The organisation’s governance is essentially the role of the board, with day-to-day management delegated to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Senior Management Group. The CEO and senior management operate under the accountability and reporting framework established by the board.  This framework monitors progress against targets established in the board's strategic, business and management plans.


Our board has responsibility for the overall management and strategic development of the organisation. The values of the board reflect those of the organisation: people focused, quality and excellence and innovation. In line with these values, the organisation’s code of conduct guides the actions and decisions of the board.

Steven Waterhouse - Board Chair

Steven Waterhouse
Board Chair

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Commercial Law and Information Management Systems), Member Institute of Chartered Accountants

Steven commenced on the Board in February 2017. He is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Steven has a background in financial management, corporate services and governance. He is General Manager People and Business Services at Wannon Water and is an active member of the Corporation’s Executive team.

Steven is Wannon Water’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for leading the financial, people, safety, risk, and internal audit functions of the Corporation. Steven is Deputy Chairman and Treasurer of the Warrnambool Racing Club, holding those offices since 2016 and 2009 respectively. He is a previous Board Member of the South West Academy of Sport.

Sandy Burgoyne - Board Director

Sandy Burgoyne

Master of Sustainable Development, Bachelor of Arts (Geography), Diploma of Education

Sandy commenced on the organisation Board on 9 October 2016. She brings 25 years of education and corporate experience in developing and leading business strategy, marketing, change and business transformation within the telecommunications, information technology, retail and not-for-profit sectors.

She was the founding Director of the Future Cities Collaborative at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney until 2017 and continues her affiliation with the University of Sydney. She provides consultancy services as the Managing Director, Combined Technology Services and is a board member at Portland District Health.

Susan Brumby - Board Director

Susan Brumby

PhD, Master of Health Management, Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Graduate Diploma of Women’s Studies, Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment, General Nursing and Midwifery Training, Fellow Australian Rural Leadership

Sue is committed to promoting positive educational opportunities and economic growth in the South West. As the founding Director of the National Centre for Farmer Health and an executive staff member of Western District Health Service, she brings extensive experience in nursing, agriculture, research and higher education.

She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Life Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and appointed member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Council. She has published and presented internationally and been recognised for her work in rural and regional communities.

Susan joined the board on 1 September 2013 and Chairs the recently formed Innovation and Industry Committee.

Brian Crook - Board Director

Brian Crook

Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Certificate A Teaching (4thYear)

Brian was a Ministerial appointment to the board in December 2017.

Brian’s career has largely been with education, local government and small business. He retired from teaching commitments at the end of 2018 at Trinity College, Colac where he introduced the VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program in 2006 and worked in that program in a part-time capacity until his retirement.

He was instrumental in opening up TAFE opportunities for all students in the VCAL program through the VET in Schools program and is passionate about access and affordability of skills training for young people. Brian was instrumental in the delivery of a trade training centre for Colac Otway Shire.

He is keen to see the growth of South West TAFE in Colac through better connections with schools, industry and community and believes training delivered to local as well as broader employment-related needs is essential for the South West Community. The free access to TAFE courses should remove the financial barriers for many people and is an excellent initiative.

Jacinta Ermacora - Board Director

Jacinta Ermacora

Master of Social Science (Policy), Bachelor of Social Work, is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a qualified Quality Improvement Performance Assessor

Jacinta commenced on the Board in July 2018. Jacinta has a background in social work and community engagement in the primary health and consumer advocacy sectors and brings to the Board 15 years of public sector corporate governance experience.

Prior to joining South West TAFE, Jacinta served as Chair and Director of a number of regional entities including as Mayor and Councillor of Warrnambool City Council, Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, The Great South Coast Group, Regional Cities Victoria and was the founding Chair of the Victorian Women in Water Directors Network. Jacinta brings a wide range of regional, state and national relationships to any role and is currently Chair of Wannon Water Corporation, Chair of Warrnambool Special Developmental School Wollaston Campus, Committee and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Great South Coast committee member. 

Chris Holloway - Board Director

Chris Holloway

Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, Certificate IV in Building, Certificate III in Carpentry, Trades Certificates and Licences

Chris commenced on the organisation board on 1 July 2019 as the elected staff member for the organisation.

Chris has worked his entire life in our region as an Apprentice, Sub-contractor, Qualified Builder and Building Supervisor prior to starting at South West TAFE in 2005. Chris is a co-ordinator, trainer and assessor to several secondary schools in our region, VET DSS in building and construction, pre-apprentices, apprentices and qualified tradespeople completing the Certificate IV to become register builders.

Chris has relished the opportunity to work with young adults to find their desired career across the trade sector. Nurturing their skills to help them thrive and strengthen our region. Recently he has also taken up the opportunity as a member of the Board of Studies representing teaching staff at an operational level.

Denise Lovett - Board Director

Denise Lovett 

Denise has been on the South West TAFE Board since December 2019.

Denise is the Koorie Academy of Excellence Liaison Officer for the Department of Education’s South West region. Prior to this, she was a Liaison Officer supporting Koorie students at South West TAFE.
Denise is also the appointed Aboriginal Respected Person to the Koorie Court Division of the Magistrate’s and Children’s Court of Victoria (Warrnambool, Portland and Hamilton Circuit) and the County Court of Victoria (Warrnambool County Court). As well as the Budj Bim Council Member for the Co-operative Management Agreement between the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and the State of Victoria.

