Board of Directors & Office Holders

The NSW Utilities and Electrotechnology Industry Training Advisory Body (U&E ITAB) is a bipartite industry-led, not-for-profit, independent body comprised of a Board of prominent industry representatives covering three main sectors:

– Electricity Supply Industry Sector:

i)  Electricity Power Generation including Thermal, Hydro, Solar, Wind, Bio-fuels, alternative power systems, and
ii) Electricity transmission, distribution and rail transmission including systems control.

Gas Supply Industry Sector:

i)   Transmission,
ii)  Distribution, and
iii) Systems control.

Electrotechnology Industry Sector:

i)    Electrical encompassing construction installation, installation and servicing, industrial, process and control, energy and power supply, renewable and alternative energy, maritime installation and servicing, rail signalling and servicing, lifts, mining, plant servicing, security, fire protection, explosion protection;
ii)   Electronics and business services including business and gaming machines;
iii)  Refrigeration and air conditioning including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC);
iv)  Instrumentation, control and automation including process control;
v)   Communications including telecommunications; and
vi)  Computer systems including Information Technology.

The Board has established three Sector Advisory Committees (SACs) to support its skills and training advisory work. Each Board member represents and is a member of a SAC. Provision is made for additional sectors to be covered if in the opinion of the board it would promote the objects of the company.  Membership to the company is via an organisation and that the organisation is aligned to a particular industry sector. Directors are drawn from respective sectors to form the Board, with the organisation nominating their representative. Appointment of directors is effected at the annual general meeting of members.

Each SAC assists the Board to develop policies and/or advice for industry, government or other associated stakeholder consumption.  Whilst the Board may have overall governance responsibilities for the operation and management of the company, it primarily exists to act as an industry training  advisory body as its name infers. The work includes facilitating, gathering and providing technical workforce development advice and data / information concerning careers, occupational skills, qualifications, as well as training and assessment in the Utilities and Electrotechnology industry sectors.

In addition to the SACs, the Board provides each SAC with the opportunity to establish SAC working groups and/or specialist technical expert panels, as required, as a mechanism for assisting the SAC and the Board augment their industry stakeholder consultative and advisory operations.

The current Chair and Deputy chair of the Board are:

— Mr David Hughes (Chair)

— Mr Tara Koot (Deputy Chair)

Special acknowledge long term Board member – Mr Col Harris

The Board and Members of the Company acknowledged, at the 14 October 2021 Board Meeting and AGM respectively, the retirement of Mr Col Harris, a long term and upstanding member of the Board, both as a Director, Chair and the Deputy Chair.  Members of the Board and Company Members, extended their deep gratitude and sincere appreciation for Col’s focused attention to assisting in steering and promoting the ITAB as a truly independent and bi-partite Board. The Board thanked Col for his long and outstanding contribution, passion and principles to the supporting the ITAB’s operation and moreover, the furtherance of industry training.

Members of the Board

Current members of the Board are listed below.

David Hughes
David Hughes
Chair - Gas Employers
Jemena Organisation
Tara Koot
Tara Koot
Deputy Chair - ESI Employees
Electrical Trades Union (ETU) NSW
Tom Emeleus
Tom Emeleus
Director- Electrotechnology Employers
National Electrical & Communications Association (NECA)
Troy Dunne
Troy Dunne
Director - ESI Employees
United Services Union
Maggie Pearce
Maggie Pearce
Director - ESI Employers
Sydney Trains
Craig Mason
Craig Mason
Director - Gas Employees
Australian Workers Union (AWU)
David Britten
David Britten
Director - ESI Employers
Essential Energy
David Morrison
David Morrison
Alternate Director - ESI Employers
Endeavour Energy
Allen Hicks
Allen Hicks
Alternate Director- Electrotechnology Employees
Electrical Trades Union (ETU)
Col Harris
Col Harris
Retired
Electrical Trades Union (ETU)
Norm Cahill
Norm Cahill
Retired - Executive Officer & Company Secretary
NSW U&E ITAB
Tony Palladino
Tony Palladino
Executive Officer - Company Secretary
NSW U&E ITAB