Keynote Speakers

Rod Cooke

Rod Cooke

CEO

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council, Australia

Hear about the Australian Experience and the changes that lie ahead in the Community Services and Health Industry workforces. Rod will be asking “What is likely impact on New Zealand workforce?”

Rod has an extensive background in leadership, workforce development and governance in business, community organisations and the vocational education sector. He has held senior management and workforce development positions in the Army, Government, private enterprise and the not-for-profit sector. These include positions of CEO at Orana Education & Training Cooperative Ltd and National Learning & Development Manager with NRMA.

Rod has significant not-for-profit and community experience in board and volunteer roles for over 20 years including UPA Aged Care Services and is currently on the Board of the Lane Cove and Northside Community Services and Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW – Central West.

His qualifications include an Arts Degree, Graduate Diploma in Training and Development, Masters in Educational Administration, Masters in Business Administration, Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems and Company Directors Diploma.

John Rogers

John Rogers

CEO

Skills for Health, UK

John will discuss Workforce planning; Developing non-registered staff and a more flexible workforce. He’ll present findings and opportunities from a review of the UK National Health Service (NHS).

Skills for Health (SfH) is the UK Sector Skills Council for Health, covering some 2 million staff across the public, independent and voluntary sectors. Licensed by the Department for Education and Skills, SfH is supported by the four UK Departments of Health. John has been their Chief Executive of Skills for Health since April 2002

John was Chief Executive of Healthwork UK (the National Training Organisation for Health) between 2000 and 2002. He has worked in the health sector for the last 16 years, during which time he has been involved in national workforce development – as a Director at the NHS Training Authority and at a national level with the Department of Health. In earlier years, John worked with the private manufacturing sector on national workforce development. He led innovative work on competence-based development in the 1980s, including new approaches to workplace assessment and the development of vocational awards achieved through workplace development.

Mairi-Anne MacDonald

Mairi-Anne MacDonald

Director of Sector Development

Scottish Social Services Council, Scotland

Mairi-Anne will discuss the ways in which the Scottish Social Services Council are building a safe, skilled, confident and flexible social service workforce and share with us what insights were learned along the way.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is the body responsible for the registration, education and training for social services workers in Scotland. Mairi-Anne’s key responsibilities in the SSSC include workforce regulation, regulation of education, and workforce development.

Mairi-Anne is a qualified social worker who worked for 25 years in local authority Children’s Services before moving to the SSSC. Much of her work has focused on improving multi-agency working across child protection and alcohol and drug partnerships. She has an ongoing interest in workforce issues in relation to multi-agency working, developing innovative approaches to learning (including the use of technology) and thinking about how learning helps to improve the quality of care for people using social services.