Meet the Operations Team

Meet the Canberra Team

Ellen Acheson – Head of Operations

Following completion in 2002 of her UTS Business Degree, Ellen started her career in project management and governance. Joining CompliSpace in 2004, Ellen has spent her 10+ years at CompliSpace working across all aspects of the business including Operations, Organisational Infrastructure, R&D, Technology, Client Engagement, and Marketing. Her main passion is project management and developing productive working relationships with clients and key stakeholders. Based in Canberra since 2012, Ellen is our Head of Operations.
 
As Head of Operations at CompliSpace, Ellen is responsible for all National consulting and operationally focussed client activities including the co-ordination and oversight of all client consulting projects and customer relationship management. Ellen’s team of over 30 people across Australia are passionate about delivering the highest quality service outcomes for our clients.  

Meet the Sydney Team

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Maria Bestawros- Senior Consultant

Maria is a Senior Consultant at CompliSpace. She has experience in legal practice, project management and compliance management. 
 
At CompliSpace, Maria works closely with clients to understand their current governance structures and legal compliance requirements. She consults clients on the development and implementation of tailored governance, risk and compliance solutions to address these specific requirements. Her experience includes implementation of governance, risk and compliance solutions in large, complex education offices and organisations across Australian jurisdictions. 
 
Maria is a qualified legal practitioner, holding a LLB Law Degree and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. She has also undertaken international legal education at Cardozo Law School, New York City, USA and Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. 
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Jonathan Oliver – Senior Consultant

 

Jonathan is a Senior Consultant working with CompliSpace school clients. He has more than 10 years experience in the school sector as a teacher, compliance and legal adviser and more recently as a Business Manager. Jonathan has been a solicitor for nearly 30 years and worked in both private practice and community legal centres. 

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Svetlana Pozydajew – Senior Consultant

Svetlana is a Senior Consultant at CompliSpace. She has over 20 years of experience in strategic and operational human resource management, occupational health and safety, and  design and implementation of policies and change management programs.

She has held national people management responsibility positions in the public and private sectors, and is now the content specialist at CompliSpace for harmonised WHS (and OHS in the other two States), HR, and general compliance matters for not for profits.

She holds a LLB , Masters in Management (MBA), Master of Arts in Journalism, and a Certificate in Governance for not-for-profits.

Robert Seale – Senior Consultant

Rob has been with CompliSpace for over 5 years, and has worked closely with a range of clients across our education, commercial, private and not-for-profit sectors. Rob works closely with our clients by combining content and technology to tailor solutions that work best for our clients’ existing structures, and can grow with them in the future. 
 
Robert holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney, and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate of Applied Risk Management from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Ben Chan – Consultant

Ben has assisted a wide range of clients in both the education and commercial sectors. His work focuses around the implementation phase; from system set up, content tailoring, integrating the platform with client systems and all the way to the launch of the system. Ben also works closely with clients, training and engaging with them to expand their knowledge of the system in order for them to be able to get the most out of our suite of products.

 

Ben graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Macquarie University.

Eliot Hastie – Associate

Eliot graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism at University of Westminster in 2014. He has worked as a news editor for multiple publications where he focused on political and international stories. Eliot went on to be the sub-editor at a technology start-up in London before working as a sub-editor for one of the largest metadata companies in the world. His work in these fields has positioned him to understand the importance of technology and content and how they can work together. As an associate, Eliot works with our clients to make sure they are getting the most out of our products. In his spare time Eliot can be found wearing the Red & White of Sydney Swans.

Lisa James – Project Manager

Lisa James is a Project Manager at CompliSpace. She has experience in Client Service Management, Service Delivery and Project Management (PRINCE2 and Agile).

At CompliSpace, Lisa heads up a project to transition clients from our current Assurance system to our new Assurance system.

Lisa obtained a Masters in Business Law from the University of New South Wales in 2016 and is continuing her studies in Law.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys getting away for a spot of beach fishing.  

Rik Taylor – Client Relationship Manager

Rik has been involved in account management roles for over 20 years, bringing a wealth of experience to CompliSpace. Having work for large IT firms through to the Foreign exchange market at ANZ Markets has seen him look after blue chip organisations multinationals through to the small end of town. With a key focus on ensuring the client’s needs are looked after. Very much solution orientated and when things seemed to get hard or difficult he looks to ways to resolving these issues to getting things done and achieving an outcome best suited for the client and company. 
 
