Our People

OUR BOARD

The Skill Engineer Ltd. is governed by a skilled, youthful and motivated Board with expertise and experience across business and enterprise development, education and training, marketing and digital content governance, community and workforce development.

Maggie MacFie

Maggie MacFie
Director

Maggie Macfie has pursued a varied and dynamic career, working in the business and not for profit sectors, as well as in government. In her role as CEO of youthconnections.com.au (2000-2015) she took an innovative approach to assisting young people—particularly vulnerable young people or those with disability—to make a smooth transition from school to the workplace. She did this through the creation of a suite of wrap-around programs and organisations on one unique site, Green Central, on the NSW Central Coast. Leading a passionate team, she guided the establishment of a Registered Training Organisation, a Group Training Organisation, an Independent Year 9 – 12 school for disengaged young people, a bush tucker café, a media centre and an automotive workshop. The site was entirely constructed by young apprentices and trainees.  

Maggie also has a passionate interest in working with and for First Nations people to achieve business and education aspirations. In Western Australia, she has served as Manager of Social Enterprise for Nyamba Buru Yawuru (2015), Chair of Broome Youth and Families Hub (current), and Business Development Consultant for Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community (current). Maggie’s work with First Nations people earned her the Darkinjung Medal for a non-Aboriginal person at the Central Coast Aboriginal Community Awards in 2012. 

In addition to her community work, Maggie has run several small businesses including Spike the Bubble Books and Music, Spike the Bubble Beach House, Afshar Persian Rugs of Distinction, and the Bright Alps Guest House and Ski Resort. 

She has a Bachelor of Arts, an Advanced Marketing Certificate and a Diploma in Governance. Maggie has been recognised as Businesswoman of the Year in the Central Coast Local Business Awards and is an alumnus of the prestigious Sydney Leadership Program (2012). 

Maggie is proud to live and work on Yawuru country.

Brendan Ritchens

Brendan Ritchens
Director

Brendan has a strong management, education and training background.

He has held three Managing Director positions for Engineering companies, including his current business EVERO Pty Ltd where he employs 20 full time staff and liaises with regional stakeholders, local and state government bodies and manufacturing industry representatives to secure construction and fabrication contracts.

Brendan has a passion for teaching high school and tertiary students. In his time with Youth Connections and yG Enterprise Pty Ltd he led social and economic initiatives to raise the aspirations of young people and help them to become economic, social and civic contributors in their community.

Prior to this Brendan set up and led the Central Coast Australian Technical College, a secondary school allowing students to enter apprenticeships via School Based Apprenticeships and secure their Year 12 Certificate. He has also held various positions with TAFE including Lecturer and Head of Department in both regional Victoria and the remote Western Australia Kimberley region.

Brendan is proud to live and work on Yorta Yorta country.

Madelaine Dickie

Madelaine Dickie
Director

Madelaine has a keen interest in working with marginalised people, people with disabilities and First Nations people. With qualifications in disability work, journalism and creative arts, Madelaine has most recently served as editor-in-chief of National Indigenous Times, a weekly online news publication offering rigorous reporting on the issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She’s also worked extensively in northern Australia under the direction of Kimberley Traditional Owners to further an agenda of independent Aboriginal economic development.

Further afield, Madelaine has interviewed and filmed women in Indonesia and the Philippines recognised in the United Nations N-Peace Awards. These awards celebrate women who have been pivotal in defusing conflict in their communities. She has worked with the Afghan Women’s Writers Project to provide editorial feedback on poems and short stories ahead of publication. She has also translated reports and eye-witness accounts from Indonesian to English for West Papua Media Alerts.

An award-winning author, Madelaine is currently writing the authorised biography of the Kimberley Aboriginal leader Wayne Bergmann. It’s shaping up to be a racy and gripping tale of grit, leadership, and the tension between two very different forms of law.

Madelaine is proud to live and work on the land of the Baiyungu, Thalanyji and Yinikurtura people.

Erin Ritchens

Erin Johnson
Director

Erin is the Creative Director of Design Plus Digital, a graphic design studio for community and not for profit organisations in the youth, disability, health and First Nations sectors.

She has a background working on the Central Coast, NSW as a Marketing Coordinator for an education technology start-up, a Communications Designer for an advertising agency and a Graphic Designer for a not for profit youth organisation.

During her time in the not for profit sector, Erin supported a range of school to work transition programs for disadvantaged young people across education, training, employment, social enterprise, Aboriginal and disability services.

Erin is passionate about helping young people and has volunteered her time as a member of the Central Coast Youth Advisory Committee and as a mentor driving instructor for the yDrive program.

Erin is proud to live and work on Darkinjung country.

Charlotte Dickie

Charlotte Dickie
Director

Charlotte is currently a Senior Project Officer with the Northern Land Council and has previously worked as the Media Officer for Kimberley Land Council and Communications Officer for Youth Connections.

For more than 10 years, Charlotte has worked in the not for profit sector to address the barriers facing Aboriginal people, as well actively promote native title, Indigenous land and sea management and the achievements of Aboriginal people on a nation level.

Charlotte has also worked alongside disadvantaged youth, helping to share their stories, provide mentoring and training, and assisting students to get on-the-job training via the Structured Workplace Learning program.

Charlotte has a particular interest in not for profits that assist marginalised people and young people in Australia with a track record of impact and sustainability.

Charlotte is proud to live and work on Larrakia country.

Evelyn Ritchens

Evelyn Ritchens
Director

Evelyn has a Strategic Communication Degree which has been utilised in her work at a magazine, a digital marketing agency and currently as a Marketing and Communications Manager at an accounting and business advisory firm in Bendigo, Victoria.

She is a Committee Member of the Young Professionals Network, Bendigo, speaking to business leaders, politicians and reporting in local news segments about issues facing the young professional workforce. Evelyn also serves as a Director of Be.Bendigo, a local Chamber of Commerce providing support, connection and advocacy for businesses in the region.

Evelyn volunteers with Bendigo Foodshare with the launch of Bendigo Community Food Pantry, a social inclusion project, supporting those in need with free groceries. She has previously volunteered on the FReeZA committee, an initiative of Wodonga Youth Council to provide free music events for young people.

Evelyn believes in giving young people a voice and having equal opportunities available, no matter where they are located.

Evelyn is proud to live and work on Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung country.

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Darkinjung and Pangerang (Bangerang) people and pay our respect to Elders past and present on whose land we have made our home and reap the opportunities. We look to the future with hope as we walk side by side with our First Nations people in the spirit of reconciliation and truth telling.

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