Michael Boyce  

Michael Boyce (Chair)

Mr 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 a number of not-for-profit boards and advisory committees in the vocational employment and training sector.


Melinda OLeary



Ms Melinda OLeary (Deputy Chair)

Ms OLeary is a continuing Commission member, having previously served one year as Deputy Chair. Ms OLeary is co-founder and consultant with Nova Systems, which employs 350 staff across Australia and internationally in Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Nova Systems, Melinda held senior positions in several recruitment firms including State Operations Manager for Select Staff and State Manager for both Manpower Services and Kelly Services.


Robert Bonner



Mr Robert Bonner

A continuing Commission member, Mr Bonner is the Director, Operations and Strategy of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) (SA Branch). His role includes leadership of the SA Branch’s industrial, legal, education, communication and membership programs. He established the Branch’s registered training organisation; The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre (ANMEC). 



Jenny Briggs



Ms Jenny Briggs

Nominee of the Employer Associations employed by Business SA. Ms Briggs is Executive Director, Employer Solutions and Programs at Business SA. With over 20 years’ experience in education and training, Jenny has comprehensive knowledge of the Australian VET system. Her experience includes training management roles in private enterprise, not-for-profit organisations in the disability sector and the job network, and five years running the operations for a large, privately owned training organisation.


ian Curry



Mr Ian Curry

Mr Curry is a nominee of the Employee Associations. He is the National Coordinator of Skills, Training and Apprenticeships with the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) based at the AMWU’s South Australian State Office. He has national responsibility for managing the AMWU’s engagement with the national training system and the structures that underpin it.

Mr Curry has a long history of engagement with the training system and has served on many state and national regulatory and advisory bodies associated with the training system.


Dr Joy de Leo



Dr Joy de Leo OAM

A new appointment to the Commission, Dr de Leo is the South Australian and Tasmanian Executive Officer for the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET). She is an educator with over 40 years’ experience in schooling and tertiary education. She has taught in schools, in the VET sector and in universities with most of her experience in areas of management and educational policy.


Stephen Myatt



Mr Stephen Myatt

Nominee of the Employer Associations. Mr Myatt is the Head of the Australian Industry Group South Australian Branch (Ai Group). The Ai Group South Australia Branch was established on 1 July 2009 resulting from a merger between the Engineering Employers Association South Australian and the Ai Group. Ai Group is a leading Australian industry association that represents members in a broad range of industry sectors including manufacturing, engineering, construction and services.


Adrienne Nieuwenhuis



Ms Adrienne Nieuwenhuis

A continuing Commission member, Ms Nieuwenhuis is the Director, Office of the Vice Chancellor and Strategic Programs, at the University of South Australia. 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.


Ms Jennifer (Jen) Rodger



Ms Jennifer (Jen) Rodger

A new appointment to the Commission, Ms Rodger recently retired as Executive Director, Education at TAFE SA. In her 30-year career in vocational education and training she worked with most industry sectors across many metropolitan and regional areas of South Australia.


Mr Angas Story



Mr Angas Story

Mr Story is a nominee of the Employee Associations and is the Coordinator of Industrial and Advocacy Services at SA Unions. He has extensive background in industrial relations and policy development with a focus on employment conditions, skills development, education and training, workforce planning, health and safety, and youth issues.


Mr Mick Tumbers



Mr Mick Tumbers

A new appointment to the Commission, Mr Tumbers is retired and has a strong political and union background, most recently engaged as Senate support for Senator Anne McEwan. In this role, Mr Tumbers focused on migration matters with an emphasis directed to skills and business migration both for offshore applicants and domestic approved employers. Previous roles include Executive Officer and President of SA Unions and a representative of the Metal Trades Federation of Unions.

Mr Tumbers has also served on numerous South Australian boards. He is a Justice of the Peace and continues to liaise with the Community Legal Service.