Anna Hannouche is the Program Manager for Education Support and has been with Open Colleges since 2014. Anna holds a Bachelor of Education/Arts majoring in Theology and History. Before Open Colleges, Anna was casual teaching at a VET school where her love for VET courses grew as she witnessed students develop practical skills to assist them in the workplace. Anna is passionate about Education and finds it rewarding to pass on her extensive knowledge to her team to support students in an Education Support role.
Antony Cirocco MA BA has worked as a photographer for over 18 years. He has worked with clients in both state government and the private sector. Antony has also produced feature length broadcast documentaries, music videos and over 300 TV commercials. He has successfully managed short course education programs at AFTRS and served as the Film and Television Head of Department for JMC Academy in South Melbourne. Antony has also worked as a contract lecturer, course and program designer for the Academy of Information Technology, The International Film School Sydney, CATC Design School and Think Education. Antony began his teaching career in Japan over a decade ago.
Throughout her nursing career, Cassie has collected qualifications, including Certificate II in Animal Studies, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and Diploma in Veterinary Practice Management. She has worked at a range of different types of veterinary hospitals, including emergency specialist, welfare, breeding/greyhound and general practice. Cassie has also held a wide range of roles within the clinic. Cassie’s real passion lies in emergency nursing and education. She has come full circle to Open Colleges as a trainer to ensure the future of the veterinary industry is filled with competent and quality nurses.
Chris Hosking is the Program Manager for Animal Care. Since 2004 he has had experience working with native and exotic invertebrates, fish, frogs, reptiles’ birds, and mammals. From 2008 to 2014 Chris coordinated the Australian Museum’s Live Exhibits where he undertook animal management, staff training and developed content about the live displays for the Museum’s programs. Chris remains a member of the Australian Museum’s Animal Care and Ethics Committee and a member of the Australasian Society of Zoo Keeping. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts from Flinders University and Certificate IV in Captive Animals.
For over a decade, Chris has been training industry professionals and interior design students at both University and TAFE levels, as well as working in the design industry and running his own design and 3D practice. His wealth of teaching experience covers all aspects of Design, CAD, BIM and 3D software. In 2011, he was awarded "Teacher of the Year" at the Canberra Institute of Technology and in 2014 received the highest student satisfaction rating at the University of Canberra. As a practising building designer and interior designer, Chris delivers the very highest quality standards to his clientele. He is a leader and pioneer of 3D visualisations and artist impressions.
Claire has worked for the NSW Department of Education and Communities supporting children with additional needs. She has also been a School Support Learning Officer and has extensive experience with supporting students’ individual and group-based needs, providing reading recovery and teaching assistance. Claire is passionate about training and finds it rewarding to pass on her extensive knowledge to her students so that they have the skills and confidence to work in education support.
Dr Gashie Qudsia is a naturopath, psychotherapist and life coach with a range of experience in therapeutic and management environments. Glashie has worked as a VET coordinator and an industrial psychotherapist since 2004 and is focused on the personal and professional development of every individual. Her education background comprises; Master of Science in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Bachelor of Naturopathy (Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery), Advanced Diploma of Management, Diploma of Human Resources and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Currently she is pursuing Diploma of Training and Assessment.
Laura is a graphic designer, footwear designer, illustrator and all-round creative. With extensive qualifications, Laura has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication with a major in graphic design, as well as a Diploma and Certificate IV in Higher Educational Studies, a Certificate in Cartooning and Illustrating, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is completing a Master of Cross Disciplinary Art and Design. Design and education are Laura’s two passions in life, and being able to integrate those on a daily basis is her goal. Laura aims to train and assist her students with gaining the industry skills and confidence they need to be successful in their chosen design career.
Michelle has over six years’ experience in Training & Assessment. Michelle was originally working within the retail and pharmacy industry. In mid-2007 Michelle was the deserving state winner of the Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY NSW) after which she was given an opportunity to work for a RTO. As a trainer and assessor Michelle is able to train retail, community pharmacy, management, business and “train the trainer”– TAE qualifications. She has a strong belief in value based training and a natural inclination to mentor, influence and motivate her students. She is the “training and assessment guru” for TAE specific questions and has a high level of understanding in VET. Her areas of speciality are training delivery, assessment, training packages, instructional design, validations, RTO compliance, funding and tenders.
With experience spanning 24 years in the fashion Industry, Mimma Gatto is recognised as an established, award winning designer. Her personal business specialises in custom, made-to-measure bridal couture gowns. Mimma runs specialty workshops in handmade millinery and hand-beading. In addition, she has directed and taught students in Applied Fashion Design & Technology at TAFE NSW. With her extensive experience, knowledge and determination, Mimma is looking forward to working with all students wanting to study, refine their skills and graduate in fashion design.
Nada has worked nationally within the VET sector and RTO's for the last 20 years for private providers, NGO's and government organisations within the community services sector, including the Job Network Services, Community Housing, homelessness programs and for a large World Youth Organisation.
Nada's responsibilities have included national project management of VET qualifications for online and face-to-face deliveries, design and delivery of VET qualifications, compliance and tendering to government and private organisations.
Nada currently holds a Diploma in Management, Diploma in Teaching, a Certificate IV in TAE and is completing her Masters in e Learning. Nada also has worked as a volunteer Mentor in The Lucy Mentoring Program for women at Macquarie University.
Renju Jacob Philip is a graduate from University of New South Wales with a Masters in Engineering Science- Telecommunications. His passion for technical advances in the IT industry motivated him to be an IT Freelancer from his student days. His previous work experience as a software engineer at Accenture Services has strengthened his in-depth understanding of various aspects of the IT Industry. Renju’s desire to share his IT experiences and knowledge to others, has led him to be an IT trainer and assessor in the VET Industry. His other qualifications include Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Software Development and Graduate Diploma of Management.
Robert has skills in many areas, including lecturing, coordinating fitness programs, personal training and running group fitness classes. He is passionate about helping individuals achieve their sporting and fitness goals. Robert holds a bachelors degree in Sports Coaching and Administration, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Certificate IV in Fitness, a Level 2 in Strength and Conditioning and other related certifications. He also currently competes in the Men’s Black Belt under 87 kg divisions in WTF Taekwondo; hoping to eventually achieve the green and gold.
Sally Lee is an experienced Veterinary Nurse. She has completed both the Certificate II in Animal Studies and the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Sally has worked in a number of veterinary practices with various professional responsibilities ranging from monitoring anaesthesia to practice management. She is currently employed by two of the busiest specialist veterinary practices in Sydney. Sally also has experience with native wildlife, a passion of hers.
Vanessa is an enrolled nurse with 10 years of experience in the health and community services sector. She entered the VET sector in 2007 working with a major disability services provider who wanted to become a Registered Training Organisation, designing learning and assessment materials and project managing the initial registration application. Since then, Vanessa managed her own business providing learning and assessment support to multiple RTOs within the health and community services sector and facilitating education programs on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing. Vanessa maintains industry currency, still working as an enrolled nurse in both acute and community based services.
Aaron is an accredited exercise physiologist who runs his own practice called 'Fit Clinic.' Aaron has been an AEP for over 10 years and brings valuable experience in both the fitness and allied health fields. Aaron began his career in fitness while studying sport and exercise science. He finished his Certificate IV in Fitness while completing this degree and began work in multiple fitness centres, learning his craft and applying exercise science principles to his work. Aaron then branched out into treating workplace and musculoskeletal injury alongside physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons. From there, he furthered his career to include work within residential aged care facilities treating a range of conditions through exercise and lifestyle interventions.
Following the completion of his degree in Applied Science and Speech Therapy, Adam finished his fitness training and first aid certifications. He has been working in fitness and allied health in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and New York City. He says his communication skills and personality are some of the key attributes that he is able to offer his students. He aims to motivate and efficiently train and assess people of most backgrounds, lifestyle and fitness levels to exceed their own expectations. Adam takes every opportunity to bike ride in the surrounds of Melbourne and greater Victoria. He is one of Melbourne’s prominent indoor cycling instructors.
