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William Angliss Institute

William Angliss Institute Board

Board Chair


Dr Anne Astin PSM | Board Chair

Anne was the inaugural CEO of the Victorian Government’s statutory authority, Dairy Food Safety Victoria. She previously held a number of senior executive positions in the Victorian public sector, working in food policy and regulation, public health, agriculture, minerals and petroleum, natural resources and environment, land administration and forensic science. Prior to this, Anne was a senior tutor at Monash University, working in biomedical research and education.

Anne is currently Chair of The Food Agility Co-operative Research Centre, SafeFish and the Australian Industry Skills Council’s Food Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee. She is the Commonwealth Government’s representative on Australia’s Health Star Rating Advisory Committee, a member of EnergySafe Victoria’s Audit and Risk Committee, a member of New Zealand’s Food Safety, Science and Research Centre’s International Science Advisory Panel, a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), a Trustee of Kildare Ministries and a Council member of Catholic Social Services Victoria.  Previous positions she has held include CSIRO’s Agriculture and Food Advisory Committee, President and Chair of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), the immediate past Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Implementation SubCommittee for Food Regulation (ISFR), Chair of Wellsprings for Women Inc., non-Executive Director of Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd, Director of Dairy Australia, Director on the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens and Chair of Victoria’s Women in Primary Industries Advisory Panel.

In 2011, Anne was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Victorian Division of the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to the dairy industry, national food regulation and rural women. In 2010, she was inducted into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll for her work in biochemistry and as an advocate of women’s leadership. In 2010, she also received the Australian Dairy Industry Council’s Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her leadership in, and services to, Australia’s dairy industry and in 2016 was awarded the Dairy Industry Association of Australia’s John Bryant Gold Medal for outstanding service to the industry.

Anne holds degrees in Ph.D (Biochemistry), B.Sc (Hons) (Biochemistry) and B.Sc (Chemistry). She has a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a professional member of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology and a member of the Dairy Industry Association of Australia.

Ministerial Directors


Roger Clifton | Director

Roger was trained in Marketing and Advertising Principles and Practice at RMIT. After completing National Service in the Australian Army and serving in Vietnam Roger joined Young & Rubicam (Y&R) as a Group Head and subsequently became General Manager of their joint venture Dentsu Y&R.

In the late 80’s Roger formed his own advertising agency called Clifton Court Smith, with two partners. This business grew and acquired the Melbourne office of Ogilvy & Mather to become Clifton Court Smith Ogilvy & Mather (CCSO&M). Roger served as its Managing Director and it grew to be in the top ten such businesses in Melbourne. CCSO&M then merged with Singleton Advertising in 1996 bringing together two very successful agencies and Roger was appointed Managing Director.

In 2000 Roger was invited to join the largest agency network in the world, McCann Erickson, as its Melbourne office Managing Director, the business grew to be in the top ten in its market. With an increasing interest in social marketing and behaviour change, Roger accepted an invitation in 2005 to run The Shannon Company as Managing Director. The Shannon Company was Australia’s leading Social Marketing communications organisation and it grew to nearly double its size during Roger’s tenure.

For eight years during his career, Roger sat on the curriculum committee for the Advertising Course of RMIT, was The President of the Advertising Institute of Australasia (being made a life Fellow in the year 2000), a Board member of Prahran Mission, and Odyssey House.

Since retiring from full time work in 2008, Roger has served as Chairman of the Prahran Market Governance board, lectured in advertising at Holmesglen Institute, mentored young aspiring advertising professionals, worked as a professional mediator and served the community as an Honorary Justice of the Peace.

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Vicky McIver | Director

Vicky McIver has more than 25 years experience in developing and implementing new strategic directions in private, public and not for profit sectors.  

Vicky worked in the NZ Government in Trade and Industry and State Services Commission during the years of major Government reform and privatisation.

In Australia, Vicky worked in Ernst and Young in the Performance Improvement and Information Technology Division for eight years. She became the accredited expert in Organisational Change Management and led many path-finder change management projects associated with the transformation brought about by new technology.

