Our Board

 

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Christine McCall

President
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Elected to the ALA Board in March 2015, Chris is the Manager of the Yarraville Community Centre, a medium sized not for profit delivering a range of programs and services, located in the City of Maribyrnong in Melbourne’s inner west. Chris came to education as an adult learner, leading to a Graduate Diploma in Community Education and Cert IV in TAA. She has over 20 years experience in the community sector having been involved in boards of community based organisations, neighbourhood house management, setting up an RTO and managing adult education programs including youth and Work for the Dole programs. She was involved in the establishment of her Local Learning and Employment Network, and has experience sourcing large grants for programs and services.
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Dr Robbie Lloyd

Secretary
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Robbie is from NSW, where he is based at Skillslink training (formerly Port Macquarie Community College). He has a background of over 40 years working in all levels of education, including education and training journalism, with a passion for community based experiential learning. His experience includes national and state political circles, communications and marketing, and PM&C. Robbie is also involved with the empowerment of people living with mental health challenges and has experience in lobbying for funding and policy change.
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Sally Brennan

Treasurer
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Sally Brennan has spent 22 years as CEO of Upper Yarra Community House. She is an ACFE Board member, and a consultant for ACEVic and the adult community education sector more broadly. She has post graduate qualifications in adult education.
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Dr Tracey Ollis

Vice President
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Dr Tracey Ollis (PhD) Is Course Director of the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching at Deakin University. She is discipline leader of the Applied Learning Professional Education and Training group. Her research focusses on Adult Education in workplaces and lifelong learning, in Adult & Community Education (ACE) and community settings. Her research is involved with epistemological, ontological and ethical understandings of practice. She has deployed case study and multiple case study methodology in a range of adult and vocational learning research projects, including recently in a book on adult learning in the human rights industry, A Critical Pedagogy of Embodied Education: Learning to Become an Activist (Palgrave, 2012.) She is currently chief investigator on two Victorian research studies with Prof Karen Starr, Dr Jennifer Angwin and Cheryl Ryan, funded by Deakin University and the Commonwealth Government (Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation (CREFFI) and the Research Grant and Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program [HEPPP]).
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Catherine Dunn

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Cath has worked up until recently as the Manager, Policy Planning & Participation, Western Australian Department of Training & Workforce Development


Cath is committed to making education more accessible for adult learners, particularly those experiencing barriers to learning. Cath strongly supports community based learning and its key role in connecting people of all ages to others and their ideas, to their community, to skills and employment.

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Paul Mulroney

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Paul is well known to the SA ACE Sector as the Workforce Development Manager at Community Centres South Australia. He has a background in adult language, literacy and numeracy and has previously been on the executive of the South Australian Council for Adult Literacy (SACAL).
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Richard Vinycomb

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Richard Vinycomb has a professional background in exploration geology, science and maths teaching, acting and directing for the theatre. He had a stint as a program manager for performing arts policy for The Australia Council.Since 1990, he has run two award winning adult education centres in NE Victoria and currently on the far North Coast of NSW. He is on an ASQA reference group, a local government business incubation group, and the Board of Co-operative Learning Ltd.
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Dianne Borella

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Di was born and resides in Darwin on Larrakia country. She is an Aboriginal (Yawuru) & Torres Strait Islander woman with links to Broome and the Torres Straits. Dianne has over 35 years’ experience in the workforce and has worked in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Thursday Island in roles with the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education and Training, (aka Department of Education, Science and Training), Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, and has worked in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Service and Indigenous Affairs.
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Ros Bauer

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Ros has extensive experience in adult education as a language literacy numeracy practitioner. She was the winner of the 2013 Australian Training Awards Excellence in Adult LLN Practice and a recipient of an Executive Fellowship through the Australian Endeavour Awards; which included a professional learning experience in Scandinavia. She is part of the NT LLN Network Group and is the educational consultant to the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation.
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Susan Howard

Board Member
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Sue has worked enthusiastically in adult learning in various locations across Australia for a number of years. Her work includes engaging in all sectors providing learning opportunities – VET, university and community-based initiatives. She has completed a range of national projects and worked in WA, NT, Queensland and now Tasmania. She has formal qualifications in adult learning, leadership and community participation.