OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS

Knowledge and Experience that Makes a Difference

At Optec, we pride ourselves in the calibre of our training and consulting personnel. We employ approximately 40 team members who are involved with the provision of training and consultancy services. Our trainers and consultants have significant & relevant “hands on” industrial experience to best service the needs of our clients.

Members of our team have previously been employed by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and private power companies, allowing them to fully utilise their 700 years of collective experience in the energy & allied training arena. With between 25-45 years of industry experience, each Optec consultant is truly an expert in the field.

Daryl Whelan

Daryl Whelan is the General Manager who has 45 years experience in the electrical industry. Daryl performs high voltage training and consulting and safety audits. He manages a team of consultants and trainers to maintain a high level of service to our client’s. He also oversees the business development and is involved in the marketing of business operations.

Daryl has extensive Training & Management expertise which was gained whilst employed as Divisional Manager – Operations and Technical Training, Senior Instructor and Instructor Electrical Operations with the Trade and Technical Training Division – State Electricity Commission of Victoria. Daryl is also a qualified High Voltage Electrical Operator and has extensive experience with the operation & control of the Generation, Transmission & Distribution of Electrical Power on High Voltage Systems up to and including 500,000 Volts.

Brendan Whelan

Brendan Whelan is the Chief Executive Officer who oversees the compliance and management (office and financial) of the company. Brendan also looks after the business development, marketing and day to day operation management.

Throughout his working career Brendan has worked as an Accountant and Lawyer and more recently completing his medical studies. Brendan also sits on several committees and Boards in an executive capacity. Brendan has interests in sport, travel and hiking outside of work.

Wendy Hanks

Wendy Hanks has been with Optec since 2010 overseeing all the administrative functions in the office as Training Coordinator. She directly handles all training aspects such as quoting, scheduling, travel and RPL. She has a good knowledge of the training industry and is always happy to help clients determine their training needs and requirements.

Wendy on occasions conducts training courses in CPR and First Aid due to her nursing background and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is the Student Support Officer and also assists the Compliance Officer with regulatory requirements and is part of the validation/moderation team.

Graeme Barr

Graeme Barr is a qualified A Grade Line Worker and A Grade Electrician and has extensive skills and knowledge obtained throughout his experience as a line worker and sub station operator and network field supervisor.

Graeme commenced with Optec in 2019 as a trainer, he has a high level of experience in developing courses for VESI groups as well as a high level of experience in course delivery in the electrical disciplines. Graeme has an exceptional ability to deliver a wide variety of training courses to a very diverse group of people due to his immense understanding of line worker training culture.

Neale Wardley

Neale Wardley began working with Optec in 2018 and brings to the organisation a Certificate of Technology Electrical Engineering and a wide variety of skills. Neale is an experienced High Voltage Operator and Electrical Network Controller while also being a highly experienced course developer and trainer with 5 years training experience.

Neale offers a large range of experience in developing and delivering training packages in the VESI units and always relays his vast  knowledge to his training participants in the utmost friendly manner in order to achieve a consistently high rating for his delivery strategies.

Lee Cabrera

Lee Cabrera is a qualified Nurse and holds both a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and a Diploma of Training Design and Development. Lee joined the Optec team in 2016 and her extensive depth of knowledge and skills in trauma nursing, CPR and First Aid has proved invaluable to the business.