Vicky is a founding Director of Arrus Knoble (Aus) established in 1999 - a successful boutique consulting practice working on many important and challenging projects across many sectors including several projects in the tertiary education sector. She has held several long- term contract Executive roles.

In 2015-16 Vicky was part of a State Government appointed TAFE assessment panel. 

She has Board experience on Argyle Community Housing Board, the Council of Lauriston Girls’ School and Ashwood School Council.  She is a member of the Future Building and Infrastructure Committee and the Remuneration Review and Board Membership Committee of William Angliss.

Vicky is AICD qualified and is a member of Women on Boards.

Vicky graduated from Otago University with a BA Honours in Political Studies and has a Masters of Management (Organisational Systems) from Monash and is accredited in several personal and organisational development diagnostic tools.

Hon John Pandazopoulos | Director

John currently holds the positions of Chair of Destination Phillip Island Regional Tourism Board, one of Australia’s best known tourism regions, Chair of the Victorian Government's Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee and is a Board Director of Parks Victoria.

John is Victoria’s longest continuous serving Tourism, Major Events and Gaming Minister with 28 years experience in Public Policy, Government and Governance at International, National, State and Local Government level. Former Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Racing, Major Projects and Employment. Former Member of the ‘Cleanevent’ Advisory Board, one of Australia’s largest Events businesses at the time. Local Councillor and Mayor in the then City of Berwick and Executive of the Municipal Association of Victoria. Former Chair and Deputy Chair Victorian Parliament Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Matteo Pignatelli | Owner/Operator - Matteo’s Restaurant

Matteo Pignatelli graduated from the Diploma of Business in Hospitality Management at William Angliss in 1989, after winning individual awards for Culinary Studies, Food and Beverage Operations and Most Outstanding 2nd year Student. While studying, he complemented his studies by working part-time at fine dining establishments such as Jacques Reymond, Masani’s and Tansy’s.

After graduation, Matteo worked full time as partner/manager at Fedele’s, Glen Waverley. After four years building up his successful business, he opened Matteo’s in 1994, in the building once occupied by Mietta’s in North Fitzroy. Housed in a Victorian terrace just past the bohemian enclave of Fitzroy’s famous Brunswick Street, Matteo’s is an elegant restaurant serving contemporary Australian cuisine.

Since opening, Matteo’s has built a strong following and a fine reputation. This is not only reflected by its loyal customer base but by the many awards won through Matteo’s commitment to a high standard of cuisine and service. He is the Immediate Past President of the Restaurant & Catering Association of Australia, Chairman of Restaurant & Catering Association Victorian Council (since 2008), a Trustee of Restaurant & Catering Association Education Foundation and a Board member of Restaurant & Catering Industrial.

Co-opted Directors

Dr David Foster | Director

Dr David Foster has been working in the tourism and leisure industries for over two decades, as an educator, consultant and operator. He began his career in tourism as a planner, since then he has operated a travel agency and tour company and worked as a consultant on a wide range of tourism and park-related projects.

David spent many years involved in tourism education and research. For most of the 1990s he was Associate Professor and Head of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure at RMIT University and managed a research and consultancy company owned jointly by RMIT and William Angliss Institute.

David has a range of experiences in tourism at the strategic level on a variety of tourism boards (Tourism Accreditation Board of Victoria, PATA Southern Chapter, Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tourism and Hospitality Group, Tourism Noosa, Tourism Sunshine Coast etc.) and has been a member of several Reference Groups for Tourism Victoria. He was also Chair of a major events committee that was responsible for initiating the celebration of the sesquicentenary of the discovery of gold in Victoria (2001).

David has been a judge in the Victorian Tourism Awards for many years. He has also served as a mentor for those awards and worked with a number of aspiring applicants. He is currently Chair of William Angliss Institute Higher Education Academic Board and Director of the Australian Centre for Tourism and Hospitality.


