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​​​​State Training Board - Current Board Membership

The State Training Board is comprised of members, appointed by the Minister, for their industry expertise and their ability to make a high level contribution to the strategic direction of the State's vocational education and training system. The following people have been appointed to the State Training Board by the Minister for Training for a period of three years, with the Chair for a period of five years. 


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Chair: Mr Jim Walker

​​Mr Jim Walker was appointed to the State Training Board from 1 January 2014 replacing Ms Jane​ Coole. Jim Walker was appointed Interim Chair following the resignation of Mr Keith Spence on 16 October 2014. Mr Walker was appointed Chair of the State Training Board effect​ive 1 December 2014.

Jim Walker has wo​rked with Equipment Dealers supplying Construction, Agriculture, Mining, Government and Marine industries for 44 years. Starting as an Apprentice - Diesel/Heavy Equipment Fitter with Hastings Deering the Caterpillar dealer for Queensland, Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

In 2000 Jim was appointed Managing Director for WesTrac the Caterpillar dealer for Western Australia and working through to Chief Executive Officer for WesTrac's territories Western Australia, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and North East China. Jim retired from WesTrac in late 2013.

Jim is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Australian Institute of Management (AIM WA), holding the position of President WA (2008 - 2010) and National President - Australia (2010 - 2013).

Today, Jim is Non-Executive Chairman of Macmahon Holdings; Non-Executive Director of Programmed Maintenance Services Group Ltd; Non-Executive Director RAC Holdings (WA); Non-Executive Director Seeing Machines; Non-Executive Director Austin Engineering; Trustee of WA Motor Museum and Chair of Wesley College Council. Mr Walker's career long focus on apprentices and training was recognised when he was awarded the GJ Stokes Memorial Award at Diggers & Dealers in August 2014.

Member: Ms Vanessa Davies

Ms Vanessa Davies was first appointed to the State Training Board on 1 December 2011. Ms Davies was reappointed to the State Training Board on 1 December 2014.

Ms Vanessa Davies is an Aboriginal woman who has traditional links to Wongai and Noongar people in Western Australia. Vanessa is currently the General Manager Diversity & Indigenous Engagement at Compass Group (Australia) Pty Ltd.
Vanessa's previous roles include Assistant Director with Serco Asia Pacific working on the Acacia Prison contract with the WA State Government and Chief Executive Officer of the largest Aboriginal Medical Service in Australia, Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Inc. 

In her current and previous roles Vanessa has worked at executive management level in government relations, justice, employment and education, health, community and Indigenous relations with various companies, organisations, governments and community groups in WA and throughout Australia.


Member: Mr Chris Hall, AM 

Mr Chris Hall was reappointed to the State Training Board on 1 January 2016 in accordance with section 19(2) of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996. Mr Hall was first appointed to the State Training Board on 1 January 2013.  

Mr Hall is the Chief Executive Officer of MercyCare, a leading Catholic provider of hospital, health, aged care, and family and community services.  Mr Hall has held corporate governance and senior leadership positions for in excess of 25 years in the Australian non-for-profit sector and local government industry at national, state and local levels. He has served on numerous government advisory and consultative bodies and on the boards of various not-for-profit organisations.

Mr Hall is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and 2009 Churchill Fellow.

Mr Hall was awarded a member in the general division of the Order of Australia on 12 June 2017 for his significant service to the community through support for sustainable social welfare outcomes, and to the not-for-profit sector.


Member: Mr Dan Hill

Mr Hill is appointed to the State Training Board as a person experienced in workers' interests (s.19(4C) of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996). Mr Hill was first appointed to the State Training Board on 29 July 2013.

Mr Hill is the Secretary for Health Services Union of Western Australia and WA Branch Secretary Health Services Union. Mr Hill is also Senior National Vice President of the Health Services Union and an Alternate Executive member of UnionsWA (Peak Labour Council). Mr Hill is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of WA and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Spanning over 30 years, Mr Hills' career has focused on industrial relations within the community services and health industries in Western Australia. He has been a long-time advocate of skills recognition and workforce development and has had a continuous association with industry training advisory bodies at both state and national level. Mr Hill has been a Director of the National Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council since 2002.


