VERTO is a community owned not for profit organisation

Andrew Abel

Andrew Abel

President

Andrew Abel is a fully qualified accountant, with both a Master and Bachelor of Commerce, working as a commercial accountant for a number of large blue-chip multi-nationals and Australian operations, before joining Central West Community College (VERTO) in 2001 as the Senior Finance Executive. During his tenure with VERTO, as part of a strong, unified and committed team, the business more than doubled in size in terms of turnover, head count and infrastructure.

These days, drawing on his almost 20 years of commercial experience, Andrew works with the owners and leaders of small to medium enterprises, through his own consultancy business, to improve systems, leverage and productivity to ensure sustainable growth and greater profitability. He is also certified as a business coach, is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Andrew has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013 and elected as President in 2015.

Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson

Vice President

Larry has extensive management and business experience with tertiary qualifications in training, engineering, and human resources as well as business and financial management. Larry is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Larry has been a member of the Board of VERTO since 2002. He was elected Secretary in 2005, Treasurer in 2007 and Chairman in 2013.

David Weekes

David Weekes

Treasurer

David Weekes is a Chartered Accountant with post graduate qualifications in business and taxation law. David has been the owner/principal of a Bathurst based accounting firm for the last 18 years. He holds extensive financial management experience in many industries including the tertiary sector, hospitality and welfare.

David is actively involved in the community in various capacities, both socially and professionally. He is the current Finance Director of the Federation of International Touch Inc, Treasurer of the Bathurst Touch Association Inc, Treasurer of Veritas House Inc and a foundation member of the Tax Institute of Australia Discussion Group.

David joined the Board of Directors and then appointed Treasurer in 2011.

David Pennells

David Pennells

Secretary

David Pennells has a long and successful business background, being the principal/owner of Inland Building and Construction which employs a workforce of 20 permanent staff. Prior to this he was the licensee/owner of LJ Hooker, Bathurst for approximately four years. David is community minded, having 35 plus years with Fire and Rescue NSW and has been serving as Deputy Captain for 12 years. He is a past member of Rotary and a past Board member of ASBA. David has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013.

Sue Graves

Sue Graves

Director

Sue has a wide range of experience in catchment management and environmental issues, local government, community issues and advocacy for disadvantaged people.

Sue was Secretary from 2003 to 2005 before being elected Vice Chairwoman from 2005 to 2013.

Sue has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2002.

Andrew Boog

Andrew Boog

Director

Andrew Boog is the Managing Partner of Austen Brown Boog, solicitors, first established in Broken Hill in 1888 and in Dubbo in 1995. He holds degrees in Economics, Law, Business Administration and Arts (Philosophy and Theology).

His qualifications include those of Solicitor and Accountant and he is an accredited Business Law Specialist, a Registered Tax Agent, a Notary Public, a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and a nationally accredited mediator.

Andrew is a Fellow of each of CPA Australia, the Taxation Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has vast experience having served on over 36 boards, including in executive positions, for organisations covering a wide range of activities.

Andrew was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014.

Dr Therese Jones

Dr Therese Jones

Director

Thérèse Jones has qualifications in biomedical science, with post graduate qualifications in education and health social science, a Master’s in Public Health and a PhD in Health Behavioural Science. Thérèse has experience in the education sector including establishing and supervising traineeships, and teaching at TAFE and university. She has extensive experience in many facets of health.

Following a number of senior management roles, Thérèse is currently the Director of Population Health for Western NSW and Far West Local Health Districts.She has a strong interest in working with communities, especially our Aboriginal communities, and service partners to improve social wellbeing and reduce disadvantage.

Thérèse was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016.