National Careers Institute Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board guides and supports our strategic direction by providing independent and expert advice when needed, helping us to achieve our purpose and objectives.

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Our Board members have expertise and capability in the following areas:

  • career navigation and support
  • education, skills and training
  • employment and industry
  • market insights, research and innovation
  • targeted communications, advocacy and analysis
  • data and digital delivery.

The responsibilities of our Board are described in the NCI Charter and the Board’s Terms of Reference.

The NCI and the Board meets regularly. The latest update from this meeting can be found below:

Previous Communique

Marie Persson, Chair

Marie Persson is the current Chair of the National Careers Institute Advisory Board. Recently, Marie completed a seven-year period as a member of the NSW Skills Board where she chaired its Industry Reference Group. Marie has held senior executive positions in the Australian public sector at the federal and state levels for over 20 years. Previously she was a member of the Australian Government's Skills Australia Board, which became the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, and head of the NSW TAFE and Community Education.

Sarah Agboola

Sarah Agboola is founder and CEO of mtime, a business dedicated to giving busy families their time back by matching them with family assistants. As a for purpose business, mtime not only helps busy families manage their home lives, but also helps women new or returning to the workforce gain meaningful casual employment through their assistant roles. Previously, Sarah was a member of Australia Post's Stakeholder Council, a board member of the Foundation for Young Australians, the 2017 Australian Sherpa for the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance, led two youth engagement initiatives which reached more than 2000 young people on a daily basis, and ran leadership capacity building events for women of colour.

Michelle Ayyuce

Michelle Ayyuce is the Co-Director of ZIPWIRE, a business that provides a conduit between organisations and career returners. ZIPWIRE aims to empower and fast-track women on their return-to-work journeys, whilst also working collaboratively with organisations to design programs and address systematic barriers that women face when returning.

David Carney

David Carney is the Executive Director of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA). David has over 20 years’ experience working in the career development industry and is recognised nationally and internationally for the knowledge and expertise he brings to the field. He is an active contributor to a range of government and corporate consultative and advisory bodies in the areas of career development, employment and workforce development.

Saxon Phipps

Saxon Phipps is the Founder and Managing Director of Year13, Australia’s largest EduTech platform for high school leavers. Saxon and the team at Year13 have been able to apply this process to develop several youth engagement strategies for various departments in the NSW, ACT and SA governments.

Erica Smith

Erica Smith is a Professor of Vocational Education and Training in the School of Education and leader of the Researching Adult and Vocational Education Group, Federation University. Professor Smith’s main research specialisation is apprenticeships. Other areas of expertise include VET teachers and their qualifications, VET policy, industry training, and young people and work. She has a wide range of experience in VET and industry, and manages a VET teacher-education program.

Corey Tutt

Corey Tutt is a Kamilaroi man from Port Macquarie , NSW. Mr Tutt is the CEO and founder of DeadlyScience, which is a non-government organisation that provides science resources, mentoring and training to over a hundred remote and regional schools across Australia with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Adam Boyton, ex-officio member

Adam Boyton is the inaugural National Skills Commissioner and has played a crucial role in establishing the Commission. Adam was the Chief Economist at the Business Council of Australia and a Managing Director and the Australian Chief Economist at Deutsche Bank prior to this current appointment. He was a member of the NSW Skills Board from 2013 to 2019 and was involved in the development of the pricing, funding and costing models for VET in NSW.

Tiffany Blight, ex-officio member

Tiffany Blight is the Executive Director of the National Careers Institute and a First Assistant Secretary within the Department of Education Skills and Employment. She has held various senior leadership positions across the APS including leading the corporate strategy and governance functions for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and delivering the Australian Border Force’s new national Career Management program to build capability and address integrity risks at the border. Tiffany is an Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Certified HR Practitioner and a member of the AHRI ACT State Council.