Who we are

Our recruitment team, workforce specialists and leadership coaches

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Our People

The Team Behind Our Success

Above & Beyond Group | 3D Recruit Team

Laura Sutherland-Founder & Director
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Director, Founder & Consultant

Laura Sutherland

Laura is a Workforce specialist, Leadership and Career Coach. Her core professional purpose is to support individuals to fulfill their career potential, and support employers to develop the potential within their people.

Laura originally trained in Psychology with a BA (Hons) and started her career in Mental Health and Aged Care. She moved into the world of Recruitment in 2005 and chose to specialise in these sectors which she has a deep understanding of and connection to.

After working for large corporate recruitment companies in the UK and Australia, Laura identified the need for a more bespoke service to meet the unique demands of Aged Care & Community Services, and so she started 3D Recruit in 2012.  Six years later Laura evolved the business to extend ‘Above & Beyond’ traditional recruitment to offer end to end workforce solutions in addition recruitment, including employee engagement, performance improvement, leadership development, coaching, and culture transformation.

Laura is considered the go-to trusted advisor on workforce challenges in our industry. Her honest approach is valued and she invests absolute care and attention to her clients. Laura has a strategic focus on the future and has been the Chair of the WA Ambassador Council for LASA’s NEXT GEN. She is committed to developing the capability and capacity within an organisation’s most valuable asset – their people, so that our whole industry can flourish into the future, for the benefit of us all.

Lucy Sawkins - Recruitment & Workforce Solutions Manager

Recruitment & Workforce Solutions Manager

Lucy Sawkins RN

Lucy has a wealth of combined experience as a Registered Nurse and as a Healthcare Recruitment Consultant.

She completed her training in the UK in 1998 and shortly after moved to Perth. Here she worked in a variety of settings including Aged Care, Community and Hospitals throughout Australia (including remote communities) and has been a clinical educator for a Perth University.

Being on the ‘frontline’ Lucy quickly identified the issues the Health Care system was experiencing with staff shortages and retention and the impact this had on the rest of the clinical staff and those in their care.

In 2006, Lucy began her transition into the world of recruitment – this began in supporting Aged Care Facilities and Home Care clients with their Ad Hoc day to day staffing needs. Lucy’s passion for providing dedicated and competent staff during shortages and knowing that this was making an instant difference to so many giving and receiving care, grew exponentially.

Lucy’s ability to relate to senior stakeholders balancing staffing needs, the clinical staff that become overwhelmed by said shortages and the direct impact it has on those receiving care continued to drive her passion for healthcare recruitment. 

Finding a more permanent cultural and clinical fit for both her candidates and clients alike is paramount for Lucy. Knowing that she has assisted an organisation to grow and retain their dedicated team, her candidates in finding that ‘perfect match’ where they feel valued and can further develop and offer their skills is reward enough, but to enable those that need it most to be cared for appropriately provides her with great satisfaction.

Maintaining her registration and keeping abreast of the industry and clinical skills ensures Lucy provides quality matches for candidates and clients and has a full understanding of the industry and its current challenges.

Providing a holistic service and a truly personal journey is something that Lucy values and prides herself on.

Kamala Gracie-Talent Manager

Senior Recruitment & Workforce Consultant

Kamala Gracie

Kamala completed her Bachelor of Arts and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology due to her desire to support people to achieve their potential. She found her calling in recruitment in 2009, specifically focusing on healthcare professionals in Australia and New Zealand. After exploring her love for travelling and new experiences Kamala moved back to Perth where she joined 3D Recruit in September 2015. In 2017, Kamala relocated to Sydney, helping 3D Recruit to expand our footprint nationally.

Kamala values and invests in her candidates and their future. She takes the time to get to know them and uses a personal touch which allows her to put people at ease and build genuine trusting relationships. Kamala works with organisations to find their next talented employee, and draws on her industry insight to provide solutions and ensures candidates and organisations values align.

Kamala has been described by her network as friendly, practical, compassionate, open minded and with high integrity. She gains a great deal of satisfaction aligning candidates with a fulfilling career, not just a job, and finding employers the talent to enable them to thrive for years to come.

Linh Nguyen - Recruitment Resourcer

Recruitment Resourcer

Linh Nguyen

Linh is a recruitment professional with strong education background in Human Resources Management from the University of Western Australia.

Linh started a recruitment career with one of eCommerce giants in South East Asia. After completing her Masters Degree in 2020 she continued her specialist recruitment pathway.

