John Sayers


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.

Grace Tosic

Recruitment & Management Support Services

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.

Bronwyn Archer-Dawson


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


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


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

Administrative Services

Marie McKarzel

Government Business Manager

Marie worked for over 30 years in the Australian Public Service including 15 years at Director level (Executive Level 2) in the Department of Defence. She managed units responsible for strategic outcomes, recruitment, governance, procurement and contract management, budget management, ministerial and parliamentary enquiries and service delivery.

Marie has undertaken all aspects of Australian Public Service recruitment including development of selection criteria and job statements, membership and chairing of selection panels, scribing, preparation of selection reports, sourcing referee reports, provision of feedback to candidates and approval of selection processes as the formal delegate. She also has experience as a scribe/recruitment advisor in the private sector.

Marie has also undertaken tender processes to engage Government-contracted providers including development of Statements of Requirements, delivery of industry briefings, tender evaluations, negotiations, transition and contract management of successful providers. Marie is also an accredited Freedom of Information Decision Maker and has qualifications in editing and proofreading.

Ben Surawski

General Manager ACT and the Northern Territory Team

Ben and the Northern Territory Team, Noel Butler, Mentor and Horticulturalist and Richard Baker, the Northern Territory Manger bring a wealth of knowledge to the 18fifty3 Group.  Noel a Budawang Elder from the Yuin Nation and Richard an indigenous man from Borroloola, along with Ben 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.

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.