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Presenters

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ASQA Representative/s

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ASQA Representative/s

Amanda Buchanan

Consultant

Amanda has a passion for creating innovative business and management solutions, specialising in business process management, business systems, and managing compliance standards within the VET and Further Education sector. Amanda has extensive experience in streamlining complex and often outdated processes and systems, usually in the conversion of manual processes into digital systems fit for purpose.     

During her 11 years in the sector, Amand has had a variety of roles, including VET Admin, Claiming, Lodgement, AVETMISS Reporting, Compliance, and more recently, working with an AVETMISS software provide to help RTO implement a new system or undertake new projects.

Amanda Buchanan

Angela Connell

CEO, Vivacity Coaching & Consulting

Angela has been working in the training industry for over 20 years in the capacity of Training Coordinator, Trainer/Assessor, RTO Manager and CEO. During that time, she has owned and operated two of her own successful RTOs, this is where Angela first gained first-hand experience in effectively navigating the complexities of balancing RTO compliance with business success.     

As the CEO of Vivacity Coaching & Consulting, which has been servicing the training industry since 2009, Angela provides innovative tools and comprehensive on-going support to ensure that not only will a Training Organisation be deemed compliant but will also thrive within the industry. 

Angela Connell

Angela McGregor

RTO/Compliance Manager

Angela McGregor is the owner and principal consultant of RTO Consulting who has been offering consulting services throughout Australia. RTO Consulting was also established to provide guidance, coaching and assistance to businesses wanting to become a RTO, existing RTOs and businesses wanting to develop nationally accredited courses.

Angela has successfully set up her own RTO in January 2003, which she successfully sold in July of 2012.

As a practitioner dedicated to sharing knowledge, Angela has consulted through many forums pertaining to compliance issues and improvement strategies for training and assessment services. Angela is known for her current industry, knowledge and success in developing accredited courses and track record in setting up RTOs and assisting RTOs with compliance against the VET Quality Framework.

Angela holds a number of qualifications including; Diploma of Quality Auditing, Diploma of VET Registration and Management, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Training and Assessment and Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing.

Angela McGregor

Carol Hunter

Consultant

Carol Hunter has spent over twenty years working in both operational and strategic roles in VET.  She is the Principal of RTO Services and Consulting.  She has held positions as Director Training Quality and Regulation, Department of Education and Training ; Manager, Audit Services, Training Quality and Regulation, Department of Education and Training (Queensland); Manager, Training Secretariat to Training and Employment Recognition Council and Training Employment Board ; Faculty Director Logan TAFE  and various other VET positions in apprenticeships, curriculum, teaching etc.

Carol has used her experience in assisting a range of stakeholders develop contextually appropriate best practice applications and solutions in a variety of VET domains. She has also worked in operational roles in both public and private RTOs, in policy and curriculum development; and as a secondary school teacher.



Carol Hunter

 

Chris Green

Founder and CEO, c2cglobal Pty Ltd

Chris Green is the Founder and CEO of c2cglobal Pty Ltd, which he started 20 plus years ago. In that time c2cglobal has moved from a general commercial fit out company to a highly specialist consulting firm delivering 9b and building compliance specifically to the Education Sector.    After focusing on providing fit outs to the education sector, it soon became clear that the education sector is unique in it’s building compliance requirements. It also became clear that unless you have an in-depth understanding of all the restrictions and timing issues imposed by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and other education regulators (ASQA, TEQSA), it is almost impossible to effectively deliver solutions to the problems facing education providers.    So c2cglobal’s philosophy was to move from a “generalist” fit out company to a “specialist” consulting firm with the ability to identify key problems for one specific industry, Education, and provide very real solutions to very real problems that add massive value to clients.

Chris Green

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Damian Noud

Team Leader, MrWED

As a former Principal and Director of Studies at QLD and NSW RTOs, Damian Noud joined MRWED Training and Assessment in 2003. Damian has held a wide range of MRWED positions and has won the hotly contested MRWED Trainer of the Year Award twice. His current position as Team Leader of the Learner Success Team has Damian focused upon the development of MRWED's training and assessment resources and support services to students. 

Damian has also managed the development of MRWED’s online and webinar programs. Damian’s passion is helping people build their skills and confidence in online presenting. As host of the Webinar Skills Podcast, available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio, Damian interviews the world’s leading webinar experts and presents best practice approaches for delivering engaging webinars. When he isn’t training people Damian applies the adult learning principles to training dogs.

