Meet the Team

Kay Gerard

Chief Executive Officer 

Kay has over 23 years experience in the Vocational Education & Training sector, both in Western Australia and Queensland. Having spent several years in Regional WA, Kay has assisted various industries to develop training for their workforce. With a passion for regional development and small businesses, Kay was a past President of the Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and also a board member of the Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce. As Executive Officer of the Goldfields Esperance Workforce Development Alliance, Kay played a large role in the implementation of their Regional Plan.


Kay is also a past member of the Regional Rural and Remote Women's Network Steering Committee and as scholarship winner completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.


Her main role is to ensure that the objectives of the Training Council are met and provide strategic advice on the current and future training needs of the industries we cover to the Minister for Training and Workforce Development through the State Training Board and the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

Paul Etheredge

Industry Consultant

Paul has over 25 years’ experience as a program, contract and service delivery manager of labour market programs, vocational education and training, staff training, workforce development and analysis, employment service delivery, youth initiatives and Aboriginal education & employment programs.


A career highlight was working in the Middle East as a Labour Market Advisor. He has an MA (Public Policy), B Policy Studies and Grad Cert in Management. Following a career with the Australian Government Departments of Employment, Training, Education and Industry, Paul has worked as an Industry Skills Advisor and in Apprenticeship services delivery.

Paul's work with the Training Council cover the following sectors:

  • Animal Care & Management

  • Conservation & Land Management

  • Food & Beverage (incl. seafood & meat production)

  • Horticulture

  • Rural Production

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Janine Blake

Industry Consultant

Janine has up to 15 years’ professional experience in industry engagement, career development and project management. Janine specialises in engaging industry to support workforce development through careers programs and initiatives and has a passion for youth transitions into further education, training and employment. A particular career highlight was as a national manager where she established and expanded career learning programs for young people experiencing disadvantage from Darwin to Whyalla, East Gippsland to Coffs Harbour and many places in between. Janine has also worked in Group Training, Human Resources and as a Consultant under the Federal Government’s Partnership Broker contract.


Janine is a professional member and secretary of the Career Development Association Australia (WA Division), has completed a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University and is working toward completion of a Graduate Certificate in Career Development. Janine is also the co-owner of a small business specialising in wedding, events and corporate video production.


Janine’s work with the Training Council covers:


  • Furnishing

  • Forest & Forest Products​

  • Textiles Clothing and Footwear