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Accountability

Melbourne Polytechnic, and its Board, operate under the accountability, powers, duties and functions as set out in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006  and The Constitution of Melbourne Polytechnic Order 2016.

The Minister

Melbourne Polytechnic is accountable to the Minister for Training and Skills.

The Victorian Government Minister for Training and Skills is the Hon. Gayle Tierney MP.

Further information about can be obtained from the Victoria Government Education and Training website:  www.education.vic.gov.au

The Board

In accordance with The Constitution of Melbourne Polytechnic Order 2016 the Board of Melbourne Polytechnic is established to oversee and govern the Institute.

Pursuant to the Constitution, the Board must:

  • take all reasonable steps for the advancement of the objectives of the Institute and the Board under the Act and the Constitution;
  • operate in accordance with the economic and social objectives and public sector management policy established from time to time by the Government of Victoria;
  • meet at intervals prescribed in the Constitution;
  • provide all assistance and information as the Minister, the Secretary or the Deputy Secretary may reasonably require from the Board; and
  • ensure the safe custody and proper use of the common seal of the Institute.

These duties are in addition to, and do not take away from, the duties imposed on the Board by the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, other provisions of The Constitution of Melbourne Polytechnic Order 2016, and any other duties imposed by any other Act or law.

Board Members

Ministerial Appointed Directors

Jim Pasinis

Jim Pasinis has been instrumental in implementing government-funded community health services and has assisted marginalised young people in developing social and employment skills.

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Bill Forrest

Bill Forrest has over 20 years’ experience as a Director in areas of City Development, Advocacy and Community Services and as a CEO in local Victorian Governments

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Helen Clarke

Ms Clarke has worked in policy and operational roles including curriculum development, school governance and stakeholder relations.

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Tali Bernard

Ms Bernard has had many years experience as a board member in the Community Legal Service sector, including being a board member of Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV) for over 11 years.

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Daniel Stubbs

Daniel Stubbs has a wealth of legal, policy and economics experience and is the Chief Executive Officer of Inner Melbourne Community Legal, he is also a director of the National Association of...

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Fiona Smith

Fiona Smith has held a range of leadership positions including ten years as Chairperson of Victoria’s Business Licensing Authority.

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Board Appointed Directors

Joe Dicks

Joe Dicks has over 31 years’ experience as a chartered accountant and was one of the founding partners of the forensic accounting division of PPB Advisory.

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Lee Astheimer

Lee Astheimer has BSc (Biology, Hons) from Lakehead University and a PhD in Ecology from the University of California. She has been a member of numerous boards and holds qualifications from the...

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Ian Munro

Ian Bruce Munro has extensive experience in economic development across a broad range of industry sectors, and in regulatory and land supply matters. Mr Munro was the inaugural Chief Executive...

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Richard Tait

Dr Richard Tait holds qualifications in science and information technology from Monash University and a PhD from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (now Sorbonne University).

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Chief Executive

Frances Coppolillo

Frances Coppolillo has an extensive history with Melbourne Polytechnic, most recently as Deputy CEO where she has led the College, Schools and a range of student focussed departments since...

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Staff Elected Director

Fiona Wahr

Fiona is an active researcher and regularly publishes in the field of higher education transformation. Her doctoral research combined her twin passions of sustainability education and...

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Further information can be found on the public board appointments Victoria website:  http://www.publicboards.vic.gov.au/

Senior Executive

Chief Executive, Melbourne Polytechnic

Frances Coppolillo

Frances Coppolillo has an extensive history with Melbourne Polytechnic, most recently as Deputy CEO where she has led the College, Schools and a range of student focussed departments since...

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Executive Director, Student Experience

Cathy Frazer

Cathy Frazer has held various roles within the VET and Higher Education sectors both in Australia and overseas. Cathy practiced as a Counselling Psychologist in Ireland and also worked within the...

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Executive Director, Finance and Infrastructure

Claire Britchford

I am currently Executive Director, Finance and Infrastructure, responsible for Finance, Information Technology and Campus Facilities at Melbourne Polytechnic. I joined Melbourne Polytechnic in...

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Executive Director, Marketing, Industry & International Partnerships

Greg Madigan

Greg is a MBA qualified senior executive with extensive leadership experience across large, complex, multi-channel operating environments in the alcohol, consumer goods & education sectors.

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Strategic Advisor, Office of the CEO – Schools, Government and Community Engagement

Howard Kelly

Howard Kelly has a distinguished career in education and training. Principal for 12 years in two inner suburban schools. He has been the Curriculum Director in state and national projects for four...

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Executive Director, People, Culture and Organisational Development

Jo Brown

Joanna Brown first joined Melbourne Polytechnic as the Manager, People and Culture in September 2014 and shortly thereafter to Head of People and Culture, In April 2016 Joanna was appointed to...

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Executive Director, Tech Schools

Marc Blanks

Marc Blanks is the Executive Director of the Banyule Nillumbik and Whittlesea Tech Schools, which are tech enabled innovation hubs for young people in secondary school.

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Ian Munro – (Board Appointed Director)

Ian Munro

Ian Bruce Munro has extensive experience in economic development across a broad range of industry sectors, and in regulatory and land supply matters. Mr Munro was the inaugural Chief Executive...

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Strategic Advisor, Planning, Strategy and Performance

Nicole Amsing

Nicole Amsing started her professional career in health, as a physiotherapist, and later developed an interest in service delivery systems in health, and other human service areas.  Nicole...

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Senior Executive biographies.

Legislation

The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 reforms the law relating to education and training in Victoria by providing for a high standard of education and training for all Victorians.

TAFE institute Boards are considered to be public entitles under Part 5 of the Public Administration Act 2004 and are subject to the requirements of a public entity set out in Part 5 of the Act. 

The Constitution of Melbourne Polytechnic Order 2016 includes provisions regarding governance arrangements and the objectives, functions and powers of the institute.  This came into operation on 1 July 2016.  The Constitution is made under the powers conferred by section 3.1.11 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and all other enabling powers.

The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and Public Administration Act 2004can be obtained from the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents Library.  http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/

Melbourne Polytechnic Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy and Register

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