New England Region

The NSW Training Awards are celebrated throughout the state by 9 regional programs. View other regions.

2022 New England Training Awards Winners

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

Kelly O’Gorman
Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: Hunter New England Local Health District

Apprentice of the Year

Lachlan Butler
Qualification: Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade
Trained by: Gimbal Engineering
Employed by: BOSS Engineering Pty Ltd

School Based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Tara Vickery
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
School: Uralla Central School
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: Uralla Preschool

Trainee of the Year

Shaun Tobin
Qualification: Certificate IV in Horticulture
Trained by: TAFE NSW
Employed by: Tamworth Regional Council

VET in Schools Student of the Year

Sophie Hobden
Qualification: Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
School: Tamworth High School
Trained by: TAFE NSW

VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year

Warren Julius
Employed by: Essential Energy

Vocational Student of the Year

Emma Pearson
Qualification: Certificate IV in Wool Classing
Trained by: TAFE NSW

Committee members

Name Organisation

Robert Walters – Chair

LDO Training

Stephen Vile – Vice Chair

BEST employment

Bede Maher – Secretary

Training Services NSW

Eleze Drew – Treasurer

Training Services NSW

Bronwyn Cocking – Public Officer

Training Services NSW


Joe Townsend

Business NSW

Virginia Fenwicke

Department of Education

Nicky Turner


Katie Hamlin

Tamworth Community College

Tiffany Roworth

Tamworth Community College

Debbie Taekata

Careers Network Inc

Daniel Sassi

Department of Education

Melissa Abra

Department of Education

Keryl Caulfield

Sarina Russo

Fiona Sweeney


Shelley Beard


Sara Abberton

Regional NSW62

Contact details

For more information about the New England Regional Training Awards, please contact:
Bede Maher
Training Services Manager
Greater Northern Skills Development Group Incorporated (GNSDG Inc) Committee Co-ordinator

M: 0428 469 761

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