Introductions

Letter from the Chair

WorldSkills Australia (WSA) over the period of this Annual Report continued its success in demonstrating the excellence of the Australian skills development system at the regional, national and international level and as benchmarked against world standards.  Through the engagement and partnerships facilitated by WSA, young Australians with the support of their employers, their families and communities, training institutions and many volunteers have demonstrated the excellence of their skills and that of the Australian skills development eco-systems.

WSA has continued to focus its efforts to ensure WorldSkills Australia is meeting the challenges of the 21st Century and Industry 4 world of skills…

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Letter from the CEO

On behalf of my fellow Worldskillers, it is my pleasure to report on the achievements of WorldSkills Australia for the year ending June 30, 2019.

One of the qualities I admire about the WorldSkills Australia community is the unwavering dedication to the professional development of young Australians. We now have 34 approved WorldSkills Australia competition regions facilitated by ambitious volunteer regional committees who engage with members of local communities, industry and employer groups to promote VET pathways as a viable and lucrative career move. Our volunteers also work tirelessly with training providers, employers and families to help apprentices and trainees take part in our skills excellence competitions….

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Meet our Board

KEVIN J HARRIS, PSM

KEVIN J HARRIS, PSM

Chair - Commenced 2010

Kevin joined the WorldSkills Australia Board in 2010 and was elected as Chair in December 2017. He has previously been a member of WSA’s Finance, Audit and Risk Committee as well as Deputy Chair.

Since retiring, Kevin remains very active volunteering his expertise and extensive experience in various leadership roles.  These include as an independent non-executive director, membership of Australian National Education Industry Reference Committees and steering group leadership for industry employer organisations. He is a member of the Australian National ICT Industry Reference Committee and the recent past chair of the Australian Information Industry Association Education Group. He is also the chair of Le Cordon Bleu Australia’s corporate board.  He is an active member of Surf Lifesaving Australia and provides leadership in local community and Surf Life Saving Australia at club and branch level. 

Kevin was awarded the Public Service Medal in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his life-long achievements in public education and skills development leadership.

MEGAN LILLY

MEGAN LILLY

Deputy Chair - Commenced 2017

Megan is the Head of Workforce Development for The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and a director of the Australian Industry Group Training Service. In this role, Megan is responsible for the development of all education and training policy as well as member service delivery across the breadth of workforce development. Prior to this, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Business Services Training Australia, the national industry advisory board for the business services and related industry sectors. Before joining the national board, she held several senior management positions in various Victorian TAFE institutes.

Megan joined the WorldSkills Australia Board in March 2017 and was appointed as Deputy Chair in December 2017. She is a member of the Australian Industry Skills Committee (alternating Director), Chair of Manufacturing Skills Australia, member of the Australian College of Educators, board member National Apprentice Employment Network,  and the Naval Shipbuilding College – Delivery Advisory Committee. She has been a member of the Australia India Education Council, including Chairing the Skills Working Group, Australian Qualifications Framework Council, Queensland Ministerial Commission, Victorian Skills Commission and Australia Pacific Technical College. Megan was a member of the National Skills Standards Council, and the National Quality Council. Megan also chaired the Joint COAG-NQC Working Group – VET Products for the 21st Century and has presented at international conferences. She has a Masters in Educational Policy and Administration.

STEPHEN ROCHE

STEPHEN ROCHE

Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee - Commenced 2017

Stephen is a partner with over 25 years of experience providing audit, due diligence and accounting advice services to listed, government and private entities at a global and local level. Stephen has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant and current Partner within the Audit and Assurance section of Deloitte Asia Pacific. Stephen also holds several leadership roles within Deloitte Australia and Asia Pacific.

Currently, he is a Director and Chair of the Audit Finance and Risk Committee of the Victorian Law Foundation. He is also an Audit Committee member for Group Eight. Stephen joined the WorldSkills Australia Board in December 2017 and is Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

WAYNE COLLYER

WAYNE COLLYER

Chair, Nominations Committee - Commenced 2012

Wayne has 38 years’ experience in the training sector in both Queensland and Western Australia. He completed a Masters in Education Leadership in 1993 and was appointed Managing Director of Central West TAFE from 1994 to 2004 and then Managing Director Polytechnic West from 2004 until his retirement in 2013. Both of these organisations received Training Provider of the Year in Western Australia. For many years Wayne’s has made significant contributions to training policy development and delivery, especially in employment based training and engagement with industry.

Wayne was a Board member of TAFE Directors Australia for nine years and continues to contribute to the training sector.

Wayne joined the WorldSkills Board in 2012 and is currently a member of the Nominations Committee.

JACK HANRAHAN

JACK HANRAHAN

Non-Executive Director - Commenced 2011

Jack has over 30 years’ experience across various retail sectors in a variety of senior executive roles. His consultancy firm works closely with global brands, professionally assisting in the development of offers for retailers. Jack has a Masters Degree from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Non-Executive Director of a number of listed companies. He has taught MBA and Graduate programs as well as co-authored a textbook “Retail Strategy” as well as a number of published papers on retail.

Jack joined the WorldSkills Australia Board in 2011 and is currently a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

JARRAD LANGDON

JARRAD LANGDON

Non-Executive Director - Commenced 2011

Jarrad has completed several TAFE courses and achieved local and international success in his chosen field of website development In 2005, he won a gold medal in Website Design at the WorldSkills International Competition in Helsinki. In 2007, Jarrad established Jala Design Pty Ltd, an Australian design agency with a passion for strategic website design and development. Jarrad teaches part-time at TAFE NSW to help train the next generation of developers. He continues his involvement with WorldSkills Australia as a regional judge, project designer, national skill advisor and previously was International Deputy Chief Expert at an International level.

Jarrad has been on the WorldSkills Board since 2011 and is currently a member of the Nominations Committee and the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

BRIAN WEXHAM

BRIAN WEXHAM

Non-Executive Director - Commenced 2010

Brian’s experience in international media and advertising spans more than 40 years and includes executive roles with The Times, Sunday Times, and The Observer (London, United Kingdom), Media 24 (Cape Town, South Africa), and Lonrho PLC (Nairobi, Kenya). Brian is the author of several books and a successful international cartoon strip. In 2006 he was appointed CEO of The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence.

He was appointed to the WorldSkills Australia Board in 2010 and acted as Chair between 2013 – 2017 and holds several nonexecutive board positions, including Creative Communications. He is also Chair of The Australian Children’s Music Foundation, CEO of SkillsOne Television and Founder of National Skills Week.

TREVOR SCHWENKE

TREVOR SCHWENKE

Chief Executive and Director - Commenced 2017

Trevor has more than 22 years’ experience in key leadership roles in the vocational education and training, higher education, school and corporate sectors. In 2013 Trevor was recognised as the 2013 Queensland Professional Manager of the Year by the Australian Institute of Management. Trevor began his career as a tradesman and holds an Associate Diploma in Engineering, Bachelor Degree in Education and Masters of Education in Leadership. He is currently the From 2016 until April 2019 Trevor was CEO of Bendigo Kangan Institute. Previously, Trevor was the General Manager of TAFE Queensland South West and has held a Board position with TAFE Directors Australia.

Trevor became a WorldSkills Australia Board member in 2017 and currently sits on the Nominations Committee as well as the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Trevor was appointed as WorldSkills Australia Chief Executive Officer from August 2019.

Thank you to our retired Board Members for their outstanding service to WorldSkills Australia...

STUART HENRY

STUART HENRY

Commenced 2017

Retired 2019
CORALIE MORRISSEY

CORALIE MORRISSEY

Commenced 2013

Retired 2018