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.
Louise Davis, Foundation Manager
Louise was an Executive Manager at IBM, having 25+ years’ experience with IBM’s Corporate Citizenship across the Asia Pacific region, in 15 countries. She has experience working with Government and Community Leaders, and has been involved with P-TECH since its inception in the U.S. in 2011. Louise looks forward to working with everyone involved to ensure the effective delivery of the current programs within SAF, whilst working strategically with the GM and CEO of SAF to stabilise and grow the Foundation.
Joanne Gedge, General Manager
Joanne is the Foundation’s General Manager. Joanne has 10 years experience in the management of Not for Profit community organisations. She has extensive experience in delivering front line programs that assist young people in accessing training and employment in partnership with TAFEs, employers and other engaged stakeholders.
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.
Janine McPhee, Programs Manager
Janine has spent the last 20 years, consulting, managing and helping organisations and individuals map pathways to secure and prosperous futures. She has extensive experience across multiple business sectors including a decade with the multinational technology company Samsung. Janine’s business career has been complimented by 5 years with a nonprofit community enterprise focused on assisting young people get a start in the workforce. Her roles have included mentoring individuals to reach their full potential. Janine also has experience in delivering front line programs that assist young people in accessing training and employment in partnership with TAFEs,employers and other community stakeholders.
Sharon Warren, Senior Administration Assistant
Sharon is the Senior Administrator for the Skilling Australia Foundation. She has extensive experience in State and Federal Government agencies with a focus on skilling young Australians. Primarily dealing within the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Industry, and the Recruitment and Policy Development that assists young people in sustainable employment.