National Careers Institute Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board guides and supports our strategic direction by providing independent and expert advice when needed, helping us to achieve our purpose and objectives.

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Our Board members have expertise and capability in the following areas:

  • career navigation and support
  • education, skills and training
  • employment and industry
  • market insights, research and innovation
  • targeted communications, advocacy and analysis
  • data and digital delivery.

The responsibilities of our Board are described in the Board’s Terms of Reference.

The NCI and the Board meets regularly. The latest update from this meeting can be found below:

Michelle Ayyuce, Chair

Michelle Ayyuce presently serves as the Chair of the National Careers Institute Advisory Board. Over the past decade, Michelle has dedicated her efforts to supporting women navigating returning after a career break. In Michelle's capacity as Co-Director at ZIPWIRE, Michelle developed frameworks and best practices that addressed systematic barriers faced by women upon their return. Michelle's contributions extend to her role at Cisco, where she co-leads the Back to Business team, with a focus on fostering supportive environments for professional reengagement.

Marie Persson

Recently, Marie Persson completed a seven-year period as a member of the NSW Skills Board where she chaired its Industry Reference Group. Marie has held senior executive positions in the Australian public sector at the federal and state levels for over 20 years. Previously she was a member of the Australian Government's Skills Australia Board, which became the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, and head of the NSW TAFE and Community Education.

David Carney

David Carney is the Executive Director of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA). David has over 20 years’ experience working in the career development industry and is recognised nationally and internationally for the knowledge and expertise he brings to the field. He is an active contributor to a range of government and corporate consultative and advisory bodies in the areas of career development, employment and workforce development.

Saxon Phipps

Saxon Phipps is the Founder and Managing Director of Year13, Australia’s largest EduTech platform for high school leavers. Saxon and the team at Year13 have been able to apply this process to develop several youth engagement strategies for various departments in the NSW, ACT and SA governments.

Erica Smith

Erica Smith is an Emeritus Professor of Vocational Education and Training at the Institute of Education, Arts and Community, Federation University. Professor Smith's main research specialisation is apprenticeships. Other areas of expertise include VET teachers and their qualifications, VET policy, industry training, the conceptualisation of skill in work, and young people and work. She has a wide range of experience in VET and industry, and has played a leadership role in several national and international VET organisations.

Corey Tutt OAM

Adjunct Associate Professor Corey Tutt OAM is a proud Gamilaraay man from Port Macquarie, NSW. Mr Tutt is the CEO and founder of DeadlyScience, which is a non-government organisation that provides science resources, mentoring and training to over a hundred remote and regional schools across Australia with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Charlene Davison

Charlene Davison is a proud Biripi Gadigal woman and the first Aboriginal Chief Executive Officer of the GO Foundation. The GO Foundation empowers young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through education. They support students from primary to tertiary, creating opportunities through the delivery of their holistic Scholarship Program, with a focus on culture and education to help them reach their full potential.

Rob Bonner

Mr Rob Bonner is the Chair of HumanAbility, the Jobs and Skills Council for the Health, Human Services, Early Childhood and Sport & Recreation sectors. Mr Bonner retired from his role as executive director in June 2023, after 38 years with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation SA Branch. Mr Bonner has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of VET practice and skills development with the Outstanding Achievement in the VET and Skills Sector Award at the 2022 Australian Training Awards. A new nursing scholarship was announced in August 2023 in recognition of Mr Bonner's impact on the nursing industry.

Laura Angus, ex-officio member

Laura Angus is the Executive Director of the National Careers Institute and a First Assistant Secretary within the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. Laura has held various senior leadership positions across the APS, including most recently leading the Economic Reform Taskforce and heading up the Payment Integrity Division in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

David Turvey, ex-officio member

David Turvey is responsible for leading Jobs and Skills Australia’s work on researching workforce trends, skills and workforce needs; conducting workforce capacity and cohort studies; collaboration with JSA’s tripartite partners, industries, employee and employer groups, and states and territories; and implementation of annual work plans. David has worked in a range of policy areas including labour market policy, vocational education and training policy, industry policy, fiscal policy, and public debt management. David holds a Master of Economics from the Australian National University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.