The operation of Group Training South West Incorporated / The Apprentice and Traineeship Company is overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
The Board is comprised of Mr Tom Hall (Chairman), Mr Stephen Ingram (Deputy Chairman), Mr Stan Liaros (Secretary), Mr Cyril Lowe, Mr Ian Trigwell, Mr David Lightfoot and Ms Patricia Fitzhardinge.
These individuals bring to the table a broad range of experience from business and industry plus incredible longevity as serving members. Mr Ingram, Mr Trigwell and Mr Lowe have each contributed as voluntary board members for more than 30 years. Mr Hall (over 25 years’ service), Mr Lightfoot (20 years), Mr Liaros (20 years) and Ms Fitzhardinghe (15 years) further add to the organisation’s leadership.
A varied cross-section of industry and business is represented by the board including:
Plumbing and Gasfitting – Mr Hall; Electrical – Mr Ingram; Dairy industry – Mr Trigwell; Small business – Mr Lowe; Housing industry – Mr Lightfoot; Industrial relations – Mr Liaros; Community services – Ms Fitzhardinghe.
Secretary of the Board and current Chief Executive Officer Mr Liaros says continuity of board representation has been one of the strengths of the organisation.
“Each member of our board brings a wealth of experience to the table. As a team they collectively offer stability and perspective from a wide cross section of industry and business and I have no doubt that stability has had a direct and positive impact on our development.”
This board has guided and overseen the development of Group Training South West / The Apprentice and Traineeship Company from a fledgling organisation which began as a two-person operation in a single-room leased office and employing just one apprentice. It has grown to the point of having offices in Bunbury, Perth, Mandurah, Busselton and a sub-office in Albany and has employed as many as 750 apprentices and trainees at once.