Jodi Schmidt is a key figure in the Australian VET sector and has led a wide range of vocational education and training reforms across Queensland. Ms Schmidt in her current role as Chief Executive Officer has led TAFE Queensland as an independent statutory body and provided strong and agile leadership ensuring its development into a flexible and responsive business with an annual turnover of nearly $700m.
Jodi was previously the Deputy Director-General, Training and Employment with the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment with full responsibility for the state's training and employment portfolio.
Jodi has held various senior positions in both Australia and the United Kingdom in health, local government and in the private sector and holds qualifications in Marketing, Accounting and Market Research. She is currently Chair of the Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and was recently appointed Deputy Chair of TAFE Directors Australia (TDA).
Michael is a CPA-qualified senior executive with strong experience in not-for-profit service organisations across the training, education and health sectors.
Michael was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for TAFE Queensland on 1 July 2014. As COO, Michael is responsible for the performance of TAFE Queensland's operating regions with a particular focus on ensuring the achievement of key TAFE Queensland-wide strategic objectives and targets. The COO role also has lead responsibility for risk and compliance management, internal and external audit coordination, pricing strategy, planning and reporting, legal services, business intelligence and asset management.
Michael has extensive experience in corporate services leadership, business planning, organisational performance management and large scale change management initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of service organisations. Prior to being appointed as Chief Operating Officer, he took a key role in the transition of TAFE Queensland to a statutory body as well as the amalgamation of the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Institutes. Michael previously held senior Corporate Services and Human Resources roles at two Queensland TAFEs, and held the Acting Institute Director position at the Bremer Institute for over two years. He has also led a range of corporate service at the Queensland Studies Authority and in the health sector at Queensland Health, Mayne Nickless and Mater Health Services.
Michael holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Management (Human Resources Management), a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance), and is a fellow of CPA Australia.
Prior to joining TAFE Queensland, Jenny was Deputy Chief Executive Canberra Institute of Technology where she was responsible for education services and business development. During 2013 Jenny took on the role of Chief Executive of Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). CIT has more than 22,000 enrolments annually, provides programs and services in a broad range of industry disciplines at AQF 1 - 7 and has a commercial company, CIT Solutions Pty Ltd of which Jenny was also a Director.
Jenny has an extensive background across the education sector. She joined CIT in 1993 as a casual teacher and has been a Head of Department as well as Director Marketing and National Positioning prior to becoming Deputy Chief Executive and then Chief Executive. Jenny has been in the education sector for over 25 years including time with a community vocational education provider, a private training provider as well as a teacher in the schools sector for a year. Jenny is passionate about vocational education and the dual role it plays in meeting the needs of both industry and individuals. Jenny is known for her national leadership through the Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG) over many years. As the ACT FLAG representative up until 2012 Jenny contributed to the formation of national policy direction in vocational education and training. She has played a particular leadership role through engaging industry and business with e-learning including facilitating many partnerships between registered training organisations and industry sectors for integrating e-learning in their workforce development. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian College of Educators, the Australian Human Resource Institute and the Australian Institute of Management.
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Tom is responsible for leading the implementation of the People and Culture strategy related to people-related systems, policy and culture, values and leadership. This work includes responsibility for leading negotiations and related strategies associated with employment conditions for TAFE Queensland employees.
Prior to his current role, Tom held the position of Executive Director, Workforce Management and Support in the Department of Education, Training and Employment where he was responsible for executive oversight of the Department's industrial relations, employment diversity, organisational health and professional development for schools, TAFE and Central Office.
Tom has been working within human resources for over 20 years and has held previous roles within government providing human resources policy advice as well as being the accountable officer for the whole-of-Government enterprise bargaining outcomes while engaged as General Manager of Public Sector Industrial Relations with the then Queensland Department of Employment and Industrial Relations.
Andrew Stuart-Murray Joined the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE as CFO in 2010 when it was one of two Statutory Authorities in the state of Queensland. During the formation of TAFE Queensland Andrew held the role of Deputy CEO at the Gold Coast for a little over a year. After this Andrew took up the position of Executive Director Operations and Performance in Brisbane.
Andrew commenced his working life in the manufacturing sector commencing as a trainee Accountant and progressing to hold the position of CFO in a number of different organisations. Andrew's first exposure to Government Service was with the Victorian Work Cover Authority where he held the position of Group Director of Resources and CFO. Andrew later moved into the Training and Education sector when he joined the Australian Institute of Management as CFO and Company Secretary.
Andrew has also held a number of Board positions over his career with private companies in the Civil Engineering sector, Automotive sector and IT sector.
As TAFE Queensland's Chief Information Officer, Dean is responsible for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy development, service delivery management, ICT contract management and procurement functions and operational services for the new TAFE Queensland.
Dean has 30 years' experience in the ICT industry in operational and management roles covering IT support, systems development, infrastructure management, strategy and policy development and change implementation.
Prior to establishing the TAFE Information Services Group, Dean held a number of Director and Executive Director roles within the Department of Education, Training and Employment responsible for developing or implementing initiatives as varied as Human Resource systems, GST implementation, the ICTs for Learning Strategy, the Smart Classrooms Strategy, the Department's ICT policy framework and the integration of TAFE ICT services into the Department.
Prior to joining the Department of Education, Training and Employment Dean worked in many roles on ICT and change management projects with in state legal and land registration jurisdictions.