Denise has served on a number of committees and boards including Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation, Palwarra Aboriginal Community Justice Panel and the Indigenous Reference Committee for the Commonwealth Government for Fisheries, Research and Development. 

Kirsten Diprose - Board Director

Kirsten Diprose 

Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), Honours (Communication)

Kirsten joined the Board as a Director in January 2021. She brings 15 years of experience in Communication, having previously worked as a journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as well as in marketing, content creation and public relations for various companies and organisations.

Kirsten also teaches journalism at Deakin University, including as a mentor for cadet journalists t regional newspapers. She is passionate about rural and regional Australia; living on a mixed farm in south-west Victoria and being involved in a dairy business.
Kirsten is also President of the Woodhouse-Nareeb Hall.

Kirsten is currently completing the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Eva Tsahuridu - Board Director

Eva Tsahuridu

PhD, MBA, Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Eva is an organisational ethics and governance expert who has been researching, educating and advising on ethics and governance for over two decades. She has worked in the public, private and not for profit sectors and held executive roles in Australian and European universities.

She is the Deputy President of the Professional Standards Division of the Police Registration and Services Board, a Board Member of Language Loop and a member of academic journal editorial boards.

Eva commenced on the board in January 2021 and is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Executive Team

Day-to-day management of the organisation continued to be delegated to the CEO and the Executive Team. The CEO and the Executive Team operate under a reporting and accountability framework.

Mark Fidge - Chief Executive Officer

Mark Fidge
Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Diploma of Frontline Management, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Mark has been the CEO of South West TAFE since early 2015. Mark initially joined the organisation as Finance Manager in 2003. He was appointed to the role of Executive Manager of Corporate Services in 2005, incorporating the role of Chief Finance Officer and appointed as the organisation Board Secretary in 2013. 

As CEO, Mark is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring efficiency across the organisation to meet the requirements of Government, enterprises and individuals.

Prior to joining South West TAFE, Mark gained experience as a financial manager in a range of sectors in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Mark is the Chair of the South West Local Learning and Employment Network and represents South West TAFE on several other like-minded community Boards.

Louise Cameron - Executive Manager, Education

Louise Cameron
Executive Manager - Education 

Bachelor of Training and Development, Program, Diploma of Management, Diploma of VET, Certificate IV in TAE, Certificate IV in Wool Classing, Graduate of the Australian Women’s Business Program, Graduate of the Marcus Oldham Leadership Program.

Louise Commenced as Executive Manager for Education in June 2019, bringing 16 years of experience from the VET-sector and Higher Education. Louise is very passionate about providing pathways of opportunities for young people through Vocational Training to gain employment outcomes.

Louise’s portfolio includes VCAL, Foundation Skills, and teaching areas of Business, Design, Personal Services, Health and Community Services.

Andrew Long - Executive Manager, Corporate Services
Andrew Long - Executive Manager, Corporate Services

Andrew Long
Executive Manager - Corporate Services

ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators), Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Member Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Law)

Andrew commenced in the role of Executive Manager, Corporate Services in June 2021. Prior to joining South West TAFE he was the Chief Financial Officer at the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Andrew brings a wide range of experience including finance, corporate services, reporting, governance, strategic planning, financial and investment management, project, and policy areas. Andrew is passionate and committed to the service sector and being part of organisations that make a difference to the lives of young people.

Andrew is responsible for the leadership of the Corporate Services portfolio that includes digital innovation and information technology, facilities management, master planning, projects, procurement and contracts and disability support services. He is also the Executive Sponsor for the $20 million Learning and Library Hub Project, in partnership with the Warrnambool City Council.

Karen Ellen - Executive Manager, Education Support

Karen Ellen
Executive Manager - Education Support

Master of Ed (Adult Education) Hons, Bachelor of Training and Development, Diploma of Quality Auditing
Diploma of Management, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Training & Assessment, Professional Member of AHRI

Karen commenced with South West TAFE in 2011 as Educational Manager and has worked across a variety of innovation, quality, and large projects within SWTAFE. Karen was then promoted from the People and Culture Manager into the current Executive Manager of Education looking after People and Culture, Data Analytics, Education and Quality Partner Team, Internal Communications, The Registrar Office.

Professional interests are Aboriginal Education, Workplace Culture, and Wellbeing and Quality Training.

Jodie Hill - Executive Manager, Student Experience
Jodie Hill - Executive Manager, Student Experience

Jodie Hill
Executive Manager - Student Experience

Masters Degree, Business Administration (Conflict Management and Resolution); Graduate Diploma, Education Studies; Graduate Certificate, Conflict Management and Resolution; Graduate of the National Excellence in Educational Leadership Initiative (NEELI) Higher Education Advanced Leadership Program; Professional member of ANZSSA and ATEM

Jodie commenced in the role of Executive Manager, Student Experience in July 2021. Prior to joining South West TAFE she was the Director of Student Services at James Cook University and brings 10 years of experience in the university sector, and a genuine passion for the student experience to her role.

Jodie is responsible for leading the Student Experience portfolio including the library and wellbeing services, client service, the enrolment function, the Skills and Job Centre and oversight of the campuses at Portland, Hamilton and Colac. Jodie is committed to a student-first approach to delivering and innovating student-facing administration and support services.