NCVER company structure

19 July 2021

Board

Ruth Shean

Ruth Shean

Chair

Appointed: January 2019

Qualifications: FAICD, FGIA, FCIS, FIPAAWA

Experience: Dr Ruth Shean is an experienced non-executive director, having served on many government and not-for-profit boards. She was recently appointed to the board of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd which was created as a response by the Catholic Church to what has emerged during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

She has over eighteen years’ experience as a senior public servant, and was the Director General of the Western Australian Government Department of Training and Workforce Development. Prior to that she was Commissioner for Public Sector Standards.

Her other government CEO roles include Director General of the Disability Services Commission (from 1999 – 2006), and Director General of the Department for Community Development.

She has also been a non-government CEO (of the Cerebral Palsy Association), and has held leadership positions on both state and federal government reviews and committees. She has also been on governing councils of both Curtin and Murdoch Universities.

Dr Shean is a highly effective communicator and a collaborative leader. She is a passionate problem solver and excels in evaluation, analysis and synthesis and applies this in strategic development, public administration, service delivery and cultural change projects. She enjoys speaking to a wide range of audiences and mentoring high performing and developing leaders.

Lynne Austin

Lynne Austin

Director

Appointed: January 2018

Experience: Lynne has over 30 years’ experience in leadership roles, predominantly within the VET sector and was instrumental in the fledgling years of the Adelaide Training and Employment Centre (ATEC) from 1990. Throughout this time she has played key roles in general and executive management leading ATEC in the provision of services to industry, the government and the South Australian community as a whole. As ATEC’s Chief Executive Officer from 2010, Lynne is a recognised leader in the VET sector. She has contributed greatly to the sector and provided a platform for ongoing conversations to improve the effectiveness and visibility of VET. Lynne has also provided support for and promotion of the Group Training Sector rebranded recently as the Apprentice Employment Network (AEN) and is currently serving on the Boards for both the South Australian and National AEN. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate Fellow with Australian Institute of Management, a long-term member and current Deputy Chair of the Industry Training Providers Association, supports a number of local community groups and ensures currency of knowledge across business, legal and governance arrangements.

Nari Chandler

Nari Chandler

Director

Appointed: January 2021

Qualifications: GAICD, ANZSOG Executive Fellow, GradCert Human Factors & Safety Management Systems, LLB

Experience: Nari heads up the Strategy, Policy and Migration Group of the Department for Innovation and Skills. This group plays a crucial role in strengthening the South Australian economy by:

  • coordinating, driving, and delivering policy reforms that support economic growth and deliver a skilled workforce for the future
  • leading state migration attraction in areas of industry need, to address skills gaps and encourage business investment
  • ensuring the strategic communication of our agency’s services increase their uptake and inform people’s understanding of how these services will benefit them and the economy
  • harnessing the power of economic data to provide insights that inform evidence-based policy development
  • making connections between our agency’s services to improve outcomes for clients
  • leading agency wide strategic planning and connecting this with our activities to drive targeted outcomes that achieve our objectives.

Nari has previously held executive positions in the Department of State Development, Primary Industries and Regions SA, Seamless Economy National Reform Projects and the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Ian Curry

Ian Curry

Director

Appointed: November 2018

Experience: Ian is National Coordinator - Skills, Training & Apprenticeships with the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU). He has national responsibility for managing the AMWU’s policy development and its engagement with the national training system and the structures that underpin it. Ian has a long history of activism within the training system and has served on a number of ministerial inquiries as well as many state and national regulatory and advisory bodies.

He is a product of the VET system, is a member of 6 Training Package Industry Reference Committees and is a passionate advocate for the transformational power of a high quality vocational education. Happy to be a fierce critic of the system when it strays, or descends into bureaucracy, he firmly believes that bipartite industry leadership of the VET system is critical to its success.

Jenny Lambert

Jenny Lambert

Director

Appointed: January 2021

Qualifications: B.Ec, MBA

Experience: Jenny has experience as a senior manager within industry associations for over 35 years, including 16 years as a CEO of associations largely in the services sector.

Commencing with the Australian Hotels Association as their Industrial & Research Officer in 1984, then served as Project Manager at Tourism’s Industry Training Advisory Board in the early 1990s, working on the developing of competency standards in vocational education and training for tourism and hospitality as well as projects around quality assurance and workplace reform.

First CEO role in 1994 as head of Restaurant & Catering NSW, and then jointly held the NSW and national Restaurant and Catering CEO role until 1999.

CEO of Meetings & Events Australia (1999-2005), Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (2005-7) and the National Tourism Alliance (2007-10).

Commenced with the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2011 and is responsible for policy development and advocacy in vocational training, higher education, schools, employment, migration and tourism.

Appointed by the Minister for Education and Training to the Apprenticeship Review Board in 2015 and was Chair of the Government’s Advisory Board on VET Student Loans.

Board member of the Innovation and Business Skills Industry Skills Council from 2011 to 2015.

Member of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in 2015/16 June 2018/19 and current voting member as of Aug 2020.

Suresh Rao

Suresh Rao

Director

Appointed: July 2019

Qualifications: B.Sc. M.Stat.

