Anna Hannouche is the Education Manager for the School of Childhood Education 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 and Early Childhood setting.
Robert has been with Open Colleges for 5 years, he has come from a Fitness industry background and had completed his studies in Sports Coaching and Business Administration. Roberts’ career pathway at Open Colleges saw him move from a trainer/Course Coordinator to a Program Manager in Fitness. Gathering years of experience working in a niche role he was given the opportunity to expand and apply his knowledge of Vocational Education and Training to the Health & Community Services programs. Robert’s goal is to ensure students are provided the best quality experience in the Health & Community Services courses.
Ruchi Makkar is the Education Manager for the School of Business. She has come from an Accounting Industry background and had completed her master's in Finance. Ruchi is a driven and passionate individual with over 10 years of professional experience in Vocational, Education and Training (VET) Sector. She has taught online courses for several years and appreciate the challenges many online students face. Ruchi is passionate about students and their learning outcomes. She believes that there is nothing better than seeing students both grow and succeed from our training.
Amanda has been a Veterinary Nursing and Animal Studies Trainer/Assessor at Open Colleges for the last five years.
With over 15 years’ experience as a Veterinary Nurse, Amanda also manages her own Grooming Salon. She enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with students, supporting them throughout their stages of enrolment & work placement.
She holds a Diploma in Emergency & Critical Care (Veterinary Nursing) & is a member of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia.
Angela has worked in an Early Childhood Education and Care setting since 2009. Working with a variety of age groups from birth to 5 years, as well as before and after school care.She has completed her Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, holding the positions of room leader, authorised supervisor, nominated supervisor as well as second in command. Angela gained her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2018- as a way to educate, support and share her passion with the next generation of Early Childhood Educators.
Catherine Tumelty has been working in the Digital Marketing space for over 6 years, both in her former marketing role with a National Fitness Company as well as setting up and running many small online businesses of her own. She has a wealth of experience in setting up new businesses and promoting them in a way to ensure that they are a success from day one.
Catherine’s career has spanned many industries including HR, Hospitality, Education and Business Management. Catherine loves to combine her passion for education and the digital space by sharing her knowledge and experience with her students to ensure that they enjoy the Marketing industry as much as she does.
Charmaine has worked in early childhood education and care settings for 10 years with children from aged 0-5 years. Whilst working as an Early Childhood Teacher, she completed a Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 years).
Charmaine also gained a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to allow her to share her passion for early childhood education and care with others.
Claire has been a Trainer/Assessor at Open Colleges for 3 years. Prior to this, she spent 17 years as a Childcare Educator in many different roles. She has specialised in Family Day Care, and sustainability – running a successful Family Day Care business for over 6 years. Claire completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment online with Open Colleges and understands the pressures of juggling family, full time work and online study. Claire is a passionate advocate for Family Day Care and is looking forward to sharing her experience and knowledge with students.
Claire began her career in Education in 2002 by working as a volunteer tutor with adult Literacy and Numeracy students, igniting a passion and a quest for deeper understanding. This led to completion of studies in Education Support and then a Bachelor of Learning Management with a specialisation in Early Childhood. Since 2008, Claire has worked as a Teacher in both Primary and Secondary Education including Early Childhood Development Programs and delivering VET programs in schools. Claire has completed a Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling) and has a passion for inclusive education and supporting students and families who have recently arrived in Australia.
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.
Debra has been involved in the Early Childhood Education and Care in various forms for more than 20 years. She has completed her Nursing Diploma and begun her career as a Mothercraft Nurse, caring for babies, toddlers and young children.
Debra then took a position as a School Services Officer before she moved on to working as a Fieldworker for Family Day Care for 4 years. During this time she completed a Diploma in Children’s Services with TAFESA and a degree in Children’s Services with Charles Darwin University.
An opportunity arose to work with TAFESA where she remained until December 2019, having been with them for almost 20 years. Debra is a passionate trainer and assessor and has worked across Certificate III and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
Dorina has almost 20 years experience as a dental assistant, working in busy private clinics in the Perth area. Professional but sympathetic approach when providing dental care to her patients, Dorina is passionate about educating everyone on the importance of oral hygiene. She is devoted to remaining up to date on the latest dental techniques to provide the highest level of patient care possible. Having such a solid background in dentistry she felt compelled to pursue the teaching career, sharing her extensive knowledge with her students. In the last 5 years, Dorina was training both face to face and online dental assistant courses for a couple of RTO-s around the country and feels excited to pass the baton to the next generation of future dental nurses.
