New Board Members Bring Wealth of Experience To WorldSkills Australia

Apr 18, 2017

WorldSkills Australia has appointed three new board members – the head of workforce development at the Australian Industry Group, a former federal politician and a TAFE CEO.

Chair of the WorldSkills Australia Board, Brian Wexham, welcomed the three new directors, Megan Lilly, Stuart Henry and Trevor Schwenke, saying their appointments would further enhance the impressive skills of the current board.

“WorldSkills Australia will benefit enormously from the additional expertise and experience of these three new board members,” said Mr Wexham.

“We welcome Megan, Stuart and Trevor to the WorldSkills Australia board and look forward to continuing to grow thanks to their knowledge, experience and networks.”

Megan Lilly is based in Victoria and is Head of Workforce Development at the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) where she is responsible for developing all education and training policy and undertaking advocacy on behalf of members.

Ms Lilly is also Chair of Manufacturing Skills Australia, a member of the Australian College of Education, a member of the Australia India Education Council and Chair of the Skills Working Group. She is also a Board member and the CEO of the Australian Industry Group Training Trust.

Stuart Henry is the Principal of Aqua Global Consultants, is the former Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the World Plumbing Council, a former Secretariat of the World Plumbing Council and Executive Director of the Plumbing Products Industry Group.

Mr Henry is also a former Australian politician, who was elected to the House of Representatives as the member for Hasluck, Western Australia, at the 2004 federal election. He was a small business proprietor and farm manager before entering politics. He has also been a director of Group Training Australia and the Australian Construction Industry Safety Training Trust, and the former deputy chair of the Building and Construction Industry Training Council.

Trevor Schwenke, the newly-appointed CEO of Bendigo Kangan Institute, has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles in the vocational education and training, higher education, school and corporate sectors. His previous role was as General Manager of TAFE Queensland South West. He has also held a Board position with TAFE Directors Australia.

Mr Schwenke, who began his working life as a tradesman (specialising in welding), has broad experience in key leadership roles in the vocational education and training, higher education, school and corporate sectors.
Mr Schwenke was a WorldSkills Australia volunteer in Queensland, and has been actively involved with WorldSkills for more than 15 years.

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