Corporate - Corporate governance

Corporate governance

TAFE NSW is established under the Technical and Further Education Commission Act 1990 as an independent statutory body.

Our Minister

The Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education is responsible for TAFE NSW, as the Minister administering our Act.

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.

Members

Mr Terry Charlton (Chair)

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 Steffen Faurby (MD)

Steffen Faurby joined TAFE NSW as Managing Director in January 2020.

Prior to joining TAFE NSW, Steffen had a successful career in the public transport sector. Most recently he was CEO of State Transit Authority of NSW and before that CEO of Harbour City Ferries, the operator of Sydney Ferries in partnership with Transport for NSW. 

Steffen has 30 years of global experience in building high-performing teams and delivering complex projects in both the public and the private sector. Prior to moving to Australia Steffen held executive leadership roles in Europe and USA. 

As Managing Director, Steffen is focused on strengthening TAFE NSW’s position as the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia. This is will be achieved through working collaboratively with key stakeholders, maintaining a strong customer-focus, and ensuring resources are prioritised for frontline teaching and delivery.

Ms 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.

Ms 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.

Mr 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.

Ms Jessie Borthwick

Jessie Borthwick returns to TAFE NSW with extensive experience in senior management leadership roles, particularly in funding and regulation of vocational and higher education. Most recently Jessie was Principal with Nous Group and Head of Public Policy. Prior to this, Jessie held the position of Deputy Secretary, Department of Education, Australian Government where she was responsible for higher education, research and international education. She is an experienced and well-respected relationship manager across government and the higher education sector. Jessie has worked in a broad range of tertiary education organisations including the Australian National University. She started her career in vocational education at TAFE NSW in 1988.

Mr Mark Scott AO

Mark Scott AO is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and has a distinguished record in public service, education, and the media.

Initially a teacher and education policy advisor, Mark enjoyed a long career in journalism. He was Editor-in-Chief of Fairfax newspapers and then Managing Director of the ABC from 2006 to 2016.

As leader of one of the largest education systems in the world, Mark has a particular interest in preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s rapidly changing world.

TAFE NSW Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is is focused on building a stronger, more agile, and competitive organisation. This will help deliver on the TAFE NSW Operational Plan 2020-22 and complete the modernisation reforms outlined in the TAFE NSW Strategic Plan 2016-22.

Steffen Faurby (MD)

Steffen Faurby joined TAFE NSW as Managing Director in January 2020.

Prior to joining TAFE NSW, Steffen had a successful career in the public transport sector. Most recently he was CEO of State Transit Authority of NSW and before that CEO of Harbour City Ferries, the operator of Sydney Ferries in partnership with Transport for NSW.

Steffen has 30 years of global experience in building high-performing teams and delivering complex projects in both the public and the private sector. Prior to moving to Australia Steffen held executive leadership roles in Europe and USA.

As Managing Director, Steffen is focused on strengthening TAFE NSW’s position as the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia. This is will be achieved through working collaboratively with key stakeholders, maintaining a strong customer-focus, and ensuring resources are prioritised for frontline teaching and delivery.

Vik Naidoo

​​​​​​​Vik Naidoo joined TAFE NSW as Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer in January 2021.
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​​​​​​​As Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer, Vik ensures TAFE NSW is positioned to respond to emerging market opportunities by fostering strong partnerships with industry and developing strategies for growth.

Prior to joining TAFE NSW, Vik was a senior tertiary education leader. He has more than 15 years expertise in delivering strategic plans and business performance outcomes across metropolitan and regional education centres.

Most recently he was Chief Operating Officer of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. In this role he was responsible for steering the university’s engagement with the United States.

His global career has seen him lead multi-million dollar programs for large teams of more than 500 people, as well as smaller scale projects across academic and professional portfolios.

David Backley

David started as the Chief Information Officer in August 2016.

He has an outstanding background in IT leadership from roles at a range of companies, including Westpac and DBS Bank of Singapore.

