CDU appoints Katherine education leader 

Jillian Kennedy will step into the role of Regional Education Leader of CDU's Katherine operations later this month

A leading trades and industry administrator has been appointed as Regional Education Leader of Charles Darwin University’s Katherine operations.

Jillian Kennedy, who takes up the position in the middle of this month, will oversee the activities and functioning of the university’s Katherine operations encompassing the Katherine Rural campus, Town Centre and Mataranka Station.

Formerly the Education Program Manager with CDU’s Trades Industry Division, Ms Kennedy has high-level management and leadership experience in the vocational education and training sector in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Vocational Education and Training, John Hassed said Ms Kennedy’s appointment was a shot in the arm for the institution and the Katherine region.

“Ms Kennedy comes to us with a wealth of experience in the planning and delivery of education and training programs throughout northern Australia,” he said.

“As well as having an extensive record of involvement in the implementation and brokerage of innovative training programs and change management in the rural and trades related industries.”

Ms Kennedy said she was excited to be stepping into the position and working with the Katherine staff and wider community.

“I am hugely passionate about the provision of quality training and have a very client-focused approach,” she said.

“I am sure that with the dedicated CDU staff in the Katherine region we will achieve a vibrant and successful quality educational presence in the Katherine region.”

Before her tenure at CDU, Ms Kennedy was acting Manager of Employee Relations and Human Resources with Queensland Health and Field Officer/Inspector with the Department of Education, Training and the Arts.

She has a strong rural background in the areas of community development and the delivery of training in regional and remote locations.