Meet our team
Our Management Team
Peter Hill – CEO
Peter was appointed as CEO of the Transport Industries Skills Centre TISC in October 2020. He is also on the Board of the ACT Regional Transport & Distribution Industry Training Council and manages the Sutton Road Training Centre.
Prior to joining TISC Peter was a university lecturer with Charles Sturt University at their Goulburn Campus and prior to that, Peter had a long career with the Australian Federal Police.
Peter is passionate about Vocational Education & Training and Road Safety. He is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Road Safety and sits on a number of Industry Boards and Committees.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Education (AdultEd) from the University of Technology Sydney, a Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, and a Master of Education from Charles Sturt University.
Paul Griffiths – Business and Development Manager
Paul has been a trainer and Assessor with Sutton Road Training Centre since January 2022 with strong experience and knowledge as a safety and training specialist. Paul’s lies in developing, coordinating, and conducting accredited and non-accredited safety and operational training programs designed to enhance productivity, ensure compliance, reduce business risks and improve employee morale.
Paul served 20 years in the NSW Police Force with 15 years’ experience conducting covert electronic surveillance thorough NSW. He retired from the force in 2005 an accredited car, Medium Rigid truck and 4WD instructor. He spend 7 years in Darwin working with RTO’s notably as state manager, Top End Training and developing new opportunities in Western Australia, opening the Kununurra office to supply training and skill sets for the Ord River Diversion Expansion and the Ichthys Gas Project. Paul delivered remote Indigenous training programs throughout the Northern Territory and Western Australia. He was the site training officer for Glencore, McArthur River Mine and the training specialist for Peabody Energy at Moranbah Bowen Basin in central QLD for underground Coal and Open Cut mining where he worked on continual improvement of auditing systems, training packages, developing, updating, and implementing site policies and procedures and safety health management systems for 1300 personnel and contractors. Paul also has a trade background in auto electrical and was a 4WD training specialist with Capricorn 4wd training and tours in Darwin and Aussie 4wd Utopia as side hobbies and interests.
On a personal note Paul’s main interests are remote travel through deserts and remote coastal areas such as the Kimberley’s, Broome, Cape York, Garik National Park in Arnhem Land, Kakadu National Park, Litchfield, Simpson Desert, West McDonald Ranges, Fink River/Boggy Hole track, Vic High Country to name a few.
Paul has 3 children and 2 grandchildren and married to Janet since 2017. We have a lovely property in the Gold Coast Hinterland call Mundoolun which is near Mt Tamborine.
Clinton Ernst – Training Manager
Clinton Ernst has developed, during his extensive time with TISC, a vast range of skills in the vehicle, classroom, and training administration. He is passionate about road craft, safety, and the future of driving. Clinton delivers quality training, ranging from personal defensive driver to elite security and pursuit training.
Clinton has awarded qualifications to ACT Learner Driver Trainers, AFP recruits, and skill provision to Government Agency employees enabling them to perform their work safely and effectively in Australia and overseas.
Clinton has engaged with students from diverse cultures and backgrounds that enables him to communicate and provides high-quality training outcomes.
Clinton has organised and delivered multiple armoured vehicle and hostile training courses overseas.
Clinton is dedicated to TISC and evidences a strong love of driving and helping others.
All our trainers hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Road Transport and Logistics.
Alasdair Hunt is an experienced driver trainer with a proven track record of providing high-quality driver training to multiple clientele requiring a wide range of driver training needs.
Alasdair spent the first 7 years of his driver training career conducting lessons and assessments for clients through the ACT and NSW Learn to Drive Program as well as defensive driving, race-track experience, one-on-one Race Driver coaching, special needs driver training and the NSW Safer Drivers Program.
At TISC, Alasdair conducts driver training for corporate and government clients with a focus on multiple driving disciplines.
Andy is a Senior Heavy Vehicle Driving Instructor with many years’ experience driving, operating, and maintaining heavy plant and machinery. He has more than a million kilometres of highway driving in most truck configurations. He combines his love of trucks with a lifetime of teaching music, forging his career as a specialist driver trainer.
Andy has driven linehaul B-Doubles interstate in Kenworth cab-overs, Mack Superliners, Mercedes, Volvos and Scanias. A million miles in semis, heavy rigids and road trains.
In a previous life Andy worked with the NSW Government engaging local communities impacted by the construction of large-scale renewable energy installations. As a Senior Policy Officer, he helped manage the delivery of the ACT Climate Change Strategy.
Andy has set up and run music schools, he has developed software for Emissions Trading for the Federal Government, and he was a journalist for 8 years writing in an energy magazine – Australian Energy News.
Andy is a published Author for his work “A Ringer’s Hands.”
Ayaz is a graduate from University of Canberra and has 5 years experience as a driver trainer in training and assessment within the ACT. Ayaz was a senior tutor at the University of Canberra and assisted various students from diverse cultural backgrounds. His passion for road safety and road craft has helped him develop a career within the driver training industry. His experience has contributed to his training style and adaptation to the needs of individuals. Training and upskilling drivers is extremely satisfying to Ayaz and he believes that high quality training instills good habits and skills that plays a vital role in keeping drivers safe on our roads.
