HVTC’s new head has ‘ideal range of skills’

Hunter Valley Training Company has appointed Sharon Smith as its new CEO.

Chairman Bob Cameron AO made the announcement after last Thursday’s board meeting at its Telarah headquarters.

Mr Cameron said Ms Smith had more than 20 years’ business experience in a broad range of roles including finance, human resources, information technology, procurement, business development, strategic planning and communications.

“Ms Smith brings the ideal range of skills and experience in business and Government that HVTC needs to ­continue with its exciting development and expansion plans,” Mr Cameron said.

Ms Smith will take up her appointment in mid December.

Her previous position was general manager business strategy and communications with Hunter Water Corporation. Prior to that, Ms Smith was general manager of finance and corporate services at the utility.

She has held the position of company secretary at Hunter Water, Hunter Water Australia and Regional Land Management Corporation.

Ms Smith said it was a wonderful opportunity to lead HVTC.

“I know the organisation is well ­positioned to prosper in the group ­training industry,” Ms Smith said.

“I look forward to working with the team to further develop quality training and education for our young people which, in turn, better supports business across the regions we serve,” she said.

Ms Smith is a non executive director and chair of the audit committee at both Hunter Development Corporation and Newcastle Grammar School.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Newcastle and post graduate qualifications in Applied Finance.

She is a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Smith is also an executive coach, accredited by the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership.

Hunter-based HVTC was established in 1981 and has provided employment and training to more than 18,000


It has 11 offices across NSW and employs 90 staff.

perfectly suited: HVTC chairman Bob Cameron with newly ­appointed CEO Sharon Smith.

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