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1990 - 2015 International Specialised Skills Institute 25 years and looking forward foreword Foreword This book celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the International Specialised Skills Institute a unique not-for-profit fellowship foundation which has enabled the realisation of innovative ideas new learnings and technologies to be brought back to Australia to benefit the community education and industry. The foundation was inspired by Sir James Gobbo AC CVO who recognised the importance of ensuring that we in Australia have the necessary skills and knowledge to maintain our relevance in a global market place. To date more than 300 Australians in almost every walk of life have personally benefited from an International Specialised Skills Institute Fellowship but more importantly our Fellows have benefited the community and Australian industry by disseminating their learning to assist in training and development problem solving and developing new and innovative ideas. This book captures the essence of the Institute through the stories told by its Founder the Fellows and Board and the staff. The stories are inspirational. Each one in its own way demonstrates the importance of the Fellowship program. Through their stories you will recognise the passion talent and commitment of each and every Fellow. Perhaps the most poignant part of each story lies in the outcome of each Fellowship. It has been my privilege to be the CEO of this forward thinking organisation and to have the trust and support of the Board and my talented and committed staff. This book is a tribute to the vision of Sir James Gobbo who 25 years ago recognised that if Australia is to be of relevance in the future it must continue to be at the cutting edge of skills technology and knowledge. Bella Irlicht AM CEO International Specialised Skills Institute 4 Chapter RS Y E AA R S E G Y RAATIN BBRTIN G E EL CCLE E ISS Institute Level 1 189 Faraday Street Carlton Vic AUSTRALIA 3053 PASSIONATE PEOPLE. GREAT IDEAS. A BETTER SKILLED AUSTRALIA. 03 9347 4583 info issinstitute.org.au www.issinstitute.org.au CEO Bella Irlicht AM EDITORS Louisa Ellum Archimede Fusillo LAYOUT Danielle Cull CONTRIBUTORS Ken Greenhill Paul Sumner SPECIAL THANKS Sir James Gobbo AC CVO and the Board Copyright ISS Institute August 2015 Published by International Specialised Skills Institute Melbourne This publication is copyright. No part may be reproduced by any process except in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968. Printed by Snap Caulfield South. Contents INTRODUCTIONS 1 7 11 ISS Institute - Looking back to move forward ISS Institute A vision for the future A perspective from within 50 53 55 58 61 63 66 69 72 74 77 80 83 85 89 92 94 96 Camilla Roberts Dr Gita Pendharkar Mark Bunyan Sylvia Walsh Kirkland Kaldor-Bull Leigh Taig Michelle Zuccolo Stanley Pietsch John Frostell Christopher Byrne Tony Cooper Suzana Stapar Geoffrey Horgan Tony Bundock International Visiting Fellows Program An International Fellow s experience Board Members Sponsors FELLOWS 14 16 18 21 25 29 32 35 38 41 44 47 The power of fellowships Archimede Fusillo Michael Dal Zotto Julie Belle Ros Walker Chris Gospel Nick Lovett and Daniel Schultheis Gabrielle Gauci-Marchant Brooke Briody Dr Gerard Healey Vicki Abraham Karen O Reilly-Briggs Peter Jacobson Paul Hede Richmond Loh Int r o du c t Io nS 1 Looking baCk to move Forward This year International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) celebrates its 25th Anniversary. When founded it took the title of Palladio Foundation. The Foundation came into being to answer a critical need in Australia namely how can artisans designers and like occupations who are fully qualified and skilled further enhance their skills. While there were many scholarships available for overseas study by university graduates in their professions and in music and the arts there was no similar provision for artisans or designers. All this changed in 1988 thanks to a special link between the Veneto Region in Italy and Australia in particular Victoria. Many countries made special gifts to Australia to celebrate the Bicentenary of Australia in 1988 but the Veneto Region in northern Italy went further and made its own special gifts to Australia. The Veneto had sent many thousands of migrants to Australia in the 1920s and again in the 1950s and 1960s and was keen that these migrants who had settled in Australia should share in some of Veneto s post-war prosperity. This was to be done by sending Australia a series of art and cultural offerings. The Veneto lent three great Masterpieces of Venetian painting and also sent the famous orchestra of the Solisti Veneti led by Claudio Scimone. In addition there was an agreement to assist Australians of Veneto origin to study in the Veneto. And finally there was one special gift - namely the sum of 50 000 the equivalent of nearly a half million dollars in today s dollars to be held in a trust to be known as the Palladio Foundation of whom the Trustees were Lady Primrose Potter Sir James Augustine Gobbo Carlo Valmorbida and Loris Sartori. All of the Trustees except Lady Potter were either born in the Veneto or were of Veneto origin. Lady Potter was rightly regarded as an Honorary Veneta. The Trust Deed dated 22 February 1989 provided The particular object of the trust are to advance education and the level of skill and training in technology crafts trades and other occupations in Australia 2 I ntro d uctI o nS a. By means of grants to enable Australians to improve their competence or skill by attending institutes schools or establishments in Italy in the Veneto Region and in other Regions b. By means of grants to enable suitable teachers and instructors to be brought from Italy to teach in Australia . This was a propitious start for we had a link with the Veneto famous for its artisan schools and many fine polytechnics. At about this time there was a conversation between myself as President of the Scout Association in Victoria and Graeme Beanland a senior Scout official but also the Senior Executive of Footscray TAFE. Beanland pointed out that the TAFE system provided little if any postgraduate training and it was not equipped to provide any enhancement of skills. Its staff did not receive sabbatical leave and were limited in their overseas linkages. When Beanland learnt of the Veneto s gift he offered to help through the Footscray TAFE College. Finally another source of assistance came forward namely the Australian Bicentennial Multicultural Foundation formed in 1989 as part of Australia s Bicentenary. I was its Founding Chairman while its CEO was Hass Dellal. This Foundation was to be a part of the subsequent enterprise for some years. During 1988 and 1989 there were also discussions as to how to fund overseas skills courses and how to set up an organisation to administer grants for these courses. It was thought that a start could be made by courses in Italy given the Italian and in particular Venetian links. Graham Beanland and I agreed that an Italian machinist instructor employed at Footscray TAFE could be released to travel to the Veneto to do a survey of the courses available there. The Palladio Foundation agreed to meet some of the costs of his travel. The Joint Project was described in the following Media Release of April 1990 Specialised Trade Skill Courses with Italy - Innovative National Project with Italy On Wednesday May 2nd at 10.30am the Honorable John Cain M.P. Premier of Victoria and Minister for Ethnic Affairs will officially launch the Specialised Trade Skill Courses with Italy Project at Footscray College of TAFE. The Premier will be joined by Mr Rino J. Grollo Director of the Grollo Group and Sir James Gobbo Chairperson of the Australian Bicentennial Multicultural Foundation in the Official Launch. Int r o du c t Io nS 3 This national project is an initiative of and is funded by the Australian Bicentennial Multicultural Foundation and The Palladio Foundation. Footscray College of TAFE is developing and piloting the program in 1990. The project will provide a unique program for extending specialised training opportunities to Australians and create opportunities for the development of joint ventures between Italian and Australian Industry. Initial research has indicated that some forms of trade craft and conservation skills are not readily available in Australia nor are there the training opportunities. For example in the Australian Building and Construction Industry there is a demand for specialised masonry skills in marble while there are many artisans specialising in this work in Italy. The project will enable the exchange of such skills and knowledge between industry and trade and technical institutions in Italy and Australia. A directory of specialised training opportunities in Italy for use nationally by Australian trade training institutions and industry will also be published as part of the project. Footscray College of TAFE will be responsible for the placement of students overseas for special training programs and with industry. The College will also organise for overseas teachers to come to Australia to provide specialised training courses. Sponsorship of program activities by Australian companies will be co-ordinated by Footscray College of TAFE. Mr Lon Strappazon a teacher at Footscray College of TAFE and importantly a tradesman born in the Veneto was made available to visit the Veneto to survey skills training activities available to overseas artisans. Strappazon visited the Veneto in June and July 1990. His survey was published in 1991 as a booklet entitled Directory of Opportunities Specialised Skills Courses with Italy. My Foreword to the Directory read as follows This innovative project is an initiative of and is funded by the Australian Bicentennial Multicultural Foundation and the Palladio Foundation. It was developed and piloted by Western Metropolitan College of TAFE as an ongoing program supported by the College. The Australian Bicentennial Multicultural Foundation is established to promote a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures. The Foundation achieves its aims by adopting issues of national significance and initiating projects that in this instance will increase links both nationally and internationally. 4 I ntrod uctI o nS The Palladio Foundation was also founded in 1988 the year of Australia s Bicentenary in order to improve links between Australia and Italy with particular reference to the Veneto Region. The Veneto Region helped set up the Palladio Foundation and it is fitting that this project should have begun by concentrating on that Region. Western Metropolitan College of TAFE provides trade and technical training to approximately 16 000 students annually. It is a large multi-campus multi-discipline College located in the Western Region of Metropolitan Melbourne. The Directory of Opportunities is designed both to help stimulate interest in Australians increasing their skills by undertaking courses in Italian Institutes and Centres and also by facilitating the bringing of teachers to Australia. This Directory will serve to provide essential information where there has been none before. It will hopefully be followed by Directories covering other trade skills and other Regions. On behalf of both Foundations I wish to acknowledge the important contribution of the staff of Western Metropolitan College of TAFE in particular Mrs Carolynn Bourne Project Manager and Mr Lou Strappazon Project Officer and Mr Hass Dellal Executive Director of the Australian Bicentennial Multicultural Foundation. The Directory contained an interesting summary into the differences between the very limited opportunities for skill enhancement in Australia and the wider facilities in Italy. One example of training located in Vicenza in the Veneto related to Jewellery Design and Manufacturing. The Institution was led by its Director Dr Hubert Schuster. The specific courses were as follows Microfusion of gold silver platinum palladio and filigree working with platinum and its alloys working with palladio and its alloys three-dimensional enlargements and reductions and granularization of platinum gold and silver. This was to be the source of valuable training in Australia for skilled jewellers attending workshops conducted on platinum in jewellery by Dr Schuster. These took place thanks to a Fellowship funded and arranged by the Joint Enterprise that later came to be known as International Specialise Skills (ISS). Int r o du c t Io nS 5 Another interesting subject in the Directory related to Restoration at the European Centre for Conservation of Architectural Heritage. This Centre was located in a former institution for the care of the mentally ill on the island of San Servolo in the Venetian Lagoon. The Centre was described as follows The European Foundation Pro Venetia Viva created the European Centre for training craftspeople in the conservation of architectural heritage. It develops training programs for the major building crafts and organises courses for craftspeople who then use their Venetian experience for the conservation of the built heritage in their own countries. Languages in use at the centre are English French German and Italian. Applicants should have completed their apprenticeship and have several years of practical experience. In June 1991 I visited the Centre at San Servolo a short 15-minute ride on the vaporetto from St Marks. There were many features attractive to visiting artisans from Australia. One feature was that there was teaching in four languages including English another was that accommodation was provided. Especially relevant were advanced intensive two to three week courses in subjects such as wrought iron stucco scagliola ornamental plastering restoration of wall paintings and frescoes and casting. The Centre at San Servolo proved a boon in the early years as it combined a well directed Centre with high quality teaching and facilities and accommodation all a short ferry ride from one of the world s richest repositories of art and crafts and workmanship. In July 1991 the Joint Skills Project selected its first three Fellows. In 1991 Carolynne Bourne who was an employee of Footscray TAFE played a role in the publication of the Directory and this eventually led to her being seconded by Footscray TAFE to the Skills Project on a part time basis. The funding for the Fellowships continued to be provided by the Palladio Foundation and the Australian Multicultural Foundation. In February 1993 a change occurred in the administration of the Project in that Western College of TAFE withdrew and was replaced by RMIT TAFE and its School of Design. The Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Palladio Foundation combined to be the main funding sources. By this time the project was known as International Specialised Skills Institute. This was only a name of a partnership and not an entity it did not become incorporated until 2001. 6 I ntro d uctI o nS The arrangements between the partners changed again through 1996. The Board was a follows Sir James Gobbo AC (Chairperson) Professor David Beanland Mr Hass Dellal Mr Leslie Perrott AO OBE Lady Potter AO Mr Ian Sapwell. In April 1997 I was appointed Governor of the State of Victoria and was succeeded as Chairman of ISS by Mr Les Perrott AO. In about July 1999 the then Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett agreed with Les Perrott and David Wittner to fund ISS Institute in the sum of 100 000 p.a. The funds were not paid before the September 1999 State election but the new Government honoured the commitment by Premier Kennett. Victorian Government recurrent funding continued during the Labor Government from 1999 to 2010. The Labor Minister for the Arts Lynne Kosky was especially supportive of ISS. In 2010 the funding was continued by the State Coalition Government. Sir James Gobbo AC CVO Founder and Board Member Int r o du c t Io nS 7 iss institute a vision For the Future Archimede Fusillo Author And Fellow oF the iss institute In an era when there seems to be so little time to reflect on one s work the opportunity to garner inspiration gather knowledge fashion new ideas and engage in discourse about how best to enhance one s skills the thought of a Fellowship program designed to give an individual the time resources and means to do just that is invaluable. The International Specialised Skills Institute now an august international body is proof concrete that investment in Australia s future lies in investing time and money in those individuals working within its myriad industries from environmental sustainability to teaching fishing to viniculture and millinery to fashion to hone their particular skills with a view to bringing world-best practice into their chosen field of endeavour. Today the ISS Institute Fellowship program is a steam-lined professional and robust template for how to get the most out of an individual s expertise drive and vision in their chosen area of work. With a dedicated team of people whose ambition it is to help the applicant achieve their particular goals the Institute strives to marry intellect with creativity setting clear and practical means by which even the seemingly most ambitious international study program might be realised. Once a Fellow has established the parameters of their undertaking the Institute goes to work alongside them guiding refining and ultimately mentoring the work study to be explored. By means of consultation direct discussions and through a network of professional and practical industry contacts the Institute aligns a Fellow to a sponsor in their field in an effort to maximise the outcomes of the Fellowship. Almost seamlessly the successful Fellow is keyed in with industry sponsors keen to see the Fellow s proffered area of endeavour realised offering both financial and intellectual support. It is this aspect of mutual co-operation between the fellow and the sponsor through the auspices of the Institute that sets the ISS Fellowship program apart and makes it recognised around the world for the integrity of the studies undertaken and the benefits to industry that flow on from same. And yet the International Specialised Skills Institute had a most humble even perhaps inauspicious beginning germinating not from a national government based think-tank on how best to develop trade- 8 I ntro d uctI o nS based industry sector enthusiasm for growing Australia s industrial know-how through its most promising practitioners but rather as a consequence of a whispered word of advice to the man who would go on to be one of the Institute s founding members and one of its most enduring driving forces. Impara I arte e mettila parte ...Learn an art and put apart. These words were told to the then very youthful Sir James Gobbo by his enterprising father. The words were a call to the young James Gobbo to value craftsmanship and creativity to foster and appreciate the work of the artisan and the tradesman. It was a salient piece of advice that promoted a lifelong appreciation of the skills of the artisan and the value inherent in honing one s skills to the very highest levels of sophistication and precision. It was a mindset that saw Sir James intrinsically conscious of the apparent lack of value in and support of the various trades and apprenticeships in Australia particularly amongst but not exclusive to young people looking at entering the workforce. It was as though trades from the most refined to the most hands-on and manual were seen as somehow less worthy of appreciation as serious necessary and fundamentally essential aspects of Australia s prosperity moving forward. The disparity between the workmanship available in Australia compared to that at an international levelEuropean in particular was pronounced not because of the innate abilities of the local talent but because of the lack of exposure to worlds-best practice mainly as a result of the tyranny of distance between Australia and the rest of the world. Wherein European craftsmanship was seen as a distinction of merit and artisans viewed as significant practitioners of their craft Australia