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

Project Manager 

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

Trevor Hislop

Project Manager 

Trevor has a strong background in Public Policy and Research as well as management of training organisations. He holds a degree in Public Administration and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He is currently completing a Diploma in Training Design and Development.


Trevor has worked in management roles in TAFE and in private training providers operating in the domestic and international training market. As his whole career has been in the employment, education and training sectors, Trevor has experience in most aspects of workforce development.


Most recently, Trevor was the Senior Policy and Research consultant for the Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive Training Council.


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

  • Furnishing

  • Forest & Forest Products

Marian Taylor

Project Manager

Marian has extensive experience in the Vocational Education and Training Sector (VET) in Western Australia with a particular focus on the development, implementation and administration of apprenticeships and traineeships.  Her experience, mainly in the State Public Sector includes policy development, implementation and management of labour market programs. 

Marian’s experience has encompassed policy and management positions within the State Training Authority as well as within the TAFE network.

In addition to the delivery of training programs Marian has worked with RTOs to enhance the quality of their training delivery.  Marian has a Master’s degree in Counselling, a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Diplomas in Training and Assessment, Training Design and Development and a Diploma in Management.

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