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 has had 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 areas such as 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 the Country Fire Authority, the Adult Parole Board, the DET Remuneration Committee, and member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms White is also a Board Director of Oak Possability.
In 2012 she was awarded the Public Service Medal for her work in improving services for vulnerable children and for services to emergency management recovery services.
Ms Jenny Atta is the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training.
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Elizabeth Alexander AO
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 Chairman 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 has more than 20 years' experience as a consultant to the public and private sectors, with a focus on consumer goods and health, 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 currently a 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
Mr Stephen Elder was the Executive Director of Catholic Education in Victoria from 2006-2018. Mr Elder is currently Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education and Senate member of Australian Catholic University, and member of 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 to 1999 in the Seat of Ballarat North and Ripon. During this time Mr Elder occupied the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Education and was responsible for the Government’s reform agenda in Education from 1988 to 1999.
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 a Director and Treasurer of the Museums Board of Victoria and Chair of its Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, as well as fulfilling similar roles for a number of corporate listed and unlisted entities.
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, Ms Peters received an honorary Doctorate in education from Swinburne University for her contribution to education quality, innovation in delivery, industry partnerships, student outcomes and success.
Richard (Rick) Tudor OAM
Mr Richard (Rick) Tudor held the position of Headmaster of Trinity Grammar School, Kew for 15 years. Previously he was Deputy Headmaster and Head of Senior School of Melbourne Grammar School, and Headmaster of Beaconhills College.
Mr Tudor has also contributed to educational development through involvement in the Association of Heads of Independent Schools, the Council of the Centre for Strategic Education and the Anglican Co-ordinating Committee on Education. He has served as Chair of the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria (AGSV), is presently a member of the Melbourne Anglican Foundation, Chair of the Board of the ConocoPhillips Science Experience, and was previously a member of the Ethics Committee at the Royal Women's Hospital.
Michonne van Rees
Ms Michonne van Rees retired as the Regional Director (Gippsland) for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) in early 2011 to set up her own consulting business. Ms van Rees has previously worked as a Senior Executive with Parks Victoria. She has held senior leadership roles with a focus on public sector and organisational reform in a number of State Government departments, including the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has also worked within the TAFE sector. Ms van Rees has held a number of Board and committee positions, including membership of the Gippsland Advisory Council of Monash University.
Dr Jim Watterston
Dr Jim Watterston has more than 30 years' experience across all levels of education, including as a teacher, school principal and an academic. In 2018 he was appointed as Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. 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 for the Australian Council for Education Leaders.
Mr Brian Welch has recently retired as the Managing Director of the Master Builders Association of Victoria after 15 years of service. He has had long-term involvement 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. He was an inaugural member of the Building Advisory Council and is the current Secretary of the Victorian Congress of Employer Associations.
Mr Jim Williamson is the Director of a public policy research and program development company providing 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. He was also a Senior Policy Manager, Youth Transition at Mission Australia.
Mr Williamson commenced his working life as a secondary high school teacher and as as a lecturer in education at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education. He subsequently 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 and in April 2019 was appointed to the Expert Advisory Committee for the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.