Team

Secretariat staff

Dan Mabilia

Director, Policy and Advocacy


Judith Uren

Director, Victorian TAFE International


Sharon Junker​

Manager, Workforce Services and Projects


Angela Nicholas

Operational Support Coordinator


Pam Jonas​

Senior Adviser



Marlene Claffey

Event Coordinator



Andrea Newton​

Finance and Operations Manager


Rebecca Summits

Project Coordinator - TREC



Kelly Howarth

Blended Learning Instructional Designer


Dan Mabilia

Dan has worked in the education sector for over 30 years with the majority spent in the vocational education and training sector after commencing his teaching career in the secondary education system.

He has extensive experience in education delivery and in senior leadership roles in vocational and higher education operations in TAFE (both standalone and Dual Sector University). Most recently he was Director of Foundation Skills and Pathways at Bendigo Kangan Institute and prior to this at RMIT as Deputy Dean of Vocational Health, Sciences and Trades, and at William Angliss Institute as Associate Director of VET. He started as a VE trainer there and moved into senior management positions in program delivery and international education. 

Dan has a passion for leadership and a collaborative approach to problem solving. He joins the VTA with significant knowledge of the operational challenges faced in the TAFE sector and will strive to advocate on behalf of TAFE and Dual Sector Universities.

Dan’s qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Education.

Judith Uren

Judith has worked in International Education and the vocational sector more broadly for over 30 years with experience working overseas on large vocational education projects in Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and North Asia including China. Her work has covered, capacity building through aid and development projects, transnational delivery of Australian qualifications and skills assessments of workers for both temporary and permanent migration.

Judith recently joined the VTA after working for the Victoria Government where she managed a range of international portfolio areas including, business development including the TAFE Victoria Offshore Consortium project, Study Melbourne destination marketing and student initiatives focusing on enhancing the international student experience.

Sharon Junker

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, executive assistant and has also ran her own businesses.

Angela Nicholas

Angela commenced with the VTA in March 2016 to provide reception and administrative support. Although Angela is from a predominately nursing background, she holds a diploma in Business and Business Management and worked in various office positions, including 10 years in the Aged Care sector.

Pam Jonas​

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.

Marlene Claffey

Marlene is a Human Resources professional with over 25 years of HR generalist experience within the professional services industry including the TAFE sector and other government organisations.

Marlene holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management (Deakin University); a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (RMIT); Cert IV in TAE; and Cert IV in Occupational Health and Safety.

Marlene’s expertise includes legislation compliance, HR best practice, policy and procedure development and review, and project management, facilitation and coordination.

Andrea Newton

Rebecca Summits

Rebecca is a skilled Project Coordinator and Instructional Designer with over 17 years’ experience coordinating projects, designing and developing high-quality learning materials and assessments for online, blended and face to face delivery.  

She has worked across VET, HE, credentials and short course programs, adding a creative touch and quality lens to all projects. She is a team player who enjoys working in collaborative and virtual team environments.

Kelly Howarth

Kelly is a skilled Blended Learning Instructional Designer with over 5 years’ experience designing and developing high-quality learning materials and assessments for online, blended and face to face delivery.  

Kelly has also had experience in teaching Travel and Tourism for Chisholm and Holmesglen Cert III and IV and VET’is and VCAL students and loved the challenge. Kelly is a team player who thrives on a good challenge.