Alan Fahy has been a business consultant and coach in private practice since 2008, specialising in the areas of performance optimisation, strategic growth and the customer experience. Prior to this, Alan held senior corporate roles in the banking industry including Head of Client Relationships for St George Margin Lending and State Manager Securities (NSW & ACT) for the ANZ Bank. He also has extensive experience as a corporate trainer in the disciplines of Finance, Leadership and Management along with three years as a trainer in the VET sector. Alan holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (University of NSW).
Alicia has more than 20 years of teaching experience both in tertiary institutions and the vocational education and training (VET) sector. Alicia has been a childcare centre Director, and was a finalist in the 2010 NSW Childcare Week Award. Her qualifications include a NOOSR Australian Bachelor’s Degree equivalent, Diploma of Children’s Services, Diploma of Information and Library Services, and a Certificate in Language Teaching from the University of Sydney which includes a Certificate in Training and Assessment.
Alicia has worked in the field of occupational therapy for 15 years. She has worked both within the UK and in Australia and has developed extensive experience within many areas of occupational therapy practice including brain and spinal cord injury, aged care and manual handling.
Alicia was recently employed as the occupational therapy practice educator. This role primarily helped to coordinate placements for undergraduate OT students and develop evidence-based practice education resources for the local occupational therapy staff.
Alicia is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a current member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
Alison started her working life as a teacher, and then completed post graduate studies in physical education and recreation for people with disabilities. Alison’s qualifications also include an Advanced Diploma in Disability and a Certificate IV Training and Assessment. Following her studies, Alison spent a decade working with people who had suffered traumatic injuries at The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre, and then moved into the community based sector with her business Leisure Balance (registered with NDIS), which is aimed at assisting people as they return to their home and community. Alison describes the focus of her work as “supporting people with disabilities to participate in the community and have a good quality of life”. In addition to her work, Alison also spent 10 years as a dedicated volunteer with Disabled Water Skiing, helping the organisation at both a local and international level.
Amber has worked as a Veterinary Nurse for more than 14 years. She undertook the Veterinary Nursing Certificate with Tamworth TAFE while working within a busy mixed animal practice. Amber has also worked as a Pound Officer and spent some time employed as an Environmental Health Officer in a remote community where she worked alongside the RSPCA in Community Animal Health programs. Amber has been part of the VET sector for 6 years as a teacher of Animal Studies, Companion Animal Services and Equine Nursing with TAFE NSW and gained a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Amber has recently completed her Diploma of Veterinary Nursing General Practice.
Amy has worked as a veterinary nurse and taught puppy schools in busy general practices in regional Victoria. Whilst completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, she qualified with high distinctions receiving an award nomination for outstanding academic achievements. Discovering a passion for training, Amy gained her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to take on a new career in the vocational education sector. Amy enjoys encouraging nurses to learn new skills, enjoy their work, and take pride in their profession. Amy is a compassionate nurse, spending time volunteering across Thailand and will continue to do more during her career.
Andriana has over 15 years of involvement in the make-up industry, and has studied makeup at Arts Makeup College. She managed to situate herself in multiple factions of the industry to great success starting her early career in television making up the faces of news readers at networks such as CBA-TV, SBS and ABC. She also spent the last decade working as an events makeup artist for well-known cosmetic brands such as Christian Dior and MAC. During this time, Andriana was able to hone her skills with the fashion world leading to work on many events such as Rosemount/Mercedes Australian Fashion Week, ARIA Awards, AFI Awards and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Today her extensive portfolio includes published work in magazines such as Cleo, Cosmopolitan, 2 Threads, Le Black Book, Harpers Bazaar and Yen.
Angela McGrath has worked as counselling psychologist for over 18 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, tertiary education and community mental health. Angela uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including; mindfulness, solution focussed, CBT, emotion focussed and psychodynamic techniques. Angela has a special interest in working with people who experience anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, parenting and relationship issues. In addition to individual psychological service Angela is an experienced trainer and presenter.
Angie has been working in early childhood education and care services throughout Australia and overseas for nearly 20 years. Angie has seven years’ experience as a lecturer in early childhood education and care at TAFE. She regularly facilitates education workshops for parents with young children and has been published in parenting magazines. She has an Associate Diploma in Social Science, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment & Parent Education Leadership Training Certificate.
Ann is an established author with over a dozen books and 125 short stories and articles published under her own name. She writes fiction and non-fiction for children as well as adults and is also a freelance ghostwriter. Ann has a BA (Psychology) and two professional writing diplomas. She is the winner of four awards for her children's manuscripts and previously spent 10 years working in various roles with special needs children. Having worked with the Open Colleges Group for over 10 years, Ann is a respected and valued trainer.
Anne has been working in the community services sector since 1998 in a range of roles, from direct service delivery through to management. She has experience in the youth, disability, alcohol and drug, homelessness, family support and mental health sectors. Anne has spent time in roles involving accommodation support work, drug and alcohol counselling, community support, quality improvement and assurance, and human resources management Anne has also served as a Team Leader and Acting CEO.
Currently, Anne is a Board Member of National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD), and has previous experience on the Board of Management of the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Council of Tasmania. Anne works with the Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS) as a Community Development Sector Liaison, as well as lectures at the University of Tasmania in the Faculty of Education.
Anne has practical experience in a variety of key travel/tourism industry roles both here and overseas. These include; Tour Wholesaling (Qantas Holidays), Airline (Air New Zealand), Tour Operations (Horizon Holidays) and as a corporate travel consultant with Carlson Wagonlit Travel. She has also travelled extensively throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. In addition to her tourism qualifications, Anne holds a BA degree in History, Politics and Philosophy (UWS) and a Certificate IV (TAE) in Workplace Assessment & Training. Anne has an abiding interest in the ANZAC (Fromelles) stories.
Antonio has been a champion sprinter and soccer player who also spent time in martial arts. He has a passion for healthy living, eating and training and is a qualified Personal Trainer with a love for teaching. He is a professional facilitator in areas such as sales, business and fitness, where he thrives to bring the best out of his students. His number one priority is to help others realise their dreams and goals in health, study and their career; and to help them achieve their life’s success.
As a child, April would spend her free time illustrating and writing copy for imaginary ads and magazines. She has now turned her childhood dreams in to reality! April has enjoyed an extensive career as a graphic designer, having worked in magazine publishing, advertising, design studios and in-house for large brand retailers in Australia and London. In 2011, she moved into the education and training sector to pass on her passion to the upcoming generation of graphic designers. She is a self-professed typography and Photoshop nerd who is now applying her technical and design nous to web design. She believes that learning never stops and sharing knowledge with others fuels one’s own creativity.
Arlene has been an accounting educator for the past 36 years. She has taught accounting at secondary schools and at vocational and university institutions. Arlene has her own accounting services business so she has hands-on practical experience in many varied businesses in Australia. She has been a certified MYOB consultant for the past 12 years and has taught many business operators to use software efficiently, enabling them to complete their tax, bookkeeping and accounting obligations in a timely and efficient manner.
Audra is a lawyer and legal trainer who started her career as a paralegal in the late 1980s whilst studying law part-time. She then spent 12 years working within the IT industry during which she acquired her MBA. After some years, Audra decided to re-enter the legal field. She obtained her LLB and her Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice. During her legal career, Audra has been specialising in commercial and property law, wills and probate, family law and litigation. Audra's career journey emphasises the fact that it is never too late to acquire further education, nor change career paths.
Ben is an experienced trainer who has been in the fitness industry for 11 years. During this time, he has participated in all forms of personal training as part of commercial gyms, personal training studios and corporate health programs. Ben has been working in training and assessment for four years at some of Australia’s top RTOs and brings a wealth of fitness and teaching knowledge to the course.
Ben holds a Bachelor in Exercise and Sport Science, Certificate III/IV in Fitness, Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as well as various short courses through the ASCA, Rehab Trainer and Kettlebell Coaching.
Bernard has more than 25 years of experience in tertiary education. He has worked as a lecturer at university and has been teaching and training, both ABE and VET. He also has experience with planning curriculums, providing PDs, supervising and managing people and projects. After completing his Bachelor in English, he finished a Master in English, Master of Philosophy and Ph.D. He also has post graduate qualifications in TESOL, higher education, career development, journalism and mass communication. Recently he completed a Certificate IV in Information Technology and a Certificate IV in TAE.
