Rossetti to chair Advance TAFE

WELLINGTON Shire mayor Scott Rossetti has been appointed chairman of Advance TAFE.

Mr Rossetti was one of 14 new TAFE chairman announced State Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall.

Outgoing Advance TAFE chairman Lyndon Webb had advised the minister in January he was stepping down from the role because of health concerns.

Mr Webb continues to be a key member of the institute’s leadership group, and remains on the board.

Mr Rossetti said he was honoured to take on the role.

“I am grateful to have this opportunity to further progress the work that the Advance TAFE board has already begun in developing innovative ways of delivering courses that are relevant across our wide Gippsland community and beyond,” he said.

“The recent changes to TAFEs highlight just how important it is to have strong links with our community, and to keep adapting, in order to deliver the kinds of training that people want in our area.”

Mr Webb said he had been asked to review his commitments on medical advice.

“I would have loved to continue, but recent health events have made it necessary for me to ease back a little,” he said.

“Scott has the experience and energy to do a fantastic job of leading the board at this exciting time for TAFE, and I will be giving him, and Advance TAFE, my full support,” he said.

Advance TAFE acting chief executive Jane Ponting praised Mr Webb’s leadership through one of the most challenging periods of the institute’s existence, as the TAFE restructured following funding cuts last year. She said the institute would benefit greatly from the combined input and leadership from both Mr Rossetti and Mr Webb.