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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: 20 September 2016 - 30 June 2022

Gary Arcus is a current member of North Regional TAFE (NR TAFE) Governing Council and Chair for the NR TAFE Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Governing Council. Gary has had a strong career in management of training organisations across Western Australia throughout varied industries.

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. 

Nerida first moved to the Pilbara with her family in 1998 and loves the North West lifestyle.

Nerida is an experienced leader and manager, having worked for well over 20 years in resources, education, finance and marine services. Nerida serves on a number of boards and committees including chairing Regional Development Australia Pilbara.

Nerida is passionate about creating inclusive teams and empowering individuals to meet organisational goals. 

Term: 1 July 2021

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Term: 1 July 2021

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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.  

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.