Boris' passion for strength training has lead to a multifaceted career as a competitor, coach and presenter. With a degree in Exercise Physiology, his major area of interest is functional anatomy and how to optimise movement for performance and injury prevention.
Boris' is a Corrective Exercise Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, and also provides teaching for Rehab Trainer, Australian Institute of Kettlebells/Functional Training Institute and CrankIt Fitness. Boris has also written articles and developed educational materials for Fitness Australia. He gets immense satisfaction from using his expertise in corrective exercise and functional training to help clients and educate other trainers.
Caroline has been working with children and youth services for 10 years in front-line service delivery as well as in management roles. She has worked with at-risk youth in community centres, young people within the child protection system and most recently with youth in alternative education settings. She holds a Diploma of Community Welfare Work, Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, Master of Business Administration and Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare.
Carolyn Beaumont BA (University of Sydney) is an editor of novels by Di Morrissey and Peter Watt and non-fiction by R.M. Williams and Quentin Dempster, as well as academic journals and textbooks. She founded a publishing company 20 years ago following a successful career as a TV, radio and print journalist, including as a researcher on The Michael Parkinson Show and assistant editor of the Sunday Telegraph. Carolyn has served as chairman, board of directors, licensee of a radio station Highland and broadcaster. She has taught journalism and general editing with the Open Colleges team for more than 20 years.
Carolyn has worked in the area of project management for over ten years in London, Sydney and Canberra, and has been working as a part time trainer and assessor for the last four years. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (majoring in IT), a post graduate Certificate in Management and a Diploma of Project Management. Carolyn has worked as a Project Manager, a Project Advisor and she was the Training and Communications Manager for a large scale program management system implementation. She is passionate about the need for effective project management across all industries.
Catherine has been a veterinary nurse for over 30 years and has been involved in many areas of the industry and worked with many different species. Her first position in the industry was working with the Animal Welfare League as an animal attendant, where she enrolled in a course called Animal Care, today known as Animal Studies, and Veterinary Nursing.
Catherine’s career has included working at a variety of specialist hospitals, as well as Waratah Park, Abbott Animal Health and TAFE. She is also involved in the Greyhound Adoption Program.
Christine holds an Associate Diploma of Arts and Fashion from MSIT, Brisbane and has over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry. She thrives on sharing her skills and knowledge with students that want to work in exciting field of fashion. Her passion for education has allowed Christine to sustain a successful business as a freelance patternmaker and grader. She has worked with consulting designers, including industry-leading, “start-up” and small businesses designers. Christine’s skills allow her to work with her clients from the conceptualisation stage right through to manufacturing both locally and offshore.
Clare is a journalist, broadcaster and educator with a background in radio, print and TV. She’s worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia for the BBC World Service and made documentaries for national radio in Australia and the UK. She has more than 20 years experience in news and current affairs as well as stints working on publications for government, and training not-for-profit groups. Clare has educational qualifications and has worked as a journalism tutor at Monash University. She also designs and leads workshops for media professionals in developing countries, teaching journalism, communication and safety.
Originally from England, Clare completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Anthropology, and also holds a Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy. Clare is passionate about counselling and has worked in the field for over 15 years, including working as an EAP counsellor, Lifeline supervisor/counsellor, Mission Australia training co-ordinator, Australian College of Applied Psychology workplace co-ordinator and Beyondblue counsellor. She has also run a private practice. Clare is looking forward to working with students and sharing some of her experience.
Clint spent 12 years in the Royal Air Force as a physical training instructor, specialising in outdoor group exercise, bootcamps and assault course training. He spent six years teaching and training the next generation of Military PTIs by taking them through a rigorous nine month course. Clint has been an international presenter at International Aerobics Week in Europe and has worked for British Military Fitness putting clients through their paces. He has trained professional sports teams in the English Premier League and Rugby Super League and been a weight-loss consultant responsible for designing and delivering programs for at-risk clients.
Dajana holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Youth Work) and has worked with disengaged and at risk young people for the past five years. Dajana also holds a Certificate IV in TAE and is currently employed as a Youth Education Trainer and Assessor at an alternative school delivering the VCAL certificate. She has a passion for working with disengaged and at risk young people as she would love to make a difference. Dajana is also very passionate about youth work and would like to offer her skills and experience to encourage others and show how rewarding it is to be a youth worker.
Damian has worked in the IT industry for over eight years in many different roles. Starting from desktop support, he progressed to network and systems engineering, software development and IT project management. He has worked for international organisations in both Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea, while learning to fluently speak Tetun. His most recent position was IT Manager for a large multinational corporation. Damian’s qualifications include the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Networks & Systems), TAE40110 Certificate IV Training and Assessment and Certificate II in Information Technology.
Danielle has over 20 years experience in the design and teaching industries. She holds a university degree in design and has spent a large portion of her career in both the advertising and music industries.
Danielle has also spent over a decade passing on her design knowledge and experience as a trainer and assessor, and enjoys bringing her passion for all things creative into the role.
Driven to help her students to succeed with confidence, Danielle enjoys watching students grow and nurturing individual creative skills and styles.
As a mark of her dedication, Danielle was a nominee for the TAFE SWSI teacher of the year, which recognises the excellence of teachers by their students.
A licenced real estate, stock and station and business agent, as well as an accredited auctioneer, Daniel has over four decades experience working within the real estate industry, including owning and operating his own real estate business. Experienced in sales, property, management and leasing, Daniel holds a Diploma of Business (Real Estate Management), Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. An expert in the field, Daniel currently splits his time by providing consultancy advice to real estate businesses, as well as training and assessing up and coming real estate agents.
Darren Pearce is a real estate professional with over 25 years’ experience, and his long and successful career continues to grow to new heights with an amazing record of achievements. He is a fully licensed estate agent, has a Diploma in Business, is a long standing member of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria and a trained auctioneer.
Darren has had a career which has seen him at the top of his profession for many years. He is a highly sought after source of advice for other estate agents, clients and friends. He is also often quoted in the national newspapers such as The Age, The Australian Financial Review and The Leader, and has even appeared on popular TV shows including Hot Property and the MPV property show talking about the industry.
Darren has worked and managed some of Melbourne’s largest and most prestigious real estate companies giving him a broad knowledge of real estate across Melbourne. His business acumen and outstanding results are testament to his attention to detail and management ethics.
When away from the office he enjoys a friendly round of golf, cheering on Carlton or just playing with his kids in the garden.
David is a freelance photographer with experience spanning more than 30 years. His work is widely published and represented in numerous film libraries. He has also won several awards for his photographic images. David has built an impressive reputation specialising in corporate and industrial photography, both locally and internationally. His assignments are diverse in nature and include horticultural studies, action shots of RAAF and other air forces' fighter planes, travel library images, portraiture and industrial facilities. His impressive client list includes government departments, publishing houses and industry associations such as: Telstra, Hilton Hotel Group, Qantas Airways, NRMA, Agence France-Presse, Shell and more. The insights David has gained through running his own business help him to provide relevant advice for the next generation of aspiring photographers in our photography courses.
David Lang has over 25 years’ experience working in international tourism and hospitality management, and has been working as a trainer since 1999.
David specialises in operations management and systems design, as well as quality management systems (including CRM and HRI systems development), work health and safety management, and human resource management.
Deidre has over 15 years’ experience in the beauty industry and holds a Diploma of Beauty. During her career she has worked as a beauty and spa therapist, manager, workplace trainer, skincare retail store manager and online trainer and assessor.
Deidre is passionate about providing students with a highly practical education and is committed to engaging, inspiring and empowering students to achieve on both a personal and a professional level. Bringing a wealth of experience from across all aspects of the industry, Deidre is committed to supporting students to become highly skilled and motivated therapists, and to raising the standard within the industry.
Deidre's goal is to support students to become highly skilled and motivated therapists and to raise the standard within the beauty therapy industry, and her teaching style reflects her bright personality and nurturing style where anything is a possibility through hard work and determination!