Gary Kinnon commenced in the role of Acting General Manager, TAFE Queensland Brisbane on 31 October, 2016.
For 35 years, Gary has dedicated his career to Vocational Education and Training.
Commencing as a TAFE teacher in 1981, Gary then progressed into curriculum design, project management and then faculty management. With an established knowledge of both the operational and strategic requirements of a TAFE institute, Gary took on the role of Institute Director, Mt Isa Institute of TAFE in 2008 and Institute Director at Central Qld Institute of TAFE in 2011.
Gary is focussed on ensuring the quality delivery of programs to, and in partnership with, industry, associations, communities, businesses and individuals. His greatest delight is seeing students reach their potential and make their mark in their chosen profession.
Paul Wilson officially joined the TAFE Queensland Executive on 1 July 2014 from Community College Gippsland in Victoria where he was Chief Executive Officer from January 2012. Prior to this experience in Australia Paul has held executive management positions with Tai Poutini Polytechnic as Chief Executive Officer and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology as Deputy CEO and Faculty Dean in New Zealand.
Paul has almost 24 years of experience in tertiary education in roles from lecturer to head of school and faculty dean through to Chief Executive Officer roles. During his time in leadership roles Paul has been responsible for all aspects of educational delivery, including development of New Zealand's first three year engineering degree, and organisational change management.
Paul's first career was with the Royal New Zealand Navy where he served for twenty years as an electronics and communications technician and, after accepting a commission, as a weapons engineering officer retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During this service he travelled extensively and served two tours of duty in the Indian Ocean undertaking piracy patrols.
He has a long history of leadership in engineering education through his involvement with the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and in 2010 was awarded the Fulton Downer Gold Medal by them for services to the profession. Paul is also a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.
He has trade, technician, and degree level qualifications in engineering and in 2015 completed his Doctorate of Business Administration. Paul has also completed courses in teaching and in 2005/6 completed the Chair Academy Global Leadership program offered out of the Netherlands.
Robert Petherbridge is the acting General Manager, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast. Robert joined the Executive Team in 2014 as the Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Executive Services. Prior to that, Robert was the Executive Director - Skills Reform, Department of Education, Training and Employment, where his work was fundamental to the creation of TAFE Queensland as a statutory body and developing the framework for the Queensland Government's skills and training reform agenda.
Robert has also worked as Director, Vocational Education and Training Policy in the Department. In this position, Robert led the secretariat for the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce and was responsible for developing the Government's response to the Queensland Post-Secondary Education and Training (QPET) Review. In addition, Robert has worked on a number of other major government policy initiatives including A Flying Start for Queensland Children and the implementation of the Education and Training Reforms for the Future. Prior to joining DETE in 2006, Robert worked for the Training Accreditation Council and Department of Education Services of Western Australian and the Australian National Training Authority. Robert also has experience working with the Australian Hotels Association and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Australian Capital Territory.
Joann Pyne is the General Manager, TAFE Queensland North. As General Manager, Joann has the responsibility of ensuring that her region's 17 TAFE Queensland North campuses are efficient, sustainable and responsive organisations that develop individuals' skills and employment opportunities, meeting employer, industry and community needs.
Prior to joining TAFE, Joann worked in local and federal government in a variety of roles. Joann has been instrumental in developing a range of programs that have received awards and accolades for their innovative approach, unique and successful partnerships and their responsiveness to business, industry and community. Joann builds on her extensive networks throughout Queensland and is determined to ensure TAFE is seen as the premier training provider and an advocate of sustainability in Queensland. Joann is passionate about TAFE being an active learning organisation that students, employers, industry and employees are proud to be associated with.
Brent Kinnane is the acting General Manager TAFE Queensland South West. Brent has worked for TAFE Queensland since 2001 where he began as the Finance Manager and then as the Corporate Services Director at The Bremer Institute of TAFE.
In the three and half years prior to his appointment as the General Manager TQSW, Brent was the Principal Executive Officer at Queensland Agricultural Training College (QATC) reporting directly to the Board and responsible for implementing the Board strategies for Queensland's agricultural training facilities. QATC is a government owned registered training organisation and statutory authority where Brent gained significant experience in an executive and leadership position.
Brent holds a Bachelor of Business Management (Distinction) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director of the Board of Brothers Leagues Club, Ipswich.
As General Manager, Mary is responsible for the strategic direction and overall operation of TAFE Queensland SkillsTech as the largest public provider of trade and technician training in Queensland. Prior to her appointment as General Manager, Mary held senior management positions across a number of TAFE institutes in Queensland including SkillsTech Australia, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE and Moreton Institute of TAFE.
Mary has spent more than 25 years working in the VET sector and is passionate about all aspects of the business, but most importantly about creating real outcomes for VET students and their employers. Mary has held a number of senior leadership positions within the VET sector and brings a wealth of knowledge to her current role.
Mary is a member of the TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) Board along with CVIAQ Skills and Training Sub-Committee and the National Apprenticeship Program Steering Committee. Mary has also been involved in a number of national initiatives including the COAG Industry and Skills Council and the Alternative Pathways to Trades Industry Reference Group. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Diploma of Teaching (TAFE), Graduate Diploma in Open and Distance Learning, and a Master's Degree in Education and Learning Innovations.