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Corporate Structure

The Gordon Board

David Bowen (Board Chair)

David Bowen retired as CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency in 2017 after 5 years in the position. He is one of the key architects of that scheme. David worked in Government for over 35 years and held several senior positions including as CEO of both State and Commonwealth Agencies for over 20 years.
David has professional qualifications in law and extensive senior experience in corporate governance, strategic planning, financial and risk management. He has over 25 years experience as a member of government Boards and Committees, including as Board and Committee Chair.
David has a long interest and involvement in professional education and continuous learning. As the architect of the Professional Standards Scheme, he worked with many professional associations in developing continuing education modules to meet the requirement of the scheme. He has also had long term involvement in several academic Institutes including as a Board member of the Injury Risk Management Research Centre (UNSW) and as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Sydney University  Rehabilitation Studies Unit.
David has a long involvement in community organisations, with a specific interest in disability. He was very involved in the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. He continues to be involved in the Geelong area providing pro bono assistance to several organisations for people with disability and as a long term foster carer as Chair of the BCYF Carers Reference Group and as a co-chair of the Western Division Carers Advisory Group.

Darryl Mohr (Deputy Chair)

Darryl brings over 30 years of Banking & Finance experience to the Gordon Board and most recently has been responsible for Regional Business Banking at CBA for Victoria & Tasmania. Darryl is also a Committee member for Regional Development Australia (Barwon South West region) a joint Federal and State Government initiative to support economic sustainability across regional Australia.

Darryl holds a Bachelor of Business degree, is a CPA Australia graduate, an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate, a Lean Six Sigma graduate and Cranlana alumni.  Additionally, Darryl has completed the Harvard Business School Global Agribusiness seminar in Boston USA & Shanghai China and in 2019 completed the Global Advanced Risk Management program at The Wharton Business School at Pennsylvania University in Philadelphia USA. 

Luisa Drent

Luisa Drent is a teacher in the Advanced Design and Building Program at The Gordon Institute.

Luisa is a Registered Architect with the ARBV (Architects Registration Board of Victoria) and a member of the DIA (Design Institute of Australia) and was in private practice for nearly 20 years prior to a career change to become a full time design teacher in 2019.

In addition to the TAE40116, Luisa has an undergraduate Arts Degree (Cultural Studies) and Planning & Design Degree, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Vocational Education and Training and a Masters of Architecture. None of these University degrees prepared her for industry in the way that TAFE training can, and this has made her appreciation for the sector even greater. She has a strong passion for making TAFE the best it can be, as post-secondary, stand-alone and a pathway to further education. Luisa is also very interested in policy development, current and future.

Since joining The Gordon, Luisa has written a number of training packages that are in current delivery, as well as delivering at the Cert III, IV and Diploma level. Luisa will continue to be fully engaged as a teacher while on the Board.  

Corrina Eccles

Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Corrina has 22 years of employment experience in Aboriginal organisations in the region. She brings knowledge and experience of community engagement, awareness of Education providers and sector’s, advocacy for cultural values, support and connection. 

She is a board director on various boards in the region, both Government and community level. And a member of many advisory and committee groups.

Corrina has undertaken board governance training and brings Aboriginal cultural knowledge of the community and country, a perspective of reconciliation and knowledge, advice and support of cultural values and safe practice culturally safe practice. Corrina holds strong cultural values relating to positive outcomes for community, youth, education and reconciliation.

Trish Crossin

Trish is a former Senator and was the first woman to represent the Northern Territory in the Federal Parliament. She has held the positions of Deputy Whip, Temporary Chair of the Senate, Chair of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee and member of the Senate Employment, Education and Workplace Relations Committee.

Prior to entering the Senate, Trish was employed by the Education Unions as the industrial officer specialising in Technical and Further Education and Higher Education ,a member of the National AEU TAFE Executive and Director on the NT Institute of TAFE.

Trish has direct knowledge and experience working as a member of the federal government and is an experienced Director with an extensive background in corporate governance, risk management and strategic planning as Chair and Board member of community, education and sporting organisations and statutory authorities.

Trish’s previous board positions include Directorship of the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, Australian Indigenous Agribusiness Company, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Pty Ltd, Anangu Foundation, President of Netball NT and Netball ACT, member of the Advisory Committee for Indigenous Eye Health at Melbourne University and currently Director of Westjustice Community Legal Centre, St Columba's College, Essendon, Asthma Foundation NT, Wyndham City Council Reconciliation Advisory Committee and Special Advisor to Gender Equity Victoria.

She is a former Patron Darwin Buffaloes Football Club, National Ambassador for Dragons Abreast and Champion of Alzheimer’s Association NT and has a National Service Award from Asthma Australia and life membership of the NTEU.

