TasTAFE welcomes two new Board members
- 06 Jul, 2016
Peter Gutwein, Acting Minister for Education and Training
The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to training a job-ready generation of Tasmanians and today we welcome two new Board members to TasTAFE.
Joanna Siejka and Nicola Morris will join the seven-member TasTAFE board. They will bring exceptional skills and experience with them to the Board and progress the Tasmanian Government’s goal of elevating more women to board positions and senior roles within government.
Ms Siejka has exceptional leadership and workforce development skills across the community and youth sector. She currently sits on the boards of Australian Youth Affairs Coalition and Homelessness Australia, and is Chair of the National Youth Coalition for Housing.
Ms Siejka will bring a fresh perspective to TasTAFE, given her extensive experience and ongoing involvement with the youth sector including her current role as the CEO of Youth network Tasmania. She will help lead TasTAFE in developing a stronger culture and strategic direction by providing invaluable and contemporary insights into the current needs of young Tasmanians.
Ms Morris will bring to the Board exceptionally credentialed international and local experience in business and agriculture, a contemporary commercial and change-management focus and a passion for vocational education and training (VET) from both an employer and an educator perspective.
Ms Morris is well-connected and regarded in Tasmania's agricultural community, having headed the VDL Co for three years to 2011, and more recently as Fonterra's director of farm operations in China and head of New Zealand Fanning Systems' operations in Uruguay. Ms Morris is currently the Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd CEO.
Her experience as CEO of Taratahi Agricultural Training College in New Zealand will be highly valuable as, along with our state's irrigation lead transformation, TasTAFE is investing in developing its vital agricultural research and development capacity and workforce skills pathways.
Both directors have been appointed for a period of three years.
We thank outgoing TasTAFE Board members Bob Gozzi and Christine Mucha for their dedication and commitment and for sharing their expertise to help ensure TasTAFE remains a viable, modern and competitive training organisation.