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Board members

Construction Training Fund is managed by a board of industry representatives appointed by the Minister for Education and Training.

Reg Howard-Smith


Reg joined the Board as independent chairman in March 2020. He is also Chairman of the Waste Authority WA and a Board member of Auspire -Australia Day Council of Western Australia. Reg was the Chief Executive of the peak resource sector representative body, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA, for more than 10 years. He is a highly regarded advocate for mining, oil and gas and brings his considerable gravitas in stakeholder engagement to the Construction Training Fund.

Kate Osborn

Board Member

Kate was appointed to the Board in July 2020. She is General Manager of WAIO Engineering at BHP. Kate has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining and construction industries and a strong background in project management. She has worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada with commodities including iron ore, oil and gas, infrastructure, water and waste water. She was previously responsible for BHP’s Iron Ore support and infrastructure, including roads, water, camps, housing, and aviation.

Mick Buchan

Board Member

Mick was appointed to the Board in July 2020. He has been the State Secretary of the WA Division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) for eight years. Mick, a former scaffolder, has been a tireless advocate for workplace health and safety, fairness in workplace agreements and investment in regional communities and has more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has an Australian Institute of Company Directors business leadership qualification, is Vice-President of UnionsWA and is on the board of MyLeave and Reddifund.

Sandra McInnes

Board Member

Sandra was appointed to the Board in December 2018. She is the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at Woodside, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a primary trustee of the Committee of Economic Development of Australia, a member of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association communications committee and a member of IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for advancing environmental and social performance.

Paula West

Board Member

Paula was appointed to the Board in December 2020. She is the general manager of Inspired Homes, has served on Housing Industry Association committees and judged HIA awards, was the first woman elected as a board member of the Master Builders Association and serves on the MBA’s National Residential Builders Council. She has been a dedicated champion of women, training and mentoring within architecture and the building industry and was appointed to the National Jobs & Skills Advisory Committee in February 2021.

Stan Liaros

Board Member

Stan was appointed to the Board in July 2020. He is the CEO of The Apprentice and Traineeship Company and Chair of Aqwest (Bunbury Water Corporation). He is a former chair of Apprentice Employment Network WA, the South West Development Commission, the South West Academy of Sport and was senior vice-president of the South West Football League for five years. He is actively involved in business and community activities in WA’s South West where he advocates strongly for training in that area.

Dean O’Rourke

Board Member

Dean was appointed to the Board in July 2018. He is the Executive General Manager Residential WA for the ABN Group. Dean is a registered builder, a past president of the WA/Asia division of the Housing Industry Association, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a passionate advocate for training in order to build a quality construction industry workforce.

Cheng Rolfe

Board Member

Cheng was appointed to the Board in June 2016. She is the People and Culture Manager of DM Civil and has served on Civil Contractors Federation sub-committees for training and industrial relations. She was appointed to the Civil Construction Industry Training Committee in 2020. Cheng has worked tirelessly on improving systems to manage health, safety environment and quality, and believes a positive work environment contributes to employee and company performance.
Steve McCartney CT Board Member

Steve McCartney

Board Member

Steve was nominated to the Board by the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and replaces David von Kelaita who resigned earlier in the year. Steve, a heavy duty mechanic by trade, is the WA State Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union where he has contributed for over 30 years. Steve’s official term on the Board will be from 28 June 2021 through to 27 June 2024

Executive Team

Construction Training Fund Executive Team consists of highly experienced professionals with an extensive combined knowledge of the building and construction industry, leadership and management.

Tiffany Allen


Tiffany has held senior roles in the Department of Communities, the Department of Regional Development and Lands and had a 14-year career at Australia Post. Tiffany has outlined a strategy for improved communication about the variety of jobs in construction with school students, parents, teachers, and future employers. Her vision includes creating a pathway for private and government sector collaboration to better plan for training a diverse, job-ready WA workforce to meet the construction industry’s needs.

Rob Berryman

Director Skills Development

Rob commenced at CTF in October 2019. Rob spent 21 years in the VET sector working at various TAFEs and the past 10 as Executive Director at both North Metropolitan TAFE and South Metropolitan TAFE. He is committed to meeting the skills shortage challenge by upskilling the construction workforce and developing new training opportunities within the construction, civil and resources sector. Rob works with industry stakeholders to identify relevant data; workforce needs and construction trends and to promote the diversity of construction careers.

Eamon Moore

Director Communications and Operations

Eamon commenced with CTF in 2004. Eamon’s previous experience includes a range of senior roles in private, public and education sectors in WA and the United Kingdom. He is committed to raising the profile of the Construction Training Fund and works collaboratively with industry stakeholders to help deliver CTF’s services effectively and efficiently. Eamon’s educational background gives him a unique insight into varying perspectives of the very many stakeholder groups in WA’s construction industry.

Construction Futures Team

Construction Futures Team are the experts when it comes to careers in construction and what pathways to take to set yourself up for success. They manage and facilitate tours of the Construction Futures Centre, while running school-based programs and industry outreach initiatives.


Chrissy Caughey

Training Advice Manager

Steve Doubell

Industry Training Advisor

David Cunningham ITA

David Cunningham

Industry Training Advisor

Sharlene Kidd CTF

Sharlene Kidd

Industry Training Advisor

Levi Fordham

Construction Futures Centre Manager

Takarah Stokes

Industry Support Officer

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Construction Training Fund acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land throughout Western Australia and pay our respect to the Elders both past and present. We thank them for their ongoing custodianship of the lands and waters, and celebrate their rich culture of art, song, dance, language, and stories.