Eliana has over 25 years of experience within the Early Childhood Education industry. She has successfully undertaken senior roles within Long-Day Childcare Centres and in Out of School Hours Care services, having served in Directorial roles for some 15 years.
Eliana is passionate about the industry and equally so about helping students reach their potential, whether they be an Early Childhood student or someone who is interested in becoming a part of the next generation of Early Childhood Education Professionals.
Ellena has over 15 years' experience in the beauty and cosmetic industry, which started after achieving a Diploma of Beauty Therapy, working in salons, cosmetic clinics, running her own beauty business (specialising in brow-shaping, nails and tanning), supervising work placement students, as well as lecturing experience. Ellena is motivated by helping others to feel better about themselves, being able to pass on her knowledge to students (and seeing them develop and enhance their confidence and skills), and being part of an industry that is continuing to grow and allow therapists to have flexible work arrangements.
Her favourite treatments to teach includes stone therapy massage, nail treatments, brow shaping, lash treatments (including extensions), and tanning.
Erika has worked in the education industry for over 15 years in a wide range of areas including early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling. She has taught in both remote and metropolitan schools, even teaching abroad for several years.
Erika holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
Over the past 10 years Erika has worked in the VET sector both in the classroom and online. She enjoys sharing her industry knowledge and experiences with students.
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.
MD Faridul Islam is the trainer and assessor of Digital Design and Graphic Design. He has been teaching at Open Colleges since April 2018. MD has more than 10 years’ experience in the design industry, including seven years of teaching design in VET. MD has obtained several qualifications from a range of design courses, including; Masters in Digital Design, Graduate Certificate in Design, CIV in Graphic Design, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Screen, and Media and Diploma of Multimedia.
MD has solid industry experience in graphic and digital technology-based designs. His areas of expertise are – logo design, illustration, web design, 3D design, UI/UX, branding and identity, digital design including game development. As a designer, MD believes there is no end of learning. Design is his passion. As a trainer, he learns every day and loves to share his skills among keen design cohorts.
George is a qualified Horticulturist who has gained practical experience working in retail nurseries, residential/commercial gardening as well as completing a 4-year Parks & Gardens apprenticeship with the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney.
Passionate about Horticulture & sharing his knowledge, George completed the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment before joining the Open Colleges team.
George continues to work in Horticulture Parks & Gardens and operates his own Horticultural business.
Georgina has over 25 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education.
Throughout her years, she has occupied a variety of roles, including University Supervisor, owner/operator of her own early childhood service and teaching the Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood with Open Colleges over the last 5 years.
As a tertiary qualified Early Childhood Educator, she is committed to delivering a high-quality service for children, families and staff. Her passions include inclusivity – particularly working with children with additional needs, and mentoring others about the value of the early years for young children.
Holly is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with close to 20 years’ experience in business administration, account management, marketing and print. She has also been working within the education and training industry since 2013, 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, Diploma of Social Media Marketing, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Certificate III in Printing & Graphic Arts.
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.
Jodie began her career as a Personal Care Assistant, working in numerous nursing homes, before becoming an Enrolled Nurse. While she enjoyed working in the surgical and medical side of nursing, Jodie’s goal was to teach students and return to the aged care sector.
As technology has evolved, Jodie has focused more on online education. As she herself is currently studying online, she understands the trials, tribulations, occasional frustrations, and great outcomes that can be achieved. Jodie has also taught in classrooms for the past 10 years and watched the aged care industry change for the better.
Katherine worked in tourism for 17 years and has extensive experience across many sectors of the industry including reservations, business development, operations, product and general management. She has also been in management roles for the last 12 years working in both the tourism sector, financial planning and currently she is working in the education sector. As a General Manager of a small travel company, Client Service Manager in Finance, and as Registrar in her current role, Katherine has extensive experience in leading successful teams, supporting the businesses in Human Resource services, working in contract management, performance management, training and development and ensuring high levels of customer service are delivered to a range of stakeholders. Katherine is passionate about supporting the teams in which we works and enjoys watching her colleagues grow in their roles.
Prior to joining Open Colleges, Katherine also held a position as a Tourism Trainer and Assessor where she was responsible for delivering face-to-face learning to international students.
