Our People

Dean Luciani, AEN Chair

Dean Luciani


Dean Luciani is the Chief Executive Officer of Westvic Staffing Solutions based in Warrnambool, Victoria and is also the Chair of the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN). Westvic Staffing Solutions specialises in training and employment via an on hired model. This requires significant employer engagement, expertise in human resource management and industrial relations. Westvic Staffing Solutions operates under an ISO accredited quality system across six sites in Victoria.


Dean holds various management qualifications and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has served on a number of Boards in the Education and Health sectors over the last ten years. Dean has a specific interest in quality systems, corporate governance and risk management.


In 2015, Dean was invited by the Federal Government to join The Apprentice Reform Advisory Group to represent the views of industry in the policy development process from a rural and regional perspective. More recently Dean has spoken on the subject of community leadership at an OECD conference on engaging employers in skill development for the 21st century.


With over 20 years’ experience within the Vocational Education and Training Sector, in both Metropolitan and Regional areas, Dean is a strong believer in adherence to governance, underpinned by quality systems.

Paula Ryan

Deputy Chair

Paula Ryan is the CEO of Goulburn Murray Group Training trading as The Apprenticeship Factory and Monarch Personnel and has undertaken this role since 2008.   Paula has worked in executive and leadership roles for over 20 years, having previously been a local Primary School Principal.

Having lived in a rural region most of her life, Paula is passionate about helping and supporting local industries and businesses to create opportunities and pathways for young people.   Coaching and mentoring of young people is an area of interest to Paula both personally and professionally.

Darren Webster

Darren Webster


Darren Webster is the Chief Executive Officer of Skillinvest (incorporating Longerenong College), a leading provider of education, training and employment services in Victoria and beyond. A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Darren commenced with Skillinvest in 2005 as the CFO and has moved into the role of CEO in 2017. Darren has over 10 years financial management experience in the employment and training industry and over 20 years financial management experience in the Victorian water industry. Darren is a current board member of the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN), Wimmera Development Association and a previous Chairperson of the Horsham Rural City Council Audit Committee. Darren is also a life member of the Horsham Apex Club.

Dean Arundell


Dean Arundell is the General Manager of Ai Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre (AiGATC) who have employed and or trained more than 15,000 apprentices and trainees since 1961. AiGATC has a national footprint and currently employs over 500 apprentices and trainees.

AiGATC is a division of The Australian Industry Group who is a peak employer organisation representing traditional, innovative and emerging industry sectors. They have been supporting businesses across Australia for more than 140 years and, with partner organisations, represent the interests of more than 60,000 businesses employing more than 1 million staff.

Dean has over 25 years’ experience in group training, education and employment experience and has been successful in dealing with Directors and CEOs of SME companies through to large multi-national organisations.

He has many qualifications including a Degree in Business Management, Associate Diploma in Business Accounting and Cert IV in Marketing.

Dean is a current Director of the AEN and has previously been involved with various boards. He is also a Founding and Life Member of the Lysterfield JFC commencing in 2011. In 2019 the club had 26 teams and over 550 players including over 120 female players. Dean is also the Junior President of the Lysterfield Cricket Club and involved other local community projects.

Robyn Goodwill

Independent Director

Robyn Goodwill is a senior management professional with experience across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  She has a specialist background in corporate operational leadership and focuses on building strategic, high performing teams, business planning and program development in externally funded, project-based multi-disciplinary environments.

Currently, Robyn is the Director of Medical Panels, which supports the fair and timely resolution of medical disputes under the workers’ compensation and personal injury legislation in Victoria.  She has come to this role following a long career in medical research and universities in management positions.  She has a Master of Tertiary Education Management and is a published author on the topic of knowledge translation.  Robyn is a former Board member of the Pat Cronin Foundation and has served on the AEN Board as an Independent Director since 2012.

Franklin OCarroll

Franklin O’Carroll

Independent Director

Franklin O’Carroll is the Associate Director of Holmesglen Workforce Solutions, Holmesglen’s Business to Business/Enterprise Faculty.  Franklin has over 20 years experience in senior leadership and management roles within the tertiary sector with a primary focus on developing training solutions for industry and enterprises. This experience extends to lengthy periods in the public, non-profit, and private education sector working with a diverse range of industry stakeholders across a variety of discipline areas. These roles have required an ability to develop strategic partnerships with industry with a focus on workforce development, commercialisation and in some cases applied research projects.

The majority of Franklin’s career with educational institutes has been centred on driving business plans and industry engagement strategies with a view to achieving growth and expansion. Additionally, Franklin holds an Independent Directorship on the Apprenticeship Employment Network representing businesses and over 7,000 Apprentices and Trainees in Victoria.  Franklin has served on the AEN board since 2012.

Franklin holds formal tertiary qualifications in Applied Sciences and Computer Engineering.

Gary Workman, Executive Director

Gary Workman

Executive Director

Gary assumed the role in 2009 and leads AEN and its members on public policy and research activities, including overseeing relationships with a wide range of industry and government stakeholders.

Gary brings over 20 years experience in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, and has worked on numerous government and industry projects including the areas of workforce development, apprenticeships, OH&S and the environment.

He is a member of the Victorian Governments Apprenticeship Taskforce through the Victorian Skills Commission Office since 2016.

Gary is also an ambassador for the Bullyzero Australia Foundation which supports the awareness of workplace bullying and mental health issues.


Past GTAV Board of Directors