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ASQA Representative

ASQA Representative

Allison Miller

Director, Digital Capability

Allison Miller is a professional learning and business development leader of 25 years. She is the Director and Lead Consultant of Digital Capability, an organisation which specialises in cutting edge online learning and online business solutions. Allison also helps educational organisations ensure that their training and assessment is effective and compliant, especially online. 

Allison has a Master of Learning and Development (Organisational Development), Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Education (Secondary Business), Diploma of VET, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Business. She also leads the ePortfolios Australia professional network and the annual Australian Eportfolio Forum.

Allison Miller

Angela McGregor

Owner & Principal Consultant, RTO Consulting

Angela McGregor is the owner and principal consultant of RTO Consulting who has been offering consulting services throughout Australia. RTO Consulting was also established to provide guidance, coaching and assistance to businesses wanting to become an RTO, existing RTOs and businesses wanting to develop nationally accredited courses. 

Angela has successfully set up her own RTO in January 2003, which she successfully sold in July of 2012. As a practitioner dedicated to sharing knowledge, Angela has consulted through many forums pertaining to compliance issues and improvement strategies for training and assessment services. 

Angela is known for her current industry, knowledge and success in developing accredited courses and track record in setting up RTOs and assisting RTOs with compliance against the VET Quality Framework. Angela holds a number of qualifications including; Diploma of Quality Auditing, Diploma of VET Registration and Management, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Training and Assessment and Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing.

Angela McGregor

Anni Yaringa

Consultant - VET assessment design, compliance, capability development and audit

Anni has worked in the vocational education and training sector for more than 30 years and has witnessed all the changes from the original introduction of competencies in the late 1990s and the various national VET frameworks: NFROT, ARF, AQTF, VQF and the current Standards for RTOs.

 Her work in the last 15 years has focused on compliance – particularly relating to assessment. Anni’s goal is to find the simplest solution that works. She works independently, facilitating capability development workshops, developing assessment materials, validating assessment materials and judgements. Her passion is to help the front line educator work effectively within the constraints and rules we are bound by.

Anni Yaringa

Chemène Sinson

Founder & Principal, Blackwater Projects

Chemène is the founder and Principal at Blackwater Projects, an independent practice that provides advice, products and services that support adult learning and improve performance.

Chemène uses her diverse background in education to inform her work. An Olympian, she has coached elite athletes and mentored coaches. In the school system, she has taught kindergarten, year 12, and a few years in-between. Since launching Blackwater Projects in 2000 she has worked with a mix of corporate, community and government-sector clients.

Chemène has worked in VET for 20 years and specialises in TAE qualifications. She is a TAE trainer and has written TAE materials that more than 100 RTOs have used since they were introduced. She regularly runs professional development events for new and experienced trainers and assessors who want to go ‘beyond the basics’.

Chemène works with her professional network to remain informed of latest research and trends in learning and performance around the world.

Chemène  Sinson

Cheryl Mortimer

General Manager, Positive Mind Body Australia,

Cheryl Mortimer has more than 20 years of business experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors, including leadership roles in education, the health and wellbeing industry, indigenous community associations, youth justice programs, the mining industry, and the visual and performing arts.

She is the General Manager of Positive Mind Body Australia, a national mental health and wellbeing organisation and is also a registered teacher in Queensland.

She holds, a Diploma in Community Services (Co-ordination), a degree in Business, a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Education.

Cheryl’s experience and education have taught her that social and emotional education for students and teachers is at the core of their wellbeing, engagement and learning across the life course.

Cheryl Mortimer

Chris Enright

Director, RTO Logic

Chris Enright is the Director of RTO Logic, a consultancy firm that provides wrap around services to the VET sector.  He has more than 15 years’ experience in the Education and Training sector, assuming key leadership roles including operations and chief executive officer roles, driving business improvement and development for numerous respected companies.  

Chris is passionate about professional development and regularly facilitates workshops on a range of topics from intimate business strategy sessions to large full day workshops focusing on RTO compliance.  His down to earth approach ensures participants walk away with a practical understanding of their obligations within the sector. 

