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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).

Patrick Cummings

Skills Engagement Executive

As a Skills Engagement Executive, Patrick works with several Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) under the ambit of SkillsIQ, supporting the development and maintenance of training package products for the industry sectors those IRCs represent.

Prior to joining SkillsIQ, Patrick held various industry engagement roles in the VET sector over a period of 21 years, spanning various countries including South Africa, the Philippines, Australia, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan and, most recently, Myanmar. These roles included administration relating to apprenticeship programs, the accreditation of workplaces and training providers, the coordination of standards and the establishment of industry-led bodies and training package product development.

In Australia Patrick has previously worked at one of the former Industry Skills Councils, liaising with various industry sectors in regard to the development of training package products. He has also been responsible for initiating community-based VET projects, formulating training programs for Aboriginal and disengaged youth that have led to sustainable employment.

His recent stakeholder engagement experiences in Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar involved projects which assisted in changing the VET systems from supply-driven to demand-driven. He is sensitive to different cultural environments, and his track record is one of flexibility and adaptability to diverse settings.

Patrick holds Certificates in Workplace Assessment and Moderation awarded in South Africa through both TAFE SA (formerly Douglas Mawson Institute of TAFE) and the British City and Guilds Group.

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.

Antonella Sterrantino

Research Manager

Antonella Sterrantino has over 20 years’ experience in market and social research. Her 15 years’ experience at prestigious market research agency Newspoll provided a thorough understanding of research techniques and methods. As an Account Director Antonella worked with a vast range of clients including government agencies, commercial organisations, not-for-profit organisations and charities, covering industry sectors including education services, health, pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail and travel.

Over the past five years Antonella has been client-side at various government agencies, helping to build relationships within the organisation to develop trust and understanding of the value of research. By bringing together data from various service areas, Antonella has been able to provide valuable insights, as well as strategies on ways to develop deeper relationships with customers to help improve client engagement. She has also designed research to evaluate various programs to be reported publicly.

Antonella is a long-time member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) and a Qualified Professional Researcher (QPR accredited).

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.

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.

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.

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.