Born in London, Brian is an experienced executive and non-executive director with an extensive background in media and advertising, spanning over 30 years. Brian spent 15 years with The Times and Sunday Times in a variety of executive roles, gaining significant operational experience across editorial and advertising.
From 1983, he spent several years in Cape Town, South Africa working with the largest publishing company, Media 24.
He later returned to London and joined The Observer as a Director in 1986 and was also on the main board of the newly launched Today newspaper. In 1990, Brian moved to Nairobi, Kenya to head up Lonrho PLC’s East African publishing interests as Chief Executive.
He is author of several books, including the highly acclaimed Shipwrecks (Timmins), as well as being the author of a successful international cartoon strip. In 2006 Brian was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence. He is a committed proponent of vocational education and training, and is now CEO of SkillsOne Television and Founder of National Skills Week.
In 2013, Brian was nominated as Chair of WorldSkills Australia, and also holds several non-executive board positions, which include Creative Communications and is the Chair of The Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
During his 14 years as Director of TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute (NSI), Kevin was instrumental in building one of TAFE’s national leading institutes.
His leadership has seen the NSI emerge as a leader in IT training in NSW through associations with global ICT companies including CISCO Systems, Nortel Communications, IBM, Oracle and Microsoft. Kevin’s commitment to education and skills development is reflected by membership of government and industry entities focused on innovation and skills development. Kevin was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his achievements in public education and skills development at the national level.
Martin Baird was appointed as an independent Member of the WorldSkills Australia Finance & Audit Committee in 2005 and was invited to join the Board in 2010. He is currently the Managing Director of Akiba Pty Limited and of www.office Pty Limited.Martin is a Certified Practicing Accountant, a Chartered Company Secretary and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has an ongoing interest in the good governance of organisations serving for many years on the Professional Development Committee of the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA).
Martin was formerly Chair of GIA’s NSW State Council and is a Director and Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee of Chiropractors Associations of Australia (National). He was formerly a member of the Finance & Audit Committee of Trainworks Limited and Company Secretary of St George Community Housing Limited.
Jeanette was the CEO of Service Skills Australia between 2004 and 2014 with responsibility for the management of the skills and workforce development activities of the Skills Council. She took a leadership role in the development of international recognition of a range of vocational qualifications with a number of countries and has achieved international benchmarking of National Qualifications.
Jeanette commenced her career as a hairdresser and after several years became a teacher in QLD. During this time she completed a B. Ed and M. Ed. Jeanette moved to the private sector in 1998 following her appointment as Executive Director of the Wholesale Retail and Personal Services Industry Training Council. In 2011 Jeanette was the Inaugural Winner of the Australian Training Awards ‘Leadership in Quality’ award.
Doug Wright was appointed as a Director of WorldSkills Australia in 2009. He is currently working part-time at the Australian Industry Group. Doug has studied at the University of Sydney and Deakin University where he attained a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts.
Doug is on the Board of the NSW TAFE Commission and the Commonwealth Study Conferences inc. Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Governing Council of TAFE Higher Education.
After completing several TAFE courses Jarrad’s talents have resulted in success both locally and internationally. The pinnacle of this success was his gold medal in Website Design at the WorldSkills International Competition, Helsinki 2005.
In 2007, Jarrad established Jala Design Pty Ltd – an Australian design agency with a passion for graphic design, website design, marketing and branding. Jarrad is now passing on his talents to future designers by teaching design skills at The Northern Sydney Institute, part of TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute.
He continues his involvement with WorldSkills Australia as a regional/national judge, regional/national project designer and International Deputy Chief Expert and current Board member.
Jack Hanrahan has over 30 years of experience across various retail sectors in a variety of senior executive roles. He has broad expertise in retail, developed with both publicly listed and private retailers and is owner of his own retail business. Jack had his own consulting company focusing on strategy/training and was CEO of a start-up company for 6 years. His last corporate was with Westfield heading up their Retailer Relations for 8 years.
Jack has a Masters Degree from MGSM and is the author of “Retail Strategy Planning & Control”, a textbook, in addition to other published papers on retail. He has taught MBA & Graduate programs in marketing, retail and strategy at several universities.
In 1993, during his 10 years at Central West TAFE in Geraldton, Wayne completed his Master’s in Education. In 2004, he was appointed as Managing Director of Polytechnic West in Perth, Western Australia providing a commitment to quality training, leading Polytechnic West as Western Australia’s Large Training Provider of the year in 2011.
Wayne continues to make significant contributions to training policy development and delivery, especially in employment based training and for students acquiring higher qualification through a VET pathway. Wayne was a board member of the TAFE Directors Australia board for nine years and continues to serve the training sector on many state and national committees.
Wayne retired from his position as Managing Director of Polytechnic West, Perth on 15 February 2013.
Coralie was the Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Hospitality at THINK Education Group based in Sydney, has more than 20 years of experience in the VET sector and was previously employed with Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria where she was Executive Director at the Centre for Engineering, Technology & Trades.
Prior to that, Coralie was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Technical and Trades Innovation at Victoria University, where she lead the Faculty in the development and delivery of vocational education products and services on campus, internationally and in industry.