The WorldSkills Australia Board of Directors play an important role in shaping our social enterprise. As Members, our non-executive Directors collectively bring decades of experience and expertise in skills, trades, education, jobs and business across a huge range of industries. As volunteers, each Director is dedicated to contributing to Australia’s sustainable economic prosperity by positively promoting excellence throughout Australia’s vocational training sectors and providing opportunities for young Australian’s to excel.
Board Of Directors
During 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 helped the NSI to become a national IT training leader through associations with global ICT companies including CISCO Systems, IBM, Oracle and Microsoft. Kevin is a member of many innovation and skills development-focused government and industry entities and was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his achievements in public education and skills development.
Kevin joined the WorldSkills Australia Board in 2010 and elected as Chair in December 2017. He has previously been a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee as well as Deputy Chair.
“To ensure sustainability and success, being vocationally competent is a great start. However, to realise the opportunities of the 21st Century world of work and the economic revolution of Industry 4, excellence in vocational skills is essential.”
“WorldSkills Australia connects young people, community and industry in enabling and powering their achievement in skills excellence. We provide the means to test and improve Australia’s skills excellence against the rest of the world as an active and leading member of the 80 nation strong membership of the WorldSkills International organisation. As chair of WorldSkills Australia, being part of a team that enables young people to develop excellence in skills and to bring them forward as inspiring young leaders is an extraordinary privilege.” – Kevin Harris
Megan is the Head of Workforce Development for The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and a Director of the Australian Industry Group Training Service and Graduate Employment Services. Megan is responsible for the development of all education and training policy as well as member service delivery across the breadth of workforce development. Prior to this, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Business Services Training Australia, the national industry advisory board for the business services and related industry sectors. Before joining the national board, she held several senior management positions in various Victorian TAFE institutes.
Megan joined the WorldSkills Australia Board in March 2017 and was elected Deputy Chair in December 2017. She is a member of the Australian Industry Skills Committee (alternating Director), Chair of Manufacturing Skills Australia, member of the Australian College of Educators, member of the Salvation Army Disability Employment Services Advisory Committee, and the Naval Shipbuilding College – Delivery Advisory Committee.
Previously Megan has been a member of the Australia India Education Council, including Chairing the Skills Working Group, Australian Qualifications Framework Council, Queensland Ministerial Commission, Victorian Skills Commission and Australia Pacific Technical College, a member of the National Skills Standards Council, and the National Quality Council, chaired the Joint COAG-NQC Working Group – VET Products for the 21st Century and has presented at international conferences. Megan holds a Masters in Educational Policy and Administration.
Brian’s experience in international media and advertising spans more than 30 years and includes executive roles with The Times, Sunday Times, and The Observer (London, United Kingdom), Media 24 (Cape Town, South Africa), and Lonrho PLC (Nairobi, Kenya). Brian is the author of several books and a successful international cartoon strip. In 2006 he was appointed CEO of The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence.
He was appointed to the WorldSkills Australia Board in 2010 and acted as Chair between 2013 – 2017 and holds several non-executive board positions, including Creative Communications. He is also Chair of The Australian Children’s Music Foundation, CEO of SkillsOne Television and Founder of National Skills Week.
Chair of Finance and Audit Risk Committee
Stephen is a current Partner within the Assurance and Advisory section of Deloitte’s Australia. He brings over 25 years of experience providing audit, due diligence and accounting advice services to listed, government and private entities at a global and local level. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant and his experience includes two years auditing in the US (New York), where he coordinated several global audits and developed an in-depth knowledge of effective corporate controls in a Sarbanes Oxley (“SOX”) environment.
Currently, Stephen is a Director and Chair of the Audit Finance and Risk Committee of the Victorian Law Foundation. He is also an Audit Committee member for Group Eight. Stephen joined the WorldSkills Australia Board in December 2017 and is Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Jarrad has completed several TAFE courses and achieved local and international success in his chosen field of graphic design. In 2005, he won a gold medal in Website Design at the WorldSkills International Competition in Helsinki.
