Board of Directors


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. David has had considerable experience with community development & educational projects within and outside Australia.

DAVID MACKAY, Deputy Chair

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.


Theresa Collignon has been CEO of Macquarie Community College, since 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, including two years as Board Chair.  Her qualifications include an MBA, Diploma in Financial Markets, Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate of the AICD Company Director’s Course.


Jennifer Aldred is Senior Manager, Finance and Funded Programmes at Sydney Community College.  She is also the Manager of SCC’s Registered Training Organisation.   While a staff member of SCC since 2012, her connection with the College dates back to its inception and includes work as a consultant in business and financial redesign, RTO compliance, legal and industrial advice.   Jennifer studied economics as a undergraduate at both Macquarie and Sydney universities.  She also holds two post graduate degrees, Master of Public Policy (USyd) and Master of Legal Studies (UNSW).


Danielle Bensley is CEO of The Parramatta College. She has worked in various roles with the college for more than 18 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, and is currently completing her Masters of Business Administration at Southern Cross University. She has been a judge for the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence two years running, in the category of Education. She is a local and proud Western Sydney community member.


Ron Maxwell is Chief Executive Officer at VERTO since 2014, and previously CEO of Western College, Dubbo. Ron holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics) and has 20 years’ experience in the commercial sector.  He is a director of the National Australian Apprenticeship Association; a member of the Australian College for Private Education and Training’s (ACPET) New South Wales Committee; the New South Wales State Training Services’ Smart & Skilled provider reference group; and a member of the NSW Skills Board Provider advisory group. In 2014, Ron also served as a member of the National Skills Standard Council reference group for the introduction of the new National VET Regulator standards.


Joanne is Chief Executive Officer of the Central Coast Community College, holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course. She has extensive leadership, strategy development and governance experience, having worked in small business, in Director roles, and as a corporate executive across a range of industries, in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Joanne is passionate about lifelong learning; when she isn’t working, enjoys being active outdoors with family and friends.


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.