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Led by Jaye Richardson, CEO, the staff at Australian College, are a passionate group of professionals that work together for a common cause - your success.

From our IT staff, trainers and assessors, student services and administration staff, we pride ourselves in delivering the very best of customer service.

Jaye Richardson

Chief Executive Officer

Jaye is the CEO of the Australian College. An outstanding Manager and Leader in her field, Jaye was the former National Manager of the Fitness Institute Australia (FIA), for over 12 years until its sale in 2010.

Jaye's main focus and drive has always been product driven, specialising in offering the very best student service and quality education possible. Testament to this is that fact that Jaye was famous for her ability to actually know the first name of every student that enrolled in a course (over 30,000+), during her 12 years at FIA.

Since 2010, Jaye has completed a number of vocational education courses herself and as a former track and field athlete decided to re-ignite her passion for running, it was on one of her many runs that Jaye came upon the idea to purchase a small college that she could mould into her idea of a student friendly, quality education course provider, hence the new Australian College was born.

In a very short time, Jaye finds herself the CEO of an extremely busy college that provides several thousand students with a quality experience across 10 faculties and around 100 courses under the watchful eye of over 60 staff, encompassing administrators, tutors, trainers, lecturers, assessors, course developers and compliance officers.

Her main focus is being able to deliver the best quality education at a reasonable cost. In this respect Jaye has managed in only the last 12 months to have developed a completely new virtual online campus, learning management system, new website and online database.

All course materials are being brought up to date, the college has a fresh new look and new home, with many new specialist courses, such as: Dual qualifications, skill sets and an array of professional and personal development courses. Campus-based courses began in 2016 at the main Sydney campus, with plans well established for further campuses in Melbourne, Auckland and even Dubai.

Australian College Administration Staff

Cynthia Ng

Digital Designer and Marketing Officer

Cynthia graduated from a Bachelor of Design Computing from the University of Sydney in 2014. She has experience working with various marketing teams in the finance, property, and now education sector. She is enthusiastic, loves to laugh and has a passion for creating.

Cynthia is excited to join the Australian College team as a Digital Designer and Marketing Officer and is currently working on a number of projects, including the design of all written materials, ongoing improvement of the AC website and online learning platform (creatine). Cynthia is also responsible for all advertising and marketing campaigns via Google ads and SEO.

Brodie Richardson

Administration Officer

Pamela Stevens

Deputy Principal

Pamela has awards for her customer service and always places the student as her priority focus. Coupled with her extensive experience in training and assessing, education is viewed as the prized product. Pamela has worked in highly regulated industries, including; Insurance, Security and for the last ten years – Education and knows the value of only dealing ethically and honestly.

Pamela, as our Deputy Principal is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the compliance for our College and that our College welcomes and values a students enrolment and that the student is supported through their course. Pamela is also responsible for the vision and the implementation of the learning and teaching strategies for all faculties and is involved in all aspects of the College’s strategic plan.

Pamela is well known for her ability to exhibit the capacity to lead our college through change processes relating to learning and teaching and actively contribute to and engages in all Leadership Team responsibilities. Pamela also contributes significantly to the management of the day to day operations of the College and is in constant liaison with the various heads of faculty across the campus. Pamela is also in charge of maintaining a professional learning data base for all staff professional learning activities.

VET Education
Diploma of Training Design and Development, Diploma of Vocational Education and Training

Franky Tham

Information Technology Manager and Trainer

As the IT manager of Australian College, Franky oversees project management for all IT projects, develops project specifications, performs staff training, sets strategic plans to reach the milestones in line with the overall IT strategy. His extensive understanding of the role of IT in various facets of business operations and his expert knowledge in a range of IT products and services enables him to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the Australian College team through the use of various technological solutions.

His strong commitment to deliver the best quality IT systems for the benefits of all staff and students, and his innovative solutions to various IT issues have reshaped the role of IT at Australian College. This has resulted in the seamless integration between the IT systems and various aspects of daily activities of other departments in Australian College.

Franky has overseen a major upgrade of all hardware and software and has also launched a new Online Learning Management system, Student Management System and integrated web-based platform.

VET Education
ICT20115 Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology, TAESS00001 Assessor Skill Set

Academic Faculty

Dr Paul Batman PhD, MSc., BSc., Dip Ed., DipPhysEd

Director of Education

Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the vocational education sector as a business owner, lecturer and course developer. Originally Paul worked for many years as a Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sports Science and Physical Education at Universities throughout Australia, including UNSW and ACPE and is well recognised in the fitness industry having lectured to over 30,000+ prospective fitness trainers in a variety of settings.

