The VRQA is pleased to welcome Maria Peters and Dr Jim Watterston to its Board, as of 5 June 2018. Dr Watterston and Ms Peters bring valuable experience and insight to the governance of the VRQA.
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 has been at the forefront of her effective organisational change and management in the TAFE sector. Maria has participated in government committees at both a state and national level, in family violence prevention, aged care, the automotive industry, vocational and higher education.
In 2017 Ms Peters received the Lynne Kosky Lifetime Achievement Award for leading significant educational innovation within the VET sector. In 2018, for her outstanding leadership and commitment to vocational education, Ms Peters was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Education from Swinburne University.
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. In 2014, the French Government awarded Dr Watterson the highly prestigious Order of the Palmes Académiques (Chevalier) for his distinguished contribution to education.
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