About Us

Melanie Brenton

About Melanie Brenton

Melanie is the Executive Officer of SITAC. She joined the association in 1996 as Research and Project Officer. Training Advisory Councils are perhaps better known as Industry Training Advisory Bodies or ITABs.  

With a background in marine science and fisheries management, Melanie underwent a career change into the Australian Vocational Education and Training System assisting in policy and implementation for the Northern Territory. Since 1999 she has worked to link ICT with vocational training outcomes for the NT, in particular, she is interested in technology enabled solutions for training in thin markets, over vast geographical distances and to inspire the disengaged in vocational learning.

Liz Reid

About Liz Reid

Liz has been the Executive Officer of YouthWorX NT since 2010. She is responsible for the management of diverse programs, both metropolitan and remote, which include life and career coaching, the delivery of services to support employability skills, delivery of pre- employment programs and fostering linkages between young people and business and industry. 

Prior to YouthWorX NT Liz was the National Disability Coordination Officer for the Northern Territory for a decade. This role involved providing quality information, coordination and referral services to increase and improve transitional pathways for Territorians with a disability and significant stakeholders.  

The Australian Government appointed Liz to three Councils as an Equity Advocate: The National Vet Advisory Council (2009-13); National Quality Council (2010-2011) and Flexible Learning Advisory Group (current) to provide high level  policy advice and guidance on the topic of how disadvantaged learners can achieve better outcomes from Vocational Education and Training. She has dedicated her career and community life to maximising opportunities for people.

Chris Hayward

About Chris Hayward

Chris is the Training and Employment Services Manager for the Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA) which is one of Australia’s most successful and dynamic indigenous owned businesses. Chris manages the ALPA RTO business which includes accredited retail training, governance training, LLN programs, cross cultural training and the development of innovative technology based learning tools for indigenous learners.

Chris is also managing the delivery of employment services in remote areas via the Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) which includes social and economic development projects for indigenous people living in remote indigenous communities. Chris has lived in the NT for 9 years having previously lived and worked in Nhulunbuy prior to joining ALPA in October 2008.

Terry Lawler

About Terry Lawler

Terry is the Executive Officer of the NT Transport Engineering and Automotive Training Advisory Council Inc. He is a qualified Motor Mechanic with numerous post trade endorsements, holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Diploma of Education (technical) and a Diploma in Corporate Governance from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Terry is also a long term director of Group Training NT, and worked with Unions NT as the Industry Development Officer.

Terry is member of the NT OZ Help Foundation Advisory Group, a proactive support group providing training and wellness services to workplaces around personal health management and the promotion of choices that target mental and physical wellbeing. 

In 1989 Terry took up a training position for the Training Advisory Council that he now manages.  As a part of this work, Terry developed and delivered the first Spare Parts Traineeship in the NT in 1989, worked as a job club trainer, managed special intervention projects and delivered post trade training across the Northern Territory.  This included designing and delivering training to existing workers on emerging new automotive technology including fuel injection and computerised engine management systems.  Terry also spent time delivering vocational training in Arnhem Land where he developed new and valuable relationships.

Terry has travelled along what may seem a logical career path from completing year 12, achieving a trade, becoming a vocational teacher and managing a Training Advisory Council. However the pathway has many exciting twists and turns. The journey continues.

Graeme Sawyer

About Graeme Sawyer

Graeme is the managing Director of a Darwin based e-Business software development company specializing in the development of web systems, online systems and multimedia content. Through a diverse range of projects and consultancies he has developed a broad understanding of issues in the NT and business processes and systems.

Graeme has an extensive background in working with technology in the education and business arenas as a consultant and has worked extensively in management and leadership roles, including a four year term as the Lord Mayor of Darwin.

He has travelled extensively through the NT to Schools and remote Aboriginal Schools including Arnhem Land and has worked extensively with aboriginal people on multimedia projects. He also has along involvement with environmental action through a number of not for profit environmental groups especially Frogwatch and the Australian Association for Environmental Education.

Peter de Jonge

About Peter de Jonge

Peter has a Diploma of Logistics and is the Operations Manager for Metcash Food Group Darwin. After twenty six years in the warehousing and distribution industry, Peter is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics Australia (CILTA), which he currently chairs. He is also the chair of the Transport, Engineering and Automotive Training Advisory Council Northern Territory (TEATAC), the Food Advisory Committee, and was the Chair of the former Northern Territory Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Group (NT TLWAG).