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 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

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

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.

VALERIEANNE BYRNES

Valerieanne is the CEO of Port Macquarie Community College, a registered charity that operates Community Education programs, an RTO and an Independent School, servicing the Mid North Coast, NSW. Valerieanne is also a Director of Metro Housing Cooperative Ltd, Sydney and Secretary of Co-operative Learning Limited. Her qualifications include a Masters in Management, Grad Dip in Adult Education, Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor in Training & Development.  She has over 30 years of enterprise and peak body leadership with the NFP sector.

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.

RON MAXWELL

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.

JOHN O'NEILL

John O’Neill is an accomplished organisational leader with a talent for staff cohesion, development and relationships. He appreciates the diversity of work in the Deaf Community and thoroughly enjoys supporting a team of deaf and hearing staff in a bilingual/bicultural workplace. John’s current role as Executive Manager, Education Services see him managing the RTO arm of the Deaf Society whilst supporting the governance, strategy and growth of the organisation. He is very excited about the potential of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to create a positive impact on the lives of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people and their families across Australia.