Board of Directors

Dedicated advocates for skills training and employment

Robert Cameron portrait

Robert Cameron AO

Chairman

Bob Cameron was appointed as Chairman of HVTC in 2012 following in the footsteps of Founding Chairman, The Hon Milton Morris AO (dec. 2019).

Bob Cameron had a long career as a senior manager in the coal industry and became the Founder of Centennial Coal Company Limited and its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer until stepping down in June 2011. Bob continues as a non-executive Chairman of Centennial. 
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Richard Owens AM

Deputy Chairman

Richard Owens joined the HVTC Board in May 2011 and is chairman of his family’s diversified retail, real estate and investment company in Sydney.

After selling his company in 1988, he became Executive in Residence in the Faculty of Family Business, International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland until 1991. Mr Owens regularly visits universities as a guest lecturer to teach the principles of family business. 
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Robert (Bob) Puffett AM

Director

Starting his working life as an apprentice plumber, Mr Puffett worked his trade until he joined TAFE as a technical teacher. He progressed to Head of School then College Principal. He went on to become Director of Industrial Relations and Director of the Sydney Institute. Prior to retirement he was Assistant Director General for TAFE NSW.

Mr Puffett joined the HVTC Board of Directors in February 2011.
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Phil Cox

Director

Phil Cox commenced his career in the shipping and transport industry before working for the NSW Government, in various senior management roles, over a period of almost 20 years. In 1991 he joined TAFE NSW where he held Senior Executive positions until 2015.

Mr Cox joined the HVTC Board in 2015 and is active in the VET sector as a consultant and strategic advisor working with various industry and training organisations.  
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Sue Murray

Director

Sue Murray has over 30 years’ experience in finance and commercial leadership across various industries including agriculture, not-for-profit and, most recently, defence and aerospace. She is currently a senior manager at the global defence company BAE Systems Australia.

Mrs Murray joined the HVTC Board in 2018 and is passionate about career development for the next generation.
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Patrick Gallagher CSC

Director

Patrick Gallagher joined the HVTC Board of Directors in June 2018.

Currently Head of Risk at Sydney Water, Mr Gallagher was formerly in the Australian Army and has held several general management and subject matter expert roles in business, corporate strategy and enterprise risk management in the public and private sectors, both in Australia and overseas.
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Peter Annis-Brown

Director

Peter Annis-Brown joined the HVTC Board of Directors in May 2019. 

MAs well as being the Founder/Owner of ManageHealth and ManageSport, Mr Annis-Brown sits on advisory grant committees for Local and Federal MP’s, is a member of the Industry Council for Fitness Australia and a Board member for the Central Coast Community College.

Founding Members

Dedicated advocates for skills training and employment

Milton Morris portrait

The Honourable Milton Morris AO 

Founding Chairman and former Patron (2002-2019)

As Foundation Chairman, Director and Patron of HVTC, Mr. Morris worked tirelessly to promote and support the objectives of group training for the past 38 years.

A significant contribution to improve the profile and performance of group training has been made under his leadership, with HVTC providing training and employment opportunities for over 25,000 apprentices and trainees across the company’s nine regional New South Wales locations.

Mr. Morris has helped to facilitate the flexible delivery of group training to ensure the best possible outcomes for school leavers and job seekers. He championed and supported those who have searched for rewarding, valuable careers though vocational education and employment pathways by finding and implementing skills training solutions to ensure young people achieved the best possible outcomes.

Committed to the importance of vocational education and training, Mr. Morris greatly assisted in guaranteeing skilled employment outcomes for industry to underpin the nation’s economic future with skilled workforces.

The former and to this day, longest serving, NSW State Minister for Transport devoted his life to serving his community and continued to be involved in championing, advocating and supporting countless organisations. Seeking no special recognition, Mr. Morris personally raised thousands of dollars through business and industry connections to establish disadvantaged youth training and employment programs which provided significant outcomes and benefits to regional communities.

Having described himself as “…an ordinary man to whom God has given extraordinary opportunities...” he was an active minister with the World Methodist and Baptist Union Churches.

The Hon. Milton Morris AO was highly respected and well regarded by all who have had the pleasure of knowing him. He was an inspiration to all his colleagues, students and employees of HVTC and will be deeply missed.


Kay Sharp portrait

Kay Sharp AM

Former Director

Mrs Sharp started her career as a stenographer with the Maitland City Council before running her own secretarial bureau and accepting a position as Mr Morris’s electoral secretary.

She retired from the political arena in February 1981 and joined HVTC in June of that year as CEO. Mrs Sharp took up a position on the HVTC Board of Directors in 2002. She retired in May 2019.