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New Board to steer GOTAFE into the future

GOTAFE recently welcomed the appointment of the Hon. Candy Broad as Chair of the Board. This appointment was effective from 1 July 2022.

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Post date: 11th July 2022

Ms Broad takes the helm from Diana Taylor, who has been a member of the GOTAFE Board since July 2019 and Chair of the Board since August 2019. Deputy Chair, Angela Verde also stepped down after six years of service.

Incoming Chair the Hon. Candy Broad brings a wealth of experience to the role. Appointed to the GOTAFE Board in September 2021, Candy holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Superannuation Trustees and is an experienced company director. Candy was a Victorian Government Minister for seven years, with a total of 15 years’ parliamentary experience.

Her experience representing the Northern Victoria Region in the Legislative Council and in the role of Minister for Local Government have contributed to Candy’s strong commitment to regional and rural communities and the vital role of Victoria’s public TAFE’s in delivering the high-quality training communities need.

The Hon. Candy Broad - GOTAFE Board Chair
"I am looking forward to being a strong ambassador and champion for GOTAFE and vocational education across regional Victoria. As we continue to implement our education and strategic plans, we must continue to place our students at the centre of everything we do."

The Hon. Candy Broad, GOTAFE Board Chair

“I would like to acknowledge the invaluable leadership of both Diana Taylor and Angela Verde. Under their stewardship, GOTAFE has undergone a significant transformation, built a thriving, sustainable organisation with robust operations, financial sustainability, cementing GOTAFE’s position as a leading provider of vocational education in regional Victoria. On behalf of everyone at GOTAFE, I extend our thanks and wish them every success for the future,” said Ms Broad.

Ms Taylor said, “it has been a privilege to chair GOTAFE and work with the Board, Executive Team, and organisation more broadly to deliver on this ambitious transformation agenda for the benefit of our students and their communities”.

Over recent years, the Australian Vocational Education and Training sector has undergone a significant reset and reform. The leadership of retiring Board Chair, Diana Taylor, and Deputy Board Chair, Angela Verde, together with CEO, Travis Heeney, has ensured GOTAFE has successfully navigated far-reaching government changes at a state and federal level. GOTAFE has positioned itself as a leader in these reforms, through proactive transformation and by positioning the Institute to capture the emerging opportunities created by change.

In early June 2022, the Institute was advised by ASQA that GOTAFE’s registration has been confirmed for a further 7 years, being the maximum term, any training organisation can achieve. This outcome is a testament to the outstanding work and effort that has gone into demonstrating excellence in everything we do.

At the July Board Meeting, GOTAFE will welcome two new ministerial appointments, Amanda Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Health Goulburn North-East and Bwe Thay, Deputy Chairperson

Victorian Multicultural Commission. These appointments further strengthen the diversity of the Board with both members bring a wealth of experience to the table.

As one of the leading vocational training providers in Victoria, GOTAFE is committed to improving regional communities, responding to industry needs and equipping students for success in the workforce.

Meet GOTAFE's Board and Executive Team