Michael Boyce OAM
Chair, Training and Skills Commission
Former Industry CEO and VET Practitioner
Michael Boyce OAM 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
Chair, Education & Services ISC
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.
Executive Officer, Master Plumbers South Australia
Andrew Clarke is the Executive Officer of the Master Plumbers Association of South Australia Inc. He has held that position since 2007.
Andrew has extensive industry experience, from humble beginnings as an apprentice plumber, to Advanced plumber tradesman with experience across every sector of the industry.
Andrew also has significant knowledge and expertise in the vocational education and training sectors, primarily through Registered Training Organisations and Group Training Organisations that supported the plumbing and motor trade industries.
Furthermore, Andrew is a Deputy Director of the Master Plumbers Australia Ltd. He is well regarded amongst his counterparts in the plumbing industry for his extensive knowledge, passion and expertise for the trade.
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, ICT & Cybersecurity 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.
Policy Advisor, 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 Policy Advisor for 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 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, Community Accommodation and Respite Agency (CARA)
Chair, Health, Disability, Aged Care & Community Services ISC
Transformation is key to Liz Cohen’s leadership of Cara. Liz has led Cara since 2015, in its journey from the disability service provider’s traditional block-funded, “not for profit” to an innovative, values-driven “profit for purpose” organisation. Liz has recommitted Cara to high-quality support services so customers can lead fulfilling, everyday lives with choice and control over their goals, big and small.
Liz has developed Cara’s new vision, brand, business model and the promise which Cara’s staff work by every day – we find possible. Under Liz’s leadership, Cara has welcomed record numbers of staff to the organisation, employing more than 1100 people, grown revenue to turn over more than $90 million annually, and expanded into new regional areas of South Australia to support more children and adults with disability.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the disability, education and health sectors, Liz has a keen interest in the way technology can support increased independence for people with disability. Liz is the 2020 SA Telstra Businesswoman of the Year “For Purpose and Social Enterprise”. Liz sits on the Board of Ability First Australia and the Human Services Skills Organisation and is a member of the SA State Committee of National Disability Services.
Owner Star of Greece
Chair, Food, Wine, Tourism & Hospitality ISC
Nikki is currently chair, Business SA, the South Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is a former chair of the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board.
Nikki owns and manages the nationally renowned Star of Greece restaurant in Port Willunga.
She has an impressive pedigree in destination marketing in Melbourne and Adelaide, has developed several start-up ventures and has extensive experience in membership and not-for-profit business.
For many years, she ran her own marketing company See More Solutions (a play on her maiden name of Seymour-Smith) with clients that included Southcorp Wines, Department of Trade and Economic Development, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Magic Millions and BHP Building Products.
Nikki has served on a number of boards including the Technology Industry Association, Australian Red Cross (SA), Volleyball SA, the South Australian Motorsport Board and the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority.
Nikki has a Bachelor of Business (Tourism) and a Diploma of Laws.
Director Comace Pty Ltd
Chair, Construction, Mining & Energy ISC
Paul Williams is the founder, owner and Director of Comace Pty ltd, a commercial interior fitout and Joinery business established in South Australia in 1981.
Paul completed his cabinet making apprenticeship in 1981, started his business while also joining the Army Reserves as an Engineer and working part time as a furniture removalist.
The business employed its first full time employee in 1982 and has employed many more over the last 38 years including award winning apprentices and trainees.
Paul holds a Diploma in Business Leadership and Front-Line Management, is a Certified CEO from the CEO institute, Certified Construction Professional from Master Builders Association, Life Member, Ambassador and Committee member of various business associations and past Chair of Australian Subcontractors Association and Southern Business Connections.