Kaye Schofield AO

Kaye Schofield

Chair & Interim CEO

Kaye has had a distinguished career in education and training spanning more than 40 years. Her executive roles have included CEO of the SA Department of Employment & TAFE and CEO of the SA Department of Labour, Public Works and Administrative Services. In the role of Interim Chair and subsequently Executive Chair, she led the transition from State and Territory regulation of Australia’s vocational education and training system to the establishment of the Australian Skills Quality Authority in 2011. Non-executive roles have included; Chair of the TAFE SA Board; member of the NSW TAFE Commission Board; and Chairperson of the NSW Board of Adult & Community Education and a number of other Boards. She has also held the positions of Executive Director of the National Research Centre for VET and Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Technology Sydney. Kaye served as a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust for 16 years and was a Director of the International Centre of Excellence in Water Resource Management (ICEWARM) for nine years.

She has extensive experience in international development across the Asia-Pacific region both as a consultant and as a senior officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – DFAT (formerly AusAID). Within DFAT she held the position of Principal Education Specialist, advising the agency on its global education portfolio. She currently provides strategic advice to DFAT on skills development in the Pacific.

In 1999 Kaye was awarded the Australian College of Education Medal for services to education. In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education from RMIT University. In 2014 she was admitted as an Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to vocational education and training.

Kaye is also Director and Principal Consultant, Kaye Schofield & Associates, and a member of the eWater Board.