Tracey Kelly, President
Tracey Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer of MTE SA (Murraylands Training & Employment SA) a regional Group Training Organisation (GTO) based in Murray Bridge where she works closely with the local community and is keen to provide meaningful work to Australia’s young people.
Tracey became a member of the Board in 2019.
Although Tracey started her work life by completing a Certificate III Hairdressing at Mt Gambier TAFE, she eventually changed career path moving into childcare, then into the NGO space where she was involved in both paid and volunteer roles. Utilising her TAA Trainer & Assessor certificate, Tracey also worked at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). She has been a passionate advocate for building knowledge and community capacity to initiate cultural change that leads to social equity.
Having completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in HR and Governance with Australian Institute of Business and a Bachelor Health Sciences (Hons) majoring in Management at Flinders University, Tracey brings over 23 years senior management experience in the NGO, health and training sectors where she has been pivotal in developing compliance, risk and governance practices as well as strategic planning, transformation and cultural change.
Tracey has been instrumental in developing new organisational management structures that support and improve the internal workings of organisations ensuring efficiency and effective management practices to support the communities they are supporting. Her extensive experience working with corporate industries, Government departments and Ministers at both State and Federal levels has been instrumental in securing Federal and State funded programs.
Jason Polgreen, Vice President
Jason Polgreen is a not-for-profit executive and non-executive director with extensive strategic and operational experience in the areas of Vocational Education and Training (VET), Industry Advocacy and Automotive After-Sale Service. Results-driven, he has led strategy and change management programs with diverse teams through periods of complex change and uncertainty.
As General Manager Apprentice Employment Solutions at the Motor Trade Association (SA/NT), Jason is responsible for managing the MTA’s Group Training Organisation (GTO), supporting members in growing the pipeline of professional automotive technicians, executives and business owners within the industry.
Jason is a graduate of The Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an MBA from the University of South Australia.
A former MTA group training apprentice himself, Jason also holds a Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Repairs (Light Vehicle). As a result of his personal experience, he is passionate about ensuring group training continues to provide opportunities for young people in one of the many career options AEN-SA’s network of GTO’s provide.
Peter Nolan, Director
Peter joined PEER in June 2016 as the CEO, having had over 20 years’ of involvement with GTO’s and RTO’s. With extensive experience in construction and mining, he has also led organisations in the hospitality and property sectors. Peter has a strong commitment to the health, safety and pastoral care of apprentices and trainees and creating an innovative, high performance culture.
PEER is a non-profit industry-based organisation, a Group Training Organisation (GTO) and an award winning Registered Training Organisation (RTO), delivering nationally accredited training to meet South Australia’s skill development needs. The PEER Academy ensures students are trained, coached, mentored and supported to be their best – as trade professionals and as individuals. PEER supports the whole-of-person development for our learners, which provides them with opportunities and pathways to become a skilled professional within their chosen industry. PEER – the 2018 South Australian Training Provider of the Year and the Australian Small Training Provider of the Year – has invested in a significant upgrade of its training facilities to ensure it continues to deliver the best trade training experience and outcomes for South Australians.
Andrew Anninos, Treasurer
Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer of Career Employment Group, based in the regional town of Whyalla.
Andrew joined the Board in 2016.
Tina Reis, Director
Tina has worked in the vocational education and training sector for 19 years with management experience across Registered Training Organisations, Australian Apprenticeship Support Networks and more recently managing the MEGT – RMS Group Training Organisation across 2 states of Australia.
Tina has qualifications in Training & Assessment, Workplace Health and Safety, Return to Work SA coordinator and various management programs.
A highly motivated professional with experience across many disciplines including Sales, Customer Service, Project management, Business Planning, Quality and Compliance, Coaching, Program Design, Facilitation, with experience working in the retail environment, RTO and service sectors and also providing support to large organisations to achieve business improvement and change management within their Apprentice programs.
Currently Tina is the SA WA Manager of MEGT, Recruitment and Management Services (RMS) based in Adelaide.
Established in 1982 MEGT(Australia) Ltd is an Australian not for profit organisation that has been supporting employers, apprentices trainees and students for over 30 years.
MEGT recognises that each workplace is different, we offer a tailored flexible approach that enables employers and apprentices to access a range of services across all states of Australia and UK.
MEGT is committed to supporting the entire process including recruitment, payroll & apprenticeship services, and providing quality employment and education solutions.
David Nagy, Director
David is the General Manager of Maxima, based in metropolitan Adelaide.
David has been a member of the Board since 2015.
David has worked for 12 years within the Group Training Sector, initially commencing with Maxima in 2003 as Marketing Coordinator. In 2008 David took up the role of Operations Manager for Maxima’s Group Training division and later was successful in being appointed as General Manager with responsibility for Maxima’s GTO, RTO, labour hire and Indigenous employment services.
Maxima works across a broad range of industries, with a strong historical connection to the local government sector. The organisation has trainees and apprentices placed in all Australian states and territories, with its national expansion mainly attributable to success in the Indigenous employment field.
Prior to joining the Group Training sector David completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and worked in several marketing roles across a range of industry sectors. David is strongly aligned to the values of Group Training with a keen interest in ensuring that employment and training opportunities are equitably available to a wide range of people including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through his marketing education and background, and current role as chair of the AEN SA Marketing Committee, David brings a sound marketing knowledge to the Board of AEN SA.
Work Health and Safety Consultative Committee
Chaired by Graham Webster (TAPS)
Deputy Chair Steven Brooks (PEER)
- Employers Mutual Limited
- ReturnToWork SA
- SafeWork SA
- To continuously improve Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare standards of members
- To develop targeted interventions & strategies on identified WHS issues to contribute to safety performance of members
- To continuously improve the WHS knowledge of AEN members and host employers
- To provide strategic advice and direction to the AEN Board and interested parties on matters relating WHS
- Monitor and analyse industry WHS performance and trends
- Identifying, developing, implementing or recommend targeted interventions or programs
- Developing procedures, guidelines and standards for its members
- Assist with WHS issue resolution