The Senior Leadership Team is led by our Chief Executive Officer who works closely with our experienced team to deliver on the organisational objectives and strategic plan of SkillsPlus and BRACE.  The Senior Leadership Team also works closely with Endeavour Foundation to enhance our service delivery and increase our capacity to invest in areas of need, such as employment, education and training, and health and wellbeing for the people and communities we serve.

Ben Vasiliou

Chief Executive Officer

Ben joined SkillsPlus in 2010 as the General Manager, later being appointed as the Chief Operating Officer across both SkillsPlus & BRACE in 2014. Ben was then appointed as our CEO in 2016. His career spans a variety of leadership roles across the Community, Education and Employment services sectors. Ben is responsible for the leadership & management of all programs delivered by SkillsPlus & BRACE across Victoria and South Australia, and is a Divisional Leader within Endeavour Foundation, post our amalgamation in 2015. Ben has a wealth of experience in the not for profit sector with a demonstrated track record in managing government funded contracts.  His understanding of the sector, balanced with understanding the needs of our community, have enabled him to play a key role in the success of our organisation. His passion is to empower all people, regardless of their background or circumstances, to get a quality education, obtain a meaningful job and be able to actively participate in their local community.

Mandy Bjelogrlic

Business Development Manager

Mandy joined SkillsPlus and BRACE in August 2013 as the Business Development Manager. She is also a Divisional Leader within Endeavour Foundation. Mandy has extensive experience in Employment and Training Services, and was with YES Job Network for 9 years as Business Development Manager. Mandy also ran a consultancy business for 6 years which delivered various outcome focused employment programs to jobactive/DES providers, receiving accolades from DEEWR audits on initiatives and performance. She was also a Founding Board Member of SEMMA. Mandy's formal qualifications are B.A. Monash Uni (Sociology and Serb-Croat Languages), MBTI Accredited Level I and II (Aust. Psych. Press), TAE Certificate IV, AQTF compliance, EEO and OH&S trained.

Lauren St Clair

RTO Manager

Lauren joined SkillsPlus and BRACE 2015 as a Quality and Compliance Manager and was appointed RTO Manager in 2016.  Lauren first commenced her career in training as an instructional designer.  She worked as a Leadership & Management trainer for ANZ before taking on the role as the Learning & Development Manager for Publicis Loyalty (Qantas Club and Frequent Flyer Service Centre). She has over 15 years’ experience managing vocational education, people and processes across a range of corporate and peak industry bodies: Banking and Finance, Airline, Call Centre, Education bodies and Fire Protection. Lauren’s field of expertise is in decision making and leadership within the regulations and funding constraints of an RTO. 

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