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Assoc Prof Annette Foley - VIC

President
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Annette is an Associate Professor of Adult and Vocational Education at Federation University Australia. She has worked for over 30 years as an adult educator in TAFE, higher education, adult community education, and the private training sector.


Before Annette commenced her academic role at FedUni she had first-hand experience as a TAFE manager and CEO in a VET/ACE and youth services organisation, where she worked in a regional community and liaised with industry, community and local government agencies to develop education and training programs for youth and older learners.

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Christine McCall - VIC

Vice President
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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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Catherine Dunn - WA

Treasurer
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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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Ros Bauer - NSW

Secretary
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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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Sally Brennan - VIC

Board Member
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Sally has a long history in the ACE sector in both strategic and operational roles, including representing sector peak bodies with government at both state and national levels.


She is an experienced board member, including the ACFE Board, and has post graduate qualifications in adult education.


Sally currently works at Swinburne University in regional workforce development.

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Dr Donna Rooney - NSW

Board Member
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Donna is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She is widely published and the central focus of her research is adult learning in and beyond educational institutions. Among her recent publications is interest in; food and learning; simulation; professional learning and workplace. She coordinates and teaches several subjects on the UTS Master of Education (Learning & Leadership) program, as well as on the Master of Teaching. Donna’s passion for adult learning grows from her personal history as well as from her work history.


Prior to joining UTS in 2003 she worked in the NSW adult community education sector. E.g. LCSA, ACE colleges and on several state government funded adult community education projects.

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Dianne Borella - NT

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Di's philosophy and practice throughout life has been to make a commitment to lifelong learning and personal development for all Australians, people with disabilities and people with Mental Illnesses or people with special needs. She is passionate about education for all Australians, particularly Indigenous Australians. She believes that if children and adults have access to quality education, they will have fantastic opportunities for their future. Helping people to help themselves is a key component to her philosophy and practice.
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Kathleen Priestly - TAS

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Kathleen is the manager of 8 libraries in the NW & West of Tasmania. She has worked with government at all levels to develop policy for learning and to secure funding for opportunities.


Her areas of interest are collaborative impact work, building learning communities, technology and helping individuals to see learning as a vehicle to improve their life circumstances.


Kathleen has qualifications in General Education, Adult & Vocational Education, Adult Literacy & Library Services. She regularly advocates for learning & presents at conferences. She loves learning herself, being challenged & working collaboratively.

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Dr Ron Wilson - VIC

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Ron is an experienced non-executive board member of the Adult Community and Further Education Board (ACFEB) and is currently the president of the Australasian Corrections Education Association (ACEA).


His consultancy develops and conducts professional practice workshops whilst helping commercial and government agencies develop policies, programs and business strategies.


Ron was awarded the Public service Medal in 1996 Australia day honours for introducing VET in the state's adult and youth corrections system.


He is committed to lifelong learning and has a PhD in management, M Ed in educational leadership and management (including educational research).

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Judith McKay - NT

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Judith is based in Darwin, and is engaged as a contractor to develop the capacity of local disability and aged care service providers to operate effectively and expand their work forces.


In 2019 Judith was awarded at the Australian Training Awards as recipient of the National Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership and contribution to the Australian VET Sector for up to 25 years.


Throughout her extensive career in VET, Judith has actively sought to promote and deliver awareness of key underpinning LLN skills in education and learning programs by working closely with employers and VET trainers in the design and delivery of targeted programs.


 


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Jenny Macaffer

Chief Executive Officer
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Jenny has an extensive background in community development, social justice and social policy and planning. She has previously worked in local and state government and the not for profit sector. Jenny has been recognised for her commitment to health & wellbeing, human rights, and community place making through national and local awards such as the inaugural LGPRO award for community development. She holds qualifications in community cultural development, social sciences and the arts. Jenny believes that the creative arts and lifelong learning have a key role to play in engaging communities of all persuasions in self-determination and social change, and that a positive connection to nature is critical to our individual and collective wellbeing.

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Catherine Devlin

Operations Manager
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Catherine has a background in educational publishing and online learning. She previously worked in information management and online course development. She has also worked as an editor and client services manager at a tertiary institution.

She has postgraduate qualifications in education and communication; including M.A. (Communication) and an M.Ed. (Literacy/Information Technology).

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Gina Perry

Communications Co-ordinator
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Gina Perry is an award winning writer who has worked in a range of communications roles in the not for profit and training sectors. Her feature articles, columns, and essays have been published in The Age and The Australian, and her short fiction has been published in a number of literary magazines, including Meanjin, Westerly, and Island.


Her co-production of the ABC Radio National documentary about the obedience experiments, ‘Beyond the Shock Machine’, won the Silver World Medal for a history documentary in the 2009 New York Festivals radio awards.

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Leanne Wu

Finance and Governance Officer
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Leanne joined ALA in August 2015 having come from a background in corporate finance. She is enjoying the change in focus and finds working in the not for profit sector very rewarding.

She has a postgraduate qualification in Applied Finance and Investment.

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Georgia Firth

Project and Membership Officer
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Georgia comes from a long history of customer service and membership management in the events and film industry. Her interest in further education was sparked by her Psychology and Art History degree. Since settling in to this position, Georgia has found great reward in supporting individual learners, as well as educational organisations.
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Henrik Steenberg

Project Officer
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Dr Trace Ollis

Editor of AJAL
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Dr Trace Ollis is senior lecturer, Adult Vocational & Applied Learning at Deakin University. She is discipline leader of the Applied Learning, Professional Education & Training group in the School of Education.


 

Trace was appointed Editor of AJAL in 2017.


 

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