Meet the Team

Executive Team

Forrest Briggs

Director and Co-Founder

E. forrest@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0423 641 879

Nicholas Cheung

Director and Co-Founder

E. nick@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0419 722 293

Mining and Resources

Josh Setter

Recruitment Consultant

E. josh.setter@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0419 140 077

Michelle Clark

Recruitment Consultant

E. michelle@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0422 154 665

Michael Bernard

Senior Recruitment Consultant

E. mike@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0433 783 262

HSET

Russell Clarke

Recruitment Consultant

E.russell@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0413 160 114

Construction and Engineering

Joshua Reynolds

Recruitment Consultant

E. josh.reynolds@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0426 818 594

Heavy Industrial Design & Construction

Doug Hodge

Recruitment Consultant

E. doug@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0401 197 401

Corporate Services

Siobhan Mahony

Recruitment Consultant

E. siobhan@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0466 268 616

Public Sector

Jacob Foskett

Account Manager | Government Sector

E. jacob@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0402 650 972

Joshua Spathonics

Resourcer

E. joshua.spathonis@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0481 973 922

Finance Team

Tom Wease

Financial Lead

E. thomas@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0435 519 891

Amanda Marques

Finance Officer

E. amanda@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0415 136 431

Operations Team

Leo

ICT Business Analyst

E. leo@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0404 532 011

Kerri-Lee Buckley

Commercial Lead

E. kerri-lee@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0472 657 147

Melissa Lima

Administrative Assistant

E. melissa@alchemyrc.com.au

M. 0481 747 100

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Forrest Briggs

Director and Co-Founder | Executive Team

Forrest has 16 years of experience in recruiting for the resources and construction industries in Australia. He is one of the founders and a director and principal consultant at Alchemy.
Forrest is passionate about delivering exceptional recruitment experiences to clients and job seekers and enriching people’s lives through this. Forrest believes “that one of the best things you can do is to believe in people when they might not believe in themselves”.
On the weekend, he’ll spend time with his young family northwest of Brisbane or caravanning around the country.

Nicholas Cheung

Director and Co-Founder | Executive Team

Nick has 17 years of experience recruiting for Australia’s resources and heavy industry sectors. Nick is passionate about delivering exceptional recruitment experiences to clients and job seekers and enriching people’s lives through this. Nick also enjoys assisting diverse engineering candidates in technical positions with leading companies within the mining sector. He’ll spend time with his family on the weekend, boating, fishing, and cooking.

Josh Setter

Recruitment Consultant | Mining and Resources

Experienced Recruitment Consultant within Mining Operations, Josh’s passion lies in connecting exceptional talent with rewarding career opportunities. With a keen eye for matching skillsets and culture fit, he excels in sourcing and placing candidates in roles where they can thrive. His dedication to understanding clients’ needs and industry trends ensures successful placements and fosters long-lasting relationships.

Outside of work, Josh is a passionate sports fan, following the UFC, NRL, NBA, and the EPL. When he’s not glued to the TV, he enjoys spending quality time with his partner, friends, family, and his dog Alfie. These connections are his source of joy and provide the perfect work-life balance and fulfillment.

Michelle Clark

Recruitment Consultant | Mining and Resources

Michelle, a dedicated recruitment consultant, takes pride in providing customised solutions that perfectly align with clients’ objectives and candidates’ career aspirations. Her approach centres on forging robust, enduring relationships with clients and candidates, underpinned by a profound comprehension of the job market.

Michelle specialises in expertly managing every facet of the recruitment process, from initial sourcing and screening to final negotiations. Her extensive network and strategic insights enable her to unearth hidden talent gems, facilitating the placement of high-calibre candidates within the Technical Services department of the Mining Industry.

