Our Board

WorkVentures is governed by a diverse Board of volunteer directors who generously donate their time and and contribute to the strategic direction and governance of the organisation.

Andrew Macpherson
Joined: March 2017

Andrew Macpherson, Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (Honours) UNSW 1978, is an experienced senior executive with strong interests, and specific experience, in the use of technology to transform traditional businesses. He is chair of SIRCA Limited and a director of OneVue Holdings Limited. Over the past 12 years he has been actively involved as an investor, director and executive in the agribusiness, retail, hospitality and services sectors. Following 27 years at Accenture, he retired as Regional Managing Director in 2005. Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in strategic businesses and technology planning and has been recognised for his specialised expertise in shaping and negotiating complex IT projects. He also has extensive experience in selling, negotiating and delivering projects in Asia and Europe and has lived for a number of years in both regions.

Philip Small
Joined: July 2010

Philip Small, BEc, MSc, FCPA, GAICD, has held senior executive roles in software and services  companies from 1985 until 2001. He was a non-executive director of Paxus Corporation, and Regional President of Continuum Inc and Computer Sciences. He is also a non-executive director of Konekt Limited, Pillar Administration and FINEOS Corporation.

Bruce Thomlinson
Joined: February 2015

Bruce Thomlinson is an experienced public company executive with over 25 years senior management  experience in the telecommunications and technology industry. His most recent position was President of BrightPoint Inc. Asia Pacific who are specialists in the distribution of wireless devices and customized logistics services to the wireless industry. Bruce has led operations in various executive roles in Europe, Middle East and Africa and is also a successful entrepreneur whose previous business interests included Managing Director and Partner of HatadiCorp a broad based telecommunications and wholesale electronics distributor and a start-up Vodafone Service Provider, Advance Digital Services.   

Jennine Blundell
Joined: April 2015

Jennine Blundell, Grad Cert. Community Mgt, MMgt (Community & NFP), MAICD, has held executive and consulting positions in both commercial (banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, professional services) and not for profit (human services, education, philanthropic, community housing) organisations. Jennine has extensive experience in driving and implementing transformational change, strategy development and organisational sustainability. Jennine is also a Fellow in the UTS Business School and the UTS Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre where she is researching the sustainability of social enterprises over the long-term.

Joanne Gorton
Joined: July 2016

Joanne Gorton, B Bus, ICAA member and registered company auditor, has over 20  years’ experience in professional services. She was an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 5 years and is currently a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Joanne specialised in providing services to clients in the financial services sector. In addition to her audit roles, Joanne has also provided advisory services to a number of clients including internal audit, risk management, compliance, budget analysis and accounting advice on complex transactions and arrangements.

Murray Hurps
Joined: August 2016

Murray Hurps began coding at 7 years old, launched his first company when he was 16 and  has spent the 16 years that followed running and supporting startups.  His main focus has been on internet filtering technology, with Ad Muncher becoming the #2 ad blocking solution worldwide and still receiving five million downloads per month currently. Most recently, four years ago Murray co-founded Startup Muster, the largest survey of the Australian startup ecosystem, and two years ago he became CEO of Fishburners, Australia’s largest startup space. Murray feels strongly that Australia needs alternative paths for education, and he’s excited to help WorkVentures to develop these paths.

Alex Maitland
Company Secretary
Joined: July 2015

Alex Maitland, BA, MBus, GradDipAppCorpGov, FAICD, FCIS, FGIA, ICCP is a professional Group Secretary, providing advice and governance services to a diverse group of subsidiaries and associated companies. Alex’s career has included leading changes and overseeing strategy in both corporate and not-for-profit sectors, with a longstanding commitment to serving in voluntary non-executive board roles, including emergency services, ageing, disability, health and housing.