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Our Management Team

Our Management Team

TAFE SA Board of Directors

TAFE SA is a statutory corporation owned by the South Australian Government. The Board of Directors is charged with building the TAFE SA brand, growing the reputation for quality, and achieving specific targets and outcomes.

Mr Peter Vaughan (Chair)

Peter Vaughan has been Chair of the Jam Factory since late-2010 and Chair of the TAFE SA Board since late-2012. He was Chief Executive Officer at Business SA from 1999 until his retirement in July 2012. He successfully steered the former Chamber of Commerce through a period of major change to its present enviable position as the leading business membership organisation in South Australia. Peter’s leadership to the business community has extended well beyond his involvement with Business SA. He was a long-time member of the governing bodies of the Cancer Council, the WorkCover Corporation, the Training and Skills Commission, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CED), and the State Theatre of SA. Currently, in addition to his roles with the Jam Factory and TAFE SA, he is also a member of the SACE Board.

Mr John Branson AM (Director)

John Branson is a former Chairman of Directors of Stuart Petroleum Limited, the South Australian TAB, Simeon Wines Limited, Flinders Partners Pty Ltd, and Pembroke School Inc. John is a former Council Member of Flinders University of South Australia, and a former Director of the Bank of South Australia Advisory Board. John is a Member of the Order of Australia (awarded for his contribution to business and education), has a Bachelor of Law degree, and is a Companion of Flinders University. As a Senior Partner of Fisher Jeffries Lawyers for a number of years, specialising in the financial and corporate area, John will bring valuable corporate knowledge and legal expertise to the Board.

Ms Noelene Buddle (Director)

Noelene Buddle is currently the Deputy Director for Flinders Partners, and also sits on the Board of the South Australian Museum. Noelene has a background in finance and strategic management, with previous positions including General Manager of Austereo Adelaide and CEO of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, and has served on a number of commercial and not-for-profit boards. Qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Accountancy) and Master of Business Administration.

Ms Joanne Denley (Director)

Joanne Denley is currently the Director of Human Resources and Risk Management at Bridgestone Australia Ltd. In addition to 28 years’ experience in Risk Management, Employee Relations and Human Resources at a corporate level, Joanne has vast experience in managing industrial relations and improving operational efficiencies.

Ms Annette Hurley (Director)

Annette Hurley was most recently a Senator for South Australia from 2004 until 2007 and has vast experience in public affairs and government relations, having been a former Leader of the Opposition in South Australia, Director of Hawker Britton Pty Ltd, and former Chair of the Senate Economics Committee from 2007-2011. Annette also has experience in change management as Director of the Seafood Council (SA) Ltd during a period of significant restructure. Annette is the current Chair of the Northern Areas Community and Youth Services Board, and has been an active board member since 1992.

 Dr Susan Mitchell
Dr Susan Mitchell (Director)

Dr Susan Mitchell has a PhD in Creative Arts (University of Western Sydney) an M A in Drama (Flinders University) and a B A in English and History (University of Adelaide).
She is a former Senior Lecturer and Head of Department in Literary Studies at the University of South Australia and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at Flinders University. As a best selling author she has published 16 books both nationally and internationally, was a radio broadcaster and television presenter of her own programs on the ABC, is a newspaper columnist, a television and film critic and a well known public speaker and social commentator. She has been a Director on the Literature Board of the Australia Council, a Director on the Board of Film Australia, Chair of Adelaide Writers Week, a Director on the Board of the SA Tourism Commission, a Director on the Board of the Adelaide Convention Centre. She is currently a Director on the Board of the S A Film Corporation.

 Miriam Silva Ms Miriam Silva (Director)

Ms Silva was most recently the Acting Chief Executive of TAFE SA.  Her previous appointments include the Chief Operating Officer at FleetPartners, Chief Operating Officer (Pacific) for the ANZ Banking Group Ltd and General Manager of Commercial Operations at Elders Ltd in Adelaide.  Miriam is also a member of the University of South Australia Council, the Premier’s Council for Women, and the Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission.

