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Leadership

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Our leadership team is dedicated to ensuring the delivery of quality, innovative education and training in a supportive and inclusive environment for students, staff and partner organisations.

Our team oversees the provision of pre-accredited and accredited training, as well as the Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) and VCE Vocational Major (VM) in our secondary school, ECG Secondary College.

CCG Board

Marianne Shearer

Board Chair

Marianne has worked as a Board director and senior executive for more than 25 years, supporting education and workforce development in acute and primary health. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has strong leadership and change management skills and designs health solutions through successful partnerships with communities and service providers.

Marianne joined the Board as a voting director in 2016.

Iain Luck

Deputy Chair

Iain originally retired from the Victorian Department of Education in 2014, having served for almost 40 years in a wide range of teaching and leadership roles, including 13 years as a Principal Class Officer. He is now back teaching part-time and also a Marriage Celebrant and conducts marriages throughout Australia.

Iain joined the Board as a voting director in 2016.

Howard Woodall

Board Member

Howard has an extensive business background with more than 30 years of experience, working in small, medium and large organisations. Howard has strengths in transport, agriculture and management consulting, and a keen interest in providing opportunities for young people to succeed.

Howard joined the Board as a voting director in 2017.

Jemma Swan

Board Member

Jemma is an economics and social policy specialist with experience in the private sector and Victorian Government. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She grew up in both east and west Gippsland and has a strong interest in youth engagement.

Jemma joined the Board as a voting director in 2017.

Jenny Carmichael

Board Member

Jenny has been involved in the financial services industry for over 30 years. She specialises in Commercial and Rural Business in the Gippsland region.

Jenny joined the Board as a voting director in 2001. Jenny was Chairperson 2012- 2013 and joint Chair in 2014 with Des Williams.

Joshua Chikuse

Board Member

Joshua has experience in strategic planning, change and project management, achieving sustainable and economic solutions for government and community. Joshua is a collaborative leader, passionate about diversity, inclusion and positive change.

Joshua joined the Board in a non-voting Director Elect position in 2020 and was appointed as a Board member in 2021.

Kirstin Fox

Board Member

Kirstin has dedicated her career to the health sector, first joining the industry as a nurse and progressing to Residential Care Manager. Kirstin is passionate about creating community connections and is invested in providing students with real-world experience.

Kirstin joined the Board as a voting director in 2018.

Michael Klein

Board Member

Michael has experience in quality analysis, process improvement, team leadership and management, both in the health sector and computer industry. Michael also has strengths in governance, compliance, risk management and reporting.

Michael joined the Board in a casual voting position in 2021 and was appointed as a Board member in 2022.

Joel Goodall

Board Member

Joel has extensive experience in local government leading teams across a broad range of functions for the community including infrastructure maintenance and capital works, project management, financial management, community consultation and development. Joel is an accredited coaching and leadership practioner and is passionate about creating an environment that can support individuals in both personal and professional growth.

Joel was appointed in a casual voting position in 2022.

Jessica Ploeger

Board Cadet

Jessica’s professional experiences span across both public and private sector, from Manufacturing and Engineering to Government (State) with some corporate professional services and small business roles in between. Presently, Jessica is working withing the Emergency Services/State Government sector providing regional leadership and support to strategic business planning, finance, governance, risk, continuous improvement and HR. Jessica is very passionate about whatever she undertakes especially volunteering for a worthy endeavour. Jessica believes that her contribution to being on the board cadet program will mutually benefit the Gippsland community as well has herself and her family’s future.

Jessica joined the CCG Board in a non-voting Cadet position in 2022.

Kate Gaffney

Board Cadet

Kate has a deep interest in supporting education, particularly in the Gippsland Region. Born and bred on a beef farm in West Gippsland, where she still runs a sustainable farming business, Kate made her career as a university lecturer in criminology across metropolitan and regional universities. Kate has experience in degree programmes, enabling pathways and the private post-secondary sector. Kate recently retrained with a Global Executive MBA from Monash University where she was awarded a Woman in Leadership Sponsorship and has now commenced a new career in corporate advisory and investment banking. Kate believes education leadership has ongoing impact well beyond the education sector through its importance to individuals, industry and communities.

Kate joined the CCG Board in a non-voting Cadet position in 2022.

Join the Cadet Director Observer Program

As part of our ongoing commitment to building skills and knowledge in local leaders, CCG invites two people per year to join the Cadet Director Observer Program. Gain first-hand experience on the Board with the opportunity to contribute to all matters as a non-voting Director of the organisation.

Leadership team

Dale Gemmell

CEO

Shane Stiles

Business Manager

Julie Dennis

Director Education and Training

Katy Grandin

Principal ECG College

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