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TAFE NSW wishes to congratulate Susan Hartigan, former TAFE NSW
Western Sydney Institute Director, for receiving the Public Service
Medalon Australia Day 2016.
Susan received her award for outstanding public service to vocational
education and training in New South Wales. Ms Hartigan has had a long
and distinguished career in vocational education and training. As a
teacher, and in senior management positions across TAFE NSW, she has
provided high level, customer-centric and responsive education and
training services to individual learners, businesses and communities
for more than 35 years.
As Director of the TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute for eight years
she led the Institute through a period of extraordinary
transformation. Cognisant that Western Sydney was a rapidly developing
region, she worked tirelessly to forge strong relationships between
industry and the community. She developed a senior management team
that possessed a deep understanding of the Western Sydney region, and
she ensured that the value of customer first' defined everything the
An energetic and innovative leader, her can-do attitude was
infectious and an inspiration to all. Under Susan's leadership, the
Western Sydney Institute grew from around 84,000 enrolments in 2006 to
over 160,000 enrolments in 2014. As a result, TAFE NSW Western Sydney
Institute became one of the largest and most successful educational
institutions in Australia. The strong industry partnerships created
have been critical to meeting the skills and employment needs of the
growing economy in Western Sydney. The Institute is currently the
region's largest employer with approximately 3000 staff, and is fully
committed to the ongoing regional development of Greater Western
Sydney - economically, socially and environmentally.
TAFE NSW wishes to congratulate Jacqui Vincent for receiving an OAM
for service to youth through the Australian Army Cadet over more than
two and a half decades. Jacqui Vincent was an inaugural member
of the Army of Cadet Unit 256 (Cootamundra) in 1989 and continues to
lead the unit of Officer Commanding, a title she has held since 1996.
She has devoted countless hours to young people in the Cootamundra
community and for her services has been made a member of the Order of Autralia.
From camping out to assisting at events such as Anzac Day, Cadets
offer so much to young people. Over more than two and a half decades
with the organsation, Jacqui has seen upwards of 600 cadets pass
through the unit. She said she enjoys seeing young people grow through
Cadets and go on to lead successful lives.
Jacqui is a Life Member of both Cootamundra's Returned Services
League and Ex Services Club