GTA(SA) Board


David Nagy, President

David is the General Manager of Maxima, based in metropolitan Adelaide.

David has been a member of the Board since 2015.

David has worked for 12 years within the Group Training Sector, initially commencing with Maxima in 2003 as Marketing Coordinator.  In 2008 David took up the role of Operations Manager for Maxima’s Group Training division and later was successful in being appointed as General Manager with responsibility for Maxima’s GTO, RTO, labour hire and Indigenous employment services.

Maxima works across a broad range of industries, with a strong historical connection to the local government sector.  The organisation has trainees and apprentices placed in all Australian states and territories, with its national expansion mainly attributable to success in the Indigenous employment field.

Prior to joining the Group Training sector David completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and worked in several marketing roles across a range of industry sectors.  David is strongly aligned to the values of Group Training with a keen interest in ensuring that employment and training opportunities are equitably available to a wide range of people including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Through his marketing education and background, and current role as chair of the GTA SA Marketing Committee, David brings a sound marketing knowledge to the Board of GTA SA.


Lynne Austin, Director

Lynne is the Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide Training and Employment Centre (ATEC), based in the Adelaide metropolitan region.

Lynne has been a member of the Board since 2015.

Lynne has worked in the VET sector for 25 years with extensive experience in establishing and overseeing the operations and compliance of a Group Training Organisation, managing a large not-for-profit Registered Training Organisation, and more recently as Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide Training and Employment Centre Inc. (ATEC), overseeing the operation of both services.

ATEC’s primary focus is in providing opportunities for pathways into trade apprenticeships. Committed to supporting apprentices through to completion, ATEC strongly believe that the Group Training model is not only ideally placed, but has long demonstrated a greatly increased ability to meet that commitment.

Prior to her current role, Lynne has held positions at Senior Management and Director level for over 18 years, and combined with studies in Management, has continued to develop expertise across general management, governance practices and government liaison. She is a passionate supporter for the sector and for social justice. She feels privileged to be involved in the provision of apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities to diverse groups including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and, as importantly, to seeing them complete and continue their valued contribution to the future of this state and country.


Tim Buckley, Deputy President

Tim is the General Manager Training and Employment Centre of Motor Trade Association of South Australia, based in the Adelaide metropolitan region..

Tim has been a member of the Board since 2015.

Commencing work life as an apprentice mechanic gives Tim a real understanding of the purpose of VET and the benefits group training provides in helping people learn and develop in their chosen careers. Tim has held roles that involved upskilling training for automotive technicians in SA & NT before moving onto the State Manager for Repco Auto Tech. In 1997 Tim commenced with the Motor Trade Association and has held positions as Divisional Manager, Sales and Marketing Manager, General Manager Services and Recruitment and currently General Manager Training and Employment (RTO & GTO).

Tim’s recent qualifications include Governance and Finance for Registered Organisations, AICD; Certificate IV in Governance, Franklyn Scholar; Master of Business Administration, University of Adelaide.

Tim is privileged by the decisions of the MTA Board to establish MTA GTS in 1982 to benefit automotive host employers and apprentices/trainees throughout South Australia and he works with the current MTA Board to ensure its ongoing success.

Having worked in a membership based organisation he has a very good understanding that everyone needs equal representation and that we work for the benefit of all members big and small, industry or community based. He believes the Board has a responsibility of good governance; a requirement to be transparent and importantly involve members through good communication. Outwardly, the Board needs to be united with a strong profile that naturally ‘wins friends and influences people’; the decision makers that impact our daily operations.


Andrew Anninos, Treasurer

Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer of Career Employment Group, based in the regional town of Whyalla.

Andrew joined the Board in 2016.


Brenton Lewis, Director

Brenton is the General Manager of Group Training Employment, based in the regional town of Mount Gambier, and has held that position since 2000.

Brenton joined the Board in 2015.

Prior to working in the Apprenticeship and Training sector, Brenton worked in Local Government and State Government, and has a strong background in financial management, OH&S, human resource management and employment.

Brenton holds qualification’s in management and is a Justice of the Peace with a firm belief in social justice and equity employment, with a passion for assisting youth from disadvantaged backgrounds into Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Tina Reis, Director

Tina is the RMS Manager for SA/WA with MEGT (Australia) Ltd and is based in Adelaide.

Tina has been on the Board since 2016.

GTA(SA) Committees

Work Health and Safety Consultative Committee

Chaired by Sue Agars (GTE)

Representatives from:

  • GTOs
  • Employers Mutual Limited
  • ReturnToWork SA
  • SafeWork SA


  • To continuously improve Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare standards of members
  • To develop targeted interventions & strategies on identified WHS issues to contribute to safety performance of members
  • To continuously improve the WHS knowledge of GTA members and host employers
  • To provide strategic advice and direction to the GTA Board and interested parties on matters relating WHS


  • Monitor and analyse industry WHS performance and trends
  • Identifying, developing, implementing or recommend targeted interventions or programs
  • Developing procedures, guidelines and standards for its members
  • Assist with WHS issue resolution

Leadership Committee

Chaired by David Nagy (GTA SA President)

Representatives from:

  • GTOs


  • To support the Board and Executive of GTA SA to develop strategic initiatives for the Group Training sector and the Association
  • To develop targeted strategies on identified opportunities  issues to contribute to the reach of the association and members
  • To continuously improve the governance of GTA SA and members
  • To provide strategic advice and direction to the GTA SA Board and interested parties
  • To ensure support the delivery and inform future iterations of the GTA SA strategic plan and ensure tasks are addressed in a timely fashion.


  • Monitor and analyse industry performance and trends
  • Identify, develop, implement or recommend targeted strategies or programs
  • Developing procedure, guidelines and standards for GTA SA and members
  • Assist with issue resolution

Schools Forum

Chaired by Tim Buckley (GTA SA Director)

Representatives from:

  • GTOs
  • Association for Independent Schools (SA)
  • Catholic Education South Australia
  • Department for Education and Child Development
  • St Patricks Technical College
  • Marcellin Technical College
  • Department of State Development – Regulation and Contract Management
  • Department of Education and Training (Commonwealth)

Purpose of the Group Training Australia (SA) Schools Forum

For GTA (SA), School Sectors and relevant stakeholders to work together to increase the number of students making the transition from school to sustainable employment through the Group Training network.

This will be achieved by:

  • Raising the profile and understanding of group training
  • Supporting the VET components of SACE objectives
  • Expanding school based apprentice opportunities
  • Increasing vocational pathways awareness
  • Effective sharing of knowledge and information
  • Collaborating on policy development.