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The Australian College Team

Meet the passionate people behind your College

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.

Australian College Administration Staff

Brodie Richardson

Administration Officer

Brodie has been a member of our administration team since 2014. She has completed 2 years of a Bachelor of Primary Education degree and is currently studying a Diploma of Childcare. Her passion lays in the marketing field, achieving a Bachelor of Communications & Media (majoring in Marketing & Advertising) in 2020.

Bachelor of Communication and Media (Marketing and Advertising)

Kira Tosswill

Administration Officer

Kira is at the heart of Australian Colleges Student Services team and provides a strong backbone to all the administrative staff. Kira’s wide knowledge base of Australian College Operations allows her to assist in the many varied queries that we receive on a daily basis. She is customer services-focused and enjoys helping our customers be the best they can be at all times.

TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Darcey Lord

Administration Officer

You only have to ring Australian College and you will likely get Darcey who is a part of our Student Services team. Her bright and bubbly personality makes her a big asset to Australian College as a first point of contact on the phones. She is an exceptional Customer Service operator and prides herself on delivering the best service to every customer she speaks to. Darcey delivers at 110% with an amazing calming nature.

Franky Tham

Information Technology Manager and Data Engineer

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.

Charissa Arzadon

Digital Design and Marketing Specialist

Charissa is the College marketing Guru. She has created wonderful new versions of our brochures which allow our students to a view into our college and courses. She enjoys writing blog posts and creating content for our website and various social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Instagram.

With over 10 years of work experience in the digital stratosphere, she has specialised in various web technologies and developed strategies to seamlessly implement B2B and B2C marketing campaigns. She started her career as an analyst and later on found her niche in digital design and marketing because of her passion in learning and applying effective techniques that combine graphic arts and technology in more meaningful ways.

Her ultimate goal is to be able to provide our current students as well as prospective clients the best possible end-user experience while utilising course materials in our online learning platform.

Certificate IV in Information Technology (Websites) ICA40305
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Academic Faculty

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 40,000 fitness/personal trainers in a variety of settings. He has also presented regularly at international conferences in 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 Judo Champion, Oceania Judo Champion, Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist, Pacific Rim Silver medallist (the first Australian male to achieve this). Andrew competed in numerous European Opens, 3 x World Championships and an Olympic Games (L.A., 1984) and was the sectional manager of the 1990 Commonwealth games team. Andrew represented Australia for over 15 years on the international stage and 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: Exercise Programming and Prescription for various populations (Children and the Elderly) and in 2014 completed his second Masters degree in Exercise Science.

VET Education
SIS50210 Diploma of Fitness
SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness
SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness
TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and has completed the upgrade unit TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools
BSB20115 Certificate II in Business

Deborah Wemenbu

Trainer and Assessor

Deborah has worked in early childhood for over 25 years in various roles including an itinerant support worker, room leader and director. She currently works as a Quality Practice Manager in early childhood for local government. She has a Bachelor of Teaching (Birth - 5 years) and a Master’s in environmental advocacy. She also works as a Trainer Assessor in early childhood and environmental education.

Deborah is passionate about the environment, especially incorporating sustainability in early childhood practices. Through her developing sustainable practices in early childhood centres Deborah’s ideologies have bounced onto the home front from her young enviro stars. This love which has led her to win sustainability in education awards.

Melissa Howarth

Trainer and Assessor

Melissa has been working in the Travel space for over 30 years, both as an educator and working as a retail travel consultant. She is a Member of AFTA and IATA and has been heavily involved in winning local business awards for 13 consecutive years. Melissa has a wealth of experience in the travel and tourism business and promotes her workplace in a way to ensure that they are a success from day one. She is an avid organiser of conferences and has been a part of a number of conferences over the years.

Melissa 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 Travel and Tourism arena as much as she does.

VET Education
SITTT010 Use a computerised reservation and operation system – Amadeus
TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
BSB61015 Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management
BSB50415 Diploma of Business Administration
TAELLN401A Address Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Skills
SIT60112 Advanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism

Ashraful Minhaz

Trainer and Assessor

As an Accounting specialist, Ashraful has a high attention to detail and skills in prioritizing and multitasking, which make him an exceptional assessor for our financial team. Ashraful has maintained a university level credential as well as a high level of vocational training to ensure he maintains the most current knowledge in his area of expertise.

