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.
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.
Master of Sustainable Development, Bachelor of Arts (Geography), Diploma of Education
Sandy commenced on the Board on 9 October 2016. She is a member of the Infrastructure Committee and Strategic Issues & Innovation Committee. Sandy 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.
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.
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.
Masters of Education, Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching
Susan was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2022.
Susan commenced at SWTAFE as a teacher and administrator of the VET delivered to Secondary students program (VET DSS). Over time as the VET DSS numbers grew she became a coordinator and manager of the program. In 2018 Susan added managing the Skills and Jobs Centre to her portfolio.
Susan is currently responsible for department contracts involving the Skills and Jobs Centre, the Apprenticeship Support Officer, the Jobs Victoria Advocate, and the Reconnect program. Internally she manages all school interactions overseeing the VET Delivered to Secondary School programs and Learning Support across the organisation. Susan is the TAFE representative on the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (VCAA) VET DSS reference group and the current chair of the state Skills & Job Centres Executive Committee.
She is passionate about providing educational opportunities for her local community.
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.
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.
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 commenced on the board on 1 July 2022. More information to come.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.