Diana Penson started her teaching career as a graduate of Sydney Day Nursery Teachers' College and Mitchell College of Advanced Education. She taught in a number of preschools, infant and primary schools whilst completing her Bachelor's degree. In recognition of her work operating a mobile preschool for isolated regions, the NSW Department of School Education awarded Diana a full-time scholarship to undertake post graduate studies in Early Childhood Special Education. On completion, Diana was commissioned to undertake a pilot program to identify and set up programs for young children requiring specialist assistance. The program flourished and grew from one location to eight locations within a major NSW regional area. This experience led Diana into the training of adults and workplace assessment. In addition to tutoring students in our Certificate III in Children's Services and Diploma of Children's Services since 2005, Diana has also lectured at universities and written content for a range of vocational courses.
Diane has enrolled nursing and leisure and health qualifications and has worked in a large number of hospitals and aged care facilities, specialising in dementia care. After completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diane began teaching community services qualifications for several training service providers. She has a passion for aged care and has personally provided care to a terminally ill client in her own home along with accommodating her young family.
Doug holds a Diploma of Business Real Estate Management and has been working in the industry for over a decade. As the owner and operator of Doug Price Real Estate, he offers his clients a “one stop service” in sales, auctions and property management. Passionate about the industry, Doug has also been involved in training and assessing up and coming real estate stars for major registered training organisations in Australia for many years, in both face to face and online capacities.
Julia graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 and worked as a veterinarian on the south coast of NSW. In 2004 she completed a year long internship at the Animal Referral Hospital in Sydney. Here, she developed a passion for all things medical, emergency and soft tissue. She has lived in Coffs Harbour since 2005 practising as a small animal vet. In 2012 she become a part time trainer and assessor at TAFE and in 2014 began working with Open Colleges. Her most recent addition to the family is a RPSCA rescue kitten who is a fantastic personal assistant.
Dr Louisa Johnson graduated from the University of Melbourne Veterinary School in 2001 with first class Honours and the Payne Exhibition Prize for the highest marks in her final year. She has worked in various veterinary roles, including a canine blood bank, emergency clinic, rural and urban practice as well as overseas. Prior to becoming a vet, Louisa was employed as a veterinary nurse and now greatly enjoys being involved with Open Colleges, training and assessing veterinary nurses.
After graduating from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honours, Dr Merrilyn Fitzgerald worked as a veterinarian and completed a post graduate course in equine medicine. Merrilyn has been a part time teacher for North Coast TAFE and has been involved in the delivery and assessment of various courses in animal studies and veterinary nursing. She has delivered presentations at several Australian Veterinary Association conferences and has written articles on horse reproductive health in equine magazines. She currently manages the equine reproduction unit for Pacific Vet Care.
Yvonne studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Utrecht and graduated in 2000. After doing some volunteer work in Turkey, she moved to England in 2001 and worked in several small animal practices. In 2004 she emigrated to Australia and worked in general practice for 3 years. In 2007 Yvonne joined the VCS as an emergency vet. She achieved her MACVS in 2009 and then joined the team at SASH. Yvonne has always enjoyed teaching other veterinarians and nurses and therefore pursued her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is looking forward to helping veterinary nurses achieve their goals.
Eleesa has been working in horticulture for over 25 years. Her qualifications include a Certificate IV in Urban Horticulture and Certificate IV in Bushland Regeneration. Her main areas of experience include; landscape gardening design and maintenance, plant propagation, and native landscape regeneration. For over 20 years, Eleesa has been training and writing for horticulture and land management education. This has offered broad opportunities that include training and writing for courses throughout remote northern Australia. Eleesa is keen to share her passion for horticulture and looks forward to guiding Open Colleges students through the many possibilities it can offer as a career path.
Elizabeth Mars is a respected screenwriter based in Sydney having written the acclaimed feature film, The Tree that closed the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Her previous production was the script for the award-winning short feature, Martha’s New Coat (directed by Rachel Ward and screened on SBS-Television).Elizabeth has a number of scripts and screenplays in development, including the feature film The Fall and the romantic comedy The Ninth Step. She is a graduate of RMIT (Writing) and La Trobe University (History), and is a qualified school teacher and part-time academic in screen writing at Sydney College of the Arts.
Emmanuelle holds several qualifications in natural therapies including a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is an accredited trainer in first aid and has extensive clinical experience. Her interest in natural therapies started over twenty years ago when she completed a course in massage and she has since become passionate about nutrition, fitness and healthy living. More recently, Emmanuelle has been drawn to the principles of the Ayurveda practice which includes working with aromatherapy, nutrition and meditation in order to achieve optimum health. She has many years of experience teaching students a better understanding of health and wholeness.
Erika works for the Western Australian Department of Education as a Primary School Teacher and has worked in both remote and metropolitan schools, even teaching abroad for several years. Erika has a wide range of teaching experience including early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. Erika is passionate about inclusive education; she has worked as an Inclusion Teacher where she supported ESL students and those with learning difficulties and disabilities. She has been working in training since 2010.
Eva has over 50 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and has worked in pharmacies around the world, including Australia, the UK and Switzerland. She also worked for a period as a budget controller for the United Nations World Health Organisation in Geneva. As a pharmaceutical representative, she was responsible for providing product information and training to doctors and nurses. As well as tutoring students in our Retail Pharmacy Assistant course, Eva still works part time as a locum pharmacist.
Eve Czerniak is a Registered Nurse who has worked both in Australia and overseas in general nursing, as well as women’s and children’s health. She has experience working in aged care facilities, hospitals and as a school nurse and educator. Eve holds a bachelor degree in nursing, a Cert IV in Training and Assessment and a Cert IV in TESOL.
Fawne has 10 years’ of experience in the beauty and cosmetic industry across areas including day spa, salon, plastic surgery and laser and injectable clinics. Holding an Associate Degree in Dermal Therapies, Fawne has also worked extensively with machinery such as lasers and IPL.
Fawne has a huge passion for skin anatomy and physiology and she is thrilled to be able to help motivate new therapists coming into the industry.
Fiona has extensive experience working in the dental industry, both in the city and remotely. She has worked in a variety of private practices and the government sector, including Dental Health Services and the Perth Dental Hospital.
Fiona has 5 years’ experience as a trainer and assessor with a Registered Training Organisation and is currently working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Remote Area Dental Unit.
Fiona’s career has taken many twists over the past 30 years. Working in hotel management, public relations, event production and finally education, Fiona decided to follow her passion for animals by gaining a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. Now owning a dog training, grooming and pet care business and working as an in-house trainer/behaviourist at a Sydney veterinary hospital, Fiona is able to combine her ‘human’ training qualifications and experience with her passion for animals. Fiona is a qualified and accredited Delta positive dog trainer and an active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) of Australia.
Fiona has worked in the community sector for over a decade, and has also worked directly with people with complex mental health issues for nearly nine years. She has a Bachelor of Psychology, as well as a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a Certificate in Intermediate Mandarin.
Fiona is passionate about the recovery model, motivational interviewing and the strengths-based approach in mental health work, and has witnessed many consumers lives change for the better when using these approaches.
Francesca Caflisch's background is in market research and business analysis, with a particular focus on the IT industry. She has worked in large multinational organisations such as IBM and Epson, as well as smaller boutique agencies like Compass Research. Since 2004, she has been managing her own business, Intrinsic Sports, running team sports events for corporate and social groups across Sydney. Francesca has more than 15 years' experience in the Vocational Training & Education sector, teaching marketing and business subjects in both the private sector and at TAFE. She holds an MBA (Internet Marketing), a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
Fredro Harjanto has worked in the higher education sector and in VET sector in Sydney, California, Illinois and Jakarta. His qualifications include the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Advanced Diploma of Business, Advanced Diploma of Information Technology, and Advanced Diploma of Management. His professional experience spans information technology, science, investment, business management and sport. His recent IT roles include IT contractor/project manager for mobile application and website projects based in Australia, USA, and Indonesia.
George Nawar has worked as a youth worker for Mission Australia, MTC Australia Youth Connections and Exodus Youth Worx. Prior to becoming a youth worker, he worked as a high school teacher in Australia, South Africa, South Korea and Egypt. He holds numerous qualifications in Youth Work and Community Services and is passionate about building community through learning.