She has the ability to support companies with building their people capacity. She is skilled in identifying talent in today’s scarce market, engaging candidates, and aligning expectations.
Coming from Vietnam where Aged Care is becoming a solution to modern life, she sees the transformation Aged Care brings to individuals and their families.

Linh is motivated by finding the right people for organisations because it directly impacts the life of care recipients in our Aged Care & Community Services sector. She is committed to sourcing and selecting the people that possess not only relevant qualifications and competencies, but also best fit personal attributes and aligned values.
Jodin Meyer-Operations & Systems Manager

Operations & Systems Manager

Jodin Meyer

Jodin was attracted to join The Above & Beyond Group encompassing 3D Recruit as she was keen to work for a company that has a positive impact on people and the world. One of her core beliefs is to continually grow, develop and learn, and this is exactly what our company’s purpose and mission is.

With over 10 years of experience in administration, office management and supporting senior executives and teams, Jodin thrives on improving and implementing systems and processes that help streamline workflow and improve efficiency and outcomes.

Jodin has a personal connection to the Aged Care industry and understands how the right staff can make a real life changing difference consumers and their families.

Jodin especially loves being involved in every aspect of the business, from operations to events, from marketing to assisting in recruitment. Whilst her work is behind the scenes, she is a central support to everyone in our business and knows that it makes a positive difference to the day to day experiences for our customers.

Above & Beyond Group Coaches, Consultants & Facilitators

Arlene Quinn-Performance & Leadership Coach

Performance & Transformative Leadership Coach

Arlene Quinn

Arlene has studied people to people communication over the last 30 years, obtaining a Master of Commerce, and other tertiary qualifications in adult learning, human resource development, and coaching.

She provides individual, and group coaching for executives, managers and teams using her skills in performance and transformative leadership coaching.

Arlene works with clients seeking career advancement, function development, or re-engineering work processes for service excellence.

She is regularly sought out for strategic and business facilitation.

Arlene conducts interactive training programs on leadership resilience, and communication using her knowledge of the brain and thinking patterns. Arlene uses many tools for diagnostic development of leaders and teams.

Anabelle May-Leadership & Performance Coach

Leadership & Performance Coach

Anabelle May

Anabelle is a leadership and performance coach with over 35 years’ experience in the fields of paramedical sciences, health, and disability.

Anabelle is passionate about empowering people to be the best they can be, enabling them to embrace change and to see opportunities for growth within and beyond every challenge.  She is described as having a collaborative, respectful and supportive coaching style that encourages clients to engage in reflective dialogue leading to exploration, profound learning, including the development of effective behaviours and better performance.

Anabelle enjoys working at both an individual and organisational level to facilitate improved outcomes using a transformative approach.

Her particular interests are:

  • Dealing with change and transition through various phases of work and life
  • Motivating women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to challenge assumptions and to become empowered within themselves
  • Promoting cultural, and where necessary spiritual, diversity in the workplace
  • Helping to increase team building and leadership skills
  • Pursuing continuous personal and professional growth, focusing on continuous improvement, quality, and clinical governance
  • Being purposely strategic, engaging in systems thinking and codesign
Andrea Sulda - HR Consultant

HR Consultant

Andrea Sulda

Andrea is an experienced HR specialist who has spent over 14 years working with companies in the Insurance and Aged Care sectors. Over the years, she has developed a high level of expertise in developing and leading people strategies that align with the company’s vision, whilst fostering a robust and engaged workforce. Her passion lies in creating a sustainable working culture for organisations that not only helps improve staff morale but also drives business success.

Her key strength lies in her ability to implement people strategies that align with an organisation’s mission and vision. She possesses a wealth of experience in managing complex HR projects such as workforce restructuring and change management initiatives. Her vast experience combined with her ability to communicate effectively and transparently with team members at all levels is essential in maintaining a solid and streamlined HR strategy for businesses.

With her exceptional knowledge of HR, coupled with her passion for creating a positive working culture, Andrea provides a unique and valuable perspective to businesses looking to develop their HR function. Her unparalleled ability to communicate, build, and maintain relationships with various stakeholders, combined with her track record in delivering results, makes her an asset to any organisation seeking a reliable HR consultant for long-term growth and success.

Leadership & Wellbeing Coach

Bernadette Durrell

Bernadette draws on her 30 years of experience and knowledge as a leader to help individuals and organisations understand leaders pressure points.  She works with leaders to take action to reduce them.  She has worked with not for profits, Local and Federal Governments, small and large businesses.

