Deputy Board Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Canberra Institute of Technology
Leanne Cover is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), the largest government provider of vocational education and training institution in Canberra, the Australian capital, with more than 22,000 enrolments annually. CIT provides programs and services in a wide range of industry disciplines at Australian Qualifications Framework levels 1-7. Leanne has undertaken this role since February 2015.
Leanne has an extensive background in the education and training sector spanning almost 20 years, including senior leadership roles at the CIT and in the ACT Education and Training Directorate. Since beginning as a CIT teacher in 1996, Leanne has held numerous leadership positions within CIT, including Head of Department, General Manager Office of the Chief Executive and Executive Director Governance and Organisational Capability.
From 2010-2012 Leanne worked as a senior executive responsible for planning and coordination of vocational education and training in her role as Executive Director Training and Tertiary Education within ACT Education and Training. In 2013, she was appointed as the Deputy Director General of the ACT Education and Training Directorate. This portfolio included public schools, the regulation of early childhood education and care services, the registration of non-government schools and the planning and coordination of vocational education and training.
Leanne is a passionate about education and training and achieving better social and economic outcomes for individuals and the community. As the CEO of CIT she is committed to ensuring CIT is a dynamic, connected and diverse vocational education and training provider, offering quality skills development to individuals, employers and industry in Canberra, Australia and globally. She is well known for her leadership in shaping vocational education and training policy to address skills development for entry level and existing workers and ensuring education and training responds to the demands and requirements of industry and the community.