Chris is also the Board of Governance’s Chair for Carringbush Adult Education, a not-for-profit training organisation in Melbourne’s inner East.  Chris now spends the majority of his time providing business strategy and compliance advice to RTOs across the country.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School. 

Chris Enright

David Garner

Principal Consultant, [consult_dg]

David Garner is the Principal Consultant at [consult dg] and provides advice, development and research to the VET sector. He has worked in a variety of compliance related roles for over 15 years.

Most recently, as the General Manager Regulatory Operations for the Australian Skills Quality Authority, David was responsible for implementing ASQA’s regulatory strategy nationally, including monitoring compliance of both training providers, and intending providers, against the VET Quality Framework and Educational Services for Overseas Students Act.

David was also Director, Training Quality, in the Queensland Department of Education and Training. Prior to joining the Queensland department in 2005, David worked in and managed training providers for many years. David has been active in sports administration for over 30 years and sat for many years on the board of the Queensland Fitness, Sport and Recreation Skills Alliance.

David Garner

Dr Dan Hill

Director, SpecTraining Education

Over the last three decades, Dan has had the fortune of working in several industry sectors including defence, retail, wholesale distribution, mining, education and ITC. As a published author of several industry-leading titles, and a social media influencer with over 22,000 followers, Dan has gained a considerable reputation in adult education, and education leadership and management.

He facilitates nationally accredited courses in vocational education & training, leadership, business administration, frontline management, financial management, time prioritisation and customer service. Dan has also developed and run several specialised programs in the fields of emotional intelligence, workplace training and assessment, brain-based learning, and operational management.

As a passionate facilitator and speaker, Dan is able to engage groups with the right mix of humour, theory, practical activities and self-reflection. His professional experience allows him to draw upon interesting and poignant anecdotes and examples that link past experience in management, entrepreneurship, emotional intelligence, operations and strategy to the context of any workplace or training environment.

Dr Dan Hill

Geoff Cake

Learning Leader, MRWED Training and Assessment

Geoff has been with MRWED for eight years and brings more than 25 years of training and facilitation experience to the VET industry, gained in both Australian and international environments. He passionately demonstrates the ability to encourage learners to develop new skills and mind sets in a variety of diverse cultural and economic settings.

Geoff Cake

Greg O'Connor

Education and Technology Lead, Texthelp Ltd

Greg O'Connor has been actively involved in education for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, consultant, regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education, Australia and as a technology consultant and coach. 
 
As the Education and Technology Lead at Texthelp for the Asia Pacific region, he helps to make sure that the over half a million users of Texthelp products across the region get the most out of this technology.
 
Greg is a seasoned facilitator, having presented across Australia, NewZealand, Asia Pacific and beyond as a keynote speaker, conference presenter and workshop presenter.

Greg O'Connor

Jane Goodfellow

Principal Lecturer, North Metropolitan TAFE

Jane Goodfellow is the Australian VET Teacher/Trainer 2017 winner and has a keen interest in alternative and innovative training methods.

Jane has worked as a TAFE trainer for nearly 25 years and presented at many conferences around Australia sharing her new ideas for engaging VET students.

Jane Goodfellow

Jason Ash

General Manager, MRWED Training and Assessment

Jason has more than 15 years of training and assessment experience, gained predominantly in corporate environments. He has specialised in delivering training in sales, coaching, business communication and management and has received international acclaim for his work in Learning and Development. Jason was the winner of the Platinum Award for “Best Young Learning Leader” at the 2011 LearnX Asia-Pacific Awards and was named a young trainer to watch by US Training Magazine in 2012.

Jason is a two-time MRWED Trainer of the year and is one of only three trainers in Australia certified to deliver Bob Pike’s Train-the-Trainer Boot Camp, the world’s most well-respected trainer training program. A strong advocate for the participant-centred approach to training, Jason has spoken on the topic of Creative Training Techniques at conferences all over Australia and at multiple events in the United States.

Jason Ash

Jason Blinman

Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The Maven Effect

Jason Blinman is currently the Chief Executive Officer & Founder of The Maven Effect, but more recently, feedback has founded him to be classified as “A Unicorn; a majestic creature to behold both personally and professionally yet amazing to watch in action due to our limited comprehension of its magical abilities”.

Jason has held Senior, Executive and Board roles in RTO’s, Corporate L&D, Human Resources and Operations arenas. Before opening The Maven Effect, Jason held the role of Operations Manager of a prominent club in Sydney Australia. Combining exceptional strategy building techniques with “out of this world” people skills, Jason lead the company to boost its profit growth by $15 million in one financial year.  

Jason is a highly regarded Leader of industry, who brings a wealth of experience to each interaction, working with and learning from some of the World’s most recognised and loved brands such as The Disney Institute and McDonald’s Australia’s RTO.

Jason's Vision - "I want to change the hearts of Leaders everywhere".

Jason Blinman

John Blake

Consultant, eWorks: Learning technology, development and consultancy specialists

With a unique industry skill set, John combines 30 years of work and teaching in Hospitality, EAL & Foundation Skills, and more recently, Educational delivery. He has written training programs and resources used in more than 10 countries and has liaised with dozens of clients for program start-ups and course design.

Having worked in 20 countries in cross-dimensional environments teaching participants of all ages and walks of life in a variety of RTOs and businesses, John is passionate about the opportunity he has to inspire teachers and trainers to go beyond their PowerPoint and engage participants with multimedia learning platforms to build meaningful relationships.

As teachers get excited at PD and seminars, they often take good ideas back into their own classes and practice and re-invigorate their educational strategies and approaches.

With his own company, and having worked for both large and private RTOs, universities and dozens of organisations and industry groups enhancing training, John enjoys re-inventing vocational education, helping to make theory interesting through creative delivery approaches, contextualising assessments for specific industry needs and making a difference for the transformation of more knowledgeable industry-ready learners.

John Blake

John Dwyer

Lead Consultant, Velg Training

John Dwyer is a national VQF/AQTF trainer/assessor and consultant with having worked in education and training spanning more than 60 years. 

He brings extensive Registered Training Organisation (RTO) experience and has a comprehensive history in developing and delivering a range of workshops and webinars on assessment, compliance, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), moderation and validation processes relating to VQF/AQTF compliance.

John Dwyer

Joshua Rayner

Jobs Queensland Executive Director

Joshua Rayner is an experienced government executive who has administered and influenced public policy in many areas including social services, planning, further education, apprenticeships and traineeships and government pricing policies on essential services.

Joshua joined Jobs Queensland as Executive Director after serving in the South Australian and Commonwealth public services for over a decade. His immediate past role was leading the South Australian Training and Skills Commission as a regulator and policy advocate.

He has a great passion for vocational education and training’s beneficial influences on individuals, communities and intergenerational disadvantage.

Joshua Rayner

Karen Dymke

Director, Thoughtfulworks

Karen Dymke is an educator with over thirty years’ experience across a range of sectors, as a teacher, trainer, senior leader, coach and consultant. Her work includes lecturing at Latrobe University in Alternative Educational Models, including VET and the VCAL, as well as travelling Australia as a highly sought-after presenter sharing the latest educational research. Her passion is focused on partnering with educators to progress and support student learning, achievement and well-being, with a speciality in applied learning settings such as VET and TAFE. 

Karen’s work has been acknowledged through the Outstanding Teacher/Trainer of the Year award from the TAFE Development Centre, various scholarships and most recently with a Fellowship from the International Specialised Skills Institute, investigating the professionalization of adult educators. She thinks it should be fun (if hard work) when you learn!

Karen Dymke

Kathy Dennis

Assistant Secretary, VET Student Loans, Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Kathy is the Assistant Secretary responsible for the VET Student Loans Branch in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Kathy has been a senior executive in the Commonwealth Public service for 17 years and also spent 12 months working for the ACT Government. 

She has undertaken a range of roles covering policy, program management and service delivery in the Department of Education, the ACT Health Directorate, the Department of Health, Medicare Australia and the Australian Taxation Office. 

Kathy Dennis

Kerri Buttery

Director, VETNexus

Kerri Buttery has a long history of working in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and in the development of digital learning resources. As a qualified business and information technology teacher, she began developing digital learning resources for students to access in the late 1990s in the form of learning websites. This moved across to using “The Learning Place” and completing her first formal training in online learning in 2002, allowing her to cater for composite classes by creating self-paced resources for students to maximise their learning in a classroom setting with competing priorities. Fast forward to 2017-2018 and Kerri completed formal university studies at UNE, undertaking a Graduate Certificate of eLearning.

Kerri has a passion for ‘educating educators’ in how to engage learners, particularly in an online setting. She regularly runs professional development sessions on various digital learning tools and coaches teams of staff within RTOs in working towards their own in-house development of affordable digital learning resources.

Kerri Buttery

Kevin Ekendahl

Managing Director, Audit Express

Kevin Ekendahl is the Managing Director of Audit Express, Kevin is passionate about Australian training and education, specialising in the provision of quality training, compliance consulting and internal audit. He has been a vocal and energetic campaigner for the reduction of regulation and red tape in the VET sector and frequently provides advice to Ministers and Departments at state and Commonwealth levels.

Kevin was previously a board member of the Victorian Board of the Medical Board of Australia and also publishes regularly on the topic of regulation and industry best practice. Prior to his work with Audit Express, he was the General Manager of Social Enterprises for a not-for-profit organisation and he also worked in the advertising sector in print and radio.

 

Kevin Ekendahl

Kevin Ekendal

Managing Director, Audit Express

Kevin Ekendahl is the Managing Director of Audit Express, Kevin is passionate about Australian training and education, specialising in the provision of quality training, compliance consulting and internal audit. He has been a vocal and energetic campaigner for the reduction of regulation and red tape in the VET sector, and frequently provides advice to Ministers and Departments at State and Commonwealth levels. 

Kevin was previously a board member of the Victorian Board of the Medical Board of Australia and also publishes regularly on the topic of regulation and industry best practice. Prior to his work with Audit Express, he was the General Manager of Social Enterprises for a not-for-profit organisation and he also worked in the advertising sector in print and radio.

Kevin Ekendal

Laurie Kelly

Senior Consultant, Brain Friendly Training Pty Ltd

Laurie Kelly (Senior Consultant - Brain Friendly Training Pty Ltd) speaks both nationally and internationally on current knowledge of how the learning brain works to maximize the impact of teaching, and to create an openness factor in our approach to change and new learning.

With over 30 years experience as a National and International consultant, he has a reputation for having an uncanny ability to communicate on a level that everyone can appreciate and is passionate about the importance of the information he shares. Laurie's experience in improving brain engagement and thinking skills is vast - he is one of the most sought-after presenters in his field.

He preaches and practices the principles of Brain Friendly Training in all his work, so expect the ‘talk to be walked’. Have fun and enjoy the experience.

Laurie Kelly

Maciek Fibrich

RTO Coach, Director and Principal Consultant, RTO Consultancy

For almost 20 years, Maciek Fibrich has been challenging the status quo in the VET sector, often pushing the limits to achieve unexpected outcomes for RTOs. Some will also argue that disruption is part of Maciek’s DNA, but the reality is, Maciek is truly passionate about ensuring quality within the VET sector and working out ways to use technology to push quality, yet ensuring it never impacts on the human nature of training and assessment. Maciek commenced his VET journey in 1999 when he started his first RTO with his mother, and since then, he has seen the industry morph many times but has never lost sight of the industry’s main focus, educating our students.

Maciek Fibrich

Marc Ratcliffe

CEO & Founder, MRWED Training and Assessment

Marc Ratcliffe is a multi-award-winning trainer, author and education entrepreneur. He is the CEO and founder of MRWED Training and Assessment, a private RTO that specialises in Trainer Training. He is a strong advocate for "edu-tainment" and believes that learner involvement and fun are integral to student success. 

He continues to be an in-demand conference speaker and workshop facilitator, having presented at more than 50 conferences in a dozen countries in the past decade and was recently named as the winner of the “Best Training and Development Leadership” Award for 2017 at the World Training and Development Congress in Mumbai.

Marc Ratcliffe

Maria Langwell

Principal Consultant

Maria Langwell has worked within the VET sector for over 30 years, commencing within TAFE NSW where she worked in several positions across the Western Sydney Institute including strategic policy and planning. On her relocation to Melbourne, Maria managed several priority VET and employment services and programs as a Victorian public servant, with her last appointment as the funder of the private provider sector. 

In 2009, Maria shifted back into service delivery, where she worked at AMES, prior to heading up Spectrum Education and Training, a small community-based RTO based in Broadmeadows. Within this period and in recognition of her leadership in servicing the most disadvantaged community members, SET was awarded the 2010 Small Training Provider of the Year. 

Maria moved to ITECA (former ACPET), where she supported compliance and quality across ACPET’s membership base as well as the wider VET community, through her initiation of ACPET’s PD program and health check services. Maria joined the Vocation Group as the Head of Quality Assurance and Education and led 3 of the RTOs to a fully compliant status. 

In 2015, Maria embarked on her boutique RTO consultancy service, where she continues to support RTOs nationally to interpret and apply the range of regulatory and funding requirements.

Maria Langwell

Matthew Dale

CEO, Audit Express

Matthew Dale is the Chief Operations Officer of Audit Express, Matthew is passionate about Australian training and education, specialising in organisational development, knowledge management, quality, compliance and internal audit. He has been a vocal and energetic campaigner for policy change and the reduction of regulation and red tape in the VET sector. 

Matthew was previously a senior policy advisor to the Victorian Minister for Skills and Training, and also publishes regularly on the topic of regulation and industry best practice. Matthew is a graduate of Monash University with his studies focussed on Adult Learning and Development, he has previously worked as an RTO Manager, and Compliance Manager for both an industry-focussed not-for-profit organisation and a large national RTO which operated in all states and territories.

Matthew Dale

Melanie Alexandra

Melanie Alexandra has held a variety of roles within the Academic and Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector over the past 25 years winning awards for practice excellence in teaching and learning and outstanding leadership. As a Trainer and Assessor, Head of Faculty and Program Manager Melanie has authored and developed academic curriculum and vocational qualifications from Certificate I to Degree level, delivered nationally recognised and accredited programs to learners in schools, colleges and universities, and provided professional development workshops, webinars and online learning programs to training professionals in schools, higher education institutions and registered training organisations.  

As an RTO Manager, Melanie has lead RTO teams and businesses from a critically non-compliant status to successful re-registration and as Head of Quality Assurance and Lead Verifier worked extensively with regulatory bodies to ensure high standards of quality and compliance. Melanie worked as Senior Lead Auditor for the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, conducting regulatory audits and registrations against the current VET Quality Framework and Standards for RTOs 2015, and now provides quality VET audit and compliance consulting services in support of Registered Training Organisations and providers of VET in Schools.

Melanie Alexandra

Melanie MacDonald

Founder, Mana Social

After 17 years of running her own RTOs, Melanie MacDonald has a plethora of expertise to share with other education providers – the good, the bad, and the unexpected!

Melanie and her team have thrived with annual intakes of 2,000 completely fee for service students, making it to the BRW Fast 100 fastest growing companies in Australia.  Even during the VET fee help era, they still maintained 900 students/year – all without government funding and without competing on price.

Along the way, while running her business and compliance focussed RTO (scope included QA, WHS, HR and similar qualifications) Melanie also bought a beauty therapy college, rebranded it, and grew it by 800% to be the biggest beauty college in Queensland (again fully fee for service) before selling it to a publicly listed company.

It hasn’t all been plain sailing though and there have been some tough times but Melanie and her team met the challenges head-on and learnt from them all.

In 2018 after exiting the RTO business she realised that what she had been doing to grow her own RTO quickly, could be replicated to help other RTOs.

That’s when Mana Social was born – a business that focuses on growth strategies specifically helping RTO’s.


Melanie MacDonald

Michael Hartman

CEO, Skills Impact

Michael has more than 30 years of involvement in work-based learning and vocational education and training. As CEO of Skills Impact (from a start-up in 2016), he is responsible for services which support skill standards and qualification development for a broad range of industry sectors. Previously, as CEO of ForestWorks for 10 years, he led the industry’s skills standards and qualifications program including an industry-wide Innovation Skills Program to support industry development.

Michael has broad and deep knowledge of industry, workplace learning, education and training, used to engage and add value with industry and VET sector stakeholders. He holds a Diploma of Management (Community Services), Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Corporate Governance qualifications, Innovation for Leaders Skill Set and trade qualifications.

Michael Hartman

Michelle Charlton

Vocational Education & Training Consultant, Specialised VET Services

One of Michelle’s greatest interests is ‘why’ and she looks to ignite and share this curiosity for learning at every opportunity.  

Michelle is an experienced presenter and facilitator, a qualified trainer and assessor, and has industry qualifications and experience in project management, leadership and management, training and education, and business operations. She holds tertiary qualifications in Psychology, Adult and Vocational Education, and Training and Development.  

Michelle currently works with her team to offer specialised RTO and VET services, through resource development, validation services, and VET professional development opportunities.  

Michelle Charlton

Mitch Wallis

Founder - Heart On My Sleeve Movement, Well-Being Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker

Mitch Wallis is a leader in the mental health space in the Millennial generation with a lifelong mission to empower others to overcome suffering and re-imagine the healing potential of the mind through the power of storytelling, conversation & living with authenticity.

Growing up in Sydney, Mitch lived a very “normal” and privileged life. He was fortunate enough to join Microsoft as an intern when he was 19, the youngest person in the company at the time. After 5 years working in Australia, Mitch was promoted to Microsoft HQ in Seattle USA as global product marketing manager for ‘Surface’ where he worked on some of the biggest launches in the hardware space for the tech giant.

However, that wasn’t the full story. His inside life wasn’t the perfect Instagram moment. On the 30th May 2017, his life changed overnight when he released a video of his story, in the hope that someone out there would feel understood and feel less alone by his unexpected yet painfully relatable journey.  Within 1 week the video reached over 1 million people and started a global Movement where people all around the world began drawing and tattooing hearts on their arm and sharing their story.

Mitch now devotes himself full-time to helping solve the single biggest issue facing his generation – mental health. He is one of the most recognisable mental health speakers in Australia and abroad, having delivered keynotes to tens of thousands of people in the last few years. He has spoken at some of the most recognised companies in the world including American Express, Google, KPMG, Allianz and dozens more. He is a workplace wellbeing consultant - helping companies transform culture and create thriving organisations. 

He is a notable social media influencer & mental health advocate with over 30,000 followers, and also runs a weekly psychology Podcast called "UNDERSTOOD". He is writing a book called "7 ways to coping" (publishing 2021).

He was appointed the first-ever ambassador for the Australia & New Zealand Mental Health Association, and has been named a Westfield Local Hero in their annual awards. He holds several board and advisory positions – including SuperFriend and the Corporate Mental Health Alliance of Australia. He has been an expert advisor to the United Nations on the topic of youth mental health. He has featured across Sky News, Channel 10’s The Project, and recognised by GQ Magazine as a Man of Influence.

Mitch is a serial well-being entrepreneur. He is the founder of Heart On My Sleeve - a leading global mental health movement, training organisation and peer support platform that helps businesses and individuals tell stories and lean in to the tough conversations. He is also the founder of Calm Water - a relaxation drink company that relieves stress and anxiety.

Mitch has a Masters of Psychology degree from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney. He has done specialised study under leading global psychology teachers including Harvard’s Dr Dan Brown and UCLA’s Dr Dan Siegel. He is accredited in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and is a trained Lifeline Crisis Support phone operator.

Mitch Wallis

Paul Pellier

Managing Director, Accellier Education

Paul is the founder of Accellier, an RTO with over a decade of success in a range of industries, government and defence sectors. 

Paul is a self-confessed nerd with a software and digital media background. He loves crafting streamlined, highly automated business systems using tech, freeing his RTO team to do what they do best; serve clients with a delightful course experience.

Paul Pellier

Paul Walsh

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Industry Standards

As Chief Executive of Australian Industry Standards (AIS), Paul’s focus is on delivering innovative world-class skills solutions to support careers, life-long learning and building business capability. He has been a member of the AIS executive and leadership team since 2012, previously leading its operations and overseeing the newly established AIS Global business unit. Previous to this, Paul amassed over 30 years’ experience in the transport and logistics sector both as an employee and as a company owner. 

Paul is a passionate advocate for skills development and was instrumental in seeing AIS expand its portfolio in 2016 to 11 industry sectors and establishing new working arrangements for Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) for the respective training package development.

Paul has extensive experience in International Skills Capability Building Projects involving the establishment of skills recognition frameworks and enabling infrastructure needs across APEC, IORA and Pacific Alliance regions. These frameworks have been developed with a strong focus on developing current and future skills through industry engagement.

Paul holds a Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training and a range of qualifications in Business, Operational Management, Project Management (PRINCE2), Media, Industrial Relations, and Workplace Health & Safety. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).


Paul Walsh

Simon Cochaud

Quality and Compliance Specialist

Simon has been engaged in the VET sector for more than 10 years, having worked as Manager and Director for large TAFE Institutes, Manager of an Industry Skills Council and as a Lead Regulatory Officer with the VET Regulator – ASQA. Simon’s practice areas include quality, compliance and risk, learning and teaching, people and culture and transformational change. Simon has designed and facilitated many professional development programs. Prior to working in the VET sector, Simon worked for a number of global advertising agency networks as print production director in Asia Pacific.

Simon Cochaud

Simon Walker

Managing Director, NCVER

Simon began his career in the public sector as a financial analyst for Central TAFE in Western Australia after starting his career in the private sector. Simon

joined the WA Department of Training in 1997 and has since worked in a variety of senior executive roles with a focus on VET sector planning, policy

and resourcing.

Simon represented Western Australia on the national Senior Skills Officials Network (SSON) and the national Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration (MACSM) and was a representative on the Western Australian State Training Board. Simon was also the state and territory government representative on the inaugural Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC).

Simon joined the NCVER board as a director in 2015 and took up the position of Managing Director of the NCVER in October 2018.

Simon Walker

Tony Kirton

Senior Instructional Designer and Facilitator, Engage Learning and Development

Tony Kirton is an instructional designer and workshop facilitator with more than ten years’ experience in learning and development.

Founder and senior designer at resource design consultancy Engage Learning and Development (formerly DES Learning), which contracts to the public and private sector, Tony develops traditional learning programs as well as e-learning using Articulate Storyline.

Tony has extensive experience in the application of learning design theory, having designed many training programs and hundreds of assessment resources.

Tony’s recent instructional projects include major programs for:

  • Boral Australia
  • ACE Training Centre
  • SafeWork NSW
  • Australasia International School
  • NSW Health

Known for his engaging and evidence-based approach to workplace learning, Tony also facilitates training and assessment with some of Australia’s leading training providers including the Australian Institute of Management, NSW Health and SafeWork NSW.

Continuing to extend his expertise and keep up-to-date with the latest practices in learning and development, Tony recently completed a four-month leadership program with the University of Michigan. He is currently completing an Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program with the University of Maryland (USA).

In addition to his current studies, some of Tony’s qualifications include:

  • Master of Business and Commerce with a specialisation in Human Resources (Distinction)
  • Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
  • Diploma of Training Design and Development
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certificate IV in Frontline Management

Tony Kirton

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