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Part of the Parramatta and Western Sydney community since 1986

The Parramatta College has been at the forefront of community education in the region since 1986. We are for social purpose (not-for-profit), a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 90276), and a member of Community Colleges Australia. We focus not only on quality education for all, but also on ensuring that our training is accessible.

We educate for life. This means we provide adult education opportunities that includes developing personal interests, through to upskilling or reskilling for work and career. The College also provides part or fully funded training for community members that may be facing barriers to training.

Flexible, accessible and focused on delivering important life skills to the community, the College delivers courses that benefits our community in the following areas:

  • Leisure and Life
  • Computer Training
  • Professional Development
  • Qualifications/Skills Sets
  • Languages – including English

Why Choose The Parramatta College?

  • Not for profit
  • Locally based training for those who live or work in Western Sydney
  • Quality trainers and facilities
  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Flexible and custom training programs

The Parramatta College Board

ALEX FLORIO

Alex Florio has worked in various roles within the financial services industry. Alex currently works in Australia’s most recent start up Life Insurer. Alex has a Graduate Certificate of Applied Finance and is about to graduate her Masters in Applied Finance at Western Sydney University.


STEPHEN JENKINS

Stephen Jenkins is a Partner of MadisonMarcus law Firm specialising in Intellectual Property and Commercial Law. Stephen has over 30 years of practice experience having previously been the Managing Partner of Matthews Folbigg, for five years, being a law firm of in excess of 75 staff. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Laws from University of Technology Sydney, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand. Stephen’s Board roles include seven years as a Board member of the Westmead Medical Research Foundation with three years as Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee. Stephen presently holds a Board position with Permadec a formwork and construction company in the civil contracting industry. Stephen has been a director of the Parramatta College since 2016.


LUKE MAGEE

Luke Magee has worked internationally as an IT consultant throughout Australia the UK and Switzerland. He has dealt with the complex requirements of SMEs, multinational corporations, and Government department’s delivering innovative and industry best practice solutions. Luke’s formal qualifications include BEc, MBA, GAICD. Luke has been a director of the Parramatta College since 2019.


MIKE SMITH

Mike is a founding partner of Smith Hancock , Chartered Accountants , which has operated in Parramatta since being established in 1994. He has over 35 years of experience dealing with corporate insolvency and business reconstruction. Mike has a Bachelor of Economics from The Australian National University and is a Chartered Accountant. Mike has been a director of the Parramatta College since 2020.


SUE WALSH

Sue is a System and School Learning Consultant and has led a system of schools, with 45,000 students and 5,000 teachers while holding the positions of Deputy Executive Director of Schools and Director of Learning until 2019. Sue is now a keynote speaker at National and International Conferences as an education expert. Sue’s recent engagements include working with Auckland University and has just co-developed and launched the Clarity Learning Suite an online professional learning suite for teachers and leaders. Sue is a proponent of continuing education and has recently graduated from Cambridge University completing their Advanced Leadership Program. Sue currently serves on a number of NFP Boards and Advisory committees and became a director at the Parramatta college in 2020.

The Parramatta College CEO

DANIELLE BENSLEY

Danielle Bensley is CEO of The Parramatta College. She has worked in various roles with the college for more than 19 years, from administration to IT trainer to senior management. A keen student herself, Danielle has experienced all sides of education. She holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma in Business Administration, and Diploma in Information Technology, and is currently completing her Masters of Business Administration at Southern Cross University. She has been a judge for the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence three years running, in the category of Education. She is a local and proud Western Sydney community member.

The Parramatta College – Previous Directors

BRIAN POWYER

Brian Powyer was a retired school principal, after serving as a school principal for 25 years, including 10 years as the General Secretary of the NSW Principal’s Association. He went on to serve as the Assistant Director Curriculum in the NSW Department of Education. Brian was the Executive Officer for the Institute of Senior Educational Administrators; President of National Trust Australia (NSW), President of the Australian Council of National Trusts, Chair for the Bidjigal Reserve Trust Board and a Fellow of the Australian College of Education (FACE) and Australian Council of Educational Leaders (FACEL). Brian became a director of the Parramatta college in 2011 and the chair in 2015. Brian passed away in 2019.


TERRY MARTIN

Terry Martin is our current Treasurer of the college and has been working in the accounting industry since 1983 after graduating with a Certificate IV in Accountancy. In numerous jobs, Terry has been a Financial and Management accountant working with costing, Budgeting and Financial reporting. In 2018 Terry ceased work as accountant for a private company and opened up a registered Bookkeeping entity. He is now fully retired. Terry was a Director of the College from 2005 to 2020.


DAVID ROSENTHAL

David Rosenthal is a Chartered Accountant who has been working in public practice since 2006, looking after a diverse range of clients. He brings a wide breadth of valuable accounting and business experience, providing him with the benefit of understanding all financial operations of a company – from top level reviews to processing transactions. David is always looking for the right answers and suggestions to ensure his clients reach their goals. His clients appreciate his genuine interest and enthusiasm in their business. David was a Director of the College from 2018 to 2020.


CHERYL EDWARDS

Cheryl is a coach, facilitator and organisational development consultant who is passionate about human development and growth. With a masters degree in adult education her background includes head of organisational development in large government agencies; leading training teams and RTOs; developing leaders and high performing teams. Her expertise also includes change management, strategy and planning, project management, leadership, and people management. Cheryl was a director of the Parramatta College from 2001 to 2020.

We are proud members of Community Colleges Australia

Read about our organisation's strong local history here

Awards & Recognition

  • Winner of the Outstanding Education Service category in the Local Parramatta Business Awards 2017, and Finalist in 2018.
  • Finalist in the Zest Awards 2017 for Exceptional Community Partnership in an LGA
  • CEO Danielle Bensley, Judge for the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) for the Excellence in Education category 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • Our student Dimitri Galouzis was a finalist for the Community Colleges Australia Student of the Year award 2017

Not for Profit Organisation

We are a Not-for-profit organisation and as such we are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC):

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