Master of Professional Accounting
Master of Business Administration

VET Education
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116
Advanced Diploma Accounting
Diploma Accounting
Certificate IV Accounting and Bookkeeping
Advanced Diploma Leadership and Management
Diploma Early Childhood and Care

Lorraine Danos

Trainer and Assessor

Lorraine is part of our Finance faculty and has experience as a trainer and instructional designer. She has worked in the Finance industry for over 20 years including running her own business for some time. Lorraine is passionate about numbers and has developed modules for previous accounting courses as well as creating whole courses in previous years. As a long term self-employed professional Loraine provides tutoring, course development and maintains currency through maintaining her own accounting records.

VET Education
Diploma of Accounting
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110 and has completed the upgrade unit TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools

Aaron Hansen

Trainer and Assessor

Aaron has close to 20 years’ experience in both the education and information technology industries with significant experience for the management, development and delivery of educational-based qualifications in the VET sector, and the associated information technology systems to support these.

While knowledgeable across all sectors of the information technology industry, he specialises in commercial web design and learning management system development for the education industry which combines both his passions – education and information technology.

Diploma of Accounting
Diploma of Training Design and Development TAE50216
Diploma of Business Programming
Certificate of Java Programming
Certificate of eCommerce Application Development

Nathan Denner

Trainer and Assessor

Nathan has 18 years experience in the Transport & Logistics industry and over 12 years as a trainer. While working in various warehousing roles, he has gained extensive knowledge of industry best practice specifically in FMCG.

TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and has completed the upgrade unit TAEASS502 Design and Develop Assessment Tools
TLI31610 Certificate III in Warehousing Operations
TLI41810 Certificate IV in Warehousing Operations
LF Forklift Licence

Chanae Skeggs

Trainer and Assessor

Chanae is our resident fitness guru. She’s been in the fitness industry for over 10 years transforming the lives and helping many people achieve their fitness goals. She runs her own successful personal training business, specialising in weight loss, muscle building, preparing for competition and, improving general fitness through one on on training and group fitness sessions. She is very passionate in helping people gain confidence to become personal trainers and building one of the most rewarding careers. Her experience and knowledge in the fitness industry works well alongside the college as an assessor for our online Certificate III in Fitness and Certificate IV in Fitness.

Certificate III & IV in Fitness
TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Fabio Macey

Trainer and Assessor

Fabio is proven & accomplished events professional with 25 years experience in the event, fundraising, marketing & education industries having successfully worked for a number of organisations in a variety of roles including:
- Event Director - Event Consultant - Event Producer
- Event Manager - Event Teacher - Show Caller
- Event Lecturer - Exam Writer - Online Trainer & Assessor

During this time, Fabio has been fortunate to have been involved in the planning and delivery of many types of events including Gala, Fundraising, Corporate, Sporting, Concert, Conference, Festival, Exhibition & Award to name just a few.

In his various roles within the vocational education sector, Fabio has been responsible for face to face & on-line delivery, training & assessing, course development, writing of course materials and compliance. Fabio is dedicated to improving the events industry through education of the next generation of event professionals.

VET Qualification
TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Bryony Ventor

Trainer and Assessor

Bryony has 11 years of experience working in business, accounting and human resources management within the tourism sector, and continues to manage her own family business in Queensland. Over the last 9 years, Bryony has been the traineeship manager of around 400 dive professionals, including marketing, recruitment, selection, induction, mentoring and professional development. She was also a small business manager responsible for a team of around 25 staff. Bryony has a passion for helping driven individuals achieve their work and study goals.

Bryony spent 4 years as Lead Vocational Teacher of business and finance at TAFE QLD. Throughout this role she was responsible for delivery and management of the learning process for Certificate III and IV Business and Business Administration, including all finance electives.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Business Studies & Tourism

VET Qualifications
TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
BSB50618 Diploma of Human Resource Management
Certificate IV Accounting
Certificate IV business Administration

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