Board of Directors

DAVID FULLER, Chair

David Fuller is the Chief Executive Officer of WEA Illawarra, a registered charity that operates an RTO and a Registered  Independent School with headquarters located in Wollongong, NSW. David is also Chairman of Grand Pacific Health Ltd and is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Asian Science Park Association. David has had considerable experience with community development & educational projects within and outside Australia.

MICHELLE SIMPSON, Deputy Chair

Michelle joined Tamworth Community College in 2012 following 20 years in finance and 10 years in the not for profit sector. Michelle is an experienced manager, mentor and Board member, previously holding a number of executive positions, including terms with Co-operative Learning Limited and NSW Business Chamber Regional Council. An active participant in the New England North West community, Michelle is a recipient of national awards for community involvement and was the 2013 NSW Business Chamber Regional Business Leader of the Year. Michelle is a proud advocate of the resilience, agility and commitment to quality adult education that is synonymous with Community Colleges throughout Australia.

THERESA COLLIGNON, Treasurer

Theresa Collignon is the CEO of Macquarie Community College, based in Sydney’s northwest.  Theresa took up the role in February 2015, bringing more than 20 years of local and international not-for-profit education experience, including Executive Director of TAFE National Scholarships Foundation; NSW Region Manager, The Smith Family; Chief Executive, AFS Student Exchange Australia; Vice President, AFS-USA; Manager, Training Division and GM, NSW Division of Securities Institute of Australia; and Associate Director, MBA Program, Australian Graduate School of Management. She has served since 2009 as a Director of SDN Children’s Services – one of Sydney’s largest and oldest services, including two years as Board Chair.  Her qualifications include a Master of Business Administration, Diploma in Financial Markets, Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate of the AICD Company Director’s Course.

DANIELLE BENSLEY

Danielle Bensley is CEO of The Parramatta College. She has worked in various roles in the college for more than 16 years, from administration to IT trainer to senior management. A keen student herself, Danielle has experienced all sides of education. She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma in Business Administration, and Diploma in Information Technology. She was recently a judge for the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence, in the category of Education. She is a local and proud Western Sydney community member.

DAVID MACKAY

David Mackay was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tuggerah Lakes Community College in 2011. David brings to the Board over twenty years experience in education and training management, within a career that has included both the public and private sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Graduate Diploma of Management and a Masters in Adult Education, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. With a passion for education he has produced various articles, papers and publications.

DAVID MARTIN

David Martin is the CEO of Western Riverina Community College a position he has held for the past nine years. David has been involved in the Vocational Education Sector for the past 14 years, holding many and varied roles within the sector from training through to senior management. David is the Chairperson of the Griffith Education Business Advisory Council (GEBAC). David previously represented the Community College sector of NSW as a Director of Community Colleges NSW.

JULIE NEESON

Julie Neeson has been the Executive Officer at SGAE Community College (Hamilton, in western Victoria) for more than 16 years and has worked in the community education sector for more than 27 years. She has extensive experience with the Victorian Public Service in management, research and training. Julie brings a passion and strong commitment to the sector and is very conscious of the need for community colleges to be proactive in the planning and operations.

JONEEN TROUP

Joneen Troup is the Manager of Camden Haven Community College, which has been a Registered Training Organisation since 1997. Joneen joined the college as a Vocational Education and Training (VET) trainer, progressing to VET Coordinator then Manager in the year 2000. Her employment background is as a Secondary School Science teacher, TAFE teacher and Education Officer for ecotourism. She is a partner in a Primary Production business and parent of two.  Joneen is passionate about education.