Leadership team

TAFE Queensland Board

Ms Annabel Dolphin

Ms Dolphin specialises in strategic human resources, organisational design, culture, and change management across a diverse range of sectors. She has held several independent non-executive board roles and leadership positions across the private, government and resources sectors.

Ms Dolphin is currently a Non-Executive Director of RACQ and sits on several private advisory boards across mining services, civil construction, manufacturing and professional services. She is also the Managing Director of Dolphin Ventures Pty Ltd and Cooney Investments Pty Ltd t/a Helloworld Travel Mackay and Mt Pleasant.

Mr Peter Dowling AM

Mr Dowling has served on Government and private sector boards for over 20 years and is an Accountant, Company Director, former Ernst and Young Tax and Business Advisory Partner and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountant. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for services to accountancy and the community and is the Honorary Queensland Consul for Botswana.

Mr Dowling’s current Board positions include Aviation Australia, Metro South Hospital and Health Services Board, and Lexon Insurance. Mr Dowling also holds Audit Committee roles as chair or member on a number of local government councils and state government departments.

Mr Dowling was a member of the inaugural TAFE Queensland Board and is also the Chairperson of the Audit, Finance and Risk Management Committee.

Ms Noela L'Estrange

Ms L'Estrange is a highly experienced Director in both public and private sectors, including education, utilities and not-for profits.  She has expertise in corporate governance and leadership, ethics, professional services, marketing, and learning and development.

Ms L’Estrange is a Fellow of AICD, a member of the Queensland Law Society, and was a founding member of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ), of which she is an Honorary Life Member. From 2009-15, she was CEO of the Queensland Law Society, the first female to hold the position.

Ms L'Estrange holds a BA(Hons), LL.B and Master of Administration.

Ms Deborah Wilson
Deputy Chairperson

Ms Wilson is passionate about innovative leadership and is an experienced Company Director. She has held a number of executive positions over two decades, including CEO of a listed entity and has served on a number of independent boards across Governments, private sectors plus a listed company.

Ms Wilson currently serves on the boards of Aviation Australia, FOGs (Former Origin Greats), FOGs at Work and Wyndy Nook 2020. Ms Wilson is a shareholder and leader at OnTalent, a boutique people and organisational performance focused business, and has been responsible for managing large restructures, developing complex workforce strategies, advising on employment gateways and strategies plus supporting executives through change and growth.

Ms Wilson is a Fellow of AICD, holds a Master of Organisational Leadership and was a member of the Brisbane North Institute of TAFE Council and Director of the Southbank Institute of Technology since 2008. Ms Wilson is also the Chairperson of the People, Culture and Safety Committee.

Ms Trina Hockley AM

Ms Hockley is a well-respected business owner of the L & M Group of Companies and an experienced non-executive director with a background in education and training, sport, employment, retail and governance.

Ms Hockley was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the general division for her significant service to the community and to business and was the past Chair and a Fellow of the AICD Gold Coast committee and the Chair of Ohana for Youth, Arcadia College and the Spot Academy. Ms Hockley sits on the board of the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame and Sports Gold Coast.

Ms Hockley co-founded Women in Power to mentor other women and is a member of the Queensland Government’s Mentoring for Growth program. She has been recognised for her volunteer efforts which include a 20 year Leadership Award from the City of Gold Coast and was awarded an Outstanding Volunteer to the Indigenous Community.

Ms Hockley holds a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies and Graduate Management Qualification and is a Fellow of AICD.

Ms Kay Giles

Ms Giles is a vocational education and training (VET) expert with experience in Australia and more recently in New Zealand.  She is a passionate advocate for VET and the role that it plays in contributing to economic, industry, community and individual development.

Ms Giles was formerly the Institute Director at SkillsTech Australia and has held a range of management and directorship positions at the Department of Employment and Training, Open Learning Institute, Wide Bay Institute of TAFE and Wide Bay / Sunshine Coast Region TAFE, and Training and Employment Queensland.

Ms Giles holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Master of Social Planning and Development from the University of Queensland.

Mr Andrew Dettmer

Mr Dettmer has extensive knowledge of workplace policy and vocational education and training (VET), as well as experience in managing economic change.  He has extensive corporate governance experience having served on a number of boards in the trades and union sectors.

Mr Dettmer is the National President of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, and before this was State Secretary of the Queensland / Northern Territory Branch from 2003-12. Andrew has held a number of board positions including QMI Solutions, the Queensland Training and Employment Recognition Council, Yeronga TAFE, SkillsTech Australia and Construction Skills Queensland.  He was also Chair of Manufacturing Skills Queensland, and ACTU nominee to the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency.  He is a board member of the Australia Institute and of Australian People for Health, Education and Development-Union Aid Abroad, and Safe Work Australia.

Mr Dettmer holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from Monash University.

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