Elite Executive

Connecting Executives. Transforming Organisations.

Organisations of every size and sector depend on talented individuals, teams and leaders to realise their success. Elite Executive’s specialisation is in the partnerships that we develop to address that need. We form strong relationships with leaders seeking their next opportunity and we help our clients to recruit, develop and retain the best leadership teams.

Our team of specialists have over 50 years’ experience in recruiting senior executives into businesses and organisations varying in size, structure and maturity. Whether that is commercial, public or not-for-profit we draw on our experience ensuring successful outcomes for all.

We have a network of the most talented individuals in the many niche industries that we serve. We are committed to long-term relationships and finding the right leaders for your business whilst being assured that your company is getting the strongest endorsement as an employer of choice.

Whether you need permanent, project or contract support, we are here to help. Our experienced team nurture an active and deep candidate network which allows us to rapidly attract, source and access talent globally.

We work alongside our clients, developing long term professional relationships which enable us to really tell their story. To know what it is like to be a part of a high performing team and to endorse our clients as employers of choice when speaking with prospective candidates. Through this understanding of our client’s journey we are better able to find that leader who is a cultural, leadership, team, performance and integration fit.

We consistently personalise our client outcomes and deliver a powerful experience for every candidate, which in turn energizes and magnifies the conversations, ideas and relationship that help lead to successful outcomes for both our clients and candidates.

~ Eva Grabner, Managing Director

Elite Executive is a leading executive recruitment and search company. We specialise in the executive recruitment of permanent, contract and temporary positions across a wide range of industries around the globe. We serve clients of all sizes and have worked with small and medium-sized businesses, local and state government agencies, as well as large multi-nationals.


Our executive placement experts find leaders who are as distinctive as the organisations they serve.


Proud to be uncompromising, spirited, intelligent, and accountable to the core

Eva Grabner
Managing Director
Paul Ryan
Recruitment Manager
Alison Hucks
Executive Recruitment Specialist

Eva has been working in the executive and professional recruitment industry for over a decade. She is a highly professional and driven Managing Director with a wealth of recruitment experience across commercial, health, resources, aviation, local government, not for profit, tourism and education industries. Her previous experience includes over 20 years in executive leadership and senior management-level operational roles throughout the world. What stands out as soon as you meet her is her passion for what she does. She will spend the time getting to know you and genuinely has an interest in assisting you in finding the right candidate.

Following a seven-year career as an Analyst Developer and Project Manager, Paul was identified for an opportunity within the talent and recruitment business of a significant international technology and telecommunications organisation now named Parity Professionals (London Stock Ex Code PTY).  During this time, Paul progressed from recruitment research and resource support to Shareholding Board Operations as Director providing leadership to approximately 70 consultants.  Paul has successfully delivered numerous significant domestic and international recruitment campaigns to varying sizes of businesses and industries resulting in several awards and industry recognition.

Based in our Brisbane Office, Paul specialises in a wide range of industries including Utilities, Resources, Energy, Technology, Sales and Government.

A professional, intuitive and empathic Consultant, Alison is able to help businesses of all sizes with targeted and practical solutions to meet their organisational needs. Having founded and managed her own HR and recruitment business. Alison is a professional recruiter, a certified HR practitioner and an accredited training facilitator. Alison has an extensive network of clients and candidates and is a regular speaker and writer on human resource and recruitment issues including industry trends, generational differences, recruitment planning, workplace culture and organisational development.

Stephen Crowe
Recruitment Specialist - Engineering and Finance
Natalie Hancock
Office Administrator
Jodie Sherman
Marketing and Social Media Specialist

Known as a numbers man, Stephens logical and analytical mindset has supported an excellent career across corporate sales, marketing and executive recruitment. After studying Mechanical and Computer Engineering, Stephen early on found himself steering towards a more people-centric career and today his feet are firmly planted in the recruitment industry with Elite Executive.
Having recently moved from Sydney to Cairns, Stephen strives to construct valuable relationships with his clients enabling him to really understand you and your business. This means he will identify exactly what you need to achieve your goals.

Stephen maintains over 10 years of experience across multiple industries including Government, Resources, Engineering, Healthcare, Education, and Professional Services. Bringing to Cairns not only big city experience, Stephen supports all Engineering and Finance positions keeping up with new and exciting technologies and using his knowledge to help businesses progress into the future.

