Managing Directors At Our Offices

Rebecca-PonsonbyRebecca Ponsonby – Altona and Ballarat

Rebecca Ponsonby has been working in recruitment since 2005. Rebecca owns and operates the Altona and Ballarat offices servicing transport, logistics, warehousing and civil construction industries.

Richard CarrabottRichard Carrabott – Bendigo and Castlemaine

Richard Carrabott enjoys the reputation of being an expert in the security industry. Richard is experienced and licensed in all facets of security; such as training, static guard, crowd control, risk management and patrols. Richard and his team also focus on the construction, healthcare and industrial sectors.

Danielle Burling –  Blacktown

Danielle has more than 5 years’ experience in specialist recruitment and staffing solutions with major manufacturing organisations across Australia. As a “hand-on” Recruitment Manager, Danielle oversees, manages and ensures quality delivery of job orders, rostering, shift allocations, candidate approvals, compliance approvals, client candidate confirmations and start checks to all client sites. Danielle manages our in-house team to provide a reliable, single point of contact for our clients to ensure your time-frames are met.

Debbie Carr –  Brisbane CBD

Debbie has 12 years’ experience in South East Queensland within the blue and white collar recruitment sectors working in various roles such as Account Manager, State Sales Manager, South East QLD Regional Manager and State Manager. Debbie’s passion lies with growing new and existing business for local and national clients.  Debbie’s strength is listening to her clients, to gain an understanding of her clients various roles, ensuring WorkforceXS are providing the Right People at the Right Time. Debbie has years of experience in Project Managing bulk recruitment drives with critical deadlines.

Tony Petschy –  Brisbane CBD

Tony has 12 years’ experience in the engineering industry as a Production Manager prior to his 10 years’ experience in South East Queensland as a Senior Account Manager in the blue and white collar recruitment sector. Being trade-qualified, along with his production background, allows Tony to understand the various roles and skill sets required in putting the best person forward for your trade roles. OH&S focused, end-to-end bulk recruitment and growing existing business is where Tony’s passion lies in ensuring his client’s and employee’s are happy with his superior customer service.

Chris Coffey – Dandenong

Chris has worked in the recruitment and staffing sector for more than 15 years. Chris understands the importance of relationships and this emphasis on relationship-building coupled with his industry-expertise gives him deep insight into the needs of employers and the employees alike. Chris intensely focuses on finding the right person for the job, in each and every instance. He places great emphasis on occupational health and safety, a commitment to managing both client and employee expectations within flexible hiring arrangements ensure projects and production can meet expected deadlines.

 Justin Thompson –  Geelong

Justin is the owner and operator of the Workforce Extensions Geelong office. Justin has spent over 13 years in senior recruitment, HR and employment positions. He is an avid follower of recruitment trends paying particular attention to the ever changing demands of each industry to identify the best solutions possible. Justin has also spent time in Directorial positions developing a thorough understanding of the importance of outsourced recruitment partners. Justin has worked in and for a number of industries including Blue and White collar sectors in both not for profit and private enterprise settings.

Adam Woodward –  Gungahlin

Adam began his recruitment career more than 8 years ago following various roles in retail, hospitality, manufacturing and trade services. However, once he had experienced the satisfaction of finding the right person for the right job he never looked back. Since starting his career in recruitment, Adam has worked in blue collar recruitment, professional resourcing, job network services and business development roles. His core strengths are his excellent communication and people skills which allow him to relate to a broad range of stakeholders, listening to their requirements to determine what is needed to solve their staffing problems.

Laurie Todd –  Hedland

As an Aboriginal mentor, Laurie has a proud and unique connection to country, culture…… and spanners!  Apart from being one of the most experienced Aboriginal mining mechanics, diesel fitter and mechanical all-rounder in WA, Laurie expertise in culturally-competent negotiation and mediation are unparalleled.

Laurie understands the various roles and skill sets required in putting the best person forward for your trade roles. Plus has a strong depth of knowledge in project, capacity and organisational development across WA.

Vicki Kirk –  Hedland

Vicki a proud Darlot Aboriginal woman, for the past 20-years, has been instrumental in improving employment, education and training for Aboriginal People. For the past 9-years, she has been working with Rio Tinto in business and personnel development.

Vicki’s passion lies with finding quality candidates and listening to her clients’ needs, gaining an understanding of their business and the type of roles and people they need. Vicki ensures Workforce Extensions Hedland are providing the Right People at the Right Time.

Phillip Hookway – Hobart & Launceston

Phillip Hookway owns and operates the Workforce Extensions Launceston Office. Phillip comes to us with an extensive history working in the labour hire and recruitment industry, where he has built lasting relationships with many key clients and candidates. Phillip has strong experience in servicing the Agriculture, Mining, Manufacturing, Industrial Services, and Transport & Logistics sectors.

