The Skilling Australia Foundation Team
Frederick J. Maddern OBE, Chairman
Fred Maddern is the Chairman of Skilling Australia Foundation, and is a passionate advocate for training programs which help young Australians reach their potential and successfully transition from school into secure and rewarding careers. In a wide-ranging career, he has held foundational and significant roles with numerous government and community organisations, including as CEO of the Western Region Commission and President of the Municipal Association of Victoria.
Nicholas Wyman, CEO and Co-Founder
Nicholas Wyman is a workforce development and apprenticeship expert, speaker and author who has fostered a workforce development model that uses mentoring to shape the thinking, attitude, abilities and skills of people as they make the transition from school to work. A Winston-Churchill Memorial Fellow, Nicholas has completed in-depth research into school-to-work transitions and skilled careers.
Andrew Sezonov, General Manager
Andrew has a passion for ensuring young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. He finds his work with Skilling Australia Foundation to be personally satisfying and rewarding. Andrew is the Chair of 2 P-TECH Pathways in Technology Partnerships in South Australia and Western Australia. Andrew enjoys traveling to the United States in his spare time, volunteering on youth empowerment and leadership camps and providing structured mentoring to young people experiencing challenges in life.
Sharna Peters, Programs Manager
A Human Resources professional with over 20 years’ experience in both specialist and generalist HR roles, Sharna has experience in implementing large scale change and transformational initiatives. Sharna’s experience spans numerous industries including telecommunications, banking, finance and immigration and extends through all areas of business from front line to corporate areas. Sharna has a passion for making a difference and helping others achieve their aspirations.
Kim Parkinson, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Kim is a communications professional with experience in journalism, marketing, social media and public relations. Kim loves that her job allows her to use her creativity and communication skills to produce content that raises awareness of how the Foundation makes a difference to the lives of Australians. In her spare time, Kim enjoys socialising and keeping active.