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Mr Bruce Mackenzie

Honorary Senior Fellow

Former Chief Executive of Holmesglen Institute of TAFE

Bruce Mackenzie has played a leading role in the successful development and implementation of the TAFE system in Victoria. His involvement in TAFE goes back to 1981 when he was a member of a four person unit that designed the TAFE system for Victoria which was implemented in 1982. His contribution to the vocational education and training sector was formally recognised in the selection for the 1994 National AUSTAFE award for educational leadership. In the 2005 Australia Day Honours list, he was awarded the public service medal for outstanding services to vocational education. In 2013 he was made an honorary Doctor of the University of Canberra for his work in vocational and tertiary  education.

He was a chief executive of Holmesglen Institute for 31 years, was a founding member of TAFE Directors Australia, its deputy chair for 9 years and chair in 2010. He has undertaken national and international consultancies, spoken at a number of national conferences on tertiary education particularly on youth at risk and the role of education, strategies for international education, enterprise-based education, and higher education in the non-University sector. In 2012 he was awarded the American Community College Baccalaureate Association Pioneer Award in recognition of his work as a pioneer in showing  the way for others to follow to improve access to post-secondary education in Australia.