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 – Sales Enablement Manager

Jessica works with key stakeholders to equip the Client Engagement team with the strategy, tools and training needed to successfully engage with our clients. With more than 10 years experience in the professional services industry, Jessica helps manage various sales enablement projects and coordinates sales enablement activities.

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.

Jamie Bobrowski – Client Engagement Consultant

A member of our Client Engagement Team, Jamie brings hands on Risk and Compliance experience to our team from both the Education and Law enforcement sectors having spent 11 years as the Director of Governance, Compliance and Risk at St Patrick’s College in Western Victoria and a decorated 11 years with Victoria Police, where he was a Victoria Police Medal recipient.

Jamie is a Certified member of the Governance Institute of Australia with qualifications in Occupational Hazard Management, Risk and Compliance, Auditing, Frontline Management and Human Resources. In Jamie’s previous role at St Patrick’s College he was responsible for the overall leadership and management of Governance, Compliance and Risk functions including VRQA, Ministerial Orders, International students, Emergency Management, Security and Surveillance operations and Occupational Health and Safety.

Whilst at St Patricks College, Jamie was a member of the National working party for Edmund Rice Education Australia assisting with the national roll out of CompliSpace to 54 schools around the country. In addition, Jamie has led in excess of 100 School Outdoor Educational Experiences, interstate tours and led six international student tours to the USA, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea.  He has also travelled extensively through South America and Vietnam.

Sadly, Jamie is a passionate North Melbourne Supporter who are currently experiencing a lengthy rebuild….

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!