Corporate Governance

Minister for Skills

The Minister for Skills is responsible for TAFE NSW, regional development and small business 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.

Margy Osmond (Chair)

Ms Margy Osmond

Margy Osmond is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism & Transport Forum, assuming the role on 1 October 2014. Margy has extensive experience in policy development and advocacy, politics, membership organisations, management, media and public relations.

Before joining the Tourism & Transport Forum, Margy was the inaugural CEO of Australian National Retailers Association which was established in 2006 as a lobby and research organisation to be the voice of the large national retailers in Australia. Prior to this, Margy was the CEO of the State and Sydney Chambers of Commerce in NSW for five years.

Previously, she was Chair of the Australian Sports Foundation, Deputy Chair of Tourism NSW, and served on the boards of Bell Shakespeare, the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust, NSW Major Events, the NSW Police Minister's Advisory Board and NSW State Transit Authority. Margy also chaired the bid and official Organising Committee for the largest non-elite sporting event in the world, the International World Masters Games, held in Sydney in 2009.

Warren Grimshaw (Deputy Chair)

Mr Warren Grimshaw AM

Warren Grimshaw, AM, is a member of the TAFE NSW Higher Education Governing Council and is Chair of the TAFE NSW North Coast Institute Advisory Council. He was the Executive Director, Coffs Harbour Education Campus until December 2005. Before his present appointment, 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. He is also 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 an Honorary Fellow of Southern Cross University.

Pam Christie (Managing Director of TAFE NSW)

Ms Pam Christie

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

Ms Christie has worked in education and training for more than 30 years. Before her current appointment, she was Director, TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute.

She is a member of the TAFE NSW Higher Education Governing Council and the TAFE NSW Higher Education Academic 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.

Carolyn Burlew

Ms Carolyn Burlew

Carolyn Burlew is a consultant and has held senior positions in the NSW public sector, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Public Works and Services, and most recently has been 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 Audit and Risk Committees of the Department of Finance and Services and the NSW Ombudsman. She 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 and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Melanie O’Connor

Ms Melanie O'Connor

Melanie O’Connor has many years experience in 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 helping corporations to develop strategies to manage talent and capability in line with their 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 program. Ms O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and a Masters in Business Administration.

Craig Pudig

Mr Craig Pudig

Craig Pudig is the Global Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation at Macquarie Group Ltd, having previously worked in Macquarie’s investment bank division. A lawyer for more than 30 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, 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.

Christopher Tooher

Mr Christopher Tooher

Christopher Tooher was appointed Executive Director of the Sydney Festival in 2012 after a comprehensive career in the performing arts in a variety of roles.

He was the General Manager of the Bell Shakespeare Company from 2008 to 2012, and its Deputy General Manager from 2004 to 2008. Before that, Mr Tooher was a producer with the Sydney Opera House and the Director and CEO of Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. He serves on a number of boards including that of the Australian Dance Theatre, as well as on 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.

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. After moving to Australia in 1996 he became a lecturer 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, and subsequently Pro-Vice-Chancellor. From 2008, he 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. He 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

Mr Ron Woodham (PSM)

Ron Woodham, PSM, is a consultant, appointed to the NSW TAFE Commission Board in 2012.

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

Douglas Wright

Mr Douglas Wright AM

Douglas Wright, AM, works with the Australian Industry Group and is a member of the TAFE NSW Higher Education Governing Council. He is 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 to 2010, and Chair of its Audit Committee from 2006 to 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.

Mark McKenzie

Mark McKenzie

Mr McKenzie is the Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Irrigators Council and previously served as a Director of the National Irrigators Council. He has extensive experience in management, corporate affairs, marketing, communications and broadcasting within the rural sector - including a number of leadership roles in the wine industry, as Chief Executive of the Victorian Wine Industry Association and Murray Valley Winegrowers and Executive Director of Wine Grape Growers Australia. Mr McKenzie has significant experience with the vocational and tertiary education sectors - including membership of wine, viticulture and agribusiness course advisory committees for Monash, Melbourne and Deakin Universities. He holds a tertiary qualification in agricultural science, where he specialised in irrigation.

Mr McKenzie is currently managing a range of significant policy challenges, including implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and review of the Northern Basin, coal seam gas, rising power costs, and the potential onset of dry conditions.

Prior to this Mr McKenzie was the Managing Director at McKenzie & Kenzie Pty Ltd, a marketing and communications consultancy firm and a Senior Account Director at Corporate Kudos, a public relations and corporate affairs consultancy firm. Mr McKenzie was previously Corporate Affairs Manager at the Australian Wine and Brandy Producers Association and rural current affairs reporter, presenter and producer for ABC radio and television.

Justine Turnbull

Justine Turnbull

Ms Justine Turnbull has extensive legal skills and strong industry knowledge to provide practical and commercial advice on a broad range of employment related matters, in particular, employment and post-employment 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.

Ms Turnbull has experience in working as an in-house legal adviser with a large Australian listed entity which gives her a deep understanding of clients’ commercial and operational needs.

Ms Turnbull was included in the Best Lawyers Employee Benefits list for 2012 and 2013 and the Employment list for 2013. She is a contributing author of the 2014 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.

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