Federation Training’s Managing Director, Mr Jonathan Davis, will leave his position on Thursday 15 February 2018.
In an announcement to all staff today, Federation Training Board of Directors Chair, Mr Des Powell, said Mr Davis’ wife fell ill while travelling in Europe late last year, and he took extended leave to care for her.
“This resulted in Jonathan rethinking his role and future and, after much reflection and discussion with me, Jonathan is leaving his position at Federation Training,” Mr Powell said.
Mr Davis said his wife’s care has become a priority.
“The Managing Director’s role at Federation Training is a particularly demanding one, both physically in terms of the travel given its geographical coverage, and in context of our Victorian TAFE sector during a time of significant rebuilding,” Mr Davis said.
“After much reflection, I know the time is right to prioritise my wife’s recovery.”
Mr Powell paid tribute to Mr Davis for his hard work since his appointment in 2016.
“Since Jonathan joined Federation Training, the curriculum has been realigned to focus on job-ready outcomes, student enrolments are now growing and our management team and teaching staff are externally focused, collaborating with industry and our Gippsland community,” he said.
“The signs for Federation Training’s future are now very positive.
“Jonathan’s leadership, hard work and focus on student outcomes have been very evident and appreciated. We wish Jonathan and his family all the very best for the future.”
Mr Powell said the Board of Directors had appointed Mr Grant Radford as interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on a secondment arrangement with Chisholm Institute. Mr Radford, has over 15 years of experience in VET management, including 10 years as Chief Operating Officer and Director, Corporate Services, at Chisholm.
Mr Radford, who is currently Acting CEO of Chisholm, will start at Federation Training on Monday 19 March 2018.
Until Mr Radford takes up his appointment, Ms Virginia Simmons, AO, will act as interim CEO of Federation Training. Ms Simmons has held senior management positions with several TAFE institutes including Deputy Vice Chancellor at Swinburne Institute of Technology and CEO of Kangan and Chisholm Institutes.
Mr Powell said an executive recruitment agency has been engaged to oversee the process of appointing a permanent Chief Executive Officer, “consistent with selecting the best possible candidate to lead us into the future”.
“With a new year upon us, a new strategic plan based on extensive community consultation soon to be completed, and a new compact with the Victorian Government being finalised, 2018 will be a big year for Gippsland’s local TAFE,” Mr Powell said.
“We will focus our efforts on building the passion for contributing to Gippsland’s future by delivering the right programs, developing the right ‘job-skilled’ and ‘job-ready’ students, and enhancing our reputation and financial security.”
“I have full confidence that our talented and immensely capable workforce is dedicated to ensuring the needs of our students and our communities are at the heart of the way we do business,” Mr Powell said.
“We are rebuilding and revitalising our TAFE to be the leader in vocational educational and training across our greater Gippsland region.”
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