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Governing Council

The Governing Council plays a key role as South Regional TAFE's governing body to oversee operations and drive strategic direction. The Governing Council is responsible for ensuring that clear management, effective decision making and governance frameworks are in place and functioning.

The Governing Council consists of a Chair person, Deputy Chair person, the Managing Director and between 6-10 other members. Governing Council members are appointed by the Minister for Education and Training. Each council member is selected for their experience in education and training, industry or community affairs. Members are appointed for a term of up to 3 years and at the end of their term are eligible to apply for re-appointment.

For more information please email Directorate.Services@srtafe.wa.edu.au

Chair Susan Barrera

Susan is an experienced senior manager with strong communications and analytical skills. During her 30-year career in the State public sector, Susan held a number of senior executive service positions, including Director General of the Department for Communities, and Executive Director Labour Relations.

Susan is Chair of MyLeave (formerly the Construction Industry Portable Long Service Leave Board) and Deputy Chair of the Mid West Ports Authority.

Susan has lectured in management and industrial relations at Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia.

As a consultant, Susan has undertaken a variety of projects in government and not-for-profit agencies. She specialises in change management, organisational design and building resilient corporate cultures. She has qualifications in science, education and management and a Diploma of Languages from TAFE.

Deputy Chair Dr Wendy Giles

Wendy has a wide range of experience at all levels of education from primary schools to universities over 40 years. Her research resulted in many publications and conference presentations, both within Australia and internationally. The most satisfying thing for Wendy has been mentoring people, including new staff members, students and aspirational members of remote communities.

She has worked in Western Australia, New South Wales, Canberra and the Northern Territory in a variety of roles: teaching, school principal, tutor, lecturer, manager, head of school, and associate dean. In recent years, Wendy has taken on community roles such as teaching literacy at the local prison and being elected on to the City of Bunbury Council.

Nadine Carter

Nadine Carter was appointed to the Governing Council of South Regional TAFE in June 2018. Nadine is a professional non-executive director and independent chair across both the public and not-for-profit sectors following an extensive career in strategic human resource management. Nadine holds a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, and a Graduate Diploma of Management.

Nadine is a Fellow and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is Chair of the AICD South West Regional Committee.

Through her 20 years of corporate experience and independent consultancy, Nadine brings a proven track record in corporate governance, strategy development, stakeholder engagement, risk management, strategic human resource management, organisational development, cultural change, and executive leadership development.

David Dhu

Born and raised in Western Australia, David is a proud Banyjima man who is passionate about Aboriginal advocacy and advancement. David is strongly guided by respect for heritage, tradition, and Elders.

David has worked in government, trust management, property services, transport and logistics, and mining. His background is in corporate services and project management, overseeing human resources, Information Communications Technology, client and stakeholder engagements, policy and process, communications and media.

David has taken learning, experiences, and qualifications from each of these industries to progress over time from entry-level roles to leading and managing teams and businesses. A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Institute of Community Directors Australia, and the Governance Institute of Australia, he is driven and guided by governance and process.

Helen Grzyb

A strategic thinker with a research doctorate in business and community partnerships, Helen Grzyb is a graduate, fellow and award winner from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has more than 30 years’ governance experience as a board member of professional, government, business and community organisations.

Helen set up her boutique consulting business in 1997, advising governments and community organisations, and building on her previous 20-year federal and state government executive career in aged care, disability, infrastructure and whole-of-government programs.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Human Resources Institute, Helen holds current State government board appointments as member of the Charitable Institutions Advisory Committee as well as her membership of South Regional TAFE’s Governing Council.

Noelle Jones

Noelle retired in 2019 after a long career with the Australian Medical Association (WA) and joins the South Regional TAFE Governing Council with a wealth of experience on various boards and advisory groups.

Noelle has a keen interest in training and was responsible for a number of vocational education and training sector initiatives during her time with the AMA.

Pina Versace

Currently Membership Manager WA for Housing Industry Australia, Pina has more than 25 years’ experience in various roles at a management level in diverse industries and not-for-profit organisations, including local and state government, tourism, health, education and construction industries.

Janice Davidson

Jan was appointed to the Governing Council in July 2022. She lives in Albany and has worked in business development and management roles in the vocational education and training sector for over 30 years.

Since leaving fulltime employment, Jan has engaged in consultancy projects, with a particular interest in the importance of tertiary education in building and sustaining regional communities. She is actively involved in regional initiatives, having most recently worked with Regional Development Australia (Great Southern) to establish the Great Southern Universities Centre in Albany.

As an advocate for the reduction of regional educational disadvantage, Jan has contributed to rural, regional and remote education reviews, with an emphasis on service provision at the local level. To this end, she is a current and former member of various education, employment and regional development Boards and Committees in the Great Southern region.

Jan has qualifications in both education and communication studies from Murdoch University and a Diploma of Commerce from TAFE.

Mike Ansell

Mike Ansell recently retired as a partner of RSM. RSM is a national accounting practice. Whilst working at RSM for over 41 years he advised a wide range of businesses and organisations.

Mike is a Fellow – Chartered Accountant, Graduate member of Australian Institute of Company Directors. He chairs a large business in the South West, Vice President of the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Chairman of Port Community and Consultation Committee.

Through his 41 years of working with businesses and organisations he brings a wide range of skills and knowledge in particular the areas of finance and management and the ability to evolve and adapt to an ever changing environment.

Garry Green

Garry Green was appointed to the South Regional TAFE board in January 2022. He resides in Bunbury and has more than 30 years’ experience in the power, coal, oil and gas and mineral sands industries.

Garry works for Iluka Resources as the South West Operations Manager and brings with him vast experience and knowledge of the Mining and Power Industries. He is a keen industry advocate and strives to see continuous improvement throughout the industry, including development of skills and education for future careers. His leadership, technical experience and past involvement on the Coal industry Superannuation and Long Service Boards provide a strong governance focus.

Garry is the current chair of the Chamber Minerals and Energy (CME) South West Regional Council and is an active member of the CME Executive Council.

Darshi Ganeson-Oats

Darshi is an ex-officio member of the Governing Council by virtue of her position as Managing Director of South Regional TAFE.

Darshi’s career spans strategy and business development in the public and private sectors in Australia and overseas. Darshi has held executive roles within the vocational education sector at Challenger Institute of Technology and South Metropolitan TAFE. Other posts include: Consultant Cardno ACIL on the AusAID Fiji Education Sector Program; Business Development with AXA Insurance and with MTV Viacom both in London; Performance Analyst with the Office of the Auditor General; and Economist on the National Accounts at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Darshi holds a Bachelor Economics (Honours) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Computing from Curtin University of Technology.