Wendy Jones | Director

Wendy is a passionate tourism and hospitality industry practitioner, with a background in association management.

She has worked with executive teams and boards across the tourism industry, the environment sector and community. Wendy stepped down from her role as Executive Officer of Goulburn River Valley Tourism in mid-2017, a position she held since July 2013. Previously she was a founding director of its board for three years and remains passionate about the importance of the visitor economy to regional Victoria.

Wendy’s tourism and hospitality experience varies from owner-operator to industry association management in both Victoria and the Northern Territory.   Her previous roles have included CEO of both the Restaurant & Catering Association of Victoria and Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria. Wendy also spent nearly ten years living in Darwin where she headed up the Northern Territory Tourism Industry Training Council before returning to live in regional Victoria. Wendy has also been a judge for the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards for the past three years.

Wendy holds a Master of Business (Human Resource Management) Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Arts University of Melbourne. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brenda Richardson | Director

Brenda Richardson has over twenty-five years’ experience in the Manufacturing and Information Technology Industries.  As well as IT, her career has included a broad range of roles in Logistics, Process Re-engineering, Change Management and Strategy. 

In 1999, she was appointed to the Operating Committee of Ford Australia, as Vice President of Information Technology and Business Initiatives for Ford Australia/New Zealand.  She has extensive experience of managing dispersed sites, and bringing together the needs of diverse stakeholders and has held a series of roles with Asia-Pacific and global responsibility.

Brenda has considerable experience in Higher Education, including ten years on the Council of the University of Tasmania. Her board experience also includes roles in Built Environment, Audit and Risk, Community Engagement and advisory committees. She is currently a member of the Geelong Cemeteries Trust (Class A).

Currently self-employed, Brenda specializes in bridging the gap between technical and non-technical communities. 

Brenda holds a Bachelor of Science (with Honours) majoring in Mathematics and Computing as well as a Masters of Business Administration.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Elected Director

Karon Hepner | Elected Director

Karon Hepner has over 30 years’ experience in the Hospitality, Events, Foods and Education industries with positions held in the Human Resources and Learning and Development sectors with the following organisations, Compass Group (Australia) P/L; Delaware North (Australia); Royal Automobile Club Victoria (RACV); Australian Venue Services; Tourism Training Victoria; Hilton Hotels and RMIT.

Prior to joining the Institute in late 2007, she was actively involved in Board and Committee memberships of the following bodies: Holmesglen Institute of TAFE; Box Hill Institute of TAFE; Australian Hospitality Review Panel; La Trobe University Tourism Hospitality and Sports Advisory Board; Service Skills Victoria; VETis Taskforce and VCAA – VCE Exam Industry Vetter.

Karon has been the recipient of a number of Industry Award prior to joining William Angliss Institute including Tourism Training Australia for Training contribution to the Hospitality and Tourism Industries; Australian Institute of Hospitality Management for contribution to Hospitality Training and Tourism Training Australia – National Trainers Award.

Karon’s qualifications include: Graduate Diploma in Education, Degree in Business (Hotel Management), and Diploma of Applied Science.

Chief Executive Officer of the Institute

Nicholas Hunt | CEO William Angliss Institute

Nicholas Hunt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of William Angliss Institute in 2007. Since joining the Institute Nick has focussed on developing William Angliss Institute's educational programs, strengthening the Institute’s activities in support of industry and leading the Institute’s operational changes and strategic development in a period of significant change and reform.

Prior to joining the Institute Nick held a variety of positions in tourism and education development sectors. These include CEO - Tourism Alliance Victoria, CEO - Country Victorian Tourism Council and Executive Director - Tourism Training Victoria.

Outside of the Institute, Nick is Chair of the TAFE Directors Australia Finance and Audit Committee, the national body representing public TAFE providers and Treasurer of the Victorian TAFE Association.
Nick’s qualifications include a Master of Education Policy (International), University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) University of Tasmania and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.












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