Corporate Governance

Minister for Education

The Minister for Education is responsible for schools, TAFE, State Training Services, adult, community and migrant education and higher education in NSW.

Managing Director

The Managing Director of TAFE NSW has statutory responsibility to manage and control the affairs of the TAFE Commission, subject to any direction of the Minister.

TAFE Commission Board

The TAFE Commission Board makes recommendations to the Minister on policies, strategic planning, the efficiency and effectiveness of TAFE operations and management, TAFE NSW’s commercial activities, and cross-sectoral issues.

The Board consists of part-time members drawn from industry, the education and training sector and the wider community on the basis of their experience and expertise.

Ms Margy Osmond (Chair)

Ms Margy Osmond

Ms Osmond is Chief Executive of the Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA). She chaired Sydney’s successful bid to host the 2009 World Masters Games on behalf of the NSW Government and was Chair of the Sydney Organising Committee for the event.

Ms Osmond sits on the Boards of the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Sports Foundation, the Federal Government’s advisory body the Australian Retail Council, and is Chair of the Retail Advisory Panel established by the City of Sydney.

Previously, Ms Osmond was Chief Executive of the State and Sydney Chambers of Commerce in NSW and was on the Boards of the Bell Shakespeare Company, the Retail Employee’s Superannuation Trust, State Transit Authority, the NSW Police Advisory Board, the NSW Major Events Board and Tourism NSW.

Mr Warren Grimshaw AM (Deputy Chair)

Mr Warren Grimshaw AM

Mr Grimshaw is a member of the TAFE NSW Higher Education Governing Council, the Chair of the TAFE NSW North Coast Institute Advisory Council and a member of the TAFE NSW Higher Education Governing Council. He was the Executive Director, Coffs Harbour Education Campus until December 2005. Prior to this, he was Executive Director and CEO of the NSW Ministry of Education and Youth Affairs.

Mr Grimshaw is a member of the Southern Cross University Council, Chair of the Coffs Harbour Technology Park Ltd and Chair of the Mid North Coast Local Health District Board.

Mr Grimshaw was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to education in 1994 and is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and Honorary Fellow of Southern Cross University.

Ms Pam Christie (Managing Director of TAFE NSW)

Ms Pam Christie

As Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Ms Christie is responsible for driving strategic directions and policy across TAFE NSW.

Ms Christie has worked in education and training for over 30 years. Prior to her current appointment she was Director, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute.

Ms Christie is a member of the TAFE NSW Higher Education Governing Council, the TAFE NSW Higher Education Academic Board, the Board of Studies NSW and the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management Advisory Board.

Ms Christie’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and Graduate Diploma of Special Education. Ms Christie is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Carolyn Burlew

Ms Carolyn Burlew

Ms Burlew is a consultant and has held senior positions in the NSW public sector including Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Public Works and Services and most recently as Deputy Director-General, Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Ms Burlew is the Deputy Chair of the South West Sydney Local Health District Board, the Independent Chair of the Department of Finance and Services and the NSW Ombudsmen Audit and Risk Committees and is the immediate past Chair of the Department of Education and Communities Audit and Risk Committee.

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

Ms Dail McGilchrist

Ms Dail Gilchrist

Ms Dail McGilchrist is an Executive Director, Public Schools NSW with responsibility for Directors in 17 regional networks covering the Illawarra, South Coast, Riverina and Western areas. She has worked for the Department of Education and Communities for over 25 years in a range of teaching, leadership and consultancy roles.

Ms McGilchrist has a depth of leadership experience and has led systems improvement in service delivery ensuring responsiveness to customer need is central to strategic planning.

She has written documents to support implementation and assessment strategies for key reforms in public education and has led regional initiatives with a particular focus on developing leadership capacity.

Ms Melanie O’Connor

Ms Melanie O'Connor

Ms O’Connor has many years experience in a range of executive and consulting roles. For the last 14 years she has run her own management consultancy, The Academy Network, focusing on building organisational capability. Clients span the Asia Pacific Region across the private and public sectors.

