Staff Profiles

Our People

Board Members

Nicky Firth

Director, Human Aspect Pty Ltd

Nicky is a strategic, innovative and practically minded HR Executive with a proven track record for leading and delivering people and organisational change in complex and challenging business environments. Nicky previously held the position of Vice President Human Resources Rio Tinto iron Ore.  Nicky is based in Perth.

Michelle Gibson GAICD

Head of Learning and Development, BHP

Michelle is an experienced Human Resources leader with over 25 years in global blue chip businesses, geographies and industries. She has experience across a range of leadership roles in Talent, Leadership Development, Engagement, Performance and Learning. Michelle is based in Melbourne.

Christine Gibbs Stewart

Chief Executive Officer, Austmine Limited

Chris is the CEO of Austmine, the leading industry body representing the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. She has some 30 years of experience in international business, industry development and general management. Chris is based in Sydney.

Sid Marris

MCA Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council of Australia

Sid has over a decade of experience working with the Minerals Council of Australia. He has held various roles in the media and public affairs, as well as an advisory role with the Office of the Prime Minister of Australia. Sid is based in Canberra.

Mary Faraone GAICD

Chief Executive Officer, Holmesglen Institute

Mary has extensive experience having worked with industry, Registered Training Organisations and TAFEs in various roles over the past 30 years. She is also currently Chair of TAFE Directors Australia. Mary is based in Melbourne.

Our People


Dr Gavin Lind


Gavin is an accomplished academic and minerals industry executive. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Gavin spent more than a decade in a leadership role in minerals policy and advocacy with the Minerals Council of Australia.

Gavin has worked professionally for industry, government, and academia in both South Africa and Australia. In 2013, Gavin received the LH Martin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Leadership for his work promoting minerals education in Australia.

Gavin is based in Melbourne.

Helen Tinney

General Manager Policy & Training Products

Helen is an experienced executive and has extensive knowledge and understanding of the vocational education and training sector gathered while working in TAFE NSW and within the TAFE sector in Victoria. Helen is driven to create innovative, student-centred learning that delivers high-quality education and training programs and products that make a difference to learners and an empowered workforce.

Sarah Owen

Director Operations

Sarah Owen is an experienced operational leader with extensive leadership and management experience in data, finance, and IT across the public and private sectors, including in large VET and Higher Education training providers.