New Managing Director for NCVER

19 April 2024

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) today announced the appointment of its new Managing Director, Mr John King.

The Chair of the NCVER Board, Dr Ruth Shean AO, stated, 'The Board is delighted to announce that from July 2024 Mr John King will become the next Managing Director of NCVER.'

'John brings extensive experience and a deep understanding of the VET sector through his senior roles in both the Victorian and South Australian governments. John also has an extensive background in data analytics and research including through his recent role as Chief Data Officer at Seer Data and Analytics for the last 12 months.

The Board considers John’s experience and knowledge in policy and data as key attributes to leading the company in support of the new National Skills Agreement, with its focus on enhancing VET data and evidence.

I am delighted to welcome John to NCVER and look forward to his leadership of our highly respected team.'

NCVER will continue to be led by Managing Director Mr Simon Walker until Mr King commences his role in July 2024, providing for a well-managed transition for the company and staff.

In announcing Mr King’s appointment, Dr Shean paid tribute to outgoing Managing Director Mr Simon Walker.

'Simon has capably led the company since 2018. During this period, we have seen significant changes to the VET sector brought about by the COVID pandemic. Throughout this complex time, NCVER research and data services have continued to evolve and provide insights to inform policy and practice in the VET sector. I commend Simon on his strong and positive leadership and on behalf of all at NCVER, wish him all the best for the next stage of his life.'

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About NCVER: we are the main provider of researchstatistics and data on Australia’s VET sector. Our services help promote better understanding of VET and assist policy makers, practitioners, industry, training providers, and students to make informed decisions.