Chair, Training and Skills Commission
Former Industry CEO and VET Practitioner
Michael Boyce has recently retired after spending 12 years as Chief Executive Officer of a leading Group Training and Registered Training Organisation in South Australia. Prior to this he worked in senior management positions in the specialist services sector of the Building and Construction industry in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Michael has extensive experience in strategic governance having served on not-for-profit boards and advisory committees in the vocational employment and education sector.
Deputy Chair, Training and Skills Commission
Director, Office of the Vice Chancellor & Strategic Programs, University of South Australia
Adrienne Nieuwenhuis is the Director, Office of the Vice Chancellor and Strategic Programs, at the University of South Australia. In this role she is responsible for providing high-level strategic analysis and advice to the Vice Chancellor and overseeing the effective development and implementation of strategic activities across the University.
Prior to this, Adrienne was the Director Quality, Tertiary Education, Science and Research in the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology where she provided strategic leadership, policy advice and investment direction to support tertiary education, science and research in South Australia. In this role she was also responsible for a range of regulatory services for both VET and higher education and worked closely with the Commonwealth Government in the establishment of the national regulatory systems for VET and higher education. She was an inaugural member of both the Higher Education Standards Panel and the National Skills Standards Council.
Adrienne has over 20 years of experience in tertiary education. She holds an Honours degree in science and a Masters degree in educational administration.
Former Local Government CEO and State Member of Parliament
With a professional life spent at senior local government level and as a 12-year Member of the South Australian Parliament, Steven has spent nearly 40 years talking to communities about their needs. Steven and his family have always lived in regional areas, but he has worked extensively in Adelaide and has interacted across all levels of the community.
Since leaving the Parliament in 2018, Steven has continued to work for the benefit of the community and would like to use the knowledge he has gained to impact on skills policy development, and to ensure our state is well placed to deliver the future workforce it needs.
Steven is excited by the opportunity to contribute as a Member of the Training and Skills Commission and to work collaboratively with industry and government.
Principal, Rod Hook & Associates
Maree has over twenty years of experience working throughout regional and metropolitan South Australia in both corporate and delivery arms of organisations. She is currently a consultant working in the areas of infrastructure for global, international and local (South Australian) clients.
She is a strong advocate for worked based training having started her career as an administrative trainee in regional TAFE SA in the early 90s. Maree is an experienced government executive having held senior roles within the Department of Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure holding positions responsible for over 300 people and managing budgets of over $200 million.
Maree holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Adelaide University and a Certificate in Engagement IAP2.
Executive Officer, SA Road Transport Association
Chair, Transport and Manufacturing ISC
Steve Shearer has been the Executive Officer of the SA Road Transport Association since 1994.
He is also a member of the Australian Trucking Association Council and a number of industry committees and liaison groups with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the National Transport Commission. In this capacity, Steve has played a central role in the development and implementation of a series of reforms within the trucking industry, including the Chain of responsibility reforms and fatigue management programs and the development of the HV National Law which is now undergoing a national review.
Steve has a background of over 15 years of management in the federal Government in several departments, including law-enforcement policy areas and coordinating Australia’s counter-terrorism arrangements in the late 1980’s, and as a State Manager of Veterans’ Affairs in SA and Queensland.
Steve adopts a pragmatic outcome-focused approach and has little time for the purely process-driven mentality as he seeks to facilitate the continual improvements in safety and compliance within the trucking industry. All this has had a dramatic impact on the roles of employees within the industry and the skills they require.
Industry Chief Technologist, DXC Technology Australia
Chair, Creative Industries, Business and Digital Platforms ISC
Dino Rossi is an Industry Chief Technologist for DXC Technology. In this role he brings business, technology and innovation expertise to clients in the Government and Education industries. With 25+ years’ of experience having fulfilled responsibilities across Executive, Managerial and Technology roles, he combines business acumen and a strong technology background to foster innovative ways of “thinking” delivering solutions that achieve successful outcomes. He is responsible for the DXC Internship program and established the DXC Adelaide Young Professionals program which fosters the career development of 50+ up and coming DXC Technology professionals.
Dino is a member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and Chairs the South Australian (SA) Chapter of the AIIA National Education Special Interest Group. In this role he has directed the group towards increasing the contribution of industry in the education of SA children, through the delivery of a series of structured teacher professional development workshops supporting the delivery of an authentic learning experience in the classroom. He is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the University of South Australia School of IT and Mathematical Sciences and recently fulfilled roles as Industry Practitioner in Resident and Adjunct Research Associate.