Ms Virginia Simmons AO (Director)

Virginia Simmons has held senior management positions within a number of TAFE Institutes including Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Swinburne University of Technology and CEO of Kangan and Chisholm Institutes. Virginia is currently studying towards a Master of Education (Research) and holds a Graduate Diploma of Educational Administration. Professional memberships include a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Board Member of the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre. Public recognition for Ms Simmons' achievements includes: Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in January 2010 and the Victorian Honor Roll of Women in 2011 for leadership and innovation in vocational education and training. Virginia has extensive experience in international education, most recently in Africa, the Pacific and China, and now works as a consultant in tertiary education.

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Mr Trevor Smith (Director)

Mr Smith is currently the Managing Director – Advisory Consulting Employment Services and was the former National President of the Construction Forestry Mining & Energy Union from 1991 to 2006.  Mr Smith also recently served as Chair of the South Australian Forestry Industry Advisory Board from February 2013 to February 2015, and Chair of the South-East Forestry Partnership Programme from November 2012 to May 2014. 

Mr Smith has held numerous positions across the Forestry industry and associated employee associations and superannuation services.  Previous appointments include Director - VIC Forests, Joint Chairperson of the Timber Industry Superannuation Scheme, Director – Australian Forestry Standard Limited and National Secretary of the Australian Timber Workers’ Union.  Mr Smith’s industry participation extended to international involvement through a number of positions within the International Federation of Building & Wood Workers.

 

Office of the Chief Executive 

Executive Directorate

 


Mr Robin Murt

Chief Executive
Adelaide City Campus, Level 2
120 Currie Street, Adelaide
T: (08) 8207 8888
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Brian Rungie

Acting Executive Director, Education
Adelaide City Campus, Level 2
120 Currie Street, Adelaide
T: (08) 8463 5148
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Brett Mahoney

Executive Director, Business Development
Adelaide City Campus, Level 2
120 Currie Street, Adelaide
T: (08) 8463 5498 
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Brett Mahoney
 

Carolyn Francis

Executive Director, Communications & Marketing
Adelaide City Campus, Level 2
120 Currie Street, Adelaide
T: (08) 8207 8841
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Simon Porter

Director, People and Culture
Adelaide City Campus, Level 2
120 Currie Street, Adelaide
T: (08) 8463 5098
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John O'Dea

Chief Financial Officer
Adelaide City Campus, Level 2
120 Currie Street, Adelaide
T: (08) 8463 5098
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John O'Dea
 

Craig Carter

Director, ICT Services
Regency Campus, Level 2
137 Days Road, Regency Park
T: (08) 8226 2574
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Directors

Bob Burton

Director Facilities & Procurement Services
T: (08) 8226 3347  

 


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Educational Programs

Madeleine Frost

Director Tourism, Hospitality and Creative Arts
Personal Assistant: Marion Sandley
T: (08) 8348 4469



Madeleine Frost

Alison Roberts

Director Mining, Engineering and Transport
Director Building and Construction
Personal Assistant: Sue Dunn
T: (08) 8348 4003



Alison Roberts

Ann Beacham

Director Primary Industries, Animal and Laboratory Sciences
Personal Assistant: Chris Staker
T: (08) 8207 1191

 


Ann Horne

Chris McCann

Director Community Services, Health and Lifestyle
Personal Assistant: Emmeline Wood
T: 0459 807 525

 


Chris McCann

Hilary Ashworth

Acting Director Business, Justice and IT
Personal Assistant: Linda Stevenson
T: (08) 7210 3423

 


Hilary Ashworth

Karen Horner

Director Foundation Skills
Personal Assistant: Kelly Jones
T: (08) 8207 8838

 


Karen Horner

Marg Mibus

Director Aboriginal Access Centre
Personal Assistant: AnneMaree Burgoyne
T: (08) 8207 8372



Marg Mibus

Janet Skewes

Educational Manager APY Lands
Personal Assistant: Sally Buss
T: (08) 8463 5462



Janet Skewes

Sharon Guscott

Principal Consultant, Higher Education
T: (08) 8463 6362


Sharon Guscott

Francesca Doyle

Associate Director, International Unit
T: (08) 8207 8674


Francesca Doyle



For information about our Regional Managers please visit our Regional Managers page.