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Meet the Team

Suzanne Hawkes

Chief Executive Officer 

Suzanne has more than 25 years’ experience in project execution and management across various sectors including electronics, oil and gas, construction, healthcare not for profit and Government. Most recently Suzanne worked for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development managing projects relating to increasing participation in the primary industries workforce, including education and training initiatives. Suzanne completed an apprenticeship in the UK before graduating from the University of Northumbria with a Bachelor (Hons) of Mechanical Engineering. Suzanne has also completed a Certificate IV Training and Assessment.


Suzanne is excited to join the FFTITC and put her knowledge and experience to use helping create better training outcomes for our industries and their workforce.

Diane Smith

Industry Consultant

Diane is a returning employee of the Training Council having worked with the Light Manufacturing and Forestry Industries for approximately seven years from 2009 to 2016.  Diane has more than 20 years experience in high level administration positions including policy development, project management and industry engagement.  Diane’s experience in vocational education and training has included the provision of strategic advice to Government on a range of current and emerging training, labour market and workforce development issues, national VET curriculum changes, apprenticeship and traineeship pathways and VET delivered to secondary school students.

Diane has completed a Bachelor of Business Degree from Curtin University of Western Australia, majoring in Human Resource Management with a minor in Industrial Advocacy.

Diane's work with the Training Council covers the following sectors:

  • Animal Care & Management

  • Conservation & Land Management

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

  • Horticulture

  • Rural Production

Bernadette Amos

Industry Consultant

Bernadette has worked in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector since 2009. She has experience working with International Students, Accredited Courses and State and Federal funding processes across the sector and has held quality and compliance roles within these areas for some time. Whilst in the VET space Bernadette has worked across a number of industries, including Process Manufacturing, Electrical Instrumentation, Community Services, Health and Fitness and Business. She is very much looking forward to learning more about the industries that the Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council represents and using her knowledge to collaborate on effective solutions for some of the training and workforce challenges that the industries may be currently facing.

Bernadette's work with the Training Council covers the following sectors:

  • Furnishing

  • Forest and Forest Products

  • Textiles, Clothing and Footwear

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Julia FitzGerald

Team Support Officer

Julia has a highly varied work history with experience in oil & gas, health and conservation. When not working Julia can be found volunteering at the Dogs' Refuge Home in Shenton Park. 

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