WorkVentures' Leadership Team has a wide range of experience and backgrounds combining the expertise necessary to manage the challenges of a social enterprise.
Linda is an IT industry veteran in addition to her many years in the not-for-profit sector and brings a wealth of experience to WorkVentures, closing a circle that began in 1986. As Founder and Managing Director of Microsoft Australia, Linda was instrumental in initiating the partnership between WorkVentures and Microsoft which is still going strong today. She has founded and/or guided several successful not-for-profit organisations, led an oversubscribed technology IPO and managed triple digit growth by coalescing remarkable teams – both paid and volunteer. With specialities involving high growth environments and innovative business models, she is also a champion for compassionate outreach to help others. Linda is the inaugural recipient of Microsoft’s highest award for leadership.
Ralph came to WorkVentures in 1986 as a trainer in electronics after eleven years as a technical officer in the Navy. Ralph now leads a team of three managers who run the Sydney ITeC Centre, a commercial venture which supports WorkVentures’ social programs and creates employment. Ralph established SIRC in 1988 and the business grew rapidly by providing repair services to multinational companies. Ralph passionately supports the mission of WorkVentures because he believes in providing people with opportunities.
Joining WorkVentures in 1991, Alfonso brings a depth of experience gained during an extensive career in financial and cost accounting, and auditing. He oversees the accounting operations of WorkVentures and its various enterprise activities and is a passionate advocate for providing the opportunity for people to make a better life. He holds an SGS Certificate of Internal Auditor on Quality Standard, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Manila), an MBA (Manila) and is a qualified CPA from the Philippines Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Scott has 35 years of experience in the electronics and IT industry, commencing his career in the Department of Defence (Navy). He joined WorkVentures in 1993 as an electronics trainer and workshop manager, becoming our Customer Account Manager working closely with our multinational IT partners for repair and logistics services. Scott’s passion is vocational training – he believes the attainment of theoretical knowledge is only one element that contributes to a successful career. Practical skills are acquired in a nurturing and safe environment where people feel free to experiment, take risks and are given the opportunity to be immersed in a real business.
Scott holds an Electronics Engineering Certificate, a Diploma of Adult Education, a Graduate Certificate of Business (Professional Practice) and is an SGS Internal Auditor.
Don has been a member of the WorkVentures team since 1987, having previously worked as a Technical Officer in the Department of Defence. As the Operations Manager at Sydney ITeC Repair Centre, Don co- ordinates the day to day Production Workshops in Sydney and Melbourne. He also manages the Reuse Team and the Work Experience Program which provides hands on training for over one hundred students each year. He is a strong supporter of giving youth the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and believes that WorkVentures is an excellent environment to champion that goal while still operating competitively in the repair industry.
Nora has held responsibility for overseeing customer satisfaction and operational accountability in banking, construction and job services industries. She is also a qualified Trainer and Assessor and has had extensive experience in Community Development programs.
Ian started his career at WorkVentures with a Traineeship in Certificate III in IT. He continued his studies and graduated with a Certificate IV in IT, becoming Network Administrator along the way. The opportunity to share his skills and knowledge with Indigenous youth saw him take the iGETIT Program to remote communities in NSW and then to the Northern Territory. He is an advocate for the benefits of getting hands on experience within an organisation while gaining a qualification and a career.
Chrissy has over 30 years business experience, including 20 years as a Retail Business Manager at The Body Shop, Business Coach at Bizness Babes teaching disadvantaged women the steps to business start up, and Program Manager at Social Enterprises Sydney building strong and sustainable social enterprise in Western Sydney. She runs her own business consultancy, growing small and social businesses, and monthly mentoring groups for women in business. Her passion for social enterprise led to her role as WorkVentures Media Manager where she helps to build our community with stories, social media and other marketing activities.
Emanuele is dedicated to the smooth operation of WorkVentures’ Group Training (GTO) and Registered Training (RTO) arms which form the centrepiece for our trainees to gain employment and nationally recognised qualifications. Prior to joining us, he worked in the financial services and insurance industries as well as establishing a number of start-up enterprises. Academically he has an MBA (AGSM) and an Economics degree (Macquarie). Emanuele is passionate about opportunities on both sides of the digital divide in providing value for employers as well as for our trainees.
Kristy commenced her pathway into the recruitment industry in 2004. Having completed a Diploma in Business Management coupled with her long association with the industry, Kristy is committed to finding and supporting highly proactive staff through ongoing education, training and performance management. She has developed a strong and thorough understanding of the art of selecting the ‘right person for the right position’.
Jenny has many years of experience working with corporate law firms. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 with extended majors in Law, English Literature and Psychology. She joined WorkVentures to actualise her vision of "building communities that work" and believes that by helping young people become more work savvy and employable, their contribution in the workplace is magnified and makes an enormous difference to themselves as well as their employer and the wider community.
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