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.


GOTAFE Board Chair Joanne Dwyer

Joanne Dwyer

Board Chair

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 ascended to the Board Chair position in July 2017.

GOTAFE Board Member Christine Cunningham

Dr Christine Cunningham

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.


GOTAFE Board Member Christine Riches

Christine Riches

MBA qualified and with Diplomas of Training and Education, Christine has held senior roles across various disciplines and organisations. Her experience in North-East 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 leadership and business.

GOTAFE Board Member Angela Verde

Angela Verde

Angela has over 20 years of experience working regionally in senior and Regional Director level roles across multiple government departments and the Not for Profit sector. She has played an integral role in facilitating a broad range of regional economic, planning and community development outcomes within the Hume region and has been instrumental in leading the development of integrated regional strategic plans.
Currently coordinating a local government change management project, Angela has a strong record of achievement in facilitating change, leading teams, delivering regional programs and building sustainable partnerships. She also brings to GOTAFE an enduring passion and commitment to improving outcomes for people in regional communities.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Diploma in Business Management and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

GOTAFE Board Member Mark O'Sullivan

Mark O’Sullivan

Mark has had over 25 years’ executive level leadership experience, including former Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Ltd (RASV), a position he held for 11 years. 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, 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).

GOTAFE Board Member Rod Schubert

Rod Schubert

Tertiary qualified with over 30 years in human resources and employee relations, Rod has significant experience in human resources 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.

GOTAFE Board Member Fiona Lloyd

Fiona Lloyd

Fiona is the Communications Manager at Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Teaching) and Graduate Diploma’s in Journalism and Heritage Studies obtained in Perth, Western Australia.

Based in Bunbartha, Fiona has extensive experience in marketing and journalism in the Goulburn Murray region. Her current role sees her develop, implement and monitor communication strategies, work collaboratively with government agencies, community and landholder groups and participate in the senior management of the Catchment Management Authority.

Board Member Dean Walton

Dean Walton

As the Executive Manager of Positive Ageing & Disability Services at Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-Operative, Dean manages a 30 bed Elders facility, homecare and mental health disability programs across four regions in Victoria and New South Wales.

Dean is the Coach for Shepparton United under 18’s Youth Girls Football team and Secretary of the Old Students Cricket Club in Shepparton.

Dean is currently studying the Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management and holds numerous diplomas and certificates in Community Services, Management and Aged Care. Prior to his management roles, Dean was an Enrolled Nurse for over a decade.

GOTAFE Board Member Jenny Jackson

Jenny Jackson

Employed in the TAFE sector for the past 12 years, Jenny is Manager of Education Capability 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 currently Deputy Chair of 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.

Craig Faulkner

Board Secretary