WDEA Works Executive Team
TOM SCARBOROUGH Chief Executive Officer
QUALIFICATION: MBA, GAICD
Tom joined WDEA Works as CEO in April 2019 after 5 years as National Director of Commercial Operations for Australian Red Cross. Tom has also worked for Centacare and is well-versed in all areas of business, developing skills and experience while managing his own businesses for 14 years before transitioning to the not-for-profit sector.
Tom’s decision to move into humanitarian services was driven by his desire to help others and give back to the community. He brings a wealth of experience in jobactive and Disability Employment Services, NDIS, social enterprises, new apprenticeships and registered training organisations.
His background in commercial business balance with 18 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, holds him in good stead to lead WDEA Works as the CEO. Tom completed his MBA through Griffith University in 2017 and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
JASON ERNST Chief Financial Officer
QUALIFICATION: B.Business (Accounting), FCPA, GAICD
Jason has a long association with WDEA Works spanning over 16 years, serving initially as Finance Manager followed by Director of Finance before taking the opportunity to further his professional development within the education sector.
Jason returned to the WDEA Works family after 3 years in 2019 to take on the role of Chief Financial Officer and lends his skills in financial management and performance, along with investment strategy development to the organisation to support its robust financial compliance requirements.
ANDREW GIBLIN Director of People, Culture and Training
QUALIFICATION: BMgt, GCertBus, MBA (currently completing)
Andrew’s association with WDEA Works spans over 13 years beginning in 2001 working within Employment Services, before taking the opportunity to broaden his experience in the Human Resources sector with Warrnambool’s largest employer, South West Healthcare.
Andrew’s passion for WDEA Works and his desire to make a difference in the community was evident in 2008 & 2009 when he served on the WDEA Works Committee of Management.
Andrew returned home to WDEA Works in 2014 in his current position as Director of People, Culture and Training. Andrew’s portfolio consists of People and Culture, Occupational Health and Safety and WDEA Works Training, allowing him to offer training and development opportunities to both employees and the wider community.
ANDREA HOGAN Director of Communications and Engagement
QUALIFICATION: DipBusMgt (Marketing), GCertBus (Currently Completing)
Andrea has over 20 years working in Sales and Marketing, most recently for a Pharmacy Group based in Adelaide joining WDEA Works 12 months ago after moving from Adelaide to Warrnambool.
Andrea has provided WDEA Works with the increased breadth and depth of leadership in strategic marketing, social and digital media, communications, graphic design, marketing, promotions and community engagement
Andrea has found a new passion in the not-for-profit sector “working for an organisation with strong values, and believes everyone deserves to feel valued. Providing people with opportunities that promote self-belief and confidence is a critical component to building a stronger community.” “What our organisation does every day is incredible. Working with people experiencing disability and disadvantage, helping them to find jobs. And when those people find jobs, their lives and communities change for the better.”
BRETT ORR Director of Employment and Sustainability
A 17-year veteran of Employment Services, Brett continues to be a staunch advocate for people with disadvantage and disability to access employment opportunities and be given an avenue to improve their circumstances and participate in the communities in which they live. The scope of Brett’s work has expanded over the years to include disability and mainstream employment programs.
He is a respected voice for the industry, participating in forums and offering advice to help shape the future of employment programs at a national level. Brett is a very busy family man, father of three young children with Nicole, and meets the challenge of a busy work/life balance as well as volunteering in the communities in which he is involved.
JACK MELICAN Director of Social Enterprises
QUALIFICATION: Masters of Education (Special Needs Education), GCArts (Theology)
A former teacher, Jack now oversees the WDEA Works programs transferring to the NDIS, working with around 120 participants, including supported employees, support workers and volunteers.
As well as a Masters in Special Needs Education, Jack offers extensive business acumen, having owned a number of businesses in Brisbane and Queensland prior to joining WDEA Works in 2011.
Beyond the organisation, Jack is a proud Wangoom resident and currently president of The Wangoom Recreational Reserve and The Wangoom Cooperative. He is also a committee member and volunteer at the Wangoom Cricket Club and Russell’s Creek Football Netball Club.
MARK KOCH Director of Strategy and Growth
QUALIFICATION: B.AppSci, AdvDipBusMan, AFIML, GAICD, GCertBus (Currently Completing)
Mark joined WDEA Works in February 2017, bringing with him over 19 years of management experience in a range of sectors, across regional Victoria. Honing his business acumen in industries including retail, sport, professional services, and for the past 12 years in the not-for-profit sector, where he admits he found his passion.
It is this passion for the not-for-profit sector that drew Mark to WDEA Works. A country boy at heart, growing up on a farm near Horsham, Mark knows the value of community, initially working in the farming industry and within rural community services (family services, foster care and family counselling).
WDEA Works enables Mark to continue working within the community, with the purpose of making a difference in the lives of people living with a disability or disadvantage.
CONTACT: P 5561 2579 AshleaHazeldine@wdeaworks.org.au