Neil Fernandes has held a number of senior positions in the vocational education and training system in Western Australia for over 30 years. He remains a strong advocate for education and training, including the importance of the creative arts. He was the Managing Director of the former Central Institute of Technology, between 2005 and 2016. Prior to that Neil was the Deputy Director-General (Training) in the Department of Education and Training. Since leaving government, Neil consults on education and training, and is a member of a number of boards, including the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia, and the Council of the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne.