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TAFE Queensland Executive

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer - Jodi Schmidt

Jodi Schmidt

Jodi Schmidt is a key figure in the Australian VET sector and has led a wide range of vocational education and training reforms across Queensland. Ms Schmidt in her current role as Chief Executive Officer has led TAFE Queensland as an independent statutory body and provided strong and agile leadership ensuring its development into a flexible and responsive business with an annual turnover of nearly $700m.

Jodi was previously the Deputy Director-General, Training and Employment with the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment with full responsibility for the state's training and employment portfolio.

Jodi has held various senior positions in both Australia and the United Kingdom in health, local government and in the private sector and holds qualifications in Marketing, Accounting and Market Research. She is currently Chair of the Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and was recently appointed Deputy Chair of TAFE Directors Australia (TDA).

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer - Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Michael is a CPA-qualified senior executive with strong experience in not-for-profit service organisations across the training, education and health sectors.

Michael was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for TAFE Queensland on 1 July 2014. As COO, Michael is responsible for the performance of  TAFE Queensland's operating regions with a particular focus on ensuring the achievement of key TAFE Queensland-wide strategic objectives and targets. The COO role also has lead responsibility for risk and compliance management, internal and external audit coordination, pricing strategy, planning and reporting, legal services, business intelligence and asset management.

Michael has extensive experience in corporate services leadership, business planning, organisational performance management and large scale change management initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of service organisations. Prior to being appointed as Chief Operating Officer, he took a key role in the transition of TAFE Queensland to a statutory body as well as the amalgamation of the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Institutes. Michael previously held senior Corporate Services and Human Resources roles at two Queensland TAFEs, and held the Acting Institute Director position at the Bremer Institute for over two years. He has also led a range of corporate service at the Queensland Studies Authority and in the health sector at Queensland Health, Mayne Nickless and Mater Health Services.

Michael holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Management (Human Resources Management), a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance), and is a fellow of CPA Australia.

Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Executive Services

Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Executive Services - Robert Petherbridge

Robert Petherbridge

As Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Executive Services, Robert is responsible for assisting the Chief Executive Officer and Board to establish TAFE Queensland as a thought leader in tertiary education and training. Robert works with TAFE Queensland's executive to develop positions on major legislative reform proposals as well as ensure the organisation is well represented in significant policy debates nationally and in Queensland. Robert is also responsible for leading TAFE Queensland's contributions to various Parliamentary inquiries and other consultation processes.

Prior to joining TAFE Queensland, Robert was the Executive Director - Skills Reform, Department of Education, Training and Employment, where his work was fundamental to the creation of TAFE Queensland as a statutory body and developing the framework for the Queensland Government's skills and training reform agenda. Robert has also worked on a number of major public policy initiatives including establishing Year 7 as the first year of secondary school in Queensland (A Flying Start for Queensland Children) and implementation of the Education and Training Reforms for the Future.

Chief Academic Officer

Chief Academic Officer - Jenny Dodd

Jenny Dodd

Jenny Dodd is the Chief Academic Officer and Executive lead for Marketing and Brand and Communication, TAFE Queensland.

In this role, Jenny is responsible for leading academic quality and governance including VET and HE, product strategy, learning and teaching, digital product services, applied research, and marketing, brand and communication.

Prior to her current role, Jenny held the position of General Manager, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, where she led a client-focused team to deliver student outcomes and to forge viable relationships between TAFE Queensland and Gold Coast businesses and community.

Jenny has an extensive background across the education sector. In 1993, following a successful marketing career, Jenny joined the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). In her twenty year career at CIT she held a number of roles including Deputy Chief Executive Education Services and Director Marketing and National Positioning. Jenny is known for her leadership of flexible learning and was a member of the Flexible Learning Advisory Group leading national professional development programs and e-learning collaborations with industry for seven years.

Jenny is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Human Resource Institute, the Australian Institute of Management and a Board member of the TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarships Foundation. She has qualifications in education, human resource management and marketing.

Chief Human Resources Officer

Chief Operating Officer - Michael Thomas

Julia Smith

Julia joined TAFE Queensland in June 2017, assuming the role of Chief Human Resources Officer.

Julia started her career as a Food Technologist, holding leadership position in the FMCG sector before transitioning into Training and Human Resources roles.  Prior to joining TAFE Queensland Julia held senior HR positions across a diverse range of commercial and government businesses including in the manufacturing, health services, financial services and infrastructure sectors.

Julia has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Business, Graduate Certificate in Change Management, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and recently completed the Certificate in Foundation of NeuroLeadership through the NeuroLeadership Institute.

As Chief Human Resources Officer Julia focuses on the strategic direction of people, culture and safety in TAFE and development of frameworks and systems used by TAFE's leaders and people to recruit, develop and reward.    

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer - Andrew Stuart-Murray

Andrew Stuart-Murray

Andrew Stuart-Murray Joined the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE as CFO in 2010 when it was one of two Statutory Authorities in the state of Queensland. During the formation of TAFE Queensland Andrew held the role of Deputy CEO at the Gold Coast for a little over a year. After this Andrew took up the position of Executive Director Operations and Performance in Brisbane.

Andrew commenced his working life in the manufacturing sector commencing as a trainee Accountant and progressing to hold the position of CFO in a number of different organisations. Andrew's first exposure to Government Service was with the Victorian Work Cover Authority where he held the position of Group Director of Resources and CFO. Andrew later moved into the Training and Education sector when he joined the Australian Institute of Management as CFO and Company Secretary.

