Benefits to business

Regional Managers

Key Responsibilities

TAFE SA’s Regional Managers are a key point of contact for all industry training needs. Our Regional Managers represent TAFE SA on local industry and community advisory groups and have a good understanding of the training available in the region. They also provide an initial point of contact for businesses, government agencies, schools and universities. Our Regional Managers work with our wide range of program areas to ensure cohesive activity and delivery of services across South Australia. To contact your local Regional Manager please refer to the relevant Contact person listed below.


Tania Plunkett

Tania Plunkett
P: 8735 1527
M: 0419 586 344
Limestone Coast:
Mt Gambier, Naracoorte, Millicent, Bordertown, Penola, Kingston, Keith, Beachport, Robe, Lucindale, Port MacDonnell, Tantanoola, Tarpeena, Nangwarry.
Robin O'Dea

Robin O'Dea
P:8638 4228
M: 0438 458 997
Mid North & Far North:
Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs, Jamestown, Peterborough, Gladstone, Crystal Brook, Booleroo Centre, Leigh Creek.
David Hutchinson

David Hutchinson
P: 8842 6604
M: 0428 114 153
Barossa Lower North & Yorke:
Nuriootpa, Angaston, Tanunda, Freeling, Kapunda, Eudunda , Two Wells and Virginia, Riverton, Clare, Balaklava, Burra, Mallala, Snowtown, Yorketown, Minlaton, Maitland, Ardrossan, Kadina, Moonta, Wallaroo, Port Victoria, Port Broughton.
Richard Horgan

Richard Horgan
P: 8688 3655
M: 0428 134 960

Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula:
Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Cleve, Kimba, Wudinna, Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Tumby Bay, Elliston, Penong, Cowell, Coffin Bay, Louth Bay, Lock, Cummins, Poochera, Minippa. 

Julie Robertson

Julie Robertson
P: 8595 2605
M: 0455 062 726

Riverland & Murraylands:
Renmark, Berri, Loxton, Waikerie, Karoonda, Pinaroo, Murray Bridge, Mannum, Tailem Bend, Meningie.

Tim Hutchinson

Tim Hutchinson
P: 8391 7390
M: 0477 740 558

Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island:
Mount Barker, Victor Harbor, Yankalilla, Noarlunga. Kingscote, Stirling, Mount Compass, Goolwa, McLaren Vale, Strathalbyn.
Tom Quigley

Tom Quigley
M: 0467 783 745

Adelaide Metro - South & East:
Onkaparinga, Marion, Holdfast Bay, Mitcham, Unley, Burnside, Norwood, Payneham and St Peters, Campbelltown, Walkerville, Prospect.
Voula Branch

Voula Branch
M: 0429 151 076

Adelaide Metro - North & West:

Adelaide, West Torrens, Charles Sturt, Port Adelaide Enfield, Playford, Tea Tree Gully, Salisbury




Regional News

TAFE SA becomes a statutory corporation

Oct 04, 2012

Skills for All is making significant changes to South Australia’s vocational education and training system and TAFE SA, as the State’s largest training provider, is changing too. 

Under new legislation which comes into effect on 1 November 2012 (the TAFE SA Act 2012), TAFE SA will be a Statutory Corporation, meaning TAFE SA will be separated from the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST).

The modernised governance arrangements will enable TAFE SA to operate in the more commercial and competitive environment that Skills for All will bring while being further supported to meet industry training and community services needs and contribute to the social and economic development of regional communities.

Changes to TAFE SA Act

Under the TAFE SA Act 2012, an independent Board of Directors will govern TAFE SA on behalf of the State Government and regularly report to the Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister on performance.

The TAFE SA Board of Directors have been selected by the Minister as they provide the expertise, abilities and experience required for the effective performance of TAFE SA.

The new TAFE SA Board of Directors

The new TAFE SA Board of Directors will be made up of:

  • Mr Rob Chapman. Mr Chapman most recently the CEO of George Bank and has extensive experience as Chairman of several high profile Boards.
  • Ms Joanne Denley. Ms Denley is currently the Director of Human Resources and Risk Management at Bridgestone Australia. 
  • Ms Miriam Silva. Ms Silva recently was General Manager of Commercial Operations at Elders and is currently a member of the Training and Skills Commission.
  • Ms Noelene Buddle. Ms Buddle is a private consultant and sits on a number of Boards including WorkCover Corporation and the South Australian Museum.
  • Mr John Branson. Mr Branson is currently the Chairman of Directors at Stuart Petroleum and is a Director of AED Oil.
  • Mr Adrian Gerard Marron.  Mr Marron is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra Institute of Technology and has over 15 years’ experience in the Tertiary Education sector.
  • Ms Annette Hurley. Ms Hurley was most recently a Senator for South Australia and former Chair of the Senate Economics Committee.
  • Mr Peter Vaughan who will be the inaugural Chairperson. Mr Vaughan has extensive experience across a broad range of occupations most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Business SA.

Under the new arrangements TAFE SA will have the flexibility to identify business strengths, more accountability to meet performance targets, and the ability to grow revenue in a contestable training market.

More information

If you have any questions about the changes to TAFE SA please call the Skills for All Infoline on 1800 506 266 or visit www.dfeest.sa.gov.au/changestoTAFESA to download factsheets about the changes.