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Robinson College CEO steps down

Monday, 2nd December, 2019

CEO of Robinson College, Tracey Dodimead, has resigned. PICTURE: Emily McInerney CEO of Robinson College, Tracey Dodimead, has resigned. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

After three years as CEO of Robinson College, Tracey Dodimead will be taking a step in a new direction, but her drive for the college remains.

Tracey started as the CEO in December 2016, after being appointed by the board in September of that year.

Originally from Canberra, Tracey was no stranger to Broken Hill as she and her husband Colin, a former local, had been making regular trips together to the Silver City since she was 16.

Tracey said she had fulfilled her three-year contract and recently advised the board that she would be returning to Canberra.

“We have a new grandson and we really wanted to be around our family,” she said.

“Even though I am resigning as CEO, I plan to support the new CEO in their transition.

“But to be the CEO of Robinson College, you do need to be in Broken Hill to support the team particularly with the fast-evolving nature of the VET sector.

“It’s been three years of incredibly hard work but it’s been an exciting challenge, to streamline the organisation and make it financially viable is very rewarding.

“It’s had a complete turnaround from when I first started. I’m really proud about the position I am leaving the organisation in.”

Tracey said the Board reluctantly accepted her resignation but she reassured them she would support the incoming CEO transition into this role.

“I will stay on in an advisory role for the Board and CEO. We had trialled the prospect of my role as a remote CEO but the work was very difficult because of the distance.

“Someone does need to be here to be the face of the organisation.

“My role as CEO has been multi-faceted and has recently included teaching.

“That said, I’m very comfortable in my decision because the organisation, through a lot of hard work, is in a really healthy position.

“It will be sad to say goodbye to the team, but I don’t want to miss out on our grandson; our family is really important.”

During her three-year tenure, Tracey has utilised many strategies to help build the college with the help of her team.

Adding extensive training products to the scope of registration, has developed key relationships with ASQA and the NSW Government who are keen for the college to continue to prosper.

There have also been a lot of cosmetic changes with painting, lighting, changing the grounds, adding resources, new computers and changing from a paper-based education centre to a blended learning model.

This helped distance education students access the Vocational Education at Robinson College.

As an advocate for continued education, the team have extensively upskilled and opportunities for traineeships at Robinson College have grown.

Tracey said the next step will be to upgrade the student kitchen and create eating areas on the grounds for the students.

“I would really like to thank the community and industry for their incredible support. 

“I also wish to thank the Chair and Board of Directors for their advice and support and who volunteer their time to ensure this organisation prospers. 

“When I started there had been some difficult times, but the team and community rallied behind Robinson College and I sincerely appreciate that support. 

“It’s going to be sad to leave Broken Hill but I’ve had incredible support from the Board who share the vision for the growth of this very important organisation.”

The position for CEO is being advertised Australia wide through a recruitment firm.

Robinson College Board chair Marion Browne thanked Tracey for her service.

“Tracey has done a magnificent job and has worked enormously hard to turn the organisation around. 

“We hope Tracey enjoyed her time here, we’ve certainly got a huge amount out of having her in this role.

“The Board and I are more than happy to use her experience and expertise that she has very generously offered to assist us in hiring the next CEO.”

Marion said the job of CEO was a rewarding one and the college was one of the best training organisations in Western NSW.

“We think it is a great job, there is huge potential and want someone who can jump right in and continue the good work.”

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