Damian Noud

David Jepsen

Founder and Principal of RTO Accountants

With over 25 years’ experience as a practicing CA, David is the Founder and Principal of RTO Accountants. David started his career at KPMG, moving onto mid tier accounting firms and commercial roles with Citigroup, Zurich, CBA and others in Sydney and London before setting up an accounting practice in 2001. Offering commercial and realistic advice, David believes the foundation for business success is built upon strong, trusted and lasting client partnerships.    

David is commercially minded and works collaboratively with clients to develop strategies and solutions for complex business challenges. Having worked in accounting firms as well as public and private businesses, David has a breadth of experience in accounting, taxation, business advisory, financial control and CFO roles, ensuring his clients receive top-level, expert advice.  With extensive experience working with RTO’s and training businesses, David has been heavily involved in advising and negotiating the sale of training businesses including two in the last year and one into a listed vehicle.

David Jepsen

Emma Siebuhr

National Training Manager, Fortress Learning

As the National Training Manager at Fortress Learning RTO, Emma enjoys the challenges that this multi - faceted role brings to each working day.

From maintaining and managing compliance across the organisation through the Compliance Framework , to managing a team of dedicated and expert Trainers and Assessors, Emma always strives to turn each communication into a model for teaching others.

Emma Siebuhr

Eric Frangenheim

Director, Rodin Educational Consultancy

Eric started teaching in 1970 in Zimbabwe and later in South Africa and Queensland. He has held the positions of Head of Department, Deputy Principal, and coordinated programs for Gifted and Talented students for seven years.   In December 1995, Eric became an independent education consultant and is the Director of Rodin Educational Consultancy. 

He has presented several thousand  workshops on thinking skills and better learner engagement in schools all over Australia and New Zealand. Eric has also presented in PNG, The Republic of Nauru, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, the USA, South Africa, Indonesia and India.      

His books, Reflections on Classroom Thinking Strategies (11th Ed. with over 35000 copies sold), Cartoon Conversations and Thinking Tools Templates are all aimed at promoting the use of thinking and learning strategies in classrooms and in professional development workshops in schools, the workplace and in the corporate world. Eric has been a member of Toastmasters and the National Speakers Association of Australia where he held the CSP designation.

Eric Frangenheim

Greg O'Connor

Educational Technology Manager, Texthelp AsiaPac Team

Greg has been actively involved in supporting learners across all levels of education for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, consultant, regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education, and technology coach. 

He is currently the Educational Technology Manager for the Texthelp AsiaPac Team, supporting diverse learners using literacy and numeracy inclusive technology tools across the region.

Greg O'Connor

Jane Goodfellow

Principal Lecturer, North Metropolitan TAFE

Jane Goodfellow has worked as a VET trainer for 23 years and is a Principal Lecturer at North Metropolitan TAFE in Perth, WA. 

After completing a Master in Education in Inclusion Jane's focus turned to increasing the participation of students with disability and diverse learning needs in VET. 

Jane seeks out innovative and alternative training methods to ensure her student's success including applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning.  Jane won the Australian VET Teacher/Trainer Training Awards in 2017 and has since enjoyed presenting at conferences all over Australia. 

Jane Goodfellow

Jen Cousins & Darlene McLennan

Principal Lecturer in Community Services & Health, TAFE SA & National Disability Coordination Officer, Northern Tasmania

Jen Cousins has extensive experience and qualifications as a developmental educator, disability advocate, and as a VET practitioner in the Disability and Community Services sector. Jen has been a Lecturer in the Community Services and Health Program in TAFE SA since 2005 and was Principal Lecturer from 2009 -2012 and National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) for the Adelaide Metropolitan Region from 2012 – 2016. Jen holds a Masters of Adult, Vocational and Workplace Education, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies - Honours) and is currently the Principal Lecturer in Community Services and Health – Individual Support and Allied Health at TAFE SA. Jen has extensive personal experience as a carer of family members with disability and is very passionate about creating accessible and inclusive communities.

Darlene McLennan is the National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) for Northern Tasmania a position she has held for over 13 years.  Darlene begun working in the disability sector in 1986, she has held a range of positions in the Health and Community services in Victoria and Tasmania.  She manages the website the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET). The website provides information, advice and resources to disability practitioners, academics, teachers and students on inclusive practices within the post-secondary education sector. Darlene has completed post graduate studies in Careers Education and Development at RMIT and holds a Masters of Business at the University of Tasmania.

