We use our enterprise as a vehicle to create jobs, work experience and training for trainees and disadvantaged groups.
We provide a safe, friendly and collaborative working environment where people can learn new skills and overcome personal barriers to create their own pathways to economic independence and social inclusion.
Chief Executive Officer
Caroline is a strategic, commercial and impact focused executive with experience across the commercial, not for profit and social enterprise sectors. She is recognised for her authentic and collaborative approach to both leadership and partnership. Her career has seen her progress through a diverse range of corporate and for-purpose roles, providing her with a unique skillset..
incorporating corporate governance, P&L management, income generation (including not for profit), strategy setting and execution, strategic partnerships, complex commercial contract negotiation, program management and leading highly diverse teams. Caroline is a Chartered Accountant, has an Executive MBA and a BA in Accounting & Finance. Caroline has experience as a NFP board member and consultant to social enterprises.
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 and 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. He thinks practical skills should be 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.
Head of Finance & IT – Company Secretary
Mark Gilio is a qualified senior finance and corporate governance executive with over 20 years’ experience in strategy implementation, financial management and corporate governance. Mark started his career as a senior auditor for BDO Nelson Parkhill where he gained his CA qualification. From there he quickly progressed into several high-profile senior finance…
executive positions which have included Angus & Coote Holdings, Freedom Nutritional Products and A2 Milk. Prior to WorkVentures, Mark was CFO and Company Secretary for Air Liquide Healthcare Australia. Mark’s broad experience stems across Australian publicly listed entities, large multinationals and more recently the non-for-profit sector.
Manager, Youth Programs -Traineeships
Jenny is an experienced internal and agency recruiter with many years of experience in both the corporate space and the not-for-profit sector. With a focus on customer service, she builds strong relationships with candidates and clients to ensure quality outcomes for both. She enjoys developing staffing solutions for businesses that are innovative, resulting in sourcing the best..
possible candidates. She has enjoyed success becoming an important business partner to her clients and being able to develop a depth of knowledge of their business requirements and culture to ensure recruitment programs have the best results.
Director of Partnerships & Programs
Jacob is an experienced social enterprise and innovation leader specialising in launching and growing ventures that create impact. As the Australian Country Manager for global training non-profit INCO Academy, he was a key player in developing INCO’s large scale education and work experience model which now operates in 8 countries. Locally he spearheaded the launch and growth…
of INCO’s Australian subsidiary, training over 750 individuals including skilled migrants and refugees, workers displaced due to COVID-19 and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds for digital careers. Previously, he co-founded and led Catalysr, an award-winning accelerator for migrant and refugee entrepreneurs now operating across Australia and New Zealand.
Head of Marketing & Digital Strategy
Bahar is a data-focused and growth-driven omni-channel marketing manager who brings together Marketing, Data, and Machine Learning Algorithms to stay ahead of changing digital dynamics. As a digital strategist, she has developed strategic plans and solutions to issues that they need strong analytical and problem-solving skills and has helped organisations to reach their…
goals and targets and improve their profitability. She has helped businesses accelerate their digital presence by utilising online tools to maximise their brand visibility to develop strong relationships and engagement. She has developed an interactive strategy and operational plans for integrating relationship marketing initiatives for high-profile B2C and B2B clients in different international IT companies.
She has a bachelor’s degree in computer science, a master’s degree in Computer Software Engineering, and pursuing her Ph.D. in Data Science.