Clients at all levels of leadership benefit from Bernadette’s input to address gaps in the soft and hard skills of leadership through coaching, mentoring, training, and facilitation. These include but are not limited to, self-awareness, goal setting, time management, personal and corporate values, and change management.

An area of specific focus for Bernadette is wellbeing and its impact on leaders and their teams. Burnout is increasing and supporting leaders to identify where they are on the wellbeing continuum opens the way to change and optimise energy, productivity and performance for the individual and their team. This is an area that has become even more important because of the recent COVID 19 challenges.

Her greatest strengths are the ability to look at issues from a systemic and personal perspective, building rapport, and empathy while encouraging critical feedback to support change.

Bernadette has qualifications in nursing, counselling, leadership, training and Extended DISC and Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey.

Connie Howe

Change Management & Performance Coach

Connie Howe

With extensive experience in Human Resources and leading organisational change projects, Connie brings a wealth of knowledge and practical insights to her coaching. Her approach is deeply rooted in neuroscience, positive psychology, and creative leadership.

From government agencies to the private sector and from the UK to WA, Connie puts people front and centre of business improvement initiatives.

She’s on a mission to support leaders to build workplaces that are change capable, improving their performance, output, teamwork and resilience.

Hayley Goodman - People & Organisational Performance Consultant

People & Organisational Performance Consultant

Hayley Goodman

Hayley is an experienced People & Organisational Performance Consultant supporting clients in multiple sectors and industries across Australia. After 12 years in Corporate HR leadership roles and Top Tier Management Consulting, Hayley combines her expertise in both strategy and operations to be a trusted advisor to leadership teams on all things people performance and organisational effectiveness including:

  • HR Strategy Development
  • HR Operating Model Design
  • Workforce Planning
  • Workplace Culture & Employee Engagement
  • Talent & Capability Projects
  • Process Optimisation

She is renowned for her contemporary and refreshing approach to human resource management – challenging the status quo and bringing innovative solutions to the table that simplify and take the stress out of people management to leverage the power of people performance in your organisation.

Kane Draper-Executive Leadership Coach

Executive Leadership Coach

Kane Draper

Kane has been in the aged care industry for more than 15 years. After completing a degree in Health Science Medicine, a masters of Podiatry followed by an MBA he landed in allied health across a national aged care provider and since then, has never left the market. In later years, his passion has been a focus around the business of aged care and, in particular, upskilling and educating our leaders to ensure that our industry has solid foundations and trail blazers for the future.

Today, Kane owns two businesses in the aged care space across allied health and education/training and continues to intimately work with 3 of the largest aged care providers in the country in challenging individuals, leaders and executives to re-think the way in which we lead our teams through Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and better situational awareness to deliver a stronger, more engaged workforce. Kane will challenge the way you consider key aspects and ongoing constraints that continue to shine a spotlight on the aged care space beyond the royal commission, change to the funding model and workforce supply constraints.

His passion lies around keynote speaking, 1-1 development and team-building through leadership training, reconsidering working environments and culture refinement.

Karen Dorrington-Leadership Coach & HR Consultant

Leadership & Performance Coach & HR Consultant

Karen Dorrington

Karen is a Leadership, Performance & Executive Coach, and your all-rounder HR Professional.

She provides coaching for individuals, leaders & executives looking to level up and unleash their full potential.

She has a knack of balancing strategy and execution with ease. She knows deeply the nuances with working with complex organisations and brings to the table a level of understanding from baseline operations through to senior executive level.

Karen can help plan and facilitate your executive strategy and team sessions, work with you to develop pragmatic plans or project manage the execution of a wide range of people related initiatives.

These include:

  • Leadership optimisation
  • CILCA 360 Debrief | LSI 1&2 Debriefs
  • Team offsites | team coaching | group coaching
  • Culture optimisation programs
  • Change & enterprise wide communications
  • Talent, Performance
  • Process Improvement
  • Resilience, self-care, and self-mastery workshops
  • HR Information Systems
  • Tenders writing & HR Management Plans
  • Mergers & Transitions
  • Leave backfilling – Generalist HR engagements

Qualifications include: Human Resources Post Graduate Certificate (Top 5%) Organisational & Executive Coaching Qualified | Member of International Coach Federation | CILCA 360 & LSI1 & 2 Qualified | Currently studying Psychodynamic Psychotherapy & Counselling.