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Meet the SkillsIQ Team

The SkillsIQ team has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and training product development across the sectors covered by our Industry Reference Committees. They specialise in the gathering and analysis of industry intelligence and have an in-depth understanding of the VET system and how the skills needs of industry are translated into training products that meet those needs.

Yasmin King

Chief Executive Officer

Yasmin is CEO of SkillsIQ. Formerly CEO of Service Skills Australia since July 2014, Yasmin was responsible for the development of innovative new approaches to pilot new and emerging qualification needs in the Retail Sector through the New Retail Series.

During the VET reform process, she led the successful proposal to establish SkillsIQ, a new Skills Service Organisation responsible for supporting training product development identified by Industry Reference Committees in the community services and health sectors, the services sectors and some areas of government. She is an experienced negotiator and mediator, having led major commercial and corporate negotiations as a negotiation consultant and coach. Combined with her previous experience as the inaugural NSW Small Business Commissioner and the first Associate Commissioner for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission appointed with responsibility for small business, Yasmin has a deep understanding of the challenges that face the stakeholders in the sectors supported by SkillsIQ.

Yasmin holds a Masters of Business Administration and an Honours degree in Economics. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant and member of the Resolution Institute.

Melinda Brown

General Manager

Melinda is the General Manager of SkillsIQ. She has over 20 years of experience across a variety of industry sectors, including tourism, travel, hospitality and retail, as well as a number of years of direct involvement in the Vocational Education and Training sector.

As General Manager, Melinda is responsible for oversight of the seventeen Industry Reference Committees supported by SkillsIQ. She manages the Skills Engagement and Training Package Advisory teams, ensuring that the work being undertaken meets industry's current and future needs.  

A highly experienced project manager, Melinda's extensive experience in stakeholder engagement has seen her work on many consultancy projects both within Australia and internationally. She has in-depth knowledge relating to VET sector policy as well as skills and workforce development, including the development and maintenance of training package products.

Melinda holds a number of vocational qualifications in business and in training & assessment, as well as a degree in Tourism Management from UTS. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Silvia Muñoz

Head of Research

Silvia is an experienced senior researcher with 15 years’ research experience gained working both in agency and client-side roles in the UK and Australia. She is highly skilled at delivering large and small-scale research and evaluation projects for a range of clients including government departments and agencies, local councils, and private institutions. 

Since joining SkillsIQ, Silvia has been involved in conducting a range of qualitative and quantitative studies, demonstrating key skills in project management, methodology design, focus group moderation, statistical analysis and reporting.

Prior to working at SkillsIQ, Silvia worked in London for seven years as Manager of the Statistics and Survey Unit for an education-based not-for-profit organisation. She has worked as an Economist/Researcher for the Australian Government’s Department of Education & Training where she was involved in a series of research and policy projects.

Silvia holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, and is a full member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS).

Marianne Wehby

Skills Engagement Executive

Marianne is a Skills Engagement Executive at SkillsIQ, working with a number of Industry Reference Committees to understand the needs of the sectors they represent and inform the strategic direction of the national training products that serve their respective industries.

Prior to joining SkillsIQ, she held various project roles over many years with a former Industry Skills Council where she developed significant experience within the VET sector.

Marianne holds a Master’s degree in Commerce, Industrial Relations and Economics from UNSW. She has a strong commitment to aligning skills development with business needs, having worked in Training & Development and Industrial Relations for diverse organisations in both urban and regional Australia as well as overseas. She maintains high levels of professional competence by continually improving her industry knowledge via seminars, VET forums, workshops and conferences.

Catherine Kelly

Skills Engagement Executive

As a Skills Engagement Executive at SkillsIQ, Catherine works with various Industry Reference Committees to develop national training package products based on a solid understanding of the workforce skills needs of the sectors they represent.

An experienced community and stakeholder engagement executive with over 17 years’ experience in the humanitarian, public health and Community Services sectors, Catherine’s perspective is guided by human rights principles. She has considerable experience working with refugees and vulnerable populations at the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Australia and abroad, including Timor-Leste, Nauru, Myanmar and Cambodia. Catherine has also worked for the Australian Department of Immigration in Canberra and has consulted on various infrastructure projects with state governments and private sector organisations.

