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Virginia Simmons

Council member

Virginia Simmons currently is Director, Virsis Consulting and has held senior management positions within a number of TAFE Institutes including Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Swinburne University of Technology and CEO of Kangan and Chisholm Institutes.

Virginia is currently studying towards a Master of Education (Research) and holds a Graduate Diploma of Educational Administration.

Professional memberships include a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and Board Member of the Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre. Public recognition for Ms Simmons' achievements includes:

  • Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in January 2010
  • The Victorian Honor Roll of Women in 2011 for leadership and innovation in vocational education and training.
  • The inaugural Prime Minister's Training Award in 1995 for her contribution to women in vocational education and training.

Virginia has extensive experience in international education, most recently in Africa, the Pacific and China, and now works as a consultant in tertiary education.

Virginia’s key areas of knowledge, skills and experience include financial management, accounting, education and training, regulatory compliance and stakeholder engagement.