Geoff Favell

Geoff Favell

QOF Chair

Queensland’s current Training Ombudsman, Geoff Favell, has had over 30 years’ experience in the Queensland public sector with senior roles across employment, industrial relations and training portfolios in metropolitan and regional centres. As Interim Training Ombudsman, Geoff will provide a recognisable and accessible avenue for complaints and consumer advocacy for VET stakeholders to progress disputes and seek advice and assistance relating to the overall conduct of the VET sector in Queensland.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management). Geoff also holds directorships with CISC Pty Ltd trading as Construction Training Centre and the Queensland Overseas Foundation.

 


David Mitchell

David Mitchell

QOF Treasurer

Dave is the Executive Officer for the Apprentice Employment Network.
Dave started his working life as an apprentice in the Royal Australian Air Force. He spent the next 20 years in numerous posts covering aircraft maintenance, training and as a Staff Officer in the Department of Defence. After leaving the RAAF, Dave undertook a role as a Workplace Health & Safety Consultant before managing a training and employment agency which subsequently lead to his involvement with Group Training. Firstly as a Manager of a service providing training and employment opportunities for apprentices and trainees, and then to his current role as Executive Officer, Group Training Association Queensland and Northern Territory trading as the Apprentice Employment Network, a not-for-profit group supporting 28 Group Training Organisations throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory, who between them employ over 6500 apprentices and trainees.


Danielle Costello

Danielle Costello

QOF Secretary

Danielle began working with WorldSkills Queensland in 2010 and is currently the Executive Officer and Co-Chair of the Brisbane Region, WorldSkills Queensland.  Originally from the United States, Danielle claims a diverse working background both here and overseas. Having lived in Japan for three years through the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme, Danielle firmly believes in the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) and what it has to offer. An active member in her local community of Logan, Danielle holds a Bachelor of English with a minor field of study in Environmental Science from the University of Southern Maine. Danielle joined the QOF Board of Governors in 2016.


Carol Webb

Carol Webb

Carol Webb is a consultant in Technical and Vocational Education and Training and has previously served as the Assistant Director-General, TAFE Queensland in the Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts. In this role she was responsible for TAFE policy and TAFE organisational improvement. Carol was also previously CEO of regional and metropolitan TAFE institutes and was a member of a range of government and industry bodies including the Australian Qualification Framework Council.


Matthew Traynor

Matthew Traynor

Matthew joined the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET) in late October 2011 as the Executive Officer for Queensland and is responsible for implementing the key objectives of the ACPET national strategic plan in the Queensland contexts. Prior to commencing with ACPET, Matthew has gained more than 24 years of experience in the vocational, education and training sector in a variety of management roles within the public and private sectors, with his most recent position of five and half years with the Australian Industry Group as the Manager – Industry, Education & Training, Queensland. Having served on many committees and boards, most recently, Matthew has been involved in the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce deliberations on future training reforms and joined the Board of Governors of the Queensland Overseas Foundation in 2013.


Merv Walton (Life Member)

Merv Walton (Life Member)

Merv served as an apprentice Boilermaking with Vickers Ruwolt and was awarded a Victorian Overseas Foundation Scholarship in 1962 working with Vickers Armstrong in England and Canada. In 1987 Merv joined Evans Deakin Industries as the Marketing Manager – Design and Construction Division and Corporate Marketing Manager. Retiring in 2008 Merv holds a range of positions with non-profit organisations – he has worked tirelessly on the Board for over 25 years, most of those as secretary. During this period Merv has mentored Sandra Smith (1992), Rebecca Chadwick (1993), Cassandra Baker (1997), Caitlyn Paustain (2011), Phoebe Younger (2011), Rhys Walsh-Tundall (2013) and Russell Routledge (2015)..


Simone Smiles

Simone Smiles

Simone is the State Coordinator for the Queensland Training Awards and she previously worked as a Corporate Events Manager for TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Southbank. Simone joined the Queensland Overseas Foundation Board of Governors in 2016 and she brings a wealth of experience in managing a state-wide, vocational sector award programme to the QOF Board.


Paul Miles

Paul Miles

Paul Miles, CEO and Executive Director at BUSY At Work, has been with BUSY since January 2007, initially as Deputy CEO and then appointed as CEO in late July 2012. Paul has a degree in Law from Cardiff University, Wales, however retrained as an accountant within the energy industry and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). In between leaving the energy industry and joining BUSY, Paul worked within the financial services sector for major banking and insurance organisations in both Australia and the UK. Paul is also very proud to be the Vice Chair of the Australian Industry Trade College.


Jenny Dodd

Jenny Dodd

Jenny Dodd is the Chief Academic Officer and Executive lead for Marketing and Brand and Communication, TAFE Queensland.

In this role, Jenny is responsible for leading academic and product strategy and governance, learning and teaching quality and analytics, digital product services, TAFE Queensland RedSpace: Centre for Applied Research and Innovation, and marketing, brand and communication.

Prior to her current role, Jenny held the position of General Manager, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, where she led a client-focused team to deliver student outcomes and to forge viable relationships with Gold Coast businesses and community.

Jenny has an extensive background across the education sector. In 1993, following a successful marketing career, Jenny joined the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) as a casual teacher. In her twenty year career at CIT she held a number of roles including Deputy Chief Executive Education Services and Director Marketing and National Positioning. Jenny is known for her leadership of flexible learning and was a member of the Flexible Learning Advisory Group leading national professional development programs and e-learning collaborations with industry.

Jenny is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Human Resource Institute, the Australian Institute of Management and a Board member of the TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarships Foundation, and has qualifications in education, human resource management and marketing.