Board Of Directors

WorldSkills Australia’s Board of Directors plays an important role in shaping our social enterprise. Its Chair, Deputy Chair and ten Members have decades of experience and expertise in careers, trades and skills across a huge range of industries. They also have relationships with Apprenticeships Australia and Jobs Australia, and make valuable contribution to WorldSkills and skills training in Australia.

Meet the Board

Brian Wexham

Chief Executive Officer, SkillsOne

Chair

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.

 

Kevin Harris

Deputy Chair

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.

He currently chairs the Australian Information Industry Association’s National Education Special Interest Group and is a member of the Australian Government’s National ICT Industry Reference Committee.

 

Martin Baird

Managing Director of Akiba Pty Limited & www.office Pty Limited

Board Member

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 Allen

Board Member

Jeanette was CEO of Service Skills Australia between 2004 and 201. The Skills Council developed the National Training Packages for the Retail, Tourism, Hospitality, Sport and Recreation, Hairdressing, Beauty and Floristry industry sectors. Jeanette had 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 TAFE 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

Consultant, Australian Industry Group

Board Member

 

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.

 

Jarrad Langdon

Director, Jala Design

Board Member

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 website design / development, eCommerce and brand development. Jarrad is now passing on his talents to future web developers by teaching his skills at TAFE NSW.

Jarrad was the International Chief Expert for web design and trained the international bronze medallist in 2009, along with the silver medallist in 2015. He continues his involvement with WorldSkills Australia as a regional/national judge, regional/national project designer and current Board member.

 

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Jack Hanrahan

Company Director

Board Member

Jack Hanrahan was appointed a Director of the WorldSkills Australia Board and member of the Finance & Audit Committee in 2012. He has over 35 years of experience across various retail sectors in a variety of senior leadership roles. Jack is a Company Director with a track record of success as the CEO and a Director of a public company, senior executive of a top 10 ASX listed company.

Jack has his own company focusing on strategy and retail thought leadership and also holds several non-executive board and advisory positions. He has a Masters Degree in Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jack is the co-author of a textbook “Retail Strategy”, and other published papers on retail in addition to teaching MBA & Graduate programs at several universities.

Wayne Collyer

Chief Executive Officer, Collyer Consultancy

Board Member

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 Morrissey

Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Hospitality at THINK Education Group

Board Member

Coralie is currently based in Melbourne as the President Asia Pacific of LCI Education, a Canadian based education network that has 22 higher education campuses in 12 countries. Originally from Western Australia she has built a reputation for innovation and building programs that lead to employable outcomes for students, fostering commercial and industry relationships along the way.

Her work experience includes Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Hospitality at THINK Education Group (a division of Laureate International Universities) based in Sydney, and Swinburne University of Technology in Victoria as the Executive Director of the Centre for Engineering, Technology and Trades. Prior to that Coralie was 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 and in industry, nationally and internationally. Prior to settling in Melbourne Coralie was the General Manager of Training at Swan TAFE (Polytechnic West) where she was instrumental in developing partnerships with industry and community through a range of projects that gained national and international recognition.

Megan Lilly

Ai Group’s Head of Workforce Development

Board Member

Since May 2015 Megan has been Head of Workforce Development at Ai Group. Prior to this Megan’s role at Ai Group was Director – Education & Training. The newly formed Workforce Development Division of Ai Group is responsible for developing all education and training policy and undertaking advocacy on behalf of our members. The division also provides an end-to-end suite of workforce development solutions for Ai Group members.

In undertaking this role Megan is currently Chair of Manufacturing Skills Australia, a member of the Australian College of Education, member of the Australia India Education Council and Chair of the Skills Working Group. In addition Megan is a Board member and the CEO of the Australian Industry Group Training Trust.

Previously Megan has been a member of the National Skills Standards Council and its predecessor National Quality Council, the Australian Qualifications Framework Council, the Victorian Skills Commission, the Queensland Industry Commission, and the Australia Pacific Technical College.

 

Stuart Henry

Executive Director of the Plumbing Products Industry Group (PPI)

Board Member

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 was the former deputy chair of the Building and Construction Industry Training Council.

Trevor Schwenke

CEO Kangan TAFE

Board Member

Currently CEO at Bendigo Kangan Institute. Previously Trevor was the General Manager of TAFE Queensland South West which has a geographical footprint extending across one third of Queensland. Trevor has also held a Board position with TAFE Directors Australia.

Trevor has more than 22 years’ experience in key leadership roles in the vocational education and training, higher education, school and corporate sectors and in 2013 Trevor was recognised as the 2013 Queensland Professional Manager of the Year by the Australian Institute of Management.

Trevor began his career as a tradesman and holds an Associate Diploma in Engineering, Bachelor Degree in Education and Masters of Education in Leadership.

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