The Team

Craig Robertson

Chief Executive Officer
Craig Robertson commenced as CEO of TAFE Directors Australia in April 2017.  The organisation promotes nationally and internationally the critical role that TAFEs play in tertiary education in Australia.  TAFEs are core providers of vocational training and further education

Ronald Jackson

Director, Strategy and Tertiary Financing
Ronald joined TAFE Directors Australia in June 2017. Educated in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, Ronald has a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Marketing from Griffith University, Queensland, specialising in the analysis of firms and industries

Lyndal Manson

Policy and Project Manager
Lyndal Manson joined TAFE Directors Australia in July 2017.  Lyndal has extensive experience in policy development, research and analysis, advocacy, communications and stakeholder engagement.  Lyndal has over 10 years of experience with the Australian Government working across a range

Melinda Fischer

Business Manager
Melinda joined TAFE Directors Australia in July 2018.  Born in Hungary, and after growing up in Germany, Melinda moved to Australia in 2017 to be near her immediate family. As the Business Manager at TDA, Melinda ensures the smooth

Ewa Filipiak

Director, International Engagement
Ewa is the Director, International Engagement at TAFE Directors Australia since December 2019. Ewa has extensive experience in the design and management of international education and training programs at tertiary education levels including vocational education.  She has also significant

Astrida Upitis

Project Manager
Astrida joined TAFE Directors Australia in August 2019 after a long career with the Australian Public Service. At TDA Astrida is responsible for work on applied research in vocational education and training and collaboration with sponsors on digital blue