Meet the Client Engagement Team

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Brendan Cholakian – Engagement Consultant

Brendan is a Client Engagement Consultant in our Sales and Marketing department.

Brendan graduated from Macquarie University in January 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in International Business.

Understanding each individual client, and engaging with them in order to build a positive, long term relationship are all things that Brendan recognises as key virtues. Brendan works closely with schools throughout the engagement process, and with our other members of the sales and marketing team to deliver the highest level of service to all.

In Brendan’s spare time, he is a semi-professional footballer and club captain of Manly United in the NSW NPL 1 League.

Nicholas Bennett – Business Development Consultant

Nicholas has worked with CompliSpace for more than 8 years as a Business Development Consultant and more recently analysing business processes within the company.

He has worked with Commonwealth and State Governments developing and running regional input/output modelling software, and with a range of private organisations developing bespoke database applications designed to manage and develop business processes.

Nicholas specialises in analysing, developing, managing and maintaining client and customer databases for retail, wholesale and other business organisations around Australia. He has over 15 years experience developing, managing and maintaining software solutions around Australia.

Nicholas has a degree in Applied Science with a physics major from Curtin University and is based in Perth, Western Australia.

Jessica Gunning – Business Development Mananger

Jessica works with new CompliSpace clients in identifying and understanding their compliance requirements.  With more than 10 years experience in the professional services industry, Jess helps clients develop structured, tailored and straightforward solutions to address their corporate governance needs.

Jessica is currently completing post graduate studies in Employment Relations and holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Public Relations) from the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Ian Hird – Consultant/Client Relationship Manager

Ian joined CompliSpace after implementing PolicyPlus, Assurance and the Staff Learning System at a school where he was Deputy Principal/Head of Secondary School. He therefore comes to the role of Consultant/Client Relations Manager with a ‘client’ perspective of the implementation process and the ways in which the platform can be used within schools. 
His career in education has included roles in teaching (English and History), Boarding, Head of Faculty, Enrolments and Marketing, Director of Curriculum, and Deputy. He is very much looking forward to walking with individual schools as they undertake their CompliSpace journey.

Catherine Thoroughgood – Client Relationship Manager

Catherine is our NSW Client Relationship Manager. She brings experience in business development, compliance, marketing and client services in the education industry. With this background and having served on RTO Academic and Industry Advisory Boards, Catherine is well versed in the many challenges schools face in the ever growing areas of GR&C and has a passion to see her clients succeed.

Catherine has qualifications in Business, Management and Marketing.

In her spare time, Catherine can often be found bushwalking with her young family and dogs.

Liam O’Brien – National Sales Coordinator

Liam is the National Sales Coordinator for the Client Engagement Team, ensuring that the team runs and operates smoothly. 
Liam graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) and has experience supporting teams with his background at Apple. He values being a support option and helping others reach their goal. 
Liam enjoys running, skiing, swimming at the beach and eating pasta.  

Sally Paling – Lead Generator

After completing Honours Psychology at Sydney University, Sally worked in a Graduate position at the Reserve Bank of Australia for several years. She then left to embark on a more challenging role, mother of 6 children and now grandmother to 7 grandchildren! She currently works as our Lead Generator for new clients and business opportunities all across Australia, so she can get away from the demanding work as a grandmother and mother during the work week! Her main passions are keeping fit and healthy so she can keep up with her busy life!