Holly is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with over 13 years’ experience in business administration, account management, marketing and print. She has also been working within the education and training industry for the last three years, in both a face-to-face and online capacity, and is passionate about the power of education.
Holly holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Business Administration, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Marketing Communication, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Certificate III in Printing & Graphic Arts.
Janelle has been part of the beauty industry for over 20 years, beginning her studies in 1992. She now has four children and has returned to her work after spending time in different beauty environments such as hairdressing salons, mobile, day spas, and then contract work. Janelle now runs a successful home based beauty salon and enjoys knowing that she is nurturing her clients and making them feel good about themselves.
Jannette has worked in the fashion industry for over 30 years, initially specialising in the evening and bridal couture industry as a pattern maker, cutter and fitter in the iconic Centrepoint Tower in Sydney. She then went on to teach courses in fashion and soft furnishings at TAFE NSW. Jannette has completed a workplace training and assessment qualification as well a Certificate in Fashion from East Sydney Technical College. She is now enthusiastic about sharing her passion for creating clothing with her Open Colleges students.
Jasvir has worked in training, accounting and lectureship in Sydney and overseas for over 9 years. She is also involved with an accounting firm, which provides bookkeeping and accounting services. She has managed small businesses’ accounting and bookkeeping across many industries. She has lectured at university level in Sydney and overseas for many years. Jasvir has vast accounting and management experience and holds a Diploma of Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Master of Accounting, Advanced Diploma of Accounting, BAS Agent registrations skills set, Advanced Diploma of Management, a Masters in Economics and a Bachelors in Commerce.
Jean is a freelance writer, editor, graphic designer and educator, who previously taught design to international students at RMIT University and now works in the writing department at Federation University in Victoria, Australia. Her non-fiction writing has appeared in printed newspapers, magazines and online, and she has had short stories published in anthologies and also broadcast on ABC radio. Jean’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Design, a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Jean loves to see her student’s work published and always encourages them to submit their work for publication.
This trainer and assessor hold a Diploma of Beauty Therapy and Aromatherapy, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and also has 25 years of experience in the skin, body care and spa industries. Jeanne has owned her own beauty clinic and carried out internationally-certified college training and assessments in beauty therapy, aromatherapy and spa. She has done extensive international business coaching and practical product training for spa and beauty therapists. Jeanne is also a beauty column writer and international spa conference guest speaker who is passionate about the beauty industry and loves to share her knowledge to inspire new therapists.
Jeffrey Halpin has been delivering training and assessment to the construction and WHS industries for over 10 years and been in the construction industry for nearly 40 years. He brings with him a wealth of experience covering all aspects of the construction industry including design, construction, energy rating and building compliance.
As a practising Building Contractor and Consultant, Jeffrey delivers the very highest quality standards to his clientele.
Jeffrey is tremendously honoured to be part of the Open Colleges team as a Trainer and Assessor. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to impart his experience and knowledge to the students.
Jeramy is a Behaviour Support Practitioner and Coordinator for a N.S.W and A.C.T based disability service. Jeramy specialises in supporting people with autism, intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries by coordinating a team of practitioners, developing behaviour support plans and responding to incidents. Jeramy also runs internal training for all direct-support staff as well as workshops for families, carers and other professionals across N.S.W and A.C.T in ‘Person-Centred Behaviour Support’.
Jeramy chairs a restricted practices panel in Sydney, and sits as an ‘independent member’ on three other restricted practices panels including Ageing Disability and Home Care (ADHC). He also has experience in out-of-home-care, child protection, homeless youth and community development programs where he has supported complex trauma and significant behaviours of concern.
Jeremy has had an extensive 17 year career in the hospitality and security sectors, during this time Jeremy has held several seniors positions within both industries. He is a qualified chef, CLGCA accredited trainer of RSA and RCG courses and a NSW food authority approved food safety trainer. Within the security sector, Jeremy has worked throughout Australia and held a number of senior positions. Currently, Jeremy is operating his own consultancy business, HSCServices, which specialises in HR, training and development, risk management, security and hospitality consultancy services. Jeremy is also a Justice of the Peace, licensed security consultant, security instructor and Investigator.
Jody has worked in the community services sector for over 15 years, focusing on the areas of disability, aged care, and home and community care. With a passion for planning, organising and delivering group-based learning, she has been cconducting formal training and assessing since the year 2006 after she ccompleted her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Jody now trains and assesses this qualification for Open Colleges where she enjoys coordinating and facilitating distance-based learning.
John is a writer, producer and director of short films, documentaries and commercial video projects. As an educator, he worked as a tutor in the School of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University where he taught screenwriting, camera, editing, and web authoring.
Shortlisted for TropFest with his short comedy, The Garage Sale, he was accepted into the TropNest Screenwriting Mentorship program at Fox Studios, where he completed the first
of several feature film scripts.
As a lover of teaching and mentoring in the film arts, John mentors young filmmakers and assesses scripts for fellow writers and industry collaborators.
Josephine has worked in aged care for 15 years in various roles including registered nurse, nurse educator and management. She has a passion for nursing and education, in particular, caring for the elderly. Josephine believes in team spirit and person centred care along with student centred learning. Her qualifications include a Master of Nursing (Education) and a Bachelor of Nursing. Josephine believes that any individual can attain academic success if they have a willing heart and the opportunity to work within a nurturing environment.
As a trainer in our Certificate II in Horticulture and Home Gardener courses, Julie will share her green thumb, knowledge of plants and her extensive nursery experience with you. She currently runs a wholesale nursery and also maintains the grounds for an historic property. Julie has also taught Horticulture previously for Richmond TAFE, and her qualifications include a Bachelor of Horticultural Science from UWS, an Advanced Certificate in Urban Horticulture and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Vocational Education.
June Colbert BA, Dip Ed, Dip TESOL, Cert Writing, Cert Learning Disability is a children's author and tutor who specialises in creative writing, editing, technical writing and short stories. She also works with children who experience reading problems as well as adults who want help with written communication. June is passionate about language and loves helping people to reach their full potential as readers and writers.
Justine is a graphic designer and illustrator with 17 years’ experience. She holds a Diploma of Arts (Illustration), as well as a Diploma of Arts (Graphic Art) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Passionate about education, Justine enjoys working in the industry and welcomes the opportunity to assist students to find their educational pathways and succeed in their elected vocation.
As a creative arts all-rounder, Karl has over 10 years of experience as a designer, educator, illustrator and artist. He has specialised in printmaking, with a particular focus on screen-printing. Karl is an advocate of accessible education, and is involved in the promotion of education as means to enrich the lifestyle of individuals, and of the wider community.
Prior to joining Open Colleges, Karl taught creative arts at Box Hill Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Multimedia Design, and is known to never turn down a printmaking workshop.
Katie Beer is passionate about the event industry and brings firsthand knowledge and experience, having worked in events for over 10 years. She has worked across many facets of the industry, including sales and event management at two of Sydney’s leading venues and in-house corporate event management with Scenic. Her current role as Project Manager for Arinex Events sees her managing client events from end-to-end, including incentives and rewards programs, special events, corporate events and conferences.
Katie also has a passion for travel and the travel industry and has been lucky enough to have managed events in destinations such as Canada, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Katy has worked in education and organisational learning and development as a freelance training consultant and a learning and development manager. She has worked in schools, universities, TAFE and not for profit organisations. She has a Master of Education: Adult Education, Graduate Diploma Social Science: Counselling and Certificate IV Training and Assessment. She is currently studying for a postgraduate qualification in e-learning and is passionate about online learning and the exciting possibilities it offers for the future of learning and education.
Kellie has worked within the education and management sectors for the past 15 years. During these years she owned five florist shops and a nationally accredited training organisation which specialised in both business management and floristry programs. Her qualifications include an Advanced Diploma of Management, a Diploma of Project Management, a Diploma of Marketing, a Diploma of Business, a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and a Diploma of Training and Design Development.