it seemed was content to import its craftsmanship from abroad on a needs basis. One case in point was the influx of marble craftsman from Italy by the Grollo group back during the construction of the Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne in light of there being a distinct lack of same in Australia. It was not a matter of inability so much as a lack of finesse which was the result of there not being the same due diligence in the training of local talent to achieve a similar level of proficiency as their international counterparts. Int r o du c t Io nS 9 And so the seed for how best to overcome this shortcoming was planted and a providential confluence of situations brought about a fostering of a plan to address the challenge with a view to making Australian artisans and tradespeople as proficient as and ultimately perhaps more proficient than their overseas counterparts. In 1988 during Australia s Bicentenary celebrations the Veneto region of Italy sent out a plethora of exhibitions highlighting and showcasing the region s craftsmanship across a wide range of fields from ceramics to paintings. The resultant buzz caused by the level of refined workmanship on display prompted Sir James his colleagues Loris Sartori and Carlo Lombardi-along with Lady Potter to establish the Palladio Trust with funds from the Veneto region s input into Australia s celebrations. The result was the inauguration of a pseudo Fellowship program where a select number of students from Australia were sponsored to study in their fields in the Veneto region of Italy bringing back with them a new vision for how to implement worlds-best practice in their particular areas of expertise. By 1992 through diligent investing of the initial funds the first official Fellows were travelling overseas to areas beyond Venice and the fledgling Institute - then known as the National Specialised Skills Institute partnered with various local educational and vocational institutions to promote and fund short courses for eligible individuals keen to hone their skills and more significantly to then share their knowledge with others on their return. So successful was the venture that by 1993 the organisation was renamed the International Specialised Skills Institute and the guiding refrain became skills enhancement and skills sharing a vision paying forward into Australian industry through the foresight skills and knowledge of some of its best and brightest sponsored by industries just as forward thinking determined to make world-best practice an Australia standard. In the meantime the role for ISS Institute was all the more critical since it was the only source in Australia of scholarship assistance specifically directed to assist artisans tradespeople and those who were graduates of or teachers at TAFE colleges Sir James Gobbo. With input from federal and state government ministers Brendan Nelson and Lynne Kosky in particular and the philanthropic drive of Richard and Jeanne Pratt the ISS Institute garnered ever more sponsors widening its outlook to include literature music film and environmental undertakings to the point where ISS Institute was able to fund overseas Fellows to bring their endeavours to Australia. 10 I ntro d uctI o nS Today the breadth of the Fellowships is staggering ranging in its scope from glass-blowing ceramics jewellery design and architecture to viniculture fine arts literature and hospitality cheese production ship building and even restoration of antiquities cultural monuments and tourism. It is perhaps self-evident that the success of the Institute and its Fellowships lies in the calibre of the Fellows and the sponsors who jointly seek to reach ever higher in their quest to achieve and surpass world-best practice. It is perhaps even more significant to remember that the success of any venture within the auspices of the Institute lies in the vision of those who established the Institute in the first place and those who actively continue to foster its charter-from the dedicated team at the Institute the mentors who work with the Fellows and the industries that value excellence. To paraphrase from Sir James autobiography The ISS Institute sought to address the deficiencies between skills gap and application... and it enhanced the prestige of trade... International interest travel and expectation of people wanting to learn on their return all made the fellowships attractive . Today there is robust competition for every available Fellowship and that in itself is indicative of a mindset eager to innovate improve and pass on the tricks of the trade to help make Australia a leader other nations will want to learn from. Int r o du c t Io nS 11 a PersPeCtive From within John BAker chAirmAn oF iss institute AgriFood Skills Australia Ltd first became an International Specialised Skills Institute Sponsor in 2007 and has sponsored several Fellows each year since then. The Fellows have come from a diverse range of backgrounds and industry sectors within AgriFood including agriculture agronomy horticulture native foods animal husbandry race horse breeding and wine making. Some have been self-employed or from small organisations while others have come from large organisations both public and private. Without exception they have all benefitted personally from their Fellowship experiences as well as contributing more to their industry sectors through the enhanced skills they have gained. When I retired as Chairman of AgriFood Skills Australia Ltd I was delighted to be invited to join the board of the ISS Institute and then honoured to become Chairman in 2013. 12 I ntro d uctI o nS ken Greenhill After 20 years as an academic followed by almost 20 years with a multi-national company both in Australia and internationally I settled into retirement mode and spent two years renovating a house ready for a personal sea-change. During those almost 40 years previously I was always involved either directly or indirectly in developing the skills and knowledge of others in a supervisory role or in an actual training and development role. It is no exaggeration to say that this developed a life long passion for seeing others develop their skills and knowledge beyond even their own expectations and utilising their newfound knowledge in a very productive way. Offered a part-time temporary position at the ISS Institute then based in Camberwell I was charged with the responsibility to advise and mentor existing Fellows with the completion of their applied research reports. This was a dream role part-time working with people who were focussed directly on self-development and then in turn disseminating their knowledge to others. One of the greatest experiences over the eight years is hearing repeated comments from returning Fellows such as this ISS Institute Fellowship changed my life or I now have a new passion for my specialisation one which I will Int r o du c t Io nS 13 share with others . Equally rewarding is the ongoing relationship developed with many Fellows over these years attending their presentations and seeing them recognised as masters of their specialisation. These two factors alone are why I am still here. In my time at the ISS Institute we have faced a number of challenges - insufficient sponsorships recalcitrant Fellows and changes in management and staffing but have managed to remain loyal to the core objective of skill and knowledge dissemination to others. It is a point of great satisfaction that today the Institute is well placed to continue its declared objectives of improving the skill and knowledge base of Australian trade and professional people. To my knowledge there is no other organisation private corporate or not-for-profit that operates in the same manner as we do. PAul sumner During my time of involvement with the International Specialised Skills Institute it has been wonderful to see and be a part of the transformative experiences that have resulted from so many of the Fellowships. The personal and professional development that comes out of the Fellowship experience and which is then shared with so many others by the successful applicants shows how at a very fundamental level positive change for the community can be initiated and then built upon for all our benefit. The Fellowship programs supported by our various sponsors are a model of how we can effect change and develop our community towards a positive future. 14 Chapter the Power oF FeLLowshiPs ProFessor Bill lucAs Professor Bill Lucas himself a Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute reflects on the importance of the opportunities for Fellows. At its simplest level a fellowship is an accolade to honour talent or potential in someone. Practically speaking it is a funded opportunity for an individual to undertake some kind of study. Or in its broader meaning fellowship is the feeling of group purpose that exists between people who share common values. But ISS Institute Fellowships are much more than this. As well as providing time to reflect they encourage highly skilled practitioners to visit the best in the world. These visits like the best kinds of vocational learning enable a combination of experiential learning first- fellowS 15 hand investigation and thoughtful reflection. ISS Institute Fellowships have huge value for the Fellows but importantly they also benefit Australia. A quick look at just some of the wonderful reports produced by Fellows gives a flavour of the extraordinary range of subjects covered The science behind the art of patisserie German bread making attracting and retaining apprentices in the Australian industry Electric and Hybrid vehicle maintenance service and repair Iron hulled heritage vessel restoration Australians should be making better patisseries tastier bread more reliable hybrid vehicles and better casts. They should be at the leading technological edge of both contemporary fashion and heritage vessel restoration. And provided that only the best American TV was studied able to make sitting in front of the television with a beer a more demanding and engaging prospect than it can sometimes be I am delighted to be able to support this special book and play a small part in launching it to the wider world. Squeeze casting the future Digital technologies and the future of the Australian fashion industry TV drama series development in the US new possibilities for the Australian industry. fello w S i ntrod ucti o ns arChimede FusiLLo the FellowshiP From the inside - one Fellow s view I was fortunate to be asked to nominate for a Fellowship totally ignorant of the process for selection and the calibre of people applying. This meant that I simply focused on coming up with a proposal that best represented what I did what I hoped to achieve and why without being burdened by the thought of what others might be wanting to do. In my case as the son of Italian immigrants and as an author it was to travel to Italy and interview people who had migrated to Australia and then after some years here decided to return to their native country for good. I wanted to gather some of their stories for prosperity but also to have the chance to meet these flesh and blood embodiments of what it means to leave all you know behind for a place and a life you can only imagine at best. I also wanted to visit several Immigration museums in Italy and see first-hand how Australia was represented amongst the myriad countries Italians had migrated to over the years but particularly after WWII. p ros p e rI ty but a l s o t o hav e the chan c e t o m e e t the s e fl e s h a n d bl ood e mbodI me n t s o f wh at I t me a ns to l e av e a l l y ou k now b e h In d f o r a I wa nte d t o g athe r s ome of the I r s t o r Ie s f o r p l a ce a n d a l I fe y ou ca n only I ma gIn e at b e st. fellowS 17 I needed to find the funding and have the support necessary to allow me to take time away from my work in Australia to find mentors interested in the area I wished to explore and then have the organisational know-how behind me to bring it all to fruition. The ISS Institute with its access to sponsors ready to financially back their judgement about the calibre of the potential Fellow and the worthwhile nature of their project coupled with its network of mentors willing to provide guidance was invaluable in getting me to fulfil the vision I had. the a ccess to p l a ce s a n d p e op l e I w oul d ne v e r hav e t h o u gh t m y g o od fortune t o me e t t h e fe l l ow s hI p ha s p r o v e n t o be lI fe c ha ng I ng p rofe s s I ona l ly a n d p e rs on al ly. From the moment I sat before the interviewing panel in late 2013 where I was made to feel at ease and that my project had merit whether or not I was awarded a Fellowship I knew that this was an opportunity that if granted I needed to realise as fully as possible. And so it was that upon being awarded the Fellowship sponsored by the Italian Services Institute I was made part of a company of people all focused on getting the best out of me. From helping me find mentors to practical advice and guidance on how to arrange interviews schedule appointments present myself to cold contacts and even to how I might maximise my time abroad so that I actually had some time to enjoy the sights I was never more than an email or phone call away from help. And this was as true of my time in Italy in late 2014 as it was upon my return when the report writing loomed large and I sought input regarding the most time-effective means for meeting the deadline. I feel privileged to have been recognised in this manner and more so because of the extraordinary experiences that have come my way because of it from the travelling in Italy to the meetings with the returned migrants. The access to places and people I would never have thought my good fortune to meet the Fellowship has proven to be life changing professionally and personally. It has opened possibilities for development and enhancement of my career I never imagined or contemplated. And I am proud to be a Fellow of the International Specialised Skills Institute a cache that carries merit beyond the parameters of my particular research and report. fello w S i ntrod ucti o ns miChaeL daL Zotto I am currently working in the family business Dal Zotto Wines located in the beautiful King Valley North East Victoria where I fulfil the role of CEO and chief winemaker. As a family we proudly pioneered Prosecco in Australia a product now sold across Australia and exported overseas. I undertook my Fellowship in 2008 and was sponsored by the The George Alexander Foundation. My Fellowship was titled - Prosecco A Grape Variety From The Veneto Region Of Italy. FellowshiP Aims The focus of my Fellowship was to increase my knowledge and skills in relation to both viticultural and winemaking for the grape variety Prosecco. The drive for doing this Fellowship came about because when we planted Prosecco in 1999 there were no commercial vineyards of this variety in Australia and any understanding of the variety was limited. In reality when we planted Prosecco there was very little of it being consumed in Australia. As a consequence when looking at the viticultural areas in Northern Italy I focused on trellising soil composition elevation and aspect. As a consequence I gained a greater understanding of how much a vine can produce before compromising the quality of the fruit and flavour development at the time of harvest. When considering winemaking my main focus was to look at what were the most important considerations before deciding to harvest whether it be acid structure sugar or flavour ripeness and how it was handled in the winery. fellowS 19 I have to say I a m mos t p roud of the fa ct that a sm al l fam Ily wI nery I n th e k I ng va l l e y h a s ma de a us tra l I a n wIn e In d u st ry hI sto ry by f ol l ow I ng a dre a m a n d I n s o doI ng h a s b r o u gh t a p I ece o f theI r fa mI ly hI s tory t o the I r ne w home I n au st r al Ia. Part of the Fellowship involved my spending some valuable time working with the Experimental Institute of Viticulture and the School of Oneology in Conegliano. I came to the realisation that in order to have a great product it is critical to have everything working in your favour from the site of the vineyard through to the winemaking process itself. It became apparent to me that although we started growing this particular grape variety due to my father s passion for it as a variety grown in his hometown Valdobbiadene in the Veneto region the King Valley was itself perfectly situated to take this variety forward in Australia. Post FellowshiP The knowledge acquired from the Fellowship was disseminated initially through my Fellowship report but also through winemaking meetings with colleagues and the development of initiatives alongside the King Valley s very own Prosecco promotion campaign through its association and Tourism Victoria. Through the development and understanding of the processes of growing and making Prosecco we were able to put not only Dal Zotto Wines but the King Valley at the forefront of the Prosecco movement in the Australian wine industry. It is worth remembering that when Dal Zotto Wines released Australia s first prosecco in 2004 we made only 375 dozen yet by the time of the Fellowship in 2008 we were producing approximately 2000 cases and the industry had only two wineries making Prosecco in the market place. Looking to the 2015 vintage at Dal Zotto Wines our production is at 21 000 dozen and there are now numerous producers of Prosecco with a majority of them sourcing their fruit from the King Valley. We are considered to be the industry leaders in relation to Prosecco and I firmly believe that all of this wouldn t have been achieved if I hadn t had the opportunity to visit Italy s Prosecco growing region. It is a great satisfaction that today visitors come to our region to experience Prosecco Road which links all the local producers and is critical to promoting the King Valley. 