Governance

The organisation’s governance is essentially the role of the board, with day-to-day management delegated to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Senior Management Group. The CEO and senior management operate under the accountability and reporting framework established by the board.  This framework monitors progress against targets established in the board's strategic, business and management plans.

SWTAFE Board

Our board has responsibility for the overall management and strategic development of the organisation. The values of the board reflect those of the organisation: people focused, quality and excellence and innovation. In line with these values, the organisation’s code of conduct guides the actions and decisions of the board.

Steven Waterhouse
Board Chair

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Commercial Law and Information Management Systems), Member Institute of Chartered Accountants

Steven commenced on the Board in February 2017. He is a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

Steven has a background in financial management, corporate services and governance. He is General Manager People and Business Services at Wannon Water and is an active member of the Corporation’s Executive team.

Steven is Wannon Water’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for leading the financial, people, safety, risk, and internal audit functions of the Corporation. Steven is Deputy Chairman and Treasurer of the Warrnambool Racing Club, holding those offices since 2016 and 2009 respectively. He is a previous Board Member of the South West Academy of Sport.

Sandy Burgoyne
Director

Master of Sustainable Development, Bachelor of Arts (Geography), Diploma of Education

Sandy commenced on the organisation Board on 9 October 2016. She brings 25 years of education and corporate experience in developing and leading business strategy, marketing, change and business transformation within the telecommunications, information technology, retail and not-for-profit sectors.

She was the founding Director of the Future Cities Collaborative at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney until 2017 and continues her affiliation with the University of Sydney. She provides consultancy services as the Managing Director, Combined Technology Services and is a board member at Portland District Health.

Susan Brumby
Director

PhD, Master of Health Management, Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Graduate Diploma of Women’s Studies, Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment, General Nursing and Midwifery Training, Fellow Australian Rural Leadership

Sue is committed to promoting positive educational opportunities and economic growth in the South West. As the founding Director of the National Centre for Farmer Health and an executive staff member of Western District Health Service, she brings extensive experience in nursing, agriculture, research and higher education.

She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Life Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and appointed member of the Victorian Agricultural Advisory Council. She has published and presented internationally and been recognised for her work in rural and regional communities.

Susan joined the board on 1 September 2013 and Chairs the recently formed Innovation and Industry Committee.

Brian Crook
Director

Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Certificate A Teaching (4thYear)

Brian was a Ministerial appointment to the board in December 2017.

Brian’s career has largely been with education, local government and small business. He retired from teaching commitments at the end of 2018 at Trinity College, Colac where he introduced the VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) program in 2006 and worked in that program in a part-time capacity until his retirement.

He was instrumental in opening up TAFE opportunities for all students in the VCAL program through the VET in Schools program and is passionate about access and affordability of skills training for young people. Brian was instrumental in the delivery of a trade training centre for Colac Otway Shire.

He is keen to see the growth of South West TAFE in Colac through better connections with schools, industry and community and believes training delivered to local as well as broader employment-related needs is essential for the South West Community. The free access to TAFE courses should remove the financial barriers for many people and is an excellent initiative.

Ann Ellis
Director

Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Special Education, Diploma of Primary Teaching

Ann commenced on the Board on 9 October 2016. Since starting her career as a primary school teacher, Ann has had a long association with the Vocational Education sector in various teaching and non-teaching roles before moving into further managerial roles in both the government and non-government sectors in Queensland.

Most recently, she held the position of Group General Manager with Engineering Education Australia, part of Australia’s peak body for professional engineers. Ann is currently the Manager, Rural Programs for Murray City Country Coast GP Training, a position which she has held since 2016. Ann also owns and runs an accommodation business in regional Victoria.

Jacinta Ermacora
Director

Master of Social Science (Policy), Bachelor of Social Work, is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a qualified Quality Improvement Performance Assessor

Jacinta commenced on the Board in July 2018. Jacinta has a background in social work and community engagement in the primary health and consumer advocacy sectors and brings to the Board 15 years of public sector corporate governance experience.

Prior to joining South West TAFE, Jacinta served as Chair and Director of a number of regional entities including as Mayor and Councillor of Warrnambool City Council, Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, The Great South Coast Group, Regional Cities Victoria and was the founding Chair of the Victorian Women in Water Directors Network. Jacinta brings a wide range of regional, state and national relationships to any role and is currently Chair of Wannon Water Corporation, Chair of Warrnambool Special Developmental School Wollaston Campus, Committee and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Great South Coast committee member. 

