Jobs Australia Board of Directors



Ron Miers  - Chair & VIC Director

Ron is the CEO of WCIG in Melbourne, a member of Jobs Australia since the early 1990’s. WCIG provides employment, training, and services for young people, specializing in employment services for people with a mental illness. Ron is particularly interested in community organisations; how they form and develop, and their management and governance. He has worked in and with community organisations in Melbourne’s western suburbs since 1983, in housing, youth, health, counselling, community development, employment, training and vocational education.


Michael Krafft - QLD & NT Director

Michael is Director of Economic Participation and Development, ACCES Services Inc (ASI).  Over the last five years, he has overseen the development of ASI’s employment programs division, growing it into a multiregional program, and securing QLD’s first (and only) CALD specific Job Services Australia (JSA) contract. He has initiated a range of business and social enterprise projects that have strengthened the connections between ASI, its clients and the wider community.

ASI offers integrated employment and settlement services for migrants and refugees, taking them from the airport to employment. By providing literacy programs, accredited training, targeted vocational skill development and work placement programs alongside settlement services, ASI helps clients to realise their aspirations and build a solid foundation for a new life.

Michael has an extensive background in employment and industrial relations and has worked across private industry, state government and not-for-profit sectors.

Penny Alliston-Hall - NSW/ACT

Penny Alliston-Hall joined BEST Employment Ltd in 1997 after spending the previous 15 years in journalism and public relations. Penny then worked in numerous roles throughout the company prior to her appointment as CEO and Managing Director in July 2009. Penny is a strong advocate of the highest quality service delivery to disadvantaged clients, including better access to services, quality standards for service delivery, and greater equity, especially in rural and regional communities. Penny currently oversees company operations which include JSA, DES, Indigenous Community Links and Harvest Labour services. BEST’s service delivery platform encompasses 16 full-time and 11 outreach sites in north western NSW and southern Queensland.


Lin Gore  - SA Director

Lin has worked within the not for profit sector across a broad range of community based employment, training and youth programmes in South Australia for the past 25 years.  She has networked widely throughout the State and in her current role with Heta Incorporated continues to do so.  Her current role with Heta incorporates work in the communities of North, South, West and Eastern Adelaide.  Regionally she is currently managing training and support programs in the Remote regions of Port Lincoln/Ceduna and Northern Country SA for Heta.  Lin enjoys writing grant submissions and tenders and has supported the communities she has been involved with, by sourcing funds to develop community resources particularly for the provision of services to unemployed Indigenous Australians and others most disadvantaged. 

Lin has been involved on the Board of Jobs Australia since 2004 and is currently a member of the Audit and Governance committees.  She is committed to continue supporting the strategic objectives of Jobs Australia.

Di Watts  - WA Director

Di is the CEO Fremantle Education Centre Inc (FEC) a Not For Profit RTO  in Fremantle WA delivering both accredited and non accredited training to an extremely broad range of people including disadvantaged community groups. Di has worked within the Education and Training Industry and Employment Services area for over 20 years. She has established a large range of networks and partnerships to build FEC into a rapidly growing and dynamic quality organisation servicing the wider community including Indigenous groups in remote WA communities.

Di is a member of, and has established effective partnerships with many Training and Employment organisations and has been a Trustee for the Wongutha Peoples Education and Recreational Trust in WA for over 10 years.


Wally Lyne  - TAS Director

Wally has had a long association with Mersey Skill Training Inc. having joined the Board of Governance in 1990. He has held the position of Chair for  15 years. Wally is a qualified accountant FCPA, and is also a qualified company secretary and company director.

His employment resume is extremely diverse,  having worked in PNG for 8 years, he was involved in training indigenous people in finance and ministration. Up until 2001 was employed at the Gordon Ibbott Group of Companies as the Manager of Finance & administration and Company Secretary. His work in the construction industry provided Wally with an in-depth knowledge of current regional economical trends and conditions.

Wally has a wide network in industry liaison, which is vital for training organisations such as Mersey Skill Training Inc. With his financial background Wally makes a valuable contribution as a member of the Finance & Legal Advisory Sub-Committee, which meets regularly on a monthly basis. He was a founder member of JobNet Tasmania and has been chair of this organisation since inception.