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 – Chair
Ms Pam White PSM has had more than 30 years' experience in senior management and leadership positions in the Victorian Public Service, both in policy development and operations. She has worked in child protection, disability, housing, youth justice and emergency management, and led the State Services Authority (now the Victorian Public Sector Commission) for two years. In 2012, Ms White was awarded the Public Service Medal for her work improving services for vulnerable children and emergency management recovery services.
Ms Gill Callister is the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training and has dedicated her career to improving public policy and service delivery.
Prior to joining the Department, Ms Callister was the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Human Services (2009–14), where she was responsible for the delivery of child protection, disability, youth, housing and family violence services.
This followed a range of senior roles in the Victorian Public Service and a ten-year stint in the community sector working with children, young people and families.
Ms Callister is President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria). Her leadership in public policy was recognised in 2013 when she was named in the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence, and received a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to attend Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Elizabeth Alexander AM
Ms Elizabeth Alexander AM is the former Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, immediate past Chairman of CSL, Chair of Medibank Private and an adviser to Ashurst's corporate team. She was the independent Chair of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) Portfolio Audit Committee (2003–10) and the Audit and Risk Committee of the Australian Prudential Regulations Authority (APRA) (2002–10).
Dr Julie Caldecott
Dr Julie Caldecott has more than 20 years' experience as a consultant to the public and private sectors for Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where she was a Director and Partner until 2011. 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 also a non-executive Director of St John of God Healthcare Ltd and Chair of its Audit and Risk Management Committee, a member of the Victorian Major Transport Infrastructure Board where she also chairs their Audit and Risk Management Committee, and a Board member for Blue Cross Aged Care.
Stephen Elder OAM
Mr Stephen Elder OAM is the Executive Director of Catholic Education Melbourne and Executive Director of the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. He is also Director and Company Secretary of Catholic Capital Grants (Vic) Ltd. Mr Elder is a member of the National Catholic Education Commission and a Senator of Australian Catholic University. He is a Director of Catholic Network Australia, a member of the Board of the Catholic Development Fund and a Director on the Mercy Health Foundation 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 1988–99 in the Seat of Ballarat North and Ripon. During that time, he was the Parliamentary Secretary for Education.
Mr Michael Perry is a retired chartered accountant. He has extensive experience in financial consulting services, with specialist skills in auditing, government services, public company floats and takeovers, the preparation of prospectuses, company valuations, corporate financing, risk management and internal audit structures. He is the current Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).
Maria Peters has extensive experience in the vocational and tertiary sector, holding a wide range of management, leadership and governance roles. She is a passionate educator who worked in the school sector followed by the vocational sector for more than 30 years, including her most recent role from 2011–17.
Ms Peters has led significant educational innovation within the VET sector at state, national and international levels. Improving participation and ensuring strong student and industry outcomes and has been at the forefront of effective organisational change and management in the TAFE sector. Maria has participated in government committees both at a state and national level, in family violence prevention, aged care, the automotive industry, vocational and higher education. Ms Peters is also on the Board of the International Specialised Skills Institute.
In 2017 Ms Peters received the Lynne Kosky Lifetime Achievement Award for leading significant educational innovation within the VET sector by improving participation and ensuring strong student and industry outcomes. In 2018, for her outstanding leadership and commitment to vocational education, Ms Peters was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Education from Swinburne University.
Richard (Rick) Tudor OAM
Mr Rick Tudor OAM was Headmaster of Trinity Grammar School, Kew for 15 years. Previously he was Deputy Headmaster (Curriculum) at The Peninsula School, Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School of Melbourne Grammar School, and Headmaster of Beaconhills Christian College.
Mr Tudor has contributed to the broader educational arena through involvement in the Association of Heads of Independent Schools, the Council of the Centre for Strategic Education, the Anglican Co-ordinating Committee on Education and as Chair of the Victorian Branch of the Anglican Schools' Network. He is currently Chair of the ConocoPhillips Science Experience, a Board member of Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School, the King David School, the Anglican Diocesan Schools' Commission, Trinity College (University of Melbourne), the Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral and the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. He was previously a member of the Royal Woman's Hospital Ethics Committee and of the Anglicare Victoria Board.
Michonne van Rees
Ms Michonne van Rees retired in 2011 as Regional Director (Gippsland) for DEECD, to establish a consultancy. Ms van Rees previously worked as a senior executive with Parks Victoria. She held senior leadership roles a number of state government departments, focusing on public sector and organisational reform, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She also worked within the TAFE sector. Ms van Rees has held a number of Board and committee positions, including membership of Monash University's Gippsland Advisory Council.
Dr Jim Watterston
From his first job as a teacher in a rural Indigenous classroom in his home state of Western Australia to his recent appointment as the Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, Dr Jim Watterston brings more than 35 years of experience across a diverse range of educational roles and sectors. Dr Watterston's previous roles include Regional Director in Western Australia and Victoria, Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Education Department, and Director General of the Australian Capital Territory and, more recently, the Queensland Department of Education and Training.
In addition to appointments to many educationally related Boards, Dr Watterston has served for six years as the National President for the Australian Council for Education Leaders, and is recognised as an influential advocate for the education sector. His contribution to education has been acknowledged both nationally and internationally with awards from a number of professional bodies and educational institutions including the highly prestigious Order of the Palmes Académiques (Chevalier) by the French Government in 2014 for a distinguished contribution to education.
Mr Brian Welch recently retired as the Executive Director of the Master Builders Association of Victoria after 19 years of service. He was involved long-term with accredited training for the building industry and brings strong industry and governance experience to the Board. Mr Welch is currently a member of the Victorian Building Authority, was an inaugural member of the Building Advisory Council and is Secretary, Victorian Congress Employer Association.
Mr Jim Williamson is the Director of a public policy research and program development company that for more than 20 years provided specialised advice to business, government and community organisations. During that time, he held senior management responsibilities at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Community Development, Employment and Training; and was a Senior Policy Manager, Youth Transition at Mission Australia. Mr Williamson commenced as a secondary high school teacher, becoming a lecturer in education at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education. He then held 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 College.