Paul is widely known throughout the fitness industry as a "walking encyclopaedia" and the "father of fitness". Apart from co-authoring most of the fitness texts currently used by a host of other course providers, he has authored over 10 books and 100 magazine and journal articles. He has also presented at major international conferences in Australia, USA, Canada and the United Kingdom over the past 30 years.

After selling Australia’s pre-eminent fitness education provider the Fitness Institute Australia (FIA) in 2010, with his business partner Andrew Richardson, Paul has been extremely busy researching and developing a range of exciting new educational materials for a range of courses here at the Australian College.

Dr Batman's main current research interest is in: NEAT (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis). In recognition of his contribution to the fields of education, exercise science, health and fitness at the tertiary and VET level, Paul was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 by Fitness Network.

VET Education
SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30210 Certificate III in Fitness and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Andrew Richardson MExerSc (Strgth&Condt), MSpSc., BSpSc., AssDipAppSc., Olympian

Director of Education

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in the vocational education sector as a business owner, lecturer and course developer. Previously Andrew worked for many years as a National Coach/Team Manager and State Coaching Director for the sport of Judo. He has also worked as a sessional lecturer in Exercise Science at the UNSW and UWS and is a well-known, popular presenter in the fitness industry, having delivered both practical and theoretical presentations to over 30,000 fitness trainers in a variety of settings. He has also presented regularly at international conferences in both Australia, Asia and the United Kingdom.

A former athlete in the sport of Judo, his competition record is formidable, including; 7 x Australian Middle Weight (86kg) and 3 x Open Weight National Champion, Oceania Champion, Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist, Pacific Rim Silver medallist. Andrew competed in numerous European Opens, 3 x World Championships and the Olympic Games (L.A., 1984). Andrew represented Australia for over 13 years on the international stage. During this time he lived, studied and trained in many countries, including; Japan, South Korea, Austria, Germany and the UK.

After selling Australia’s pre-eminent fitness education provider the Fitness Institute Australia (FIA) in 2010, with his business partner Dr Paul Batman, Andrew has been extremely busy researching and developing online course materials and resources and has been integral in the development of the Australian College website, online learning platform (Creatine) and the online student database. His main research interest is: Resistance Training for various populations (Children and the Elderly).

VET Education
SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and BSB20115 Certificate II in Business

James Raftos

Lecturer and Trainer

James Raftos is an Elite Personal Trainer and Resistance Training Coach in Sydney's Eastern Suburb of Coogee. James works from the world famous Titan Fitness Coogee Beach. James is also a fitness lecturer at Australian College. James commenced his lecturing career in 2004 and has taught consistently to thousands of students to this present day.

With a long history in the fitness industry, James commencing his fitness career at age eleven in a gym called "Giles" at Coogee Beach as a general helper after school, he also commenced training with Taekwondo and he has acquired his third dan degree black belt. At the same time, he commenced Resistance Training and was working hard in the gym to gain strength and power to compliment his sport. James has not stopped training since. James's training also included Power-lifting, Gymnastics, and boxing. James possesses a diversity of physical attributes and his natural ability as presenter and entertainer gave him the tools to become a live action stuntman. In 2002 James performed over 250 live performances.

James studied his Fitness Courses Certificate III, IV and The Diploma of Fitness with the original; Fitness Institute Australia (FIA). With over 40 years of training and involvement in the health and fitness industry James comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience that he enjoys sharing all with students.

VET Education
SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Katie Turner B.App Economics and Marketing, AssDip Business Management

Lecturer and Trainer

After completing a degree in Economics and working in the corporate field for 2 years, Katie decided to pursue her love of health & fitness and made it her career.

Katie worked as a gym floor instructor with LivingWell Health clubs before opening her own Personal Training studio on the north shore of Sydney, which she owned and operated for 5 years. Alongside Personal Training, Katie delivered Group Fitness classes for a number of Fitness First and independent clubs.

In 2011 Katie decided to enable others on making wellness their career and has been a fitness lecturer for various organisations such as Fitness Institute Australia (FIA), even assisting in the development of a Diploma Fitness Business. Katie has also been the primary trainer for career partnerships, developing professional athletes into Personal Trainers post career e.g. Manly Sea Eagles, Penrith Panthers, Swimming NSW.

Katie launched Global Lip Service this year, an online platform similar to TripAdvisor but for the health and wellness sector! Katie is also busy delivering business workshops to those in the wellness sector.

VET Education
SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Anthony Turri B.Human Movement (Exercise Science), GradDipEd.

Lecturer, Trainer and Assessor

Anthony is an accredited Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Scientist, Remedial Massage Therapist, Senior Management Professional, and Entrepreneur. He is a highly respected lecturer in the fields of massage, business, and exercise science. He has a wealth of knowledge in the massage arena, having worked with numerous national teams, Olympians, professional athletes, business leaders and many stars of sport and entertainment.

