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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

Sandy Ulrich

Compliance and Audit Specialist

Sandy is an RTO’s compliance and audit specialist. She works closely with industry representatives from the Education sector to develop programs to suit training needs. Sandys strength comes through her unique ability to use her business experiences to understand the knowledge and skills her participants need to increase their performance and productivity.

Working in the education sector for the past 15 years and in the banking industry before that has given Sandy immense experience in both the education and business areas. In her compliance role at Australian College. Sandy ensures that we comply with all legal requirements as well as internal policies.

Master of Business Administration (Educational Leadership)
Bachelor Applied Management
Bachelor Computer Science, HR and IR

VET Education
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 40116
Diploma Project Management

Brodie Richardson

Administration Officer

Brodie is a member of our administration team whose passion lays in the marketing field. Brodie can often be the source of much humour at Australian College perfectly balancing the ideology of work and play. With her fun nature Brodie fits perfectly into the admin department at Australian College.

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.

Liz Bates

Administration Officer

Liz is a positive, vibrant and diligent member of our successful administration team.

She often indulges the team with her outstanding range of facts and knowledge of a variety of subjects.

She is passionate about giving back to the community, regularly volunteering her time with the local rotary club. This giving nature drew her to Australian College where she excels in assisting students with any situation and enjoys ensuring our students are getting the best out of their courses. She can be found enjoying her time with her dog Rex, working out at the gym or listening to true crime podcasts. Highly motivated, Liz’s willingness to learn and professional yet friendly nature is a perfect match for Australian College.

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

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
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

Rob Devereux MPhys., MSc (ExSc & Nutrition), BA (Sports Studies)


Rob was raised in Hong Kong and has worked in the fitness industry his entire adult life, both in Asia and Australia. His sporting achievements were primarily centred on swimming and he competed at an international level throughout his school years which helped foster his interest in Exercise Science. His continual thirst for knowledge led Rob to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Sports Studies, a Master's degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science and most recently a Master's degree in Physiotherapy.

Rob's professional achievements include being solely responsible for developing and implementing the fitness training curriculum for a large chain of gyms in Asia during his tenure with the company from 1998 – 2007. He was also the first person in Hong Kong to develop a comprehensive personal trainer course in 1994, preparing students to sit the American Council on Exercise, Personal Trainer exam.

His commitment to education led to him being honoured with the AsiaFit “Asian Fitness Professional of the Year” award in Nov 2002 for his outstanding contributions to the Asian fitness industry. Subsequently he became a highly sought after presenter at international fitness conventions and corporate health events and wrote numerous articles for regional press on exercise and health related topics.

Outside of education, Rob has been involved in the set-up of more than 30 gyms in Asia and Australia and is still contracted to project manage gym set-ups in both regions.

Currently, Rob is a practicing physiotherapist, personal trainer and massage therapist.

VET Education
SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness, SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, Certificate IV Massage, Certificate IV in Teaching and Education, Certificate IV in Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Kevin Troeger BHMSc (ExSc)


In 25 years Kevin, has been involved in nearly every aspect of the Fitness Industry which has developed into a deep passion for training and educating people to achieve their goals.

A keen swimmer in his younger years competing at Metropolitan, State & National titles. Staring at a black line for 11 sessions per week and constantly smelling of chlorine caused him to move away from the pool and focus on his biggest sporting passions -Basketball and Martial Arts.

At 19, he suffered a serious lower back injury that incapacitated him for almost a year and was unable to walk, sit or lie down for extended periods without excruciating, debilitating pain. Osteopathy helped him on the road to recovery and highlighted the importance of good posture, correct strength training & flexibility.

His journey into correct postural alignment & functional efficiency began and this has been an ongoing area of focus & development for the past 23 years.

Kevin has now run his Personal Training business for almost 20 years. He was contracted to supervise the SOCOG training facility, trained Olympians and several celebrities in the entertainment industry, but takes most pride in having assisted people achieve their health & fitness goals, including rehabilitation from injury.

A Martial Arts practitioner since his early teens, Kevin has trained in many different styles but has been practising Wing Chun Kung Fu for over 16 years.

For over 12 years as a lecturer in Fitness, Kevin has helped thousands of people gain the skills & knowledge needed to become certified and successful Personal Trainer.

VET Education
SRS30306 Certificate III in Sports Coaching, SRS40206 Certificate IV in Sport Coaching, TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, TAELLN401A Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills

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


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


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.

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)


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

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.

Wendy Winton

Trainer and Assessor

Wendy has over 25 years of experience in secondary and vocational education. She describes herself as a ‘facilitator of learning’ and enjoys working with anyone motivated to improve their capacity and competence.

Her work in developing new vocational pathways for secondary students, in mentoring pre-service teachers and in providing professional development opportunities across a range of industries exemplify her interest in the value of learning at all ages and stages of life.

Wendy has led a team managing a large Registered Training Organisation, coordinated professional learning and leadership development and enjoyed creating learning opportunities in a range of disciplines.

Her love of the written word – whether in high quality business correspondence, in non-fiction publications or fiction genre – has led to opportunities to edit a range of non-fiction work currently in the marketplace.

Master of Education (Educational Leadership)
Bachelor of Education (Vocational Education)
Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training

VET Education
Diploma in Quality Auditing BSB51615
Cert II in Business BSB20115
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
Diploma of Business Administration

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

Ebony Wake

Trainer and Assessor

Ebony has worked in the VET sector for 7 years and has a passion for providing quality training and ensuring that students have a fantastic learning experience.

She has taken on many roles and through this has gained a thorough understanding of the VET sector and most importantly the significance of student satisfaction and company compliance.

She is a very knowledgeable in the principles of assessment and rules of assessment, demonstrates quality teaching both in the classroom, online and on-site delivery.

Ebony has been involved on many projects both within our department and at an institute level and she enjoys working in the education industry within a team environment and also working on her own to achieve set tasks timelines. She is a passionate educator and an advocate for lifelong learning.

VET Education
Diploma of Training Design and Development TAE50211
Diploma of Vocational Education and Training TAE50111
Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB51915
Diploma of Business BSB50215
Diploma of Business Administration BSB50415

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 + Upgrade

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