Our Team

Employing over 100 people across 2 locations in Sydney and Melbourne, the team at WorkVentures cover a diverse range of backgrounds and skills. We use our enterprises as vehicles for creating jobs for trainees, work experience and training for disadvantaged groups and provide an environment where people can learn new skills and overcome personal barriers to create their own pathways to economic independence and social inclusion.

Jennine Blundell
Chief Executive Officer

Jennine Blundell is a highly effective leader with diverse sector experience, providing strategic solutions that have delivered sustainable organisational growth, business goals and social outcomes. With a Grad Cert. Community Mgt, MMgt (Community & NFP), MAICD, she 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 been a WorkVentures Board Member since 2015 and had previously held the role of Head of Employment, Training and Human Resources.  She is also a Fellow in the UTS Business School and the UTS Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre. Jennine now brings her authentic and collaborative leadership to build on the success of WorkVentures as a sustainable social enterprise. 

Contact at[email protected]

For: New Business Development, Speaking Engagements, Feedback

Ralph Gatt
General Manager, Operations

Ralph came to WorkVentures in 1986 as a trainer in electronics after eleven years as a technical officer in the Navy. Ralph now leads a team of three managers who run the technical and agility services division, a commercial venture which supports WorkVentures’ social programs and creates employment. Ralph established ITeC (now Workventures technical and agility services division) in 1988 and the business grew rapidly by providing repair services to multinational companies. Ralph passionately supports the mission of WorkVentures because he believes in providing people with opportunities.

Contact at: [email protected]
For: Repair Contracts, IT Services

Scott Dibb
Client Relationship Manager

Scott has 35 years of experience in the electronics and IT industry, commencing his career in the Department of Defence (Navy).  He joined WorkVentures in 1993 as an electronics trainer and workshop manager, becoming our Customer Account Manager working closely with our multinational IT partners for repair and logistics services. Scott’s passion is vocational training – he believes the attainment of theoretical knowledge is only one element that contributes to a successful career. Practical skills are acquired in a nurturing and safe environment where people feel free to experiment, take risks and are given the opportunity to be immersed in a real business.

Scott holds an Electronics Engineering Certificate, a Diploma of Adult Education, a Graduate Certificate of Business (Professional Practice) and is an SGS Internal Auditor.

Contact at: [email protected]
For:  Employers seeking trained staff, Job Services Agencies seeking training pathways for clients, Registered Training Organisations seeking partnerships

Don Quinn
Operations Manager - Sydney Repair Centre

Don has been a member of the WorkVentures team since 1987, having previously worked as a Technical Officer in the Department of Defence. As the Operations Manager at Sydney Repair Centre, Don co- ordinates the day to day Production Workshops in Sydney and Melbourne. He also manages the Reuse Team and the Work Experience Program which provides hands on training for over one hundred students each year. He is a strong supporter of giving youth the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace and believes that WorkVentures is an excellent environment to champion that goal while still operating competitively in the repair industry.

Contact at: [email protected]
For: Repair enquiries, repair quotes, new repair business, work experience programs

Christine Duke
Head of Finance & Technology

Joining WorkVentures in 2018, Christine has extensive experience in finance partnering with senior executives and managing global teams within matrix structures across a host of industry (software, engineering, manufacturing, residential and commercial products, retail). Within the business partnering role, she has gained experience in financial and management reporting, M&A, implementation of consolidation and BI tools and financial modelling. She oversees the accounting and technology operations of WorkVentures across various enterprise activities and is a member of CA ANZ, CPA (California Board of Accountancy), and has an MBA (MGSM) and Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University.

Tess Ariotti
Head of Sustainability & Programs

Tess Ariotti is a dynamic leader in social impact, environmental sustainability, public advocacy and stakeholder engagement. She has experience across public, private and not-for-profit sectors, understanding that each has a role to play in creating healthy, prosperous communities. Tess is a commercially-minded professional and holds a Master of Business Administration (Griffith University) and Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney). Tess joined WorkVentures in 2018.

Diana Vizard
Head of Marketing & Communications

Joining WorkVentures in 2019, Diana brings with her a deep understanding and extensive experience in marketing and communications with a special focus on strategy and brand gathered across a range of industry sectors from construction, media & entertainment, logistics & storage to technology with a particular interest in IoT.
Contact at: [email protected]

Brett Gross
Head of Client Solutions

Brett has over 25 years’ IT sector experience in sales, business development and client service.  An exceptional communicator and excellence in client solutions advocate, Brett has held executive leadership positions covering the APAC region developing and growing key verticals across telecommunications, defence, government and utilities.