Senior Management Team

Dr George Giuliani

Chief Executive Officer

George has worked in the employment services and training sector for over 35 years, his first project involved researching young peoples’ experience of unemployment in Heidelberg. In his six years at E-focus George has re-ignited the organisation’s involvement in community development, public advocacy and social enterprise activities.

George holds qualifications in Social Work, Family Therapy and Youth Work; he has recently completed a Doctorate in Social Work by mixed methods research exploring the  relationship between worker and job seeker and the influence of the relationship on employment outcomes. George’s style is inclusive and collaborative; he enjoys finding innovative responses to complex social problems and has a strong background in social justice initiatives. On the home front you can occasionally find George and his partner Julie sailing at St Leonards.

Lynette McPherson

Executive Assistant and Delegated Secretary to the Board

Lynette joined the E-focus team in 2006 and moved into the Executive Assistant role in 2007, which involves administrative assistance to the Board, CEO and Executive Management team. Her main responsibilities are to ensure all business compliance is documented and reported to the Registering Government bodies (Consumer Affairs Victoria and Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission – ACNC). Another facet to the role is ensuring all tender submissions, contracts and funding grant applications are executed and submitted on time.

Lynette has previously worked in the life insurance and superannuation industry and brings strong administrative and organisational skills to this role. Lynette has Diplomas in Management and Human Resources Management.

In her spare time, besides being a mother of three children, she enjoys dancing, camping and socialising with her friends.

Peter Carter

Division Manager Corporate Services

Peter is a Chartered Accountant with broad experience spanning across diverse industries from NFP’s to ASX listed public companies, followed by a number of years in the UK working primarily in the finance sector.

He has also worked in the Northern Territory building financial sustainability in remote Aboriginal communities including 12 months working in the community of Maningrida; Peter more recently assisted in the successful transitioning of the Perth Market Authority from a WA Government Agency into private ownership.

Peter has spent seven years as the CFO at Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development and also has twelve years’ experience with disability organisations implementing enhanced financial solutions and reporting.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Economics, Macquarie University, Post Graduate Certificate in Human Services and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Susan Gorup

Division Manager Employment Services

Since returning to E-focus in 2006, Susan Gorup has held the position of Manager of Employment Programs, which includes Disability Employment Services (DES) through the WCN Consortium, ACCESS Program (subcontracted through Job Futures) and the Apprenticeships Connect Program.

Susan has worked in the employment sector since 2001 and brings a thorough understanding of the sector, well rounded skills and a drive to assist people find long term employment. She holds a Diploma of Management.

Michael Jansen

Division Manager Apprenticeships Matter

Michael Jansen has been General Manager of Apprenticeships Matter since 2003. Under his leadership, Apprenticeships Matter has established itself as a quality leader in Apprenticeship services and grown both the market for Australian Apprentices, and constantly increased its own market share. Michael brings over 25 years’ relevant business experience to this role, including three years managing a registered training organisation, 15 years in employment and training services and ten years heading up Apprenticeships Matter.

Michael’s broader experience and perspective informs Apprenticeships Matter’s approach to serving employers and collaborating with training and employment service providers to broker effective solutions. Michael initiates and maintains strategic linkages and networks, heading up joint and innovative projects, culminating in business and training solutions for Australian industry. Apprenticeships Matter has grown to over 60 staff delivering AAC services across five sites, servicing both local and national clients.

Mike is a member of many boards within the industry such as RTO Advisory boards; IT Pathways Pilot Program funded by Higher Education Skills Group and is a proud founding member of the Bully Zero Australia Foundation (BZAF) which was launched by Julia Gillard in 2013.

Beth Stewart-Wright

Division Manager Community Development

Beth has worked across a range of sectors, including disabilities, state government, international development, the refugee and asylum seeker sector, and community development. She has comprehensive experience overseeing programs and operations in the community sector and is a passionate proponent of grassroots engagement.

Her philosophy is one that recognises that community members are the true experts in their own lives, and that true, lasting and positive change starts with supporting and empowering local leaders. She believes that effective community engagement promotes a powerful form of advocacy and is invaluable in addressing and overcoming cyclical disadvantage and marginalisation.

Beth has a Bachelor of International Development and a Master of Public Policy and Management. She is a co-founder and board member of a community advocacy organisation and sits on a range of community committees.

Beth is an avid reader, an intrepid traveller, and has a voracious appetite for intellectually stimulating podcasts and conversation topics.

Vanessa Lister

Division Manager Training Services

Vanessa’s career has spanned NFP, charity and commercial sectors serving diverse industries including education, aviation, sales and community aid and development. Having led large and small teams to achieve Program, Corporate Services, Sales, Registered Training Organisation and business development goals, Vanessa fully recognises, values and acknowledges human resources as an organisation’s greatest asset.

A qualified Trainer, Vanessa holds qualifications in Public Relations, Management and Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and is into the home stretch to attaining her Masters in Business Administration. She is a Member of IML (Institute of Managers and Leaders) and serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors at a not-for-profit that equips third world communities with knowledge and skills in reproductive health to break the poverty cycle.

Passionate about the performing arts, Vanessa loves the movies, cabaret and (musical) theatre stage shows. Her red carpet reality however, is her daily yoga mat.