VERTO is a community owned not for profit organisation

Andrew Abel

Andrew Abel

President

Andrew is a fully qualified accountant and adviser, having worked in commerce for more than 20 years. During his career he has worked as a commercial accountant for a number of large blue-chip multinationals and Australian operations. In 2001 Andrew joined Central West Community College (VERTO) as the Senior Finance Executive.

Drawing on his commercial experience, Andrew runs his own consultancy business, working with professional advice firms towards sustainable practice growth. In addition to his role on the VERTO Board, Andrews holds a number of other directorships. Andrew has both a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew joined the VERTO Board in 2013 and is currently the President of the Board of Directors.

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 Graves has a wide range of experience in local government, catchment management, landcare, environmental and community issues as well as advocacy for disadvantaged people. She is committed to being a vocal voice in improving local community standards and attitudes. Sue is a member of NSW Uniting Church Synod and Standing Committee, a member on Lithgow Council Committees of Heritage and Environment, Chairperson of Lithgow and Oberon Landcare Association, Chairperson of UnitingCare Lithgow & Bathurst Disabilities and Lithgow Tidy Towns and is a former Councillor of Lithgow City Council. Sue has been on the Verto Board since 2002 holding the positions of Secretary and Vice Chairperson and currently is on the Governance Committee.

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 50 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.

Thérèse held a number of senior management roles during her working career, with her last role being 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 is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Thérèse was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016.