Industry Speaker Bank

Industry Speaker Bank

The Industry Speaker Bank (ISB) is a ready resource of local volunteers from varied backgrounds, job roles and career pathways eager to share their knowledge with young people about their career journey.

If you are looking for a particular speaker which is not listed contact us and we will endeavour to find an appropriate person to meet your needs.

Let us connect you with a local industry / vocational expert to enhance your students learning experience.

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List of Speakers

Daniel Grech
Careers Development Consultant

Mas Experience

Education & Pathway Specialist

Daniel has worked in the traineeship & apprenticeship sphere since 2004. His passion lies in ensuring students are aware there are many ways to get to a post-secondary destination. Daniel provides information on career options, workplace expectations, making the most of your education and general career assistance.


Apprenticeships; pathways; alternative routes to success; workplace information; what young adults need to do to job hunt and prepare for work.

Angela Angelopoulos
Education & Employment Programs Coordinator

Jesuit Social Services

Career Specialist

Angela is passionate about upskilling young people to be employable, demystifying the job search process, developing confidence in young people to perform their best at interview and achieve their goals and emphasises the value of planning and preparation to ensure young people can get their foot in the door.

Angela has a breadth of knowledge and experience in the employment services sector with well over 15 years in Recruitment.

Career planning; job readiness; career advice; and re-engagement

Deb Smith
Finance Broker

Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers

Business Management

Deb is a passionate person who has been running her own business for 5 years.
Deb is currently working in the finance sector and has an entrepreneurial approach and a strong sales background. She has volunteered in children's mentoring roles and as a general life coach.
Deb has a passion for helping people with financial literacy.

Doing what you love; trying different things, business ownership and management

Peter Venables
Managing Director

Integrity Business College

Business Management

Peter and his wife Joanne launched Integrity Business College in 2005 with offices in Docklands Melbourne, regional Victoria and South Australia.

 Peter has a wealth of personal experience in business management, training and consultancy, having owned a number of successful hospitality, retail and events management businesses.

His area of expertise is in the training management, virtual training and providing career pathways in the IT and Business as well as School-Based traineeships.

IT industry, training, business management

Maja Walker
Executive & Performance Coach

Lessons for Life

Career Specialist

Maja Walker is a self-employed executive and performance coach, coaching business owners, leaders and managers from well-known organisations including Telstra, Nestle, Victorian Government departments and RMIT.

As an Executive Coach, there are many things I can discuss with students that may give them a better perspective about work-life and provide them with some myth busters, pearls and tips that will hopefully provide them with a peace of mind and reduce their levels of stress and anxiety they must be experiencing at the movement - especially year 12 students.

Non-linear approach to learning & Career development

Lorraine Ngwenya
Speaker & Owner

Useful Link

Career Specialist

Lorraine launched Useful Link to empower young people by running workshops that build skills in employment, leadership, advocacy and personal development.

Personal development, career pathways, advocacy, leadership, mentorship, employment skills, youth participation, time management, goal setting and other topics

Ben Rodgers
Executive Officer

Inner North Community Foundation

Community Services

The INCF has given more than $2.4M in grants to more than 130 organisations in the communities of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra since it was established in 2007.

Ben’s role is at the forefront of social impact and his focus as a speaker is on philanthropy, community and how everyone has a role to contribute to creating prosperous, connected, cohesive communities.


Philanthropy 101: How giving of time and money makes us a stronger community

Danielle Croci
Outreach Organiser

Young Workers Centre

Community Services

Danielle is a recent Arts (Honours) graduate who wrote her thesis on women playing footy in the early 20th century.  She came to trade unionism through the Union Summer internship in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since.  Her passion is educating and advocating for young people and their rights at work.  She’s also passionate about women’s rights and the benefits of public libraries.


Your rights at work, bullying and discrimination, OHS (Safe at work), Social movements and Social justice

Matt Steele
Cheese Monger

Cornelius Cheese

Food Industry

Matt is happy to share his insight into the business of entrepreneurship, creating opportunity, setting goals and forging your own path to achieve them.

