Meet the Operations Team

Sasha Culjkovic – Chief Operating Officer

Sasha completed a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in Germany, and emigrated to Australia in 2001, where he held a number of Compliance leadership positions within Aviation, Construction, Retail, Wholesale, and consulting firms, assisting a wide variety of clients with GRC needs. 
At Complispace, Sasha looks after the consulting, client implementation and customer support teams to provide the highest standard of client service and satisfaction.
He furthered his academic accomplishments through a Master of Science (from UNSW) and an MBA (from MGSM). Sasha is also Director on the Board of the GRC Institute.
In his own time, Sasha enjoys family, travelling, cricket, DIY, and videography.

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. 

Ben Chan – Senior Associate

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.

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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.

Declan Steele – Associate

Declan is an Associate currently working in Operations at CompliSpace. He came on board with us in January 2017 after interning as a management consultant, working as a financial analyst, voice artist and debating coach. While working predominantly on school implementation, he has a keen eye for process improvement, and is involved with several internal change management projects. 

Declan holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts from UNSW, specialising in Finance, Sociology and Philosophy.

In his spare time, he’s a keen chess player, avid reader and aspiring linguist.

Alistair Symons – Senior Consultant

Alistair has a background in Education. After completing his teacher training at the University of Sydney, he went on to teach in four secondary schools in NSW, where he held a number of leadership positions. Alistair then moved into the tertiary sector, where he was the Director of Academic Support Services at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He has completed a range of post-graduate degrees, including Educational Leadership and Human Resource Management.
At Complispace, Alistair is a Senior Consultant. He is responsible for managing a team that supports independent schools in NSW/ACT with the implementation of their governance, risk, compliance and policy management solutions. 

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.

Meet the Perth Team

Craig D’Cruz – National Education Consultant

Craig is our National Education Consultant. He provides direction on education matters including new products, module content and training. He also regularly contributes to School Governance, briefing papers and School Risk and User Experience Surveys.

Craig was most recently the Industrial Officer at the Association of Independent Schools WA. He provided HR, industrial advice and professional development for school executive staff and governance support, constitution advice and professional development for boards.

Since 1983, Craig has had teaching experience in both the independent and catholic sectors.He was the Principal of a K-12 independent school and Deputy Principal of a systemic K-12 independent school and he is currently a board member of an independent school.  Craig holds a Dip.T. in Science, a B.Ed. in Ed. Management and an M.Ed. in Curriculum Development and he is a long-standing member of the Australian College of Educators.

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. 

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. 

Vincent Lie – Senior Associate

Vincent is a Senior Associate in our Melbourne Office, who divides his time between assisting clients and occasionally watering the office plants. Vincent graduated with a Bachelor of Law/Arts in 2016 and had previously worked in the community legal sector. 
In his spare time, Vincent enjoys carbs.

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.

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

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.

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.

Meet the Canberra Team

Ellen Acheson – Operations Projectors Coordinator

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 12 years at CompliSpace working across all aspects of the business including administration, R&D, operations, technology, sales and marketing. Her main passion is project management and developing productive working relationships with clients and key stakeholders. Based in Canberra for the last 4 years, Ellen is our Operations Projects Coordinator in the ACT.

In her spare time, Ellen is a devoted mother of two young children, heavily involved in the P&F Association at their school and enjoys gardening in her spare time.