Brian grew up in country New South Wales and discovered his passion of heavy vehicles at the age of 12 years. After school Brian would be found within a trucking yard learning and helping to load and unload bales of wool and general freight before moving onto livestock and tippers.
Brian has covered over 3 million kilometres across all the eastern states of Australia, whilst operating heavy vehicles from singes, B-doubles to Road-trains.
In 1993 Brian moved to Canberra and commenced transporting dangerous goods. A passion he still holds today. During his tenure, Brian moved away from the day to day drives to take on the role of compliance/operations manager for a local dangerous goods transport company. This led to an increase love for this industry. During this time, Brian also commenced his 15 year tenure as a professional driver for Commonwealth Cars, in which saw him selected to attend APEC an G20 summits. During this time, Brian also commenced and completed his training to become a driving instructor from Car to heavy vehicles.
Brian holds qualifications for training and assessment from cars to heavy vehicle multi-combination for both NSW and ACT.
Colin has a long history of driving heavy vehicles and plant machinery. Employment requirements had Colin obtain his Heavy Rigid licence at the age of 19. His heavy vehicle driving career included driving many different combinations including concrete agitators, semi-trailers, road trains and truck and dog. His career also included driving coaches local and interstate. Colin was the Transport Manager at the mines in central Queensland where he undertook training and assessing for 30 tonne forklifts, front end loaders and in cabin assessments on driving road trains. His current High Risk Work Licence includes excavator, front end loader backhoe, vehicle loading crane, forklift and dogman. He also worked in juvenile corrections for a few years as a unit manager.
Dominic Stinziani brings a lifetime’s interest in the motoring world and over 35 years driving experience to the Driver Training Team. He has worked in the industry for many years and been both a truck driver and bus driver. Prior to joining TISC Dominic was a VIP car driver for the Australian Government. Dominic holds a NSW MR Class Drivers Licence and an ACT High Risk Work Licence for forklift trucks.
Garth Edwards’ extensive tenure with TISC has required him to provide training to new staff members as well as students of TISC. His experience and versatility enable him to conduct both light and heavy vehicle training.
Garth has developed and conducted Load Restraint and Chain of Responsibility yearly training courses for the Dubbo Regional Council, Warrumbungle Shire Council to over 150 council staff members, and provided Load Restraint Training for EDI Downer in Narrandera, Parks, Orange, Bathurst, Mogo, VOC’s for Taralga and Boco Rock wind farms.
Garth was with the Australian Federal Police for 20 years instructing in all police vehicles, including Pursuit Car/Bike, Heavy Vehicles and 4×4 Search and Rescue, VIP, and Close Protection. He also provided Instructor Training for ASIO, SAS, ACT Ambulance Service, COMCAR, national and international Police Services.
Peter joined TISC as a permanent part time driver trainer in 2019. Peter continues to be employed on a casual basis with Department of Finance COMCAR. His experience in this role over the past 10-years as a driver to high profile Australian Government employees, politicians and judges. For COMCAR Peter is a driver with the VIP Team selected to transport visiting heads of state in Motorcades and special visit duties. During the 10-years Peter filled a casual vacancy as a driver supervisor for a period 11-months at the ACT COMCAR Depot supervising the 190 casual driving employees.
A long standing passion for driving and motor vehicles lead Peter to his current roles following previous careers in the hospitality Industry and in manufacturing. Peter brings a sound mechanical knowledge to the role with an ability to communicate to people on all levels.
Peter started his career in the manufacturing Industry as an apprentice Fitter & Turner/Toolmaker before gaining qualifications in Production & Mechanical Engineering. With manufacturing moving offshore Peter changed his career path to become self-employed.
With a switch to the hospitality industry Peter was self-employed for 37-years starting with just one restaurant before adding accommodation. More properties and more employees were acquired.
Roger van Cornewal
Roger Van Cornewal’s career spans over 30 years.
Roger was the first Trainer employed at the Transport Industry Skills Centre and commenced with Forklift Training. In 1991 Roger entered partnership with TISC and purchased the Dangerous Goods course and commenced training and licensing. Roger has been providing Emergency Responder Courses for the fuel industry since 2012.
Around the year 2000 Roger commenced assessing for Plant i.e. Front-End Loader/Backhoe, Excavator, Skid Steer. In 2012 Roger was involved in training the initial IDG (International Deployment Group) 4×4 training for the AFP and spent the following 5 years as Course Director for that program. Roger also conducted Train the Trainer for AFP staff.
Roger has also represented TISC at many of the Transport Industry Conferences NATROAD, ATA and TRANSNET.
Craig Hindle is an experienced Driver Trainer and brings with him a wealth of skills and knowledge. He has travelled Australia working in the Northern Territory on the Angalla Station property with stock and horses, then moving back to Narrabri to work in the cotton, wheat, and barley industry.
On his return to Canberra Craig served 6 years with the Australian Federal Police as a Constable in general duties and training for close personal protection.
For over 15 years Craig drove over millions of kilometres carting general freight to dangerous goods in fuel, road train driving out of Darwin to Bourke, and B-doubles around Australia.
Craig takes great pride in his driving capabilities and years of service in the Transport Industry incident free.