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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
Les is on secondment to the VTA from Wodonga Institute of TAFE where he is the Executive Director - Education & Training.
Les's role at the VTA is Project Director, Regional TAFE Alliance and Managed Shared Services.
Sharon joined the VTA in April 2018 as the Business Partner - Staff Utilisation. Sharon comes to us from her role as Human Resources Manager at Federation Training and has worked in the TAFE sector for 9 years.
Sharon has a Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Human Resources Management and has worked as a HR Manager, paralegal, exeuctive assistant and has also ran her own businesses.
Andrea Radley is on secondment to the VTA from South West Institute of TAFE where she has been a Senior Educator in the Teaching Quality Centre for the past 2 years. Prior to that Andrea has taught in Graphic Design, Media and Visual Arts courses over the past 20 years; while also running a design and art practice.
Andrea has a Graduate Certificate in Vocational Education and Training as well as qualifications in leadership, management, design, multimedia and visual arts.
Christine Nicholas has over 18 years’ experience in the VET sector. She is on secondment to the VTA as an eLearning Developer on the Regional TAFE Alliance Project until November 2019.
Christine Nicholas is a Senior Educator at GOTAFE and held the position of eLearning Officer since 2011 until November 2017 when secondment commenced. She has been instrumental in teaching staff throughout GOTAFE to use educational technologies to enhance teaching and learning.
Christine’s roles at GOTAFE have also included teaching, coordinating programs in Information Technology, Conservation and Land Management and setting up and coordinating the Performing Arts programs.
Colin is on secondment to the VTA from Bendigo Kangan Institute (BKI). He is an eLearning Developer representing Bendigo TAFE as part of the VTA Regional TAFE Alliance.
Colin has experience in instructional design, developing eLearning and of teaching information technology and heavy vehicle mechanics qualifications.
Glenn Kelly, originally an electrician, has been an Instructional Designer for 20 years. Starting with 2 years in a mine in Papua, working to create an Electrical Apprenticeship, he then spent 9 years at ExxonMobil, in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia developing training resources for operators. For the last 5 years he has worked at the Gordon TAFE helping to create blended learning resources within Moodle.
Julie has over 20 years’ experience in the vocational education and training sector as an educator, eLearning specialist and more recently Instructional Designer. Julie is currently into the first year of a two-year secondment as an eLearning Developer on the Regional TAFE Alliance project for the Victorian TAFE Association.
Julies is an Instructional Designer at Federation Training and has worked in the eLearning Team since 2012. Julie is an advocate of online and blended learning specifically in the use of Moodle LMS, but also the myriad applications and tools that enhance learning and make it a rewarding and rich experience.
Vicki is on secondment to the VTA as Project Manager – Growing Regional Enrolments (International Students). She is an Insights and Market Analyst at Bendigo Kangan Institute. Vicki’s previous roles were in the institute’s International Department, most recently in student support and admissions.
Vicki has a Bachelor of Arts (Global) (Honours) from Monash University, a Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Kangan Institute, and is currently studying part-time towards a Master of Commerce at Deakin University.
Trevor’s experience spans the education sector, support education providers, government, community services and industry to generate and deliver projects alongside international partners. He has built global experiences for both inbound and outbound students, with his work recognised through an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Program award for the engagement of industry partners across the Asia-Pacific.
He holds a Masters of International Studies (distinction) and is currently elected to the Board of the International Education Association of Australia and appointed to the DFAT New Colombo Plan Reference Group.
Trevor seeks to build the reputation of the international education sector beyond the financial return it delivers; enabling government, providers and employers to harness and communicate the social and political value and cultural knowledge these international initiatives bring to the Australian community.
Pam has over thirty years of experience in the education, training, employment, industry, and community sectors in a variety of leadership, management, research, evaluation and policy adviser positions.
Pam has a comprehensive understanding of the Australian state and national education and training systems as they relate broadly to employment and training, and specifically to trade training. Through her global networks, Pam also has a broad knowledge and understanding of international education, training and employment systems.
She has worked across the vocational education and training sector as a Principal Education and Training Policy Adviser, Manager of Policy and Research; and researcher, evaluator and writer for a range of employer organisations including VECCI/ACCI, the Group Training Association of Victoria, TVET, and the Victorian TAFE Association.
Pam holds a Master’s Degree of Public Policy and Management, and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She has served as a board member on Statutory Boards including Chisholm Institute of TAFE, and the Victorian Qualifications Authority; and currently holds Board memberships in the NGO/NFP sector at a state and international level.
Jeremy is an experienced industry association executive who has led peak bodies in Australia and New Zealand.
Prior to joining the VTA, he was CEO of the Australian Dental Prosthetists Association for four years.
Jeremy commenced his career in the-then Commonwealth Employment Service and then moved to Canberra where he worked as a policy analyst, public affairs manager and adviser in portfolios including employment services.
In New Zealand, he ran a national peak body in the social services sector before transitioning to the public service as the ministerial speechwriter for the Ministry of Education.
In addition to holding senior government relations roles in the health and employment sectors, Jeremy has also led the Association of Independent Schools of the ACT, and the International Specialised Skills Institute, which provides scholarships to VET teachers to enhance and share skills.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (Organisational Communication), is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.