He's been responsible for many innovative strategies and multi-country implementation projects.

He oversees a broad program of work focused on modernising our administrative systems, and enabling new approaches to learning and teaching delivery to allow us to truly be a competitive, market-leading organisation.

Catherine Grummer

Catherine is the Chief Corporate Services Officer. Catherine joined TAFE NSW in 2018 as the General Manager of People & Safety.

Prior to her current role as Chief Strategy, People and Change Officer, she has worked at the NSW Public Service Commission, IBM and US Foods.

Catherine has extensive experience in human resources and leading transformations for global organisations.

Julie Tickle

Julie is the Relieving Chief People and Culture Officer.

She was previously the acting General Manager of People and Safety, and the Head of Organisational Development and Talent Management.

Kirsty Hosea

Kirsty joined TAFE NSW as the Chief Delivery Officer in November 2020.

As the Chief Delivery Officer with TAFE NSW Kirsty has responsibility for the team overseeing end-to-end accountability for students from enrolment to graduation.

Most recently Kirsty was a partner with Deloitte Digital’s Customer Strategy and Experience Design practice.

She has extensive experience in the Australian and US university sectors, including with the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, as well as Georgetown University, and Temple University.

As the Executive Director at Georgetown University, Kirsty built a custom education program attracting national and international clients facing rapidly evolving business environments.

Kirsty has led several large-scale customer transformations in the US government. She is known as a pioneer in experience management and trust, where she has spoken on national stages.

Michael Alacqua

 

Michael joined TAFE NSW as the Chief Transformation Officer in November 2020.

As Chief Transformation Officer with TAFE NSW, Michael is responsible for overseeing the planning, design and execution of transformation and modernisation programs.

Michael has more than ten years’ experience delivering a wide range of large-scale transformation projects.

Prior to joining TAFE NSW Michael was Head of Strategy Portfolio Management with Sydney Water, Australia’s largest provider of water.

He led the team that delivered the plan for one of the largest business-led technology change programs undertaken.

His career spans various business functions including learning and development, finance, shared services, airline, and telco operations.

Previously he was Manager of Strategy and Transformation at Qantas Airways, and General Manager of Planning and Program Management with NBN Co.

Ben Turner

 

Ben joined TAFE NSW as the Chief of Staff to the Managing Director in June 2020.

Prior to joining TAFE NSW, Ben worked in both the Public and Private Sectors, spending time working for the NSW Government and a Big 4 Accounting Firm.

From this experience, Ben possesses strong policy, commercial and analytical skills that assists him in his role supporting the implementation of strategic priorities, along with leading TAFE NSW’s Executive and Ministerial Liaison function.

Doctor Margot McNeill

 

Doctor Margot McNeill joined TAFE NSW in December 2020 as Chief Product and Quality Officer.

As Chief Product and Quality Officer Margot oversees the development of innovative, quality and digitally-enabled products, and aligning courses to the changing needs of industry.

Margot has more than 30 years’ experience across the education sector, from universities and vocational education in Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to joining TAFE NSW Margot was the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Learning and Teaching at the International College of Management. In this role she was responsible for overseeing quality assurance, innovation, and product development.

Margot’s career has included being Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation at Navitas, Consultant Online Learning Advisor at the University of Western Sydney, a Director at Think Education, Senior Manager of Learning and Teaching Enhancement at the University of New South Wales, a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University and a Senior Education Officer at OTEN.

Gabrielle Crittenden

 

Gabrielle joined TAFE NSW as the Head of Corporate Communications in 2017.

She has extensive experience directing internal and external communications, and managing stakeholder engagement and advocacy programs for listed corporations and government agencies.

Prior to joining TAFE NSW, Gabrielle oversaw communications for Optus Singtel and Network Ten, and worked in a number of public policy and advisory roles with The NSW Cabinet Office, and the NSW Department of Education and Training.

Gabrielle is a highly skilled media spokesperson, with expertise in issues management, crisis communications, and proactive public relations campaigns.