Employment Options is governed by a Board of volunteer community members with skills and experience in management and related fields. Our staff and management share the Board's commitment to meeting the needs of disadvantaged members of our communities, and to ensuring our organisation makes a valued contribution to our communities

Andrew Wood

Andrew has been a Board member since 1999. He has had broad management experience, especially in large not-for-profit organisations, and has owned and operated his own businesses. His qualifications include Cert IV Training and Assessment, and Grad Cert in Organisational Management. Andrew is an HACCP (Food Standards and Safety)  auditor and trainer, and he is also a Justice of the Peace.

Michael Coulsen
Deputy Chairperson

Michael has been a Board member since 2007. He is the owner/director of an RTO, which has been running for 16 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in RTO Operations and Management, qualifications in Horticulture (BSc) and Adult Education (B Ed), and has trained students in horticulture for over 20 years. He is a also volunteer for the Cancer Council

Trish Crosby

Trish has been a Board member since 1999. She is a partner in TJ Consulting Services, providing Management Systems consulting, specialising in Quality, Integrated Management and Food Safety Systems to accreditation standards, and support with ISO compliance.

Her qualifications include:

  • Diploma of Quality Auditing
  • Integrated Management System Lead Auditor
  • Cert IV Training and Assessment

Vivienne Barker

Vivienne has been a Board member since 2010. She has held the role of Executive Officer of  Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc for 11 years , and also  has 11 years previous experience in Employment Services in both WA and SA. Her qualifications include  Adv Dip Community Services , and she is also the honorary Secretary of the Strathalbyn Neighbourhood Centre

Lesley Kennedy
Employment Options CEO

Lesley has more than 25 years with Employment Options in several roles, and has been a Board member since 1990. She is the current CEO, and a broad range of skills and experience in management and governance, and especially in the establishment and management of services for young people and others seeking employment and career services. Her qualifications include BA (Hons), and she has also previously worked as a tutor, an employment advisor, and in private enterprise as a manager and business owner.

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