John is chairman of the Vocation board and serves on the Nomination & Remuneration and Audit & Risk Committees.
John is a former Treasurer of Australia (1991-1993) and Minister for Employment, Education and Training (1987-1991) under the Keating and Hawke Labor governments, respectively, during which time he oversaw considerable reform of the higher education sector and in particular vocational training.
Following his political career, John has served on the boards of a number of listed and unlisted companies such as Elders Rural Bank and Asgard Capital Management. He is currently Chair of ILH Group and Sovereign Gold and is a member of the Trustee Board of Cbus Super, among other company appointments.
He has advised governments around the world on education issues and currently advises Commonwealth, state and territory ministers as Chairman of the NSSC on developing and maintaining the national standards for the regulation of the VET industry in Australia. John has chaired the NSSC and its predecessor the National Quality Council for the past three and half years. His current appointment will finish before the end of the first half of next year.
In 2000, John was a made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the reform of international trade as foundation chairman of the Cairns Group, the reform of the federal budget, education and training, and to the Australian Parliament.
Mark founded AVANA, one of Vocation’s founding companies. Since inception in 2011, AVANA has experienced strong growth and established a reputation for high-quality, effective learning solutions in service-based industries across Australia.
Mark has considerable management and entrepreneurial experience in the tourism and vocational education and training (VET) sectors. He previously founded Untamed in 2002, a nature-based tourism and training company that was successfully sold in 2011. He launched a registered training organisation in 2007 that provided tourism training and eventually served as the seed asset for what is now AVANA. He has over six years experience in the VET sector.
Mark holds a Masters of Business Administration (INSEAD) and a Bachelor of Economics (The University of Sydney).
Steve is a non-executive director on the Vocation board and serves on the Nomination & Remuneration and Audit & Risk Committees.
Steve was the CEO of MLC from 2004 until 2013 and was a Group Executive of National Australia Bank ("NAB") Wealth division from 2010 to 2013, as well as a member of the NAB Group Executive Committee. As CEO, he had responsibility for MLC, NAB Private Wealth and JBWere. Steve joined MLC in 1988 and held a number of senior roles including leading MLC's retail investment and advice businesses.
Steve acted as an adviser to government as part of a taskforce looking into superannuation matters and was heavily involved in the development and implementation of several key regulatory reforms in the finance sector.
Steve is a former director on a number of NAB group boards including MLC Ltd, MLC Investments Ltd, JBWere and National Wealth Management Holdings. He is currently a director of the Banking and Finance Oath organisation and was formerly a director of the Financial Services Council.
Steve has been involved with one of the Founding Companies, AVANA, as a minority shareholder since 2011.
Michelle is a non-executive director on the Vocation board, chairs the Nomination & Remuneration Committee and serves on the Audit & Risk Committee.
Michelle is an experienced company director and corporate advisor with over 30 years experience in leading Australian businesses. She is currently a director of Bank of Queensland Limited and is chairman of IAG NRMA Corporate Superannuation Board Pty Ltd. She is also chair of Comparehealth Pty Ltd, a private company, in the online health insurance industry. She sits on the Banking and Finance Oath Review Panel and the Corporate Development Committee for the University of Western Sydney. She also has her own consulting business advising Boards and CEOs on strategy and technology and the successful management of large investment and transformation programs.
Michelle's executive career has seen her work across the banking, insurance and wealth management industries in Group Executive roles for NAB, MLC and Suncorp.
She has held roles including Chief Information Officer for Suncorp, MLC and NAB, as well as Head of Strategy for MLC and Group General Manager, Strategy and Marketing for Suncorp. She was also CEO of MLC's Corporate Superannuation business and New Zealand businesses.
Michelle also has trained as an ethics counsellor for the St James Ethics Centre. She has a Bachelor of Science from University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Doug is a non-executive director on the Vocation board, chairs the Audit & Risk Committee and serves on the Nomination & Remuneration Committee.
Doug's career has encompassed accounting and audit, treasury management and broader financial and general management responsibilities. For 30 years he held CFO and CEO positions with major organisations in a diversity of industries including banking (Rothschild and Hill Samuel (now Macquarie Bank)), media (Fairfax Media and Television & Media Services), computer services (IBM), information services and online and print publishing (Fairfax Media and Thomson Legal & Regulatory).
For the past seven years, Doug has held non-executive positions in a variety of listed, private and not-for-profit organisations. He is currently chairman of DUET Group; Foyson Resources Ltd; and the Advisory Board of Australian Enterprise Holdings. He is a founding investor and director of Print & Digital Publishing which produces "Time Out".
Previous listed directorships include Fairfax, Corum Group, Kollakorn Corporation, and Television & Media Services. In addition, he was a committee member of the Finance and Treasury Association for six years and has been a corporate representative on numerous industry bodies (e.g. Austraclear). Doug has chaired several Audit & Risk Committees.
Doug holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Masters of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.