Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

TAFE SA has announced another milestone in its transformation with the appointment of three executives to the organisation's senior ranks. 

The transformation of TAFE SA into a single training organisation has reached another important milestone with the announcement of three key executive appointments.

Jen Rodger has been appointed as the organisation’s Executive Director of Education while Cathie Brown will take up the position of Executive Director of Business Development and Regions. David Royle has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of TAFE SA.

TAFE SA Chair Peter Vaughan said the appointments were an important stage in the ongoing transformation from its current three Institutes – TAFE SA Adelaide North, Adelaide South and Regional – into one unified operation.

TAFE SA is the largest provider of vocational education and training in South Australia; it has a fantastic track record in training students and a brand that is front of mind with South Australians. However, we are entering a new and more competitive market and the Board is overseeing a transformation of the organisation,” said Mr Vaughan.

“The appointment of these experienced professionals in these new roles underlines our commitment to transform TAFE SA into a united entity that is not only delivering in the present but also prepared for the future.

“The end result will be a more cohesive, flexible and responsive TAFE SA that is one organisation rather than the three separate Institutes and this announcement is another important milestone in this process.”

Cathie, Jen and David will commence in their roles from today, Monday 29 April.

The process to select the best candidate for the position of the Chief Executive Officer is nearing completion.

Executive Biographies:

Jen Rodger has held a number of senior positions over more than 10 years of employment with TAFE SA, most recently as the Acting Managing Director of TAFE SA North. She was previously the General Manager of TAFE SA Regional and also spent 18 years as a Lecturer in Community Services and Health. Jen holds qualifications including a Masters of Education.

Cathie Brown has been working with TAFE SA since July 2012 as Director, Business Transformation. She has held a number of senior strategic business positions with organisations including Rural Solutions SA, the SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission and the Department of Justice. Cathie holds tertiary qualifications including a Masters of Business Administration.

David Royle has held a wide range of senior positions in the education sector including four years as the Executive Director of Shared Business Services with the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST). In his time with TAFE SA he was the Managing Director of TAFE SA North and, most recently, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of TAFE SA.

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TAFE SA is the largest provider of vocational education and training (VET) in South Australia delivering more than 1000 courses to an average of 80,000 students per year across the State. TAFE SA offers training across more than 80 activity and industry-related areas with a wide range of quality courses and flexible study options to suit your personal needs. TAFE SA plays a major role in the development of South Australia’s future workforce with 88% of students employed or in further study after graduating. In building the State’s skill base, TAFE SA works with industry and business to deliver relevant, high-quality, vocational education and training to better link skills and training with job opportunities, ensuring sustainable employment within the state.
Francie Heartfield
P: 1300 825 317
M: 0438 021 804
W: tafesa.edu.au/


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