Tec-NQ Announces New CEO


New CEO to lead Tec-NQ’s next phase of growth

The Tec-NQ Limited Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of Ross Jorgensen as CEO. The announcement comes in the wake of a departure decision by outgoing CEO Julie Hyde. Ross commenced as CEO on 22nd June 2023. 

Ross is no newcomer to Tec-NQ and has already played a significant role in the success of the organisation and its hundreds of graduates. His long history with Tec-NQ, began when the school opened in 2007, followed by a brief departure and return in 2015. Since then, he has performed a range of roles, including Operations Manager and Senior School Principal making him well positioned to lead the organisation at a time of significant growth. 

Tec-NQ Board Chair, Karl Brooke, said he was pleased to welcome Ross to the helm of the organisation. 

“The Board is delighted to welcome Ross Jorgensen as our new CEO and we look forward to working closely with him to further develop the delivery of skills training across our regions”. 

Karl Brooke, Board Chair

Ross said he would continue to test the boundaries in creating innovative training and education programs to meet the needs of our communities.  

“I see Tec-NQ as an exciting business, one that has a well-established vision of providing an industry-led learning experience whose belief and drive in the vision sets it apart from more traditional models of education. Tec-NQ has been amazing to be a part of, and it is now an honour and privilege to be leading this great organisation.” 

“I’m excited to continue to serve our community of industry partners, students, and their families in championing vocational excellence by connecting the world of education with the world of work”.

Ross Jorgensen

The Board acknowledges the significant contribution made by former CEO Julie Hyde, who led the organisation for 6 years delivering an average 14% growth in enrolments year on year and an increase of 40% employment within the organisation. Underlying these metrics was the business planning and execution to support Tec-NQ’s expansion of electrical training into Cairns, an expansion into hospitality and health markets, a complete demolish and rebuild of Tec-NQ House in Rosslea and the expansion of Tec-NQ’s Douglas and Mackay facilities. Julie Hyde’s legacy at Tec-NQ is one of vision, tenacity, growth and leadership. 

Tec-NQ is a registered training organisation (RTO), independent senior secondary school and accredited boarding school that partners with industry to deliver trade-based career opportunities for North Queensland students.  

Tec-NQ provides senior schooling, full-time apprentice training, short courses, pre-employment programs and school-based learning programs to students hailing from Thursday Island to Longreach and all communities in-between. 

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