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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 over 20 years, after commencing my career as an electrician. I’ve lead teams recognised nationally for the implementation of new approaches to apprenticeship training, and more recently shifted focus towards renewable energy training and 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. Leading Victoria’s Independent Electrical Licensing Centre on behalf of Energy Safe Victoria has been a highlight. My research into education and sustainable development, coupled with a wide range of industry experience, helps to deliver an engaging training approach at The Centre for U.

James Pilbeam

Operations Manager

Introducing James Pilbeam, Operations Manager at The Centre for U

I have worked in the Electrotechnology Industry for over 34 years, focusing the last 11years on training apprentices in the VET sector as a Lead Teacher. In this time, I have been an approved ESV assessor, and a trainer and assessor for the Global Wind Organisation.

My working life has been mostly across Victoria, consisting of Domestic, Commercial, and Industrial work. This vocation has allowed me to work all over Australia and I am proud of how the Victorian Electricians licence is both acknowledged and respected by other States. 

I am passionate about training and excited be part of The Centre for U team, to help ETU members to gain knowledge and further qualifications. This will ensure that we as a collective can progress in an environment that is constantly changing.

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.

Linda Kilibarda


I am Linda Kilibarda. I am a first aid and LVR trainer. My typical day is teaching first aid, cpr and lvr. I try to have as much fun as possible while I’m training. I find it makes my training memorable. I love having my students leave my class with knowledge that they didn’t have before they came in. also… the people are Arden Street make the workplace what it is. When i’m  not at CFU, I’m spending quality time with my family taking day trips and exploring the outdoors. Fun Fact: I’m great at trivia and I have been on a TV show to prove it.

Shane Clayton


Introducing Shane Clayton, Educator at The Centre for U

I am Shane Clayton and have been in the electrical industry for well over 30 years. Over that time, I have run my own electrical contracting business, and have worked in various senior management roles within the industry. My last 15 years has predominately been working full time in the solar and battery side of the industry, I have a vast amount of industry experience in the renewables. During this time, I have been privileged to work in the VET sector, holding membership on several key sector advisory groups, and helping to develop new training packages for industry.

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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