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Staff Biography’s

Andrew Simmons

Chief Executive Officer

Andrew has been working with children and young adults in education and service settings since 1992. He holds a Masters of Enterprise, a Post Graduate in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education. Andrew’s background includes extensive work with at risk youths in Indigenous and cross cultural settings.

Jennifer Ebdon

Development Officer – Schools & Community

A former secondary teacher, Jennifer joined the South East LLEN in November 2012. Her previous roles include co-ordination of a school-based employment program and the management of traineeship placements for exit students transitioning to the workplace.  Jennifer is keen to continue supporting young people in successfully negotiating their journey through education to employment.

Mary Tresize-Brown

Development Officer – Schools & Community

Mary joined the SELLEN team early 2014, bringing with her a background in working across the youth arena in education, project management, people management, career development and organisational development. With over seventeen years experience in the public, not for profit, higher education and community sectors, she has wide-ranging expertise in developing and managing initiatives that successfully support young people through school to work. Mary holds qualifications in leadership, business management, action learning, training, career development and adolescent counseling. She was a member of the National Youth Careers and Transitions Advisory Group (NYCTAG) to the Hon Brendan Nelson MP and the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Education, Science and Training. Mary is working with a variety of partnerships in the South East region that support young people to complete their education and transition on to further education, training and employment.

Lesley Hodge

Structured Workplace Learning Coordinator

Lesley has a history of working with schools to facilitate better outcomes for students and young people. As the coordinator of the SWL program, Lesley facilitates work placement opportunities to be listed on the State Government’s SWL Portal.

Leonie Lewis

Structured Workplace Learning Project Officer

Leonie has a teaching background and more recently been self employed. Leonie is employed as part of the SWL team and is a key contact for businesses looking to host students on work experience like placement.

Vicki Bawden

VET Cluster Coordinator

Vicki has a teaching background and for many years taught senior English, Literature and Drama in Victorian Government schools. At the same time, she also held coordination roles within the Pathways area in Careers, Work Experience, Structured Workplace Learning, VCAL and VET.  When VET courses of study were first introduced into Victoria as study options for secondary students, Vicki was closely involved in the process whereby schools worked together in groups or Clusters, to share the VET subjects they could offer, to students from their group of schools.

Vicki now works as the VET Cluster Coordinator for two metropolitan VET Clusters, including the S.E. VET Cluster. This role requires Vicki to be the administrator of the on-line portal which manages all of the enrolments and attendance of VET students within the schools in each Cluster. Vicki chairs the meetings of VET Coordinators which are important opportunities to discuss VET related issues and to refine the Cluster’s processes and protocols. She is also available by phone and email to provide support for VET Coordinators.