20 fello w S Several years ago I was invited to give a presentation to the then current group of Williamson Leadership participants about our family s transition from tobacco growers to winemakers with a particular focus on the Fellowship and the assistance it provided in developing my winemaking skills. i t is c r ItIca l to have every thI ng w ork I ng I n y our fav our fr om th e sIt e of the vI neya rd thro ug h t o the w I ne ma k I ng p roce s s I ts e l f. I c ame t o the rea l I s atI on th a t I n orde r to hav e a g re at p roduc t I have to say I am most proud of the fact that a small family winery in the King Valley has made Australian wine industry history by following a dream and in so doing has brought a piece of their family history to their new home in Australia. It suggests to me that with passion and determination you can achieve anything regardless of your size and that you can make a huge difference if you have the commitment and dream. Much my particular family s dream becoming a reality was made possible through the generosity and assistance provided by the International Specialised Skills Institute and The George Alexander Foundation. fellowS 21 JuLie beLLe ros waLker Chris gosPeL niCk Lovett and danieL sChuLtheis iss institute - helPinG to develoP the skills Behind the screen The screen industries encompassing film television and digital media are major contributors to Australia s economy a recent report by Deloitte Access Economics reported total expenditure of 21.5 billion by the sector in 2012 13 contributing 5.8 billion to GDP. The federal agency Screen Australia recorded that in 2013 14 total expenditure in Australia by all feature film and TV drama production was a record 837 million plus documentary production worth 144 million. This valuable industry has however been impacted heavily by the digital revolution in the past decades affecting almost all aspects of the development production and distribution value chain. This pace of change has forced the industry to adopt new skills and innovations at the same time ensuring traditional skills of value are maintained. The training and education sector is typically at the nexus between digital natives and traditional expertise. the s creen I nd us try i s but one I nd us try t h a t offe r s t h e po t e n t Ial fo r eno rm o us g row th i n a g l oba l onl I ne e nte rta I nm e n t e c o n o m y. The support of the International Specialised Skills Institute and its Fellowship sponsors to the screen industries has enabled a number of leading practitioners to examine international best practice and to make recommendations here in Australia to respond to this environmental change. A number of international experts have also been brought into Australia on inbound International Specialised Skills Institute Fellowships to share their knowledge and experience including Sunit Tandon (Director Indian Institute of Mass Communication 2012) and Elizabeth Ferdon (YouTube USA 2014). Production Designer Julie Belle s Skills Victoria ISS Institute TAFE Fellowship to Europe and USA in 2010 sought to examine techniques and practical skills in scenery set dressing and decorating for liveaction film and television and how traditional practical skills were being reflected in an increasingly digital fellowS 23 landscape. Since returning from her Fellowship tour Julie has worked at CATC Design School as National Head of Academic Studies Interior Design and as a senior lecturer in digital visualisation. The Fellow has run many workshops seminars and short courses in film design and design visualisation both in Melbourne and interstate with the focus on the changing digital environment for designers. Producer Ros Walker s Higher Education and Skills Group ISS Institute Overseas Fellowship to the US in 2013 examined TV Drama Series Development in the US especially the writer s room model which had been used to create hit shows such as The West Wing Breaking Bad and The Simpsons. Ros discovered that the writer s room model develops talent systematically through mentoring in the room and defined learning outcomes in each career year provides group brain power when brainstorming developing and refining scripts allows access for key creative to what is coming up in the series and creates the strongest episodes in production as the writer of each episode is attached as a producer to oversee details as the production happens. Ros also researched how the US TV system works for Australians considering working in the US. As a result of this research over six writers rooms have been established on Australian TV shows and it is being used as a reference text for tertiary writing courses. p ursuI ts as beI n g at the fore front of I nte rnatI ona l t r e n d s d e spIt e the les s er s ca l e of both p roductI on a n d d I s trI but Io n l o c al ly. fI ndI ng s hI ghl I g hte d a us tra l I a n p roductI on te c h n Iq u e s a n d Television technicians Chris Gospel and Nick Lovett s Higher Education and Skills Group Fellowship to China in 2013 sought to cognate and contrast an investigation into Chinese Television production with the methodologies employed in Australia. Findings highlighted Australian production techniques and pursuits as being at the forefront of international trends despite the lesser scale of both production and distribution locally. It confirmed the diminished pursuit of 3D production but did highlight increased worldwide interest in High Definition output particularly in capturing sporting and live events. Cultural differences aside the Chinese emulation of European systems confirmed that the digital paths being created in China reflect those being created in Australia. Screen educator and practitioner Daniel Schultheis George Alexander Foundation International Fellowship in 2013 sought to examine how micro budget feature film development and production schemes in the UK and Europe such as Film London s Microwave scheme developed skills that enhanced talent 24 fello w S development in domestic industries. The Fellow made a case for similar schemes to be developed in Australia and also employed research findings in the curation of a two-day emerging sector conference in 2015 for Open Channel. This conference leveraged connections made during the Fellowship and also attracted the participation of industry heavyweights working in micro budget production such as LA Producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity Whiplash). Without skills and knowledge Australia s capacity to strengthen its economic and cultural future is significantly diminished. The screen industry is but one industry that offers the potential for enormous growth in a global online entertainment economy. The importance of the International Specialised Skills Institute in driving knowledge sharing across borders developing innovation and strengthening local skills for the future cannot be underestimated. fellowS 25 gabrieLLe gauCi-marChant I am a kid from Wangaratta with a horseracing dream that has taken me around the world. My careers within the Thoroughbred industry cover 43 years and include having been one of the first female apprentice jockeys a racehorse trainer a thoroughbred breeder an industry educator and a member of the standing committee for the National Racing Industry Training Package RGR08. My passion for driving change has led me to initiate the development of an International Horse Racing Industry Skills Passport and this Fellowship set me up with the perfect platform to deliver on it. My Fellowship titled The Australian Thoroughbred Industry was undertaken in 2009 and sponsored by the Federal Government s Department of Education and Training (formerly Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations Australian Government). FellowshiP Aims The Australian Thoroughbred Industry is deemed to be a world leader. Australian bred horses are sort after in every major racing country and as our export market expanded so did the demand for more of everything more horses to be bred more races to be run and more workers to be found. And yet only two of these key areas expanded. The local industry struggled to attract and retain workers and this prompted me to investigate what other countries were doing in order to offer more for their industry workers. As a longterm industry worker myself I was no stranger to the demanding working hours or conditions and as an industry educator I knew cha ng e h a s l e d m e t o In It Iat e t h e d e v e l o pm e n t o f an I nte rnatI on al h o r se r ac In g I nd us try sk Il l s passpo rt a n d thI s f e l l o wsh Ip se t me up w i th t h e pe r f e c t my pa s s I o n f o r d r Iv In g p l atform t o d e l Iv e r o n It. 26 fello w S we had the best structured National Training Package in RGR08. I wanted to see if it was possible to marry the two and find a solution towards building the workforce required to sustain the future of the industry. It was apparent to me that the best places to start were in England and Ireland who both have a reputation of housing the best racing schools in the world. In light of this my Fellowship aims were to Inspire innovation in relation to the development of a unique international partnership for racing industry workers Determine current best practice maintenance techniques used in the management of linking compulsory qualifications to the licensing or registration of stable employees to create career advancement opportunities thoroug hbre d I nd us try t o re m aIn p hy s I ca l ly a n d p rofe s s I ona l ly p ow e rful on the w orl d s ta g e t h e l oca l I nd us try re quI re d s ome ra d I ca l cha ng e s a n d ... I n ord e r for the a us tra l Ian s tructure d a ccre dI te d e d ucat Io n a n d tra I nI ng of pa rtI cI pa nts. Create a foundation and bridging course that was both nationally and internationally recognised. Become skilled in identifying the requirements of establishing a successful stable employee association for workers of the Thoroughbred Industry. I arrived in England on June 2 and returned home from Ireland on June 22 2009. In the space of 20 days I had 27 meetings with key stakeholders covering every aspect of the Thoroughbred industry. I came away exhausted yet excited and armed with the information and new networks that I felt were necessary to fulfil my intended objectives. key FindinGs A significant finding was that in order for the Australian Thoroughbred Industry to remain physically and professionally powerful on the world stage the local industry required some radical changes and structured accredited education and training of participants. Education and Training not only empowers the individual but also the industry they work within both nationally and internationally. There seemed no doubt that we had the best training package but perhaps lacked an adequate method for sharing fellowS 27 knowledge resources and ideas between countries particularly those that showed a better recruitment and retention rate. After extensive presentations to peak bodies and at industry stakeholder conferences coinciding with the release of my Fellowship report The Australian Thoroughbred Industry the decision makers realised changes had to be made and pleasingly of the 13 recommendations suggested in the report 10 have been actioned to date. Post FellowshiP Significantly my Fellowship has triggered many practical changes to the industry and they continue to unfold as instanced by the following There is now a base Stable Employee Association The Implementation of linking mandatory training or qualifications to all professional roles in Victoriasomething which is being rolled out in every other state in Australia The commencement and development of a new VET foundation course The elimination of many duplications of similar units And for me personally the most significant of all is the development of an International Horse Racing Industry Skills Passport. As a result of my meetings in the UK in 2009 I made many new friends and established networks that extend far and wide. One such contact was Helen O Sullivan from the RACE Academy in Ireland. Helen was also secretary of the European Association of Racing Schools (EARS) and really embraced the idea of an international approach to standardised training models. While on a Super Trades Mission to the Middle East with the Victorian State Government representing equine education in March 2013 I ran into Helen in Abu Dhabi where she was organising their EARS annual conference. EARS had been invited to have their conference as part of the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Racing Festival held in Abu Dhabi in November 2013. I was invited to be a guest speaker and present my studies and ideas on forming more formal partnerships with other countries. The conference welcomed 400 delegates from 26 countries and all my work of so many years came together in one room on one day. Representatives of 15 countries present and who currently have fello w S racing schools signed a MOU with my company Equine Goals & Dreams to support in principal the development of such a skills passport. I spent one year of mapping units qualifications and training practices from each country and 12 months later in November 2014 at the next conference also held in Abu Dhabi I presented the draft matrix to the signatory countries. At this conference EARS was folded and a new federation was formed with the kind support of HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Now known as the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA ) it has its home base in Abu Dhabi and represents 25 countries. The Federation meets six times a year face to face to share resources ideas students and best practices with one another and I am continuing to develop the passport with their input. In March 2015 I was the proud recipient of the Victorian Wakeful Club Lady of Racing Award for my contribution to improving industry practices and driving change. On May 29 2015 we will have had our third official IFHRA meeting this time in Warsaw Poland and from 1 June I will have taken up a four month contract with the Korean Racing Authority based in Seoul to help implement better stable management and training practices. In November 2013 I took a leap of faith and resigned from my secure longterm job to fully dedicate myself to writing the stage one matrix of the passport and did so with no financial income. It was difficult but my dream was and still is very much alive. My ISS Institute Fellowship kick-started all the above and for this I will be forever thankful. fellowS 29 brooke briody I am currently the Campus Principal of the Senior Campus - Northern School for Autism where I manage the instructional leadership and delivery of ASD specific programs as well as being responsible for the overall management of the Senior Campus. I have worked in Special Education for 16 years and been in number of Leadership teams for 11 years in public schools located in NSW Bristol UK and now Melbourne Victoria. My Fellowship was undertaken in 2013 under the Bella Irlicht International Fellowship sponsored by the Pratt Foundation. FellowshiP Aims After attending TEACCH training (www.teacch.com) and implementing the approach in the UK during my time working in schools there I returned to Australia where there was no evidence of TEACCH practices in the areas in which I worked. With ASD diagnosis on the increase and employment of adults with ASD at an incredibly low percentage the aim of the Fellowship was to evaluate the Structured TEACCHing approach as a best practice pedagogical approach when working with students adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. By visiting proclaimed best practice centres in the USA offering both the TEACCH approach and other researched programs like Applied Behaviour Analysis my aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of the TEACCH approach via observation and discussion with staff. By attending a Five Day Structured TEACCHing Training in Chapel Hill it was my intention to start the Professional Certification process which would allow an authentic delivery of the TEACCH approach in Australia. I visited schools job training sites and adult centres in New York City Chapel Hill NC Durham NC and Greenboro NC and observed Structured TEACCHing and Applied Behvaiour Analysis in these counties. as a n edu cator i t i s a lway s d I ffI cult t o ma k e a d e c IsIo n structured te a cchI ng I mp l e me nte d i n I ts e ntI re t y i s t h e way forwa rd for w ork I ng w I th a ny body on the s pe c t r u m . on a s et p e da g og I ca l p ra ctI ce but i t i s my opIn Io n t h a t 30 fello w S What became overwhelmingly clear to me was that implementing Structured TEACCHing was time consuming in resource production and staff time. However when it was implemented in its authentic application it had astounding results for people on the spectrum. Centres where there were extreme behaviours reported a huge reduction in these behaviours whilst also reporting an increase in engagement and learning of new skills. Completing the Five Day Structured TEACCHing Training in Chapel Hill further improved my knowledge of the approach. And although I had already been implementing Structured TEACCHing for seven years I nonetheless gained new ways to support staff to improve our provision. w It h asd dI ag nosI s o n the I ncre a s e a n d e mp l oy me nt of a d ults f ellowshI p was to eva l uate the s tructure d te a cchI ng a p p roa c h as a best p ra ctI ce p edag og I ca l a p p roa ch w he n w ork I ng w it h students a dults w i t h a utI s m s p e ctrum d I s ord e r. w it h a s d at a n I ncredI b ly l ow p e rce nta g e the a I m of the fellowS 31 Post FellowshiP Since returning to Victoria I have worked with my 25 staff to train them in elements of the approach. I have run Network PDs for the Region catering to over 100 mainstream and special education teachers. I have also presented at whole school meetings for Teacher Aides and Primary staff at our Junior Campus and have hosted visitors from the South Australian Education Department and Singapore Autism Schools. As a consequence of the Fellowship my entire campus now implements Structured TEACCHing with all students having individual approaches based on their strengths and interests. Despite being a time consuming and intense period for teaching staff they are seeing positive results from their hard work with many now working with the local mainstream school to support the implementation of structure into their classes so students on the spectrum can complete VCAL on their campus. Most recently I organised a visit from the TEACCH staff in Chapel Hill to complete a three day Basic Training for all Northern School Teachers and Therapists with teachers visiting from Mackay in QLD to attend the training. After the training the TEACCH trainers visited my campus to provide a consultation on both student behaviour and the implementation of Structured TEACCHing. Their observations were very constructive and extremely positive. As a result I was invited to become a TEACCH Certified Professional. This is a huge personal and professional achievement for me as I am the only person certified in Australia. As an educator it is always difficult to make a decision on a set pedagogical practice but it is my opinion that Structured TEACCHing implemented in its entirety is the way forward for working with anybody on the spectrum. I am interested in developing partnerships with Department of Human Services and Adult Service Providers to implement a structured approach to job training. With the impending NDIS we are in a perfect position to provide a strengths-based approach for people on the spectrum for their whole life. By tailoring our curriculum to those that are functional and skills based we will provide the best opportunities for our students to gain and sustain employment. i ntrod ucti o ns dr gerard heaLey I m a mechanical engineer and sustainable building design specialist working for international consulting firm Arup. My particular area of interest is how people and technology influence each other meaning design decision-making processes related to the built environment and how the built environment influences user behaviour. My Fellowship was granted in 2009 and sponsored by the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council. FellowshiP Aims Modern buildings are becoming increasingly complex in response to pressures for improved environmental economic and social performance. In the push to deliver high-performance buildings the construction and property industry has undergone a steep learning curve however it appears that good intentions have not always translated into performance. Lessons are being learnt along the way but the knowledge sharing tends to be ad-hoc or the knowledge remains tacit or confidential. I undertook an international study Fellowship to identify how construction and property industries around the world dealt with this issue. The specific focus was Integrated Systems and Controls where performance depends on co-ordination between multiple disciplines. The tour ran from April 29 to June 5 2010 and took in England Ireland The Netherlands the United States of America (USA) and Canada where I met a range of experts buildings fellowS 33 and facility managers undertook a specific course and attended a relevant international conference. the fe l l ow s hI p h a s b e e n a t r e m e n d o u s p rofe s s I ona l boos t t o m y c ar e e r . key FindinGs I found that there is a wide range of integrated technologies being deployed in buildings around the world but that without the appropriate training and education the complexity of operation combined with their newness can hinder performance. It is argued that training in Australia s construction and property sectors needs to incorporate lessons such as these into relevant training programs to capitalise on the potential benefits of the systems available. This could be done through a combination of additions to existing courses for each discipline and a number of targeted multi-disciplinary courses on specific technologies. I have had the opportunity to share my findings via a blog contributing to a set of guidelines developed by the Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air-conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and