Each year our Steering Committee operates to ensure that we are representing all our stakeholders and to obtaining advise and recommendations on emerging skills, careers and programs that are happening in Australia and how we can best promote Vocational Education and Training.
The steering committee consists of representatives from the National Careers Institute, State/Territory governments, key stakeholders from the VET sector and Australian VET Alumni.
Meet our 2022 Committee members
Trevor Schwenke - WorldSkills - CEO
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Career Development, Coaching, Government, Learning Management, and Educational Technology. Strong business development professional with a Masters of Education focused in Leadership and Management from University of Southern Queensland.
Linda Winter - CCIWA - Career Facilitator – Industry Training Hub, Armadale
Linda Winter has extensive knowledge and experience through having worked for the past ten years as Education and Training Adviser at CCIWA. Linda is responsible for engaging and building strong networks and relationships with key stakeholders in the education, university and training sectors. She coordinates student and teacher programs around “work” and the future of work initiatives as part of CCI’s workforce development contribution to the community.
Matthew King - VET Alumni - Head of Swan Trade Training Centre
Matthew King is the Head of the Swan Trade Training Centre (STTC). A unique trade training centre located within Swan Christian College, a private school for Kindergarten to Year 12. Matthew is an electrician by trade and was responsible for establishing the only school-based Electrical pre-apprenticeship course in Western Australia run by in-house staff. He has vast experience in the electrical field, and strong ties to industry highlighted by his secondment to FMG for 6 months in 2019 working within their Trades Training Team. His skills and passion as a Trainer has been acknowledged through being awarded the 2018 NECA Trade Teacher of the Year, WA Trainer of the Year 2019 and Runner Up Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2019. He believes that relationship is the key to reaching young people, and through great teaching we can shape the next generation.
Troy Williams - ITECA - Chief Executive
The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) is the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors, with Troy appointed its Chief Executive Officer in 2018. Given that independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) support around 85% of the 3.9 million students in vocational training, Troy is active in driving policy reforms that restructure Australia’s skills sector. In November 2018 Troy accepted the appointment of Chief Executive at the I Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing the independent tertiary education sector in Australia. ITECA is a strong advocate to ensure that the government fosters an environment where the independent tertiary education sector can innovate, grow and meet the expectations of students and business. This is achieved through the delivery of certification programs plus building collaborative relationships with stakeholders in the education sector, business community and government. Troy’s experience spans three decades as a senior executive with industry associations in the medtech, construction and property sectors. He’s play a role in the establishment and reform of occupational licensing and registration schemes and their relationship with government legislation at a state and territory levels. Beyond Troy's role with ITECA, he contributes to efforts to secure pro-business reforms to the technical, regulatory and commercial environment via appointments to a number of forums and government committees. On training and skills matters, he’s active with organisations including Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA). He has been appointed to key government committees such as the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration convened by the Australian Government.
Darryl Buchanan - Association of Independent Schools of NSW - Associate Chief Executive: Leadership and Learning
Darryl Buchanan is an Associate Chief Executive at the Association of Independent Schools in New South Wales. In this role, Darryl oversees teams which are responsible for advocacy and the provision of a wide range of professional services to over 500 independent schools in NSW. The focus of the advocacy and services is steeped in the areas of leadership and learning. Darryl has also managed a large number of government-funded programs and oversees the Registered Training Organisation which sits within AISNSW and enables independent schools to deliver VET to their students. With over 30 years professional experience in education, Darryl has worked at a number of independent schools, presented nationally and internationally, contributed to several curriculum development projects across the state and has authored and co-authored eleven text books and multiple educational resources. Darryl has been a part of the OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 project since 2018 and is currently co-chair of the thematic working group focusing on the alignment of pedagogies and assessment with curriculum.
Anne Cazar - SkillsOne - Director- National Skills Week
Anne is passionate about building people’s understanding of Vocational Education and Training in Australia. With over 28 years of experience and expertise in education, hospitality, tourism, retail, human resources, and business consulting , her focus has always been on measurable returns, leading and developing high performing teams, and creating the best opportunities and experiences for students and Industry. Anne’s particular success and expertise has been to forge extremely valuable partnerships with stakeholders to create and deliver meaningful and relevant training and education programs resulting in industry-ready graduates, exciting, beneficial student experiences and positive outcomes for industry. Anne has engaged with SkillsOne for at least 7 years- either in her VET and management roles or recently for the past 4 years as Director of National Skills Week. Anne hold numerous qualifications in VET in the hospitality, tourism, management and training sector and post graduate qualifications in Adult education and Human Resources.
