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TAFE welcomes new manager

Thursday, 9th July, 2009

By Darrin Manuel

The Broken Hill TAFE College has undergone changes at the top level with Scott Dennis taking over as Area Manager.

Mr Dennis replaces Acting Area Manager, Wayne Stewart, who has held the position for the past nine months. Mr Stewart said his experience in the city had been a positive one, and wished his successor well for the future. "I've really enjoyed it in Broken Hill. I love the environment out here and the people, and I really liked the job," he said. "Scott is the lucky recipient of the new position, and we wish him well. I'm sure he's going to do a fantastic job. He's well known in the area and well respected." Mr Dennis has a long employment history in the region, with over 20 years' service in the NSW Police Force both locally and around the State. Most recently he held the position of Manager of the Department of Community Services (DoCS) for Broken Hill, Dareton and Wilcannia. His new role with TAFE will also encompass both local and regional centres, including Wilcannia, Menindee, Ivanhoe, Tibooburra, White Cliffs. The job will provide an ideal chance to improve management skills and connect with the local community, Mr Dennis said. "It gives me an opportunity to manage in a little bit of a different framework and environment to which I'm used to, and it will give me an opportunity to develop my skills in management. "I've got an interest in the training area, and it also allows me to continue working in an area that serves the local community. "My wife is from here and the kids are coming up through the school system here as well... I've been here for a little over 20 years on and off since the late 80s." Although the new position will be a change from the challenges of Managing DoCS, Mr Dennis said he was confident of adjusting to the new role. "I've got an open mind. I've had the experience of coming from the police into the Department of Community Services, and I expect a similar experience coming into TAFE. "It's about learning about the organisation, learning about the people in the organisation, and building relationships within tafe and the community. "And also drawing upon existing relationships I have with people on a professional level within the community. "I guess there'll be a period of consolidation for me over the next six to twelve months, and I'm looking forward to the learning environment."

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