through being part of a steering committee for the development of new courses at Box Hill TAFE as well as presenting at industry conferences. Post FellowshiP The Fellowship has been a tremendous professional boost to my career. As an instance it has provided me with opportunities to speak to many people within the Australian industry as part of refining my study goals and provided opportunities for me to be a more active participant within the industry following the study tour. Two key challenges with regard to the Fellowship remain foremost in my mind. The first refers to the planning of my itinerary which was a challenge in terms of making the most of the time I could spend on the study tour whilst accepting that I couldn t necessarily do everything I wanted. Not made any easier when I had to make last minute changes to my plans as a result of the active volcano in Iceland grounding flights to Europe. The second challenge was synthesising all the information I collected during the study tour into focused outputs. I had been able to meet so many wonderful people who were willing to share their knowledge with me that I had a huge amount of information to process. Fortunately I got there in the end and with the help of the ISS Institute was able to produce a report that I am still proud of. 34 fello w S I f ound that there is a wIde ra ng e of In tegrated t ec h n olog I es be ing d eployed In buI l dI ng s but t h at wIthout the a p pr opr Iate tra I nI ng t h e complexI ty o f w it h t h eIr newnes s ca n h I n der per fo rm ance. o p e r at Ion com bI ned a nd educatI on a r ou n d t h e world Since that time I have been able to remain active in the building industry and am currently sitting on committees in Victoria for the Property Council of Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia. It seems to me that the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to building design remains as important today as it was when I undertook my study tour. And that is why I continue to learn about and advocate for integrated design on projects and my committee positions. fellowS 35 viCki abraham I am an Occupational Therapist and have been in private practice for 16 years. My business Abraham OT Services P L (AOTS) now has six OTs providing services to people with varying conditions. My Fellowship Innovation in Upper Limb Rehabilitation Computer Robotic Based Therapy and Constraint Induced Therapy was undertaken in 2013 and sponsored by The George Alexander Foundation. FellowshiP Aims Literature reviews indicated positive outcomes using CI Therapy and or robotic computer therapy in upper limb rehabilitation following neurological injury. Further research was required to determine whether these therapies should be available in Australia. The objectives of this Fellowship were to learn the background reasoning behind the benefits of CI Therapy and the therapeutic technique and to learn the background reasoning behind the use of robotic computer assistive technologies and how these technologies are being used to increase function of upper limbs post neurological injuries. Investigating the link between rehabilitation gains and occupational gains for clients involved in CI Therapy as well as programs utilising robotic computer assistive technologies was another focus. To research these objectives and be able to determine if these strategies would benefit patients and improve outcomes clinics and hospitals that routinely use these techniques in America Germany Austria and Israel were visited. Through direct interviews and observation of staff with their clients information was gathered and an investigation of the links between rehabilitation and occupational gains using these therapies was conducted. with thI s ty p e of the ra p y a n d that w e a re a bl e t o In c r e ase the unde rs ta ndI ng of the be ne fI ts of s uch th e r apy. I a m p rou d t h a t my cl I nI c i s l e a dI ng the way I n au st r al Ia key FindinGs The key findings from this Fellowship were that the brain is very plastic and with repetition it is possible to form new pathways so that the unaffected parts of the brain may take over the roles of the affected parts. Furthermore time post injury is not a barrier to recovery with targeted therapy. Given intensive therapy through CI Therapy and the use of robotics computer-based devices home practice motivation and the drive to improve people with reduced use of an upper extremity have the capability to increase fello w S i ntrod ucti o ns the function of an affected limb. Technology is a growing industry and should be embraced as part of therapy. This Fellowship recommended that these therapies be practiced within Australia so that Australians had access to the same types of treatment available overseas as well as enabling further research in the area to be completed. Post FellowshiP Since the completion of this Fellowship I have presented my research at various conferences to different groups including therapists funding bodies and government agencies. I have demonstrated how various robotic computer-based devices can be used within therapy programs. On completion of my Fellowship I decided that Australians should have access to the amazing robotic computer assisted devices available overseas. To provide such service I set up a private upper limb rehabilitation clinic in Melbourne focusing on robotic computer based therapy CI Therapy and incorporating these into functional therapy. I have purchased suitable devices ensured that all of my therapists have been fully trained to provide the therapy required and keep them well supported. This clinic has been open since January 2014 and the number of clients we see continues to increase. Clients attend our clinic come from all over Australia and also New Zealand. Arrangements have been made with local accommodation allowing clients to stay close by during their intensive therapy program. fellowS 37 We have been seeing amazing results from our clients and they are extremely happy with their therapy outcomes. We have clients of varying ages attend the clinic and all are at different stages of their recovery. It is a very fulfilling experience to watch our clients improve their function and see how much they enjoy their therapy sessions. I am proud that my clinic is leading the way in Australia with this type of therapy and that we are able to increase the understanding of the benefits of such therapy. Informing the Australian population about these therapies has been challenging as most people do not understand how recovery is possible using this type of approach. Finding funding for clients to attend the clinic has been extremely challenging and is something that I will continue to advocate for. technolo g y is a g row I ng em braced as pa rt of the ra p y. The Fellowship has given me many opportunities I did not anticipate. I am still presenting at various conferences and in 2015 I have been asked to present at two overseas events. I am now also considering completing a Masters in OT in order for the work we are doing to become published and recognised within Australia. I ndus try and s houl d be i ntrod ucti o ns karen o reiLLybriggs I am a qualified metal fabricator AS1796 pressure vessel welder CSWIP welding inspector and have worked in the Victorian engineering and manufacturing industry for approximately 20 years. I have also worked as a trade teacher in various TAFE colleges and completed a Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and a Master of Education degree. I am currently completing a Doctor of Education research degree at La Trobe University Melbourne. My Fellowship was undertaken in 2005 and was sponsored by the Commonwealth Government Department of Education and Training (formerly Department of Education Science and Training). FellowshiP Aims My Fellowship study Pipefitting skills deficiencies in metal fabrication and welding (pipefitting) in Australia was prompted by a requirement asked of me in the course of my work to perform the duties of a pipefitter without due access to appropriate training wherein it became apparent to me that pipefitting while a trade vocation in other countries was not so in Australia and therefore an area of skills deficiency in need of immediate addressing. As a consequence the purpose of the Fellowship was to undertake a study program in the USA and Canada to gain a comprehensive understanding of pipefitting including design problem solving and innovation in engineering trades. fellowS 39 As part of the Fellowship I was invited by a s a re s ult of comb In In g r e se ar c h the United Association of Journeymen w i t h the fe l l ow s hI p In v e st Igat Io n I and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) to tour a number not only a cquI re d val u ab l e sk Il l s of their 400 workshops attend the 5 day i n c lud i n g how to con d u c t r e se ar c h United Association Instructors Training a n d cra ft re p orts b u t al so d e v e l o pe d Program at Washtenaw Community the confI de nce t o w r It e r e po rt s College Ann Arbor Michigan USA visit t o a p ubl I s ha bl e stan d ar d . pipe installations at construction sites and attend the UA s 37th Convention and election of general officers. Further to this I participated in the Welding Technology Institute of Australia s industry tour of metal engineering manufacturing and mining enterprises throughout Canada visited the Canadian Welding Bureau and attended the International Institute of Welding s annual assembly in Qu bec. key FindinGs By the time of the Fellowship I had worked around Victoria on the tools as a metal fabricator welder and pipefitter in the engineering and manufacturing industry for 15 years in petrochemical plants breweries general engineering workshops and had even helped build the Anzac frigates in Williamstown. Yet although I loved my trade I was looking for a new challenge and beginning to realise that no matter how good I was as a tradesperson there was little prospect for career advancement or professional development opportunities within the trade itself despite having found one small avenue - teaching welding one night a week at my old trade school in Newport. And then two significant things happened to me both in 2005. The first one involved coming across an ad placed by Latrobe University advertising for tradespeople to undertake graduate diplomas in education. I enrolled and graduated later that same year surprising even myself by the high marks I received. The second was that around the time of graduation I was awarded the prestigious ISS Institute Government National DEST Overseas Fellowship to investigate the trade of pipe-fitting. In this regard I was fortunate to have a very good supervisor with a trade background himself Dr Damon Cartledge who was able to envisage how this Fellowship opportunity could be combined with a research degree and it was he who encouraged me to go forward and enrol. 40 fello w S ... a lt h ough I l ov e d my tra d e I was be g I nnI ng to re a l I s e t h a t no matte r h o w l I ttl e p ros p e ct for ca re e r a dva nc e m e n t op p ortunI tI e s w i t h i n the tra d e I t se l f. Post FellowshiP As a result of combining research with the Fellowship investigation I not only acquired valuable skills including how to conduct research and craft reports but also developed the confidence to write reports to a publishable standard skills that led me to eventually graduate with a Master s Degree--which in turn has led to further opportunities. For several years I focused on trade teaching before receiving a National Centre of Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Scholarship to conduct research looking at the possibility of introducing master level degrees for tradespeople within the TAFE sector. Despite the fact that the research concluded that such a scheme would not be feasible within the current vocational education structure I was honoured to be invited to speak at many conferences around Australia including at the University of Tasmania where I took the opportunity to tour engineering firms in that state. More recently in late 2011 I was awarded the David Myers Scholarship--the most prestigious award on offer at La Trobe University and have since been working diligently on research investigating the impact of national training reforms on the quality of engineering trade vocational education in Victoria that I anticipate will be completed in late 2015. l ook I ng for a ne w cha l l e ng e a n d g ood I wa s a s a tra de s p e rs on t h e r e was or p rofe s s I ona l de v e l op me n t fellowS 41 Peter JaCobson I have worked in the Australia VET sector (public and private providers) as a trainer assessor and manager across a variety of industries for over 28 years and am currently the Director of Training of Trades Hair and Beauty at Victoria University. The college delivers qualifications from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma. My Fellowship was undertaken in 2013 and sponsored by the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC). FellowshiP Aims The Fellowship Reinvigorating VET Best Practice in Apprenticeships centered on vocational trades training delivered at AQF Certificate II and III levels. The Fellowship explored the transition from preapprenticeships into apprenticeships and how retention and training outcomes could be improved through new student support programs and models. VET providers in the UK have significantly higher levels of student completion than Australia despite an economy that has yet to recover from the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and youth unemployment rates of over 25 per cent. I set out to investigate the performance and programs of these VET providers for the purposes of adopting similar strategies in Australia. To do this I undertook a series of College visits in the UK and attended and participated in the 2nd International Conference of the German Research Centre for Comparative Vocational Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) with a theme of Youth In Transition Vet In Times Of Economic Crisis . 42 fellow S s Ince the fel l owshI p I have I mplement ed reco m m endatI ons p r ogr ams and m o dels both at a loc al l evel throug h m y a n d at a n at Iona l level thro ugh a n d pr of essIona l asso cI atI o ns. c ollab or atI o n wI th I ndus try w o r kplac e v I cto rI a unI versI ty f or n ew student sup p ort The confence was held in September 2014 at the University of Cologne Germany and included my presentation entitled Prevocational programs and Pre-Apprenticeships The Australian Experience . The purpose of the overseas experience in Germany and the UK (Nottingham Edinburgh and Glasgow) was to identify and explore what I could learn and implement from their experiences. key FindinGs The research and information obtained have enabled me to provide advice on best practice in VET particularly trade s apprenticeships with a focus on student mentorship models and programs Vocational Excellence and Centres of Excellence alternative VET business and industry engagement models and industry participation. Currently the Australian VET system has become fragmented and reduced due to national reform and budget cuts that have affected the funding allocated to different groups. fellowS 43 This particular Fellowship focused on managing student retention and completion within RTOs and encouraging support from dedicated teams of teachers and specialists to work with students and employers alike at the first and most recognised point of contact. The outcomes and benefits of this Fellowship further included a greater understanding of the successful UK and Germany VET models which were identified as the original skills deficiency. Interestingly it also highlighted and reinforced what Australian providers have been doing well therefore allowing us to build on our existing framework. into apprentI cesh I p s a n d how re te ntI on a n d tra I nI ng o u t c o m e s c o u l d be I m pro ved throug h ne w s tude nt s up p ort p rog ram s a n d m o d e l s. Post FellowshiP Since the Fellowship I have implemented recommendations for new student support programs and models both at a local level through my workplace Victoria University and at a national level through collaboration with industry and professional associations. I have also disseminated my findings with a presentation at the Apprenticeships Melbourne VINO session as well as implementing local changes in VET delivery and student support at Victoria University Trade College. The dissemination of the Fellowship s findings have ensured that VET students receive the necessary support in their RTO resulting in improved retention and completion rates. the fel l owshI p e x p l ore d t h e tra ns I tI on from p re - appr e n t Ic e sh Ips 44 fellow S PauL hede I have been a Director Principal of Hede Architects Pty Ltd since 1982 and with 32 years of experience I lead a dynamic growing office. I am an acknowledged leader in the design for disability in education and have won several awards for my specialist and community buildings. My Fellowship was undertaken in 2013 as the Sir James Gobbo Institute Fellowship sponsored by Sir James Gobbo. FellowshiP Aims This Fellowship looked at the need for all schools to create an environment where students with a disability can feel more in control of their learning by being provided with spaces that offer them comfort and flexibility giving them the capacity to remove themselves from situations where they do not feel at ease and go to a better space suited to their needs. r esear ched and ho p e to furthe r I nfl ue nce a l l s chool de s I g n . I am proud that des I g n for dI s a bI l I ty i s be I ng both note d a n d Schools in Denmark Finland and the USA were targeted for this applied research study tour both specialists in their setting and mainstream schools with disabled students. Pleasingly I was able to use my experience in designing many schools in Australia both mainstream and specialist to fully realise the Fellowship s intentions. The Fellowship study identified characteristics that are worthwhile in twelve different schools. It further sought to establish a guide as to the types of spaces that should be provided in a mainstream school to enable students with a disability to improve their learning. Interestingly the research also identified the fact that non-disabled students might also benefit from this provision. key FindinGs The Fellowship study identified the need for all mainstream schools to be able to provide support to disabled students identifying four key elements to be included in schools that would enable all students to succeed. It also identified that the student should control the extent of time they spend in a base area versus time in the general learning environment and how learning areas can offer greater individualisation 45 for students with a disability to operate more effectively. Commonalities to specialist and mainstream schools are that schools could be broken down in scale (use of sub-schools) to enable better learning outcomes for all students. Disabled students need these changes to occur in mainstream learning environments to assist their learning to its fullest potential. These benefits when applied for the disabled community benefit all students as there are many students whose needs can vary over the course of their education. From the Fellowship s outcomes it became apparent that school planning should include the following Early intervention capability to assist students to be prepared for school proper Sub-schools the breaking down of schools into smaller units that provide more comfortable environments for disabled students. Sensory control proved important within learning areas for disabled students The creation of a base area for students that offers support and an alternative learning space for all students (mainstream) including the disabled The establishment of learning spaces offering a variety of options aids and adaptable environments for all students but particularly disabled students. 