Secretariat staff

Andrea Newton​

Finance and Operations Manager

Angela Nicholas

Operational Support Coordinator

Dan Mabilia

Director, Policy and Advocacy

Hayley Tomlinson

Engagement & Communications Coordinator

Jeremy Irvine​

Executive Director

Judith Uren

Director, Victorian TAFE International

Kelly Howarth

Blended Learning Instructional Designer

Marlene Claffey

Project Coordinator - Gender Equality Support Project

Pam Jonas​

Senior Adviser

Rebecca Summits

Project Coordinator - TREC

Sharon Junker​

Manager, Workforce Services and Projects

Andrea Newton

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.

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.

Hayley Tomlinson

Hayley joined the VTA in May, 2021 following 7 years working in the publishing sector. Hayley arrived with a wealth of editorial and media experience, having been responsible for publishing and marketing teams both domestically and internationally. Hayley’s previous work has included organising large scale publicity tours incorporating events and festivals  and writing media releases and publishing reports, often distilling complex medical or technical information for digestion by boards, media or the wider community.

Jeremy Irvine

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.