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.

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).

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.

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.

Kerry Penton

Kerry is Acting as the Chief Delivery Officer. Before that, she was the General Manager for TAFE NSW’s Southern Region, based in Wagga Wagga and prior to that, she was 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 of community leadership positions, including being a committee member for Regional Development Australia and Cancer Council NSW. Kerry will be focused on strengthening the One TAFE model and drive quality, consistency and excellence in the delivery of educational products and services to our customers.

Susie George

Susie George is the Acting Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer. She was previously the Regional General Manager for North, and General Manager for People and Safety at TAFE NSW. 

Prior to joining TAFE NSW, Susie worked in public and private corporations including Woolworths and Hungry Jacks in various senior management roles. Susie was actively involved in negotiating major structural efficiency reforms including complex negotiations, acquisitions and cultural transformations. She has also had prior experience in government working for Transport NSW.

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 Acting 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 Tickle is the Acting Capability Officer. She was previously the acting General Manager of People and Safety, and the Head of  Organisational Development and Talent Management.

Kristie O'Brien

Kristie is the Acting Chief Product and Quality Officer. She was previously the Head of Educational Planning and Service Delivery.