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Board of Directors

ACPET is owned and governed by its members. It is an incorporated, not-for-profit company administered by a Board.  The ACPET Board comprises eight positions elected by the membership. The ACPET Board elects a Chair and the Deputy Chair annually.


Mel Koumides

National Chair
Director representing Victoria (since 2010)

Mel is a director and co-founder of Academia Australia / Academia International, a private educational institution delivering ELICOS, Pathway to University and Trade Courses to both local and international students. Previously, Mel worked in information technology for large multinational organisations including Siemens, Fujitsu and Teradata. He has held consulting and managerial roles, heading professional consulting services based in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.


Bruce Callaghan

Deputy National Chair
Director representing New South Wales (since 2015)

Bruce is Chief Executive of BCA National Training Group (BCA National), a registered training organisation (RTO) with self-regulation status with ASQA. Prior to establishing BCA National, Bruce led a consultancy practice specialising in board development, board governance, business management, project management and strategic planning for over 30 years. He has also held senior posts in government and lectured at university in public administration, business ethics and political philosophy.

Robyn Adams

Director representing Western Australia (since 2016)

Robyn is currently Senior Operations Officer, Governance and Assurance at the University of Notre Dame Australia and has had over 25 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector. Her experience includes as Special Advisor at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), where she was also part of the Establishment Team for the Agency, senior management positions at RMIT University and Curtin University, and Audit Director at the (former) Australian University Quality Agency (AUQA). 

Robyn is a member of the TEQSA Register of Experts and has provided higher education consultancy services to private and public providers in Australia and overseas, has been an Evaluator for SAI Global’s Business Excellence Awards, and has undertaken Higher Education development work for AusAID.

Tony Kennedy

Director representing Western Australia (since 2016)

Tony is the Chief Executive Officer of Industrylink Training, a private RTO which has specialised in Hospitality and Tourism since 2005, and is based in Hobart, Tasmania.
Industrylink has won numerous State and National awards for their innovative training techniques, and continue to meet the ever increasing needs of their growing industry.
Tony has been the owner and operator of various businesses in the Hospitality and Tourism sector prior to his involvement in Vocational Education and Training.
Over the years  he has continually held various roles on industry boards, committees and advisory groups.


Sean Mahoney

Director representing Northern Territory (since 2012)

Sean is the Managing Director of International College of Advanced Education (ICAE), a private not-for-profit RTO offering domestic and international programmes in VET since 1998. ICAE has had a particular focus on the hospitality and tourism sector, in addition to remote Indigenous training delivery. He has experience in VET both in Australia and overseas, including working in several third world countries on Aid projects including TVET reform.

Sean is Chairman of the International Business Council of the Northern Territory.

Karen Nicholas

Director representing the Australian Capital Territory (since 2012)

Karen is the founder and Director of Learning Options, a privately owned Registered Training Organisation based in Canberra, Australia. Commencing operations in 2002, Learning Options has now expanded with a base in Indonesia.  Karen has over 25 years experience in vocational education in government and private sector roles, is a recipient of two Training Excellence awards for personal contributions to the VET sector, is a past President of the ACT Association of Providers of Training Services and is a member of the ASQA Provider Reference Group.

Warren Walmsley             

Director representing Queensland (since 2015)

Warren has spent the past 20+ years in tertiary education with experience across the ELICOS, VET and Higher Education sectors, in management and leadership roles. Warren is a Director - Board for Jazz Music Institute and Head of Tertiary Education with Site Institute.

Warren has been a member of the ACPET Queensland State Committee since 2002.

Alexis Watt

Alexis is the CEO of Silver Chain Training & RDNS Training, a private RTO specialising in the nursing, health, aged care and community services sectors. Focused on delivering the best quality nursing graduates to Australia’s health industry, the RTO operates campuses in SA and WA along with a strong online presence. With over 15 years’ experience in VET, including leadership of a dual-sector HEP and CRICOS provider, Alexis holds positions on various Boards, Committees and Councils at state and national levels





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