Their counsel and advisory provide us with the impetus and guidance that AIWT leverages to raise our game in terms of our curriculum development, industry relevance, programme quality, and student management.
Our board members, all doyens in their own right, bring with them a collective wealth of time, talent and technical knowledge that helps to reinforce the standing and credibility of AIWT as one of Perth’s leading vocational education providers.
The Founder and Sole Director, Tracy started AIWT in early 2003. She is an experienced business owner and consults regularly to other SME businesses and was a Finalist in the West Australian Telstra Business Woman Awards in 2010. With a number of qualifications including an MBA, and with a Doctorate of Business Administration completing this year, Tracy has published seven children’s books and presented conference papers in areas of business leadership and management. Additionally, she has been a sessional academic at Curtin University for the last few years. Tracy serves as Chair to Vundo Institute of Commerce and Engineering based in Zambia, Africa on the board’s committee and past Chair to Harvest West Bible College Academic Board. The Tracy Hopkins Scholarships are offered to six promising and talented Africans to gain admission to VICE each year.Tracy is passionate about supporting the community and contributes to a number of worthy causes such as Life4Kids (Kenya) Ballajura Community College (Perth) and Pre-school in Cambodia. Her philosophy is based upon an ancient Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a meal. Teach a man to fish and you have fed him for life.”
Leighton is the Principal and Director of Sotica, a consultancy he set up to provide high quality thought leadership and facilitation skills to organisations and leaders to help them achieve better outcomes. An expert facilitator with more than two decades of experience in leadership positions within community organisations, he has been particularly active in the human services and community benefit sector, helping businesses organise, design, deliver and evaluate services more effectively. A skilled qualitative researcher with a passion for systems thinking, his diverse experience readily enables him to meaningfully contribute to strategic projects and strategy formation. Previously the Director of Teaching and Learning at Curtin University’s School of Management, Leighton obtained his Masters of Commerce from Curtin University and completed his Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia.
Carla is currently a senior lecturer, researcher and consultant in mining engineering in the WA School of Mines. Previously a principal chartered engineer and team manager in Rio Tinto, Carla has accumulated extensive expertise in water management and hydrocarbons for several other reputable resource and public sector conglomerates, among them the Australian Water Corporation, Rutgers University in the USA, and the European Commission. Through this experience, she brings to the board vast experience in international asset management, operational readiness, maintenance and big budget project management. Hailing originally from Portugal, Carla obtained both her MSc. and PhD. in the fields of water and wastewater management from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
Chris is a psychologist with a background in organisational psychology and a practical focus on high performance in elite sport and in business. He pairs this with expertise in teaching and learning, and research. He has an extensive background in the tertiary education sector having worked in strategic planning and quality assurance for the sector in addition to being a highly regarded teaching academic; developing and delivering course content and learning programs for a range of business units including communications in business, marketing, and research methods at both local and international tertiary institutions. As a consultant Chris has worked with both government and private sector organisations to enhance the quality and outcomes of training (including e-learning) and development in areas such as workplace cultural competency, leadership development, supervisory style, project management, and workplace systems.