Kelly has been a beauty therapist for 32 years. She trained as a therapist at the British Confederation of Beauty Therapy in Perth in 1982. She started doing stage makeup for the music industry and went on tour with INXS, Meatloaf, and many bands of the 80s and 90s. Kelly also held various beauty positions in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney where she was employed as head trainer for Guinot for three years and trained in Paris. She implemented some treatment and product ideas for the Parisian head office which are still being used today. Kelly then opened a Beauty Salon in Manly where she employed five staff. Kelly has also trained as a yoga teacher in Iygengar and is currently enrolled in a Diploma of Management.
Kerrie’s early years were spent learning all the aspects of her trade while working on the factory floor of numerous fashion houses. She worked her way up to becoming a head designer and design room manager for a fashion manufacturer that had 12 retail outlets. She has taught in the fashion departments of leading training organisations and had her own children’s wear label and a retail outlet. She has spent the last 15 working as a freelance designer patternmaker. During this time she has covered all types of apparel including men’s wear, swimwear, children’s wear, leather and both high and budget fashion. Kerrie has also worked on designs for Fashion Week Australia, as well as gowns for Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Jennifer Hawkins and Natarsha Belling.
Kimberley has a Masters degree in Human Nutrition and is currently undertaking further studies, progressing towards a Masters degree in Health & Human Services Management.
She has worked extensively in the fitness industry with over 7 years of experience as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She enjoys combining the theoretical and practical knowledge to help her clients achieve their goals and develop a better understanding and implementation of a healthy lifestyle.
Kimberley personal experience with various fitness competitions has enriched her knowledge and experience in the fitness industry.
After seven years of veterinary nursing, Lauri changed her focus to the vocational training sector. She decided to follow her passion for training and educating up and coming veterinary nurses and animal carers. Lauri holds a variety of qualifications including a Cert II and III in Animal Studies, Cert III and IV in Companion Animal Services, Cert IV and Dip (ECC) in Veterinary Nursing, Cert IV in TAE and Diplomas in Vocational Education and Training, Training Design and Development, Business Admin, Management and Business.?
Lindsey Porter is a Natural Therapies clinical practitioner who has worked in both in research and private practice with patients all over the world. She holds a Diploma of Homeopathy, and has written numerous books and courses covering Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Massage and Natural Therapies. Lindsay has also taught extensively in the natural therapies and homeopathic fields, and is the principal, founder and lecturer at a homeopathic college in Perth, WA. She has been a trainer with Open Colleges for more than 10 years.
Lisa has been working in the aged care sector since 1999, both in hostel and high care as a Cert lV AIN and RAO (Leisure and Health). A passionate advocate for aged care, she is also volunteer at Threads of Hope as a counsellor and customer relations officer.
Lisa started her aged care training career in 2004, and also teaches community service, disability, allied health, leisure and health, and some pathology units. In her capacity as an educator, Lisa aims to enrich the lives of vocational learners through quality training and outcomes. In 2014 she was listed for Trainer of the Year DET NSW.
Livingston has extensive knowledge and experience in development agencies, foundations, high-level government and not-for-profit organisations both overseas and in Australia. He has experience in the United Nations, mobilising resources, and also in community development and training methodology. He has expertise in strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of poverty, disability, aged care, women’s empowerment, and children and community services related programs. He holds a Master of Social Work and Master of Management (Community and Not for Profit), as well as a Certificate III in Home and Community Care.
Loretta has owned and managed real estate businesses for almost 20 years. During her time in the industry she has won several prestigious awards and has been featured in many publications as a thought leader and top performer.
Her high level of business management; social media, marketing and team management skills within the real estate industry has helped her to achieve many great successes in her career and in business.
Loretta is passionate about training future realtors and draws on her years of experience and knowledge in the property industry to deliver students the tools and knowledge to start their careers in real estate.
Lorraine Danos is an experienced bookkeeper who has been working as a trainer with Open Colleges since 2004. She has worked across many industries, including manufacturing, community services, hospitality and property management, and has particular experience with the transfer of records from manual to computerised systems. Lorraine has also written a bookkeeping course which was certified by the NSW Vocational Education & Training Accreditation Board (VETAB), recently replaced by the Australian Skills Quality Authority.
Lucinda has been involved in the health and wellness arena for over 10 years. She has a background in fitness and is now an accredited nutritionist. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, a Certificate IV in Fitness, a Certificate IV TAE and a Bachelor of Arts. Lucinda works with nutrition clients from all backgrounds, is involved in course writing, menu design, training and assessing and is also a regular contributor to women’s magazines.
Madeleine is a veteran student of a variety of educational institutions who has a thorough understanding of online education and its requirements. Madeleine holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Equine Studies, a Zookeeping certificate and various domestic and wildlife care certificates. She also holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. Time spent in veterinary clinics, stables and zoos has given Madeleine valuable experience in the pet, conservation and horse industries.
Maria is an IT professional with experience in web applications programming and database design, IT training and online course development. She has worked for major organisations such as Oracle Corporation and the NSW Department of Education and Training, and has participated in projects for major clients including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. She also provides IT consultancy to small businesses.
Maria holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Bachelor in Information Technology and a Master of Information Systems. Her current interests are the latest web development trends, social media marketing and open source applications communities and contribution.
Masoud Tymouri, our business, human resources, management and occupational health and safety trainer, is highly experienced in training and assessing both local and international students. The expertise that Masoud has developed during 18-plus years of practical experience is supported by a lengthy list of qualifications. He has successfully completed a Master's of Leadership & Management in Education, Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies, Bachelor's of Business, Advanced Diploma of Management, Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources), Diploma of Occupational Health & Safety and Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment. Masoud brings all his knowledge and experience to his training role at Open Colleges, and provides every support to his students throughout their learning experience.
Matthew has been employed within the fitness industry and education sector for 6 years as a personal trainer and as a PDHPE teacher/Trainer & Assessor for Fitness and Sport & Recreation. As a personal trainer, Matthew has worked for a number or gyms across Sydney and has run an independent personal training business. Matthew’s passion for learning about the body continued into his university years, where his primary focus was Exercise Science (Bachelor) and Secondary Education (Diploma). Matthew also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Pool lifeguard Certification, Certificate III in Fitness and was a sponsored fitness model in the under 30 Australian National Bodybuilding (ANB) Nationals competition in Sydney 2012.
Matthew is a registered Australian Strength and Conditioning Coach with experience training AFL draftees, elite level junior rugby union players and highly ranked Muay Thai fighters. Matthew holds a Diploma of Fitness, a Certificate IV in Fitness, a Certificate III in Fitness, and a Certificate III in Nutrition and Dietetic Assistance, as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
An ardent advocate for fitness, he runs his own personal training business, has worked with one of Australia’s leading supplement companies and continues to work closely with Barbarian Muay Thai fight team. An athlete in his own right, Matthew has a passion for, and competes in, both Muay Thai and Kickboxing.
Mbongeleni brings over 18 years of teaching experience and expertise to her role as trainer and assessor for the Certificate in Education Support. Qualified as a teacher and holding professional membership with Queensland Colleges of Teachers, Mbongeleni also has a masters of guidance and counselling and certificate IV in training and assessments. Mbongeleni currently teaches in north Queensland and also has experience as a learning support teacher with indigenous students, challenging behaviours along with teaching creative and academic subjects.
Megan has worked in disability, mental health and aged care sectors in both front-line service delivery and management roles for 10 years. Megan holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Therapeutic Recreation). She has extensive experience supporting clients of diverse needs, and cultural and religious backgrounds through recovery-oriented practice, therapeutic interventions, and client-directed care. The only thing that beats Megan’s passion for mental health is her passion for supporting other’s development of skills and knowledge.
Meghann is a surgical, anaesthesia and critical care veterinary nurse with 18 years’ experience at various specialist hospitals across Sydney. Being a mature age, online tertiary student herself, she has always been passionate about adult education, and is very excited to have joined the education sector. Her in-depth experience within the veterinary industry enables her to create and maintain relationships with animal-based organisations across Australia. She enjoys challenging herself mentally and physically, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Genetics and Biotechnology.
