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 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.
Ms Jenny Atta is the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training.
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Dr Julie Caldecott
Dr Julie Caldecott has extensive experience as a consultant and non-executive director across both the public and private sectors. As a Director and Partner of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), she focused on consumer goods, health and public policy reforms. 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 Melbourne's Royal Children’s Hospital, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, and the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research. Dr Caldecott is currently Board Chair of Blue Cross Aged Care, non-executive Director of St John of God Healthcare and Chair, and a member of the Victorian Major Transport Infrastructure Board, where she also chairs the Audit and Risk Management Committee.
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.
Ms Penny Hutchinson commenced her professional career with a chartered accounting firm in London before migrating to Australia in 1983. Penny was the Director of Arts Victoria from 2000 to 2013, managing relationships across several major government institutions and numerous non-government organisations across arts and culture. She had a leadership role in relation to several major cultural infrastructure projects in Victoria. Penny is also highly experienced in the finance sector. She's a Chartered accountant, and was a partner in a large financial services and consultancy firm.
Penny has been on the board of and chaired the audit committee of many organisations including Medibank Private, the Federal Airports Corporation, Monash University and is currently on the board of Eastern Health.
Penny holds a master's degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne, a Music Performance Diploma, and an honours degree in German and Music from the University of London. She is also a Graduate of Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Anthony Nippard is a governance professional, board chair, board director and committee member. He has been a director of not-for-profit and public entities since 1988 in higher education and training, children's services, community and mental health, school governance, the arts, mortgage finance, community health as well as advisory committees in child protection, defence, public sector governance and university sectors.
He currently chairs Neami National and Moreland Affordable Housing Ltd. He is board director at Mental Health and Wellbeing Ltd, TAFE Gippsland, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for the Commission for Children and Young People and a Facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors in areas of governance and strategic planning. He is also a Principal of Thoughtpost Governance and Nippard Pty Ltd.
Mr Nippard has extensive experience as a senior executive in various roles primarily in the areas of health, housing finance, public and community housing, homeless housing services, financial management, corporate services, public administration and integrity, knowledge management and public sector governance.
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.
Ms Fran Reddan is the former Principal of Mentone Girls' Grammar School where she served the pursuit of excellence and innovation in education for over 14 years. She has held a variety of leadership positions and is known for her astute skills and understanding of the relational quality of a school with its complexity in stakeholder management.
A National Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL), Ms Reddan's experience spans more than 30 years, including teaching at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. She is recognised as an outstanding educator, is noted in The Educator magazine's 2018 'Educator Hotlist' and recorded in Who's Who in Australia for her contribution to education.
A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, her extensive work with boards has focussed on governance, strategic planning, and leading strategic planning processes. She has served on several cross-sectoral boards including as President of the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia, which is the peak advocacy group for girls' education. Ms Reddan enjoys investing in the next generation and her contribution as a director includes service on the boards of a university residential college, a charitable trust, an educational board serving the teaching profession, and a not-for-profit supporting student wellbeing.
As a consultant, Ms Reddan is an accredited school reviewer and advises in strategy, leadership and school reputation. She regularly mentors aspiring and practising leaders as an investment in the future of education.
Judy Rose PSM
Ms Judy Rose was the Regional Director for the North Eastern Victoria Region Department of Education and Training, where she had direct responsibility for over 400 schools and a key role to play in both the early childhood and further education sectors. She has worked in the Victorian Government's education portfolios for over 35 years in metropolitan and rural Victoria, as well as the Education faculty at Monash University.
Ms Rose has served on the Education State Board, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership's School Teaching and Learning Advisory Committee, and Deakin University Education's Faculty Board (Primary Education).
She is a passionate advocate for education and the right for all children and young people to have equal opportunity for high quality educational pathways, no matter their personal circumstances. This is reflected in her current employment with the Colman Education Foundation and its key work in Victoria's most vulnerable communities.
In 2016, Ms Rose was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours primarily for her work in establishing flexible learning options for disengaged young people in North East Victoria.
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.
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.