Entrepreneurship, Forging your own path and creating opportunity

Andrew Gibbs
Air Traffic Controller

Airservices Australia


Andrew started his career journey at 19 as an Airframe Fitter for the RAAF. Andrew had different careers in the RAAF such as becoming a PT and then an Air traffic controller. On both these occasions, he had to go back to training or school to achieve his goals. Andrew is passionate about developing yourself through formal schooling, reading, researching and travel to be the best version of you that you can be


Exploring your interests, self-development, journey through the RAAF and becoming an Air Traffic Controller

Will Martin 
Youth Vocation Specialist

Orygen (National centre of excellence for youth mental health)

Community Services

Having worked within youth employment & the wider youth mental health system, Will combines both a lived and professional guide to the world of youth employment. Will is incredibly passionate about providing a positive perspective for young people hoping to achieve their ambitions. Having been through the TAFE system and not completing high school or advancing to university study Will provides an example of the “less conventional” pathways working.


Vocational guidance and what future employment looks like. What skills young people need for the future. Matching your desired career with the careers of the future

Chris M Shields

CMS Architects


Christopher obtained his Bachelor of Architecture in 1984 from RMIT and is a member of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

As a registered architect, he has 25 years’ experience in commercial & residential design & construction projects. CMS Architects provides excellent presentation skills, with the latest computer-aided design & documentation technology.

Architecture and the Architectural industry

Peter Sheko
Program Administration Coordinator

Jesuit Social Services

Community Services

Armed with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Cert IV in Training & Assessment (TAE) and Cert IV in Career Development, Peter is a highly experienced employment services practitioner, with 22 years in employment/disability-related programs.

He is passionate about advocating for disadvantaged jobseekers and marketing them to potential employers.


Believe in yourself.  Effective job applications and interview techniques

Robert Brown
Educational Advisor

Make Your Move

International Freight, Transport & Logistics

Robert is a degree qualified financial & management accountant with over 25 years’ experience in the domestic and international freight, transport & logistics industry before he moved into consulting roles in 2014.

Prior industry experience included financial analysis, operational performance, business governance, security, risk management and Executive Management roles in large corporate organisations such as TNT, Ansett Australia, Qantas Freight, Australian air Express and CT Freight.


International Freight, Transport & Logistics pathways.

Jordan Gibbs
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Forensic Behavioural Sciences

Having completed a degree with honours in psychology and criminology, Jordan has worked in research and tertiary education for over 4 years. His primary work is the culturally safe and appropriate provision of care and wellbeing support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across various sectors. He has a passion for supporting young people living with disadvantage and their educational and life goals, whatever they may be.

Jordan provides information on how young people can build strong careers by taking opportunities for growth including education, volunteering, employment and networking.

Psychology and Criminology

Simon Clarke
Coordinator Festival and Events 

Darebin City Council


Simon has worked in theatre and performance with a focus on community engagement, young, emerging artists and youth audiences for over twenty-five years. He has produced, directed and performed copious independent shows. Before he started leading companies and working as a senior arts manager, Simon worked as an actor, dancer, puppeteer, writer and dramaturgy.


Arts sector employment opportunities; planning a career in the arts and career planning; working with communities; making performance with non-performers.

Sam Wooster
SWL Project Officer

Inner Northern LLEN

Education & Pathways

Sam currently works for the Inner Northern LLEN as a project officer and as an educator at lululemon athletica while undertaking a Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne. He was an early school leaver before going to play for the Australian Ice Hockey team. Then went to work in the security, fitness and hospitality industries. Then going onto complete his Bachelor of Arts in Indonesian language & International Relations as a mature aged student at Deakin University.


Alternate pathways, giving value to your community, skills-based approach to careers

Mei Nee Cheong
Media and Marketing Manager

Islamic Museum of Australia

Media & Marketing

Mei Nee is the Media and Marketing Manager at the Islamic Museum of Australia. She is responsible for implementing the Museum’s Media and Marketing strategy and also oversees the IMA’s Public Programming and outreach activities.

