BEd, DipBusStudies, GAICD, PSM
Susan Christophers was most recently the Executive Director, International Education Division with the Early Childhood and School Education Group, a division of the Department of Education and Training. With over 20 years as a Senior Executive, Sue has led the development of state and national policy, managed complex projects, and built Victorian government schools as a destination of choice for international students.
Sue's passion for education and training has fuelled her career and her impact on state education in Victoria is testament to this passion, her determination and her focus on excellence. Sue is the current Chair of the ACFE Board.
Senior Consultant, Deloitte Australia
Kirsten is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Australia, providing advice to governments, universities and VET providers on public policy, strategy and management.
Previously she worked as a Senior Consultant with PhillipsKPA, a Senior Advisor with Victoria University in VET policy and government relations, was also a Senior Project Officer in the Office of the Deputy Secretary with Skills Victoria (now Department of Education and Training) and also worked as a policy officer in the higher education team, supporting a review of the Victorian Tertiary Education system.
Kirsten is also currently undertaking a Master in Public Policy and Management at The University of Melbourne.
DR MICHAEL BROWN
Faculty of Education, Latrobe University
PhD, M Ed, GradDip
Mike has been a Senior Lecturer in Technology Studies, Adult and VET for over 10 years with Latrobe University and University of Ballarat. He has held various roles as a Lecturer in Adult, Vocational Education and Training. Mike started his teaching career as a Sheetmetal Apprentice teacher at Richmond College of TAFE.
Mike has published numerous publications and conference papers on themes such as pedagogy, sustainability, competency based training and Vocational Education and Training.
MEd, BEc, DipEd, DipFLM,
Ray was the Director/CEO of Kangan Institute and previous to that the Director/CEO of East Gippsland TAFE. He has over 25 years of experience in the vocational education and training sector.
Ray carries a long standing commitment to promoting the role of vocational education in ensuring economic, social and cultural development for communities, enterprises and industries.
Ray is currently Director of Midweek Consulting Pty Ltd.
Brian worked at the Australian Education Union (AEU) for 18 years in roles including the Victorian Branch Secretary, the Federal Executive member and the Vice President, Secondary-Victorian Branch.
In addition to Brian's knowledge of the Victorian education system, through his work in the Federal AEU, he gained extensive knowledge of education systems both interstate and overseas. Brian has been involved in public education for over 40 years as student, teacher, parent and union official.
Chief Executive Officer, The Gordon
PG Dip PersonnelMgt, FCPHR, Chartered FCIPD
Lisa was appointed to the CEO position in December 2013. Prior to this, she was Acting CEO and Deputy CEO/COO. Lisa had previously been with The Gordon in the positions of Director Organisation Development, Acting Executive Director Corporate Services and Senior Manager Human Resources.
Lisa's former roles also include COO Plymouth University UK, Group HR Manager (Vic/Tas) with the Just Group, and several senior HR and general management roles with the John Lewis Partnership UK.
DR BELINDA MCLENNAN
Chief Operating Officer, AMES Australia
DProf (UK), MEd , BA, GCert (LD), GCert (Ed), GDip (Ed)
Belinda McLennan is the Chief Operating Officer of AMES Australia and works with the CEO to identify, evaluate, negotiate and manage strategically important business opportunities to enable AMES Australia to achieve both short and long term organisational goals.
Belinda has held senior management roles in TAFE, Higher Education and VET including the role of CEO at Tasmanian Polytechnic, Pro Vice Chancellor - Teaching and Learning at Victoria University, Deputy Director TAFE at Victoria University and General Manager - Strategic Development at Chisholm Institute.
Cert Survey Drafting
David Williams was the Executive Director of the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) for 12 years. His role included the advocacy, governance and workforce relations with TAFE Institute Boards, Chairs, CEOs and Senior Managers. Key stakeholders included Federal and State Ministers, Department Secretaries and Industry Peak Body leaders.
Prior to joining the VTA, David worked with the Australian Services Union, Victorian Services and Energy branch in a variety of roles focusing in particular on the Victorian water instrumentalities and Victorian local government. From 1992 to 1996, David held the role of elected Branch Secretary of the Union.
Chief Executive Officer
BBus (Acc) (rr)
Mr Martin Powell commenced as the CEO at the VET Development Centre (VDC) in January 2016. Martin has held prominent positions in the VET sector.
Prior to joining the VDC, Martin was the National Manager, Services / Victorian Executive Officer for the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET). With TVET Australia and the National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE), Martin was Director of the National VET Equity Advisory Council (NVEAC), the COAG advisory committee responsible for independent social policy advice for those groups at risk of disadvantage.
His experience extends to broader policy, project and program roles in public sector social policy in the areas of VET, health, corrections, youth services, mental health services, treasury and finance and industry.