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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.

Joshua Chikuse

Deputy Chair

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 as a voting director in 2021.

Iain Luck

Board Member

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.

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.

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 as a voting director 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 practitioner and is passionate about creating an environment that can support individuals in both personal and professional growth.

Joel joined the Board in a casual voting position in 2022.

Wendy Cook

Board Member

Wendy is a senior finance professional with extensive experience across private industry, not-for-profit and government, in both the ‘strategic’ and ‘business as usual’ aspects of finance. Wendy has also managed teams in facilities management, corporate administration and procurement. Wendy started a new chapter in her career in 2022 starting an ecommerce business with her daughter.

Wendy joined the Board in a non-voting Director Elect position in Jan 2023 and was appointed as a Board member in May 2023.

Jessica Ploeger

Board Cadet

Jessica’s experience spans the public and private sector, from manufacturing and engineering to Government and small business. Jessica is now working within Emergency Services in State Government to provide leadership in strategic business planning, finance, governance, risk, continuous improvement and HR.

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

Kate Gaffney

Board Cadet

Kate has a lifelong interest in supporting education. Born and bred on a beef farm in West Gippsland, where she still runs a sustainable farm, Kate made her career as a university lecturer in criminology. She recently completed a Global Executive MBA from Monash University and has now commenced a new career in corporate advice and investment banking.

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


Shane Stiles

Executive Manager Corporate Services / Company Secretary

Julie Dennis

Executive Manager Training

Katy Grandin

Principal ECG College