Jen Cousins & Darlene McLennan

John Blake

Industry Trainer, Education Training and Support, Box Hill Institute

With nearly 20 years in education, John brings a unique industry skill set combining EAL, Foundation Skills, Hospitality, and Training & Education delivery. He has taught in 15 countries to a cross-dimension of learners of all ages from primary school to retirees, low-literacy to PhD participants in a variety of RTOs and businesses.     

John is passionate about the opportunity he has to inspire teachers and trainers to go beyond their PowerPoint and build meaningful relationships to enhance the workforce with quality graduates. As teachers get excited in class, they often take good ideas back in to their own classes and practice and re-invigorate their educational approaches. His greatest compliment from a participant (a teacher) whose student asked why had their classes become so much more interesting and enjoyable that year!     

With his own company, and while working for both large and private RTOs, universities and dozens of organisations and industry groups enhancing training, John is both guilty and proud of re-inventing vocational education, creative delivery approaches, contextualising assessments for specific industry needs and making a difference for the transformation of learners.  

John Blake

John Dwyer

Consultant

John Dwyer is a trainer and consultant with experience in education spanning more than 60 years. He brings extensive Registered Training Organisation (RTO) experience to Velg Training, having a comprehensive history in developing and delivering a range of workshops on assessment, compliance, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), moderation and validation processes relating to AQTF/VQF compliance. 

John Dwyer

John Price

Consultant

John Price has been an educator and trainer for over 40 years and in that time has worked as a Head of Department at TAFE, mentor, facilitator of national workshops covering delivery and assessment, risk management, auditing, leadership and interpersonal skill development.

John has been a keynote speaker at conventions and conferences, and maintained a grass roots level approach to dealing with people at all levels of the organisation.

He has also assisted over 300 organisations in Australia to achieve quality certification to the range of National Training Standards including: Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations (versions 2012 and 2015); Australian Quality Training Framework standards (AQTF from 2001 – 2010) Australian and International ISO9001 standards (AS/NZS and ISO from 1987 – 2008) and worked with these organisations in establishing continuous improvement systems and strategies.

John Price

Jonathon Tanner

CoFounder & CEO, Social Media College

Jonathon Tanner is the CoFounder & CEO of Social Media College, Australia's leading educator and trainer for social media.  He co-authored the Diploma of Social Media Marketing, the world's first and only Australian Government recognised course in social media marketing, delivered by 25 leave colleges and TAFEs across Australia, and articulating into several Bachelor programs at leading Australian Universities.  

His deep expertise in social media spans content marketing, social media strategy, 15 different social media networks, paid social advertising, personal branding, email marketing and social media conversion. Jonathon has also co-founded several other businesses, as well as spending 12 years a management consultant specialising in mergers & acquisitions for private equity firms, growth strategy and operational improvement. Jonathon holds a combined Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

Jonathon Tanner

Keith Abraham

Motivational Speaker

Industries across the globe turn to Keith Abraham for inspiration, insights and ideas on how to not only set goals— but how to achieve them—to bring out the best in their people, their leaders and their business.

Keith Abraham is the global authority on goal achievement and the creator of the GoalDriver™ Formula. A formula designed to accurately determine what energises and engages each individual, driving them to achieve the unimaginable, unreachable and unattainable.

With over 22 years as a professional speaker, delivering to over 340 clients in 29 different countries, Keith Abraham has been the recipient of multiple awards throughout his career. In 1999, Keith became a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), putting him in the top 7% of professional speakers worldwide. He has experienced great success in Australia and in 2002 he received the highest award given to a Professional Speaker—the Nevin Award. In 2012 he was named Keynote Speaker of the Year. Adding to his already impressive CV, Keith is the bestselling author of five books, published in 12 languages, covering the areas of passion, goal achievement, customer loyalty and focus. As a regular contributor to publications and a frequent guest on business media and podcasts, Keith’s expertise and authority on the subjects of goal setting, goal achievement, goal centric-cultures and goal alignment is recognised globally. Keith is passionate about the work he does.

Keith has learnt through his career of being on stages worldwide, is that to have the biggest impact on conference attendees, it is so much more than just turning up and presenting. Keith embodies his work and has become the real life, living example. Delivering an exceptional learning experience and inspirational presentation, attendees want to implement the ideas and insights immediately into their life and business role.

Keith creates a seamless experience from the moment you book him, to the professional preparation time he takes getting to understand your business—all leading to attendees who are more engaged in a highly interactive and industry-relevant presentation. Keith leaves the audiences with resources to put what they have learnt into practice. Adding value to the learning experience for your people is Keith’s number-one priority. That’s why you’ll see that your standard conference investment includes so much more.

