Thursday, May 9th, 2013

TAFE SA has appointed Jeff Gunningham as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The Board of TAFE SA is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation following a national and international search.

Jeff Gunningham has held leadership roles in vocational education, training and higher education in Australia, the UK and the United Arab Emirates.

His most recent appointment was as Principal and Chief Executive of Swansea College in Wales. Previous to this, he was the Managing Director of Education and Training for all government schools and TAFE colleges in Western Australia. Jeff has also been CEO of three TAFE colleges in Australia including Karratha College in the Pilbara and Central Metropolitan College of TAFE in Perth.

Chair Peter Vaughan said Mr Gunningham would oversee the ongoing transformation of TAFE SA from its current three Institutes – TAFE SA Adelaide North, Adelaide South and Regional – into one unified operation.

“We had an extremely strong field of applicants and we are pleased to have been able to secure someone of Jeff’s international experience and reputation,” Mr Vaughan said.

“The Board has made a commitment to transform TAFE SA into a united entity that is not only delivering in the present but also prepared for the future and Jeff’s appointment is another critical piece of that planning.

“On behalf of everyone at TAFE SA, we are delighted to welcome Jeff to South Australia and believe he and the new executive team will help us deliver a more cohesive, flexible and responsive organisation that is fully prepared to meet the competitive challenges of a changing market.”

Mr Gunningham will commence in the role on Monday 3rd June.

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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: 1800 882 661
M: 0438 021 804


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