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New Managing Director for NCVER

Media release  ·  26 June 2013

After an extensive search the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) today announced the appointment of its new Managing Director – Mr Rod Camm.

Mr Camm has had a distinguished career in the vocational education and training (VET) field. Most recently he held the position of CEO of Skills Queensland. Previous to that he was Associate Director-General of the Queensland Department of Education and Training, and CEO of Construction Skills Queensland. He has performed numerous other executive roles across government and has sustained an excellent relationship with industry.

The Chair of NCVER, Professor Peter Shergold, in announcing Mr Camm’s appointment stated, "The Board is delighted that Mr Rod Camm will be the new Managing Director of NCVER. Rod has a depth of experience and understanding of the tertiary education sector and its contribution to skilling Australia, and an ability that made him the unanimous choice of the selection committee. He has served on the Board of NCVER for 4 years and has a deep understanding of the role of NCVER and its challenges.”

As well as being recognised for leading VET and industry policy and strategy, Mr Camm has completed an Executive Masters in Public Administration and has considerable experience in industrial relations.

Professor Shergold emphasised that the Board has chosen a Managing Director who has the capacity to position NCVER to continue to play a leading role in the ever-changing VET landscape. "It is critical for us to establish high quality relationships across all governments in Australia, together with key industry, VET and higher education stakeholders,” Professor Shergold said. “It is difficult to think of anyone who will be better placed to take on that important role”.

In announcing Mr Camm's appointment, Professor Shergold paid warm tribute to Dr Tom Karmel, the outgoing Managing Director. “Tom has been a superb leader of NCVER since 2002, bringing an extraordinary intellectual leadership and professionalism to high quality research and nationally important statistical services. The Board will very much miss his commitment and wishes him well for the future.”

Dr Karmel will retire from NCVER on 16 August.

Enquiries: Linda Eldridge, Manager HR & Business Services linda.eldridge@ncver.edu.au.