Associate Professor Ruth Schubert

Associate Director

LH Martin Institute

Ruth Schubert joined the LH Martin Institute in April 2014. Prior to that, Ruth was the Director, Business Transformation with TAFE SA; a role responsible for the complete change process bringing together the three separate South Australian TAFE Institutes. This change involved over 2,500 staff, a total staffing restructure, and multiple major business improvement projects. This reinvention of TAFE SA as a Statutory Corporation has enabled TAFE SA to compete more effectively in the newly established commercial training market of Skills for All.


Ruth has worked in the education sector for over 30 years, with experience in private RTOs, the schooling sector, and universities, and most recently 15 years in executive positions in TAFE institutes in South Australia. Ruth has had several stints as A/Managing Director, TAFE SA Regional. Ruth was instrumental in the process of TAFE SA Regional winning the State and National 2011 Large Training Provider of the year. Ruth's considerable expertise in the Tertiary Education sector includes both academic and professional roles.


Ruth has served as a member, Deputy Chair, and Chair for the Limestone Coast RDA Board 2009-2014, is a Director of the Stand like Stone Foundation since 2004, and has been an inaugural member of the Governor's Leadership Foundation since 2000. Ruth has a PhD and Masters of Educational Management from Flinders University, and was awarded a Premier's Award for Postgraduate Research into Lifelong Learning 2001. Ruth is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Ruth's research interests include leadership, social capital, building successful communities and the structure and positioning of the Tertiary Education sector.