46 fellow S Post FellowshiP This research confirmed my direct experiences over the past 30 years of designing for educational services. When designing for a school s particular pedagogy I found some common themes emerging in both specialist and mainstream schools and recognised that mainstream settings could provide for a greater population of disabled students if the environment in which they were learning offered greater flexibility. All schools support students at various times who may have challenges in behaviour learning and physical needs and the model I propose could have far reaching benefits for the entire educational community. As a result of this Fellowship I spoke at the 2013 CEFPI Conference in Portland Oregon where I presented my findings. Opportunities exist for schools currently being designed to adopt the proposed model leading to a total community benefit. One of the challenges however is to get all existing schools to adopt to the proposed model even at a modest re-planning initial entry-point. cr eat e an envI ronm ent w he re s tud e nts w I th a dI s a bI l I ty c a n feel m ore I n control of the I r l e a rnI ng b y be I ng p rov I d e d wIth s paces that offer the m comfort a nd fl e x I bI l I ty. t h Is fello ws hI p l oo k e d at t h e ne e d for a l l s chool s t o Professionally I have been acknowledged as offering input into my profession generally and in assisting other architects as well as educators. I am proud that design for disability is being both noted and researched and hope to further influence all school design. fellowS 47 riChmond Loh As The Fish Vet I provide veterinary services for a range of clients including individual pet fish owners public aquaria retailers wholesalers and fish farmers (ornamental and food fish). I am passionate about promoting and advancing the field of aquatic animal health and am dedicated to serving my colleagues through the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA). I undertook my Fellowship in 2012 and was sponsored by The George Alexander Foundation. FellowshiP Aims The aim of this Fellowship was to promote talented individuals to pursue specific extended study for the acquisition of higher-level skills and an appreciation of international best practice. The funds from the Fellowship really helped me access centres of knowledge particularly since Australia is geographically so isolated. This Fellowship allowed me to travel to the University of Hawaii Hilo the Department of Agriculture in Hawaii and the University of Florida. It also allowed me to visit the largest koi farm the largest ornamental fish farm attend a three-day aquaponics conference and to the sought-after ten-day Seavet course. 48 fello w S The Fellowship allowed me to gain specialised knowledge in aquatic veterinary medicine and facilitated professional dialogue across continents. It has certainly boosted my confidence in approaching and solving problems my clients have thereby promoting better productivity through better health and welfare of the animals. key FindinGs My findings are detailed in the Fellowship report Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Specific to Cultured Display and Wild Aquatic Life which covers a diverse range of areas an aquatic veterinarian would be involved in including sharks stingrays bony fish pinnipeds cetaceans manatees turtles and penguins fish farming (abalone and fin fish and ornamentals (koi and tropical fishes)) and aquaponics. The knowledge gained from the Fellowship helps me to both arrive at a diagnosis and manage treat clinical cases with more confidence while also improving my teaching technique including employing a multisensory approach with a series of still visual videos and practical components. Most significantly I have been able to establish a wide network of colleagues. Post FellowshiP Since completing the Fellowship I have been elected and made President of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA) 2014. I have been invited to speak at several major veterinary gatherings including the World Veterinary Association Congress in Prague (Czech Republic 2013) to address students at Ross University (the world s largest veterinary school) in Basseterre (St Kitts and Nevis 2014) the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention in Denver (USA fellowS 49 2014) and the Federation of Asian Veterinary Association in Singapore (2014). My lectures were well-received and I have subsequently been invited to present at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Convention in Bangkok (Thailand 2015) and in Cartagena (Colombia 2016). I mpa rt the I r k n o wl e d ge f o r t h e be ne fI t of t h e gl o b al aq u at Ic a nI ma l he a lt h c o m m u n It y. re cruI t oth e r e x pe rt s t o I hav e be e n a c atalyst t o Since 2013 I have conducted and organised monthly webinars (WAVMA WebCEPD) to share and discuss topics and have been a catalyst to recruit other experts to impart their knowledge for the benefit of the global aquatic animal health community. With the knowledge gained I am well-equipped to teach the aquatic components at Murdoch University s School of Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. With collegial education as a high priority I regularly mentor and accept undergraduate students for their externships. And to enable veterinary students to access the global pool of knowledge I have successfully helped form WAVMA Student Chapters at Murdoch University University of Sydney University of Queensland and Ross University (St Kitts & Nevis). I have published a Fish Vetting series of texts and a DVD and am active on social media to help colleagues and clients care for aquatic animals. Locally I regularly give talks to the hobbyist clubs (e.g. Koi Society of WA Perth Cichlid Society Marine Aquarium Society of WA) about fish diseases biosecurity and fish welfare. 50 fellow S CamiLLa roberts I have worked for both one of the top global media agencies and for a number of fast growing entrepreneurial tourism companies. In these roles I managed state national and international marketing campaigns promoting long term stays in regional areas of Australia New Zealand and the US. One campaign was listed a National Finalist in the 2014 Australian Marketing Institute s Awards for Marketing Excellence. Upon being awarded the Fellowship I went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the Masters of Food Communication at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and subsequently went on to become the Marketing Manager for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. My Fellowship titled A post a day keeps the competitor at bay was undertaken in 2013 and sponsored by AgriFood Skills Australia. fellowS 51 FellowshiP Aims The purpose of my Fellowship was to learn best practice social media techniques and distil them for time poor businesses into key priorities to enable them to make the most of the free global audiences online and compete in the borderless online market. I had previously identified a need for this research because few businesses in food agriculture and tourism were strategically using online tools. In agriculture this was compounded by an aging work force who also had the lowest computer literacy of any occupation group. In addition to this Tourism Australia research had also found that international tourists who had not yet been to Australia ranked Australian food experiences tenth in the world. Once they visited Australia however the ranking based on their actual experience jumped to third. Seventy-eight per cent of international tourists used the internet to plan their trips to Australia. This showed that our food food experiences were globally competitive but the way we communicated them online was not. I l earn t t h e p ow e r of s ocI a l me dI a a n d how t o u se I t t o a chI e v e ta ng I bl e bus I ne s s re s ult s. 52 fello w S I m passIonate a bout the alI g nme nt of g oog l e a na ly tI cs dI g I ta l c ont ent and so cI al m edI a towa rd buI l dI ng a l a rg e e ng a g e d loyal custo m er base f or food a n d tourI s m bus I ne s s e s . key FindinGs After interviewing social media managers of several of the large food businesses in London - including Waitrose Supermarkets and Jamie Oliver - I was able to determine the key social media tools and techniques that would deliver the most success for the least effort. I gained insight into large and small scale online crises and recommended best practice crisis management and prevention. This knowledge was then disseminated in a series of workshops in Victoria including to regional producers of the Daylesford Macedon region. Post FellowshiP I ve had wonderful opportunities as a result of the Fellowship including securing the Marketing Manager role at the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and running the marketing for its three charitable programs and the global campaign Food Revolution Day was a particular highlight. It was incredible to work for such a digitally progressive company with Jamie Oliver having the largest celebrity chef social media following in the world (14 000 000 fans). I learnt the power of social media and how to use it to achieve tangible business results. I m especially proud of having completed my Masters degree in Food Communication while working full time in London. The degree gave me a solid grounding in the science of taste production techniques food ethics law and trends all of which has been incredibly valuable in managing the digital marketing for food businesses. I ve since applied this knowledge to the Australian not for profit The Good Foundation that runs Jamie Oliver s charity work in Australia. From Australia I also worked on contract to Jamie Oliver Limited running the Australian schools strategy for Food Revolution Day which resulted in 90 000 Australian kids cooking on May 15. The event raises awareness of the importance of teaching children about food in an effort to stem the rising tide of obesity related diseases. Since the Fellowship I have also become Hootsuite Certified and attended the Google Analytics Academy. I m passionate about the alignment of Google Analytics digital content and social media toward building a large engaged loyal customer base for food and tourism businesses. fellowS 53 dr gita Pendharkar I am currently working as a teacher at the School of Vocational Engineering RMIT University and a lecturer and research fellow at the Department of Electrical Engineering Monash University. I received my Fellowship in 2009 sponsored by the Higher Education and Skills Group (DET). FellowshiP Aims My PhD research was in the area of designing and developing instrumentation for remote gait monitoring and assessing the gait patterns using sensor network and signal processing. Hence I had a keen interest in the area of Neuroprosthetics as there is a great human need for better more functional prosthetic devices which can be used especially by amputees soldiers who have been severely injured or in other areas of health care. sIgnI fI cant step p I ng -s tone i n my ca re e r. The ISS Institute Fellowship enabled me to undertake an overseas research program to gain skills and a comprehensive understanding in the field of Neuroprosthetics or Brain Computer Interface (BCI). In the course of the Fellowship I visited UFES in Brazil John Hopkins University and University of Delaware in USA and Ryerson University in Toronto Canada where I interacted with other staff members and post-graduate students and industry experts working in the area of Neuroprosthetics or Brain Computer Interface (BCI). the I ss I nstI tute fe l l ow s hI p w a s a 54 fellow S key FindinGs After interacting with the leading global developers of Neuroprosthetics in USA Canada and Brazil I felt that Australia needs to be more competent in the global market of the wider ICT applications particularly Biomedical Engineering industry. The education and training facilities in the area of Biomedical Engineering need improvement in order to develop an interest in the younger generations. The government should support and provide funds to enhance biomedical industry in Australia. Post FellowshiP The ISS Institute Fellowship was a significant stepping-stone in my career. After completing the Fellowship in December 2010 I completed my doctorate in Biomedical Engineering and in the following year I received the Manufacturing Skills Australia Innovation Award that allowed me to further my knowledge in the manufacturing sector in Neuroprosthetics and robotic exoskeleton areas in Biomedical Engineering. In 2012 I was honoured to receive the prestigious Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship Award presented to me by Rupert Murdoch in California. This subsequent Fellowship award enabled me to pursue my post-doc fellowship at the University of Delaware USA. There I conducted experiments on the robotic exoskeleton (used to train stroke subjects for improving their gait in the laboratory) at the University of Delaware as a result of which I then designed a compact gait assessment and monitoring device in order to assess and monitor patient progress - a device that could be used by the subjects at home. The primary application of this was for stroke subjects and people with Parkinson s disease. This project was successfully carried out and the system was validated using the Vicon system in the laboratory. Since then I have expanded my interdisciplinary research collaborations overseas and have contributed to a wide-range of journal and conference papers. I regularly collaborate with the clinicians from Monash Medical Centre and discuss the cutting edge technology which will be useful for assessment and monitoring complex medical conditions. I supervise students from RMIT Monash Victoria University and Latrobe University on various projects in Biomedical Engineering. I have also established industry networks and collaborate with the Electrical Electronics and Biomedical Industry in order to provide work experience program and job opportunities to the undergraduate and disadvantaged students. I have also established collaborations with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and supervise PhD students in the Electrical Biomedical Engineering area. fellowS 55 mark bunyan I have had extensive experience overseas and domestically in a variety of industries such as building oil exploration market research management consultancy and training and education. I have also worked extensively for state government in education and commercial training for NSW TAFE. My Fellowship titled MSA Rilda Mossop Innovation Study Award Fellowship was undertaken in 2014 and sponsored by Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA). FellowshiP Aims The aim of the Fellowship was to build on previous research conducted on the Mittelstand philosophy of business in German manufacturing. In particular the following objectives were undertaken Develop customised training templates to improve management and leadership skills in Australian manufacturing SMEs Seek and promote alliances based on innovation between German and Australian manufacturing companies Identify critical success factors that contribute to Mittelstand success. p e r so n al ly t h e fe l l ow sh Ip h as r e su lt e d conta c t s wi t h r e su lt In g I ndust ry r e se ar c h . i n num e r o u s n e t wo r k op p ort u n It Ie s f o r f u rt h e r Past research had stated that future Australian managers must demonstrate strong leadership to remain competitive in a dynamic manufacturing industry. This Fellowship study concentrated on enhancing skills in management and leadership based on lessons learned from Mittelstand companies. A four-week trip to Germany was undertaken that included a series of interviews with the following stakeholders Eight Mittelstand companies in manufacturing in the towns and cities of Darmstadt Heinsberg Lohne Rheine Oelde Crailsheim Biberach An Riz and Rodental The director of Vocational Training and Further Training Handelskammer Bremen 56 fellow S past r esea rch had stated that f ut u r e aus tra l I a n m ana g ers mus t t o r emaIn co m petI tI ve in a dy na mI c manufa cturI ng I ndus try. Two representatives from the German Association of Small and Medium Sized Businesses (BVMW) in Berlin and Frankfurt A representative of the Offensive Mittelstand group in Bielefeld A management training consultant in Frankfurt The Australian Business in Europe group based in Munich Attendance at the 2014 Austrade Business and Technology Forum. key FindinGs While the Mittelstand management and leadership skills were well developed in the areas of strategic vision industry knowledge employee relations and innovation there were definite opportunities for Australian manufacturing SMEs to develop alliances with German Mittelstand companies. In light of this I made twelve major recommendations including the following 1. The development of a management and leadership skills package customised specifically for the Australian manufacturing industry 2. Support customised training through the development of assessment instruments based on the Offensive Mittelstand model that audits Australian SME capabilities in critical areas of management and leadership demon st rate stro ng l eaders hI p fellowS 57 3. Select a number of suitable managers from Australian manufacturing SMEs to partake in Germany s Management Training Program (Fit for Partnership with Germany) 4. Actively seek and promote Australian and German alliances based on innovation with the challenge of creating the right contacts through the development and implementation of a dedicated website. The final report was disseminated through various organisations including the Central Coast Manufacturing Connect (CCMC) Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and the Victorian Department of Economic Development amongst others. Post FellowshiP The report has been successfully presented to influential stakeholders including the following The Australian Ambassador to Germany H. E. David Richie by Mr Joerg von Netzer Foreign Trade Spokesman for the State of Hessen Mr Rainer Ptok Director Foreign Trade Division of BVMW in Germany Mr Carsten Meier Investment Manager of the European Office of the State of Victoria Australia in Frankfurt The Australia-Germany Advisory Group an initiative set up by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The report was further well received by the Hunter Industry Leaders Council comprised of owners and managers from manufacturing SMEs in the Hunter region NSW. Personally the Fellowship has resulted in numerous network contacts with resulting opportunities for further industry research. It has also provided a platform for relevant organisations to develop effective training and assist SMEs to realise a more profitable business through effective management and leadership and potential alliances with German world leaders in manufacturing. 