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About Us

NORTEC is a dedicated charity-based for-purpose organisation with a long-standing reputation for delivering diverse essential services to the community.

Empowering the community

NORTEC invests in and fosters transformative partnerships to generate returns that have a positive and meaningful impact on communities, manifested through being:

BOLD enough to look at problems with curiosity and a fresh perspective

SMART enough to work out how to solve problems that create value for the community

COURAGEOUS enough to deliver solutions in a commercially sustainable manner

Our partnerships

Banaam are leaders and innovators in the area of Cultural Intelligence. Banaam, backed by NORTEC, delivers a series of unique workshops and the knowledge provided comes from a team that live and breathe Indigenous culture every day.

The Banaam team have found a unique way to impart their cultural knowledge and share contextualised cultural skills that have been transferred to them throughout their lives. This deep cultural connection is what sets Banaam’s training apart.

Our Board

Dawson Petie

Chairman

Sarah Lance

Director

Linda Spurr

Director

David Fayyad

Director

Rob Seljak

Director

Careers at NORTEC

Are you looking to join an organisation dedicated to empowering people, businesses, and communities? Work with us. 

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Rob Seljak

Director

For the last 20 years, Rob has held numerous senior executive positions in New South Wales and Queensland. These positions include General Manager of Insurance for WorkCover New South Wales and General Manager of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

Currently, Rob holds the position of CEO for Teachers’ Union Health Fund and also serves as a Director of AHSA, MHFA, and PHA. Since 2016, he has been the Chair of Hambs.

Rob has achieved numerous accolades for his contributions to the industry. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, which recognises his outstanding achievements and leadership qualities. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Rob’s educational qualifications include degrees in arts, law, and business. These qualifications have provided him with a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of the industry, including legal, operational, and financial aspects.

David Fayyad

Director

David is a highly skilled professional currently serving as the General Counsel at TransGrid, one of the leading energy infrastructure companies in the nation. With over two decades of experience across various industries, David has honed his expertise in management, strategy, governance, and stakeholder management. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s legal, compliance, and governance functions.

Before joining TransGrid, David held several senior positions in public relations, policy, and risk & audit. Additionally, he worked as an electrical engineer for several years, gaining valuable experience in infrastructure and the execution of large capital projects across a variety of industries. David’s experience and expertise have helped him develop a unique skill set, which he brings to the Board in his current role.

David is a highly qualified professional with two Masters Degrees in Law, a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, and a Diploma of Engineering Practice. He is also a Graduate of the Melbourne Business School – Mt Eliza Executive Education. David’s impressive educational background has contributed to his professional success, and he continues to stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and best practices.

Linda Spur

Director

Linda is a highly accomplished senior executive and an independent non-executive director with more than 20 years of experience across a range of industries, including aviation, health, financial services, and construction.

Linda’s career has spanned the private and public sectors, as well as not-for-profit organisations. She has led significant reform initiatives and contestability programs in education and training, shared services, and health services. With her strong commercial acumen, Linda has made a significant contribution to the organisations she has worked for.

Most recently, Linda served as the Registered Training Organisation CEO for Airservices Australia. In this role, she was responsible for operational training in Air Traffic Control, Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting, and Technical and Engineering support services. Her responsibilities also included ensuring compliance with relevant regulatory and legislative frameworks.

Linda has also been recognised for her achievements with various industry awards. She was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards (Government and Academia) ACT category and was named as the Emerging Leader in the Public Sector at the NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards. Additionally, she was named the Qld Public Sector Accountant of the Year at the CPA Australia Awards.

Sarah Lance

Director

With over 25 years’ experience in senior executive roles in Australia and overseas, Sarah is an independent Non-Executive Director and Chair. She has managed cross-functional teams in strategy, business development, marketing and communications for various organisations including entrepreneurial start-up conference companies, postgraduate, and vocational education and training organisations. 

Sarah’s consulting company, LikeMinds Consulting, brings the stakeholder voice to the boardroom to facilitate strategy. Sarah is currently CEO of St Johns Ambulance Australia (NSW) and is a Non-Executive Director/Chair on two Boards – both commercial and not for profit: Cliftons and NEAS. She holds a Bachelor of Education from Sydney University, an MBA from the AGSM and is a Graduate of The Company Directors Course (AICD).

Fiona Evans

Director

After qualifying as a chartered accountant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Fiona pursued her interest in marketing and earned postgraduate qualifications in the field. She has over two decades of experience in c-suite roles with esteemed brands such as GE Capital Finance, Young and Rubicam (London), Members Equity and the Brisbane Lions. 

Fiona’s belief in the importance of community involvement has led her to serve as a volunteer and director for organisations like ACT for Kids and Lifetec QLD. She currently serves as a non-executive director for Mclean Care Ltd and Lifestyle Solutions (Aust) Ltd. Fiona is also a graduate member of the AICD.

Dawson Petie

Chairman

Dawson has had a distinguished career spanning over 20 years. He has served on the boards of some of Queensland’s largest and most reputable organisations, including UnitingCare, QIC, Queensland Rail, and Sunsuper, gaining invaluable insights and experience that have propelled him to the forefront of his profession. His vast experience extends to senior executive positions in major business organisations, including commercial, government, and not-for-profit businesses. Prior to his retirement from full-time employment, Dawson was a general manager for QIC, one of Australia’s major institutional investors, managing over $80 billion in funds for its clients.

Dawson is also highly regarded for his extensive experience with government boards and committees, many of which were in the education and training sector. For his outstanding contributions to the community, he was awarded the Centenary Medal, a testament to his passion for supporting the community.

As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, Dawson has established himself as a leading expert in his field, leveraging his diverse skill set, knowledge, and vast network of relationships to drive innovation and deliver exceptional results. His breadth of experience and knowledge make him a valuable asset to any organisation seeking to enhance its strategic planning, governance, and stakeholder engagement.