Executive Management


Matt Hallinan Chief Executive Officer

Matt is a highly experienced Executive Manager with 15+ years of progressive achievements within multiple competitive industries. He is a turn around expert with the capacity to transform operations and HSE performance delivering tangible results. He joined IFAP after returning to Australia from a number of overseas postings. Since 2005 he has held senior management roles in organisations in the energy and oil and gas sectors based in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the Netherlands. Matt has a strong background in strategy and tactical planning, risk management, regulatory compliance and partnerships. 


Jess Sethi Executive Manager - Corporate Services

Jess Sethi is the Executive Manager of Corporate Services at IFAP. She joined IFAP in 2011 and has worked in a Supervisory and Team Leader role before taking this new position. Prior to joining IFAP, Jess has worked with various training organisations including Perth Institute Western Australia, Cambridge International College and Melbourne Institute of Technology. She has a proven success in managing education and training in both vocational and higher education sectors. Her expertise lies in managing, registration and accreditation of VET and higher education programs. Over the past 5 years Jess has been involved in writing and reviewing training resources for financial services training package with Pearson Australia. She has worked as a lecturer with Federation University formally University of Ballarat delivering in Accounting and Finance subjects. Jess holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Masters Degree in Education and Commerce.


Mike Gillespie Executive Manager - Offshore and Maritime Training Centre

Mike is the Executive Manager for IFAP’s Offshore and Maritime Training Centre located in North Fremantle. He has worked for IFAP for more than 24 years and has a sound understanding of the daily operations of the business by beginning his IFAP career as a trainer and safety diver then eventually moving into a management role. During his time as manager Mike has acquired the qualifications of Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as well as a Certificate IV in Business (Frontline Management). Mike is the Australian representative to the International Association of Safety and Survival Training (IASST) and is also a long standing representative for IFAP to the Offshore Petroleum Industry’s Training Organisation (OPITO) Training Providers Advisory Group (TPAG), an industry body established to monitor and maintain training standards for the offshore oil and gas industry.