MTAiQ Team Profiles

Innovation – Business Mentorship

Dr Brett Dale 

Dr Brett Dale was appointed the Group Chief Executive of MTA Queensland in May 2016. Dr Dale has held senior management postions for the past 11 years, commencing as Managing Director of the MTA Institute. Brett has completed his Doctorate of Business Administration, Change leadership and Intrapreneurship along with his MBA IN Business Administration, Management and Operation. He is an accomplished intrapreneur developing many new commercial opportunities for the MTA Group.

  • Intrapreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic planning
  • Business mentoring

Innovation – Industry

Kellie Dewar
Dip of Bus Mgt, Frontline Management IV

Over 20 years in automotive and related industries, initial employment in new car dealerships moving to financing of motor vehicles with finance packaging companies. 12 years General Manager MTAQ with responsibility for advocacy, industrial relations, member services, publications, administration and staffing. Recent appointment Group Deputy CEO. 25 years in automotive and related industries.

  • Advocating to all levels of government
  • Expert in business confidence and conditions in the Queensland automotive value chain
  • Expert in economic drivers
  • Expert in employer’s demand for a trained and skilled workforce
  • Interacting with other stakeholders and Queensland peak bodies.
  • Interacting with interstate and national automotive value chain counterparts.
  • Understanding of consumer issues
  • Understanding of the Australian Consumer Law

Innovation – Technical

Marcello Riotto
Cert III in Automotive Underbody Technology, Cert III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, Cert III in Auto Specialist (Diesel Fitting), Cert III in Auto Electrical, Cert IV in OHS, Cert IV in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis, Dipa in Bus Mgt

Marcello is an automotive technician with 30 years’ experience. He is a qualified motor mechanic along with qualifications in diesel, auto electrics, business management, learning and assessment and workplace health and safety

  • Technical consulting (Mechanical/Electrical)
  • Proto-typing and fabrication
  • Automotive practices and trends
  • WH&S
  • Training/Assessment Strategy (Implementation/management)

Innovation – Skilling and Workforce

Paul Kulpa
BBus (Marketing), GC Business, GC Veterans’ Law, Dip Market Research, Dip Export Management, Cert IV TAE

Paul has worked in various management roles in not for profit and government agencies with over 20 years of experience in skilling and workforce development dealing with government contracts, corporate business policy and the development and implementation of training processes.

  • Well-developed entrepreneurial knowledge
  • Managing and leading various sized organisations through change programs
  • Strategic planner applying practical solutions to achieve organisational needs
  • Expansive state and federal government contract experience
  • Extensive experience in leading geographically dispersed organisations
  • Written communication skills
  • Extensive experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of training packages


Kathy Winkcup
Dip in Mgt, MBus (Fin/Strat Mgt), JP

A resourceful financial professional with more than 25 years’ experience directing and improving corporate financial operations for medium sized organisations within a variety of industries.  Develops and implements processes and controls to improve business operations by establishing automated systems.

  • Queensland Small Business Information
  • Business Name Registration
  • ABN and Tax status
  • Business Plan
  • Budgets
  • Financials Actuals v Budget
  • Raising Capital
  • Grant Funding
  • Insurance


Paul Murray
MA(Hons), DipPA, PhD, LLB(Hons), DipLP

Paul is admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Queensland. He has a recent background in employment issues, industrial relations and human resources. He has thirteen years’ experience as a lecturer at the University of Queensland and Bond University in fields as diverse as Ancient Greek Philosophy and Cognitive Science.

  • employment legislation – wages, termination, notice requirements, discrimination, harassment, bullying, dismissal procedures, workplace investigations, taxation and workplace health and safety
  • training in various areas including employment issues
  • staff handbooks & contracts
  • policies
  • industrial relations
  • workers’ compensation
  • human resource management
  • editing and copywriting
  • web development (full stack)

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

James Orr

James is an ICT Leader, Business Intelligence Analyst, and Internal Consultant who has held Senior roles in the ICT sector over the last 10 years. With a wealth of expertise in process automation, innovation and change management, James has been at the forefront of technology adoption. James’s industry experience has been primarily private and not-for-profit organisations within the education, workforce management, and small-to-medium enterprise.

  • Strategic Planning and Business Continuity
  • Business Intelligence / Reporting
  • Enterprise Application Management
  • Process Automation
  • Cloud, Big Data and Hosted Applications (Microsoft Certified Specialist, MCP Office 365)
  • SQL Programming and MSQL Databases
  • Security, Infrastructure, Storage and Disaster Recovery
  • Telecommunications / Data Networks
  • Management including Project, Stakeholder, Vendor and Change.


Marketing and Communications

Lysa Dugandzic

Lysa is a marketing and communications specialist bringing 14 years of experience developed in an extensive landscape of workplaces. She has held senior management roles in marketing, business development and communications in the high-end corporate private sector (law, accounting and human resources), hospitality and non-for-profit member associations for youth and automotive.

  • social media campaigns & management
  • media releases & campaigns
  • internal & external communications
  • website development & management
  • brand & reputation management
  • media relationship management
  • crisis management
  • strategic marketing plans
  • corporate events
  • developing commercial & community relationships with partner organisations including government

Clancy Harrip

Clancy is a marketing and communications professional with over 5 years’ experience specialising in written communication and social media. Clancy has worked in both non-for-profit organisations and corporate media companies.

  • content writing
  • internal & external communications
  • social media campaigns & management
  • website development & management
  • website analytics

Marco Ilinic
Dip GD, CertIII GD

Marco is a graphic design specialist with over 16 years’ experience in marketing and communication design, providing senior design and art direction across a variety of professional environments.

  • Original creative concepts and final work across all mediums and channels
  • Creative work including web, digital, social, print, outdoor and event campaign assets
  • Production of publications and presentation collateral