Our Board

​​​The VRQA is led by a board of 9–13 members. It reports to the Minister for Education and the Minister for Training and Skills.

Members are appointed by the Governor-in-Council. They are:

Pam White PSM – ChairPam White

Ms Pam White has over 30 years’ experience in senior management and leadership positions in the Victorian Public Service in both policy development and operations. The majority of her work has been in child protection, disability, housing, youth justice and emergency management.

For two years, she led the State Services Authority (now the Victorian Public Sector Commission), the body responsible for public sector administration, governance, service delivery and workforce management and development. She is a member of the Country Fire Authority, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, the Adult Parole Board, the DET Remuneration Committee, and the Audit and Risk Committee for the Department of Health and Human Services. She is also a Board Director of Oak Possability.

Ms White has an expert understanding of the role and workings of all levels of government, the development and administration of legislation and regulations, and the importance of good governance in delivering effective and integrated public services. In 2012, she was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for her work in improving services for vulnerable children and for services to emergency management recovery services.

Members

Jenny Atta

Jenny Atta

Ms Jenny Atta is the Secretary of the Departme​nt of Education and Training.

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Elizabeth Alexander AO

Elizabeth Alexander

Ms Elizabeth Alexander is the former Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, immediate past Chairman of CSL Limited, current Chair of Medibank Private Limited and an adviser to Ashurst's corporate team. She was the independent Chair of the Portfolio Audit Committee of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) from 2003–10, and the independent Chair of the Audit Risk Committee of the Australian Prudential Regulations Authority (APRA) (2002–10).

Ms Alexander's other memberships include Fellow of the Society of Certified Practising Accountants, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, where she was a past National President. She is also a past National President of CPA Australia and the first woman in Australia to be appointed as a partner of one of the big eight accounting firms. In 2019, Ms Alexander was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to higher education administration, accounting and corporate governance.

 

Dr Julie Caldecott

Dr Julie Caldecott

Dr Julie Caldecott has over 20 years' experience as a consultant to the public and private sectors. As a Director and Partner for Boston Consulting Group (BCG) until 2011, she focused on consumer goods and health. She trained as a medical practitioner prior to joining BCG and has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. Her previous Board memberships include non-executive directorships at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, the Transport Accident Commission, Victoria, and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research. Dr Caldecott is currently a Board member of Blue Cross Aged Care, non-executive Director of St John of God Healthcare and Chair of its Audit and Risk Management Committee, and a member of the Victorian Major Transport and Infrastructure Board where she also chairs their Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Stephen Elder OAM

Stephen Elder OAM

Mr Stephen Elder was the Executive Director of Catholic Education in Victoria from 2006–18. Mr Elder is currently Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education and Senate member of Australian Catholic University, a member of the Sir Henry Bolte Trust Committee and a member of the Mercy Health Foundation Board and Iona College Advisory Board.

Mr Elder is also a Director of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. Mr Elder was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly from 1988 to 1999 in the Seat of Ballarat North and Ripon. During this time Mr Elder was Parliamentary Secretary for Education and responsible for the Government's reform agenda in education from 1988 to 1999.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry

Mr Michael Perry is a former Senior Partner of Ernst & Young Australia and current Chair of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) Audit Committee. He has extensive experience in financial consulting services, with specialist skills in auditing, government advisory services, public company floats and takeovers, the preparation of prospectuses, the valuation of companies, corporate financing, internal audit structures and business acquisition planning and implementation. He is also currently Director of the Copland Foundation and M&L Hospitality.

Maria Peters

Maria Peters

Ms Maria Peters has held leadership positions within Chisholm Institute for 25 years and was CEO from April 2011 until December 2017. She was appointed Chair of the Adult and Community Further Education (ACFE) Board in August 2018. Ms Peters has extensive experience in the vocational education sector within Victoria and internationally. Ms Peters has led significant educational innovation within the VET sector, aimed at improving participation and ensuring strong student and industry outcomes. She has been a member or participated in government committees both at a state and national level in family violence, aged care, the automotive industry, vocational and higher education.

In 2017, Ms Peters was awarded the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime achievement. At the start of 2018, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Swinburne University for her contribution to education quality, innovation in delivery, industry partnerships, student outcomes and success. In 2020, Ms Peters was appointed as a member to the RMIT University Council.

 

Dr Jim Watterston

Dr Jim Watterston

Dr Jim Watterston has over 30 years' experience across all levels of education, including as a teacher, school principal and academic. In 2018, he was appointed Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

Dr Watterston is the Chair of Asia Education Foundation and a member of Ruyton Girl’s School Board. He has held senior public sector roles in several jurisdictions, including Director-General of the Queensland Department of Education and Training, Director-General of the Australian Capital Territory Department of Education and Training, Deputy Secretary of the School Education Group in the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and National President of the Australian Council for Education Leaders.

Jim Williamson

Mr Jim Williamson

Mr Jim Williamson is the Director of a public policy research and program development company, providing specialised advice to business, government and community organisations for over two decades. During that time, he has held senior managerial responsibilities in Community Development, Employment and Training at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. He was also a Senior Policy Manager – Youth Transition at Mission Australia.

Mr Williamson began his career as a secondary high school teacher and as a lecturer in education at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education. He went on to Senior Policy Officer roles at the Department of Education and Training, and the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. He is currently on the school council of The Grange P–12, and in April 2019 was appointed to the Expert Advisory Committee for the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.