Catherine has acquired a solid understanding of industry and workforce issues across a range of sectors through her extensive work in the Health and Community Services industries. Active in the creation of cross-sectoral linkages and collaborations, and in establishing and maintaining strong community and industry networks, Catherine also has direct experience working with vulnerable groups, including refugee children and families, people living with mental illness and psychiatric disability, and people experiencing homelessness.

Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Monash University and a Bachelor’s degree in Arts (Anthropology) from the University of Melbourne.

Devika Mudaliar

Skills Engagement Executive

Devika is a Skills Engagement Executive who supports a number of Industry Reference Committees in developing the strategic direction of the training packages that serve their respective sectors. This work underpins the creation of competent, skilled workforces that are able to meet the current and future needs of their various industries.

Prior to joining SkillsIQ, Devika spent over twenty years in various teaching, compliance and management roles in the VET sector in both Australia and New Zealand. She worked at former Industry Skills Councils, at Registered Training Organisations, and at a member-based peak body, and gained experience in various business and management sectors, including Aged Care and Community Services. She has specialist knowledge of Quality Management Systems (QMS), the design of training materials, and assessment tool validation.

Devika holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Economics, as well as Australian Diplomas in Training Design & Development and Vocational Education and Training. She also has Certificates in Adult Education and Training which were awarded in New Zealand and secondary school teaching qualifications awarded in Fiji. She is currently in the process of earning a Master’s degree in Education, to be conferred by the University of Wollongong.

Devika maintains her currency and professional standing within the VET sector by attending workshops, conferences and professional development courses, and subscribes to periodicals specific to the various industries which she supports.

Alex Cook

Skills Engagement Executive

Alex is a Skills Engagement Executive at SkillsIQ. She is an integral part of the team, providing assistance to the many Industry Reference Committees supported by SkillsIQ. She has experience across a range of industries including meetings and events, travel, tourism, hospitality and beauty therapy.

Prior to commencing with SkillsIQ, Alex worked in a variety of roles and industry sectors, including not-for-profit industry associations, conference and event management, corporate and client-facing roles.

Alex has vocational qualifications in hospitality and beauty therapy, as well as holding a Bachelor of Tourism Management majoring in Marketing.

Liz Petrovic

Skills Engagement Executive

Liz has over five years’ experience working in the Vocational Education and Training sector in training package development and stakeholder engagement. She has been directly involved in the development and maintenance of training package products and has an in-depth understanding of their specialised components.

As a Skills Engagement Executive, Liz provides implementation advice and information for the training packages that are overseen by the Industry Reference Committees that SkillsIQ supports, as well as being involved in other projects currently being undertaken by IRCs supported by SkillsIQ.

Her previous experience includes roles working within a variety of industries including retail, digital printing and executive services.

Alex Amos

Events Coordinator

Alex is the Events Coordinator at SkillsIQ and joins the team with 3 years’ experience in the events sector. She collaborates closely with the Skills Engagement team, supporting the day-to-day administrative requirements of SkillsIQ’s various Industry Reference Committees and stakeholders.

Prior to joining SkillsIQ, Alex worked in a range of roles that developed her knowledge of the events sector, including coordination of events, incentive programs, workshops and conferences. She holds a Bachelor of Business with a specific focus on Event Management.

Julie Soai

Graduate Researcher

Julie is a Graduate Researcher at SkillsIQ. She has relevant working experience in research, data collection and report writing, and now contributes her data analysis skills to the development of SkillsIQ’s various Industry Skills Forecasts. Prior to working at SkillsIQ, Julie gained experience at KPMG’s Policy, Programs and Evaluations division.

Julie holds Bachelor of Economics (Econometrics) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degrees from the University of New South Wales.

Ian Rolfe

Communications and Marketing Officer

Ian is the Communications and Marketing Officer of SkillsIQ. He has over 7 years of experience as a marketing professional. In his current role, Ian is responsible for the coordination and administration of SkillsIQ’s communications and marketing activities. Prior to working at SkillsIQ, Ian gained experience working in the digital space with a variety of franchises and not-for-profit organisations, where he developed his online digital marketing skills.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney, where he majored in Human Resources Management and Marketing.