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, Strategic Issues & Innovation Committee and 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.

Brian Crook - Board Director

Brian Crook

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

Brian commenced on the Board in December 2017. He is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Infrastructure Committee and Strategic Issues Committee.

Brian has a wealth of experience in education and local government. His teaching experiences involved one teacher primary to inner suburban Melbourne schools. He was responsible for an alternative school program in Colac for 7 years, and was seconded to introduce VCAL into Colac secondary schools in 2005. Brian served on Colac Otway Shire for over 15 years including two terms as Mayor in 2009 and 2011.

His interests include football, cricket, horse racing and politics.

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 was commended on the board in July 2018. She is a member of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee, Nominations & Remuneration Committee and Strategic Issues & Innovation Committee. 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. 

Denise Lovett - Board Director

Denise Lovett 

Denise commenced on the board in December 2019. She is a member of the Strategic Issues & Innovation Committee.

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 commenced on the board in January 2021. She is a member of the Strategic Issues & Innovation Committee and the Nominations & Remuneration Committee. Kirsten 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 - 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.

Kerry Nelson - Board Director

Kerry Nelson

Kerry Nelson has been on the South West TAFE Board since July 2022. Kerry is a member of the Strategic Issues & Innovation Committee and the Nominations & Remuneration Committee.

Kerry has management and governance qualifications, including over 30 years of executive leadership roles in the Community sector in Southwest local government, health and not-for-profit organisations. Kerry has 16 years of Director experience in public & not for profit sectors including disability, aged care and health industries.

For 12 years Kerry was on the Victorian state committee member National Disability Services (NDS) peak body, Chair at Lyndoch Living between 2015 and 2020 and the Clinical Governance sub-committee from 2019 to current. Kerry was an invited member to the Skills Commissioners Round Table on skills demand in the southwest in 2019. Kerry chaired the Project Control Group of the Regional Partnership ‘Great South Coast Regional Disability Sector Needs Analysis and Action Plan’ between 2020-21. The Project saw the collaboration of several agencies including South West TAFE and Deakin University, maximising the impact of the recommendations of the Round Table.

Kerry was the CEO of Mpower, a not-for-profit Non-Government Organisation, providing disability, family and carer services in Warrnambool and the Southwest, overseeing sustainable and targeted growth of the organisation between 2001-2021. Kerry has strong leadership, change management, finance and business management, and corporate governance skills.

Kerry is a  Member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Aged Services Management and Diploma Welfare.

Roland Freyer

Further information coming soon

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.

Shannyn Martin - Executive Manager Corporate Services
Shannyn Martin - Executive Manager Corporate Services

Shannyn Martin
Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Bachelor of Management (Human Resources, Commercial Law, Accounting), Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Diploma of Government Investigation, Diploma of Occupational, Health and Safety.

Shannyn commenced in the role of Executive Manager, Corporate Services in November 2019. Prior to that Shannyn began her career at SWTAFE in 2014 as the Audit and Compliance Officer.

Shannyn is responsible for the leadership of the Corporate Services portfolio that includes, digital innovation and information technology, facilities management, capital and minor works and projects, master planning, procurement and contracts, and occupational health and safety.

Shannyn is also the Executive Sponsor for the $20M 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.

Susan Pettigrew - Acting Executive Manager, Student Experience
Susan Pettigrew - Acting Executive Manager, Student Experience

Susan Pettigrew
Executive Manager - Student Experience