58 fellow S syLvia waLsh I have studied in Paris and London and presented at the International F o u n d a t i o n Technology Institutes (IFFTI) conferences in Toronto and London. Throughout the mid 1960s and through the 1970s I worked in a wide range of design product development and merchandising both in Australia and overseas. I have designed for international brands managed design projects for niche markets and worked in the development of trade with China. Further to this I am the author of the books Flappers to Flares Six Decades of Fashion and Sheep to Suit . Currently I am President of the Textile Institute (TI UK) and a representative of the Paris American Academy fashion Education Division (PAA France). I am pleased to have mentored many of Australia s leading young fashion designers. My Fellowship was undertaken in 2008 and sponsored by OTTE (TAFE). FellowshiP Aims The aims of this Fellowship were to undertake an overseas study program to gain skills and a comprehensive understanding in the fields of building the education of textile and fashion design fellowS 59 manufacturing and distribution management models based on innovation and flexibility and creativity and quality design within the context of a rapid response to market demands and supply chain for local and international settings. As part of the Fellowship I visited New York London West Yorkshire Manchester Huddersfield Leeds and Milan during September and October 2008 in particular the following companies NY Designs Design Business centre Long Island City New York USA Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) New York USA Garment Industry Development Corporation (GIDC) New York USA Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Manchester UK Centre of Excellence Design and Textiles Incubator Huddersfield UK Council for Fashion and Textiles Skillfast-UK Leeds UK Fast Fashion Supply chain business forums London UK Fashion Design and Technology Centre for Fashion Enterprise London College of Fashion (LCF) London UK Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) Milan Italy Paola Ambrosoni Design Studio Milan Italy Instituto Marangoni Milan Italy Instituto Europeao Design (IED) Moda Lab Milan Italy. I a m p l e a s e d t o h av e m e n t o r e d ma ny of a us tra l Ia s l e ad In g y oung fa s hI on d e sIgn e r s. key FindinGs Several key Fellowship recommendations have been realised and have been used in creating and developing the Textile and Fashion Industry hub-under the leadership of Jo-Ann Kellock. One key recommendation was the High Calibre TCF Talent Incubator 60 fellow S I t ha s be e n my p l e a s ure t o There is a need in Australia for one comprehensive p re s e nt at s e v e ra l I nte rnat Io n al centre-of-excellence for the TCF industry. Models forums not l e a s t of w hI ch was exist in the U.S.A and U.K. Such a centre should be t h e I nte rnatI ona l I ncubat o r s unashamedly elitist and opportunities to participate a nnua l w orl d confe re n c e . should be restricted to companies and individuals able to demonstrate superior design skills significant business acumen and the ability to self-promote through advanced communication skills. The objective of this talent incubator would be to nurture top talent through coaching professional assistance and specialised resources and facilities. The end result would be individuals and companies capable of operating successfully on the world stage and enhancing Australia s commercial reputation. Important elements of the talent incubator would include A professional board or controlling committee comprising design manufacturing marketing financial and legal representation Rigorous selection process to ensure that applicants have the full package of skills and that they are coachable Adequate levels of funding strictly tied to specific performance achievements Self-funding commercial design to production units and showroom facilities Sophisticated coaching and mentoring of designers Information and know-how brokerage for technical skills specified equipment legislation services and workplace issues Facilitating of multi-discipline networking Commercial services providing opportunity to aggregate skills acquisition towards recognised qualification or as stand-alone certification. Tested achievements rather than merely acknowledgment of attendance Location and ambience of state-of-the-art business facilities rather than a school . Post FellowshiP Along with the work on following through with the many recommendations noted above it has been my pleasure to present at several international forums not least of which was the International Incubators Annual World Conference. C ha p t e r 61 kirkLand kaLdorbuLL I am a self-employed energy systems consultant working in research and development specification and delivery of energy saving technologies for building technology and industrial processes. My Fellowship titled CO2 Creating a sustainable future with natural refrigerants was completed in 2014 and sponsored by The George Alexander Foundation. I lea rnt that i t I s p os s I bl e to cha ng e an entI re I ndus try. FellowshiP Aims Approximately 12 per cent of Australia s entire greenhouse gas emissions are due to the Heating Ventilation Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration industry. Replacing synthetic refrigerants with natural refrigerants such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2) has been gaining popularity in international markets such as Europe the USA and Japan due to their ability to significantly reduce environmental impacts. The Fellowship allowed me to travel to seven countries in Europe and meet face-to-face with industry leading professionals and manufacturers in the newly established European CO2 market. The focus was to learn about the thermodynamic differences between synthetic refrigerants and CO2 and to discover the range of CO2 applications. It was hoped that the findings might contribute to awareness and uptake of this technology amongst 62 fellow S Australian industry. The trip revealed much about the benefits limitations innovations and application areas of CO2 and other natural refrigerants. mI g ht contrI bute t o awa re n e ss a n d up ta k e of thI s te chnol o gy a mong s t a us tra l I a n I nd us t ry. I t wa s hop e d t h a t the fI nd In gs key FindinGs Having face-to-face technical discussions with leading academics application engineers innovators and manufacturers was an incredible experience. This comprehensive immersion was highly effective in accelerating the learning process bringing me up to speed with leading edge CO2 technology. I discovered an industry that is undergoing a period of rapid growth with an overwhelmingly positive and coherent grasp of CO2 technology. European regulations are cited as the main impetus for the rapid adoption of CO2 in Europe. New customers that are educated about the technology are choosing CO2 not only because it is future proof from environmental regulation but also because the efficiency enhancements are so significant. In Switzerland for example the environmental benefits have led to legislation that makes it mandatory for systems over 40kW to use natural refrigerants and to incorporate waste heat recovery. There are many surprising benefits to using CO2. It has a very high heat transfer ability allowing for a massively reduced heat exchanger size. CO2 is non-flammable and can be used to suppress fires in certain applications. Transcritical CO2 technology allows generation of high temperature waste heat leading to an incredible near doubling of efficiency when the waste heat is utilised. Much effort has been invested in making the technology as simple and understandable as possible however challenges exist in the education of the customer and technician base. Post FellowshiP Aside from the technical learning I was able to establish relationships with a network of experts that have provided support for the development of CO2 and other natural refrigerant projects I have worked and am currently working on in Australia. I learnt that it is possible to change an entire industry. CO2 has technical challenges and people tend to want to stick with what they know. However when you have people who are motivated to make a difference and regulatory support an industry can be turned around very quickly. Instead of resistance to change in Europe I found people turning challenges into opportunities. This has inspired me to begin development of my own domestic heat pump product for the Australian market. fellowS 63 Leigh taig I have been a vocational trainer in horticulture for over 15 years. For the last 10 years I have focussed my attention specifically in the area of protected cropping (hydroponics). I am currently the chair of Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) a grower-based industry body representing sectors such as herbs and leafy greens vegetables cut flowers berries aquaponics and allied trades. This year (2015) our biennial growers conference will run in conjunction with the International Convention and Exhibition on Soilless Culture (ICESC) for researchers endeavouring to bridge the gap between researchers and the industry. My Fellowship titled Protected Cropping was undertaken in 2006 and sponsored by OTTE (TAFE). FellowshiP Aims In 2006 the Protected Cropping Industry was relatively new and most horticultural training was focussed on soil-based production. After working on a number of projects with industry it was clear that there was a strong need for specialist training for Australian growers yet there was little available. The primary aim of the Fellowship then was to gain first-hand experience of the practical skills required for highlevel management and control of various greenhouse systems. As part of this investigation I looked at a specialist training facility in the Netherlands (PTC ) as a model for the delivery of training in the area of protected cropping. I dI s co vered ho w I nd us try drI v e n re s e a rche rs a n d g r o we r s wo r k e d I m pro vI ng pro ductI on te chnI que s a n d s ubs e que nt yIe l d s t o ge t h e r clo s ely to I m ple me nt ne w re s e a rch a n d te chnol ogy c o n stan t ly wI th reducI ng ene rg y cos ts a n d I mp rov I ng e nv I ronmen tal c r e d e n t Ial s. key FindinGs The Dutch have long been at the forefront of greenhouse production and this Fellowship gave me the opportunity to visit high tech greenhouses in the Netherlands and gain a better understanding of the technology and expertise required. I was able to see first-hand how various electronic sensors measuring parameters such as temperature light humidity and nutrient concentration in the feed water were linked to computer controllers which in turn were linked to controls opening and closing roof vents or pumping 64 fello w S a fte r w ork I ng on a numbe r o f cl e a r that the re w a s a s tr o n g ne e d for s p e cI a l I s t tra I n In g for a us tra l I a n g row e rs y e t p roj e cts w I th I nd us try i t wa s the re wa s l I ttl e ava I l a bl e . hot water from the boiler through heating pipes to help maintain the greenhouse environment. Additionally I discovered how industry driven researchers and growers worked closely to implement new research and technology constantly improving production techniques and subsequent yields together with reducing energy costs and improving environmental credentials. The most significant outcome however was learning just how important industry-focussed and practicallybased training was in raising the capacity of growers and crop workers. One of my recommendations therefore was to promote the establishment of a specialist training centre in Australia to support the expansion of the industry. Post FellowshiP Since undertaking the Fellowship I continue to work for Goulburn Ovens TAFE and have been fortunate to have the freedom within my workplace to develop a strong relationship with the Protected Cropping industry here in Australia. Further to this I have worked on projects that examined training and career pathways within the industry facilitated workshops throughout Australia showcasing new technology as well as coordinated industry specific courses. This has included 16 regional one-day workshops as part of the National Greenhouse Waste-water Recirculation project 12 regional information sessions delivering the outcomes of the Pathways to Production project and developing a framework for PCA training partnerships with TAFE and Universities. The workshops and information sessions have reached an estimated 500 growers nationally. fellowS 65 The standout program for me is the Greenhouse Technical Management Course (GTMC). The GTMC was delivered at 18 locations in all mainland states New Zealand and England to over 250 growers and allied professionals. It has made an outstanding contribution in raising the capabilities of individuals and the capacity of enterprises in the protected cropping industry. Demand continues for this course nationally and internationally. The key to the success of the program is the practical nature of the course content (a lesson learnt well from my Fellowship) and its industry relevance coupled with a willingness to bring it all to the growers in their own region. I am pleased to have been instrumental in developing a strategic partnership with the online trade magazine Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses to develop online a hydroponic certificate course for the international market which was launched this year in Abu Dhabi at the GFIA 2015. From the success of this program we will roll out further qualifications and courses to meet the needs of the industry. 66 fellow S miCheLLe ZuCCoLo I have held various positions in tertiary institutes and secondary colleges over the past two decades and am currently teaching the International Baccalaureate Visual Arts Diploma Programme to senior students at Sophia Mundi Steiner School in Abbotsford Melbourne. I have also acted as an art tutor with the Brighton Art Society and the Beaumaris Art Group for over fifteen years and am employed as a Workshop Presenter with TTA (Professional Development for Australian Teachers Cambridge Education). In this capacity I deliver nationally approved art programs to secondary teachers. Further to the above I have had drawings selected for the prestigious Seventh Drawing Biennial Drill Hall Gallery Australian National University Canberra and had paintings selected for national prizes including the Portia Geach Memorial Art Award 2011 2013 and 2014 Sydney. This award is Australia s most prestigious Portraiture prize for women. I have also been a finalist in the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing Presbyterian Ladies College Sydney 2007 2008 2009 and 2013. I am proud to have been invited to take part in several exhibitions at the Ballarat Art Gallery Ballarat - the largest regional art gallery in Australia and my drawings have been acquired by this public art collection and the University of Ballarat. My Fellowship was undertaken in 2013 and sponsored by the Italian Services Institute. fellowS 67 contI nue develo p I ng t h e va rI ous a rt m ak I ng technIque s a bs orbe d from m y tI m e I n fl ore nce a n d I n 2014 I was s ele cte d for the po rtI a g each me morI a l a rt I a m p l eased to be a bl e to award with a pa I ntI ng I nforme d by thI s a ddI tI on a l tra I nI ng . FellowshiP Aims The broad aims of the Fellowship project were to enhance my skills and knowledge in the areas of art and design by undertaking intensive courses at the Accademia d Arte and the Istituto Michelangelo in Florence. Over a period of two months I researched artwork throughout Italy and Austria conducting interviews at various internationally acclaimed museums and art schools including The British School of Art in Rome the Accademia di Belle Arte in Florence MAMbo in Bologna and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. key FindinGs One key outcome from the Fellowship was that I was able to submit a proposal to undertake further education at the Accademia D Arte in central Florence. This was in the light of my having had the chance to enhance my existing practical skill base acquire new knowledge on art history and develop new teaching strategies. Through interviewing education staff in prominent museums and galleries in Italy and Austria I gleaned invaluable insight into programs that could be implemented into my current teaching practice. Post FellowshiP Since the Fellowship I have imbued this new knowledge into a series of workshops classes held at Brighton Art Society and The Convent in Abbostford. Secondary teachers secondary students and practicing artists have benefited from my Fellowship experiences and research experience and research. Significantly I have presented my findings at a Creative Arts Research seminar attended by a combined group of honours masters and PhD students at Federation University Ballarat. 68 fello w S I am pleased to be able to continue developing the various art making techniques absorbed from my time in Florence and in 2014 I was selected for the Portia Geach Memorial Art Award with a painting informed by this additional training. Titled Crossing Continents Self Portrait the artwork was created using Renaissance painting application related to creating skin colours and suggesting the illusion of space. The following is the Artist statement that accompanied the painting in the exhibition held at S. H. Erwin Gallery in Sydney I began this work in a medieval I ns p I re d a n d e nrI che d by thI s e x p e rI e n c e studio in Florence during winter my a rtw ork contI nue s t o re fe re nce a n d exploring the traditional painting techniques practiced during the ce l e brate ma j e s tI ca l be a s ts ma ny o f Renaissance and Baroque periods w hom hav e be e n I ntrod uce d I nto t h e in Italy. Referencing the colour natura l a us tra l I a n e nv I ronme nt. palette applied by Italian Masters such as Titian and Tintoretto I established natural skin tones and included a darkened background. I continued working on the painting in Australia celebrating the sense of natural summer lighting which created more spontaneous movements across the plane changes on my face. At time of writing I am preparing for a solo exhibition to be held in 2016 at Federation University Ballarat. Referencing the cultural experience of Italy I am producing a series of art works inspired by my research. Titled Lazarus Taxon from flesh and bone the artwork will present a revival of ideas and motifs from medieval traditions in Europe. The subject matter will embrace the human form and exotic animals wild game. An extract from the exhibition statement follows As a recipient of the ISS Italian Services Institute International Fellowship in 2013 I have been able to further research the inclusion of wild exotic game and other symbolic animals interwoven into the medieval art and craft of Europe. Inspired and enriched by this experience my artwork continues to reference and celebrate majestical beasts many of whom have been introduced into the natural Australian environment. This theme enables me to infuse my art with layers of meaning as I experience the pure joy of depicting the human form and our animal counterpart visually exploring complex emotions behaviours interaction and power struggles. fellowS 69 stanLey PietsCh I have worked in vocational education and training at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE at Mildura in north-west Victoria for 30 years as a teacher and senior manager. My work has mainly focussed on agriculture and the wine industry. Most recently I have developed a course on the Fundamentals of Commercial Biogas Production and Use for rural primary industries. My Fellowship titled Anaerobic Digestion Systems and Deep Litter Waste Management for Rural Primary Industry Enterprises was undertaken in 2013 and sponsored by Higher Education and Skills Group (DET). FellowshiP Aims The aim of the Fellowship was to investigate technology for cost effective biogas production from the anaerobic digestion of manure and in particular deep litter residue increasingly produced from farming enterprises. This included the effective uses of recovered energy for farming operations as well energy exported from the farm. The production and use of valuable bi-products produced from anaerobic digestion such as fertilizers and soil conditioners was also studied. My Fellowship took me to Germany Denmark and Belgium to visit research and development centres and universities producers of anaerobic digestion systems and equipment and operating biogas plants. The study tour also included attending the 21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 70 fellow S held in Copenhagen Denmark. Skills researched were those directly related to the successful and safe management and operation of biogas plants to optimise biogas production and bi-products. The need for this Fellowship was prompted by the decades long and extensive experience European countries have in building and operating a large number of biogas plants but also because there are numerous types of anaerobic digestion systems in Europe which do not exist in Australia. Comparatively biogas production is its early stages of development in Australia. t h e f ello ws hI p hI g hl I g hte d t h e opportunI tI es that can be ac hI e v e d t h r ou gh bI og as p roductIon. key