Member: Dr Felicity Jefferies


​Dr Felicity Jefferies was appointed to the State Training Board on 1 January 2015.  

Dr Felicity Jefferies, MBBS, GAICD has over 30 years experience working as a Medical Practitioner working in a variety of roles, including urban and rural practice.

For the past 16 years Dr Jefferies has been working in the medical workforce area, engaging with doctors to attract and retain them in rural WA. More recently this work has involved not just rural but also metropolitan areas and the whole of the health workforce. It has involved both private and public policy initiatives, working with state and commonwealth governments to address the inequitable distribution of the workforce across WA and Australia.

Dr Jefferies has been involved in undergraduate, post-graduate and professional development training for many years and has a special interest in ensuring that the workforce meets the needs of the community.

Dr Jefferies was on the Medical Board of WA for 10 years and was an inaugural member of Health Workforce Australia. She is a life member of Rural Health West. Dr Jefferies is a member of RACGP, North Metropolitan Health Service Board and Sessional member of the State Administrative Tribunal.


Member: Ms Jeanette Roberts 

​Ms Jeanette Roberts was appointed to the State Training Board on 1 January 2015.

Ms Roberts has more than 35 years of international experience in the oil and gas industry working with operators, front-end engineering and design (FEED) specialists and EPC contractors.  Ms Roberts is Director of Jeanette Roberts Consulting where she provides strategic advice to energy and allied industries.

Ms Roberts is an active participant in Australia's oil and gas industry and has been involved in policy development at the State and Commonwealth level.  She is a Senior Fellow of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.  Ms Roberts sits on the advisory boards of the WA Energy Research Alliance, the Australian Centre for Project Leadership and Barking Gecko Theatre Company.


​Member: Professor Cobie Rudd BHSc(N), MPH, PhD, GAICD

Professor Cobie Rudd was appointed to the State Training Board on 16 November 2015.

Professor Rudd is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Partnerships) and Vice-President at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Also leading gender equity in academia for ECU, she is actively addressing the gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). Previously, she was ECU's Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement), Professor of Mental Health and one of five National Teaching Fellows appointed by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching in 2011; the first in simulation.

For the past two decades, Professor Rudd has provided leadership for a diverse range of Statewide and national capacity-building and research projects aimed at addressing the challenges of providing a skilled, inter-professional and sustainable health workforce. She has also lived and worked in Queensland and Canberra in senior policy research and advisory roles for both state and commonwealth governments.

Professor Rudd has served on numerous boards of governance, including internationally, for example, as a Non-Executive Director on the Board for the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare (2010-2013), as a Non-Executive Director on the Board for the International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement (2008-2010). In addition to her membership of the State Training Board, she currently holds a Government of Western Australia Cabinet-endorsed appointment to the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention and is a Non-Executive Director on the Leadership WA Board.

Professor Rudd is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Member: Wayne Muller

Mr Muller was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2016 in accordance with section 19(2) of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996.

Mr Muller brings over 20 years practical experience in the Vocational and Training sector including being employed as a TAFE lecturer and VET Manager. He is a nationally recognised expert in the development of Training Packages and Competency Based Assessment and is the author of several published computing textbooks.

Mr Muller has a Bachelor of Science and Diploma of Education both from the University of WA.  Mr Muller is currently the Director of MasterClass Business Solutions which specialise in the design, creation and delivery of courses for Leadership and Management.

Member: Nathan Bentley

Mr Bentley was appointed to the State Training Board as a person experienced in employers' interests (s.19(4B) of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996) in October 2016 following the resignation of Mr Lindsay O'Sullivan.

Mr Bentley is the General Manager, Workforce Solutions at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI). He has responsibility for Apprenticeships Support Australia (AASN), the International Trade and Investment Centre, CCI Migration Services and CCI Industry Connect. In this capacity he engages with a broad cross section of employers from all industry sectors on training and workforce development issues.

Mr Bentley also represents CCI on the national Chambers Apprenticeship Support Australia (CASA) Board.

Prior to joining CCI, Mr Bentley worked for the global pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in senior sales and brand management positions in both Perth and Sydney.

Mr Bentley has tertiary qualifications in Education (Dip. Teach, B.Ed.) and Psychology (B.Sc., PGDip.).