Brian Wexham Chief Executive Officer
Born in London, Brian is an experienced executive and non-executive director with an extensive background in media and advertising, spanning over 30 years. He has held executive roles with The Times and The Sunday Times in London, as well as Board positions with The Observer and the Today newspaper, London. He is also the former Chief Executive of Lonhro Media Group PLC East Africa and was the Chief Executive of APN Educational Media (Australia and New Zealand).
Brian holds several non-executive board positions including the board of The Australian Children’s Music Foundation and has just been appointed as Chairman of WorldSkills Australia. He is a committed proponent and advocate of Vocational Education.
Phone: 0413 735 771
David Cowan Strategy and Partnership Director- National Skills Week
David was born and educated in Sussex, England, and emigrated to Australian in 1993. He is an experience Executive with exposure to a variety of industries both as a Management Consultant and Senior Executive.
David has worked for both large corporations and family run businesses, and held positions including General Manager, Operations Manager and State Manager in industries including Print Media, Business Process Outsourcing, Telecommunications and Travel and Tourism. He is a result driven leader, acknowledged for his ability to develop and implement management ideas and demonstrated ability to grow, influence and market a brand. Recognised talent to motivate and mentor a team, whilst introducing process and procedures for business and financial sustainability.
Phone: 0402 111 551
Anne Cazar Project Manager
Anne is passionate about building people’s understanding of Vocational Education and Training in Australia. With over 27 years of experience and expertise in education, hospitality, tourism, retail, human resources, and business consulting , her focus has always been on measurable returns, leading and developing high performing teams, and creating the best opportunities and experiences for students and Industry. Anne’s particular success and expertise has been to forge extremely valuable partnerships with stakeholders to deliver meaningful and relevant training and education programs, resulting in industry-ready graduates, exciting, beneficial student experiences and positive outcomes for industry.
Anne has engaged with SkillsOne for at least 6 years- either in her VET and management roles or recently for the past 2.5 years as project manager of National Skills Week.
Kirstin Casey Project Manager
Phone: 0420 652 558
George Opadchy Producer/Director
After leaving University in 1993, George did what all sensible Master’s Degree graduates do – he went surfing. In an attempt to disguise his surfing as work, George founded The Construction Site(TCS) – a media production and distribution company. Offering clients industry leading creativity, media-strategy, content-development and digital solutions, TCS quickly bagged the biggest names in surf and youth brands. For his first contract, George started Quiksilver’s International Media production company and ran it from 1993 – 2008, assisted in raising Quiksilver’s & Roxy’s global sales from $200M to $2B. George’s media savvy provided those same digital media services to other leading brands The Australian Radio Network, L’Oreal, , Warner Music, Midori, Frangelico, Moet-Hennessey, Suntory Vodka, Mortgage Choice, Telstra, , Skandia, Deutche Bank, Australian Consolidated Press, Societe General Bank of France, , Red Bull Media House, McDonalds, Woolworths and Surfing Australia. George has produced and distributed hundreds of TV programs (translated into 18 languages) to broadcasters around the world and produced countless live webcasts, on demand videos, thousands of hours of radio streams and satellite feeds globally as well as sold millions of DVD’s for clients in a pre-internet world.
Georgia Turner Events Assistant
Georgia joined the SkillsOne team in 2019 working on the Skills and Thrills Showcases. As owner and director of a dance studio since 2016, she has always been interested in events management and was drawn to the role at SkillsOne. Georgia graduated with a Bachelors in Dance and Performance, Media, Culture and Communications in 2015 and has been working in the primary education system since. Mentoring High School Students at the dance school, Georgia is passionate in bringing Vocational Education and Training knowledge to all students, who may not realise the extensive career options and opportunities available to them!
Andrew Blau Producer, Editor & Camera Operator
Andrew joined the SkillsOne team in 2015, as editor and camera operator shortly after graduating from design college majoring in a Bachelor of Design and Digital Media.
While Andrew studied at design college, he gained skills in design principles, motion graphics and videography. Andrew specialises in time-lapse videography, astrophotography and motion graphics bringing a new blend of artistry and creativity to the team. Andrew joined the SkillsOne team with the ambition to further his knowledge and experience of the production pipeline.
Blake Rees Editor & Camera Operator
Blake joined the SkillsOne Team in 2018 after completing his Diploma in Screen and Media for Film and Television. After completing 5 years of service in The Australian Army as a Cavalry soldier he took an interest in shooting camera’s instead of rifles. He specialises in underwater and aerial photography and is well rounded in all departments of film making.
While studying Film and Television at Hunter St TAFE his hobby quickly turned into a career. Blake was a freelancing producer for 2 years before starting editing for SkillsOne.