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North Regional TAFE (NR TAFE) is the largest provider of training and vocational services in the north of Western Australia, servicing communities and industries across a region exceeding one million square kilometres.

NR TAFE has 11 campuses, from Wyndham in the north to Newman in the south, with the College’s three largest delivery centres at Broome, Karratha and Pundulmurra (South Hedland).

The College delivers more than 200 nationally recognised qualifications and short courses each year to over 8,000 students. Training is also offered in non-accredited programs, short courses, work-readiness programs, literacy and numeracy, and skill sets.

Our Governing Council

Term: 1 July 2021

Emma has had a fulfilling career that has taken her across Western Australia and out into Regional WA, as well the Northern Territory and Queensland working with state government and within various industries. Emma is a current member of North Regional TAFE Governing Council aligning her passion for advocating for the community and indigenous affairs. 

Term: 1 July 2021

Fran Haintz is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the program and community development industry with a specific focus on indigenous affairs. Fran’s passion for supporting the community and building relationships as well as her unwavering integrity only supported her appointment to the North Regional TAFE Governing Council.

Term: 11 June 2016 - 30 June 2023

As an active member of the community and an avid supporter for Aboriginal Youth, Kristy Brittain’s passion comes through in all avenues of her life. Appointed as a member of the North Regional TAFE Governing Council, Kristy continues her various volunteer board positions in Kununurra at the Girls Academy as a community representative and Alta-1 as a board member. To further her career and advance her passion, Kristy is currently working through a Diploma of Leadership and management.

Term: 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2022 

Passionate about giving back to the community and volunteering her time, Barbara O’Driscoll embraces every challenge, including her appointment as a member of North Regional TAFE Governing Council. Barbara has been a resident in Newman for more than 24 years growing her experience, local knowledge and empathy for the East Pilbara region of WA and this is what drives her need to help and nurture her community.

Term: 1 July 2020 - 30 June 2023

Wendy Dunne has had a successful twenty year career within the Government of Western Australia’s Vocational and Education Training (VET) sector developing and implementing key strategic initiatives and state wide policy. She has more than 10 years’ experience in the Not for Profit education, employment and training sector including working as a TVET specialist for the UN. Wendy joins North Regional TAFE Governing Council as a member bringing a wide breadth of experience, with high level policy management and expertise in government, non- government and VET sectors.

Maree has developed a wealth of experience working in the health and community services sector for more than 30 years. Over the course of her career, Maree has undertaken a range of roles including direct health care, education to health care professionals, establishment and oversight of projects and management of cohesive teams. Appointed as a member of North Regional TAFE Governing Council, Maree has since relocated to the Kimberley to continue her passions in providing guidance and management on major projects within the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector working with a local Aboriginal Corporation. 

Helen commenced as Managing Director of North Regional TAFE in August 2022. Prior to commencing at NR TAFE, Helen worked for 12 years at the Department of Training and Workforce Development as Director Training Infrastructure Management. With a career spanning more than 30 years in the public sector, Ms Smart has extensive experience in senior management roles across the training and education sector.
Born in Wyndham, spending her early years in Kununurra, and later working for the Department of Health in Port Hedland, Ms Smart has broad local knowledge of both the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Science from Curtin University.

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Term: 1 July 2021

Joseph (Joe) Grande has over thirty years of experience in Training, Employment Services and Community Development with Indigenous Communities and Corporations in the West Kimberley Region of WA.

As a qualified accountant he also brings sound Financial Management and Corporate Governance knowledge in the Non-for-profit sector. Joe is passionate about working with Indigenous Australians, in particular Youth, in delivering real outcomes including long term sustainable employment and improved personal well-being. Currently Joe is the CEO of a Broome based Aboriginal Corporation that delivers a diverse range of services throughout the Kimberley.  

Danielle has significant executive experience in both the United Kingdom and Australia, assisting organisations to achieve sustainable growth in changing times. Danielle is the CEO of Relationships Australia WA, the director of the WA Aids Council and a member of our Governing Council.

Danielle was previously the CEO of WA's largest disability services provider Activ Foundation, overseeing the delivery of a diverse range of services to thousands of Western Australian’s living with disability. Danielle is also a qualified accountant and company secretary.

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Our Shared Values

Our values are created and owned by our staff to enhance positive behaviour and promote a high-performance culture. 

They reflect how we work with our customer, how we work together and how we make decisions. 

Our Values
  • Integrity 
  • Respect 
  • Leadership 
  • Teamwork 
  • Continuous Improvement 
Our purpose - Creating opportunities through great learning experiences.