Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Robert Adams

Robert has a deep understanding of the skill needs of industry and the challenges that face stakeholders in the sectors supported by AIS. He has extensive senior management experience in Human Resources in the brewing, rail, and road transport industries.

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Chief Operating Officer

Paul Walsh

Paul has a comprehensive knowledge of the VET system and has extensive skills and experience in stakeholder engagement, leadership, project management, quality assurance, facilitation and negotiation. He also has a great depth of knowledge of VET and Training Package policy, and is committed to ensuring that the work being undertaken by AIS supports the skills industry needs, now and into the future.

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Chief Financial Officer

Jacquetta Griggs

An accomplished finance professional with a breadth of experience in people leadership and business strategy, Jacquetta has a proven track record in delivering complex business initiatives across various industries.

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General Manager - Industry Skills

Dan Minton

Dan joined AIS following a military career specialising in the aviation sector. He served in a variety of roles within the Australian Army.

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Industry Manager – Transport & Logistics, Maritime, Rail, Water

Klausch Schmidt

Klausch draws upon his wealth of industry experience and VET knowledge to provide professional stakeholder engagement and service delivery to the industries that AIS supports.

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Industry Manager - Electrotechnology, Electricity Supply, Gas

Jason Lazar

Jason brings senior management and stakeholder engagement experience and skills to his role as Industry Manager.

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Industry Manager - Aviation, Defence, Correctional Services, Police and Public Safety

Greg Spence

Greg’s extensive experience spans 30 years in training and development across a variety of industries including Defence, Heavy vehicle/plant, Automotive, Manufacturing, Stevedoring and enterprise RTO’s.

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Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Brett Robinson

With over 30 years’ experience in Vocational Education and Training (VET) related roles Brett has developed an extensive knowledge of the VET system.

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Stakeholder Services Manager

David Forbes

David has worked in the VET sector for more than 30 years and has built a strong reputation for his excellent stakeholder engagement and people management skills, enabling him to manage high quality services to the industries that AIS supports.

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Senior Industry Skills Specialist

Ron Horne

Ron has extensive experience in the VET sector and is a key member of the team of industry skills specialists at AIS whose primary responsibility is the analysis, review and development of training products.

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Industry Skills Specialist

Jennifer Webster

Jennifer has extensive VET knowledge and experience, having worked in roles that involved instructional design, course delivery, project implementation, language literacy and numeracy, compliance and RTO management.

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Industry Skills Specialist

Tricia Fidock

Tricia’s range of skills have been developed through wide ranging experience in the VET sector.

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Industry Skills Specialist

Andrew Fitisemanu

Andrew worked in the VET sectors in the UK and New Zealand for over 10 years before joining AIS.

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Industry Skills Specialist

Karen Thomson

Karen possesses a broad and comprehensive set of skills, developed whilst working with several Registered Training Organisations in Western Australia and Victoria.

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Industry Skills Specialist

Paul Humphreys

Paul has extensive experience in training and the VET sector.

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Industry Skills Specialist

Anna Jerrems

With over 20 years’ experience in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, Anna has developed an extensive knowledge of the VET system.

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Industry Skills Specialist

Katherine White

Katherine has over 20 years’ experience working with RTOs across Australia, developing vocational education and training (VET) programs for a broad range of trades in multiple industries.

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Industry Skills Specialist

Joe Pagnoccolo

Joe has extensive knowledge of both the electrotechnology industry and the VET sector, having worked for 15 years as an electrician and another 15 years training electrical apprentices for public and private RTOs.

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Industry Skills Specialist

Paschal Somers

Paschal has a broad professional background in Vocational Education and Training (VET) spanning 15 years.

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Finance Manager

Nadia Perry

Nadia has a solid financial background in both not-for-profit and commercial sectors.

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Accountant

Khaleeq Jayah

Khaleeq worked as an accountant in the healthcare industry for over 4 years prior to joining AIS.

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Executive Officer

Rene Fassom

René joined AIS after working with a Registered Training Organisation in WA in the engineering sector where she had responsibility for the delivery of online courses.

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Projects Coordinator

Lucy Blake

Prior to joining AIS, Lucy worked as a desktop publisher in various vocational education settings including TAFE, corporate education and publishing.

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Project Support Officer

Raja Ginting

Equipped with degrees in Psychology and Management, combined with experience in teaching and school management as well as medical case management both overseas and in Australia, Raja has a deep passion for training and education.

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Project Support Officer

Dan Kerr

Dan worked in the Telecommunications industry for nearly twenty years in customer service, sales, and systems analyst roles.  

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Project Support Officer

Vanessa Pirsl

Vanessa is a seasoned learning and development leader with 20+ years of experience in the planning and delivery of skill-based training programs.

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Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Shannon Dooley

Prior to joining AIS, Shannon developed extensive stakeholder engagement skills having worked collaboratively with education professionals and stakeholders with the Education and Outreach team at CSIRO.

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Graphic Designer

Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan is a creative and skilled web developer and graphic designer.

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Data and Systems Analyst

Kevin O’Leary

Kevin was first employed in the VET sector when he joined the WA Logistics Training Council, working there for five years with responsibility for data analysis and managing the Council’s new website and database.

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Research Associate

Mori Hajizadeh

Mori has extensive international experience in the education industry, including teaching and administrative roles in both the tertiary and non-tertiary sectors. He has managed several education projects related to e-learning and curriculum development.

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IRC Support Officer

Leisa Weightman

Leisa has a broad range of administrative, marketing and project management skills.

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IRC Support Officer

Natalia La-Rotta

Natalia has a wide range of administrative and project coordination skills she developed whilst working and studying both overseas and in Australia.

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Executive Officer NSW Public Sector ITAB/ Human Resources Project Manager

Natalie Nguyen

Natalie has a strong Human Resources background and uses her sound communication, stakeholder relationship and leadership skills in her Executive Officer role with the NSW ITAB and as Human Resources Project Manager at AIS.

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Office Administrator

Giorgie Blair

Giorgie has worked in various roles in the Not-for-profit sector for over 20 years.

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