Anthony has had the pleasure to work with and has employed a range of health professionals including; doctors, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, remedial massage therapists, personal trainers, coaches, naturopaths, and dieticians. He has also owned and operated a range of businesses and practices over the years, which have all influenced who he is today.

Some of his businesses include Turrific Health Services, which was the first-ever massage clinic in an Australian airport; The Healthcare Group - a national corporate healthcare organisation and multi-disciplinary practice; Multimedia Health, the creators of Chair Massage App; and his latest project – Biz 24/7; creators of Practice Manager 24/7 and Fit Biz 24/7; an online software program that provides all of the tools a health and fitness professional will need to start and run a successful business.

His vision, management, and directorship have lead to the birth, growth, and sale of a range of successful businesses.

VET Education
HLT50307 Diploma of Remedial Massage, SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness and TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Dana-Lee Mierowsky Bennett Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education

Trainer and Assessor

With a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from The University of New South Wales, along with a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Teaching By Distance Qualification, Dana-Lee has over ten years teaching experience across a range of New South Wales Primary and High Schools and tutoring numerous students privately and with Top of The Class Tutors.

Dana-Lee's experience as a trainer in Education Support has seen her work as an assessor at Open Colleges and The Open Training and Education Network.

Dana-Lee's work as a Screen and Media distance educator at The Open Training and Education Network has encompassed writing course materials, creatively leading course development, overseeing course writers, training and assessing.

Dana-Lee's work in film and television and award winning short films have led her to work as a face to face trainer and assessor, where she has written and delivered nationally accredited courses in directing, acting, production management and film production at North Sydney TAFE, Sydney Theatre School and Sydney Film School. Dana-Lee currently works for Teacher Training Australia, educating teachers how to make films.

VET Education
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Dr Mark Deaves Master of Osteopathy, Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy)

Lecturer

Attaining peak physical performance in sport, as well as life, with minimal intervention has always been a core focus for Mark. Before becoming a well regarded Osteopathic practitioners Mark served as a Navy Clearance Diver in the Australian Defence Forces, as well as a personal trainer, gym manager and lecturer in the fitness industry.

Mark’s extensive training as well as past experience enables him to achieve excellent results with his patients in reducing pain, postural correction, injury rehabilitation and prevention as well as improved biomechanics.

Mark has always had a passion for sport and exercise. He represented the Navy in Rugby, Pistol shooting and netball. Since his navy days he has competed in natural body building, triathlon and A grade road cycling. Currently Mark enjoys a mix of running, cycling and weight training between work and dad duties.

VET Education
Diploma of Exercise Science, Certificate III & IV in Fitness - Personal Trainer, Enterprise Trainer - Presenting Skill Set

Corey Green MExerSc (Strgth&Condt), BSc, Level 2 ASCA

Lecturer

Corey has been employed as a personal trainer since 2007, by 2011 he had started his own personal training/strength and conditioning business, being responsible for developing and designing resistance training and cardiovascular-based sessions and programs to a wide variety of populations.

Corey has since completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, which then lead him to complete a Master’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning in 2013. While undertaking his Master’s Degree, Corey ran a successful business, attained a position as an assistant strength coach at West Perth Football Club as well as at the Western Australian Institute of Sport dealing with junior international water polo players.

Part of Corey’s Bachelor of Science was undertaken abroad at the University of Calgary in Canada where he worked closely with winter Olympic sports and helped trained some of the nation’s best athletes, giving Corey a diverse exposure to both winter and summer sports along with experience at the Olympic level. He has also worked alongside some influential strength and conditioning coaches at Fremantle Football Club, Australia’s highest level of completion for Australian Rules football. Corey has recently completed his Enterprise Trainer/Presenter Skill Set.

VET Education
Certificate IV in Fitness - Personal Trainer, Enterprise Trainer - Presenting Skill Set

Simone Hayes

Practical Lecturer

Simone has run a successful business since 2006, offering outdoor group fitness classes at various bush, urban and beach locations, as well as individualised personal training. She has a Cert IV in Personal Training, is registered with Fitness Australia and has received the nationally accredited Statement of Attainment - Enterprise Trainer and Assessor Skill Set.

Simone has completed countless general industry courses as well as specialist courses on nutrition for exercise, training older adults, diet, and clinical exercise prescription. With a keen personal interest in trail running, endurance training and nutrition for competing, Simone is also an accredited Athletics Australia Level 2 Recreational Running Coach.

