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Rod Camm

Rod Camm

Rod Camm is a Principal at Nous Group, and has over 30 years’ experience in tertiary education, developing expert knowledge of policy, federal and state responsibilities, governance, institutional operations, management and regulation. Rod has been leading significant organisational change for much of his career and possesses a unique range of experience as CEO of government agencies, statutory bodies, government-owned corporations, the National Centre for Vocational Research (NCVER) and private sector organisations. Rod engages on complex policy issues and has expertise in leadership, strategy, policy, change management and in facilitating innovation and opportunity through organisational design. Rod applies data analytics and interpretation to policy challenges in public administration, tertiary education, industry skills development, vocational education and training in schools and international education.

 

 

Mark Hands

Mark Hands

Mark Hands is presently the Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Industry Trade College Ltd (AITC). A school of 800 young people across four campuses in Queensland.

Mark has experience across the construction industry, youth work and education. He was the Principal of an independent P – 12 school in Queensland for 16 years before establishing the AITC as an industry based school in 2008. Young people at the College achieve both senior education and an apprenticeship outcome upon graduation. Over 2000 young people have achieved this outcome since 2008.

Mark began life as a tradesman (carpenter) and has gone on to complete three degrees achieving a Masters level in education on the topic of industry based schooling. He has made leadership a central pillar and necessary habit of his organisational strategy over a 30-year career in education.

Mark defines the Australian Industry Trade College as a school “created by industry for industry” and its value proposition has been the close links with industry which have resulted in significant and sustainable employment outcomes.

The AITC purpose is “To Educate Tomorrow’s Industry Leaders”.

 

 

Kerry London

Kerry London

Dr London is Professor, Built Environment and Urban Transformation at Western Sydney University where she is also Deputy Dean, School of Engineering Computing and Mathematics. She was the first female chair in construction management in Australia. She has an international research reputation and is considered a leader in construction supply chain theory and practice. Her work focusses on adoption of innovative technologies. She is also well known for conducting research that crosses discipline boundaries and has led numerous nationally competitive grants and initiatives towards this end. She has published more than 160 peer reviewed publications, won over $4.0M and supervised 11 PhD students since 2003. She has given various international keynotes at both industry and academic conferences. She currently is a Chief Investigator on five ARC grants. Kerry is Chair of the NFP Australasian Lean Construction Institute professional association. She has held numerous leadership positions in academia. She held Ministerial appointments on the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council as well as the NSW Architects Registration Board. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Deans Built Environment and Design Council. She is a Fellow and Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building Australasia. She is a founding member of the Australian Housing Supply Chain Alliance.

 

 

Jim Middleton

Jim Middleton: MC

Jim Middleton is a leading political commentator bringing his own unique coverage of insights into Australia’s current affairs. He has spent more than 40 years as a reporter, foreign correspondent, political journalist and TV presenter for the ABC, Australia Network and Sky News.

 

 

 

 

 

Brett Schimming

Brett Schimming

As the CEO of Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Brett initiates and leads partnerships with industry, government, employers, unions, educators, trainers and associations to develop initiatives and programs to grow the skills base and capacity of Queensland’s building and construction industry workforce. Brett is passionate about ensuring the workforce meets the demand of employers, and he is active in national and state policy discussions and initiatives to predict and grow the skills base.

Brett brought to CSQ extensive experience in the leadership and management of training and education organisations, earned working in a range of industry sectors including RTOs, professional services firms, and other industry bodies.

Brett has qualifications in Education, Business and Public Policy and many years of experience managing training and education organisations. He has served on multiple State and National Committees, and Company Boards and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brett is Queensland’s representative to the Australian Industry Skills Committee. Brett is currently a Board Director on the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (the Queensland building regulator) and was recently appointed to the Board of Jobs Queensland.

 

 

Andrew Sezonov

Andrew Sezonov

Andrew is currently the General Manager of Skilling Australia Foundation and is an education into employment specialist with over two decades experience designing and implementing dynamic vocational training and workforce development programs. Partnering with educators and employers, Andrew has devised numerous successful programs to provide young people with access to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Andrew is also General Manager of WPC Group, Australia’s leading apprentice and trainee employer, which directly employs over 700 people, and enjoys employee retention rates 30-40% above the industry average in many sectors.

He is currently working with a team that facilitates the Australian Government’s Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) pilot program, and he has been an expert advisor and lead consultant on numerous projects involving leading Australian corporates, Fortune 500 companies, as well as Governments in Australia and the USA. Andrew has studied at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is a regular conference presenter. He was a keynote presenter at the International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship in the US.

Andrew is passionate about skilling up the next generation of young people and promoting the value and viability of vocational training pathways.

 

 

Robert Sobyra

Robert Sobyra

Robert Sobyra is Director, Evidence, Data & Innovation with Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ). Responsible for driving CSQ’s research agenda, Robert is a leading thinker at the intersection of construction and skills. He writes and talks regularly on all things construction and workforce. Robert has a special interest in the future of work, skills and training.

 

 

 

 

 

Nadine Williams

Nadine Williams

Nadine Williams is Deputy Secretary for the Skills and Training Group in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.

Nadine has a background in microeconomic and regulatory reform and 25 years of experience in leading complex reform agendas at both the Commonwealth and State government level.

Nadine has held senior roles in the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Communications and the Arts, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Finance and the NSW Government. She has worked across a broad range of public policy issues, overseeing the delivery of consumer regulation; regional communications policy and programs; the National Broadband Network including employment and training policy in the Indigenous Affairs portfolio; environment and agricultural policy; and COAG regulatory and competition reform.