VERTO is a community owned not for profit organisation

Ron Maxwell

Ron Maxwell

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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Brittany Jack

Brittany Jack


Chief Operating Officer

Brittany joined VERTO in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. She is a values led leader who relishes supporting teams to perform and deliver targeted social impact. Brittany has over 18 years’ experience managing government funded programs that deliver outcomes for people at risk of social exclusion. She has worked in the domestic violence, disability, youth and employment services sectors. 

Brittany is Newcastle born and bred. After completing a law degree in Sydney, Brittany worked in the United Kingdom for 13 years including 10 years for Ingeus UK, with responsibility for large scale employment programs in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. In 2014, after returning to Australia, she oversaw a broad range of youth focused programs for Marist180, including youth homelessness, employment, education, youth justice and Aboriginal services. Brittany also serves on the board of YFoundations, the NSW peak body for youth homelessness. 

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Diana Mudford

Diana Mudford

 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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Gemma Gelling

Gemma Gelling

B.Arts (Media and Comms)

Senior Manager, Communications and Business Development

Gemma joined VERTO in 2014 as Communications Manager before becoming the Communications and Business Development Manager in 2015. Gemma is a communications and stakeholder management specialist who has worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. 

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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Jason Foster

Jason Foster

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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Sharna Banks

Sharna Banks

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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Darren Foster

Darren Foster

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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Rachael McIntosh

Rachael McIntosh

Compliance 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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Pamela Hunter

Pamela Hunter

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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Alyssa Bennett

Alyssa Bennett

Ba. 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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