Chief Executive Officer, Construction Industry Training Board
Chair, Construction, Mining and Energy ISC
Marie Paterson is a CEO who values engagement with people to ensure they achieve their potential, implements strategic thinking to achieve her organisational goals and engenders collaboration between organisations to drive continuous improvement.
As a leader and manager with more than 25 years of experience across industries including oil and gas, consulting and training, clothing and textiles, group training and wine production, she is cognisant of the importance of stakeholder engagement and consultation.
Marie has gained extensive knowledge in the building and construction sector throughout her roles at the Civil Contractors Federation and currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Construction Industry Training Board. A qualified Finance and Human Resource professional, Marie is experienced in strategic business management, financial decision making, international business operations and training. Marie was appointed as a member of the interim Training and Skills Commission in July 2018 and re-appointed in 2019.
Deputy Chief Executive, Restaurant and Catering Australia
Chair, Food, Wine, Tourism & Hospitality ISC
Sally has been involved in the hospitality industry for most of her working life. From her background in science as a laboratory technician for CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition, she ran her own restaurant and catering businesses in Adelaide for over 20 years.
Over that time, as a member of the then Restaurant Association, she believed that the Association could do more to support the time poor, labour intensive, small business hospitality sector. Since taking up the role of Chief Executive Officer SA in 2002, she strives to offer practical tools and advice to members as well as fulfilling the leadership role that the position entails.
From October 2014 she took up the role of a Deputy CEO for Restaurant & Catering Australia, responsible for operations for the organisation nationally. In addition to developing strategy and public policy for the organisation, she is a strong advocate for skills development. Sally is cognisant of the human resource challenges that the industry endures and is committed to raising the profile of VET in the community to reinstate tourism and hospitality as a bona fide career path.
Sally holds the Certified Professional Restauranteur Accreditation, holds an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management, an Associate Diploma in Medical Technology and the Company Directors Diploma.
Executive Officer, Horticulture Coalition of SA
Chair, Agribusiness ISC
Coming from a farm on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Amy has been involved in a farming family and farming communities for some time. At the start of her career, she coordinated local landcare and catchment projects, followed by work across a number of states in dairy extension.
With a background in science and law, she has worked on a range of policy issues, both within government and for industry bodies. She has been the Executive Officer of Primary Producers SA and the former Natural Resources Management Council and is currently the Executive Officer of the Horticulture Coalition of SA.
She has also been a member of the former Premier’s Sustainability Roundtable, Advisory Board of Agriculture and National Landcare Program Review National Reference Group. She currently chairs the Fleurieu Dairyfarmers Collective Bargaining Group, as well as the Agribusiness Industry Skills Council.
Managing Director, SAAB Australia
Chair, Defence, Aerospace, IT and Cybersecurity ISC
Andy served for 22 years in the Australian Navy which included command of two Collins Class submarines and a three-year exchange posting with the US Navy’s Submarine Force in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) for his leadership in command of HMAS SHEEAN in 2006.
Andy retired from the Navy in 2007 and joined ASC where he was responsible for establishing the business improvement capability and managing ASC’s operations in WA, which included maintenance and training for the Collins Class fleet.
After a two-year stint as Chief Executive of Defence SA, Andy commenced as the Managing Director of Saab Australia in November 2017.
Chief Executive Officer, Whyalla Aged Care
Chair, Health, Disability, Aged Care and Community Services ISC
Juanita is the Chief Executive Officer at Whyalla Aged Care and has over thirty five years' experience working in the Health, Aged Care, Community and Disability sectors in rural and remote communities across the Eyre Peninsula and Northern Far Western region of South Australia.
Juanita serves on a number of local, regional and state committees including the Aged & Community Services SA Divisional Council, Whyalla Ageing and Disability Leaders Group, Whyalla Education Precinct Hub, Whyalla's Industry Leaders Committee, is an industry mentor for University SA's new Innovation Hub in Whyalla and a member of Whyalla's Tourism Committee.
Juanita was named Whyalla Business Woman of the year in 2012/2013 and during her time at Whyalla Aged Care the organisation has been named Whyalla Employer of the year and Trainee of the year multiple times and won the SA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Telstra Large Business Award.