Melissa has been an interior designer for over 20 years. She studied at Enmore Design College while working full-time in her first design studio. Melissa contributed to many retail, hospitality, and residential design projects before going overseas and working in a well-established London design studio, making a base to travel through Europe. In 2001, Melissa started her own design company called holmes@home. She loves designing and sharing her skills and knowledge with students that wish to make design their passion and career.
Melissa has over seven years’ experience within the community services sector as a Case Manager, as well as a Mental Health Nurse in acute care settings. She is currently completing a Bachelors of Applied Social Science to accompany her other vocational qualifications within the field of community services, mental health and AOD. Melissa has over five years of experience within the VET sector, developing and providing training to future community service workers. She is passionate about mental health and AOD and has an enormous passion for the training sector.
Melissa has been employed within the financial services industry for the past 18 years. During this time Melissa has had experience with general accounts, lending, insurances and OHS as well as training, assessing and development. Melissa also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, obtained through further study with Open Colleges. She enjoys playing sport and in her spare time is a sports development officer and softball academy instructor.
Michele has a broad range of experience in training and IT. Her list of qualifications includes a Master of Education, Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems, Certificate IV in PC Support and a Certificate III in IT. Michele is currently working as a tutor in our Certificate II in IT course. She also teaches IT at a private higher education College and at University.
Mimi has studied traditional Chinese philosophy, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, energetic sciences, kinesiology, aromatherapy, meridians, auras, chakras, homeopathy, sound and colour therapy. These practices helped her understand the human body and the body’s energy system. Not being able to take any drugs or medication, Mimi was hypersensitive to her external environment, so she sought more natural and spiritual approaches. Teaching natural therapies has been a passion for Mimi for over seven years. She has also been teaching dance since she was 15.
Michelle has been a Registered Nurse for 21 years at several aged care facilities and has also worked in management for the past decade. Passionate about aged care and ensuring that staff enjoy a high standard of training and education, Michelle’s specialised skills include infection control, immunisation, palliative care and person-centred care.
Michelle’s qualifications include a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Health Science (Nursing), a Certificate III in Health Service Assistance, a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, a Certificate of Attainment Department of Palliative Care RN Education, a Certificate IV in Business (Frontline Management) and a Diploma of Community Services.
Natalie is a Sydney based speech pathologist. She has worked with children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in a number of non-government and government organisations. Natalie is considered one of the few expert adult mental health specialists in Australia and has been fortunate to meet with national leaders to advocate for this area. Natalie is also highly passionate and interested in clinical teaching, and in 2015 will complete her Masters Research in Clinical Education. Natalie is passionate about clinical education and was awarded the title of clinical associate lecturer by the University of Sydney.
Natalie has nearly 15 years’ experience in the dental industry, from starting her career as a dental assistant, furthering her training to become a dental hygienist and also becoming a senior educator in the vocational and higher education sectors.
Natalie has successfully trained, assessed and mentored dental assistants, hygienists and oral health therapists, as well as developed resources and curriculum guides.
An accomplished beauty therapist, Natasha is a partner in a bridal make-up company Reflections of Elegance, and has had her work displayed in publications including Ideal Bride Magazine. Passionate about the beauty industry, Natasha has also spent considerable time passing her skills and knowledge onto up-and-coming therapists at leading beauty therapy education providers in both Melbourne and Queensland.
An expert in her field, Natasha was also invited to review The Professional Beauty Therapy Text 2nd Edition in October 2015.
Nilima is a passionate trainer and an academic, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her with Open Colleges. She has amassed more than 21 years' experience teaching accounting, finance, business and statistics subjects around the world at institutions including the University of New England, James Cook University, The Holmes Institute, Global College and the University of Chittagong.
She has numerous qualifications to her credit, including a PhD in Accounting, a Master of Commerce (Accounting), Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Accounting, as well as a Diploma of Business (Accounting). Her main areas of academic training and expertise are accounting, finance and computerised accounting. Nilima has also written many accounting courses and modules.
She thrives on a challenge and enjoys helping others to achieve their best. Nilima's career goal is to impart knowledge to students in a manner that continually inspires them to learn.
Paolo has been a Registered Nurse since 2006. He also has experience being an Assistant in Nursing, and as a Clinical Instructor/Preceptor for nursing students.
Passionate about caring for and assisting the elderly, Paolo has worked in different aged care facilities providing high care, low care, respite care, and dementia specific care. He has also worked for an Older Adult Mental Health and Dementia Specific Transition Care Program (TCP) facility.
Paolo’s qualifications include a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Master of Arts (Nursing), a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), and Diploma of Management.
Peter has been sharing his knowledge with other for over 30 years. He has taught Fitting and Machining for the Department of Technical Education in Papua New Guinea, worked as a High School Industrial Arts teacher and more recently has taught a range of metal work and mechanics courses.
One of his hobbies is the restoration and preservation of classic cars, such as his 1956 FJ Holden and a Replica Lotus 7.
He is a member of the NSW Board of Studies Industry Curriculum Committee and holds a Master of Education, a Diploma of Teaching and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.
Peter Fernando first considered the fascinating opportunities offered by the tourism and travel industry when he took a position as a sales and marketing executive for the Hilton international hotel chain.
Fifteen years' of travelling and working in the industry have taken Peter to Dubai, Sri Lanka, Singapore and now to Australia. He has also participated in study exchange programs at the Washington State University in the USA, and has a Bachelor of Business & Hospitality (Hons.) and Master of Hospitality & Tourism. Peter has also been awarded a Diploma of Business Management and is particularly knowledgeable about Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) services, as well as inbound tour groups.
Peter enjoys the eLearning interactions with his students at Open Colleges and finds great satisfaction in ensuring that they receive the best learning experiences.
Peter McClatchey has spent 23 years as a chartered accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has specialised in the financial services industry, providing accounting, audit and consulting services to a wide variety of industry leading superannuation, funds management and insurance clients. He has also been heavily involved in the development and delivery of accounting and audit training programs for all levels of staff. He has lived and worked in a variety of countries, including Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Fiji, providing accounting and audit services.
Since receiving his Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Phil has held a number of specialist posts in both hospital and community settings, including roles in pediatrics and working with diabetics. He has also worked as a chiropractic assistant in Sydney’s CBD for five years, a role which saw him perform exercise rehabilitation sessions for clients.
Also qualified in sports/remedial massage and personal fitness training, Phil has 20 years fitness industry experience including personal training, facility management and sales.
As an educator, Phil has over six years’ experience teaching a range of face-to-face and online courses across anatomy and physiology, Certificate III and IV in Fitness and the Diploma of Fitness.
Rebecca has been working in the hospitality industry for 17 years in frontline service delivery as well as management roles. Rebecca has eight years of experience as a lecturer in hospitality. She holds a Diploma of Hospitality, Hospitality Certificate III (Food and Beverage) and (Commercial Cookery), Responsible Management of License Venues (RMLV), as well as a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. Rebecca’s passion for hospitality and food extends beyond the workplace. She has entered culinary competitions and has been awarded both gold and bronze awards from Salonculinaire and a silver medal in the Smithton Seafood Competition.
Rob has worked in the disability sector for more than 30 years. He has worked in both face-to-face roles supporting clients with high support needs in residential and community-based settings and in a variety of management roles for government and non-government organisations.
Rob originally trained as a Registered Mental Retardation Nurse at in Sydney and attained his Certificate IV in Training and Assessing. He recently completed his Diploma of Disability and Certificate IV in Frontline Management.
Rob is passionate about assisting others to learn and develop their skills and supporting people with a disability to achieve their goals and to lead a more inclusive life.
Robert is an award-winning author and editor of fiction and non-fiction, having published six books, over 100 stories and a stage play. His awards include The Black Dog Award and the Aurealis Award for best short science fiction story in Australia for 2011 and runner-up in the Pride of Australia medal for his work with new writers. He previously worked as a literary agent and publisher, producing 25 titles to date, and is currently working on the next title. Robert is a very dedicated trainer with Open Colleges, having worked with the organisation for over 12 years.
Robin is a graduate of the University of Westminster, (Mechanical Engineering) and is the current Editor at AFLOAT Publications since its inception in 1989. As a keen photographer and travel writer, Robin worked with the Australian College of Journalism for over 20 years before it became part of the Open Colleges Group.