Simone provides her clients with comprehensive fitness and nutrition education, empowering them to see their health and fitness as a long term project - not a quick ‘fix’ venture. She encourages clients to get out of their comfort zones by trying new activities – and has always led by example.

Simone believes that training in groups encourages great community spirit, team work and enthusiasm, which leads to trying new things together, creating active lifestyles and friendships which aid in long term exercise adherence.

Simone has constructed, developed and marketed several innovative programs including an online running coaching business, a gourmet calorie controlled meal delivery service, a 10 week weight loss and exercise program, beginner and advanced runner’s clinics, runner’s workshops tailored to specific races, BeachFit and other regular programs.

Prior to starting in the fitness industry almost 10 years ago, Simone achieved significant success in sales and marketing roles, and has formal management and marketing qualifications. She brings a diverse skill set to lecturing, and is passionate about helping new trainers understand the complexity of personal training as well as the important business/marketing side of the industry - so they can achieve long term success in the industry.

VET Education
Certificate III and IV in Fitness and Enterprise Trainer/Presenter Skill Set.

Amy Lee Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, CPA Australia: "Fellow"

Trainer and Assessor

Amy holds an MBA from AGSM, a Fellow of CPA Australia and graduated at UNSW with Bachelor of Commerce (Merit). She was a Principal Consultant and Founder of two CPA Public Accounting Practices - Acting Management and Cohort Partners. Prior to that, she was the Commercial Director at Medacs Healthcare Group and Director of Finance, Asia Pacific with Odgers Berndtson.

In an executive capacity, Amy has over 15 years of qualified financial and management experience in strategies implementation, change management, due diligence, management and financial reporting, cash flow management, business development and business expansion especially in the Asia Pacific. She has successful track record in operational management in IT, HR and administration, by creating a productive environment and effective resource management to allow for growth.

Amy has a long history in teaching and very passionate in passing her skills and knowledge to the next generation. She is currently a Professional Year Trainer with Navitas Professional and a Sessional Lecturer at Curtin University and Macquarie University teaching Accounting and Business.

VET Education
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Lucy Mallia MA (Hons), BA (Hons) Human Movement, DipEd

National Education Manager

As our National Education Manager, Lucy is responsible for curriculum development, compliance management, communications planning and delivery and is the course coordinator for all campus based courses at the Sydney campus. Lucy has over 15 years in both the VET and Tertiary education sectors and is a highly respected teacher and lecturer in management, sport and exercise science.

Lucy’s passion for health and fitness began as an elite athlete, representing Wales in a number of sports. Her extensive sporting background, personal training and group exercise industry experiences, coupled with her postgraduate knowledge and teaching experience to instil self-empowerment and success in others and a highly professional teaching and learning style has seen Lucy win numerous awards for best teaching practice. In the fitness field Lucy specialises in teaching cardiac rehabilitation programmes, community and commercial fitness programs including; functional training, pre/post natal classes and Pilates. Lucy also takes customer-centric approach to education delivery and instilling the importance of health and fitness to all aspects of her student’s lives.

VET Education
TAE5011 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, TAE50211 Diploma of Training Design and Development, SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and SIS30210 Certificate III in Fitness

Alexandra Richardson BNursing (Clinical Hons)

Assessing/Tutoring/Mentoring Staff

Alex has been working in the fitness industry for over 7 years as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor while also working as an Operating Theatre Nurse in several hospitals across Sydney and Brisbane.

Alex developed a passion for teaching Pilates after completing Matwork, Reformer and Cadillac teacher training courses through Elixir Health Clubs and Studio Pilates International as well as numerous pre and post natal specialisation courses.

She currently utilises Pilates with a wide range of populations and has a particular interest in working with pre and post natal clients, athletes and those recovering from injury.

Alex is committed to ongoing professional development in order to keep up with the latest research and further develop her skills as a Pilate’s instructor and is currently undergoing a Certificate IV TAE course in order to teach and assess other Fitness Professionals.

VET Education
SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30210 Certificate III in Fitness and currently completing TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Advanced Pilates Instructor

James Wallace BSc (Sport and Exercise)

Lecturer

James has been the Director of Active Solutions exercise clinic since 2011. As the business evolved and additional services were being provided, he made the decision to open a new company, Return 2 Work, a multidisciplinary pain management and rehabilitation clinic specialising in Workers Compensation.

James is very keen on continuing education and has recently become accredited with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners to develop and deliver courses to Doctors.

James enjoys a variety of physical challenges. He has competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Power lifting and this year completed his first full marathon.

VET Education
SIS50201 Diploma of Fitness, HLT50307 Diploma of Remedial Massage, HLT40312 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice, SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness, SIS30210 Certificate III in Fitness, BSB40407 Certificate IV in Small Business Management, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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