Ms Faraone commenced as Chief Executive of Holmesglen Institute in October 2013. Mary has had extensive experience in the VET sector, working with industry, RTO’s and TAFE in various roles prior to joining Holmesglen Institute in 2003. Mary has been particularly instrumental in leading the Institute’s teaching and learning, securing a number of significant national and international projects and the introduction of higher education.
As Chief Executive Mary is keen to further develop the innovation and entrepreneurial culture at the Institute and build on the Institute’s history and reputation as a leading tertiary provider. Mary is committed to the role public tertiary education plays in supporting social inclusion and social cohesion in the community, and its underlying values of equity and access. Mary is optimistic for the future of TAFE and VET and looks forward to leading the organisation to ensure it remains at the forefront of tertiary education with pathways and programs at the senior secondary, technical and vocational and higher education sectors. During this time the Institute has won several major awards and the state and national levels, in particular four wins for Industry Collaboration at the Victorian Training Awards, 2017 to 2019 and 2021 and two-time winner of the same category at the Australian Training Awards in 2017 and 2019. The Institute also won the International Training Provider of the Year at the national awards in 2017.
Mary was appointed as the Chair of the TAFE Directors Australia Board in October 2016 for a three year period and reappointed in October 2019 for a further three year period. Mary is a Board member for the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics.