Creating Skills for life

APTC Board

Kaye Schofield

Kaye Schofield AO (Chair) 

Kaye Schofield has extensive private sector experience focused in post-secondary education. Over her forty-year career, she has led in senior roles, including Chief Executive Officer with South Australia TAFE and Executive Director with the University of Technology Sydney. Public-private sector linkages are central to her many roles. In 2010, Ms Schofield led the transition from state to national regulation of the technical and vocational education system through the establishment of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) with a strong focus on meeting private sector needs. Other diverse and senior roles include ministerial inquiries, national and state reviews to roles with the Australian Sports Commission and Sydney Cricket Ground. She is also Chair of the Australian Water Partnership, which supports public private partnerships in the Indo-Pacific.




Cate Rogers

Cate Rogers is the Assistant Secretary of Development Policy and Education Branch in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  In this role she leads teams working on education, disability, poverty and social protection, knowledge management and development policy. Cate commenced in the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in 1994 and has held a range of roles in AusAID and DFAT.  Cate served in Indonesia during the Asian Financial Crisis and subsequently helped develop Australia’s first economic governance programs with Indonesia. Over 2006-2010 she led evaluations in the Office of Development Effectiveness. Cate led Australia’s work on international taxation and infrastructure finance for the Development Working Group of the G20 during Australia’s presidency in 2014. Cate completed a PhD in Economics at Australian National University in 2016, her research is on poverty, risk and informal insurance in remote Papua New Guinea.



Alison Gray

Alison Gray

Alison Gray is the retired Executive Director, Global Head of Debt Capital & Structured Markets at ANZ Bank Group. Over her thirty-year banking career, Ms Gray has had extensive experience building businesses across the Asia-Pacific region, both from an ANZ institutional banking perspective and from a corporate customer perspective. As a result of her specialist expertise in governance and risk management, Ms Gray was appointed to a number of complex financing arrangements during the Global Financial Crisis until her retirement in 2011.



Caz Tebbutt

Caz Tebbutt OAM

Caz Tebbutt has run a successful private sector business for twenty-five years that provides advice to public and private sector organisations in Australia and the Pacific region on the delivery of products and services. Ms Tebbutt’s client base has included the World Bank, Nestle, Westpac, SunRice and Coca Cola. Ms Tebbutt received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2012 for her service to Australia – Fiji relations.



Charmaine Scotty

Charmaine Scotty MP

Ms Scotty is the current Nauruan Minister for Education, Home Affairs, Land Management and Health and Medical Services. She is the second woman to be elected to Nauru’s parliament and is a strong advocate for gender equality issues. Ms Scotty sat on the previous APTC Advisory Board for a number of years.



David Cox

David H Cox OL, OBE

David Cox has been employed with Steamships Trading Company Ltd, an ASX listed conglomerate with operations in a broad spectrum of industries in PNG, since 1992. Mr Cox has held positions of increasing responsibility leading to his role as Managing Director. He has sat on various professional Boards, including the PNG Institute of National Affairs, the Australia-PNG Business Council, and the PNG Technical College of Studies Board.



Kaushik Kumar

Kaushik Kumar

Kaushik Kumar has been involved in the garment industry in Fiji for thirty years, and is currently the Managing Director of United Apparel Fiji Limited, the largest manufacturer and exporter of clothing from Fiji. Mr Kumar is currently the President of the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Council of Fiji.



Neroni Slade

Neroni Slade

Neroni Slade has extensive public and development experience in the Pacific region. In 2014, Mr Slade completed a six-year term as Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. Mr Slade’s previous roles include Attorney General for the Government of Samoa, Assistant Legal Director with the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, and Samoa’s permanent representative and ambassador to the UN in New York.



Patricia Neden

Patricia Neden

Patricia Neden is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Innovation and Business Skills Australia, an Industry Skills Council that provides services and resources to enterprises and industry associations around Australia. She has also held the position of Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Department of Industry and currently sits on numerous skills boards including the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.



Siale Akauola

Siale Akauola

Siale Akauola is the current Chief Executive Officer (2009 – present) of the Tongan Ministry of Health, leading the development of the Ministry’s five-year Strategic Plans. Mr Akauola sat on the previous APTC Advisory Board for a number of years and he has also served as the former Board Director for the Tonga Water Board. He has worked extensively with development partners including DFAT, NZAID, JICA, and UN agencies in the development of aid strategies for Tonga.



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