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.

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 joined the SELLEN team mid 2016 to help establish the SWL portal, connecting young people with work placement opportunities, not just locally but Statewide. With a diverse background in the not-for-profit and local government sector, Lesley brings a range of skills in community development, connecting young people to the supports they need to engage and succeed in achieving their full potential. From out of home services, early intervention, disability services, volunteer management, project management and implementing a range of innovative supports to primary and secondary students, Lesley brings a range of skills and experience, successfully engaging young people in education and pathway opportunities.

With a range of qualifications and training in Human Services, Welfare Studies, Project Management and leadership, Lesley has gained significant skills in understanding the needs of young people and the importance of establishing connections between young people and their community.

Helen Rabot

Partnership Broker – School and Industry Development Officer

In previous roles ranging from Business Liaison, Pathways & Outreach, Education Support and National Learning & Development Helen brings wide ranging experience in youth disadvantage and disengagement from school, local industry and community engagement. Having worked in not-for-profit and private sectors, Helen has demonstrated skills in case management, careers coordination and project management. Especially concerned for the welfare of young people in our community, Helen has worked with a diverse range of stakeholders to guide action towards success. Experience in establishing networks and relationships with local schools, councils and community service providers in the South East, Gippsland and Frankston/Mornington LGAs will position her to broker sustainable partnerships to support schools to enable young people to re-engage and remain in education and transition to sustainable employment.

Bec Young

Structured Workplace Learning Project Officer

Rebecca is passionate about improving outcomes for children, young adults and families. She has been working in education and not-for-profit organisations for more than 17 years and has extensive experience in developing student engagement and transition programs and community building initiatives, corporate relationship building and retention, fundraising and grant writing, donor engagement and retention, and working with local councils to remaining in structured formal education for longer, and helping them to build careers that will introduce and develop community and student engagement initiatives.

Rebecca’s background includes extensive work with young people who are from culturally diverse and Indigenous backgrounds, as well as students who are disengaged from traditional educational settings and programs and have diverse learning needs. She is passionate about engaging young people in learning experiences that meet them at their points of interest and is looking forward to working with organisations to build mutually beneficial relationships.

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.

Rylan Dunn

Reception and Administration Trainee

After completing secondary school Rylan entered the workforce and is now looking for office based employment to expand his future opportunities.