NCVER company structure

25 July 2019

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.

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.

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: 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.

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

Tammarra Harty

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

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 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, funding and the apprentice and trainee collections.

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.

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.

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.

Ms Rebecca Sherman

National 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