NCVER company structure

30 November 2018

Board

Peter Shergold

Peter Shergold

Chair

Appointed: July 2009

Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FASSA, FAICD, FAIM, FIPPA

Experience: Peter is the Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney. He was a CEO in the Australian Public service for two decades, most recently as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1996 and Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) for public service in 2007. He is now a non-executive Director of AMP Ltd, Veda Group and Corrs Chambers Westgarth and chair of Opal Aged Care. He also chairs QuintessenceLabs. He is still actively involved with government: chair of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board and chair of the Higher Education Standards Panel. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and in the not-for-profit sector he is a member of the NSW Library Council. He is also a senior visiting fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College.

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.

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.

Helen Garnett

Helen Garnett

Director

Appointed: May 2010

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), PhD, PSM, FTSE, FAICD

Experience: Formerly Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University; Executive Director of the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO); Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong; Head of the Department of Biology at the University of Wollongong and Foundation Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. A director of ASX listed entities, Carbon Energy and ABM Resources and also of Sugar Research Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation and chair of Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics.

Megan Kirchner

Megan Kirchner

Director

Appointed: January 2018

Qualifications: BA, Executive Masters of Public Administration, University of Melbourne (ANZSOG)

Experience: Megan is the Head of Tertiary Education at the Business Council of Australia and has responsibility for leading policy, advocacy and member engagement across the tertiary education agenda. She has previously held senior executive positions in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Victorian Department of Human Services and the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. In those roles, she provided leadership and policy advice across tertiary education, housing, justice, health, and intergovernmental relations, and led the development of several major reforms including the Victorian Skills Reform Package, the Victorian Homelessness Action Plan and the NSW Bail reforms. Megan has managed significant operations in both the higher education and vocational education and training sectors and has worked as a consultant to schools, VET, and higher education. She is currently a member of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and has just completed a two-year term as a member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council.

Simon Walker

Simon Walker

Managing Director

Appointed: October 2018

Experience: Previously Simon was the Executive Director, Policy Planning and Innovation, Department of Training and Workforce Development, Western Australia.

Simon began his career in the public sector as a financial analyst for Central TAFE after starting his career in the private sector. Simon joined the Department of Training in 1997 and worked in a variety of senior roles with a particular focus on VET sectoral planning, policy and resourcing.

Suzanne Wauchope

Suzanne Wauchope

Director

Appointed: June 2017

Qualifications: B. Business, Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor

Experience: Suzanne is a Chartered Accountant and has gained experience in a broad range of areas during approximately 23 years in professional services. During that time Suzanne worked with both private and public sector clients in industries such as health, utilities, mining, tourism and property.

Suzanne joined the Department of Education and Training in 2015, initially as the Head of Internal Audit, before being appointed as the Deputy Director-General, Training and Skills in late 2015.

Since commencing as Deputy Director-General in August 2015, Suzanne has provided strategic leadership for the training and skills area of the department, including working to identify investment priorities and increasing the quality of training in Queensland.

Suzanne also represents Queensland on the Skills Senior Officials Network.

Catherine White

Catherine White

Director

Appointed: November 2018

Qualifications: MIM, B.Ed, GAICD, Cert IV TAE

Experience: Catherine is a multi-faceted executive leader with 30 years’ experience and leadership across the education, training and employment sectors.  She has a Masters in International Management and a Bachelor of Education and holds professional memberships with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Catherine’s career includes secondary, vocational and tertiary teaching, senior management and industry advisory roles and is underpinned by a strong policy framework. She has a comprehensive understanding of the vocational education and training system and has engaged with national training packages from a policy, design and implementation lens.  She is a skilled change manager and has successfully negotiated and navigated complex projects and National Partnerships across political cycles and under time pressured environments. This project and research work includes the Stronger Futures National Partnership, Regional and Remote training delivery and ‘Closing the Gap’ reform.

Catherine is the Executive Director of Workforce NT in the Northern Territory Government. This role includes representing Northern Territory interests through the Senior Skills Official Network and the implementation of new policy and legislation.  She has a strong track record of leading teams and delivering on outcomes in challenging and changing environments and known for her skills in working in cross cultural settings.

Nadine Williams

Nadine Williams

Director

Appointed: November 2018

Qualifications: BA, EMPA

Experience: Nadine is Deputy Secretary for the Skills and Training Cluster in the Department of Education and Training.

Nadine has a background in microeconomic and regulatory reform and 25 years of experience in leading complex reform agendas at both the Commonwealth and State government level.

Nadine has held senior roles in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Finance and the NSW Government. She has worked across a broad range of public policy issues, including employment and training policy in the Indigenous Affairs portfolio; environment and agricultural policy; and COAG regulatory and competition reform.

Prior to joining the Department of Education and Training in 2018, Nadine oversaw the delivery of consumer regulation; regional communications policy and programs; and the National Broadband Network in the Department of Communications and the Arts.

Executive team

Simon Walker

Managing Director

Simon Walker

Executive Assistant

Renee Edwards

phone: +61 8 8230 8608

Dr Mette Creaser

National Manager Statistics and Analytics

Dr Mette Creaser

Executive Assistant

Sandy Pinkerton

phone: +61 8 8230 8635

Dr Genevieve Knight

Acting National Manager Research, Knowledge Management and Communication

Dr Genevieve Knight

phone: +61 8 8230 8679

Executive Assistant

Sandy Pinkerton

phone: +61 8 8230 8635

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

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.

Mr Steven Peronace

Finance & Risk Manager

Mr Steven Peronace

phone: +61 8 8230 8414

Responsible for finance, risk, quality assurance and corporate governance.

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 Wayne Brook

IT Strategy and Services Manager

Mr Wayne Brook

phone: +61 8 8230 8479

Responsible for the Information Technology function in NCVER covering all the strategic and operational aspects.

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.

Ms Toni Cavallaro

National Collections Manager

Ms Toni Cavallaro

phone: +61 8 8230 8433

Responsible for the data collection, data processing and data quality, plus reporting and publications relevant to the VET provider, VET in schools, finance and the apprentice and trainee collections.

Ms Michelle Circelli

Acting National Research Manager

Ms Michelle Circelli

phone: +61 8 8230 8646

Responsible for advising on research priorities and leading implementation of the NCVER research program.

Ms Alison Anlezark

National Standards Manager

Ms Alison Anlezark

phone: +61 8 8230 8408

Responsible for providing support to the national VET administrative collections and surveys to ensure they are fit for purpose.

The branch has responsibility for the VET data standards (AVETMISS) and the associated validation software, classification management, client services and NCVER’s data quality and audit functions.  It also provides support and advice to the Commonwealth on matters relating to VET reforms, including undertaking secretariat services and coordinating national reporting.

Tasman Swanton

Acting National Surveys Manager

Tasman Swanton

phone: +61 8 8230 8462

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.

Mr Phil Loveder

Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Mr Phil Loveder

phone: +61 8 8230 8665

Responsible for managing key strategic relationships with Commonwealth and State and Territory governments, training providers and industry peak bodies and employers in the delivery of quality research and statistical services, consultancy and products in the tertiary education sector. The branch is also responsible for managing NCVER’s international relationships and programs.

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