Chief Executive Officer
Bryan started his professional career as a solicitor and practised successfully for over 20 years. Bryan's areas of practice were in business, workplace relations law, contracts and governance. During this time Bryan held a senior position with national law firm Slater & Gordon and was also a partner in one of regional Victoria’s largest law firms. Bryan’s career highlights include an appointment as a Supreme Court Mediator and retention by both the Victorian Trades Hall and VECCI to conduct workplace relations litigation on behalf of their members.
After leaving the practice of law in 2008 Bryan joined the high-profile Leading Teams organisation as a facilitator. Leading Teams delivers leadership and team development programs to business, sport and community groups. Bryan spent the next two years travelling Australia, working with senior management and staff from a wide range of companies. Bryan also worked with elite sporting teams including running the leadership program with the coaches and players of the Essendon Football Club in the AFL.
Bryan was the Chief Executive Officer of Finding Futures, a not-for-profit community-based organisation, from November 2010 until April 2013. Finding Futures specialises in employment and training programs for people with a disability or facing disadvantage.
Bryan is the Victorian representative on the National Committee for Open Employment which advises government on employment policy, he also won the national Job Futures Network Leadership Award in 2012.
Employment Services Manager
Trish began her association with Workways in 1998, applying for a position with the organisation as a Case Manager. In 1999, Trish was promoted to the position of Site Manager of the Bairnsdale Office and subsequently as Program Manager in 2003. In 2008 Trish commenced her current role of Employment Services Manager, managing the organisation’s Job Services Australia contract.
Trish’s employment history includes being a Sales Manager, Pre-School Assistant and she has also owned and operated her own business. Her qualifications include a Diploma of Employment Services, Dual Diploma in Human Resources / Business Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Diploma of Professional Counselling.
Trish is passionate about making a difference to people's lives and it is this passion that drives her commitment to the organisation as well as her involvement in the local community.
Business Services Manager
John commenced with Workways in early 2008, and is responsible for all facets of the Information and Communication Technologies, OH&S and Facilities & Fleet for the organisation. John has relished the challenge of reinventing the IT network infrastructure within Workways across all offices in regional Victoria and NSW.
John grew up in East Gippsland and returned to Bairnsdale after living in Melbourne for eleven years. Living in close proximity to the Lakes region and the snowy mountains alpine national parks enables John to indulge his passion for outdoor pursuits.
Chief Financial Officer
Barbara is a recent convert to the country lifestyle, moving to Bairnsdale to begin the role as Finance Manager in January 2009.
Leaving Melbourne behind, the daily commute to work in peak hour traffic is something that has not been missed. With extensive financial management experience in large multinational organisations, Barbara has enjoyed the challenge of a new industry and applying her experiences at Workways. Previously Barbara has fulfilled roles as Chief Accountant, Company Secretary, Senior Business Accountant and Commercial Manager. Barbara is also a qualified CPA.
Out of work hours is spent discovering Bairnsdale and exploring the surrounding East Gippsland region is keeping her captivated.
Youth and Community Programs Manager
Kylie is fourth generation to the East Gippsland area. Her knowledge of local networks and community connections have proven valuable to Kylie’s role in supporting ‘at risk youth’, Indigenous service.
Previous employment included the Aboriginal Health Industry and also in the Primary School sector of education. Both of these career paths offered extensive experiences in working with young people, parents, community members and supporting disability clients. Her education background included Music teaching, disability supports, The Arts, HR, Administration & Financial Management, Indigenous Services Management and various training in Youth Support and Mental Health.
Commencing at Workways in 2003 she assisted newly unemployed clients as a Training & Placement Officer based at the Lakes Entrance site. She greatly enjoyed her position and then embraced a role change when a position as a Career and Transition Co-ordinator became available assisting youth identify their goals and interest to link with career paths and make education work for them. Another job change found her as Program Manager to Youth Service looking after the Jobs Pathway Program which became the Youth Pathways Service looking after Youth at Risk aged 13 – 19yrs.
Her experience within the Aboriginal Health Industry and the role grew to incorporate the Indigenous Service and VET team all currently under her management. Kylie has never looked back and still has a passion and commitment to her role that demonstrates pride in her programs and accomplishment she shares with a great team of people she works with.
Interests that distract her from work are being connected to family and friends, photography and craft, gardening and reading.