About Us

The Four Pillars of Elite Executive

Elite Executive is a leading executive recruitment and search company specialising in the executive recruitment of permanent, contract and temporary positions across a wide range of industries around the globe. Our client base ranges from small-medium size business, local and state government agencies, as well as multi-nationals.

In order to give our clients, the best leadership teams, we build deep relationships with our niche market’s most talented individuals whilst working alongside our clients to better understand their business and culture. This two-pronged approach provides long term success for both our clients and candidates. .

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

The Elite Team

Uncompromising Spirited Intelligent and Accountable to the Core

Eva Grabner
Managing Director
Stephen Crowe
Executive Recruitment - Engineering and Finance Specialist
Michelle Traill
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.

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.

Michelle’s professional passion is to add value to both the candidate and the client through the process of finding the right fit. She not only looks at the skill set, she looks at leadership style and other outside experience’s that will fit an organisation and make positive changes.
Michelle’s broad experience in mostly Sales Roles and Finance mean’s she has a solid background in uncovering the clients’ needs. She has recruited, trained and mentored sales teams to strong success.
Having grown up in Cairns, she left to join the Royal Australian Air Force, which gave her a very disciplined approach to her career. Her sales career gives her an ability to understand different industries.
Michelle brings experience from volunteering with various organisations and fundraising for NGO’s and NFP’s. She often couples this with her love of sport and exercise and believes in giving-back wherever she can.

Lauren Tapp
Business Manager
Cerie Jinno
Human Resources and Workplace Solutions Consultant
Benjamin James
Recruitment Coordinator

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.

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.

Benjamin is all about business and people. Growing up in Weipa, Far North Queensland, Benjamin played a big part in supporting his family business from an early age and his interest in Leadership, Business Management and Human Resources has developed into his chosen career path.
With a good grasp of business and employment, Benjamin values and understands the importance on finding the right person for the job. Hence, he has found himself in the world of recruitment. Fresh from university, Benjamin is eager to get his foot in the door and get to business. Benjamin loves nothing more than to see the development and growth of both small and large business.

Why Use Us


It’s what we do. We specialise in national and international executive recruitment so you know we have the most networked knowledgeable services at the level you need. Our focus on senior corporate or specialist roles is your advantage. Remember, it’s our niche.


As one of our key values within Elite Executive, both client and candidate confidentiality is equally as important to us. This means all information for our clients and our candidates is closely guarded and limited to those directly involved in the interview and selection process.

Focus and Industry Specialisation

As we are a specialised Executive Recruitment and Global Search firm, we are able to focus deeply in our target market and geographic sector. This provides us with a great competitive advantage and, at the same time, provides our clients thorough research and excellent results within a shorter period of time.

Client Relationships

We encourage clients to express candidly any sensitivity or considerations which might affect a search in order to facilitate understanding and realistic expectations, as well as the best opportunity for success.

Reference Checks

We commence reference checks after mutual interest between client and candidate has been established; and with candidate consent. All reference reports will be provided in time to facilitate client review prior to confirming an offer. Candidate confidentiality is important to us and we therefore strongly encourage reference checks be conducted only when mutual consent has occurred at the appropriate time in the recruitment process.


As an executive recruitment firm, our priority rests in ensuring our clients are 100% satisfied. We will source and introduce you to the best clients available. In the event that the initial choice for your business fails to work out, you can be rest assured that we’ll quickly and efficiently find you another outstanding candidate.

Legal Environment

We support practices of providing equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination in all aspects. We exert every effort to achieve employment of fully qualified individuals. This means we conduct searches which are in accordance with equal employment and respectful treatment of all candidates. Our judgment and assessment of candidates is based on experience and accomplishment, ability to perform and the personal fit with our client organisations.


While various aspects such as uniquely specialised skills will be factored into each recruitment and search timeline, our collaboration with our clients ensures every effort to identify and introduce candidates in a timely manner. It is our commitment to align successfully with your business objectives.

Our Clients

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