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Corporate governance

TAFE NSW is established under the TAFE Commission Act 1990 as an independent statutory body.

Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business

The Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business is responsible for TAFE NSW. Consistent with the legislative framework and accountabilities of the TAFE Commission Act 1990, the NSW Government endorses the role of TAFE NSW as the State's public VET provider, ensuring stability at the centre of the NSW training market.

Managing Director

The Managing Director of TAFE NSW has statutory responsibility for managing the affairs of the NSW TAFE Commission, subject to any direction from the Minister.

NSW TAFE Commission Board

The TAFE Commission Board is an advisory board which makes recommendations to the Minister on policies, strategic planning, the efficiency and effectiveness of TAFE operations and management and TAFE NSW's commercial activities.


Mr Terry Charlton (Chair)

Terry Charlton
Terry Charlton served as the CEO and Managing Director of Snowy Hydro Ltd from 1999 until July 2013. He has had a diverse working career, in Australia and abroad, which has seen him perform in a range of executive positions for Snowy Hydro Ltd. 

Prior to this Terry was President of Edison Mission Energy responsible for operation, acquisitions and development of a gas, coal, and hydro energy company, employing 1,500 people, based in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Over the years Terry has been heavily involved with various charitable Boards and Foundations such as the Monaro Early Intervention Service, SouthCare Helicopter Rescue Service, Cooma Universities Centre, Newcastle University Foundation and the NSW Meat Industry Council.

Mr Charlton has a Masters of Science (Psych) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Accounting) from Newcastle University.

Mr Jon Black (ex officio)

Jon Black
Jon Black was appointed Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Australia's largest vocational education and training provider on 7 December 2015. He is responsible for setting strategic directions and policy across TAFE NSW.

He was previously Director-General of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

He has a strong background in water management in Queensland as the former Chief Executive Officer of the Northern South East Queensland (SEQ) Distributor-Retailer Authority, Unitywater, and prior to that, the SEQ water and sewerage distribution business.

He combines this first-hand industry knowledge with a wealth of leadership experience gained in his 25 year career with the Australian Army.

His has qualifications from the University of New South Wales, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Royal Military College, Duntroon and the United States Marine Corps, Virginia, USA. Mr Black is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.

Mr Craig Pudig (Deputy Chair)

Craig Pudig
Craig Pudig is a Senior Advisory Counsel at Macquarie Group Ltd. Prior to that, he was (for 5 years) the Global head of dispute resolution and litigation and, before that (for almost 4 years), he worked in the Macquarie's investment bank division. A lawyer for more than 35 years, he brings a wealth of commercial experience to the TAFE Board.

Before joining Macquarie, Mr Pudig was a partner at Clayton Utz for 16 years and at Minter Ellison for four. His areas of expertise include financial services, regulatory, infrastructure, construction, engineering, contract administration, dispute avoidance and alternative dispute resolution, and domestic and international litigation and arbitration. Before joining Macquarie, Mr Pudig worked with clients in Australia, Asia, Europe and New Zealand.

Mr Pudig is on the Board of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). Mr Pudig has been a member of a number of not-for-profit boards, including the Committee for Sydney.

Ms Carolyn Burlew

Carolyn Burlew
Carolyn Burlew has had a diverse career having held a number of senior executive positions in the Qld and NSW public sectors.

Ms Burlew is the Deputy Chair of the South West Sydney Local Health District Board and a member of the Pharmacy Council of NSW. She is the Independent Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees of the Department of Justice, the NSW TAFE Commission and the NSW Ombudsman as well as the independent member of the Barangaroo Development Authority and Transport for NSW Audit and Risk Committees.

Ms Burlew is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and she is currently the Vice President of NSW IPAA. Ms Burlew holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Queensland and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Joan Cooper 

Joan Cooper
Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper is a Higher Education Consultant. She has extensive experience in Senior Executive positions in Australian Universities. She retired in March 2012 from the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students) & Registrar at UNSW which she held for 5 years. She was the first PVC (Students) at UNSW and her primary responsibility was the whole spectrum of the undergraduate student experience. She was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Flinders University and a former Dean of Informatics at the University of Wollongong, where she served as Chair of the Academic Board, and she has held senior positions at the Australian National University and the University of Newcastle.

Emeritus Professor Cooper has wide ranging experience both nationally and internationally in higher education registrations, accreditations and quality audits. She is an international quality auditor and accreditor and has served on numerous occasions as Panel Chair or panel member of audits and accreditations in both Australia and internationally in Asia and the Middle East.

Professor Cooper completed a Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Newcastle. She was the foundation Professor of Information Technology at Wollongong University, and the first female professor of IT in Australia. In April 2012 UNSW appointed her as an Emeritus Professor. 

Ms Ero Coroneos

Ero Coroneos
Ro Coroneos has over 25 years' career experience in property and energy industry sectors with expertise in economic regulation, property valuation and sustainability. Ro is responsible for Community and Social Strategy on the Barangaroo South urban regeneration project at Lendlease. She leads the delivery of 50 social programs which includes Indigenous engagement, accessibility and inclusion, wellbeing and liveability, social enterprise and social impact measurement. Ro also oversees the project's lifelong learning agenda through the Barangaroo Skills Exchange, a multi-award winning on-site learning hub for construction workers, delivered in partnership with TAFE NSW. 

Whilst in the NSW public sector, Ro successfully project managed a range of consumer reforms in energy and urban water. Ro also worked with NSW Treasury, the former Cabinet Office and economic regulator IPART, to deliver legislation for the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme, which in 2003 was the world's first carbon emissions trading scheme.