Katherine has a Diploma in Tourism and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Kimberly has over 11 years’ experience in training and assessment in tertiary and vocational education and training institutes. She has also run her own public accounting and tax practice for over two years, after 10 years of working in tax and accounting field. Kimberly holds a Masters of Business Administration majoring in Professional Accounting and is a Certified Professional Accountant with a passion for teaching.
Kristie has over 10 years’ experience working in salons and day spas combined. She is a highly trained therapist and is motivated by her love for the business. She moved into Education where she can pass on her knowledge to students.
As a trainer Kristie is approachable and patient which makes her classroom and online environment a fun place to relax and learn treatments. She believes Beauty is an ever-evolving industry that will never go out of fashion, and it is important to teach rising therapists or technicians, new and innovative techniques. Tanning, waxing, facials and body massage are Kristie’s favourite treatments to teach and perform in the salon.
Linda has worked in the Vocational Education and Training and Counselling industry for the past 18 years, where she has worked as a TAFE teacher, Trainer & Assessor, and a Counsellor. Along with her Bachelor of Adult Education and Diploma of Counselling, she has comprehensive experience in training and counselling students through academic and personal challenges, to motivate and empower them to achieve their goals.
Linda runs her own private counselling practice with a special interest in working with people experiencing trauma, grief, loss and relationship issues. Currently, Linda is completing her Master of Counselling with majors in Trauma and Relationships.
Maryanne is a registered Occupational Therapist, with over 30 years’ experience. She has worked in many settings, including hospitals, outpatient departments, schools and community programs.
She now works as a private practitioner as well as an educator. Maryanne contributes to the undergraduate Occupational Therapy program at the University of Newcastle. She is also a Problem Based Learning Facilitator with the School of Medicine.
An experienced Trainer and Assessor, Maryanne enjoys her role as an Assessor with Open Colleges.
Mathew has almost 30 years’ experience in education teaching a plethora of subjects from primary school to university and back again. In all he would have taught well over 150 different subjects in range of courses and programs. Over time, Mathew has developed levels of expertise in mainstream, indigenous and online education, having taught in government and non-government institutions across three states. He has held leadership positions of Assistant Principal and Acting Principal, Leading Vocational Teacher and Executive Teacher 2. Mathew holds a range of qualifications that include a master’s degree in Indigenous studies, a graduate diploma of education, an undergraduate degree, a diploma and several certificates including qualifications in training and assessing.
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.
Michelle is a Social Media Marketing Guru with over 10 years’ experience in Social Media Management, Digital Marketing and Online Communications. She also has a strong background in digital engagement, content creation and creative design. Michelle currently works across a range of industries including sports fitness, not-for-profit, travel, professional services, industrial, construction, agriculture and chemistry.
Michelle completed a Diploma of Social Media Marketing, a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) and holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
Michelle has worked as a Registered Nurse for over 25 years and specialises in the field of Aged Care. Michelle has also worked as a Director of Nursing for part of her career.
After numerous years in industry Michelle decided to follow her other passion, education. She obtained her training qualifications, TAE and has been training students for most of the last 5 years.
Michelle loves working with students and wants to see students reach their full potential to be industry ready and obtain employment from their study.
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.
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 worked in management accounting, training and educational product development roles over the last 8 years. She has provided bookkeeping and management accounting services to small to medium size businesses and developed and audited VET learning material and assessments.
Further to Rebecca’s accounting and vocational and education experience, she holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Diploma of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting.
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.
Rosalie Pellew has over 30 years' experience in customer engagement; workplace training and assessment; facilitating adult education; leading and coaching customer contact teams; and supporting on-line learning students.
Rosalie’s experience spans various industries from retail and telecommunication to food production. Rosalie has been in vocational education for the past 10 years.
Pursuing her passion for adult education, Rosalie refocused into student services to assist students through their learning journey. She holds a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Diplomas in Teaching, Adult Education, Leadership & Management and Business Administration.
Rosan Lal has worked in the Community Services sector for over 20 years. His experience includes working with international and local volunteers and students in numerous developing countries and has developed many innovative community services projects. In addition, Rosan has worked in the Disability sector. He holds a Diploma of Community Services, Diploma of Business and Leadership, Certificate IV Training and Assessment and is completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Project Management.
