Michael Hartman, CEO

Michael has been involved in work-based adult education, learning, and vocational education for 30 years. His experience includes more than 10 years as the CEO of ForestWorks, where he led the development of industry skills standards and qualifications for the forestry industries as a part of that organisation’s Industry Skills Council role. He has also led an industry-wide Innovation Skills Program to support enterprises grow and evolve their skills in the ever-present challenging economic environment. Michael has held a number of roles in the education and training sectors and bases his leadership on a wide knowledge of workplace learning, education and training which supports him to engage and add value with both industry and VET sector stakeholders. Michael holds a Diploma of Management (Community Services), Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Corporate Governance Qualification, Innovation for Leaders Skill Set and trade qualifications.

Rosalie Staggard

Rosalie Staggard, General Manager Operations

Rosalie brings to Skills Impact extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and relationship management, and a creativeness and passion for the vocational education and training industry. In her past role at one of the leading Industry Skills Councils, Rosalie had the responsibility of managing six sector advisory committees, ensuring they met at least twice per year to have input into the continuous improvement plans for training packages and were kept informed on current projects. Over the past year her responsibilities have included the smooth transition of 13 training packages, to meet the new format determined by the Australian Government, by the end of 2015. Rosalie has a Masters in Educational Leadership, Masters in Business (Marketing), Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Education and Training, Diploma of Vocational Education and Training Practice, Diploma of Project Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Graduate Diploma, Business (Management) and a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities).

Colin Abbott, Industry Skills Facilitation Manager

Colin brings to Skills Impact a great depth of knowledge about the vocational education and training (VET) environment, as well as excellent stakeholder and project management skills. His experience includes more than 18 years’ in a range of management positions at a large registered training organisation (RTO), across various courses and international projects. Prior to commencing with Skills Impact, Colin was engaged in business development – developing commercial training solutions and working with industry and government in the development of an industry specific, multi-RTO training approach to deliver improved quality training outcomes. Colin was also responsible for managing a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, other RTOs, government and industry associations. He is experienced in working with stakeholders across a wide range of industry sectors. Colin has a Master of Education, Graduate Diploma in Education, Graduate Certificate in Education, Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Diploma of Vocational Education and Training Practice, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Evan Cooper, Industry Skills Facilitation Manager

Evan has 14 years’ experience in community engagement, community services, health promotion and education. In his previous role at an Industry Skills Council, Evan managed projects within a diverse training package that represented a wide range of stakeholders and used by a large number of RTOs. He was also part of the team that undertook the review of the CHC (Community) and HLT (Health) Training Packages, which were two of the first training packages to be released in the new standards. Evan believes that quality education is the key to living a fulfilled life. He has also volunteered for two health organisations for more than 17 years now. Evan has a Post-Graduate Diploma of Public Health and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Sam Papasidero, Industry Skills Facilitation Manager

Sam brings to Skills Impact extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and project management. His background is largely within the agricultural and education sectors, where he has worked with many stakeholders from government organisations, industry groups, growers and community groups. Sam’s previous roles include District Horticulturist for NSW Agriculture, Head of Department of Science for NSW M.E.T. Schools, Technical Specialist (citrus) for Golden Circle and Marketing Manager for Lillypilly Wines. He has also worked closely with the horticultural industry in the implementation and auditing of food safety Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems for farmers. Sam has a keen interest in the agricultural industry, coming from a farming background of rice, wheat, sheep, citrus and vegetables. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

Antoinette Hewitt, Training Package Project Manager – Forest, Wood, Paper and Timber Products

Antoinette’s career in VET spans training delivery and management roles in business, marketing, information technology (including design and multimedia), management and finance. She also has extensive experience in the provision of skill standards and qualification information and advice to government, and the development, maintenance and implementation of industry training packages. Antoinette holds a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Science (Mathematics/ Statistics) and a Certificate in Governance for Not-for-Profits. She is also a member of the Governance Institute and the Victorian Institute of Teaching.


Helen Foote, Training Package Portfolio Manager

Helen has extensive experience in project management, training package development, resource development and training. Her 25 years’ experience in the vocational education and training industry includes over 18 years in a large registered training organisation in teaching, instructional design and management roles. In a past role at an Industry Skills Council, Helen managed the restructuring of training packages to meet the 2012 Standards for Training Packages and supported those involved in reviewing and developing training package products to meet the required standards. Helen has a Graduate Certificate in Online Education, Diploma of Training Design and Development, Bachelor of Education and a Certificate IV in Training and Education. She has also completed a range of professional development courses including project management, professional writing and effective consulting.


