Board Members’ Expertise
GOTAFE’s Board directors come from a range of backgrounds and have a variety of skills. The Board aims to have members from diverse backgrounds to provide GOTAFE with the skills necessary for quality leadership and good governance.

Joanne Dwyer
Chair of the Board, Chair of the Audit Committee.
A Director since 2013, Joanne is a Certified Practising Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Joanne is an independent consultant with extensive experience across each of the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. A current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia, Joanne has held a number of directorships in regional Victoria, and her expertise lies in business project management and strategic planning. Joanne takes over the role of Board Chair effective 1 July 2017.

Rod Schubert
Chair of the Remuneration Committee
Tertiary qualified with over 30 years in human resources and employee relations, Rod has significant experience in HR leadership roles across the food manufacturing and agricultural sectors in Australia. These include renowned companies Ardmona and SPC, KR Castlemaine and Campbell’s Soup.

Rod is a former chair of the Goulburn Valley Human Resources and Management Network, former chair of the Apprenticeship Factory and previous board member of GV Health. In addition to his work as a HR leader, Rod continues to be involved in community endeavours, which reflects his understanding of the importance of community.

Dr Christine Cunningham
Chair of the Safety, Wellbeing and Culture Committee
Christine is a consultant statistician and researcher with a doctorate from the University of Melbourne and a master’s degree in science. Christine is an experienced and credentialed researcher and board director with qualifications in social research, psychology, nursing, journalism, applied statistics, governance and public health. For over thirty years, she has worked in various clinical, program, planning, policy, academic and governance roles.

Christine is on the Board of the Royal Children’s Hospital and serves on an advisory panel for Swinburne University of Technology. She previously served on the Board of Northeast Health Wangaratta from 2006 – 2014 and was chair from 2009 – 2014.

Mark O’Sullivan
Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Ltd (RASV), a position he commenced in 2006. Prior to this, Mark spent 24 years in various roles within the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Industry, including 12 years as CEO of Country Racing Victoria Ltd (CRV).

Mark is currently chair of the Board of Spring Valley Golf Club, a Non-Executive Director of Agricultural Shows of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark holds a Bachelor of Business and Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Studies and recently completed an Advanced Management Program at INSEAD (Singapore).

Angela Verde
Angela has 18 years of experience in senior and Regional Director level positions across government departments and funded agencies. Angela is a strategic leader with a proven record in facilitating change and innovation, leading teams, delivering programs and building sustainable partnerships. Angela’s strengths include creating opportunities for integrating work across all levels of government and leading the development of integrated regional strategic plans.

Angela has an enduring passion and commitment to improving outcomes for people in regional communities. Angela is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Diploma of Business Management.

Christine Riches
MBA qualified and with diplomas of training and education, Christine has held a number of senior roles across various disciplines and organisations. Her experience in Northeast Victoria includes workforce planning with small and medium sized enterprises and leading a community based Registered Training Organisation. An experienced Board member, Christine specialises in strategic planning, organisational development and business review, and is also a skilled trainer and course developer in all aspects of leadership and communication.

Jenny Jackson
Employed in the TAFE sector for the past 12 years, Jenny is Manager of Educational Development Services at GOTAFE. Tertiary qualified, Jenny has an extensive understanding of professional teaching practices and of regulation in the Vocational Education and Training environment.

An effective communicator and facilitator, Jenny is inclusive and values the opinions of others. Her strength is her ability to achieve balanced outcomes. Her passion is to help others succeed through education.

Jenny is a Director on the Central Ranges Local Learning Employment Network, which aims to help young people at risk continue their education and support them to transition to their chosen career.

Paul Culpan
Paul was appointed as CEO of Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE) in December 2008. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from the University of Auckland, Masters in Education (Educational Leadership and Management) from RMIT University and a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training from Holmesglen Institute.

Originally from New Zealand, Paul transferred to Australia in 1998 to manage the marketing of the Panadol brand in Australia. Prior to joining GOTAFE, Paul worked for eighteen years in marketing and business roles within multinational companies in Australia and New Zealand as well as for his own business in the United Kingdom.

Craig Faulkner
Chief Financial Officer/Board Secretary.