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Mr Martin Riordan

Honorary Senior Fellow

Former Chief Executive Officer, TAFE Directors Australia

Martin was recruited as CEO of TAFE Directors Australia in 2006, and reported to a national board, with a National Secretariat based in Sydney.

Martin began his career as a political journalist in the Parliamentary press galleries of Canberra and Sydney, and worked as an editorial executive with News Limited.  He later worked over several years in the Office of Hon. John Howard when Leader of the Opposition, however in the late 1980s moved to work in Australian ASX companies, managing regulation and corporate affairs. This included executive appointments with Pioneer Concrete Ltd, Coca-Cola Amatil with the demerger to WE & HO Wills Holdings Limited, and its UK parent BAT Industries plc, which took Martin to an extended posting in Singapore. It was during these years Martin's involvement with industry training took hold, and he continued this career interest operating a benchmark research consultancy in Singapore. He relocated to Australia in 2002, and was recruited by the Department of Education, Science and Training. He transferred to lead TDA, from 2006.

Martin was awarded an Australian American Fulbright Professional Scholarship in 2010, to research new financial structures and especially reviewed 4-year degree models applying across 18 US states for American Community Colleges. He enrolled in a PhD at the LH Martin Institute of Tertiary Education Leadership and Management, University of Melbourne. In 2014, Martin was a recipient of an Endeavour Prime Minister's Asia Postgraduate Scholarship, and completed the scholarship in Shanghai in 2015, to review new models in higher education.

Martin studied at Macquarie University for his BA (Hons) undergraduate qualifications, and completed and MBA at University of Technology Sydney.