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TAFE Queensland Executive

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer - Jodi Schmidt

Jodi Schmidt

Jodi assumed her current role as CEO in July 2013 to reform and revitalise TAFE in Queensland. Her priorities include the overall leadership of TAFE Queensland as an independent statutory body and ensuring it is developed into a flexible and responsive organisation that works closely with industry and the community to meet the needs of stakeholders in a commercially viable way.

Jodi joined the TAFE Queensland network in late 2005 as Director of Corporate Services at Southbank Institute of Technology. During her tenure, Jodi was integral in repositioning the institute as a specialist in the delivery of higher level certificate and diploma programs and led the development and implementation of the statutory framework and separation from the Department of Education, Training and Employment. In July 2012, she became the Deputy Director-General of Training and Employment, with full responsibility of the state's training and employment portfolio including operational oversight of TAFE, and was the senior officer responsible for input into the Skills and Training Taskforce and development of the Skills Reform Agenda, inclusive of the TAFE Reform for Queensland.

Jodi holds qualifications in marketing, accounting and market research. She is an Appointed Member of the Ministerial Queensland International Education and Training Advisory Council, Board Chair of the APTC Consortium, and holds memberships with the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Association of Tertiary Education Management.

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Thomas

Michael is a CPA-qualified senior executive with strong experience in the VET, government and health sectors. Prior to being appointed as Chief Operating Officer, he took a key role in the transition of TAFE Queensland to a statutory body as well as the amalgamation of the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Institutes. Michael previously held Human Resources and Corporate Services roles at two Queensland TAFEs, and held the Acting Institute Director position at the Bremer Institute for over two years. He also led corporate services, human resources and administrative services area at the Queensland Studies Authority, following roles in the health sector at Queensland Health and Mater Health Services.

Michael holds a Certificate in Governance and Risk Management from the Chartered Secretaries Australia, a Postgraduate Certificate in Management (Human Resources Management), a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) a Diploma of Financial Planning and is a CPA Program graduate.

Chief Academic Officer

Chief Academic Officer - Dr Christina Hong

Dr Christina Hong

PhD (Aus), MA (USA), B.A (Hons), DipEd, Dip.Tchg (NZ), GAICD (Aus)

Dr Christina Hong was appointed as Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of TAFE Queensland in July 2014. In the role of CAO, Dr Hong is responsible for leading TAFE Queensland's academic strategy and governance inclusive of product governance, learning and teaching quality, digital product services and international business development. The CAO role also has a significant focus on fostering the scholarship of learning and teaching and the development of an applied research and innovation culture across TAFE Queensland. Christina has an extensive background in education with an emphasis on leadership and change management, curriculum and pedagogy and transformation across the school, vocational education and training and higher education sectors.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. Christina's prior roles have included Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive of Southbank Institute of Technology, Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) in the Australian university sector and senior executive leadership roles in the New Zealand tertiary sector.

Christina has a track record of international publication and presentations and has led national curriculum and assessment reform projects and undertaken international consultancies including visiting scholar appointments in the USA, Korea and Hong Kong.

Chief Human Resources Officer

Chief Human Resources Officer - Tom Barlow

Tom Barlow

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Tom is responsible for leading the implementation of the People and Culture strategy related to people-related systems, policy and culture, values and leadership. This work includes responsibility for leading negotiations and related strategies associated with employment conditions for TAFE Queensland employees.

Prior to his current role, Tom held the position of Executive Director, Workforce Management and Support in the Department of Education, Training and Employment where he was responsible for executive oversight of the Department's industrial relations, employment diversity, organisational health and professional development for schools, TAFE and Central Office.

Tom has been working within human resources for over 20 years and has held previous roles within government providing human resources policy advice as well as being the accountable officer for the whole-of-Government enterprise bargaining outcomes while engaged as General Manager of Public Sector Industrial Relations with the then Queensland Department of Employment and Industrial Relations.

