Est. 1966

Australia

John Downing

John Downing

Managing Director

An accountant by qualification, John joined the company in 1971 as Accountant, but quickly became involved in recruitment.

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He was General Manager NSW between 1983 and 1991, before returning to Perth as General Manager WA and Joint Managing Director. He led the company’s expansion into Latin America in 2001 and is now Managing Director of the company. In addition, he leads the Construction and Engineering market sectors and is heavily involved in searches for senior construction executives.

John is currently based in Perth, but spends half his time in the Eastern states.

Greg Byrne

Greg Byrne

General Manager, Queensland

Greg joined Downing Teal in 1996 and has supported the oil & gas, mining, engineering, construction and energy sectors.

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Currently General Manager Queensland, he delivers executive search assignments to clients on a national basis. Greg has also headed up Downing Teal’s business in Calgary, Alberta, with a focus on the mining, oil sands, engineering & construction sectors in Western Canada.

Before joining Downing Teal, Greg spent 20 years in the engineering, construction and energy sectors across client, consultant and contractor organisations. His experience ranged from technical engineering to management roles on major resource projects in Australia and PNG.

Phil Simpson

Phil Simpson

Account Director Resources

Phil holds qualifications in Metallurgy and Business
Administration and has more than 20 years in technical &
operations management roles in the mining and mineral processing
sector.

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He joined Downing Teal in 1994, bringing to the company a broad
understanding of the minerals industry, from the mine to metal
production.

Building on this background, Phil has developed into an
experienced senior recruitment consultant able to offer very high
standards of recruitment performance and expertise in a resources
related context across engineering, technical and operational
management areas. His experience covers assignments across
professional, management, general management and corporate
executive roles for the resources and the EPC/M companies which
service them.

Phil lives in Perth and services both domestic and international
clients.

Ray Piotrowski

Ray Piotrowski

Account Director Resources

Ray joined Downing Teal in 2006 and applied his practical mining experience to successfully complete Executive Search and Recruitment assignments for our clients.

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His prior career spanned 35 years of progressive senior operational management roles with top tier mining companies.

Using his ability to advise on, understand and link client prescribed talent and corporate values requirements, Ray has successfully sourced key roles for big and small organisations in Australia and overseas.

Typical placements have included Board, General Management, and Managerial level roles in mining operations, engineering, government and service related sectors.
Ray's seniority and capability in the Mining Industry is acknowledged by his award of Fellow Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Ray lives in Perth.

Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Account Director Construction

Michael is responsible for managing Downing Teal’s recruiting and executive search business across the Construction and associated industries in NSW and Victoria.

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Michael’s deep understanding of the needs of clients stems from his time in senior HR and consulting roles supporting significant projects and business units within leading tier one contractors.

Leonie Hills

Leonie Hills

Manager, Gladstone

Leonie joined Downing Teal in 2001 after a career recruiting and consulting in the public sector where she predominantly dealt with specialist employment and job creation programs.

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As Manager Gladstone, Leonie has developed and maintained a highly successful regional office of Downing Teal providing a range of HR and Recruitment services including end to end Recruitment, HR Consulting, Psychometric Assessment and Contract Hire.

Leonie maintains a number of very long term preferred supply contracts with some of Central Queensland’s largest employers across the energy, oil and gas, resources, port and manufacturing sectors.

Leonie has a broad knowledge of labour market trends and influences and a significant understanding of occupations within large industrial environments.

Jeremy Quinn

Jeremy Quinn

Senior Consultant Engineering & Construction

Jeremy has a Business degree majoring in Human Resources Management. He has been with Downing Teal for over 10 years and specialises in the Engineering and Construction sectors.

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He is experienced in national and international recruiting for senior executive and technical specialist roles within the mining, metals and oil and gas sectors.

Ian Quinn

Ian Quinn

Senior Consultant

Ian specialises in recruitment services for the Australian and Asian coal mining sectors. Roles range from senior managers and executive leadership through to technical specialists for operational sites.

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Project development teams for owners, contractors and developer organisations have also been satisfied. Ian has recently advised on and successfully delivered international recruitment campaigns for major Australian clients.

Kinny Pabari

Kinny Pabari

Senior Consultant

Kinny holds a postgraduate CIPD qualification in Human Resources and has worked in recruitment and HR for the last 10 years within a number of industry sectors. She has end to end recruitment experience and behavioural interviewing skills.

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She has chosen to specialise in Engineering and Construction recruitment and has previously worked as an internal recruiter for the NRT Joint Venture (John Holland/CPB) and Broadspectrum.

Kinny manages the Engineering and Construction division at the Downing Teal, Melbourne office. With her experience, knowledge and networks in this area, Kinny is able to add value and assist clients with their recruitment needs.

Ivan Vujicic

Ivan Vujicic

Senior Consultant

Based in Perth, Ivan’s is focus on executive search and recruitment in defence, civil engineering & construction, resources and energy, and associated heavy industry sectors across Australia and Asia Pacific.

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Since 2008, Ivan led research and talent mapping efforts, managed executive search process and facilitated the appointment of a number of executives, functional heads and senior technical professionals, for listed and private companies as well as venture capital organisations. He worked with Park Brown International and CTPartners from 2012, and returned to Downing Teal in 2015. Prior to joining search industry, Ivan led business operations in a complex federal government organisation and held functional leadership roles in strategy, marketing and business development within engineering design sector.

Karen Hudman

Karen Hudman

Senior Consultant

Karen has 18 years energy and resources experience, 13 of these being in executive search sourcing technical and corporate professionals, for heavy industry across the Asia Pacific Region.

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Karen has an MBA majoring in Oil & Gas and Post Grad Qualifications in HR from Curtin University and Robert Gordon University. Her clients include Operators, Service Providers, EPCM's and Consultancies across the oil & gas, mining, renewables, power generation, utilities, engineering, infrastructure, manufacturing and construction areas.
Karen is based in Perth however works with clients throughout the APAC region and liaises with candidates globally.

Margaret O'Malley

Margaret O'Malley

Research Manager

Margaret joined Downing Teal in September 2011 and leads the National Executive Research Team.

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Margaret chairs the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Events Committee in Queensland & is in her third term as a mentor for the AWRA (Australian Women in Resources Alliance) e-mentoring program. She is also an active member of WIMARQ (Women in Mining & Resources Qld) & WIS (Women in Safety).

Margaret is dedicated to delivering search capability at the executive and professional level in the construction and resources sectors.