Andrew has also held a number of Board positions over his career with private companies in the Civil Engineering sector, Automotive sector and IT sector.

Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Officer - Dean Sedgman

Dean Sedgman

As TAFE Queensland's Chief Information Officer, Dean is responsible for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy development, service delivery management, ICT contract management and procurement functions and operational services for the new TAFE Queensland.

Dean has 30 years' experience in the ICT industry in operational and management roles covering IT support, systems development, infrastructure management, strategy and policy development and change implementation.

Prior to establishing the TAFE Information Services Group, Dean held a number of Director and Executive Director roles within the Department of Education, Training and Employment responsible for developing or implementing initiatives as varied as Human Resource systems, GST implementation, the ICTs for Learning Strategy, the Smart Classrooms Strategy, the Department's ICT policy framework and the integration of TAFE ICT services into the Department.

Prior to joining the Department of Education, Training and Employment Dean worked in many roles on ICT and change management projects with in state legal and land registration jurisdictions.

General Manager, Brisbane Region

Dr Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson officially joined the TAFE Queensland Executive on 1 July 2014 from Community College Gippsland in Victoria where he was Chief Executive Officer from January 2012. Prior to this experience in Australia Paul has held executive management positions with Tai Poutini Polytechnic as Chief Executive Officer and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology as Deputy CEO and Faculty Dean in New Zealand.

Paul has almost 24 years of experience in tertiary education in roles from lecturer to head of school and faculty dean through to Chief Executive Officer roles. During his time in leadership roles Paul has been responsible for all aspects of educational delivery, including development of New Zealand's first three year engineering degree, and organisational change management.

Paul's first career was with the Royal New Zealand Navy where he served for twenty years as an electronics and communications technician and, after accepting a commission, as a weapons engineering officer retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During this service he travelled extensively and served two tours of duty in the Indian Ocean undertaking piracy patrols.

He has a long history of leadership in engineering education through his involvement with the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and in 2010 was awarded the Fulton Downer Gold Medal by them for services to the profession. Paul is also a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

He has trade, technician, and degree level qualifications in engineering and in 2015 completed his Doctorate of Business Administration. Paul has also completed courses in teaching and in 2005/6 completed the Chair Academy Global Leadership program offered out of the Netherlands.

A/General Manager, East Coast Region

Ana Rodger

Recently appointed.

General Manager, Gold Coast Region

Karen Dickinson

Karen Dickinson isis General Manager of TAFE Queensland's Gold Coast region, joining the TAFE Queensland Executive team in May 2017. Prior to this Karen was Managing Director, Kimberley Training Institute (KTI), part of the TAFE network in Western Australia, a position she held for over 7 years. KTI has 6 campuses across the major Kimberley towns and is one of the most culturally diverse TAFEs in Australia with 57% of students coming from an Aboriginal background. During Karen's time at the KTI it recorded 80% growth between 2010 and 2015, making it one of the fastest growing TAFEs in Australia.

Karen has extensive executive level experience in public sector management across health, employment services and vocational education and training. Prior to commencing in the Kimberley Karen worked in senior positions for the Australian Government in Darwin and with the WA Health Department.

Karen has a Masters in Health Services Management, Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing). Karen is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

General Manager, North Region

Joann Pyne

Joann Pyne is the General Manager of TAFE Queensland's North region. As General Manager, Joann has the responsibility of ensuring that her region's 17 campuses are efficient, sustainable and responsive organisations that develop individuals' skills and employment opportunities, meeting employer, industry and community needs.

Prior to joining TAFE, Joann worked in local and federal government in a variety of roles. Joann has been instrumental in developing a range of programs that have received awards and accolades for their innovative approach, unique and successful partnerships and their responsiveness to business, industry and community. Joann builds on her extensive networks throughout Queensland and is determined to ensure TAFE is seen as the premier training provider and an advocate of sustainability in Queensland. Joann is passionate about TAFE being an active learning organisation that students, employers, industry and employees are proud to be associated with.

A/General Manager, South West Region

Brent Kinnane

Brent Kinnane is the acting General Manager of TAFE Queensland's South West region. Brent has worked for TAFE Queensland since 2001 where he began as the Finance Manager and then as the Corporate Services Director at The Bremer Institute of TAFE.

In the three and half years prior to his appointment as the General Manager TQSW, Brent was the Principal Executive Officer at Queensland Agricultural Training College (QATC) reporting directly to the Board and responsible for implementing the Board strategies for Queensland's agricultural training facilities. QATC is a government owned registered training organisation and statutory authority where Brent gained significant experience in an executive and leadership position.

Brent holds a Bachelor of Business Management (Distinction) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director of the Board of Brothers Leagues Club, Ipswich.

General Manager, SkillsTech

Mary Campbell

As General Manager, Mary is responsible for the strategic direction and overall operation of SkillsTech, TAFE Queensland's specialist provider of trade and technical training in the Greater Brisbane region.

Mary has spent more than 25 years working in the VET sector and is passionate about all aspects of the business, but most importantly about creating real outcomes for VET students and their employers. Mary has held a number of senior leadership positions within the VET sector and brings a wealth of knowledge to her current role.

Mary is a member of the TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) Board along with CVIAQ Skills and Training Sub-Committee and the National Apprenticeship Program Steering Committee. Mary has also been involved in a number of national initiatives including the COAG Industry and Skills Council and the Alternative Pathways to Trades Industry Reference Group. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Diploma of Teaching (TAFE), Graduate Diploma in Open and Distance Learning, and a Master's Degree in Education and Learning Innovations.