Experience: Suresh brings a wealth of experience in IT to NCVER having been in the IT sector for over four decades in Australia and overseas. Over the last twenty-five years in Australia he has delivered IT solutions in a range of sectors including Government, not-for-profit, energy, finance and health.

Recent roles include eight years as CIO at The Smith Family where Suresh helped transform the organisation through industry award winning innovative enterprise-wide IT solutions, as Project Director for the Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) Australia’s first secure private cloud infrastructure for health research, and as co-author of two research reports at the Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (DHCRC) that discussed the technological and governance barriers to health research in Australia and proposed an architecture for developing and maintaining large health datasets for research. Most recently he worked as a volunteer IT Adviser with NGOs in Indonesia and Cambodia, advising and mentoring staff on effective and efficient use of IT to fulfil their mission.

Suresh’s expertise goes much beyond technology having been in senior technology and project management roles over more than two decades that required a strong blend of strategic, operational and governance skills. He believes in adopting a strategic approach to implementing technology solutions that are operationally appropriate and effective.

Chloe Read

Chloe Read

Director

Appointed: April 2021

Qualifications: MA (Hons), MCom, ANZSOG Executive Fellow

Experience: Chloe is the joint Deputy Secretary, Education and Skills Reform, NSW Department of Education. Chloe has a strong background in public sector education, having worked in this setting for the last 18 years across Tasmania and New South Wales. She joined the NSW Department of Education in 2014, and has worked in a number of senior roles, most recently as the joint Chief People Officer. With a background across policy, project, IT and leadership roles, Chloe brings business and technical knowledge and is focused on ensuring our schools and services have what they need to support world class education for all learners across the state of NSW.

Simon Walker

Simon Walker

Managing Director

Appointed: October 2018

Experience: Simon began his career in the public sector as a financial analyst for Central TAFE in Western Australia after starting his career in the private sector. Simon joined the WA Department of Training in 1997 and has since worked in a variety of senior executive roles with a focus on VET sector planning, policy and resourcing.

Simon represented Western Australia on the national Senior Skills Officials Network (SSON) and the national Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) and was an ex-officio representative on the Western Australian State Training Board. Simon was also the state and territory government representative on the inaugural Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC).

Simon joined the NCVER board as a director in 2015 and took up the position of Managing Director of the NCVER in October 2018.

Executive team

Simon Walker

Managing Director

Simon Walker

Executive Assistant - Sandy Pinkerton

phone: +61 8 8230 8608

Dr Mette Creaser

General Manager Research, Analytics and Reporting

Dr Mette Creaser

Executive Assistant - Sandy Pinkerton

phone: +61 8 8230 8635

Mark Williams

General Manager Data Transformation and Technology

Mark Williams

phone: +61 8 8230 8605

Executive and Project Support Officer

Claudia Alfaro

phone: +61 8 8230 8633

Mr Phil Loveder

Executive Manager, Inform & Engage

Mr Phil Loveder

phone: +61 8 8230 8665

Responsible for executive management of NCVER's stakeholder engagement, knowledge management and digital publishing and communications capabilities and functions.

To contact individuals by email, please use the format firstname.lastname@ncver.edu.au. Emails to the Managing Director should be sent to the Executive Assistant.

Management team

Kelly Marshall

Data Services & Reporting Manager

Kelly Marshall

phone: +61 8 8230 8606

Responsible for the release of statistical publications, associated data products and data services.

Vacant

Data Transformation Manager

Vacant

Ms Deanne Loan

Digital Publishing & Communications Manager

Ms Deanne Loan

phone: +61 8 8230 8496

Responsible for marketing NCVER's products and services, media, conferences and events, NCVER's Portal and LSAY website and production of NCVER publications.

Peter Brass

Finance & Governance Manager

Peter Brass

phone: +61 8 8230 8414

Responsible for finance, risk, privacy & complaints, and corporate governance. Peter is also the Company Secretary.

Ms Linda Eldridge

HR & Business Services Manager

Ms Linda Eldridge

phone: +61 8 8230 8452

Responsible for human resource, accounts, travel and business support services.

Mr Graham Smith

Information & Technology Services

Mr Graham Smith

phone: +61 8 8230 8639

Responsible for the people, systems and technology that enable the collection and validation of VET and apprentice & trainee data. This includes client support, data quality, software development, technology operations and business intelligence.

Ms Kelly Frazer

Knowledge Management Manager

Ms Kelly Frazer

phone: +61 8 8230 8645

Responsible for NCVER's library service including NCVER's international research database VOCEDplus.

Dr Joy de Leo

Research & Data Analytics Manager

Dr Joy de Leo

phone: +61 8 8230 8644

Responsible for delivering a portfolio of research and analytic projects that address the current and emerging priorities and needs of governments, industry stakeholders and the wider vocational education and training (VET) sector. And to provide evidence that is valued in informing national skills policy and practice and communicating findings in a range of formats, both digital and traditional, that appeal to a wide audience.

Ms Rebecca Sherman

Surveys Manager

Ms Rebecca Sherman

phone: +61 8 8230 8477

Responsible for the major program of national surveys, including the annual survey of student outcomes, survey of employers and major one-off surveys on topical issues.

To contact individuals by email, please use the format firstname.lastname@ncver.edu.au