Ms O’Connor is highly regarded for her work in advising corporations in the development of talent management and capability strategies to assist organisations in the alignment of people initiatives with strategic imperatives.

Previously Ms O’Connor was General Manager Human Resources for NRMA Ltd and lectured in strategy and human resources on the MGSM programme. Ms O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and a Masters in Business Administration.

Mr Craig Pudig

Mr Craig Pudig

Mr Pudig is the Global Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation at Macquarie Group Ltd, having previously worked in the investment bank division of Macquarie. A lawyer for more than thirty years, he brings a wealth of commercial experience to the TAFE Board.

Before joining Macquarie, Mr Pudig was a partner at Clayton Utz for sixteen years and at Minter Ellison for four years. His areas of expertise include financial services, 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 Committee for Sydney and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Sydney. Mr Pudig is and has been a member of a number of not-for-profit boards.

Ms Janine Stewart

Ms Janine Stewart

Ms Stewart joined News Corp Australia in 2012 as Group Director, People and Culture.

On joining Ansett Australia in 1995 Ms Stewart worked in a number of strategy and business roles. In 2002 she joined QANTAS Airways in senior HR roles, eventually becoming General Manager of People and Customer Service with responsibility for 7000 staff worldwide.

In 2007 she was appointed General Manager – People and Culture of Perpetual Limited’s private wealth division and in 2008 became Group Executive, People and Culture. In this role she was recognised by the Financial Services Institute of Australia, who nominated her as a finalist in the Most Outstanding Woman in Financial Services Award in 2011. Ms Stewart was a 2010 EOWA finalist as an Australian Diversity Leader – Business Achievement Award for the Advancement of Women.

Ms Stewart holds a Masters in Business Administration from Melbourne University.

Mr Christopher Tooher

Mr Christopher Tooher

Mr Tooher was appointed as Executive Director of the Sydney Festival in 2012 and has a comprehensive career in the performing arts sector working in a variety of roles.

He was the General Manager of the Bell Shakespeare Company from 2008-2012, and Deputy General Manager from 2004-2008. Prior to that Mr Tooher was a producer with the Sydney Opera House and was the Director/CEO of Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. Mr Tooher is well respected in the arts industry and serves on a number of Boards including the Australian Dance Theatre, as well as panels and committees for both the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts NSW.

Mr Tooher has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, and is a TAFE NSW graduate, having completed an Associate Diploma in Accounting through Meadowbank TAFE.

Professor Andrew Vann

Professor Andrew Vann

Professor Andrew Vann has been Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University since 2011.

He worked in engineering consultancy before completing a PhD in the Civil Engineering Systems Group at the University of Bristol. Upon arrival in Australia in 1996 he took up a lecturing position in the Faculty of Engineering at Central Queensland University. Professor Vann joined James Cook University in North Queensland in 2004 as Pro Vice-Chancellor Information Services and Technologies, subsequently Pro Vice Chancellor and, from 2008, was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the Faculties and Teaching and Learning.

Professor Vann has held a number of Board and community leadership roles, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Associate Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.

Mr Ron Woodham (PSM)

Mr Ron Woodham (PSM)

Mr Woodham is a consultant and was appointed to the NSW TAFE Commission Board in 2012.

Mr Woodham previously worked for over 46 years in the criminal justice system including 11 years as Commissioner for Corrective Services NSW.

Mr Douglas Wright AM

Mr Douglas Wright AM

Mr Wright works with the Australian Industry Group and is a member of the TAFE NSW Higher Education Governing Council, and a Director of WorldSkills Inc. and the Commonwealth Study Conferences Australia Incorporated.

Previously he was Director of the Metal Trades Industry Association (NSW Branch), Chair of the NSW Compensation Authorities Staff Division Audit and Risk Committee, and a member of the NSW Building and Construction Industry Long Service Leave Payments Committee.

Mr Wright was a member of the WorkCover Authority from 1995-2010, and Chair of its Audit Committee from 2006-2010.

He was also a member of the NSW Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board until June 2011 and the Board of the Hunter Valley Training Company until October 2011.

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