Meet the Elite Executive Team

Eva Grabner

Managing Director & Principal Recruiter

Eva has been working in the executive and professional recruitment industry for nearly 15 years. She established Elite Executive in 2012 with the focus on building meaningful relationships with clients and candidates.  Understanding your business, and especially your business’s culture, assists Eva and the team to better source not only a person that has the skills you require, but also someone who will fit within the culture of your organisation.

She is a highly professional and driven Managing Director with a wealth of executive recruitment and search experience across commercial, health, resources, aviation, education, state and local government, not for profit, tourism and education industries. Her previous experience includes over 20 years in executive leadership, human resources and senior management-level operational roles throughout the world.

Eva also offers coaching and guidance to senior leadership teams, not only during transition into a new role but ongoing as well. She assists with team dynamics, change management, cross training and employee workforce planning.

Lisa Smellie

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Lisa is a highly experienced recruiter with over 10 years’ experience in the profession.  Although she has predominantly focused in the ICT space, she now leads the mid-upper level management recruitment at Elite Executive.  Originally from New Zealand, Lisa has worked in internal and agency recruitment, and grew her ICT knowledge whilst working at one of New Zealand’s most respected ICT Recruitment firms.

Lisa moved to Brisbane 2 years ago to pursue her recruitment career, determined to replicate the success she had in New Zealand.  Lisa has recruited for both contract and permanent roles filling many hard to fill roles, sourcing candidates nationally and internationally. For Lisa it is all about relationships, and she sees her role as someone that partners with and guides her clients whilst building strong working relationships.

Travis Hanlon

Recruitment Consultant

Travis is in his third year of completing his Bachelor of Business at James Cook University and has a strong customer service background.

Travis has experience in assisting in the identification of qualified candidates during our search phase and working alongside the Managing Director/Lead Recruiter.

Angela Siermans

Business Manager

Angela has worked in a number of human resources and high-level administrative positions across a range of industries, with experience in both internal and agency recruitment.

She has high level strategic and organisational skills and supports the Elite Executive team.  Her experience includes supporting Executive level management across recruitment, property, aviation and finance industries.  Angela is key in working with our team with a focus on quality assurance, coaching, day to day operations of the business and project management for any key roles being recruited for by the Elite Executive team.

Tristan Chong

Search Specialist

Tristan has strong recruitment experience, specialising in the search and sourcing solutions and providing talent market expertise including comprehensive view of the industry trends and competitors; provide expertise in market insights, talent landscape, and an understanding of talent needs

Tristan holds an International Business Management Institute Mini-MBA in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.