Stephen Wellard - CEO
Stephen Wellard was appointed General Manager of Witmore Enterprises Inc by the Board of Directors in April 2011. His interest and commitment to the disability sector has a long history, having conducted the “Learn to Swim” program for his local Special School in 1972. He was later to become a Board member of this school and also undertook voluntary work for Challenge Foundation NSW. During this period, he attended a number of “Special Olympics”, where his various sporting accreditations were utilised.
Steve’s career path has been varied, having served over twenty years with the Commonwealth Bank. During his time with the bank, Steve successfully completed courses including financial planning, retirement & investment planning and certificate in financial markets. He has more recently completed the Advanced Diploma in Management through University of Ballarat.
In recent years, Steve has worked in the motor vehicle industry, furthering his sales and management skills in positions of Sales Manager and Fleet Manager. He has served on numerous Boards and committee’s over the years and has been a community representative to the NSW Government.
Kylee Jurkans - Client Services Manager ADE
Kylee Jurkans has 10 years’ experience working in the Disability Sector. Kylee started working at Witmore Enterprises in June 2014 as Client Services Manager – ADE. Kylee has previously worked for Challenge Community Services as a Job Development Officer assisting clients with disabilities to create Employment, Education and Life skill pathways. Kylee had a brief role at Mt Thorley/Warkworth as a Dump Truck Driver however the role was not mentally challenging or rewarding.
Kylee enjoys helping others to live a fulfilling and rewarding life. Kylee’s interests include NRL football (she loves the EELS), V8 Supercars, travel and socialising with friends and family, also enjoying her life to the full with her husband James and sons Brock and Ryan.
Rachel Bitschkat - Manager Day Choices
Rachel comes to Witmore Enterprises with 10 years’ experience working in varied roles in the Not for Profit sector. Rachel has a strong business/project and marketing background and has worked for a number of large disability organisations, in both Queensland and the Hunter. Rachel has also worked for charities such as the Leukemia Foundation and Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance, undertaking a range of activities such as fundraising, event planning, marketing and promotions. She thrives on committing herself to working in the Not for Profit sector.
Rachel has completed an advanced diploma in Marketing and Business, Certificate IV in Training and Assessing, Certificate IV in Disability Services and a Diploma of Community Services. Along with her working knowledge of the disability sector, Rachel also has a strong connection with Witmore Enterprises, as her younger brother is attending Witmore Enterprises. She therefore understands the needs of our clients from a consumer’s perspective and is very committed to delivering quality outcomes.
Rachel’s knowledge of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be of great assistance to all our existing and potential clients. She brings with her fresh ideas, enthusiasm, empathy and compassion towards creating more opportunities for people with a disability.
Chriss Maskey - Manager Corporate Services
Chriss Maskey took on the role of Corporate Services Manager in November 2012, the role formally carried out by Jenny Doran. Chriss comes to us having worked for Crown Lands a State Government Department for the last 20 years during which time he obtained his Accounting Certificate through a mature aged traineeship. He has also completed numerous leadership and management courses within the department.
Chriss started his working career in the banking industry for several years and has also had positions in local engineering firms in clerical, administration roles and was also responsible for OH&S on these sites. Chriss obtained his Certificate 4 in Disability in August 2014 through Witmore Enterprises.
Chriss has undertaken a number of external life style training programs because he enjoys meeting people and new challenges. His interests include gardening, renovating homes and furniture restoration. Chriss currently works Monday to Wednesday and is spending more time hobby farming up the coast.
Denise Purkiss - Finance Manager
Denise Purkiss has been with Witmore Enterprises since May 2002. Denise had been contracting her services to other organisations during this time but decided to concentrate on her work with Witmore and became a staff member in 2008.
During her period with Witmore Enterprises Denise has undertaken numerous training courses including Certificate III in Business Administration, MYOB Advanced and MYOB Payroll. Denise is skilled and knowledgeable in software applications such as MYOB, FOFMS and our wage assessment tool, as well as proficient in areas such as taxation, superannuation and salary packaging.
Denise is an integral and key member of the Witmore management team.
President: David Williams
Vice President: Juleen Partridge
Secretary: Anne Leggett
The Board plays a key role in ensuring that the mission of Witmore is upheld and that management is effectively directing the ongoing operations of the organisation in accordance with the strategic plan. The role of the Board is to exercise good governance focusing on expanding the organisation's resources and to minimize any risks that might prevent the organisation from achieving its objectives
Witmore Board members are dedicated volunteers nominated at the Annual General meeting.
Key aspects of the Board’s responsibilities include:
- Strategy formulation
- Monitoring of organisational performance
- Overview of compliance policies
- Ensuring appropriate and effective internal control systems are in place to manage risk and comply with polices and regulation requirements
- Networking with key stakeholder groups
An important function of the Board is overseeing financial issues such as investments, financial controls, annual audits, annual budgets, financial statements and fundraising activities. All these must be viewed in the light of potential risk.
Board meetings are held on site at Witmore Enterprises, 45 Magpie Street, Singleton, on the third Thursday of each month at 5.15pm.