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.
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 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 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 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,.