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Board of Governance

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.

Linda Huzzey


Linda HuzzeyBachelor of Science (Geology)
Master of Science (Geography)
PhD (Marine Science)
Diploma of Spatial Information Services
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment


Board Director since 2018

Audit & Risk Committee



Linda grew up on a farm in north-east Victoria and went to high school in Wangaratta before moving away for study and work, including 25 years in the USA. She returned to the area in 2006. She has primarily worked as a scientist and educator, teaching at a maritime college as well as various vocational education and training colleges. She currently lives on a small farm near Chiltern and is also an active volunteer with the local CFA.

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.

Sheree Tivendale


Sheree TivendaleCertificate IV in Civil Celebrancy
Certificate IV Business Operations
Certificate III Travel & Tourism Operations

Board Director since 2011

Policy Committee
Audit & Risk Committee




Sheree has worked in sales and marketing, administration and management in many industries from travel, real estate, pharmacy, hospitality, aviation, strategic planning, photography, telecommunications, finance and banking, higher education in both the public and private sectors and is currently employed with the Parliament of Victoria and is a Civil Marriage Celebrant. Sheree grew up in Northern Victoria and operates a small farm and family business in Reedy Creek. Sheree loves spending time in the great outdoors with her 3 young children, family and friends. Sheree loves country life, all kinds of music, arts and wine. Sheree is passionate about connectedness and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be part of a community.

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.