Careers Australia

Executive Management

Patrick McKendry
Patrick McKendry Executive Chairman

Patrick McKendry has led Careers Australia Group since 2008 and is committed to seeing students receive job relevant tertiary education and training. Mr McKendry has senior leadership experience across a range of industry sectors and has participated in significant public policy debates including labour and vocational training market reform. He has also held positions on several government advisory committees at a national and state level.

Walter Gilmore
Walter Gilmore Group Chief Executive Officer

Walter Gilmore joined Careers Australia in 2007. Prior to this, he held CEO roles in both the private and public health and education sectors, both in Australia and overseas. Mr Gilmore has been instrumental in the establishment of Careers Australia and has implemented best practices across the group’s operations.

In 2014, Mr Gilmore was appointed as a Director of VET Development Centre Ltd by the Victorian Minister for Training and Skills.

Richard Pepper
Richard Pepper Chief Financial Officer

Richard Pepper has been a successful senior financial executive for over 20 years. During this time, Richard has specialised in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, business reorganisation and integration projects. He brings his financial acumen, commercial awareness and strategic insight to Careers Australia.

Nik Babovic
Nik Babovic Chief Executive Officer - Vocational Training

Nik Babovic joined Careers Australia in 2015, after many years working in government, education and the private sector. He has held senior roles in the higher education sector, government and the private sector. He has a passion for delivering training solutions that are tailored to suit students and meet the needs of industry.

Tim McGuire
Tim McGuire Executive General Manager - Operations

Tim McGuire has a background in hospitality, human resources and for the last eight years, vocational education with Careers Australia.

As a founding member of the Careers Australia team, Tim has an intricate knowledge of the Careers Australia business and the history of the company. Over the past eight years, Tim has been involved with nearly every facet of the business including, operations, human resources, acquisitions, and most recently a member of the Careers Australia Executive team.

Steven Platz
Steven Platz Executive General Manager - Student Systems & Administration

Steve Platz has more than three decades of experience in providing accounting and strategic advice in public practice, both as a consultant and as an in-house adviser to large international companies. In his current role he is responsible for maintaining student systems, ensuring student records and data is up to date and accurate, uploads of student data to government agencies and reconciliation of student data to Government systems.

Margaret-Ann Goy
Margaret-Ann Goy Executive General Manager - Career Pathways

With a diverse background including multi-site retail operations, franchise operations and coaching & development, Margaret-Ann Goy brings a wealth of experience to her role including systems management and implementation, people management and meticulous organisational skills.

Keomany Khounthavong
Keomany Khounthavong Executive General Manager - Quality & Risk

Keomany Khounthavong has more than a decade of experience in the vocational education and training sector. She has a track record of demonstrated operational and strategic achievement in administering apprenticeships and traineeships in accordance with legislative provisions and the national training framework.

Sonia Pitt
Sonia Pitt General Manager - People & Culture

With extensive experience leading human resource teams, Sonia Pitt joined Careers Australia in October 2013 to develop and build the organisation’s human resources function, now known as People & Culture.