Leyla Yilmaz
Chairperson

Leyla is Deputy Executive Director, Industrial Relations, Policy & Engagement with the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) where she has had a career spanning more than 20 years. Leyla has sat on various boards throughout her career and has a wealth of expertise and knowledge liaising with Government Departments. Leyla’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma of Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management.

Warren Butler
Director

Warren is the National Assistant Secretary of the AMWU Vehicle Division. Warren has a strong union background, having been involved in industrial advocacy along with rank-and-file roles across both the automotive RS&R and manufacturing sectors since the mid 1980s. Warren is a member of the Queensland Automotive Skills Alliance (QASA) and is experienced in the application of the automotive Training Packages across a number of the automotive industry sectors.

David Birrell
Director

David is the CEO of the Construction & Mining Equipment Industry Group (CMEIG). David has broad experience across a range of industries including automotive, construction and manufacturing and is a member of the Government’s international trade remedies forum. Initially trained as a metallurgist, David also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing along with an MBA.

Jenny Saunders
Director

Jenny is currently Corporate Manager Risk of Toyota Institute Australia with Toyota Motor Corporation Australia where she has had a career spanning more than 24 years. Jenny has extensive experience in Human Resources management, including health and safety, organisational development and employee relations. Jenny’s career commenced in the Health industry as a Registered Nurse prior to moving into the automotive industry with Toyota. Jenny’s formal education includes Registered Nursing certificate, a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.

Peter Bourke
Director

Peter is the General Manager of Bicycle Industries Australia. He has extensive experience in government relations, holding various positions within the public, private and not-for profit sectors. Through the variety of roles Peter has significant experience supporting the delivery of traineeships across areas including sport, health and education.

William (Bill) Malkoutzis
Director

Bill operates his own Automotive Engineering Consultancy servicing numerous new and ongoing commercial clients, as well as working as an authorised VicRoads VASS signatory for modified light vehicles. His 39 year background is in automotive design, test, development, compliance and manufacturing. He has worked for Ford Motor Company in both trucks and passenger vehicles both here and in the USA, followed by local brake supplier PBR in various engineering based management roles. He is a member and past President of the Society of Automotive Engineers – Australasia having served on the board of directors over the past 6 years in varying rolls, committees, and panels. He has a bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.

Richard Dudley
Director

Richard Dudley is the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of the Motor Trades Association of Australia Limited (MTAA) and leads the Federation’s national advocacy and representation activities on behalf of State and Territory Member Associations.  He has extensive knowledge skills and experience honed in senior executive roles in corporate public affairs, government relations, stakeholder engagement and relationship management, policy development, community engagement and journalism. Prior to his position at the MTAA, Mr Dudley held senior executive positions in Commonwealth and State Government Agencies and Departments.

Peter Miller
Board Secretary

Peter Miller is the Chief Executive Officer of Auto Skills Australia. Auto Skills Australia (ASA) is the body responsible for the development and maintenance of nationally accredited automotive training qualifications in Australia. He started his working life in the Australian Defence Force where he enjoyed a 27 year career which included a range of leadership, management, education, vocational training and policy roles. Peter went on to become qualified in a number of vocational qualifications as well as holding a Bachelor of Adult Vocational Education and Training.Prior to joining Auto Skills Australia in May 2011, Peter enjoyed a variety of roles in the Australian Vocational Training Sector which have included managing the TAFE Development Centre RPL Project, management of a private registered training organisation and consultancy work.Peter is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has also been a small business owner operator and brings with him a wealth of experience across multiple VET functions and a long history in vocational training and VET policy development.