Our Board

WorkVentures is overseen by a Board of volunteer directors who do not receive any remuneration. They have diverse backgrounds and contribute to the strategic direction and governance of the organisation, including risk management. Directors are appointed for a one year term, and must be a Member of the company. Find out more about Membership of WorkVentures and how to nominate for the Board.

The Board identifies member expectations and monitors changes in government policy and community expectations. The Corporations Act 2001 and our Constitution govern the regulation of meetings and proceedings of the Board, as far as the Constitution is applicable.


 Philip Small - Director

 Joined: July 2010

Philip Small, BEc, MSc, FCPA, GAICD, has held senior executive roles in software and services  companies from 1985 until 2001. He was a non executive director of Paxus Corporation, and Regional  President of Continuum Inc and Computer Sciences. He is a non executive director of Konekt Limited, Pillar Administration and FINEOS Corporation.


 Bruce Thomlinson - Director 

  Joined: February 2015

 Bruce is an experienced public company executive with over 25 years senior  management  experience in the telecommunications and technology industry. Most recently as President of BrightPoint Inc. Asia Pacific, specialists in the distribution of wireless devices and customized logistics services to the wireless industry, he has led operations in various executive roles in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Bruce is also a successful entrepreneur whose previous business interests included Managing Director and Partner of HatadiCorp a broad based telecommunications and wholesale electronics distributor and start up Vodafone Service Provider, Advance Digital Services.  


 Jennine Blundell - Director

 Joined: April 2015

 Jennine Blundell, Grad Cert. Community Mgt, MMgt (Community & NFP), MAICD, has  held executive and consulting positions in both commercial (banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, professional services) and not for profit (human services, education, philanthropic, community housing) organisations. Jennine has extensive experience in driving and implementing transformational change, strategy development and organisational sustainability. Jennine is also a Fellow in the UTS Business School and the UTS Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre where she is researching the sustainability of social enterprises over the long-term.


 Joanne Gorton - Director

 Joined: July 2016

 Joanne Gorton, B Bus, ICAA member and registered company auditor, has over 20  years’ experience in professional services. She was an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 5 years and is currently a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Joanne specialised in providing services to clients in the financial services sector. In addition to her audit roles, Joanne has also provided advisory services to a number of clients including internal audit, risk management, compliance, budget analysis and accounting advice on complex transactions and arrangements.


 Murray headshot 60x79Murray Hurps - Director

  Joined: August 2016

 Murray began coding at 7 years old, launched his first company when he was 16 and  has spent the 16 years that followed running and supporting startups.  His main focus has been on internet filtering technology, with Ad Muncher becoming the #2 ad blocking solution worldwide and still receiving five million downloads per month currently. Most recently, four years ago Murray co-founded Startup Muster, the largest survey of the Australian startup ecosystem, and two years ago he became CEO of Fishburners, Australia's largest startup space. Murray feels strongly that Australia needs alternative paths for education, and he's excited to help WorkVentures to develop these paths.


 Alex Maitland - Secretary

 Joined: July 2015

 Alex Maitland, BA, MBus, GradDipAppCorpGov, FAICD, FCIS, FGIA, ICCP, is a Group Secretary, providing advice and governance services to a diverse group of subsidiaries and associated companies. Alex's career has included leading changes and overseeing strategy in both corporate and not-for-profit sectors, with a longstanding commitment to serving in voluntary non-executive board roles, including emergency services, ageing, disability, health and housing.