Our Team - The Centre For U

Our Team

Alex Newman


Introducing Alex Newman, CEO at The Centre for U

I’m Alex Newman and I have worked various roles in vocational education for 18 years, and preceding that I was an electrician. I’ve lead teams recognised nationally for the implementation of new approaches to apprenticeship training, and more recently shifted my focus towards renewable energy training, leading key projects for the Department of Education. I’ve worked for the Victorian Skills Commissioner, facilitating the Electrotechnology and New Energy Industry Advisory Group and consulted widely to determine industry skills gaps and subsequent training needs. Growing Victoria’s Independent Electrical Licensing Centre on behalf of Energy Safe Victoria has also been a recent highlight. My educational research and industry experience helps to deliver an engaging training approach at The Centre for U.

Maryanne Coffey

Project Manager

Introducing Maryanne Coffey, Project Manager at The Centre for U

I’m Maryanne Coffey and I have worked in the renewable energy industry for over 8 years. I cut my teeth working on the ARENA funded and Clean Energy Council led ‘Future Proofing the Distribution Industry’ project before moving to another ARENA project ‘ Business Renewables Centre Australia’.

With the rapid adoption of new zero emission technologies, the industry has a growing need to upskill its existing workforce. I am committed and excited to help deliver sustainable course solutions to the electrical workforce and drive more apprentices to enter the industry. 

Rose Guzzo

Compliance Officer

Introducing Rose Guzzo, Training Administrator at The Centre for U

I’m Rose Guzzo and my role with The Centre for U is my first time in the VET sector.  I previously worked for the ETU in Member Services for 22 years where I held the position/s of Membership Accounts and Membership Accounts Co-ordinator.  I have brought to my role my knowledge and experience with the ETU and have taken on the task of database management.

Jacinta Bradford

Project Officer

Introducing Jacinta Bradford, Training Administrator at The Centre for U

I’m Jacinta Bradford and I have worked in education for over 10 years, from Early Childhood to Tertiary Education. I’ve worked for various Government Departments as a Senior Project Officer / Project Officer. I enjoy taking on roles that extend my learning and experience, and where I think I can best offer my expertise.

Brad Crewe


Introducing Brad Crewe, Educator at The Centre for U

I’m Brad Crewe and I have worked as an educator and assessor in the electrotechnology industry for the past 3 years, working in the VET sector for a Registered Training Organisation teaching pre–apprentices (Cert II), apprentices (Cert III), as well as secondary education VET in Schools (VETiS). I have trained and assessed for ESV licensing exams SWP’s as well as Restricted Electrical Worker’s Licence (REL). Prior to that, I’ve worked on various construction projects across Melbourne, as well as in the industrial and maintenance sectors. 

Daniel King


Introducing Daniel King, Educator at The Centre for U

I’m Daniel King and I have worked in the construction industry for nearly 20 years and have been involved in various large-scale projects, ranging from apartment and shopping complexes, highly efficient energy rated buildings, libraries and aged care facilities, substations and underground work. With renewable energy fast becoming one of the most important electrotechnology developments our industry has seen, I look forward to focusing on developing the skills of members who will need those skills for their future in the electrical industry.

Michael Collins


Introducing Michael Collins, Educator at The Centre for U

I am Michael Collins and I have worked in the VET sector for 18 years, specialising in electrotechnology training, from teaching pre–apprentices, apprentices, A Class licensing refresher through to post trade training, including preparation for those intending to sit for their Inspectors License.  I have been privileged to work in the Secondary Education system and for Registered Training Organisations, engaging and imparting my knowledge. I have been involved in committees with the national skills council, industry training board and the electrotechnology senate and I am fortunate to do what I do, meeting the people that I meet.

Tracey Ford

Training Administrator

Introducing Tracey Ford, Training Administrator at The Centre for U

I’m Tracey Ford and I’ve worked in the Vocational Education & Training sector for over 10 years. I’m new to the electrical industry, having worked mostly within Early Childhood training organisations. My experience includes supporting students with training coordination and administration managerial roles. I really enjoy helping the members and students and find it fulfilling seeing them successfully complete their training.

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