New in­sti­tute di­rec­tor vis­its Fin­ley cam­pus

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TAFE NSW Rive­rina In­sti­tute re­cently wel­comed a new in­sti­tute di­rec­tor, who vis­ited the Fin­ley cam­pus on late last month.

Terri Con­nel­lan has stepped into the in­sti­tute di­rec­tor’s role while Kerry Penton leads the TAFE NSW en­ter­prise agree­ment bar­gain­ing team.

Ms Con­nel­lan has joined Rive­rina In­sti­tute fresh from 18 months work­ing in the of­fice of the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Adrian Pic­coli, and is ex­pected to be in the role for some months.

Orig­i­nally from Syd­ney, Ms Con­nel­lan has re­lo­cated to Wagga Wagga and has been busy ex­plor­ing the re­gion.

‘‘I am al­ready feel­ing quite at home,’’ she said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one has been very wel­com­ing, and I am en­joy­ing trav­el­ling to each of our cam­puses and meet­ing staff and stu­dents as well as may­ors and gen­eral man­agers of lo­cal coun­cils and key in­dus­try and com­mu­nity part­ners such as Fin­ley Re­gional Care CEO Shane Jenk­ins,’’ she said.

‘‘I look for­ward to the chal­lenges of this role, to build­ing on the sig­nif­i­cant suc­cesses of the in­sti­tute and to fos­ter­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties and ways of do­ing busi­ness and de­liv­er­ing ser­vices.’’

With a history in var­i­ous se­nior lead­er­ship roles across TAFE NSW, Ms Con­nel­lan has worked in both metropoli­tan and re­gional TAFE in­sti­tutes, with pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence lead­ing TAFE in­sti­tutes and Ul­timo Col­lege, the largest col­lege in the state, as well as 10 years in a teach­ing role at Cooma Cam­pus.

As part of her tour around the re­gion, she has trav­elled 154,000 square kilo­me­tres in two months, which she has en­joyed ev­ery bit of.

De­niliquin cam­pus busi­ness com­mu­nity and part­ner­ships man­ager Leanne Small, new in­sti­tute di­rec­tor Terri Con­nel­lan, Fin­ley cam­pus cus­tomers ser­vices of­fi­cer Nola Pin­nuck and Fin­ley cam­pus re­search and ten­der co­or­di­na­tor Kelly-Anne Lawler.

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