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Corporate governance

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

Our Minister

The Hon. Alister Henskens SC MP, Minister for Skills and Training 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.

TAFE Commission Advisory Board

The TAFE Commission Advisory Board makes recommendations to the Minister on policies, strategic planning, the efficiency and effectiveness of TAFE NSW's operations, management and commercial activities.


Mr Danny O'Connor (Chair)

Danny O’Connor was Chief Executive of Western Sydney Local Health District from 2011 to 2019 and Chief Executive of Western New South Wales Area Health Service from 2009 to 2010. This followed appointments as general manager of Concord Repatriation General Hospital and the Sydney Dental Hospital. He also worked for the NSW Health Department and has extensive experience in the workings of government and public administration. Danny has a long history of stakeholder management in health services including planning large and small scale service redesign in collaboration with private, corporate, tertiary education and government entities.

Danny is involved in initiatives to improve the experience of healthcare and achieve greater efficiency and productivity by using digital health technology; adoption of advanced equipment and skills; greater collaboration between public and private industry providers; and advocating for health policy as an integral aspect of urban design and functioning.

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.

Ms 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 U.S. university sectors, including with the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales, as well as with Georgetown University, and Temple University.

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

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

Ms Katrina Troughton

Katrina Troughton is the Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand, a role she was appointed to in July 2019.

With deep global experience in technology business leadership within diverse markets and leading diverse teams, Katrina has held a variety of international roles, including General Manager for IBM New Zealand, and Vice President of Data and Analytics solutions for IBM Asia Pacific, based in Shanghai. It was her time working at IBM’s headquarters in New York, leading a global team focused on HR solutions to support new ways of working, that cemented Katrina’s keen interest in the importance of skills and driving skills transformation at scale.

Katrina is a passionate advocate of IBM’s Pathways in Technology education program (P-TECH), which supports future skills development and new pathways into technology careers for tertiary students. In 2020, she was the executive sponsor supporting the launch of IBM’s SkillsBuild Program with SoldierOn Australia, an initiative to help Australian defence personnel and veterans re-skill and pivot towards careers in technology, including cyber security.

Katrina has board and advisory experience, serving on the UniServices board at the University of Auckland, chairing the New Zealand Digital Advisory Board, and helping to establish its Global Women Leadership Development program.

Katrina lives in Sydney with her husband and three boys, who ensure all “down time” remains busy and fun.

Mr Isaiah Dawe

Isaiah is the CEO of ID. Know Yourself, the first Aboriginal-led organisation delivering one-on-one mentoring and support coordination to Aboriginal children and young people in contact with the out of home care and juvenile justice systems within New South Wales.

As the founder and CEO of ID. Know Yourself, Isaiah is determined to impact the lives of the 22,000 Aboriginal children in out of home care. The organisation’s purpose is to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma and disadvantage, by establishing belonging, discovering purpose, and empowering positive choices.

Isaiah was a finalist in the 2019 NSW/ACT Channel 7 Young Achiever Awards and the winner of the 2017 TAFE NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. He was also the first Indigenous person to be awarded TAFE NSW Graduate of the Year.

Isaiah has represented his community at the National Indigenous Youth Parliament, bringing home the major award of ‘Positive Influencer’ and was chosen by the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples to represent Australia at the International Visitors Leadership Program in America. Isaiah has also been selected to attend the World Indigenous Business Conference in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Isaiah believes that “it doesn’t matter what you know, what matters is what you do.”

Ms Alison Mirams

Alison Mirams is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Roberts Co, and is deeply passionate about addressing the systemic issues that exist in the construction industry. Throughout her 25 years of experience working in the construction industry, Alison has been constantly striving to attract and retain more women within the industry.

Before establishing Roberts Co, Alison led the NSW/ACT regional business unit for Lendlease’s building business, for nearly three years. And prior to joining Lendlease, Alison enjoyed a successful 16-year career at Multiplex, rising from Contracts Administrator to Regional Director.

Alison received the Laing O’Rourke Business Woman of the Year award at the 2018 NAWIC NSW Awards for Excellence. She is also a member of the NSW PCA Division Council, a Director of the UNSW Foundation Board, a member of the Advisory Board for Aero PM. In addition to those roles, Alison also chairs the Advisory Council for the UNSW Faculty of Arts, Design, and Architecture.

Ms Georgina Harrisson

Georgina Harrisson is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and is committed to ensuring that our public schools are among the best in the world. She is a thoughtful leader in public policy and administration, with a passion for turning ideas into reality.

Georgina has over 20 years’ experience across a range of state and federal government agencies in both Australia and the UK. Most recently she has led the NSW Education Transformation agenda and was responsible for the highly regarded COVID-19 response. Georgina's experience has given her great cause for optimism about the power of public service to positively influence people’s lives, and is the purpose that drives her work.

Georgina holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Birmingham.

Dr Geoffrey Newcombe AM

Dr Geoff Newcombe was appointed Chief Executive of the Association of Independent Schools of NSW in 2005. He has had extensive experience in school management and finance, having held positions of Head and Business Manager in a number of Independent Schools.

Dr Newcombe has lectured in the Master of Education program at the University of New South Wales and was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Education at the university.

He is Deputy Chair of the Non-Government Schools Superannuation Fund (NGS Super) and chairs the Fund’s HR, Remuneration and Governance Committee, plus serves on the Investment Committee.

In 2009 he was appointed to the Board of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and has served on a number of committees, including Governance, Finance and Audit and Risk. He retired from the Board in June 2018.

Dr Newcombe was appointed to the NSW Government’s Study NSW International Education Advisory Board in 2014 and to the Board of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) in January 2017. He is currently a member of the Board of Dymocks Children’s Charities and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department of Education, Western Australia.

In December 2018 he was appointed to the Board of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) and now chairs the Finance and Audit Committee.

In June 2017, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to education and educational organisations, in particular the Independent School Sector.

In November 2019, he received the NSW Sir Harold Wyndham Medal, the highest award given by the Australian College of Educators NSW.

Mr Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw is a cook, writer and broadcaster.

Following a legal career across both Australia and Asia, most recently with ‘The Walt Disney Company’, Adam is now a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Sunday Life Magazine, and has written seven cookbooks. He is a former columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s Scene Asia.

Adam is the host of several television series, including the AACTA award-winning ‘Destination Flavour’, and ‘The Cook Up’ with Adam Liaw.

Adam is also a board member of the Australia-Japan Foundation and the Museum of Chinese in Australia. In 2016, the Japanese government appointed Adam as an official Goodwill Ambassador for Japanese Cuisine. Adam is also UNICEF Australia’s national ambassador for nutrition, and an ambassador of the ‘Australia Now’ program for the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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.

Vik Naidoo

Vik Naidoo joined TAFE NSW as Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer in January 2021.
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 Corporate Services 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 Chief People and Culture Officer.
She joined TAFE NSW in 2002 as a teacher and has gained a wealth of experience in the Vocational Education and Training sector.

Before joining TAFE NSW Julie was the leader of fast-paced, high-volume teams in the sales, training, and development functions at Footlocker Inc.

Prior to her current TAFE NSW role as Chief People and Culture Officer, Julie has worked in a number of leadership roles with the organisation including, acting General Manager of People and Safety, and the Head of Organisational Development and Talent Management.

In her role as Chief People and Culture Officer, Julie oversees the development and continuation of a capable, engaged, and adaptable workforce.

She is responsible for ensuring TAFE NSW operates in a safe, diverse, and inclusive work environment.  

Julie’s team ensures TAFE NSW has the capability to deliver the best outcomes through effective people and safety processes, policies, and programs.

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 Director of Media and 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.