering for clients.

Raisa Alyabyeva

Administration Management, QA and Food Safety Specialist

Raisa brings over 12 years’ experience in the quality assurance field to GAP Resource Management and Living recruitment. Holding a masters degree in food technology as well as multiple bachelor’s degrees, Raisa adds a wealth of knowledge to our team. Hailing from Russia and gaining her experience in the Middle East’s highly competitive and dynamic market, Raisa provides a different perspective that helps to ensure our company is progressive and continuing to develop and improve.

Raisa in her career to date has developed, implemented and managed multiple quality assurance and management systems for companies such as Jumeirah Hotels Group and Emaar, Dubai’s largest building and development company as well as worked closely with multiple government departments, negotiating changes to legislation and changes to government practices.

Raisa’s role as Administration Management will be, in addition to assisting us with recruitment services in the QA field, developing our operating systems to ensure that we move in to the future with up to date and market leading services and training for our clients, candidates and staff.

Grace Tosic

Audit and Compliance Manager

Grace has a pivotal role within all private sector end-to-end recruitment and between Andrew and herself they partner with 18fifty3 GAP Resource Management’s key clients on all Human Resource related programs and project matters. Grace’s expertise in this role is due to her logical and intuitive approach to service delivery which always brings a positive response from clients.

Prior to finding her professional home in recruitment, Grace spent seven years within the General Insurance industry as a Broker. Drawing from her insurance expertise and knowledge, Grace oversees contractor welfare and manages any return to work related matters. Grace has helped many clients through difficult circumstances, understands the Workplace, Health and Safety environment well, and is known for her persistence and follow-through in case management.

Grace is known for her client care and attention to detail, which she has developed through her experience within highly detail orientated and client focused positions. Grace also brings with her valuable knowledge within the design and media space, through her time as a freelance Graphic Designer.

Ben Surawski

General Manager, 18fifty3 Group

Ben brings a wealth of knowledge to the 18fifty3 Group. Ben along with the rest of the 18fifty3 GAPRM team strive to provide work opportunities to Indigenous Australians through numerous avenues.

Ben’s business and commercial management career have led him to learn the finer points of networking, stakeholder engagement and contract management in a range of areas throughout Australia and internationally.  He is proficient in delivering value and operational efficiency through the design and implementation of comprehensive people practices, strategies that drive engagement and tools to keep costs in check.

Ben’s background includes five years in the Australian Army, time as a commercial helicopter pilot, firefighting and operating in high paced environments such as the Queensland floods of 2010, while also driving quality and safety as a lead auditor in company safety programmes.

Barry Neivandt

Client Support Manager, Victoria

Barry Neivandt is in Victoria and has over 20 years’ experience in professional skill development and mentoring in sporting environments such as Cricket Victoria. He will be key in providing the on-the-ground pastoral/welfare response for 18fifty3 GAP Resource Management employees placed into KPMG. He will also be involved in the relationship management and proactive responsiveness which will be fundamental to the partnership between 18fifty3 GAP Resource Management and KPMG.

Barry is a business and coaching development professional who possesses a range of diverse skills through varied experiences and opportunities through business and sport. He has demonstrated strengths in consultation and relationship management, leadership development, strategic planning and implementation. Barry is experienced in managing change, team and organisational development, mentoring, group facilitation and delivering educational training programs. Barry is a dependable, thorough, loyal and extremely organised planner with demonstrated strengths in effective communication and influencing skills across all levels of business and sport showing commitment to timely and cost-effective delivery of outcomes.

Robyn Edwards

Finance Manager

Robyn’s expertise lies within the world of finance. Having started her career in banking, working in a “Big 4” bank, Robyn then moved into an Accounting role within the Commonwealth Public Service for 10 years. After her time with the Commonwealth Public Service, Robyn decided to establish herself as a Bookkeeper in her own right, running her own business from home while bringing up her kids.

Now that her kids are grown, Robyn has joined the 18fifty3 GAP Resource Management team as Finance Manager, while continuing to manage her own preestablished private clientele. As a registered BAS agent with a Bachelor of Commerce (Quantitative Business Statistics & Management Accounting) Robyn brings with her a wealth of knowledge and has well and truly cemented herself as a key contributor to the 18fifty3 GAP Resource Management team.

David McPhee

Corporate Manager, Queensland

David’s career has encompassed the hospitality, marine industry, conference/ exhibition and major event sector, manufacturing industry and professional sports. As either the proprietor or senior manager in this variety of industries David’s experience is extensive, well rounded and focused on the staff development and strategic planning necessary to ensure the success of any enterprise.

Experience in these many disciplines has exposed David to a varied range of proven operational and strategic solutions as well as allowing insight to managing businesses and with an extended focus into the people who work in them.

His goal for the future is to share his knowledge, drive and enthusiasm with business owners who want to achieve the most out of their business by engaging with the optimal employees who will assist them to realise their businesses peak performance along with their own personal goals and aspirations.