Executive Team



Wodonga TAFE Executive Team

Phillip Paterson

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Phil provides leadership and advice to the Wodonga TAFE Board on establishing objectives, policies, priorities and plans for Wodonga TAFE. Phil works with the Wodonga TAFE Board, Higher Education and Skills Group, and community and industry partners to deliver against strategic and operational objectives for Wodonga TAFE. The CEO ensures that the strategic objectives of Wodonga TAFE are achieved in a manner that best serves the greater Albury-Wodonga community and the northeast region of Victoria.




Graham Hart

Executive Director - Education & Training

Graham is responsible for providing leadership and strategic advice relating to Wodonga TAFE’s domestic education and training portfolio. The education and training portfolio comprises the five delivery departments of Community Services and Health (CSH), Industrial Skills and Trades (IST), Education & Vocational Services (EVS), Transport and Logistics (incorporating DECA), and the Army School of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (ASEME). Graham also leads the Wodonga TAFE Board of Studies, providing the governance structures supporting Wodonga TAFE's delivery profile and ensuring courses delivered meet the needs of the local community and industry partners.  



Belinda Leskie

Chief Finance Officer

Belinda is responsible for providing financial management, risk management, strategic planning, cost management and financial compliance management at Wodonga TAFE. Belinda is responsible to the Wodonga TAFE’s Board of Directors and Executive team to achieve the goals outlined in Wodonga TAFE’s strategic plan in the context of legislative frameworks, operational systems, financial sustainability and performance. Belinda has the key responsibility to lead, manage and report on financial and commercial performance, budgeting, treasury management, financial risk management, procurement, capital structure, internal controls, corporate governance, audit and assurance. As Chief Finance Officer, Belinda leads the Financial Services team at Wodonga TAFE to ensure aligned outcomes, adherence to policy and legislation, and economic sustainability



Victoria Conlan

Executive Director - Community & Industry Engagement

Victoria’s key focus is on developing the Wodonga TAFE brand and services, and is responsible for how Wodonga TAFE interacts with community and industry in regards to engagement, customer and client services, and marketing. The portfolio compromises of three departments, Marketing and Communications, Community and Industry Engagement, and Experience and Support (incorporating Skills and Jobs Centres) to achieve the strategic objectives of Wodonga TAFE. Collaboration, engagement and awareness are critical to Wodonga TAFE's success. Victoria has the responsibility to create, develop and nurture business and community partnerships. Victoria provides strategic advice to the CEO regarding the perception and interaction Wodonga TAFE has with regards to community, industry and government.



Carolyn Davis

Executive Director - People & Capability

Carolyn has the responsibility for the development and implementation of strategic human resource management and capability to build and maintain a positive high performance culture through programs and processes designed to increase individual and organisational capability, productivity, satisfaction and well-being through investment in Wodonga TAFE's people. Carolyn also oversees Wodonga TAFE's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) department, industrial relations, employee relations, workforce development, and change management processes.




Aaron Coutts

General Manager - Operations

Aaron is responsible for managing the operational functions of Wodonga TAFE with a key focus on providing leadership to the Facilities, Maintenance and Catering teams. These teams integrate the operational support required, across multiple sites, to enable the delivery of education and training, and organisational business management functions. This includes overseeing the delivery of major capital works projects to deliver revitalised and sustainable working and learning environments. It is Aaron’s responsibility to provide authoritative advice and support to the Chief Executive Officer on day-to-day operational matters, as well as promoting and instigating new works and initiatives with an aim towards operational and environment sustainability.



Damien Crawley

General Manager - Strategic Partnerships

Damien’s role encompasses creating, developing and nurturing strategic partnerships for Wodonga TAFE. Damien is the Contract Manager for all Wodonga TAFE Defence contracts, and is responsible for International training strategy, while seeking and creating new strategic partnership opportunities. Damien focuses on the key aspects of governance, business strategy, stakeholder relationships and contract negotiations, all coinciding to develop and deliver on the community, government and economic objectives of Wodonga TAFE. Damien’s role provides leadership and support capability to Defence as a Wodonga TAFE partner to develop further capability to service Defence as a key client. Damien provides both on and off-site strategic oversight and management of all strategic and operational functions in relation to Defence training capability and development. Damien is supported in his role by the Wodonga TAFE Defence Support Services team.



Chris Logue

General Manager - RTO Quality and Compliance

Chris leads multiple teams that ensure the high quality and compliant delivery of Wodonga TAFE training and partnerships. These teams include Student Administration; TAFE Library Services; Educational Design and Technology; Apprentices, Trainees and Partnerships; and Quality Learning and Teaching. In this, Chris has an overarching view of a student journey from a training and assessment standpoint, from enrolment to receiving a qualification, certificate or statement of attainment. Chris ensures the adherence of Wodonga TAFE to VET Quality Framework and funding requirements. This further assures the quality and accountability of our delivery to students and the compliance of our interactions with our key markets.




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