VERTO is a community owned not for profit organisation
B.Bus (Econ), Grad Cert. Innov Edu & T, GAICD
Chief Executive Officer
Ron Maxwell started with VERTO in 2014 as the Chief Executive Officer. Ron holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics) and has 20 years’ experience in the commercial sector. Ron has served on various boards and is currently a member of the Australian College for Private Education and Training’s (ACPET) New South Wales executive committee, has served as a member of the National Skills Standard Council reference group for the introduction of the new National VET Regulator standards in 2014, and is a member of the New South Wales State Training Services’ Smart and Skilled provider reference group.
Previously, Ron served as Chief Executive Officer of Western College, a regional training provider based in Dubbo, New South Wales. During his time as Chief Executive Officer, Ron reshaped the college to become a recognised and award winning organisation. Amongst some of his accomplishments, Ron was responsible for establishing the Australian Technical College in Central West New South Wales. Ron is also a member of the NSW Skills Board Provider advisory group, has served as a member of the ACPET National VET Committee and is a former Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President and Austen Brown Boog Solicitors advisory board member.
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B. Bus (Acc), CPA, JP
Chief Financial Officer
Diana joined VERTO in 2003 and has worked in a variety of roles including Business Services Coordinator before moving into a Finance Management role within the organisation. Diana is a qualified accountant and CPA who holds a Bachelor of Business (in Accounting and Business Management). She has 18 years’ experience working in a variety of finance related roles in small to medium sized business including three years working as a Field Advisor for the Australian Taxation Office supporting small business.
Diana also holds a Diploma of Training and Assessment and has 11 years’ experience working in the training industry, including teaching Accounting at TAFE. Diana is responsible for all finance, payroll, fleet and Information Technology functions.
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B.Arts (Media and Comms)
Chief Communications Officer
Gemma is a communications and stakeholder management specialist who has worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. Gemma joined VERTO in 2014 as Communications Manager before becoming the Senior Manager, Communications and Business Development in 2017, and Chief Communications Officer in 2019.
She has worked across a range of industries including aviation, construction, politics, property development and transport for major domestic and international organisations including Transport for London, Qantas and Westfield. Gemma holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) from the University of New South Wales, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Laws.
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General Manager, Apprenticeships and New Business
Jason has been in the employment services industry for 20 years having started in the field with the Commonwealth Employment Service in 1993. In 1986, Jason was part of a group that were the very first trainees in Australia working for the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).
Jason was the State Business Manager for NSW/ACT with Mission Australia before starting with VERTO in 2012 as an Apprenticeships Consultant. Jason has been the Manager, Australian Apprenticeships Centre since 2013 and holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Leadership.
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B.Bus (HR Mgt and Mkt)
Human Resources Manager
Sharna started with VERTO in 1999 and is now one of our longest serving employees. She has over 11 years of Human Resources (HR) experience and was appointed to the Manager, Human Resources role in 2015.
Sharna has completed a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Human Resource Management and Marketing and is also trained in Workplace Health and Safety, Workers Compensation Management and Training and Assessment.
In her current role, Sharna oversees HR Operations at VERTO. This involves working with the HR Team to develop and deliver innovative HR solutions in the areas of management and supervision, leadership, workforce development, performance, recruitment and selection, conflict management, team building, diversity and change management.
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B. Hotel and Bus Mgt
Training Services Manager
Darren has worked with and managed both small and large Registered Training Organisations over the past 11 years and has a passion for the education and training industry. In addition to a Bachelor in Hotel and Business Management, with majors in Human Resources and Psychology, Darren has completed additional management and training related qualifications.
Prior to working in the VET industry, Darren was employed for more than ten years for an international five star hotel chain, in various capacities including sales, operations, human resources and senior management roles.
In his current role, Darren manages the Training Services division of VERTO, working to develop and deliver innovative ways to provide tailored training which supports and enhances the community and stakeholders connected with VERTO.
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Program Assurance Manager
Rachael started with VERTO as an Employment Consultant in July 2012 in our Port Macquarie site. She then moved into a jobactive and Disability Employment Services (DES) auditing role in July 2015. Rachael has improved VERTO’s internal compliance capability through comprehensive auditing, and by developing and presenting training webinars to other employees. Rachael was promoted to Compliance Manager in June 2017 to cover all compliance and auditing needs across jobactive, DES, AASN and our RTO. Prior to joining VERTO, Rachael has worked in all aspects of Real Estate including gaining her Real Estate Licence and Auctioneering Certificate.
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Postgrad Cert (Commerce), B.Bus & B.Arts (Public Relations & Org Comms)
Community Services Manager
Pamela joined the team at VERTO in 2011 working in our front line employment services team, having previous experience in human resource management. She has since held roles in project management, quality assurance and community services. During her time at VERTO Pamela has spearheaded many important initiatives including the project management of successful tenders for large government contracts, successful company-wide audits, and the implementation of new services areas and new software systems. In May 2018 Pamela was appointed to VERTO’s Management Team overseeing our community services contracts, including The Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Program, the Indigenous Advancement Strategy and the National Disability Coordination Officer program. A Bathurst local, Pamela has completed a double degree Bachelors in Public Relations and Organisational Communications/Business and is currently undertaking a Master of Commerce through Charles Sturt University.
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B. Bus (HRM/Marketing)
Employment Services Manager
Alyssa has over 18 years’ experience in the employment services sector and over a decade of experience as a Senior Manager. Alyssa highly values an ethical and transparent approach; whilst remaining commercially focussed and driven to achieve the best possible outcomes for those facing disadvantage within our communities. Alyssa’s previous experience has included roles specialising in Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Labour Hire, and more recently Disability Employment Services (DES) and jobactive Employment Services. Her previous roles have also afforded her the opportunity to travel abroad to provide staff training and consultation services in the UK and Timor Leste, along with involvement in software development and implementation and change management. Alyssa’s role with VERTO is to oversee the Employment Services portfolio for the organisation, including jobactive, DES, ParentsNext and Career Transition Assistance (CTA). With a strong focus on operational results and accountability, Alyssa works with a team of specialists to deliver on our overarching aim of providing enhanced employment and life outcomes to our Clients.
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Tenders and Partnerships Manager
Luke joined VERTO in 2011 working directly with disadvantaged jobseekers and local employers in our Employment Services team, before progressing into a corporate business development role in 2015. During his time at VERTO Luke has been involved with several successful tenders for large government contracts, developing a specialised knowledge of the diverse range of Australian Apprenticeship, employment services and vocational training programs that operate in Australia. In addition, he has gained international training and employment services experience in both China and Europe. Luke’s role is focused on three organisational priorities: growing the business through successful tender and grant opportunities; developing strategic partnerships that enhance VERTO’s services; and improving the customer experience of our stakeholders. He has previously held large territory management roles in both New South Wales and Western Australia with a major Australian retail group, and holds an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management.
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