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer - Cliff Kaye

Cliff Kaye

Cliff Kaye is a chartered accountant and chartered secretary with over 20 years' experience as a senior finance professional across the financial, mining and professional services industries. His experience includes strategic and operational business, finance, accounting, investments, treasury, and taxation. It also includes governance, risk, compliance, and company secretarial. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management (Sydney) and has a post graduate in applied Investments and Finance from the Applied Finance Centre, Macquarie University (Sydney).

His roles have included working in diverse Australian based multi-national listed conglomerates Suncorp Group Limited and Downer Edi Limited, in addition to working for large unlisted financial services businesses Tactical Global Management Limited and QSuper, as a senior finance executive. He commenced his career with EY in audit and assurance, completing his articles, moving from South Africa to the UK, travelling extensively with the firm over an 8 year period in Europe, Asia, Australia and the US, with a client portfolio covering financial services, mining, oil and gas, and telecommunications.

While his roles have predominantly been focused in finance, he has also been responsible for the oversight of various other business functions, which has extended to human resources, information technology, project management, operations and shared services.

Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Officer - Dean Sedgman

Dean Sedgman

As TAFE Queensland's Chief Information Officer, Dean is responsible for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy development, service delivery management, ICT contract management and procurement functions and operational services for the new TAFE Queensland.

Dean has 30 years' experience in the ICT industry in operational and management roles covering IT support, systems development, infrastructure management, strategy and policy development and change implementation.

Prior to establishing the TAFE Information Services Group, Dean held a number of Director and Executive Director roles within the Department of Education, Training and Employment responsible for developing or implementing initiatives as varied as Human Resource systems, GST implementation, the ICTs for Learning Strategy, the Smart Classrooms Strategy, the Department's ICT policy framework and the integration of TAFE ICT services into the Department.

Prior to joining the Department of Education, Training and Employment Dean worked in many roles on ICT and change management projects with in state legal and land registration jurisdictions.

Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Executive Services

Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Executive Services - Robert Petherbridge

Robert Petherbridge

As Executive Director, Strategic Policy and Executive Services, Robert is responsible for assisting the Chief Executive Officer to establish a clear role, purpose and strategic direction for the future of TAFE Queensland. Most recently, Robert was the Executive Director - Skills Reform, Department of Education, Training and Employment, where his work was fundamental to the creation of TAFE Queensland as a statutory body and developing the framework for the Queensland Government's skills and training reform agenda.

Prior to this, Robert worked as Director, Vocational Education and Training Policy in the Department. In this position, Robert led the secretariat for the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce and was responsible for developing the Government's response to the Queensland Post-Secondary Education and Training (QPET) Review. In addition, Robert has worked on a number of other major government policy initiatives including A Flying Start for Queensland Children and the implementation of the Education and Training Reforms for the Future. Prior to joining DETE in 2006, Robert worked for the Training Accreditation Council and Department of Education Services of Western Australian and the Australian National Training Authority. Robert also has experience working with the Australian Hotels Association and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Australian Capital Territory.

Director, Brand, Marketing and Communication

Director, Brand, Marketing and Communication - David St George

David St George

David St George is a marketing professional with over 20 years experience, in both consulting roles and in-house positions. His experience spans a range of industries including financial services, property and fast moving consumer goods.

David's career started in advertising where he worked for agencies including De Pasquale, Mojo and DDB in account service roles. Over the last decade David has worked in a variety of senior marketing roles including Head of Marketing for QSuper, Marketing and Place Manager for Lend Lease, Marketing Director at the Phillips Group, and Principal/Manager of Mercer's Sydney Communication Practice.

As traditional business models have been disrupted by the rise of digital technologies, David's roles over the last decade have become increasingly focused on the development and implementation of digital strategies. His experience in user-centred website design, automated marketing, social media marketing and search engine marketing has been gained through working in digital marketing consultancies with a diverse range of public and private sector clients.