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New CEO for NMIT

09 Mar 2012

Dr Andy Giddy (BVSc, Grad Dip Bioethics, MAICD) formally took over as CEO of NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) today following the retirement of the long-serving former CEO, Brian MacDonald.

Educated at the University of Melbourne (Veterinary Science), University of Technology Sydney (Bioethics) and London Business School, Dr Giddy initially practised as a vet prior to moving into the biotechnology research and pharmaceuticals industries. He has also worked as a business consultant including reviewing the Queensland VET (Vocational, Education and Training) sector. Prior to his appointment as NMIT CEO, Dr Giddy was CEO of Nucleus Network, a not-for-profit medical research and education company.

Dr Giddy also served on the NMIT Board as a Director since 2006 and has been Board President since 2009. He therefore commences the role of CEO with a thorough understanding of NMITs current strategic objectives, educational and operational culture. Taking up the role of CEO presents Dr Giddy with the opportunity to directly apply his experience in the corporate governance of NMIT to the Institute's day-to-day operations.

“The exciting challenge for me is assuming the role as the Victorian TAFE sector seeks to compete in a fully contestable environment. I will be leading an already successful institute, known for the quality of its programs, in a rapidly changing market place,” said Dr Giddy.

In addressing this challenge, Dr Giddy says his focus will be on ensuring NMIT has the capacity to continually improve the experiences of its students. “This will be measured by what our students say and think about NMIT and, of course, by the vocational outcomes for NMIT graduates. Good outcomes for our students translate to good outcomes for employers.”

Dr Giddy says that some of the key principles that will help to shape his vision for NMIT's future include, “remaining competitive, remaining relevant and providing valuable outcomes. We need to ensure that we maintain a brand that is associated with quality in the minds of students and industry”.

Dr Giddy and his family have lived in Doreen, in Melbourne's outer north, for 11 years so he is well acquainted with the needs of employers in the region and the level of educational services currently on offer.

“Ultimately, my mission is to further develop NMIT as the educational provider of choice for Melbourne's northern region and beyond, and that includes our partnership programs with educational providers throughout Asia.”

Dr Giddy commences the role of CEO following the retirement of Mr Brian MacDonald. Mr MacDonald commenced as CEO in 1988 following the amalgamation of the Preston and Collingwood Colleges of TAFE to form the basis of the modern entity now known as NMIT. Since then Mr MacDonald has led the Institute through almost two-and-a-half decades of continual growth. This included the addition and development of campuses at Epping, Fairfield, Greensborough, Heidelberg and Ararat plus specialist training centres and the development of NMIT's extensive partnership program throughout Asia. Mr MacDonald was officially farewelled by past and present colleagues at an event held at NMIT's Preston campus last night.

“I will have big shoes to fill in replacing Brian MacDonald who, for 24 years, has been the architect and driving force behind NMIT. As a NMIT Board Director and President, I witnessed the transformative effect of Brian's knowledge and leadership and I plan to build on his work to keep NMIT competitive and relevant in a new era for vocational education in Victoria.”

2012 is NMIT's centenary year, having commenced serving the training needs of Victorian students as Collingwood Technical College in 1912.

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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