Stephen Wellard - CEO
Stephen Wellard was appointed as Chief Executive Officer 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, aged only 14 years old. He was later to become a Board member of this school, serving as Treasurer 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. Throughout his entire career, Steve has maintained a close affilliation with the disability sector, serving on various boards and volunteering his time.
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 on a number of community working groups.
Steve is married to wife Cathy, has two sons and a daughter and five grandchildren. His passions include military history, blue water fishing, motorcycles, gardening and social justice issues.
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.
Anita White - Manager Corporate Services
Anita White started in May 2017 as Manager Corporate Services. Anita has over 20 year's experience in business, working in the mining, logistics and commercial industries. Over this time she has gained experience in strategic management, export trade, policy and procedure systems, human resource management and Workplace Health and Safety requirements.
In 2011 Anita completed her Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a major in Human Resources and is currently completing her second Master Degree in Human Resource and Organisational Developement, both through Southern Cross University in Lismore.
Outside of work: besides an 18 month period living in Papua New Guinea, Anita has lived in the Singleton area for over 20 years and actively volunteers in the community through the Rotary Club of Singleton. Her hobbies include cycling, sailing and managing her small farm at Belford with her husband Neil.
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.