Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New board member reflects commitment to addressing regional skills shortages

    12/10/2005 12:00 AM

    The State Government’s commitment towards addressing skills shortages in the South-West has been given a boost with the appointment of Posy Barnes to the South West Development Commission Board for a three-year period.

    South-West Minister Mark McGowan, who made the announcement today, said Ms Barnes - of Gelorup - had a strong background in training and skills development.

    Mr McGowan said Ms Barnes was currently employed as chief executive officer of South West Jobs Inc - a registered training organisation that assists individuals in job and traineeship placements.

    “Ms Barnes holds a Masters in Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Sociology,” he said.

    “The skills shortage is an issue that is affecting many businesses in the South-West and it is important that people with the relevant skills and background are represented on the SWDC board.

    “Ms Barnes also has experience in supporting young people to make informed decisions about their work and training needs to help them obtain their career goals.

    “Her wealth of skills and experience in workplace training and jobs brings to the board abilities that complement the recent appointment of Stan Liaros as the new chairperson of the South West Development Commission.”

    Ms Barnes has replaced Ted Thompson, who had served the maximum term on the board.

    The Minister thanked Mr Thompson for his contribution to the community during his time on the board.

    Councillor Peter Monagle and Nick Oaks were both reappointed to the board.

    Further information on the South West Development Commission and the region is available at

    Minister's office: 9222 9111