Ro was formerly director of the Western Sydney Parklands Trust, director and NSW President of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, and independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the NSW Land and Housing Corporation and Teacher Housing Authority.

Ro's qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, from the University of Sydney, a Master of Arts (Communications and Cultural Studies) and Bachelor of Commerce (Land Economics) from the University of Western Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Technology, Sydney. 

Professor Annabelle Duncan

Annebelle Duncan
Professor Annabelle Duncan is Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of New England. She joined the University in September 2010, initially as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and then as Deputy Vice- Chancellor.

Prior to joining UNE, Professor Duncan spent 16 years in the CSIRO, including six years as Chief of the Division of Molecular Science. She has also served in managerial roles within the Bio21 Institute at University of Melbourne and AgriBio Institute at La Trobe University.

Professor Duncan acted as an advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on biological weapons control, representing Australia at international arms control meetings and acting as a biological weapons inspector with the United Nations in Iraq.

She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1996, and Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) from Murdoch University in 2005 for her work in arms control.

Mr Greg Fletcher

Greg Fletcher
Greg Fletcher is currently Chairman of SMEG Australia Pty Limited, Lead Independent Director on Yancoal Australia Limited, Non-Executive Director on Yancoal SCN Limited and Non-Executive Director on Saunders International Limited. Past Non-Executive Director roles have been held at Gloucester Coal Limited, WDS Limited as well as Railcorp.

Greg Fletcher is a professional director who has a strong background in accounting and finance, fund raising, strategy development, dealing with professional advisors, banks and major shareholders, and finding and appointing senior management.

Mr Fletcher is and has been Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committees of the companies listed above (other than SMEG Australia Pty Limited) as well as Roads and Maritime Services, City of Sydney Council and Sydney Ferries. Greg is and has also been a member of the Audit and Risk Committees at the NSW TAFE Commission, NSW Auditor General's Office and Sydney Olympic Park Authority.

Prior to becoming a professional Director Mr Fletcher was a Senior Partner at Deloitte.

Mr Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

The Hon Morris Iemma

Morris Iemma
The Hon Morris Iemma served as a Member of Parliament in the NSW Legislative Assembly for 17 years 3 months from May 1991 until September 2008. He held a number of Ministerial portfolios including Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Public Works and Services, Minister for State Development and Minister Assisting the Premier on Citizenship. 

Mr Iemma is currently Chair of the Cancer Institute NSW Board. 

He has a BEc degree from the University of Sydney and an LLB from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Ms Elizabeth McGregor

Elizabeth McGregor
Elizabeth McGregor is Institute Director, TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute; Senior Fellow, LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne; and Director Coffs Harbour Technology Park.

Ms McGregor has provided advice to government on regional and skills issues through Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast, the National VET Equity Advisory Council, the Ministerial Advisory Council on Regional Australia, the National Foundation Skills Training Package Reference Group, the National Trade Cadetship Taskforce and the National Skills Ecosystems Taskforce.

Under her leadership, TAFE NSW-North Coast Institute has consistently performed at or above state and national industry and quality benchmarks for all providers, private and public.

Mr Duncan Taylor

Duncan Taylor
Duncan Taylor is Chair of the Cooma Universities Centre, founding director of agricultural assets management company, Growth Farms Australia and immediate past president of the Isolated Children's Parents' Association of New South Wales.

He has led several government submissions on Youth Allowance criteria, vocational training in rural areas, tertiary and secondary agricultural education and training, as well as other aspects of rural schooling and early childhood education and care.

Mr Taylor is on the Board of a regional early intervention service, and was a member of the Rural and Remote Education Advisory Group Appointed by NSW Government to advise it and the NSW Department of Education and Communities on strategies to improve educational outcomes in regional areas.

Ms Justine Turnbull

Justine Turnbull
Justine Turnbull is a Partner of Seyfarth Shaw in Australia. She has extensive legal skills and strong industry knowledge and provides advice on a broad range of employment or human resources matters, in particular, employment and postemployment obligations and disputes, executive employment arrangements and discrimination and harassment claims and investigations. Ms Turnbull has experience in advising major companies in a range of industries including financial services, media, gaming, retail, manufacturing and distribution, resources, recruitment, property and ports and logistics.

Justine is also a director of Access Australia Limited trading as AccessEAP, an employee assistance program provider.

Ms Turnbull was included in the Best Lawyers list for 2016. She is a contributing author of the LexisNexis publication on Paid Parental Leave and Bullying.

Ms Turnbull has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (Hons), University of Sydney and Bachelor of Economics (B.Ec), University of Sydney. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Mr Todd Williams

Todd Williams
Todd Williams is regarded as a proven collaborator and metrics driven Chief Executive with a track record supporting entrepreneurial growth, he is currently the CEO of Regional Development Australia Hunter. His international career also includes sectors such as financial services, business services, education, health, leisure and recreation.

Specialist skills include business growth, economic development, external relations, projects and strategic planning. He has lead large dispersed organisations and successfully effected organisational change that has resulted in significant business growth and cultural transformation.

He has an ability to work strategically and successfully with a Board of directors and a reputation for being clear minded and developing practical solutions. He has been invited to present internationally on a range of topics including Economic Development, Innovation, Infrastructure and High Speed Rail.

His executive education from Harvard University and INSEAD is complemented by Masters Degrees in Business. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and trustee of the Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA).

TAFE NSW Executive Leadership Team (ELT)

The Executive Leadership Team is a high-level strategic forum, which informs the decision making of the Managing Director of TAFE NSW.


Managing Director of TAFE NSW (Chair) 
The ten Institute Directors
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operating Officer 
Chief  Education & Training Officer
Chief Information Officer 
Director, Office of Managing Director