Robyn has principally worked as a Veterinary Nurse and as a Receptionist for 23 years. She undertook the Veterinary Nursing Certificate with Tamworth TAFE while working at the South Tamworth Animal Hospital Referral practice. Robyn worked at the Coffs Harbour Veterinary Hospital, and the Koala Hospital, moving further to the mid-north coast to the Macksville Veterinary Clinic. Throughout her working life, Robyn has undertaken numerous correspondence courses related to various disciplines
A solicitor for five years, Roshan Alli has the ideal combination of legal and training experience for her role with Open Colleges.
During her legal career, Roshan specialised in property and family law, commercial litigation, and wills and probate. Over the past four years, she has gained considerable experience in teaching, developing and assessing legal services courses.
Roshan's experience is supported by a range of qualifications. In addition to a Bachelor of Law, she has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism).
Teaching and interacting with students brings Roshan immense satisfaction.
Sally is a counsellor with over 20 years’ experience in the field. A trained psychologist, she has completed qualifications in rehabilitation counselling, and holds a Master of Counselling.
During her career Sally has spent time specifically working with domestic violence victims, abuse victims and perpetrators, and survivors of torture and trauma.
Sanet started her career when she studied abroad for a Bachelor and Honors degrees in Social Work. She has extensive experience and skills in working with people in different fields. Her passion is working with people with disabilities. She has trained and supervised students from different cultures in their work placement here and abroad for the last 25 years.
Sanet is registered as a member with Australian Association of Social Workers, National Disability Services and Work cover. Sanet has received an Australian award for best customer/client services. Her aim is to continuously develop professionally and personally.
Sharon has over 20 years’ of experience in the accounting and audit world. She started her career in chartered accounting firms, and then moved into commerce where she worked for several telecommunication companies.
Sharon has also worked in education as a course facilitator and researcher, and looks forward to presenting a holistic view of accounting to her students.
Sophie has over 20 years of experience in the workforce within the retail, business, nursing, fashion and education industries. She has had a wonderful and enriching career within the Vocational Education and Training sector including industry training, assessing, lecturing, mentoring, eLearning facilitation, teaching and educational management. Sophie is passionate about her work and imparts a wealth of knowledge to her students. She holds a TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Diploma of Management as well as a Cert III in Business Sales.
Since graduating in physiotherapy in Sydney in 1978, Stephanie has worked in a range of physiotherapy areas throughout NSW, including respiratory medicine, sports medicine, paediatrics, musculoskeletal treatment, manual handling and aged care.
Stephanie began lecturing a year after she left college. She loves to teach and have someone "click on" to understand the concepts. Stephanie now continues to practise alongside training and assessing online.
Stephanie strives to see students fully understand each subject and become the best PTAs (physiotherapy assistants) they can be and is thrilled she can help people to achieve their dreams.
Sue has been a trainer and assessor for a number of educational colleges, and has 22 years’ teaching experience in the early childhood field as an early childhood educator. She has experience working as a child development officer, early childhood teacher and centre director. Her main passions for teaching are child development, early childhood language and literacy and behaviour management. Sue has also worked as an ECT at a number of childcare centres in Sydney.
Suellen has a broad range of experience in both auditing and accounting, including managing her own business and co-authoring two accounting text books in introductory accounting and financial accounting.
Suellen has been in education for over 30 years, working with students nationally and internationally. Currently, she is self-employed as Treasurer of her Body Corporate and is actively involved in the accounting process of her building management.
Susanna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Design) and has a strong love of the creative. With over 18 years of experience, Susanna has worked in publishing, web and studio environments. She has had the good fortune to work with a number of Australian music professionals, developing artwork for their album releases. Her skills and knowledge span corporate and retail design, to packaging, and publications for a range of industries. These include music, movies and entertainment, as well as the corporate and private sectors. In addition to her graphic design qualifications, Susanna holds a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and looks forward to working with her students to help develop their skills and encourage them on their path to creativity.
Tanya has many years of experience working in the airline industry through her role at World Aviation Systems. The organisation represents various airlines in Sydney including Air Tahiti Nui and Hawaiian Airlines. She has extensive knowledge of sales, marketing, reservations and the general business operations of an airline. Through her role at World Aviation she travelled extensively and gained knowledge on various destinations first hand. Tanya has been teaching in tourism for the past four years and holds a Diploma of Tourism, Certificate IV in Tourism, Certificate III and Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
Her love and passion for the health and wellbeing of animals has driven Tanya to educate herself and others to provide patients with paramount health and psychological care. Completing a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing pushed Tanya professionally and drove her to complete a Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care in 2011. She is privileged to have had 15 years in the industry, with 7 years spent in speciality services at two of Sydney’s leading hospitals.
Tegan Jones is a qualified mental health practitioner, counsellor and trainer, with a Bachelor of Counselling and Behavioural Science and a Master of Counselling.
Tegan has experience working in school counselling, the public health sector, and as a frontline support worker to individuals living with severe and persistent mental health issues.
Currently Tegan manages support programs in the non-government community mental health sector. Primarily she works with homeless young people and consumers who spend time in hospital related to their mental health.
As an educator, Tegan aims to help students begin their careers in the mental health sector with current, relevant knowledge and the work skills needed to help them excel at providing support to clients in the future.
Tony is an experienced Work Health and Safety professional with over 18 years of industrial and projects experience (engineering, construction and manufacturing), and demonstrated expertise in the implementation, auditing and compliance of HSEQ management systems; along with proficiency in Training and Assessment of Australian Adult Vocational Education. Tony is currently undertaking his masters of Occupational Health and Safety and a licensed Auditor. He is also a fellow Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and an associate member of the institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Tracey is an award-winning author of children’s books. She also writes as a crime-writing columnist and consultant, with the experience of having worked as a policewoman. In 2012 Tracey’s picture book ‘Nancy Bentley The First Australian Female Sailor’ was shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards 2012 and winner of the Australian Capital Territory Writing and Publishing Awards 2012. Tracey’s picture book ‘Max Meets a Monster’ featured on the BBC Television Program CBeebies in 2012 and was re-released in the USA in 2013. Tracey is a May Gibbs Literature Trust Fellow.
Tracey qualified as a podiatrist in 1998. Her career has spanned many areas of interest including lecturing podiatry students, holding executive positions with podiatry and foot related associations, and working in the public and private sector. Whilst Tracey covers all areas of podiatry practice, her particular focus is the foot in diabetes cases. Tracey recently completed an online Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes and has had several articles published in journals.
Venise Damaskos has experience in retail, business administration and teaching and has worked for high profile retailers including Grace Bros, Norman Ross and World 4 Kids. She developed her teaching skills at the Macarthur Business Training Centre before moving to TAFE as a teacher and workplace trainer/assessor. Venise holds a Certificate IV in Business Administration, as well as a Diploma in Retail Management and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Diploma in Vocational Education and Training and currently studying her Advanced Diploma of Management.
Victoria commenced her vet nursing career as a receptionist in an Eastern Suburbs clinic of Sydney where she became a veterinary nurse and covered medicine, surgery, grooming, practice management and animal attending. Prior to commencing at Open Colleges as a workplace assessor she was employed as an emergency and critical care nurse with a 24-hour specialist practice in Sydney and worked in emergency, dermatology, surgery, oncology, ophthalmology and medicine. She holds a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing and is a member of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia.
Wendy has worked in tertiary education in the VET sector for over 14 years teaching web design, animation and design. In between teaching she works on a freelance basis.
She is currently studying a Masters in Digital Media and has also studied web technologies, e-Learning, psychology and registered nursing.
Wendy enjoys working with people and is passionate about teaching (and learning).
With over 20 years of experience in the fashion Industry, Yvonne utilises her skills and knowledge to be an effective trainer and assessor. She excels at patternmaking, grading and garment construction. Yvonne has extensive experience in consulting to industry professionals, and taking a design from sketch to production. She works as a Freelance Patternmaker/Grader for many clients including major corporate wear labels, and small start up designer labels in Australia.
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