Outside of work he is still an avid currency trader and loves to knock a golf ball around a course, skiing the worlds best ski fields and when healthy taking part in multi-sport race where he can.  

Ruth Tharmalinkam – Content Integration Coordinator

Ruth graduated with a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of New South Wales in 2014. She then continued on to postgraduate studies and graduated in 2016 with a Master in Business Law specialising in Corporate and Commercial Law.

As a Content Integration Coordinator, Ruth works closely with our associates and consultants to ensure that clients receive updated content and policies as required by the law.

Khoa Bui – Business Systems Analyst

Khoa Bui is a Business Systems Analyst at CompliSpace. He has experience in IT, website & software development, design, business development, strategy and business analysis for over 15 years.
 
At CompliSpace, Khoa Bui works closely with Operations Manager on a variety of key strategically aligned projects, focused on improving the technological and business processes utilised within the Operations team. Khoa brings a strong analytical mindset which combined with his technological skills will enable him to identify opportunities where innovative technology can enhance business processes. 
 
Khoa Bui graduated from Edith Cowan University in Perth with a Masters of Science in Software Engineering in 2003.

Georgina McQuade – Operations Administration Officer

Georgina hails from Brighton in the UK. After finishing college, she travelled for the better part of a year before settling in Australia. Georgina started at CompliSpace as a temp to help out the OI team, but we loved her so much that we asked her to stay on full time! Apart from regular receptionist duties, Georgina provides support to all of our team in a myriad of ways.

Meet the Perth Team

David Mahon – State Manager WA/NT

David has over 20 years’ experience in risk, compliance and corporate governance, providing advice to a range of industries. He has held board positions with several listed companies, a corporate advisory firm and a local not-for-profit organisation, and is currently a director at an independent public school. He holds postgraduate qualifications in compliance and risk from Charles Sturt University and is a graduate of the Governance Institute of Australia for whom he also lectures and speaks on compliance matters.

Hellenna Tomshin – Consultant

Hellenna is a consultant specialising in the Education sector. She is a qualified lawyer with over a decade of combined legal and commercial experience working in various capacities. She has extensive experience in working, at a practical level, with K-12 non-government schools in Western Australia, to implement governance, risk, compliance and policy management frameworks, and to facilitate change management where improved compliance cultures are required. She is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance at the Governance Institute of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Human Resource Management) from Murdoch University, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from The College of Law Australia.

Meet the Melbourne Team

Sonya Blondinau – Senior Consultant

Sonya is a Senior Consultant in our Melbourne Office. Coming from her most recent role as a Group Risk and Strategy Manager for the Christian Brothers Oceania, Sonya offers valuable experience to our Education clients. In addition to her experience in the education sector, Sonya has also come from a rich background in the financial services industry and has held Directorship and Committee positions. 
 
In her spare time, Sonya enjoys kick-boxing (Muay Thai) and cheese-making. Her favourite foods include fairy-floss and lollies. 

Joanna Lamparski – Consultant

Originally hailing from Perth, Jo is a Consultant in the Melbourne Office. She completed a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia and worked as a Family Lawyer for seven years before joining CompliSpace. Jo’s area of expertise is child protection.

Jo is a mad supporter of the Fremantle Dockers and loves all things Polish.

Caitlin Galpin – Senior Associate

Caitlin is a Senior Associate in our Melbourne Office, who spends her time assisting clients with operational tasks and training. Having graduated from a Bachelor of Laws/International Studies in 2015, Caitlin has previously worked with a number of not-for-profit organisations in the Education sector, focusing on Indigenous Governance, and at a Boarding House in South Australia as a tutor and supervisor.
 
Outside of her working hours, Caitlin likes to gorge on dumplings and head to the beach. 

Simon Morrison – Senior Associate

Simon Morrison is a Consultant at CompliSpace. He completed a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia in 2009. He worked for 5 years in the legal industry, primarily focused on Migration Law, including volunteer work with refugee and asylum seeker applicants. 
 
At CompliSpace, Simon works with education clients, implementing the CompliSpace platforms. He focuses on ensuring clients receive a tailored and effective platform, which provides the best possible risk and compliance management system based on each client’s unique situation.  
 