In 2007, Jarrad established Jala Design Pty Ltd, an Australian design agency with a passion for strategic website design and development. In addition, Jarrad teaches part-time at TAFE NSW to help train the next generation of developers. He continues his involvement with WorldSkills Australia as a regional judge, project designer, national skill advisor and has previously held the position of International Deputy Chief Expert for WorldSkills International Championships.
Jarrad has been a member of WorldSkills Australia Board since 2011 and is currently a member of the Nominations Committee and the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.View LinkedIn
Chair Nominations Committee
Wayne has 38 years’ experience in the training sector in both Queensland and Western Australia. He completed a Master’s in Education Leadership in 1993 and was appointed Managing Director of Central West TAFE from 1994 to 2004 and then Managing Director Polytechnic West from 2004 until his retirement in 2013. Both of these organisations received Training Provider of the Year in Western Australia. For many years Wayne’s has made significant contributions to training policy development and delivery, especially in employment based training and engagement with industry.
Wayne was a Board member of TAFE Directors Australia for nine years and continues to contribute to the training sector.
Wayne joined the WorldSkills Board in 2012 and is currently the Chair of the Nominations Committee.
“WorldSkills Australia provides significant opportunities for young highly skilled Australians to demonstrate their competency and knowledge on the Local, State, National and International stages.” – Wayne Collyer
Jack has over 30 years’ experience across various retail sectors in a variety of senior executive roles. He is a respected Retail Industry Executive with a career defined by reorganising untapped markets and responding with creative technology and products. Jack’s consultancy firm works closely with global brands, assisting in the development of offers for retailers, coalescing thought processes, as well as leading retail study tours and seminars. Jack joined the WorldSkills Australia Board in 2011 and is currently a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. He has taught MBA and Graduate programs as well as co-authored a textbook “Retail Strategy” as well as a number of published papers on retail.
Jack joined the WorldSkills Australia Board in 2011 and is currently a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
“I’m passionate about education and training and how they provide wonderful opportunities to people. WorldSkills is a fantastic way to improve and showcase young people’s skills in a local, national and international environment and to be the best you can be.” – Jack Hanrahan
Currently the Principal of Aqua Global Consultants, an Executive Director of the Plumbing Products Industry Group (PPI) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Stuart is the former Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the World Plumbing Council and a former politician, elected at the 2004 Federal election to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Hasluck, Western Australia for the Liberal Party.
Before entering politics, Stuart was Executive Director of the Master Plumbers Association of Western Australia, a small business proprietor operating in the construction sector and a farm manager. He was also a member of the Australian Society of Association Executives and a Director of Group Training Australia (2002-03), the West Australian Construction Industry Redundancy Fund (1999-03) and the Australian Construction Industry Safety Training Trust and Deputy Chair of the Building and Construction Industry Training Council (1998- 2003).
“Apprenticeship is a critical pathway for many young people into a successful, life long career. WorldSkills opens the door to this pathway for many young people across Australia who excel at hands on practical learning.” – Stuart Henry
Trevor has more than 22 years’ experience in key leadership roles in the vocational education and training, higher education, school and corporate sectors. In 2013 Trevor was recognised as the 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. He is currently the CEO of Bendigo Kangan Institute. Previously, Trevor was the General Manager of TAFE Queensland South West and has held a Board position with TAFE Directors Australia.
Trevor joined the WorldSkills Australia Board in 2017 and currently sits on the Nominations Committee and the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
CEO, WorldSkills Australia
Brett leads Australia’s largest skills excellence organisation.
He has held senior executive roles in Australia and overseas; led large teams for both government and private companies, and helped deliver some of Australia’s largest and most successful events.
As a business leader, Brett has a proven ability to grow revenue and is recognised for creating teams who excel.
Brett is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He is married with one daughter, is a keen runner and supports the Melbourne Football Club in the AFL.
Brett wants to embed a skill culture throughout our country so that young Australians have the jobs and opportunities to which they aspire.