Outside of her professional life, you can often find Michelle rushing to her Pilates sessions or exploring various cafes on the weekends

Michael Bernard

Senior Recruitment Consultant | Mining and Resources

In a world where the right talent can be the difference between mediocrity and success, Michael has consistently demonstrated an exceptional ability to identify and place candidates who not only posses the requisite skills but also align perfectly with the unique culture, vision, and goals of the organisations he serves. His invaluable insights into the mining and technology industries, combined with his innate ability to discern the ideal candidates for each role, have consistently yielded remarkable results, enhancing the growth and competitiveness of the organisations he has partnered with.

Russell Clarke

Recruitment Consultant | HSET

Specialising in recruiting HSET professionals, Russell hones his passion for connecting them with exciting opportunities in the mining and construction sectors.

With experience in blue-collar recruitment, including manufacturing and trades in the Brisbane area, he deeply understands the industry’s unique needs.

Passionate about pushing his limits in the gym and the great outdoors, Russell dedicates himself to CrossFit and enjoys riding the waves or carving through fresh powder on a snowboard when he’s not lifting.

Joshua Reynolds

Recruitment Consultant | Construction and Engineering

Specialising in recruiting civil professionals, Josh hones his passion and curiosity for the industry. With a laser focus on identifying and connecting top candidates with companies, he has cultivated a track record of excellence in sourcing the best candidates. Building enduring relationships with clients is at the core of his recruitment philosophy, ensuring a seamless alignment between their needs and the candidates he delivers. Josh’s unwavering commitment to precision and results has solidified his reputation as a trusted partner for businesses seeking civil professionals.

Beyond his professional life, Josh is a sports enthusiast. Football and basketball are his go-to activities for staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He relishes the teamwork and competitive spirit. On a more serene note, he finds solace in the pages of a good book and the tranquillity of a good camping trip. These hobbies provide an outstanding balance to his professional endeavours, rejuvenating him for the challenges of the recruitment world. Josh’s ability to connect with people on a personal level extends beyond the boardroom, making him not just a recruitment specialist but also a relatable individual who enjoys life’s simple pleasures.

Doug Hodge

Recruitment Consultant | Mining and Resources

Currently sourcing Projects and Engineering professionals, Doug is known for his expertise in talent pooling and in-depth searching, with an adaptable mindset to clients’ diverse needs across Mining, Resources, and Infrastructure Sectors. His studies in business and human resources align well with the consultation aspect of the role, allowing a comprehensive understanding alongside industry advancements.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Doug enjoys body surfing, beach trips, and exploring new places – particularly for food and drinks, usually with good mates and family. Being Brisbane-born and bred, he is passionate about sport, currently playing tennis, and finds weekly high entertainment in the office footy pick banter. Doug focuses on tapping into clients’ needs and facilitating career growth by placing the right professionals in the right jobs to allow them to reach their potential.

Siobhan Mahony

Recruitment Consultant | Corporate Services

Meet Siobhan, a vibrant Irish recruiter recently joining the Alchemy team in sunny Brisbane. Her specialisation lies in Finance and Commerce positions, and she is deeply committed to ensuring both candidates and clients find the perfect match, placing a strong emphasis on job satisfaction and operational efficiency.

Siobhan firmly believes that lasting connections are the cornerstone of successful recruitment, and she dedicates herself to making every placement a mutually beneficial situation. Beyond her professional dedication, she enjoys leisurely walks amidst Brisbane’s scenic beauty, exploring new destinations, and cherishing moments with friends. With a bachelor’s degree in business studies, Siobhan brings a balanced blend of professionalism and a zest for life to every endeavour.

Jacob Foskett

Account Manager | Government Sector

Experienced Account Manager/Recruitment Consultant with strong industry knowledge, advisory skills and demonstrated results in fast paced, high volume recruitment.

Jacob prides himself on having a deep understanding of both client and candidate needs, and finding what makes a person thrive in a role.

With 7 years in bespoke agencies, Jacob excels in sourcing talented candidates within the government sector with key focuses on finance, commercial, HR, administration and technical white-collar roles.

