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.
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.
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. Delivering WorldSkills Queensland programs for over 5 years, Danielle now finds training solutions for businesses & organisations with TAFE Queensland. 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 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 joined the Australian Council for Private Education and Training in late October 2011 as the State Executive Officer for Queensland with the responsibility for implementing the key objectives of the ACPET national strategic plan in the Queensland context.
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 six years with the Australian Industry Group as the Manager – Industry, Education & Training, Queensland.
Matthew became a Governor of the Queensland Overseas Foundation in 2012.
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 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.
Carla is the Director – Legal and Communication at Construction Skills Queensland. She joined the QOF Board of Governors in 2017,.
As the Chief Executive Officer, Mary is responsible for the strategic direction and overall operation of TAFE Queensland as the largest and most experienced provider of vocational education and training across Queensland, delivering practical, industry-relevant training to more than 120,000 students each year.
Mary has spent more than 30 years working in the VET sector and is passionate about all aspects of the business, but most importantly about creating real outcomes for students and their employers. Mary has held a number of senior leadership positions within the VET sector and brings a wealth of knowledge to this important role.
Most recently, Mary has worked as the General Manager of TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, the lead provider of trade and technician training in Queensland. Prior to her appointment as General Manager, Mary held senior management positions across a number of TAFE institutes in Queensland including SkillsTech Australia, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE and Moreton Institute of TAFE.
As a member of or contributor to a number of government, industry and community forums and committees, Mary is a well-recognised leader in the VET sector, not only here in Queensland, but also at a national and international level.
Mary has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Diploma of Teaching (TAFE), Graduate Diploma in Open and Distance Learning, and a Master’s Degree in Education and Learning Innovations.
Dr Brett Dale
Dr Brett Dale is the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Trades Association of Queensland.
Bret commenced his career in the Australian Defence Force where he served in Iraq, Bougainville and Papua New Guinea. While serving in Iraq he was part of the leadership team that established the Iraqi Institute of Technology where they were responsible for building a trade training centre for the newly formed Armed Forces.
After leaving the ADF, Brett was appointed as the Managing Director of the MTA Institute where he was responsible for the delivery of programs to thousands of businesses and students across the Queensland. The role also saw Brett develop and lead the Group’s commercial activities.
Brett then took up the position of CEO of Northern Territory General Practice Education – a regional training organisation delivering training to doctors specialising in General Practice and coordinating workforce distribution across the Northern Territory. Along with the CEO role Brett also served as the national chairperson for the Sector.
Brett’s commitment to learning has seen him gain a number of vocational, undergraduate and graduate tertiary qualifications including a Master of Business Administration and Doctorate of Business specialising in intrapreneurship in small to medium enterprises. Brett is passionate about the VET sector and collaborates with likeminded organisations to promote the sector as a ‘first choice’ learning pathway for young Australians and believes that the QOF is an excellent platform to promote the benefits of VET.
Brett joined the QOF Board of Governors in 2018.
Ed is the Executive Officer of the Group Training Association of Queensland and Northern Territory Limited, Trading as Apprentice Employment Network. Ed joined the QOF Board of Governors in 2018.