Prior to joining the Elite Executive team, Natalie worked within the Local and State Government and Education sectors across Queensland.  Having worked alongside and providing high-level business support to executives for over 20 years, Natalie understands the value in delivering quality support and services to executives and key stakeholders.

With comprehensive experience in Business Support,  Natalie’s strong commitment to our core values of professionalism, integrity and confidentiality.  Her passion is crunching the numbers and reporting, analysing current business processes and keeping everyone on track.  Organised, approachable and professional, Natalie is a devoted and down to earth professional who is committed to providing exceptional service with a can-do attitude. Natalie provides administration management and support to the Elite Executive team to assist the team to achieve organisational goals and improve team productivity and efficiency.

Jodie has worked in Sales and Marketing for over 18 years, she has a true passion for all things marketing. Taking an idea and developing it into a stand out brand is something she strives to achieve. She uses her experience to recreate, develop and grow existing brands by using market research and strategy. Jodie was recognised during her sales career and with her experience she truly understands what it takes to build and maintain a strong and loyal customer base & brand. Additional skills and experience she has include digital marketing, data analysis, market research, strategy and design.

Jodie is also in the process of formalising her skills at university. She is currently in her 5th year completing her Bachelor of Business Management with Majors in Management and Marketing.

Cerie Jinno
Human Resources and Workplace Solutions Specialist
Courtney Cheyne
Recruitment Administrator
Lauren Tapp
Business Manager

Cerie is an experienced HR and Management professional with over 18 years’ experience in Human Resources, Business Management and Culture, Project Management, Training and Education. She has worked in, and consulted with, both large corporations and small business and believe that the key to successful relationships is through a shared vision, effective communication, ongoing review and a solid understanding of the people who create the synergy that is your business and what brings out the best in them.

Courtney’s greatest passion is effective, professional communication. As the Recruitment Coordinator, she is the hub of your recruitment process. Working with our recruitment specialists Courtney will assist you in receiving timely, important updates and ensure your recruitment process is as smooth as possible. Courtney began her career as an Executive Assistant for CEO’s in small business, government and education.

Courtney is now focusing on developing her digital and social media expertise for business. Courtney uses her creativity to build engagement with high-quality candidates and excite clients to build their portfolio.

Lauren has a great breadth of experience including 9 years within the government sector. Her previous position as senior manager within a large corporation means she is well in tune to understanding the challenges and hardships surrounding recruitment in today’s environment. Some of Laurens’ areas of expertise include; Information and Knowledge Management, Operations Management, Project Management, Legislative and Regulatory Compliance and Strategy & People Leadership.

The Elite Executive Difference


You could say it’s our specialty. It’s what we do every day. That means when it is time to recruit senior corporate or specialist roles, you will have experts in both national and international recruitment with the most networked, knowledgeable team at your service.


Confidentiality is one of our key values. Which means we closely guard the confidentiality of clients and candidates, alike.  All information is carefully handled and is limited to those directly involved in the interview and selection process.


When you need the best, we’ll help you get it. Our specialised expertise and ability to focus deeply in a target market and/or geographic sector provides you with the best possible results in a shorter period of time.


You don’t just want great candidates, you want the best candidate for your organisation. We want to get to know you, that is why we encourage clients to express candidly any sensitivity or considerations which might affect a search. We believe it is important to facilitate understanding and realistic expectations, as well as create the best opportunity for success.


Mutual interest is just the start for us. Once mutual interest between client and candidate has been established we commence reference checks. All reference reports will be provided in time to facilitate your review before extending any offers. Candidate confidentiality is important to us and we therefore strongly encourage reference checks be conducted only when mutual consent has occurred and at the appropriate time in the recruitment process.


At Elite Executive, our priority rests in ensuring our clients are 100% satisfied. We source and introduce you to the best candidates available for your opening and organisation. In the event that the initial choice for your business fails to work out, you can rest assured that we will quickly and efficiently find you another outstanding candidate.


We are proud to support and uphold equal employment opportunity and non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of our process. We exert every effort to achieve the employment of fully-qualified individuals. This means we conduct searches which are in accordance with equal employment and we make respectful treatment of all candidates a priority. Our judgment and assessment of candidates are based on their experience and accomplishments as well as their ability to perform and the personal fit with our client organisations.


Not all candidate searches are fast, but we’re confident that our services will save your organisation time and provide better candidate options. Various aspects, such as uniquely specialised skills, are factored into each recruitment and search timeline. It is our commitment to align successfully with your business objectives by identifying and introducing candidates in a timely manner.


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