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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.

Andrew Crevald

Director representing Western Australia (since 2013)

Andrew is College Director and Principal of Curtin College (a Navitas College). He has spent over 25 years in tertiary education management and leadership. This experience includes seven years as College Director and Principal of PIBT, a Navitas HEP, RTO, and ELICOS college for both local and international students. Prior to PIBT, Andrew held a variety of roles within WA universities including stints as Director of Policy and Planning, and Director of Student Services.

Andrew is currently the Chair of the Western Australian Private Education and Training Industry Association.

Richard Finlayson

Director representing South Australia (since 2010)

Richard has been the owner of Quality Training and Hospitality College (QT&HC), for the last 15 years. QT&HC is a South Australian based private training company, formed in 1992, and trains domestic and international students. Last year the College trained over 1,000 students in hospitality programs. Prior to QT&HC, Richard worked in Hospitality and Retail in Australia, Scotland, France and South Africa.

Nicole Gayewski

Director representing Tasmania (since 2011)

Nicole is the Tasmanian State Manager and National Workplace Delivery Coordinator of MEGT Institute, the education and training division of MEGT (Australia) Ltd, delivering accredited training to domestic and international students. MEGT (Australia) Ltd is a private, not for profit education, training and employment organisation with offices in each state of Australia and in the UK. Nicole has worked in the education, employment and labour market sectors since 1992 holding senior operational and managerial roles.

Sean Mahoney

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 NicholasKaren 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.


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