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Paul Gay

Paul Gay


Originally from Melbourne, Paul moved to Brisbane in 2004. Proudly born into a construction /engineering family, Paul is the son of the now-retired Director of Land Engineering, (mid-tier Civil Contractor) Lyle Gay and has grown up within the civil/commercial construction industry and his career has naturally progressed in this sector.

 With over 20 years of recruitment experience, Paul is a successful and seasoned professional recruiter specialising in construction management/engineering with a database of approximately 40,000 candidates.

Recruiting initially in the Construction Management – Engineering market for three years in Queensland, Paul identified the need and opportunity for a pragmatic, straight forward boutique consultancy, hence Paul started Foundation Recruitment in 2007. The company has successfully operated since applying the 5x P’S principals for their client base – “Procure, Proven, Professionals, Promptly & Professionally”.

Paul’s 12-month PMO engagement with global construction firm Laing O’Rourke exposed him to internal recruitment and the understanding of process around talent onboarding. He experienced firsthand the challenges clients face in identifying and securing candidates and the some-times challenging internal processes that need to be adhered to.

Paul’s approach is to effectively partner with his clients and to actively consult for them. As every client has different requirements, Paul provides an individual tailored service to meet their needs. His strong relationships with clients and candidates alike are built on trust and his “straight-up” and “non-fuss” approach has constantly resulted in repeat business. With a reputation for providing a “pragmatic approach” to recruitment, he continues to successfully source the right candidate for the right job!

Many of his values in the business transition from his twenty-five-year AFL football career including many years as a senior player and a senior coach.

With the company in expansion mode having offices in Brisbane, Mooloolaba and Darwin, Paul has continued to build his team with experienced specialist recruiters servicing a broad client base across all of Australia and New Zealand.

With their unique mix of knowledge and experience Foundation Recruitment / Contracting can provide a “one-stop” shop for all of your recruitment needs no matter how complex.



Paul Gay