Currently Rosan is a Director of ACATA Australia, a not-for profit organisation that partners with Australian colleges and universities to deliver effective community services projects focusing on social development and change.
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.
Sarah is a Photographer and Creative Content Producer. With over 10 years’ experience in design education and over 15 years’ experience with still and moving image creation and production, she enjoys being challenged with new projects, collaborating with other creatives and pushing herself to learn new skills in order to further develop and enrich both her creative and teaching practice.
For the past 10 years, Sarah has led a team of training specialists. She has also curated, exhibited and produced shows for key industry and cultural events, such Parramatta Laneways Festival and Head On Photo Festival.
Sarah holds a Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication, majoring in Photography and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Sarah has passionately worked in the training and assessment sector for almost 10 years, specialising in adult education for international students, new migrants and refugees. She holds a double degree in Bachelor of Arts (Social & Community Studies) and a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition). She presently delivers programs in the South Australian community as a Learning and Development Consultant, focusing on supporting individuals working through mental ill-health experiences and their recovery.
Sarah also works for ACATA Trust Fiji, as their Senior Community Health Education Officer (Nutritionist). Sarah has experience teaching around the world and has recently returned from living and volunteering in Fiji with the Australian Red Cross for some time.
Currently CEO of an international training organisation, Simon has almost 15 years of leadership and management experience in the vocational education sector. This includes all levels of operations and management, within regulated learning environments. Specialising in team leadership, quality, compliance and governance as well as the facilitation of training and assessment.
Simon holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (specialising in leading and managing people) from Southern Cross University. His experience includes leading teams of education professionals to achieve business success. This includes leading the development of accredited training materials and assessment tools, project management and risk assessment, the development and implementation of policy frameworks and managing the facilitation of accredited and non-accredited training programs to domestic and international students.
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.
Suzanne has been in the beauty and spa industry for over 20 years and brings a strong knowledge in both Beauty and Spa operation and Beauty Therapy Education. She has extensive experience which includes working with leading skincare brands and living and working in Australia’s luxury resort and spa destinations.
Suzanne holds both national and international beauty therapy qualifications including ITEC Diploma of Beauty Specialist, ITEC Diploma of Microdermabrasion, CIDESCO Diploma of Beauty, CIDESCO Diploma of Spa and SIB50110 Diploma of Beauty Therapy.
Suzanne loves to draw on her industry experience and has a strong passion for setting a high standard for successful beauty and spa graduates.
Tanya has many years of experience working in the Airline Industry through her role at World Aviation Systems who represent various airlines here in Sydney (Air Tahiti Nui and Hawaiian Airlines to name a few). 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 Certificate III and Diploma of Tourism for the past 10 years to pass on her passion/knowledge for the Tourism Industry to her students. Recently Tanya has received her Certificate IV in Business Administration to supplement her current role as Operations Manager of a financial planning firm. While still consulting with the travel industry she has been in the financial Industry for the past 5 years developing relevant policies/procedures and complying with regulatory practices.
Tanya’s qualifications are Diploma of Tourism, Certificate IV in Tourism, Certificate III in Tourism , Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and Certificate IV in Business Administration.
Tricia has been involved in the childcare industry for the past 29 years and has extensive experience working in a range of different early childhood education and care settings including Long Day Care, both private and corporate, as a Director and Approved Provider, Family Day Care as support Coordinator and Early Childhood consultant and OOSH/OSHC services as a Coordinator and Compliance Officer and more recently as a Regional manager.
Passionate about sharing her knowledge, skills and abilities, Tricia has spent the past 12 years, fulfilling roles with Tafe and other RTO’s, to support students studying Certificate III and the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, in both SA and NSW. Tricia holds an Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, Certificate III in Education Support and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
With nearly 30 years’ experience in the residential building industry, Vince started his career working as a scheduler for one of the top builders of his time. As his career progressed he worked for some of Western Australia’s premier builders in estimating, supervising and management roles until he established his own business.
Initially starting out in residential homes and renovations he was able to become a registered builder in 2005. At this point he changed direction to focus on unit developments and grew his business by creating a strong team of up to 10 people. Vince believes in leading from the front to develop high achieving teams to drive a business to success.
Having gathered a wealth of knowledge in a variety of roles in the building industry, Vince has now chosen to pass on that knowledge to others to help them develop their careers in the industry.
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).
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