Spread across seven offices and two states, our team brings together a passionate and dedicated group of employment and training experts, to deliver best practice services and solutions that will help businesses, individuals and communities grow and succeed.

Many of our qualified and experienced staff have grown up in the area in which they work and bring the added advantage of local knowledge and connections. We also understand the many challenges and opportunities within the industries that we support, and have extensive experience working in a variety of trades.

Daren Webster - Chief Executive Officer

Daren Webster Chief Executive Officer

Daren Webster Chief Executive Officer

A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Darren joined Skillinvest in 2005 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) before moving into the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2017.

Darren brings over 10 years of financial management experience in the employment and training industry and over 20 years financial management experience working in the Victorian water industry. He is a current board member of the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN), Wimmera Development Association and a past Chairperson of the Horsham Rural City Council Audit Committee. Darren is also a life member of the Horsham Apex Club.

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Jason Mayberry - Chief Financial Officer

Jason Maybery Chief Financial Officer

Jason Maybery Chief Financial Officer

Jason joined Skillinvest in March 2009 as the Business Services Manager and moved into the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role in September 2017. He manages the WorkCover portfolio across the organisation and was instrumental in the construction of the new Skillinvest office in Horsham. His particular focus is now on IT development, governance and industry best practice.

Jason worked in various payroll, finance, compliance and human resources roles within the water industry for 13 years, including a period as the Human Resources consultant for GWMWater. He also spent three years as the General Manager of the Horsham Golf Club and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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John Goldsmith - General Manager Longerenong College

John Goldsmith General Manager Longerenong College

John Goldsmith General Manager Longerenong College

John has been with Longerenong College for the past 27 years and has been the General Manager (GM) for the last 9 years.

On a daily basis, John deals directly with farmers and farming issues, through the college’s 1070-hectare cropping, sheep and beef cattle enterprise. He is also surrounded by passionate young people who are starting their agricultural careers, and keen to make a contribution to the Australian agricultural industry.

He has been a board member of the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority since 2013 and is committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Wimmera region.

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Glen Pohlner - General Manager Regional

Glen Pohlner General Manager – Regional

Glen Pohlner General Manager – Regional

Glen joined Skillinvest in early 2019 to oversee the Regional division of the business. Glen is a Skillinvest representative on the Headspace consortium.

Coming from a sales and operational management background, Glen held management roles at national and state levels and brings significant experience in understanding different customer needs and perspectives.

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Dale Gemmell - General Manager Metro

Dale Gemmell General Manager – Metro

Dale Gemmell General Manager – Metro

Dale has worked in the employment and training industry since 2010 and joined Skillinvest in 2016 as General Manager. Overseeing the Metropolitan operations, Dale also manages the Human Resources and Occupational Health and Safety portfolios across the organisation.

A qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Dale is also Chair of the South East Local Learning & Employment Network (SELLEN).

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Amanda Galea - Training Manager Metro

Amanda Galea Training Manager – Metro

Amanda Galea Training Manager – Metro

Amanda has been managing the metro training department at Skillinvest for the past 5 years. Prior to this Amanda spent several years as a training coordinator and senior educator in the hair and beauty industry. As a trade qualified hairdresser Amanda has extensive experience in all aspects of training and provides valuable support to her team members.

As the RTO manager in Dandenong, Amanda also works across multiple industries, liaising with stakeholders, developing relationships and overseeing the development of programs.

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Dean Turner - Operations Manager

Dean Turner Operations Manager

Dean Turner Operations Manager

Joining Skillinvest in 2017 as a Field Officer, Dean moved into the Operations Manager role in 2018 to oversee all of our Field Officers and help grow Apprentice and Trainee numbers across the metropolitan Melbourne and Gippsland regions.

Beginning his career as a recruitment consultant, Dean has an extensive background in managing business relationships through his various consultancy roles. He’s passionate about educating young apprentices and employers about Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) and enjoys helping people transition from school or a different industry into the next stage of their career.

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Ian Westhead - Training Manager Regional

Ian Westhead Training Manager – Regional

Ian Westhead Training Manager – Regional

Ian has more than 20 years of experience working in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, including various Education Manager and Trainer & Assessor roles. At Skillinvest, he oversees all of our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) operations across regional Victoria, as well as any training delivered in Tasmania and South Australia.

With a trade background as a chef, Ian has delivered hospitality training to both domestic apprentices and international students. He also holds a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (Victoria University) and has completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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Lisa Arnfield - Business Services Manager

Lisa Arnfield Business Services Manager

Lisa Arnfield Business Services Manager

Lisa has extensive experience in Business and Finance Management including Human Resources, Project Management, Community Services, Sales and Marketing across both the private and public sectors.

A major highlight for Lisa is successfully leading a Not for Profit community organisation to win the 2018 Wimmera Business Awards People’s Choice category.

Lisa sits on a number of committees and boards of management support pathways to further education and employment, learning alliances and community development.

As the Business Services manager Lisa  manages all the administration and payroll requirements for the business, including IT, financial reporting and monitoring of strategic and financial operational targets.

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Jodi Bigmore - Operations Manager Regional

Jodi Bigmore Operations Manager – Regional

Jodi Bigmore Operations Manager – Regional

Jodi is responsible for managing the Apprenticeship and Labour Hire division across regional Victoria. She is passionate about supporting apprentices, trainees and labour hire workers to achieve their career aspirations and has 20 years of experience working across the apprenticeship, recruitment and training sectors.

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Barry Ray - Training Manager Longerenong

Barry Ray Training Manager – Longerenong

Barry Ray Training Manager – Longerenong

Growing up on a large sheep and cattle property in far South-Western NSW, Barry was himself a student at Longerenong and completed the Diploma of Applied Science (Agriculture) in 1979!

Barry has now been working at Longerenong for 27 years and oversees the teaching program, course content and academic staff to ensure that students get the best agricultural training and education possible. He also works hard to maintain the industry connections that provide students with exciting career opportunities once they graduate.

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