Board of Directors

Dedicated advocates for skills training and employment

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Robert Cameron AO

Chairman

Bob Cameron was appointed as Chairman of HVTC in 2012 following in the footsteps of Founding Chairman, the late Hon. Milton Morris AO.

Bob Cameron had a long career as a senior manager in the coal industry and became the Founder of Centennial Coal Co. Ltd., its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer until stepping down in June 2011. Bob is also a Director on the Board of the NSW State Library Council.

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Phil Cox AM

Deputy Chair

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 appointed as Deputy Chair in 2021. He is active in the VET sector as a consultant and strategic advisor working with various industry and training organisations.

 Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith

Executive Director

Sharon Smith was appointed Chief Executive Officer of HVTC in 2013 and was appointed as an Executive Director in 2021.

Sharon has extensive experience as a dynamic and influential Senior Executive and Non-Executive Director in Utilities, Regional Development, Education and Employment across the Private, Public and not for profit sectors. 

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Sue Murray

Non-Executive 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.

Sue is also a Director on the Board of the Central Coast Community College.

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Patrick Gallagher CSC

Non-Executive Director

Patrick Gallagher joined the HVTC Board in June 2018.

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.

Patrick is Chairman of the Central Coast Community College and a Non-Executive Director of Brisbane Water (NSW Legacy).

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Peter Annis-Brown

Non-Executive Director

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

As well as being the Founder/Owner of ManageHealth & 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 Director for the Central Coast Community College.

Peter is an independent Contractor/Consultant specialising in VET, Education and Industry relationships.

 Non-Executive Director, Helen Liossis.

Helen Liossis

Non-Executive Director

Helen Liossis joined the HVTC Board of Directors in June 2021. 

Helen has over 30 years of experience in corporate strategy, transformations, business planning, corporate services, investor relations, and corporate affairs.

Helen has held senior executive positions in a diverse range of ASX100 companies, as well as large, complex public sector organisations including Prime Minister and Cabinet, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and Sydney Water Corporation.

 HVTC Non-Executive Director, John Sandell

John Sandell

Non-Executive Director

John Sandell joined the HVTC Board of Directors in June 2021 

John is a senior leader with extensive experience spanning multiple industries, including Financial Services and Human Resources. He has a demonstrated track record in change management, operational excellence, and corporate strategy within Public, Private and Not-for-Profit sectors.

John has also had previous GTO experience working on the North Coast of NSW.

 

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.


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Kay Sharp AM

Former Executive 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.