Outcomes include matching candidates to permanent, temporary and fixed-term opportunities within niche roles at Local, State and Federal levels of Government.

Jacob prides himself on integrity and excellence with clients who regularly endorse his quality over quantity approach to work.

Joshua Spathonics

Resourcer

As a Recruitment Resourcer specializing in the Government Sector, Josh is our latest recruit for the Government sector at Alchemy. With an innate passion and commitment to matching skilled individuals with impactful roles, Josh has quickly made their mark within local, state and federal government recruitment. Josh demonstrates a deep understanding of the unique requirements and nuances of the government sector.

Josh is adept at identifying promising candidates through meticulous research and diligent networking. Their enthusiasm, combined with a strong work ethic, enables them to support senior recruiters in finding the best talent Australia wide. Josh is eager to grow in his role at Alchemy while providing top tier service for our government sector clients and candidates.

Tom Wease

Financial Lead | Operations Team

Tom, our Finance Lead, is an emerging accounting and commercial professional with over 2 years of experience in the recruitment and resources industries. He leverages this valuable experience to deliver an exceptional level of care to both our candidates and clients. Tom is also an associate member of CPA Australia and is dedicated to continuous training and development within his specialized field.

During his free time, when he manages to take a break from his studies, Tom enjoys reading, strength training, and spending quality time with friends and family. Every day, he strives to live by the inspiring words of Ronnie Coleman, “Ain’t nothing but a peanut.”

Amanda Marques

Finance Officer | Operations Team

Meet Amanda, your go-to finance enthusiast who thrives on delving into numbers. Armed with a Business degree, a Bookkeeping certificate, and an Accounting diploma, Amanda is all about delivering results. When she’s not immersed in budgets, you’ll find her engrossed in a psychology book, unravelling the mysteries of the mind.

Here’s a fun fact: Amanda holds an impressive degree in Neuroscience! She’s always up to talk about money, brains, and everything. Amanda is genuinely excited to bring her finance expertise and curious mind to embark on new adventures!

Leo

ICT Business Analyst

Leo brings 8 years of experience domestically and internationally, as our ICT Business Analyst holding a Masters in Business Information Systems, Leo is passionate about the intersection of data and business operations. Leo is driven to keep pace and navigate the ever-evolving technological landscape, adapting and predicting to maximise our company’s quality assurance and overall delivery to our clients.

Beyond the confines of the office, Leo finds inspiration and comfort in nature, spending time with friends and family and pushing personal boundaries with long-distance running. Leo never misses an opportunity to explore new cultures and build on his already dynamic understanding of the world around him. 

Kerri-Lee Buckley

Commercial Lead | Operations Team

With 20 years of experience in Finance and Commercial roles, KL, our Commercial Lead, has a diverse background. She has worked in fields such as Cattle Export and Corporate Training and currently focuses on Recruitment in the Mining, Construction, and Government sectors. KL has dedicated the last four years to the recruitment industry, acquiring valuable knowledge of the recruitment process and industry requirements to excel in her role and establish strong relationships.

Outside of work, KL is an animal lover with several pets, including a Bearded Dragon. She enjoys camping, reading, baking, and spending days on the water in her leisure time.

Melissa Lima

Administrative Assistant | Executive Team

Meet Melissa, your go-to Administrative Assistant with a twist, hailing from Brazil and spreading her vibrant spirit overseas.

Mel is a nature lover, and you’ll often find her on a trail or by the water, soaking in the beauty of the great outdoors. When she is not in the office, she is in the kitchen. Cooking is her passion; she is always up for a gastronomic adventure with her friends.
She is a pro at adaptability and creative problem-solving, thanks to her love for travel. Mel brings this energy and enthusiasm to her work, making every challenge a chance to discover something new. She is also a people person, effortlessly connecting with colleagues and clients, creating an inclusive and collaborative workplace.

With her, you can count on a seamless operation, a friendly atmosphere, and maybe even some delicious treats!