FindinGs Some of the key findings of the Fellowship were that there is an enormous amount of knowledge and technology not to mention networks and sources of information to be accessed from these European countries. It was found that there is a focus on co-digestion of animal manure slurry with solid cow manure including straw to produce greater biogas yields. To achieve this different anaerobic digestion systems have been developed such as the garage plug flow and vertical top feed digesters. This has also been complimented by the development of some innovative and cost effective feedstock pre-treatment technology for deep litter residues such as the Xergi Chain Crusher in Denmark. European countries are achieving significant increases in biogas yield of between 30 to 50 per cent using this technology. Some of the more important recommendations arising from this study were that research and development be supported by government and industry into technologies such co-digestion and pre-treatment of different agricultural residues to determine the BMP and viability of these processes for Australian contexts. This is with the aim of importing this technology where appropriate. fellowS 71 It is also recommended that government industry and professional associations facilitate the pooling and accessing of knowledge of technology for biogas production and use-as well as networking with international entities. The development of formal accredited training and websites to facilitate networking and knowledge transfer and dissemination is also recommended. Post FellowshiP Since completing the Fellowship the short pro m pted by the d e ca de s l ong a n d course developed at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE - Fundamentals of Commercial extens I ve expe rI e nce e urop e a n co untrI es have I n buI l d I ng a n d op e ratI ng Biogas Production and Use - has been revised to be delivered online and to a larg e num ber of bI og a s p l a nts . include critical information obtained from the study tour and information that required improvement has been modified. Conceptual diagrams have also been developed for the different anaerobic digestion systems observed. the need for thI s fe l l ow s hI p w a s The Fellowship highlighted the opportunities that can be achieved through biogas production. Biogas production and use can significantly impact on reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and simultaneously have a positive effect on the emission of offensive odours from agricultural residues. There is a diverse range of end uses of biogas. It can contribute to the recovery of high quality bi-products such as fertilizers and soil conditioners. It has the capacity to use low value inputs to produce high value outputs that in fact support sustainable food and fibre production. Further the Fellowship has led to continued access to networks and expertise particularly as a result of attending the 21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition with a huge increase in access to information. The comparison of Denmark Belgium and Germany reflected different historical approaches to biogas developments and operations. The study tour involved visiting some of the world s leading authorities of biogas research and development and the calibre of the visits exceeded expectations making it possible to validate information by comparing information received from different sites. Personally the study tour has led to increased knowledge and confidence about biogas production and use and membership in the inaugural Australian International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 37 work group on biogas. 72 fellow S John FrosteLL For the past 25 years I have run my own graphic design business. I was one of the earlier Fellows undertaking my Fellowship in 1997 sponsored by Fuji Xerox Australia and the Australian Graphic Design Association. one of the une x p e cte d be ne fIt s o f b e In g I nv olv e d w I th I s s I ns tI tute h as b e e n m y e x p os ure to p e op l e I n othe r ar e as o f de s I g n a n d be y ond I n a re a s I n c l u d In g v I tI culture a utomotI v e re s t o r at Io n ( a s I g nI fI ca nt pa s s I on of mI ne ) as we l l a s fI ne a rts a n d buI l dI ng c r af t s. FellowshiP Aims I set out to attend the ICOGRADA General Assembly and Conference in Punta del Este Uruguay with two key purposes. The first was to learn about the running of these types of design events and the second to gain a networking advantage within this circle of administrators presenters and attendees from across the globe. The catalyst for this set of enquiries was the upcoming multi-disciplinary design event Sydney Design 99 hosted jointly by AGDA the Design Institute of Australian (DIA) the biggest international design event of this kind to be hosted in Australia. As the representative attendee from AGDA I joined the Sydney Design 99 Chairman Ron Newman Head Design Studies University of Technology Sydney in being the key representatives in Uruguay of the forthcoming event. Through the course of the four days there all conference sessions were attended the ICOGRADA General Assembly saw me contribute as AGDA s official numerous side-line events were managed and a key presentation was made at the close of proceedings as an invitation for all 2000 attendees present to make the journey to Australia in two years time to attend Sydney Design 99. At the same time key relationships were established with my counterparts from design associations in many nations. Together this provided the impetus for AGDA and its executive to become significantly involved and highly regarded amongst this established elite of the international design community. Some administrative difficulties with the Uruguayan organisers meant that no conference papers were being issued so I volunteered to expand my own ISS Institute report and turn in into the alternative report for ICOGRADA. The change in focus meant the preparation and inclusion of accounts of each conference presentation with a resulting 30 000 document submitted to ISS Institute Sydney Design 99 organisers and various heads of ICOGRADA worldwide. The information contained within it became a key reference point for Sydney Design 99. 73 Sydney Design 99 was a resounding success in terms of the quality of its management and program as well as the attendee levels both from national and international sources. And by the time the conference opened I had been appointed AGDA National President and given the honour of delivering the opening remarks to the audience. I also hosted dignitaries and sponsors at various meetings and functions during the event. I continued in the head role with AGDA for four years. Post FellowshiP It is only fair to say that the benefits of having represented AGDA at this time not only benefitted that association and its 2000 professional members it also provided a set of connections and experiences that would provide value in a personal context. By the time Sydney Design 99 was taking place I had taken position as National President of AGDA a role I held for a period of four years. One of the unexpected benefits of being involved with ISS Institute has been my exposure to people in other areas of design and beyond in areas including viticulture automotive restoration (a significant passion of mine) as well as fine arts and building crafts. Mine was the first Fellowship partnered with AGDA and the program went on to account for further awards to graphic designers including a special section for students. to becom e s I g nIfI ca ntly I nv olv e d a n d hI g hly re g a rd e d am o n gst thI s es ta bl I s he d e l I te of the I nte rnatI ona l de s I g n c o m m u n It y. tog ether thI s p rov I d e d t h e I mp e tus for a g da a n d I t s e x e c u t Iv e 74 fello w S ChristoPher byrne I work in the Built Environment department at Swinburne University of Technology teaching our future builders estimators construction site managers and building drafts people. My Fellowship titled Building Information Modelling in Australia Lessons from the UK was undertaken in 2014 and sponsored by Higher Education and Skills Group (DET). FellowshiP Aims Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the future of designing construction and operating buildings and infrastructure using collaborative work teams and 3D technology. We construct the project virtually before we actually build it. The aim of my Fellowship was to learn how the UK has embraced BIM through innovative educational programs and to investigate the support the industry has received from government investment. From 2016 it will be mandatory to use BIM on government-funded projects. Australia is now at a turning point. The time has come to decide if we want to be leaders or followers in this method of construction that has proven cost savings of up to 20 per cent. I ve been hum bled by t h e w I l l I ng ne s s of our communI ty t o s hare theI r exp ertI s e a n d p rov I d e g uI d a nce t o a new k I d o n the b l ock i n a n e me rg I ng fI e l d . key FindinGs As a result of my invaluable experience in the UK I was able to see first hand the benefits of BIM and access the extent to which Australia can take advantage of a range of initiatives that have been implemented by industry government and educators in the UK. In essence BIM projects reduce risk and deliver cost resource quality and time efficiencies. The collaborative nature of a BIM project has at its core all the people involved in the design construction and operation of a building consulting and exchanging ideas in a room together before one shovel of earth is turned over. Education in the field needs to embrace this new way of collaborative working fellowS 75 and acknowledge that people learn best by using real life examples. Potential practitioners need to leave their learning experience armed with the skills and knowledge that can be applied practically in their workplaces. Post FellowshiP I have been given an extraordinary amount of support from construction practitioners and educators both here and in the UK. I ve been humbled by the willingness of our community to share their expertise and provide guidance to a new kid on the block in an emerging field. Since the completion of my Fellowship I have been inspired to pursue the integration of BIM into current qualifications and develop new courses accordingly. I a m deep ly honoure d t o hav e a ne w s e t of s k I l l s t h a t al l o w m e t o play an actI v e pa rt i n s uch a n e x cI tI ng tI me i n o u r In d u st ry. From my experience in the UK I saw first hand the impact of education providers working closely and genuinely with industry. I am lucky enough to now be working on a partnership between Swinburne University and BIM Academy ANZ (i2C Architects and BIM Academy UK) to bring innovative and industry driven skills and knowledge to new entrants and the existing building and construction workforce. It is an exciting opportunity that would never have occurred without the support of the International Specialised Skills Institute. BIM is a model that requires significant collaboration between all occupations within the construction industry. New education offerings must also learn from this approach and I believe that over time we will be able to overcome a number of barriers to help each other achieve an improved more sustainable cost effective method of construction. I am deeply honoured to have a new set of skills that allow me to play an active part in such an exciting time in our industry. I have met an amazing clever and motivated group of construction professionals 76 fello w S thanks to ISS Institute. I firmly believe that this experience will have a positive impact both professionally and personally for the rest of my career. Post FellowshiP Achievements Created a partnership between Swinburne and BIM Academy Australia to offer BIM training. Developed relationships with Universities in Australia and the UK to share ideas and research. Discovered opportunities to work with industry associations and construction companies to integrate BIM into their practices. Currently provide cutting edge education for students using emerging technology - the benefits of which are only just now being realised in industry. Working with other faculties within Swinburne i.e. engineering architecture interior design. Developed networks with key technology providers. Became part of a network of individuals who are the early adopters championing BIM. fellowS 77 tony CooPer I am a fashion marketing lecturer in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University in Melbourne. With more than 20 years experience in a variety of senior consumer goods marketing roles I joined academia in 2009 and am currently researching consumer engagement in online brand communities in the fashion industry as part of my doctoral thesis. My Fellowship was titled Digital technologies and the future of the Australian fashion industry and was undertaken in 2013 and sponsored by Higher Education and Skills Group (DET). FellowshiP Aims The study was motivated by the profound structural changes being experienced in the Australian retail fashion industry resulting from globalisation and as a consequence of the pervasiveness of internet technologies. Gaps were identified in the skills and knowledge of Australian fashion graduates relating to the application of digital technologies in the business of fashion (e-commerce social media etc.). The objective of the study therefore was to gain insights into overseas education programs in order to identify best practice in efashion pedagogical strategies for adoption by Australian fashion educational institutions. Visiting leading universities and fashion educators in the UK and Italy I gathered data examining the structure and content of academic programs offered by these institutions that are designed to prepare 78 fellow S fashion students for careers in computer mediated environments within the business side of the fashion industry. A series of interviews were conducted with educators industry practitioners and consultants that were then triangulated with interviews conducted in Australia. key FindinGs The fact that the uptake of digital technologies in the United Kingdom is superior to that in Australia has been well documented. Despite this a substantial proportion of Australia s online sales are generated by the retail fashion industry a fact which serves to underline two points i) the need to ensure those who manage these systems have world class skills and ii) a relatively high demand for graduates in this sector. The study revealed that many firms look overseas to fill efashion roles due to a lack of skilled talent in Australia. of dIg I tal s k I l l s o n both a s trate g I c a n d a p p l I e d l e v e l of gr aduates enterI ng the aus tra l I a n re ta I l fa s hI on I ndus try. Australian fashion colleges and universities have been slow to adapt to the changing business models in the retail fashion industry and are behind their UK counterparts in this respect. This was found to be partly attributable to inflexibility in the frameworks that dictate curriculum content that has seen more nimble Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in Australia capitalising on the changing landscape. The Fellowship report s recommendations centred on elevating the issues surrounding efashion skills gap within the broader fashion industry including educators peak bodies and government and industry practitioners. To this end the report was broadly distributed amongst this community with the findings disseminated via several industry forums. Post FellowshiP The Fellowship has introduced me to a wide network of likeminded individuals whose passion is the enhancement of digital skills on both a strategic and applied level of graduates entering the Australian lIkemI nded I ndI vI duals w hos e pa s s I on i s the e nha nce me nt the fel l owshI p ha s I ntrod uce d me t o a w I d e ne tw ork of fellowS 79 retail fashion industry. This has culminated in the embryonic development of a think tank comprised of key stakeholders designed to flesh out the issues surrounding digital technology skills and knowledge gaps in retail fashion in Australia. And while still in the nascent stages I am confident that the forum will assist in elevating this increasingly important topic to affect change on a broad scale. On a professional level I have now sought to extend the work commenced through the ISS Institute Fellowship into my doctoral thesis as I work towards a PhD in marketing at RMIT University in Melbourne. My research examining the strategic use of social media by online fashion retailers to engage virtual brand communities is designed to provide guidance to marketing practitioners including a discussion of the skills gaps informed by my Fellowship experience. I am grateful for the opportunity that the Fellowship has provided for me to expand my professional networks which I am now beginning to leverage through research collaborations globally. The ISS Institute brand opened doors which may otherwise have remained shut and I strongly believe that the investment that the Institute has made through the Fellowship is to the ultimate advantage of the Australian retail fashion industry. the I ss I nstI t ute bra nd op e ne d doors and I s trong ly b e l I e v e that the I nv e s tme nt fello ws hI p is t o the ultI mate a d va nta g e of the a ustralI an re ta I l fa s hI on I nd us try. Several challenges remain as the wheels of change turn slowly in academia and small local successes have yet to be converted into largescale national victories. The support of the fashion peak bodies and government will come only with continued agitation and this has become my mission in the short term as we strive to enhance the skills of the next generation of fashion business leaders. whI ch m ay o the rw I s e hav e re ma I ne d s hut that the I ns tI tute ha s ma de throug h the 80 fellow S suZana staPar I am currently employed as an Independent Verifier with Linda Wyse and Associates. I have been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and Languages other than English (LOTE) for the last 20 years and have published text books for both the ESL and LOTE learners. In 2006 was awarded Masters of Applied Linguistics by La Trobe University. My Fellowship titled Language literacy and numeracy the foundations of Australia s future was undertaken in 2012 and sponsored by the Higher Education and Skills Group (formerly Skills Victoria) and the Department of Innovation Industry and Regional Development Victorian Government. FellowshiP Aims The aim of my Fellowship was to establish best pedagogy practices pertinent to two specific student cohorts a) current adult migrants and b) adult native speakers from a variety of disadvantage groups who have the potential to participate in literacy and numeracy programs. As part of the Fellowship I visited academics researchers at the University of Glasgow Scotland and community centres in Dublin Ireland where I met with language program coordinators teachers and volunteers who work in close alliance with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and are supported by their research in the field of adult literacy and numeracy. fellowS 81 to tea chers I d I s cus s my re s e a rch w I th the m b ut al so e n c o u r age them to em bark on thI s v e ry re wa rdI ng j ourne y o f r e se ar c h . whenever an op p ortunI ty a rI s e s t h r ough my curre n t j o b t o tal k key FindinGs 1. All three countries Australia Ireland and Scotland are determined to develop plans and strategies that will address literacy and numeracy issues in adult learning setting. 