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Meet our board

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Chairperson
 

Ms Seawright is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer and governance advisor, with broad sector experience in health, resources, technology, sport, infrastructure and the arts.
 

Based in Townsville, she brings to TAFE Queensland extensive board and professional experience and expertise in strengthening and guiding organisations through periods of change and growth.
 

Ms Seawright is currently a non-executive director of Netball Australia, following a 5 year term as Chair of Netball Queensland.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a non-executive director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music, a non-executive director of QCN Fibre Pty Ltd (a State Government-owned joint venture between Powerlink and Energy Queensland), a Board Member of Racing Queensland, and an inaugural Member of the National Sports Tribunal.

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Member
 

Ms Brigg is an executive leader and independent board member with extensive experience in change management, advocacy and business optimisation. 

 

She brings deep expertise on the education sector broadly, and international and online education in particular, as well as experience in the health, transport and agriculture sectors. 

 

Nicole is a board member of The Asia Society Australia (2019) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2008). She holds a master’s degree from Monash University and undergraduate degrees from the ANU and the University of Canberra and Yunnan University (PRC). In 2019 she was an Endeavour Scholar. 

 

Ms Brigg is currently National Planner – GP Training Workforce for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and was previously COO for a national network of skin cancer clinics. In the education sector she was Pro Vice-Chancellor International at Macquarie University in Sydney (2016-2021), Director International at Griffith University and General Manager of Education Queensland International.

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Member
 

Ms Currie is an experienced CEO and Non-Executive Director who has over 20 years’ experience in health, aged care and human service delivery. Ms Currie has extensive knowledge and experience across Queensland in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Sector, working in several Executive positions in both the community and government sector. 

 

Ms Currie was most recently Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane. She established ATSICHS Brisbane as a Nationally Registered Early Childhood Education provider, a Nationally Registered Housing Provider, and a Registered National Disability Insurance Scheme Provider. Ms Currie has expertise in stakeholder engagement and is currently a Non-Executive Director on several Boards including the Brisbane North Primary Health Care Network and Opera Queensland.

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Member
 

Ms Davies specialises in operational risk and internal audit, having worked across a breadth of industries within both the private and public sectors.

 

Ms Davies is currently Chair of MOVE Bank and is an Audit and Risk Committee member of a federal government department.

 

Ms Davies holds a Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (Business Systems), is a graduate of the AICD, Certified Internal Auditor and CPA. 

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Member
 

Mr Dettmer has extensive knowledge of workplace policy and vocational education and training (VET), as well as experience in managing economic change.  He has extensive corporate governance experience having served on a number of boards in the trades and union sectors.

 

Mr Dettmer is the National President of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, and previously was State Secretary of the Queensland / Northern Territory Branch from 2003-12. 

 

Mr Dettmer has held a number of board positions including QMI Solutions, the Queensland Training and Employment Recognition Council, Yeronga TAFE, SkillsTech Australia and Construction Skills Queensland.  He was also Chair of Manufacturing Skills Queensland, and an ACTU nominee to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency. He is a board member of the Australia Institute, Australian People for Health, Education and Development-Union Aid Abroad, the Australian Government’s National Robotics Strategy Advisory Committee and a member of the Jobs and Skills Australia Consultation Forum. 

 

Mr Dettmer holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from Monash University.

 

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Member
 

Professor Lee Anne Perry AM is an experienced educator having worked as a teacher, school and system leader and for over 25 as a principal. Professor Perry was also a member of the Queensland University of Technology Governing Council for 13 years.

 

Professor Perry has extensive experience in state and national associations and boards concerned with school and higher education. She has been actively involved in many educational reviews and is a member of the Queensland Government’s Queensland Workforce Strategy Implementation Roundtable. Professor Perry is a Director of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and a Director of Mercy Partners Ltd.

 

Professor Perry is a passionate advocate for education from the early years to higher education, including vocational education, and is particularly committed to supporting collaboration, partnerships and connections within and between education sectors and systems. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant services to education. Professor Perry is currently the inaugural Professor of Practice (Educational Leadership and Partnerships) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

 

Professor Perry holds a Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours), Master of Education, Doctor of Education and Doctor of the University, and is a graduate of the AICD.

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Member
 

Mr Price was appointed to the Energy Queensland Executive in November 2016 and is responsible for leading the Group’s engineering and asset management strategies, which includes the safe and efficient management of the Group’s electricity distribution networks. Mr Price is also accountable for the Energy Queensland Corporate Strategy and Regulatory outcomes.

 

Prior to joining Energy Queensland, Mr Price was a member of Energex’s executive management team for ten years undertaking a number of roles which included managing and leading capital planning and program delivery, asset management, procurement, regulatory issues and the growth of new commercial business. 

 

He has a strong background in Queensland's skills and training sector including being Chair of Energy Skills Queensland, a former member of the TAFE Queensland Board, a member of the TAFE Queensland Reform Board and Chairperson of SkillsTech Australia.

 

Mr Price holds a bachelor degree (with honours) and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of AICD.

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Member
 

Mr Sarota is a proud Traditional Owner and Yidinji man and former professional football player having represented Australia at the highest level, playing for the Socceroos for four years.  Mr Sarota has extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate governance and communications with strong community engagement and knowledge of Traditional Owner protocol and processes.

 

Mr Sarota is also dedicated to creating long-term career pathways for Indigenous youth and is involved in a variety of Indigenous social initiatives including the Cairns Safer Streets Program, Bridgeman One Mob Initiative and is a Director on the Board of the Australian Indigenous Football Corporation 

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