Andrew Williamson

Andrew Williamson is a passionate advocate for the Vocational Education and Training sector. He has worked extensively in executive and leadership roles in Victorian TAFE, dual sector university, technical college and government.

Prior to joining the VTA in April 2015, Andrew was a Director in the Higher Education and Skills Group of the Department of Education and Training. His sector experience includes as an Associate Director at Victoria University, and as CEO / Principal of the Australian Technical College in Sunshine.

Andrew has a Masters of Education (VET), Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) and is qualified as both a chef and VET teacher.

Helen Kronberger

Helen Kronberger has over 16 years of experience in international education in the TAFE and higher education sectors. Helen has worked in-country across South East Asia, North East Asia, Europe, USA, UK and Scandinavia on behalf of Australian education providers, working closely with government, secondary schools and student sponsorship bodies to achieve sustainable growth.

Helen has extensive experience in program management, education marketing and communications, international student recruitment and student support. She is passionate about the benefits of international education to local and international students alike, and the ways in which international education enriches both Australian society and the international community.

Arnaldo Barone

Arnaldo Barone is the Victorian TAFE Association Director of Policy and Advocacy. Arnaldo has a long history working in education and policy environments, having most recently been Senior Advisor at Victoria University, where he provided support and strategic advice to the University’s senior leaders.

Prior to that, Arnaldo held a role at the Property Council of Australia as Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager, which followed years of experience gained in government, including working in the offices of the Hon Rob Hulls MP, who was Victorian Attorney General, and the Hon John Lenders MP, who was Victorian Treasurer.

Arnaldo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy. His Doctorate was awarded the History of Economic Thought Society’s Best Doctoral Dissertation for 2013. The thesis considered economic and social development in Darwinian terms, with social evolution occurring through the natural selection of social, economic and cultural traditions and institutions. The theses was transformed into a book that was published by Routledge in 2016.

Nita Schultz

Nita Schultz has over twenty-five years' experience in the Victorian TAFE sector as a practitioner, manager and leader. Nita joined the VTA in 2004 initially as an Education Policy Consultant and from 2006 she was the Research and Policy Officer.

In 2014-5 she accepted the role as Interim Executive Director of the VTA where she fostered a culture of cooperation and stakeholder engagement and led a comprehensive review of VTA member services. Nita is a passionate advocate for vocational education and training and TAFE. She continues to work with VTA and its members through a variety of projects.

Anna Bejanoff

Joined the Association in early December 2004. Anna has worked with membership organisations including the Royal College of Nursing (UK) and the Australian Services Union, and has gained extensive experience as an Executive PA and skills in office management.

Angela Nicholas

Angela commenced in March 2016 to provide reception and administrative support. Although Angela is from a predominately nursing background, she has diploma's in Business and Business Management and worked in various office positions, most recently in the Aged Care sector.

Andrea Newton

Andrea Newton joined VTA in 2005 as Finance Officer. Andrea has over 30 years’ experience in finance and administration across various business sectors. Having spent 12 years in the aviation industry and the last 18 years running her own bookkeeping/ business advisory company which included a period of 5 years as Financial Controller and Board/Committee member within the non-for-profit sector.

Mick Prato

A carpenter by trade, Mick has 25 years’ experience working in the construction industry the last 15 years working as a registered building contractor. Mick became involved with WorldSkills during his role as a Workplace Learning Coordinator working with VETiS and VCAL students, organising work placements, Taster programs and Career Expo’s as well as working with disabled and disengaging students. He has been involved in regional and national competitions and in 2014 was a Victorian VETiS Team Leader in Perth.

Mick was previously employed by WorldSkills Australia as the Victorian Regional Coordinator, where he implemented strategies for the growth of WorldSkills within the state as well as leading the coordination of all Victorian WorldSkills activities.  Mick is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Technology Education at Latrobe University and he has a passion for helping to lift the aspirations of young people.