New institute director visits Finley campus
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.