In his spare time, Simon enjoys cooking, especially authentic Mexican food, craft Beer and playing guitar.  

Claudia Howell – Associate

Claudia is a new Associate in our Melbourne office, assisting schools in the development and implementation of tailored policy and risk management solutions.

Claudia completed her Undergraduate degree in Arts (Media Communication and Cultural Studies, as well as History), and Social Science (Social and Public Policy) from the University of Queensland. She is currently studying a post-graduate certificate in Governance and Public Policy through UQ.

Claudia has previously worked for a not for profit organisation assisting with service delivery coordination and one on one support in the disability sector.

In her spare time Claudia enjoys exploring the music scene and best places to eat in Melbourne.” 

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Mustafa Mahmood – Associate

Mustafa works within CompliSpace’s Education Division, assisting clients through the implementation and training stages of our programs, all the while ensuring all queries are answered and expectations are met.
 
Mustafa joined CompliSpace upon completion of his Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Melbourne, graduating with majors in Economics and Management. Mustafa brings prior experience in Sales, Project Management and Consulting, thus contributing a unique set of skills to the Associate role.
 
During his spare time Mustafa enjoys playing cricket and tennis, however those who know him best are aware of his love of food. 

Sherry Green – Client Relationship Manager

Sherry is a Client Relationship Manager in our Melbourne office who has the role of building and preserving trusting relationships with our clients. With 13 years of experience providing continuity throughout the customer life cycle from on-boarding and implementation, through to training, support and software updates, the importance of building and maintaining client relationships has been central to her career. 
 
Sherry graduated Monash University with a Bachelor of Commerce – E-Business and Marketing
 
In her spare time Sherry is a busy parent of two young girls and they enjoy going out for coffee and milkshake dates. 

Meet the Brisbane Team

Robert Walker – State Manager QLD

With a law degree from the University of Queensland and admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court, Robert has over 25 years experience in the commercial and not for profit sectors. Transitioning out of mainstream law into industrial relations, Robert has worked in a number of high profile industry representative roles in the retail, property and agricultural sectors.
 
More recently he has held the role of Executive Manager and Company Secretary of the Presbyterian Methodist Schools Association. through his varied senior roles Robert has developed a unique mix of corporate and education experience with a focus on legal and regulatory compliance.

Helen Sloan – Consultant

Helen is a Consultant in the Queensland Complispace office. Her most recent experience was in the education sector as a teacher however Helen also possesses extensive training, management/leadership development and human resource experience in a range of organisations in the private and public sector including Queensland Rail, Coca-Cola Bottlers, Unisys, Capita Financial Group and Esso.
 
Helen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts/Diploma of Education (Sydney University). A Bachelor of Law (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration-Human Resources Management. Helen is an admitted solicitor at the Supreme Court of Queensland.  
 
In her spare time Helen enjoys going to the gym and watching her children play sport.

Meet the Adelaide Team

Joylene Leaney – State Manager SA

Joylene Leaney is the State Manager looking after our SA clients. Joylene joined us after implementing CompliSpace at schools in WA before relocating to South Australia. With a background in IT and Education with over 20 years’ experience across mining, retail, IT, banking and the secondary and higher education sectors. Joylene has worked across the areas of maintenance and development of commercial systems and websites, database management and project management. 
 
Joylene’s role encompasses all facets of the CompliSpace business from initial sales meetings and evaluation process through to client implementation, training and launch of client sites across several state jurisdictions. Joylene’s system and education knowledge and personal client experience enables her to assist CompliSpace clients to implement practical solutions to policy management and tailor legal content to school culture throughout the implementation process.

Christine Egglestone – Senior Associate

Christine is a Senior Associate, and works closely with our consultants in assisting with the project management and implementation of our unique service into our clients’ workplaces.
 
More recently, Christine has worked in a Coordination role in the Higher Education Sector, liaising with professionals in the Health Sector. Christine coordinated the senior Medical students’ programs including their Clinical placements, assessments and compliance requirements. Christine has an Associate Diploma in Computer Studies, and has worked internationally across Mining, Retail, Wholesale and Insurance companies as a Senior Analyst/Programmer throughout her previous IT career.