Fed Training director steps down

FEDERATION Training managing director Jonathan Davis has stepped down.

Managing director since June 2016, Mr Davis will finish in the role on Thursday.

Mr Davis has taken extended leave to care for his wife, who became ill while travelling in Europe late last year.

He said his wife’s care had become a priority.

“The managing director’s role at Federation Training is a particularly demanding one, both physically in terms of the travel given its geographical coverage, and in context of our Victorian TAFE sector during a time of significant rebuilding,” Mr Davis said.

“After much reflection, I know the time is right to prioritise my wife’s recovery.”

Mr Davis’ resignation was announced to staff on Friday by chairman Des Powell.

“Since Jonathan joined Federation Training, the curriculum has been realigned to focus on job-ready outcomes, student enrolments are now growing and our management team and teaching staff are externally focused, collaborating with industry and our Gippsland community,” he said.

“The signs for Federation Training’s future are now very positive.

“Jonathan’s leadership, hard work and focus on student outcomes have been very evident and appreciated.

“We wish Jonathan and his family all the very best for the future.”

Grant Radford has been appointed interim chief executive on a secondment arrangement with Chisholm Institute.

Mr Radford has more than 15 years of experience in VET management, including 10 years as chief operating officer and director of corporate services at Chisholm.

Mr Radford, who is currently Chisholm acting chief executive, will begin work at Federation Training on March 19.

Until Mr Radford takes up his appointment, Virginia Simmons, will act as interim chief executive.

Ms Simmons has held senior management positions with several TAFE institutes, including deputy vice chancellor at Swinburne Institute of Technology and chief executive of Kangan and Chisholm institutes.

Mr Powell said an executive recruitment agency has been engaged to oversee the process of appointing a permanent chief executive.

“With a new year upon us, a new strategic plan based on extensive community consultation soon to be completed, and a new compact with the state government being finalised, 2018 will be a big year for Gippsland’s local TAFE,” Mr Powell said.

“We will focus our efforts on building the passion for contributing to Gippsland’s future by delivering the right programs, developing the right ‘job-skilled’ and ‘job-ready’ students, and enhancing our reputation and financial security.”

“I have full confidence that our talented and immensely capable workforce is dedicated to ensuring the needs of our students and our communities are at the heart of the way we do business.

“We are rebuilding and revitalising our TAFE to be the leader in vocational educational and training across our greater Gippsland region.”