IBSA operations are overseen by an experienced, independent board of 7 directors.
John Vines OAM, IBSA Chair
John Vines has been Chair of the Innovation and Business Industry Skills Council (IBSA) since 2004. From 1984-2008 he was Chief Executive of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA). A civil engineer, John Vines has an economics degree and an MBA. John is Chairman of Austbrokers Countrywide Financial Services Group, and a Board Member of a number of entities including, Carroll and Richardson, Premium Plantations and The Professional Standards Council. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Until recently he was a member of the National Skills Standards Council and the Minimum Wage Panel, Fair Work Commission.
He has been a member of a number of Government boards and inquiries including a member of the Australian Science, Technology and Engineering Council (1991–1997), a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (1990–1997) and Deputy Chair of the Australian Government’s Industry Task Force on Leadership and Management Skills (1993–1995).
John was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2001 and in 2003 he was also awarded a Centenary of Federation Medal.
Peter Costantini has extensive executive leadership experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors. He has enjoyed success working with industry groups and enterprises undertaking strategic business reviews, market research, policy development, government engagement, planning and business development. He has worked with many industry groups and enterprises in formulating skills strategies encompassing employment, education, training and skilled migration.
Peter is the CEO and Director of the SAS Group – a specialist government, business relations and communications firm, is the principal of TACTIC Consulting Services and a committee member of The Brisbane Club. He was previously a General Manager with the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, responsible for employment, education and training policy and Queensland Apprenticeship Services. He was a member for 10 years of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ministerial Advisory Committee on Education and Training. Peter chairs the IBSA Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee and is a member of the Business Development Committee. He holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Peter Dwyer is a highly experienced Senior Human Resources executive and consultant with over 30 years of strategic and operational leadership experience in complex and multi-site manufacturing operations. He holds a Diploma of Business Studies and was for many years a senior executive of global packaging leader AMCOR. His career includes senior management positions with a number of blue chip companies and until recently, Peter was a member of the Minimum Wage Panel, Fair Work Commission. He has provided visible leadership and commitment through his active engagement on a number of education and training committees, councils and boards. Peter has effectively engaged with employer and employee organisations and senior Vocational Education and Training management to develop and implement numerous VET initiatives. He is the Chair of IBSA’s Business Development Committee and is a member of the Printing and Graphic Arts Sector Advisory Committee.
Peter is a strong advocate of the VET system and has actively represented industry and industry bodies on VET Boards, Councils and Committees including the National Printing Industry Training Council, Chair of the Victorian Printing Industry Training Board, Chair of the Curriculum Board of the Office of Training and Further Education (Victoria) and as a member of the Standards and Curriculum Council of the Australian National Training Authority.
Ros Eason is a Senior National Industrial Research Officer with the Communications Workers Division of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union. Her work for the union has been focussed largely in the areas of public policy, regulation and skills development.
Ros chairs IBSA’s Information and Communications Technology Sector Advisory Committee and is a member of the Governance & Nominations and the Business Development Committees. She is also a Director of Communications and Information Technology Training, which promotes IBSA’s training packages within the ICT sector, and a member of the former Labor Government’s Service Leaders Group. Ros holds degrees in Arts and Commerce.
Rhyll Gardner is a highly experienced senior executive and consultant with a diverse and distinguished career in financial services operating at executive and general management across a wide variety of disciplines. Her 25 years of expertise and experience spans across strategy, marketing and communications, training, risk management, sales, product management and finance. Her senior management roles have included managing large teams of >1000 people and building capability, professionalism and innovation capacity in the workforces.
Rhyll’s previous executive positions include Managing Director, Queensland and General Manager, Northern NSW for St. George Bank and, General Manager, Strategy for Westpac and Head of Strategy and M&A for Bank of Queensland. She holds Bachelor degrees in Economics and Commerce, a Masters degree in Applied Finance and an Executive MBA from INSEAD. She is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Graeme Russell is the Chief Executive Officer of Media Super, the industry super fund for print, media, entertainment and arts professionals, providing superannuation and pension products and services to more than 90,000 members and 13,000 participating employers.
Graeme has senior management experience across a range of companies in the financial services, business services and media industries, as well as management and consulting experience in the education and training sector. Graeme was CEO of First Super from 2008 to March 2013 and previously Chief of Staff for the Victorian Minister for Public Transport and the Arts, and has extensive experience at Board level with major industry super funds and private companies.
Graeme has held senior community leadership roles, including as a Councillor and Mayor and has been involved in challenging change environments in his roles in private and public organisations. Graeme holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance (Financial Planning) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, and a Fellow at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Graeme is a member of IBSA’s Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Appointed in July 2013, Anne Younger is the General Manager, Education and Training at the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and involved with policy development, Anne previously managed Ai Group’s training services and, prior to that, managed Ai Group’s national team of 20 business advisers under the Federal Government’s Enterprise Connect program to improve productivity in SMEs. Anne was also the National Industry Career Specialist for Innovation and Business under the Federal Government’s Career Advice Australia program at Ai Group. Anne holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management, a Bachelor of Economics and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.
Before joining Ai Group, Anne worked for over 25 years in the VET sector in a range of roles including Project Manager with the TAFE Development Centre; Project Leader and Facilitator at Holmesglen and Chisholm Institutes; Department Manager of Policy, Planning and Continuous Improvement at Chisholm Institute; Operations Manager at the Australian Competency Research Centre; a policy and research officer with the Office of Training and Further Education; and Executive Assistant to the Victorian Association of TAFE Directors. Anne is a member of IBSA’s Governance & Nominations Committee and the Business Development Committee.