Brian Wexham - SkillsOne - CEO + Chair of National Skills Week
Brian is an experienced executive and non-executive director with an extensive background in media and advertising, spanning over 30 years. Brian spent 15 years with The Times and Sunday Times in a variety of executive roles, gaining significant operational experience across editorial and advertising. From 1983, he spent several years in Cape Town, South Africa working with the largest publishing company, Media 24. He later returned to London and joined The Observer as a Director and was also on the main board of the newly launched Today newspaper. During this period in the UK he headed up the development of The Observer’s enterprise division which embraced film production, book publishing and the successful launch of new magazine titles. In 1990, Brian moved to Nairobi, Kenya to head up Lonrho PLC’s East African publishing interests as CEO He is the author of several books, including the highly acclaimed Shipwrecks (Timmins), as well as being the author of a successful international cartoon strip. In 2006 Brian was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence. He is a committed proponent of vocational education and training, and is now CEO of SkillsOne Television and Founder and Chair of National Skills Week. In 2013, Brian was nominated as Chair of WorldSkills Australia, a position he held for 5 years. Brian also holds several non-executive board positions, which include Creative Communications, and Chair of The Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
Katherine Haag - VET Alumni - Therapeutic Specialist
After completing her Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) at the Central Institute of Technology, Katherine won the Vocational student of the year in WA in 2015 and was subsequently a finalist in the Australian Training Awards Vocational Student of the Year Award. Katherine's passion revolves around helping people through social and community work and over the years she has combined continuous study alongside work and completed 9 vocational education and training (VET) qualifications. These range from Diplomas in Business and Management, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to most recently a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma with the Australian Childhood Foundation in 2020. Over the years Katherine has seen the devastating impact that developmental trauma has on individuals and families, dramatically impacting their mental health and wellbeing. Katherine is passionate about using a person-centred and strength-based approach with the people she works with as well as a trauma informed lens. Katherine is very interested in the body/mind connection and the role it plays in self-regulation and wellbeing and is exploring additional somatic based work, to keep evolving her skills and practice. Katherine is hoping to do a Cert IV in Massage therapy this year, to use alongside her trauma informed yoga teaching and meditation teacher training.
Jacqueline Gee - DESE/ National Careers Intitute - Director, Partnership Programs & Awards
Jacqueline has worked in Government for more than 15 years, developing and implementing Government-funded programs for skills development and employment. She is currently the Director of Partnership Programs & Awards in the National Careers Institute where she leads work on the Partnerships Grants program, VET Information Strategy and partnerships, Australian Training Awards and the Australian VET Alumni program. Jacqueline is passionate about showcasing the many different learning pathways to help inspire people make career choices and engage in lifelong learning.
Dianne Dayhew - NEAN - CEO
Dianne Dayhew is the CEO of the National Apprentice Employment Network (or NAEN), the member body representing the network of group training organisations that employs some 25,000 apprentices and trainees around Australia. Originally an educator in primary and tertiary education, Dianne also has a professional background in the arts and creative industries. Dianne commenced her career in Australian vocational education, training and employment in the mid-90s, matching trainees to host businesses for the arts and cultural industries. Dianne worked with the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council for more than six years, initially running their NSW ITAB contract for construction and property services, and later as General Manager of Policy. She established and managed three group training operations in both the arts and property services industries, and later worked with high profile organisations including SOCOG, SPOC (for the Paralympics) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she was a Senior Executive in the Human Resources Division. Dianne commenced her CEO role with NAEN in late 2018. The Associations Forum awarded NAEN the 2021 External Campaign of the Year Award in recognition for effective campaigning for apprentice employment. Her advocacy work has led to regular news media appearances, and radio, online and print media interviews.
Patrick Kidd - DSO - CEO
Service to his country has been a life-long priority, with leadership skills literally battle-tested through operational roles in Afghanistan and Iraq where he commanded the Royal Tank Regiment on active duty. He is the recipient of both an OBE and Order of Australia Medal. Following a 30-year career in the British and Australian Armies, culminating with the rank of Brigadier, his role in leading the planning for and delivering of the Invictus Games in Sydney in 2018 was a natural progression. The demands placed on a Brigadier and a CEO are very similar. As CEO of the DSO, he has three priorities: ➙ Empower, enable and support the team to be successful, making them accountable ➙ Think big, push hard, with a focus on what has impact and is achievable ➙ Take key stakeholders on the journey, creating shared responsibility