Mei Nee has a strong interest in supporting young people transition into the workforce, particularly those from culturally diverse backgrounds who may be subject to and challenged by unconscious bias in the workplace.


Supporting young people transition into the workforce

Hannah Martin
Masters of Teaching Student

Education & Pathways

Hannah has taken a few pivots in her career. She first completed a double degree in Law & Arts at Deakin University. During her years of study, she also played in the Australian indoor volleyball team and professionally overseas team during and after her time at university. She has also worked for three years at PwC in the communications and HR departments. Now she is currently undertaking her Master of Teaching (secondary) at The University of Melbourne and offers some interesting insights learned along the way.


Alternative career pathways, Pursuing passions

Jeremiah Sullivan
Venue Manager

Kent Hotel

Hospitality & Tourism

Jeremiah grew up on a remote farm in the Northern Territory which is 5 hours outside of the Northern Territory. After leaving the hard work of the family farm he moved to London and began his management career in a bustling London pub. Then moving home to undertake his Bachelor of Business and also continuing in Hospitality management at the Plough Hotel. Now currently the venue manager at the Kent Hotel,  an inner North institution. Jeremiah’s love for food, wine and hospitality is the reason for his aspirations to have his own business one day.


Hospitality, Tourism, Catering

Bernie Kuek
Emergency Department Doctor

Angliss Hospital


Bernie has a passion for people and science. Beginning his medical career as an intern at the Northern Hospital in Epping in 2016. This was followed by some time at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg, rotating through Cardiology, Neurology and Psychiatry.

In 2019, Bernie followed his passion for people and science and began his Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne while continuing to work as an Emergency Department doctor at Angliss Hospital.


Healthcare, Education

Luke Phillips

Into Carry Co.


After graduating from Industrial Design at RMIT, Luke worked for 2 years as Studio Manager at a small bespoke architectural lighting design studio. He then embarked on a creative gap year, working in the hospitality industry to free time to pursue his creative projects.
Luke currently freelancers his graphic and product design skills while working several days a week at Four Pillars Gin Distillery.
Recently he has launched a product business focused on, building better habits around-consuming material goods.


Alternative career pathways, Design & Sustainability, Starting a Business

David Reid
Policy & Technical Manager

Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria


David has had a rich career journey in his chosen field of horticulture. David studied at Deakin, Monash, RMIT and Melbourne, studying various disciplines. He has worked as the Ranger at Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens, a Plant Standards Officer and Compliance Coordinator for Agriculture Victoria, before settling into a career supporting the Victorian horticultural industry with the Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria, as their Policy and Technical Manager.



Jessica Tolsma
Owner & Operator


Small Business

Jessica is a successful business person and founder of bespoke cake shop Jessicakes for almost ten years.
Jessica’s career path has been rich and varied; her previous work achievements includes secondary teaching and experiences in the fitness, real estate and advertising & marketing industries.
Jessica can provide insight into career options and what employers look for when they hire.


Career pathways & Attributes Employers Look For

Scott Collom
Apprentice Outreach Organiser

Young Worker Centre

Young Workers Rights

Scott is an electrician from the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne who started his apprenticeship journey back in 2014. Whilst he loves his trade, he saw and experienced countless cases of apprentices being exploited at work. He now works at the Young Workers Centre with the aim to empower and educate apprentices about their rights at work so they are better equipped to deal with any workplace dispute.


Apprentice Readiness Training

Dillon Norris
Self Employed


Dillon is a qualified carpenter with over 10 years’ experience in the construction industry. After completing his apprenticeship in 2014 He went on to establish and run a successful small business, work for large architectural building company’s. This included everything from simple residential extensions to extravagant commercial architectural pieces. Dillon had a change of heart at the end of 2019 and decided to move into youth work which he is currently completing a CERT IV.


Construction Industry, Carpentry, Small business

We are continually adding new speakers to the Bank.

Check back soon for more updates.