Trish established the NT Working Women’s Centre and was the Founding Chairperson. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Education.

Patti Manolis 

Commencing on the Board September 2021, Patti brings over 30 years of senior management and leadership experience in the Local Government sector and a deep commitment to lifelong learning, the exchange of ideas & information and empowerment of communities. Patti’s board experience includes her most recent role of 14 years as CEO and executive board member of the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, two terms as Independent Director on the Board of the G21 Region Alliance (2017-2020), Founding Director and President of Libraries for Timor-Leste Inc (2004-2014), President of Public Libraries Victoria (2016-2017), Member of the State Library Board of Victoria’s Advisory Council on Public Libraries (2016 – 2021) and member of the Bill and Melinda Gates inaugural International Network of Emerging Library Innovators(INELI) selected in 2011. 
In March 2016, following nomination by the Women in Local Democracy (WILD) group based in Geelong, Patti was one of 20 inductees to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her achievements in public libraries statewide, nationally and internationally. In 2019 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the Library and Information Services Sector.
Professional qualifications include Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma of Business and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gillian Miles

Gillian Miles is CEO and Commissioner at the National Transport Commission.

With over 30 years’ experience at the national, state and local government level, Gillian has a strong record of achievement in public sector excellence and reform, with a strong focus on delivering a more efficient, safe, and integrated transport system.

After leading the reform of Victoria’s transport agencies into a central and integrated department, Gillian moved to the NTC to improve the harmonisation of Australia’s road, rail, and intermodal transport systems.

Preparing Australia for automated vehicles, improving productivity and safety of heavy vehicles and increasing the role of rail in a better-connected land transport system are among the reforms that Gillian is leading at the NTC.

With strong interests in governance and risk management, Gillian is advancing the role of women in transport. She chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee as part of her Board duties at Roads Australia, and is a Member of Chief Executive Women, which influences and engages all levels of Australian business and government to achieve gender balance.

Gillian was instrumental in establishing the national Women in Transport initiative – a partnership between the NTC, Infrastructure Australia, and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication and supported by ministers – to support increased participation by women in the transport sector.

As Head of Transport for Victoria, she designed and led the most significant reform of the Victorian transport system in decades, putting users’ interests at the centre, integrating all transport services and minimising disruption through the transport infrastructure build.
At the NTC, Gillian has reshaped how the NTC delivers its work by placing a greater focus on engagement, collaboration, and partnerships, and structuring the NTC’s program of work to deliver high-value reform.  

Gillian was CEO of the City of Greater Geelong and head of Strategy and Performance at the Transport Accident Commission.

Gillian has a Bachelor of Education, Master of Letters in Cultural Theory and Doctor of Business Administration.

Joe Ormeno

Joe was appointed as Chief Executive Officer as of 3 October 2019, a role he had been acting in since 6 May 2019. Joe joined The Gordon in February 2009 as Chief Finance Officer, a role he continued until December 2014. In July 2014 Joe was appointed to the Chief Operating Officer role and concurrently retained the role of Chief Finance Officer until December of that year. Prior to The Gordon, Joe spent five years as General Manager Finance and Administration with St. Laurence Community Services. He has also held various executive roles in corporate services within the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Joe holds a number of leadership roles across the Community and the TAFE Network and also brings a wealth of leadership and board experience to the Institute.

Daniel Smedley

Daniel joined the Board in 2016. Daniel has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer involved in business and commercial law and has been recognised by industry groups and peer review bodies as a leading lawyer in his field of expertise. He is the Executive Chair of The Lantern Legal Group Pty Ltd which comprises the law firms Harwood Andrews and Sladen Legal. Daniel is accredited as a specialist with the Law Institute of Victoria and is a member of Law Institute of Victoria and Taxation Institute of Australia committees. Daniel is regularly invited to speak at state and national industry conventions, conferences and workshops.

Matthew Wright

Matthew is the Branch Manager of Strategic Engagement at the NDIA. He has over 20 years’ experience in the disability sector. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations and Murray Human Services, and a senior manager with Oakleigh Centre and Able Australia.  Matthew was an Adviser Diversity at National Australia Bank developing the NAB's Disability Action Plan.
Matthew has represented Australians with disability at the U.N Conference of State Parties, has been a member of the AHRC Reference Panel on the National Enquiry into Employment Discrimination, IAC’s Housing Innovations Working Group, the Australian Law Reform Commissions Disability Advisory Committee, the National Disability Workforce Strategy Committee, the Victorian Governments NDIS Implementation Task Force, and was one of the three members of the National Disability and Carers Alliance.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts and Post-Graduate Diploma in HRM and IR from the University of Melbourne.  He is a fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program with Leadership Victoria and the McKinsey ELP. He has a severe hearing loss from birth and identifies as part of the Deaf community.