Artibus Innovation is overseen by a Board of Directors which sets and guides the strategic direction of the organisation. The Board ensures effective governance against the organisation’s contractual and social obligations.

Artibus Innovation’s services are guided and delivered under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer and its management team.


Paul Byrne

Paul Byrne

Paul is the inaugural Chair of Artibus Innovation.

He is well respected in the VET sector and has extensive experience in overseeing the development and review of national training products and services – both through his time as a General Manager and later CEO of the Australian National Training Authority, his chairmanship of Australian Training Products Limited and as Board member and interim CEO of the national Innovation and Business Industry Skills Council.

Paul has a deep knowledge of the national VET system and its evolution and an excellent understanding of the strategic, technical and stakeholder engagement challenges involved in developing training packages and associated national training products.

Nick McShane

Nick McShane

Nick has an excellent understanding of the licensing and regulatory implications for skills development and the need to ensure robust stakeholder engagement of industry regulators through his extensive work relating to licensing and regulation. He has been involved in a number of national projects that have sought to improve the interface between the national VET system and industry regulators – this included co-authoring the seminal report 'A Licence to Skill' for ANTA that resulted in a range of changes to how industry regulators were involved in training package review and development.

Nick has also been involved in a range of national projects that has provided him with a sound understanding of a range of industry sectors. This included advising a Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Skills Recognition Steering Committee and Skills Recognition Taskforce on a major COAG initiative to achieve full and effective mutual recognition of occupational licenses. Nick has also advised the COAG National Licensing Steering Committee and National Licensing Taskforce on the establishment of a National Occupational Licensing System (NOLS).

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David Morgan, Executive Director

David is a highly qualified and skilled workforce development practitioner and has over twenty years experience working with industry on skill development issues across a wide array of sectors.

He is a co-founder of Artibus Innovation and was its CEO for six years when operating the Skills Service Organisation for the Commonwealth Government.

His business interests have pioneered technology use in education providing software that underpinned large scale public skill services such as Skilling Solutions Queensland, the Victorian Skill Store initiative and TradeSet – Trades Recognition Australia skills assessments of 457 migrants entering Australia.

Manuel Barragan, CEO

Manuel has a breadth international experience spanning the fields of human rights, governance, policy development and implementation. He brings a proven ability to drive innovation and best practice to enhance and optimise organisational capability and performance. With demonstrated experience defining and articulating sustainable growth strategies, Manuel values connecting with stakeholders and corporate partners to mutually generate value.

Wendy McLeod

Wendy McLeod, Business Lead

Wendy is the Business Lead of Artibus Innovation, having been with the company from its very beginning in February 2016. With a long history of service in the parliamentary sector supporting a Tasmanian Senator, she provides significant logistical and stakeholder management experience. She’s also a life member of the OHA Hockey Club.

Jeremy Rose

Jeremy Rose, Industry Lead

Jeremy is the Industry Lead of Artibus Innovation and played a key role in the development of the construction and property services training packages. Jeremy has 15 years’ experience in the Vocational Education and Training and industry workforce development sectors.

Liz Perrot

Liz Perrot, Finance & HR Manager

Liz is a founding member of Artibus Innovation, having worked with the company since its inception in 2016. She has a background in business administration, finance, and quality assurance. Prior to her current role, she was Finance & HR Manager at The Work Lab for 12 years.