Wayne Jones, Industry Skills Standards Specialist

Wayne brings to Skills Impact a great depth of knowledge about training and project management. His experience includes more than 15 years’ in a range of training management positions in the Royal Air Force, including Manager of the the National Vocational Qualification Training Centre at the RAF School of Aerospace Battle Management. Wayne has also held senior training and project manager roles for ANZ, NAB and Property Exchange Australia. Prior to commencing with Skills Impact, Wayne was engaged in training development and facilitation for the Australian Institute of Conveyancers – developing and delivering compliance and systems training for licenced conveyancers and property lawyers in e-Conveyancing across Australia. Wayne has a Diploma of Business, Diploma in eLearning, Certificate in Education (Further Adult and Higher Education), Management and Management of L&D Provision, OCR Level 4 (NVQs) and is currently studying towards his Masters of Business Administration.

Dr Georgiana Daian, Research and Project Manager

Dr. Georgiana Daian is experienced and qualified to perform targeted research and evaluation of skills development projects. Georgiana has particular skills in research and analysis of social, economic and industry trends; providing analysis and advice on government policy consultation papers; using and managing complex databases; conducting interviews and surveys, and producing qualitative and quantitative analysis. Georgina has a Doctor of Philosophy in Wood Science and Engineering, a Master of Science in Economic Sciences, Management, Marketing and Finance (Agricultural Economics), a Master of Science in Economic Engineering – Management of Production Systems and a Bachelor of Science. She was also awarded the Australian Forest Products Industries’ Gottstein fellowship (2013-2014) to conduct international research with a focus on workplace innovation and development.

Dion Daniell, Administration and Executive Support Officer

With a background in people and administration management, executive support, compliance, client and customer service, Dion is highly skilled in coordinating and supporting the daily administrative functions of Skills Impact. The support he provides to the executive team is valuable to ensuring quality and timely work outcomes. Dion’s experience includes more than 10 years at call centres and over five years in the vocational and higher education space. He has worked in international community development and has strong ties and interest in his ongoing projects in Indonesia and Siberia. Dion was raised in rural South Australia, where his family farm wheat and sheep and was involved in horse sports and cattle farming. Dion has a Diploma of Business Administration, Diploma of Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Meka Sinclair

Meka Sinclair, Administration Officer

A master of CMS and CRM systems and a background in administration and customer service, Meka brings excellent information management skills to Skills Impact. With her passion for excellent client service, the support she provides to the team is fundamental in helping to ensure activities are prioritised, organised and delivered to a high standard. Meka is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Librarianship and Corporate Information Management. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, InDesign Levels One, Two and Three, and certificates in Communication and Business Writing and Microsoft 2013 Advanced Level.

Inci Sapmazturk, Administration Assistant

Inci is a young enthusiastic member of the Skills Impact team, with a keen interest for research, data, ecology, writing and IT. Inci brings to Skills Impact excellent organisational skills and creativity. Prior to commencing with Skills Impact, Inci worked in the pharmaceutical and retail industries. Inci has also undertaken voluntary work at various not-for-profit organisations, including a Virtual Reality company where she assisted in the development of a virtual reality documentary on Australian native animals. Inci is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science (majoring in biology).

Connie Todaro, Finance Manager

Connie Todaro is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) specialising in working for not for profit organisations. Connie is experienced in working across multiple government funded streams and is able to effectively meet the highest levels of audit requirements. Her experience includes more than 30 years of managing business finances – developing and improving the reporting of financial outcomes, ensuring they are reported accurately and on time, and promoting good governance practices. Connie has a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting), Associate Diploma in Marketing and is a Certified Practicing Accountant by the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.


Tessa Gudsell, Communications Manager

Tessa is a communications professional with a background in public relations, media relations, communications strategy, marketing, and copy writing. Tessa brings widespread communications and marketing knowledge to Skills Impact. Her experience includes a vast array of communications activities, from the management of websites and various publications, to media outreach, product launches and events. Her key strength is her writing, and ability to reinterpret and explain complicated messages in the most effective way. Tessa has a Bachelor of Communications and a Certificate IV in Project Management Practice.