Who we are
Assoc Prof Annette Foley - VICPresident
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.
Kathleen Priestly - TASVice President
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.
Judith McKay - NTSecretary
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.
Dr Ron Wilson - VICTreasurer
Ron 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).
Christine McCall - VICBoard member
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.
Ros Bauer - NSWBoard Member
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.
Sally Brennan - VICBoard Member
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 as an education consultant.
Dianne Borella - NTBoard Member
Dr Nigel Wilson - SABoard Member
Dr Nigel Wilson is an Australian lawyer and teaching professional. He has over 28 years’ experience in legal education, curriculum development, and legal practice. He was awarded a PhD by the University of SA and holds degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Adelaide. He also holds a Master’s degree in Law from Oxford University and has been awarded Harvard University’s Premier Certificate in Cybersecurity.
As an expert teaching professional since 1992, he has been a tutor; seminar leader; examiner; course coordinator; convenor; senior lecturer; and director of studies of undergraduate, postgraduate, clinical practice and post-admission law programmes and for Australian judicial colleges.
Rebecca Arbon - NTBoard Member
Rebecca has been an education professional since 2007, working in adult education, mentoring and professional development for the past 8 years. She is also an Adjunct Education Lecturer for Charles Darwin University specialising in Inclusive Education.
For the past 2 years she has been living and working in East Arnhem Land as the Higher Education Manager for the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA). The role has enabled her to provide both support and advocacy at local and national levels. Predominantly championing increased access and equity of quality adult education, lifelong learning opportunities and culturally inclusive approaches.
Prof Stephen Billett - QLDBoard Member
Stephen has been actively engagement in adult, vocational, professional and higher education over the past 35 years.
This has included securing undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral qualifications centred on and improving learning experiences for adults albeit through education institutions, workplaces or community.
It has been progressed through activities in professional fields (e.g. healthcare, medicine, workplace learning, vocational education), with government (e.g. Queensland, Australia, Singapore) and supra-national agencies (UNESCO, UNESCO-UNEVOC
Jenny MacafferChief Executive Officer
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.
Catherine DevlinOperations Manager
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).
Gina PerryCommunications Co-ordinator
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.