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.


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.

Dr Caralee McLiesh

Caralee commenced as the Managing Director TAFE NSW on 2 October 2018. Previously, Caralee was Deputy Secretary for the Fiscal and Economic Group in NSW Treasury responsible for coordinating the state Budget and state accounts, and advising on financial and economic policy.

While at Treasury Caralee participated in reforms including National Health Reforms and the NDIS, and has led the development of the NSW social impact investment policy in partnership with agencies. Prior to joining Treasury Caralee worked for eight years at the World Bank and also held positions with the International Red Cross and Boston Consulting Group.

Caralee holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from the Australian National University and a PhD in Finance from the University of Melbourne. She has published several reports and books through the World Bank press as well as research papers in economic journals.

Mr Craig Pudig (Deputy Chair)

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 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

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

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.

The Hon 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.

Mr 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 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 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.

Dr Caralee McLiesh

Caralee commenced as the Managing Director TAFE NSW on 2 October 2018. Previously, Caralee was Deputy Secretary for the Fiscal and Economic Group in NSW Treasury responsible for coordinating the state Budget and state accounts, and advising on financial and economic policy.

While at Treasury Caralee participated in reforms including National Health Reforms and the NDIS, and has led the development of the NSW social impact investment policy in partnership with agencies. Prior to joining Treasury Caralee worked for eight years at the World Bank and also held positions with the International Red Cross and Boston Consulting Group.

Caralee holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from the Australian National University and a PhD in Finance from the University of Melbourne. She has published several reports and books through the World Bank press as well as research papers in economic journals.

Glen Babington

Glen joined TAFE NSW as the Chief Operating Officer in 2016, bringing more than 30 years' experience in leadership, management, corporate planning and training.

Glen has held senior roles in large, complex organisations, including Unitywater, Boeing, PT Freeport and the Australian Army and has lived and worked in Indonesia and the United States. He leads the Corporate Services Group, which includes Communications and Marketing; Business Development; Governance, Legal and Risk; Property and Logistics; Student Services and the Modernisation Portfolio.

Mark Easson

Mark joined TAFE NSW as the Chief Financial Officer in 2016. He brings 30 years' financial governance experience from a diverse range of industries, including higher education, telecommunications, rural and logistics, and professional services.

Coming with 9 years' experience at the University of Sydney, Mark is one of the most experienced finance leaders in the education sector. Mark's focus is on improving TAFE NSW's commercial viability and financial sustainability, but implementing it in a way that recognises TAFE's important commitment to the broader community and to developing the workforce of NSW.

Lucy Arundell

Lucy is TAFE NSW's first Chief Education and Training Officer, a central role in our modernisation plans. She brings with her a passion for and commitment to education and training, and a distinguished work record across TAFE, universities, the public sector and local government.

Lucy is a familiar face for many – she has been with TAFE NSW since 2008 in a variety of leadership roles. Her focus is on improving the student experience, leveraging new and emerging technologies, strengthening our engagement with industry and creating consistent quality provision across the state, so we continue to be the education and training provider of choice.

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.

Petra Koziollek

Petra is the Chief Audit Executive at TAFE NSW. She is an energetic and highly effective audit and risk professional, with over 15 years of general business, internal audit, governance, enterprise risk management and accounting experience.

She brings a breadth of experience in various industries such as transport, property, community services, government, communication and higher education. Companies where she has left her mark include Deloitte, City of Sydney, Rail Infrastructure NSW, UNSW and Tourism Australia. She will be focused on supporting TAFE NSW improve its operations through strengthening its control environment as is practicable and protecting its reputation.

Regional General Manager Bios

Susie George

Susie is the Regional General Manager for TAFE NSW’s North Region.

She brings over 20 years of Human Resources experience from her leadership roles in some of Australia's largest companies, including Hungry Jack's Australia, Transport NSW and Woolworths.

Kerry Penton

Kerry is the Regional General Manager for TAFE NSW's Southern Region and will be based in Wagga Wagga. Previously the Director of Riverina Institute, her experience with leading geographically disparate training organisations makes her an asset to TAFE NSW.

She brings more than 30 years of experience in vocational education and training and has held a range community leadership positions, including being a committee member for Regional Development Australia and Cancer Council NSW. Kerry will be focused on achieving the One TAFE NSW vision and ensuring access to world class education and training for communities in Southern NSW.

Alison Wood

Alison is the Regional General Manager for TAFE NSW's Sydney Region and will be based at St Leonards. Prior to her current role, she has held the roles of Institute Director at both Sydney and Northern Sydney Institutes and has over 30 years' experience in vocational education and training.

Alison has had a lifelong belief in the power of education to change lives, build communities and contribute to economic prosperity. She believes every learner at TAFE NSW should experience a broad and exciting range of learning opportunities to help them achieve their career ambitions. She will focus on strengthening connections with industry, enterprise and local communities to position TAFENSW as a leader in innovation and VET delivery.

Michael Cullen

Michael was appointed as the Regional General Manager for TAFE NSW's Western Sydney Region and will be based at Kingswood, but also maintain an office at Bankstown.

He knows Western Sydney well, having studied, lived and worked in the region most of his life. He comes to TAFE NSW from Liverpool council, where he was the Chief Executive Officer, and he previously led the Small Business and Regional Development functions of the NSW Department of State and Regional Development. Michael will use his strong background in the design, delivery and evaluation of services and programs to meet the needs of community and business in Western Sydney.

Kate Baxter

Kate is the Regional General Manager for TAFE NSW's Western Region and will be based in Orange. She brings 15 years of governance and management experience in the vocational education and training sector, specifically in developing and implementing courses for communities across Western NSW.

Kate is a highly-respected leader who has a demonstrated track record for achieving results in Western NSW. As Regional General Manager, she will continue to ensure outcomes from education and training create opportunities for the people of Western NSW.

Megan Aitken

Megan joined TAFE NSW as the General Manager of TAFE Digital in December 2016. She has over 19 years of experience in senior management roles in the financial services sector in Australia and Asia and resides in Armidale.

She previously worked at the University of New England as the Head of Strategic Projects Group, overseeing the $47.5m Federal Government's Structural Adjustment Fund initiatives and was formerly Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications for JPMorgan, Asia Pacific. Her principle areas of expertise include project management, strategy and planning, marketing and corporate communications. Megan and her team's focus will be on consolidating and enhancing our online courses across the State and introducing innovative learning technologies into our online programmes.