April 29, 2021

Workforce skills program developers, IBSA Group, has significantly boosted its industry connections with three new appointments to its Board – Diverseco CEO, Brenton Cunningham, TAFE senior executive, Jenny Dodd, and BAE Systems Chief People Officer, Danielle Mesa.

The appointments underline IBSA’s commitment to closer engagement with industry in shaping Australia’s workforce skills for the future.

IBSA Chair Graeme Russell is excited to have industry leaders of the calibre of Brenton, Jenny and Danielle joining the Board.

“They each bring with them a different set of skills and experiences that will help IBSA work even more closely with industry in meeting current and emerging workforce skills needs. IBSA is entering an exciting period with considerable government investment in skills development through the Government’s Modern Manufacturing Strategy, and planned reforms in the VET sector. The push for increased sovereign capability along with the more mobile nature of training delivery is also impacting our work to continually advance the eLearning resources developed by our subsidiary, Australian Training Products.”

He added, “A stronger, more diverse industry-led Board will help guide IBSA’s contribution to skilling Australia’s workforce for the decade ahead.”

New IBSA Group director profiles

Brenton Cunningham is the CEO of Diverseco, a leading integrated measurement and automation solutions provider. Starting out his professional life as a qualified fitter and machinist, Brenton has taken his technical skills and passion for sales and business development to grow Diverseco into a 40-million-dollar turnover business employing over a hundred and thirty staff in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore.

Jenny Dodd has held a variety of senior leadership roles in Australian TAFEs. Most recently she was Chief Executive at TasTAFE, Tasmania and has also held executive positions with TAFE Queensland and the Canberra Institute of Technology. She is passionate about vocational education and its role in providing skilled people for industry.

Danielle Mesa is the Chief People Officer at BAE Systems Australia. She is an accomplished executive with experience across multiple, highly complex, politically sensitive and industrially volatile industries. Additionally, Danielle has led business transformation programs and possesses extensive stakeholder engagement experience working in Government.

IBSA also announced that James Moran was stepping down from its Board, having accepted a new role as Manager, Workforce Development with Training NSW.

“IBSA is extremely grateful to James for his commitment and insight during his time on the IBSA Board. Personally, I’ve enjoyed his viewpoints and candour and wish him the very best with his new, exciting role,” Mr. Russell said.

About IBSA Group

IBSA Group is a not-for-profit organisation in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, dedicated to shaping workforce skills for the future.

IBSA Group incorporates a Skills Service Organisation, which develops training packages and qualifications for the manufacturing sector and Australian Training Products which designs and develops high-quality accredited learning and assessment resources. IBSA Academy also forms part of the Group and offers non-accredited professional development for training practitioners.

IBSA Group is committed to supporting the VET sector within Australia and globally through working with stakeholders across industry, government and training providers to enable the workforce for the future.

For more information, contact Nick Hill, Marketing and Stakeholder Relationship Manager, [email protected] or call 03 9815 7004.