Board of Governance

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Rob Carolane

Bachelor of Science (Microbiology)
Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program Graduate
Advanced Diploma of Group Facilitation
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors Course

Board Director since 2010
Deputy Chair 2014-2017

Chair 2017
Finance Committee
Performance and Remuneration Committee
Policy Committee

My working life has had quite a few career changes …and learning new skills with each change has been a big part of my growth as a person. I really like learning new things and I do a lot of informal learning.

Adult education is so important because it’s not until you grow up a bit that you can really decide where your interests lie. Learning new things in a community setting is more supportive because you are connecting with your peers and the outcomes are connected to community needs.

The Centre provides lots of opportunities for people to access learning in a well-supported way. Serving on the Board is my way of helping people to grow and participate in work and community.

Trish Curtis

Bachelor of Adult Learning and Development
Advanced Diploma of Group Facilitation
Graduate Alpine Valley Community Leadership Program
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors

Board Director since 2007
Chair 2014-2017

Deputy Chair 2017
Performance and Remuneration Committee
Audit & Risk Committee

It wasn’t until I was working at The Centre, where I could see for myself people’s transformation through learning, that I was inspired to complete a tertiary qualification. Being able to apply my learning directly to what I was doing at The Centre was hugely beneficial, and really opened my eyes to how exciting and valuable learning is.

I am so proud to be part of The Centre now as a Board member. This organisation symbolises learning and is an important part of education in North East Victoria. I am keen to continue contributing during what is now a very exciting time for The Centre. I feel that my skills, experience and love of the organisation and what it represents can add value to its continued development.

Jo Ryan

Jo RyannBachelor of Business (Finance)
Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program Graduate
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors Course

Board Director since 2017

Finance Committee

The Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program was instrumental in providing me with insights into our vast region and it ignited a passion to be more involved in community organisations.

Being a part of our community for more than fifty years, The Centre is able to provide flexible and responsive learning for everyone. I love what The Centre provides for our community and the opportunities it gives all participants. I’m delighted to be part of organisation with such high values and integrity.

Tamara Watson

Tamara WatsonGraduate Alpine Valley Community Leadership Program

Board Director since 2017

As part of completing the Alpine Valleys Leadership Program my goal was to apply for board positions. I have been part of numerous committees at a local level but I have been wanting to take the next step and put my learnings from AVCLP into practice - to gain experience in a board environment and learn more about governance.

The Centre caught my eye when I was aware of a board position becoming available. While operating across the North East region, The Centre provides local community-based learning that is so important in rural areas. I am pleased to be part of an organisation that does great things for the communities of North East Victoria.

Ann Kimberley

Ann KimberleyBachelor of Science
Diploma in Education
Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Sciences
Graduate Diploma in TESOL
Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Board Director since 2017

Policy Committee

I regard learning as a lifelong occupation, be it for enjoyment or professional development. Through informal interactions with other people or more formally through the workplace and professional development, I have continued to enjoy learning.

Adult and community education are often the means by which people find their way back into education. It is less formal and therefore often a less intimidating way of learning. It can transform lives and is a vital part of the community.

Suzanne Fisher

Suzanne FisherBachelor of Business Management
Certificate III in Business Operations
Certificate IV in Business Management
Master Training Certificate III & IV Personal Training
Certificate IV Training and Assessment

Board Director since 2017

Performance & Remuneration Committee
Audit & Risk Committee

When thinking more broadly about education and learning, what keeps surfacing is personal growth, the drive to learn more about the areas in which I’m passionate, and wanting to help others.

Being involved with The Centre enables me to give back to a community organisation that can make a difference and set someone up for a life that is fulfilling and meaningful.

Felicity Williams

Felicity WilliamsBachelor of Arts
Graduate Certificate in Leadership
Master of Business Administration (Executive)
Member Australian Institute of Company Directors

Chief Executive Officer since 2014

Board member since 2014

Ex-Officio member of all Board Committees

In September 2014, Felicity took up the role of CEO of The Centre for Continuing Education, fulfilling her desire to return to the tertiary sector within an adult community education college. Felicity’s passion for the vocational education and training sector is embedded in its capacity to link people to community and industry, and because education has the power to change lives. Provision of education through an adult education college such as The Centre is enhanced through the sector’s close and intimate connections to community.