2. Localising learning experience through the Adult Community Education sector has proven successful in Ireland. Life-long learning with the literacy and numeracy skills being a backbone of the programs delivered were very successful and should be invested in. 3. Regional cooperation was proven successful in Europe and similar endeavours should be encouraged within different Australian states and territories in order to share knowledge and expertise and support teachers in adult learning environments. Since the publication of my research I have participated in open forums at a number of RTOs offering adult learning programs for example Skillsplus in Victoria and MTC in Sydney and the Victorian Skills for Education (SEE) Provider s Network meeting. I have also presented my research at the International TESOL Conference held in Melbourne in October 2014. As my work as an Independent Verifier brings me in contact with teachers across TAFE and Adult Community Education centres across Australia I have the opportunity to talk to the practitioners about the findings of my research share my finding and learn about their experiences and needs when it comes adult education and especially literacy and numeracy. Post FellowshiP The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to learn from academia and my fellow teachers exchange ideas and experiences and learn more about the field of adult literacy and numeracy that I am so passionate about. It showed me that challenges in this field are unique and at the same time the same here in Australia as well as overseas. It also gave me more drive to continue advocating for an increase in funding of programs that will allow adults to increase their literacy and numeracy thus increasing their chances of finding a job or gaining further education. 82 fello w S The Fellowship has helped me personally in my employment with LWA as an Independent Verifier. Whenever an opportunity arises through my current job to talk to teachers I discuss my research with them but also encourage them to embark on this very rewarding journey of research. Enabling our students to achieve their goals is enormously rewarding. Encouraging my colleagues to put their practice into a research and share it with others is equally so. I would like to continue with further research in the adult learning sector especially life-long learning from an adult migrant perspective. Finding out what life-long learning means for migrant families where parents were never able to attend school in their home country and how this is reflected in their family s lives and family dynamics is important. I am also interested in developing resources for adult learners in the literacy numeracy area. in the a dult l earnI ng s e ctor e s p e cI a l ly l I fe - l ong lea rnI ng fro m an ad ult mI g ra nt p e rs p e ctI v e . I woul d lI k e to co ntI nue w I th furthe r re s e a rch 83 geoFFrey horgan I have had a lifelong interest in tempera painting and iconography in particular but prior to the Fellowship opportunity I had received no formal training in the area. Until I retired I practised law and painted whenever I could steal a few hours. My Fellowship was undertaken in 2012 and sponsored by Sir James Gobbo. FellowshiP Aims Up until the Fellowship I had spent my entire adult life practising law and had no formal training in the technique of tempera painting. The Fellowship offered me an opportunity to study abroad and address this desire. While nowadays there are tempera and icon painting teachers in Australia at the time of the Fellowship I did not consider that any of them had any greater skill or knowledge that I had already achieved independently. The Fellowship allowed me to study in England with Russian migr Irena Bradley an acknowledged master of iconography who studied herself in Moscow. Irena specialises in a technique known as float a technique of over-painting and one a s a re s ult of s tud y I ng a broad I h av e h ad t h e which to my knowledge op p ortunI ty t o s e e how othe r s we r e wo r k In g at the time was not practised or taught how I me a s ure d up a n d to s h ar e t h e t r Ial s anywhere in Australia. I a nd trI bul atI ons of fe l l ow paIn t e r s. also studied in Bethlehem 84 fello w S with Englishman Ian Knowles. While Ian s technique is very different to Irena s he had certain specific theories about structure and drawing of Byzantine painting that I wanted to understand. key FindinGs Since my return to Australia I have endeavoured to apply the skills I learned from working with Irena Bradley and Ian Knowles. The artist haves left their own particular emphasis in terms of how it has influenced my own style. While Bradley s technique brings greater luminosity or visual depth to my work Ian s technique has led me to concentrate on proportion and balance in design before actual painting starts. As to how I have disseminated the knowledge I have gained this is a little more difficult to assess. Because of the nature of my work I work alone and so I hope that what I have learned is becoming evident in what I produce in the paintings I have created since my return. Post FellowshiP When I commenced my study under the Fellowship I was already a painter in the tempera technique. I specialised in painting large icons for churches and smaller ones for private homes. My commissions were always the result of personal contact and word of mouth. I had taught myself the tempera technique by a process of trial and error. I was mostly satisfied with the results but there were significant gaps in my knowledge. As a result of studying abroad I have had the opportunity to see how others were working how I measured up and to share the trials and tribulations of fellow painters. The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to practice my craft under the experienced eye of acknowledged experts in the field. As a result of this I would hope that my work is now informed by what I learnt. More significantly I am able to identify areas that can be improved and I have greater confidence in how to go about achieving this. Pleasingly I have continued to receive small commissions and have recently completed two pieces for the church of St. Catherine of Sienna in Caroline Springs. On the basis of the positive reception of those works I am told to expect an order for two larger pieces in the near future. As the church in question has only recently been completed the placement within it of striking Icons in the Russian Byzantine manner is very exciting. Furthermore I am currently doing drawings for the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Hobart as preliminary work to commencing the painting. I retired from legal practice some months before being awarded the Fellowship and can now concentrate on my first love unhindered. Armed with what I have learnt I am looking forward to building on my painting achievements to date while being most grateful for the invaluable opportunity the ISS Institute and the Fellowship provided me. fellowS 85 tony bundoCk As the Technical Supervisor for Powerplants Australia I provide advice and training to commercial greenhouse crop growers on using computerised climate management and labour registration systems. Prior to this I worked in the TAFE sector for 23 years training industry participants in crop growing as well as managing training and crop production at Chisholm Institute of TAFE s National Precision Growing Centre. My Fellowship was undertaken in 2010 and was titled Commercial Protected Cropping Production Methodologies and Systems Applicable to Vegetable Growers in Southern Victoria and was sponsored by the Pratt Foundation. FellowshiP Aims Prior to my Fellowship the commercial greenhouse sector in Australia was lacking a purpose-built facility to enable high-end training for existing growers and also provide skills for new entrants wishing to join the greenhouse industry. As part of the Federal Government s Economic Stimulus package Chisholm Institute of TAFE secured funding to build a commercial greenhouse training facility at the Cranbourne campus. The purpose of my Fellowship was to investigate best practice in crop production methods and facilities in order to reflect these findings in the proposed Chisholm facility. My resultant study tour focussed on visiting training research and production facilities and technology providers in Belgium Holland and the United Kingdom. As a direct outcome of this first-hand study tour I was able to clearly define the technical parameters required for the new facility and enhance my own skill level in understanding the workings of the systems employed in commercial crop growing. I t woul d b e fa I r to s ay t h a t I w oul d not hav e t h e r e q u Ir e d s k I l l set to unde rta k e t h e da I ly ta s k s re quI r e d o f t h Is p osI tIon ha d I t not be e n for the I s s fe l l owsh Ip. key FindinGs The Fellowship and associated tour allowed for an investigation into the latest production methods and facilities being utilised by some of the leading growers in the world which in turn allowed me to make clearly informed decisions as to what growing systems should be installed at the Chisholm facility. The 86 fello w S pr Ior to m y fello ws hI p the s e c tor In au stralI a was l a ck I ng a pur pose-buI lt facI l I ty to e n ab le h Ig h-end tra I nI ng f or exIstIng g rowers and a lso pr ovId e s k I l l s fo r new the gr eenhous e I ndus try. knowledge and experience I gained was then disseminated via formal presentations to both Chisholm Institute and the peak industry bodies and via my formal report. This report was also published on associated internet sites resulting in a worldwide outlet for the content. Two of the key recommendations made were for State and Federal Government backed financial incentives such as the FarmReady training program to continue to be funded to enable the industry to access high end technology training and that facilitation of the running of industry driven workshops to promote the adoption of modern growing practices. Post FellowshiP After visiting Priva NL (the technology company that supplies a range of greenhouse climate management equipment) I was invited back to Holland to undertake an intensive two-week training course with Priva. This saw me upskilling in the area of greenhouse management as well as endorsement two years later by Priva as their Australian trainer for Priva products. The Chisholm greenhouse training facility was completed in July 2010 and continues to represent the pinnacle of Australian greenhouse training in terms of facilities and systems. Interestingly one of the major challenges I faced early on was having to manage a commercial facility that operated on a 24 7 basis while being employed on a standard 38 hour contract ultimately leading to a large amount of unpaid overtime and a rather challenging work life balance. c ommer cI al g reenhous e ent r an ts wI shI ng to jo I n fellowS 87 In 2014 I was offered the opportunity to join Powerplants Australia as their technical supervisor which has seen me working more closely with the industry in terms of providing advice and training to growers on the use of Priva greenhouse climate management systems. It would be fair to say that I would not have the required skill set to undertake the daily tasks required of this position had it not been for the ISS Institute Fellowship. I am proud to have been the driving force behind establishing the Chisholm facility and initiating a large amount of industry training the outcome of which has made a tangible difference to growers in terms of being able to manage their businesses more efficiently. Going forward the industry as a whole still has a need to more comprehensively adopt technology and improve all aspects of its efficiency in terms of crop production. Skill development in climate management and irrigation for instance are two areas that I see myself playing a key role in so that growers can continue to improve their own skills and ultimately their business profitability. Creative Commons Licence Matthew Wiebe I n t e r n at I on a l V IS It Ing f e l l o w S P r o g r a m 89 internationaL visiting FeLLows Program The International Visiting Fellows Program is a powerful addition to the ISS Institute s offerings. The calibre of Fellows who have spent time in Australia over the last 20 years has been high and the mutual learning invaluable. 1993 - AnnA minArdo (itAly) itAliAn Architect mosAicist Sponsors Palladio Foundation Australian Bicentennial Multicultural Foundation Holmesglen Institute of TAFE 1995 - JAle yilmABsAr (istAnBul turkey) renowned cerAmicist Sponsors Palladio Foundation Australian Multicultural Foundation 1996- susAn & Bruce Burdick (sAn FrAncisco usA) multimediA Sponsor Gyro Interactive P L 1997 - BoB Bennett mBe (winchester uk) heritAGe consultAnt Sponsor David Mitchell P L 1998 - roGer lAw (london uk) sAtirist cerAmicist creAtor oF sPittinG imAGe Productions Sponsor ISS Institute mArino moretti (orvieto itAly) mAster itAliAn cerAmicist Sponsor Palladio Foundation 2001 - erlinG christoFFersen (denmArk) Architect Sponsor Victoria University (TAFE) 2002 - mArc krusin (milAn itAly) Furniture desiGn And mAnuFActurinG Sponsor Victoria University (TAFE) 2003 - clAudio tomAselli (itAly) desiGn Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government huBert schuster (itAly) Jewellery Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government 2004 - Arturo dell AcquA BellAvitis (milAn itAly) Architect Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government 90 I nternatI onal VISItIn g fellowS Pr og r am AmBer hiscott (wAles) Architect Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government erlinG christoFFersen (denmArk) desiGn Sponsor Victoria University (TAFE) 2005 - renAto BAlestrA (rome itAly) FAshion desiGner Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government 2006 - steven hArkin (london enGlAnd) Accessories desiGner And mAnuFActurer Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government dr wulF-Peter schmidt (coloGne GermAny) vehicle environmentAl enGineer Sponsor RMIT University BoB Bennett (winchester enGlAnd) mAster ArtisAn heritAGe And contemPorAry ArchitecturAl settinGs Sponsor The Pratt Foundation 2007 - luisA FAzio (Florence itAly) Accessories desiGner Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government 2008 - dAvide FAssi (milAn itAly) Architect Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government GiovAnni conti (milAn itAly) industriAl desiGner Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government chiArA colomBi (milAn itAly) industriAl desiGner Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government AnnAlisA dominoni (milAn itAly) industriAl desiGner Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government mAtteo inGArAmo (milAn itAly) Architect And industriAl desiGner Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government FrAncesco GAlli (milAn itAly) industriAl desiGner Sponsor OTTE Victorian Government erlinG christoFFersen (denmArk) Furniture desiGner And mAnuFActurer Sponsor Victoria University (TAFE) 2009 - Arturo dell AcquA BellAvitis (milAn itAly) Architect Sponsor Skills Victoria Victorian Government ProFessor mAsAo FukuhArA (osAkA JAPAn) lAndscAPe Architect Sponsor City Of Melbourne I n t e r n at I on a l V IS It Ing f e l l o w S P r o g r a m 91 2011 - ProFessor kent lArson (usA) director chAnGinG PlAces reseArch GrouP mit mediA lAB Sponsor City Of Melbourne 2012 - ProFessor cJ lim (uk) vice-deAn internAtionAl the BArtlett university colleGe london Sponsor Higher Education and Skills Group Department of Education and Training sunit tAndon (indiA) director GenerAl indiAn institute oF mAss communicAtion Sponsor City Of Melbourne 2014 - ProFessor cArlo rAtti (usA itAly) director senseABle city lABorAtory mit Sponsor Higher Education and Skills Group Department of Education and Training dAme JuliA cleverdon dcvo cBe (uk) Business in the community Sponsor Higher Education and Skills Group Department of Education and Training ProFessor Bill lucAs - (uk) ProFessor oF leArninG centre For reAl-world leArninG university oF winchester Sponsor Higher Education and Skills Group Department of Education and Training ProFessor stePhen hePPel - (uk) chAir new mediA environments Bournemouth university Sponsor Higher Education and Skills Group Department of Education and Training elizABeth Ferdon - (usA) executive youtuBe Business develoPment Sponsor Higher Education and Skills Group Department of Education and Training 92 Chapter an internationaL FeLLow s exPerienCe ProFessor cArlo rAtti I am an architect and engineer by training and teach at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where I direct the Senseable City Lab a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand design and ultimately live in cities. I am also a founding partner of the international design office Carlo Ratti Associati based in Torino London and Boston. I was named one of the 50 most influential designers in America by Fast Company and was highlighted in Wired Magazine s Smart List 50 people who will change the world . I have been a presenter at TED 2011 program director at the Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design in Moscow curator of the 2012 BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin and of the Future Food District for EXPO 2015. My work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide including the Venice Biennale MoMA in New York City and MAXXI in Rome. FellowshiP Aims The Fellowship s objective undertaken in 2014 was to start a debate about the way ubiquitous computing is changing our cities and our approach to design. This is what is generally referred to as smart cities . The idea is easily explained with an analogy. What is happening at an urban scale today is similar to what happened two I n t e r n at I on a l V IS It Ing f e l l o w S P r o g r a m 93 decades ago in Formula One auto racing. Up to that point success on the circuit was primarily credited to a car s mechanics and the driver s capabilities. But then telemetry technology blossomed. The car was transformed into a computer that was monitored in real time by thousands of sensors becoming intelligent and better able to respond to the conditions of the race. In a similar way over the past decade digital technologies have begun to blanket our cities forming the backbone of a large intelligent infrastructure. Broadband fiber-optic and wireless telecommunications grids are supporting mobile phones smartphones and tablets that are increasingly affordable. Open databases that people can read and add to are revealing all kinds of information. A relentlessly growing network of sensors and digitalcontrol technologies all tied together by cheap powerful computers and our cities are quickly becoming like computers in open air . the FellowshiP And its outcomes I had the possibility to meet some eminent colleagues in Melbourne such as Rob Adams the Director of City Design and Jane and Mark Burry Professors at RMIT. Also I had interactions with many Australian media including a long interview with ABC s Catalyst which I found an amazing scientific show. I would like to point out also the Honorary Visiting Professorship at RMIT has been an important experience in my teaching career. The ISS Institute Fellowship was a great opportunity for me to create new good connections and to strengthen the old ones in Australia. In fact things followed up from my Innovator in Residence program in Queensland - exploring the smart cities concept in the Australian context. I recently received an invitation for another academic position in Melbourne as well as the opportunity to contribute to Melbourne s skyline. This would be a great challenge as I have a lot of respect for the city and the urban design policies put in place by Rob Adams. 94 bo ard m emberS & SPon Sor S board members chieF executive oFFicer Ms Bella Irlicht AM chAirmAn Mr John Baker dePuty chAir Ms Rosemary O Connor BoArd Ms Alisia Romanin BoArd Mr Jon Onley BoArd Prof Amalia Di Iorio b o a r d m e m b e r S & S P o nS o r S 95 Founder And BoArd memBer Sir James Gobbo AC CVO PAtron in chieF Lady Primrose Potter AC treAsurer Mr Jack O Connell AO secretAry Mr David Wittner AM PAtron Mr James MacKenzie PAtron Mr Tony Schiavello AO 96 bo ard m emberS & SPon Sor S sPonsors b o a r d m e m b e r S & S P o nS o r S 97 Sir James Gobbo AC CVO Jack O Connell AO Lady Primrose Potter AC Jeanne Pratt AC CELEBR ATING YEARS PASSIONATE PEOPLE. GREAT IDEAS. A BETTER SKILLED AUSTRALIA.