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Jobs Australia Foundation Board

David Thompson


David is CEO of Jobs Australia Limited, the national peak organisation for more than 270 non-profit providers of employment and related services for unemployed people. David has a keen interest in social justice and equity issues.

David is also Director of the National Roundtable of Nonprofit Organisations Limited, Director of the Australian Council of Social Service, Chair, Jobs Australia Foundation, Chair, COMMACT International and Director of its Australian Chapter, Chair of Community 21 Limited, Director of Community Sector Enterprises Pty Ltd and Director of Beyond Empathy Limited. David is also a member of the Board of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of the Social Solidarity Economy and a member of the federal government’s National Place based Advisory Group.

Julian Pocock


Julian is currently the Director of Public Policy and Practice Development with Berry Street, Victoria’s largest independent child welfare agency. He has worked for over 20 years with a range of national and state based peak bodies focused on young people, students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. He has worked with the Victorian TAFE Students Network, Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and was the Executive Officer with SNAICC, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care from 1998-2009. To build on policy expertise in the areas of employment, education, training, Aboriginal child welfare, child protection he completed a Masters in Policy and Management including a published research report on child abuse in the Northern Territory, State of Denial: The Neglect and Abuse of Aboriginal Children in the Northern Territory.

Peter Quarmby


Peter is Executive Director Strategic Development of Community Sector Banking. Peter has worked in the Community Sector for over 25 years. He has been CEO of two successful community-based employment services providers (Enterprise and Training Company of Coffs Harbour and Access Community Group in Wollongong).

Peter was instrumental in the foundation of both Community Sector Banking and Australia’s first Regional Superannuation Fund. Peter serves on a number of boards at both a national and international level. He is passionate about ensuring Australia continues to have a strong and responsive not-for-profit sector.


Paul Vandenbergh


Paul is part of the Wirrangu people of the West Coast of South Australia; his family comes from a place called Koonibba. Paul is married with a 2 year old daughter and they live near the beach in Adelaide. Paul is a very keen sportsman and played professional basketball with the Canberra Cannons and was a member of the Melbourne Tigers Development Squad.

He currently works for the Australian Employment Covenant as the State Manager, as well as the Port Adelaide Football Club (PAFC) managing their Aboriginal programs. He manages a program called the Aboriginal Power Cup, which is a school-based program that encourages students to stay in school, teach them about the cultural identity and then begin thinking about their transition in further education and/or employment.

Prior to working for the AEC and PAFC, Paul worked for the South Australia’s Department of Housing as the Aboriginal Community Housing Manager. Paul is adept at working across the corporate, community and government sectors in the planning and delivery of services for Indigenous people and communities. Paul was selected as the Mentor for the South Australians team that completed the Jobs Australia Foundation’s 2010/11 Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.

Mike Westerman


As head of Glencore’s North Queensland copper operations since December 2013, Mike Westerman brings more than 20 years’ experience to the business in both underground and open pit environments across a number of commodities, including copper, gold, lead, zinc and iron ore.

With a background as a Mining Engineer, Mike’s broad range of experience was gained through operational positions in the Kalgoorlie goldfields, the Kimberly area of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Northern Queensland.

Mike’s career with Mount Isa Mines commenced in 2000 when he was appointed as the Mining Superintendent at X41 Copper Mine where he remained until 2003, before taking on a management position at Paraburdoo, Eastern Range and Channar mine sites in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia.

Since relocating with his family back to North West Queensland in 2007, Mike has held several leadership roles across the Glencore business, including General Manager of the Ernest Henry open pit copper mine, General Manager for Mount Isa Copper Operations and Head of Mining for Glencore’s North West Queensland Copper Assets.

In his current role, Mike oversees the Mount Isa Mines and Ernest Henry Mining copper operations, the Townsville Copper Refinery and XT – Glencore’s global Technology business. Combined these operations employ more than 4,000 people and inject around $2 billion into the Queensland economy each year.

Mike is a Director of the Queensland Resources Council and Jobs Australia Foundation. He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).
He was also awarded the Western Australia New Young Business Leaders award in 2006.