Bill Brown
Director

Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics and GIA (Cert).

Bill commenced on the Board on 1 January 2019.

With more than 35 years of experience as a commercial lawyer, Bill is now a trusted advisor to owners and directors in a wide range of industries. He specialises in good corporate governance, a key tool in managing and minimising risk. His other directorships include South West Healthcare and Natio Pty Ltd.

Chris Holloway
Director

Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, Certificate IV in Building, Certificate III in Carpentry, Trades Certificates and Licences

Chris commenced on the organisation board on 1 July 2019 as the elected staff member for the organisation.

Chris has worked his entire life in our region as an Apprentice, Sub-contractor, Qualified Builder and Building Supervisor prior to starting at South West TAFE in 2005. Chris is a co-ordinator, trainer and assessor to several secondary schools in our region, VET DSS in building and construction, pre-apprentices, apprentices and qualified tradespeople completing the Certificate IV to become register builders.

Chris has relished the opportunity to work with young adults to find their desired career across the trade sector. Nurturing their skills to help them thrive and strengthen our region. Recently he has also taken up the opportunity as a member of the Board of Studies representing teaching staff at an operational level.

Executive Team

Day-to-day management of the organisation continued to be delegated to the CEO and the Executive Team. The CEO and the Executive Team operate under a reporting and accountability framework.

Mark Fidge
Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Diploma of Frontline Management, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

Mark has been the CEO of South West TAFE since early 2015. Mark initially joined the organisation as Finance Manager in 2003. He was appointed to the role of Executive Manager of Corporate Services in 2005, incorporating the role of Chief Finance Officer and appointed as the organisation Board Secretary in 2013. 

As CEO, Mark is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring efficiency across the organisation to meet the requirements of Government, enterprises and individuals.

Prior to joining South West TAFE, Mark gained experience as a financial manager in a range of sectors in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Mark is the Chair of the South West Local Learning and Employment Network and represents South West TAFE on several other like-minded community Boards.

John Flett
Executive Manager - Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Agriculture Science (Hons), Graduate Diploma Education (Sec), Graduate Certificate in Organisational Change, Diploma of Business Management, Diploma of Business Administration

John has over 30 years of senior management experience in education and training design for the vocational and secondary education systems in Australia. John commenced at South West TAFE as the Executive Manager of Education in June 2018. Prior to joining to the organisation, John was Head of Innovation and Strategy and Head of Education Development at The Gordon TAFE. These roles have been responsible for educational reform, teaching innovation, online learning and educational delivery services.

John’s other roles in the TAFE sector include Manager for Teaching Excellence, Centre Manager for Business Skills, and as a Regional Manager. John has previously managed and led an Enterprise-based Registered Training Organisation in the natural resources sector, and been a member of multiple Industry Skills Councils and Industry Training Board advisory committees. He is a past Board member of the Cohuna-Campaspe and Wynbay Local Learning and Employment Networks, and committee member of several government Technical School initiatives.

Louise Cameron
Executive Manager - Education 

Bachelor of Training and Development, Program, Diploma of Management, Diploma of VET, Certificate IV in TAE, Certificate IV in Wool Classing, Graduate of the Australian Women’s Business Program, Graduate of the Marcus Oldham Leadership Program.

Louise Commenced as Executive Manager for Education in June 2019, bringing 16 years of experience from the VET-sector and Higher Education. Louise is very passionate about providing pathways of opportunities for young people through Vocational Training to gain employment outcomes.

Louise’s portfolio includes VCAL, Foundation Skills, and teaching areas of Business, Design, Personal Services, Health and Community Services.

Geraldine Lewis
Executive Manager - Stakeholder Engagement

Masters of Business Administration (MBA) completing, Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116, Certificate IV in Small Business Management

Geraldine Commenced as Executive Manager Stakeholder Engagement in September of 2018, bringing ten
years’ experience in the VET and Higher Education Sector managing commercial, stakeholder and government relationships. This is underpinned by 10+ years of small to medium enterprise ownership and management.

Geraldine leads the Business Development and Customer Service teams, Industry Connect, Community Engagement, Schools Jobs and Pathways, as well as the Portland, Hamilton and Colac Campuses. Her goal is to support and develop her teams to be recognised as being an example of best practice in client
engagement, and growing our business and our people.

Shannyn Carter
Acting Executive Manager - Corporate Services & Board Secretary