Neil Adams – Lakewood Health

Neil Adams owns and operates the Workforce Extensions Lakewood Health office and has extensive experience in the healthcare sector. Quick response times and effective placements are Neil’s strengths, which have resulted in Neil growing long-term relationships with many facilities.

Robert Dennis – Liverpool

Director Robert Dennis is a well-respected Indigenous business operator who has been involved in the civil construction industry for over 35 years, providing Workforce Extensions Liverpool with the knowledge and experience to manage multiple projects and subcontractors in a timely and safe manner, with a clear understanding of the end focused result, whilst also striving to create economic and social impact within local communities through employment opportunities and on site mentoring.

Lou Diakoumakos – Moonee Ponds

For a number of years Lou has worked extensively in various recruitment and labour hire sales positions in Melbourne. Lou joined the Workforce Extensions network in 2016 has readily services the industrial, transport & logistics and warehousing sectors across the north west of Melbourne.

Les AtlasLes Atlas – Mount Waverley

Les Atlas owns and operates the Workforce Extensions Mount Waverley office. Les and his team focus on the residential and commercial construction industries. Les prides himself on his team’s ability to satisfactorily place appropriately skilled candidates at their client’s worksites.

Marie Caperna –  North Adelaide Health

Marie has completed the Bachelor of Nursing, Masters of Clinical Education, Graduate Certificate in Wound and Stomal Therapy, TAE, and continues her studies with the Masters of Health and Medical Law. Marie’s aim is to provide exceptional care personally and via staff that represent her, so they too can look after your family, like they are her own.

Michelle Majder –  North Adelaide Health

Michelle is dedicated to providing high quality health care services. Michelle brings twenty nine years of critical and emergency care experience, community nursing, and nurse education to the health care profession. Michelle has been teaching in a range of universities across Australia, supporting to students to bring the highest standard of care to patients in the community, hospitals and aged care facilities

Sam Sandhu – North Perth Health

Sam is an experienced health professional and senior health lecturer with TAFE. Sam saw firsthand the level of training and experience from agency supplied staff in healthcare facilities and vowed that he would ensure that the people he supplied were well trained and on-boarded so that they could provide the best possible care to their patients.

Ian Gomez – North Sydney

Ian Gomez joined Workforce Extensions North Sydney with a 15 year background in the business services, transport and logistics and industrial sectors. Ian began his career with Workforce Extensions as a Recruitment Consultant, prior to becoming Recruitment Manager. In 2016, Ian became the Director of Workforce Extensions North Sydney. His experience and knowledge over many sectors allows him to work closely with clients and candidates, to place the RIGHT candidate in the RIGHT job.

Nick-Turner-Osborne-ParkNick Turner –  Osborne Park

Nick has many years experience working in recruitment and established our first WA franchise in 2014. He specialises in servicing the transport & logistics, construction and manufacturing sectors. Nick has a talent for building strong relationships with both clients and candidates.

Joseph Ooi –  Strathfield Health

Joseph is a passionate and effective Talent Acquisition, Recruitment and HR professional with more than 20 years’ experience obtained from various industries. Joseph specialises in Aged Care, Hospital, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device recruitment. Having worked from large recruitment agencies to top 20 pharmaceutical organisations, he understands the best healthcare recruitment strategies for each organisation requires a detailed understanding and customised solutions.

Adrian Gorlick – Sunshine Health

Adrian has a sound business and recruitment background within aged care, community and disability sectors. His most recent roles have been as the Business Development Manager and State Manager in two of Queensland’s leading nursing and health care recruitment agencies. Adrian has a Bachelor of Business that complements his role as Director of Workforce Extensions Sunshine Health. Adrian has the passion, qualifications, local knowledge and expert experience necessary to provide the highest standard of quality service required to make a truly valuable contribution to the Queensland healthcare industry.

Laurie-Carrigan-TamworthLaurie Carrigan – Tamworth

Dick Cameron and Laurie Carrigan are the owners of the Workforce Extensions Tamworth office. Laurie and Dick believe integrity makes a good business and that element is instilled in all the Tamworth team members. The Tamworth team works hard to ensure that each client is serviced in the RIGHT way, on time, every time. The Workforce Extensions Tamworth office services a vast array of industries throughout New England.


Workforce Extensions provides 24 hour permanent onsite guards, and security management for the new Don KRC site in Castlemaine.

George Weston Foods, Management

Workforce Extensions provides an integrated and tailored security services to Flowserve’s large 5 hectare factory site.

Flowserve Australia, Management

Les Atlas and his team at Workforce Extensions also have a strong data base of specialised labour and together we can usually overcome most labour shortage issues.

Ross Payne, Glenvill Pty Ltd