Keith Abraham

Kerri Buttery

Director, VETNexus

Kerri Buttery has worked in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector for two decades as a Trainer/Assessor, RTO Manager and also as a Senior Lead Auditor for the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Kerri has worked as a consultant for a range of organisations in the areas of establishing Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), conducting internal audits, consulting on VQF compliance, developing accredited courses, convening conferences and events, developing training and assessment materials, conducting professional development workshops and delivering Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

As the former Director of Content and Strategy for Velg Training, Kerri has extensive experience in providing advice and assistance to Registered Training Organisations in managing compliance,developing assessments and delivering training in line with the VET Quality Framework.  She also specialises in eLearning consulting, with a particular focus on the Canvas LMS by Instructure.

Kerri now provides professional development services on everything related to VQF compliance for an RTO through webinars, face-to-face workshops (public and on-demand) as well as presenting at conferences and other events.

Kerri Buttery

Lauren Hollows

Managing Director and Owner, Understand TAE

Lauren Hollows is the Managing Director and Owner of Understand TAE, a consultancy which is focused on professional development for trainer and assessors as well as mentoring for RTO Managers and CEOs. A regular presenter at Velg Training's National VET Conferences as well as various other events, Lauren is passionate about helping RTOs and VET Practitioners reignite their passion for industry and use practical science and emerging technologies to better manage their businesses, work roles and classes.   

Lauren is known for her unique style of delivery, drawing audiences in through games, active reflection and lots of interactive dialogue. 

Lauren Hollows

Laurie Kelly

Senior Consultant, Brain Friendly Training Pty Ltd

Laurie Kelly (Senior Consultant - Brain Friendly Training Pty Ltd) speaks both nationally and internationally on current knowledge of how the learning brain works to maximize the impact of teaching, and to create an openness factor in our approach to change and new learning.

With over 30 years experience as a National and International consultant, he has a reputation for having an uncanny ability to communicate on a level that everyone can appreciate and is passionate about the importance of the information he shares. Laurie's experience in improving brain engagement and thinking skills is vast - he is one of the most sought-after presenters in his field.

He preaches and practices the principles of Brain Friendly Training in all his work, so expect the ‘talk to be walked’. Have fun and enjoy the experience.

Laurie Kelly

Maciek Fibrich

Director and Principal Consultant, RTO Consultancy

For almost 20 years, Maciek Fibrich has been challenging the status-quo in the VET sector, often pushing the limits to achieve unexpected outcomes for RTOs. 

Some will also argue that disruption is part of Maciek’s DNA, but the reality is, Maciek is truly passionate about ensuring quality within the VET sector and working out ways to use technology to push quality, yet ensuring it never impacts on the human nature of training and assessment. 

Maciek commenced his VET journey in 1999 when he started his first RTO with his mother, and since then, he has seen the industry morph many times. He has enjoyed the many challenges faced due to the never-ending changes, but has never lost sight of the industries main focus, educating our students.

Maciek Fibrich

Marc Miles

Training & Assessment Consultant

Having taught in adult education for over 10 years in the areas of Training and Assessment – both at Certificate IV and Diploma level, as well as in leadership and management, Marc has become well known for his interactive engaging delivery style.

His driving passion is helping people become the best trainers they can be and is always focused on helping people ‘Speak and Train to be Remembered’. He has taught the TAE course over 90 times to over 2,500 students throughout Australia and absolutely loves empowering people in all areas of learning, teaching and life management. 

He has taught at prestigious universities like Bond University and has worked in Japan for over six years in learning and development and managing English schools in Tokyo. His unique experience as a public speaking coach, life coach and sales coach means that he brings a very strong practical element to the training environment and students go away with brand new perspectives and insights on themselves and the learning process. 

Marc Miles

Marc Ratcliffe

CEO/RTO Owner

Marc Ratcliffe is a multi-award-winning trainer, author and education entrepreneur. He is the CEO and founder of MRWED Training and Assessment, a private RTO that specialises in Trainer Training. He is a strong advocate for "edu-tainment" and believes that learner involvement and fun are integral to student success.  He has delivered over 300 training and assessment courses since 2000 and continues to be an in-demand conference speaker and workshop facilitator, having presented at more than 50 conferences in a dozen countries in the past decade and was recently named as the winner of the “Best Training and Development Leadership” Award for 2017 at the World Training and Development Congress in Mumbai.

Marc Ratcliffe

Mark Long

Director VETfair

Mark has a wealth of experience with the auditing requirements of RTO’s. Over the years, Mark has assisted many Colleges across a number of industry sectors meet compliance. In addition, he has been an external auditor for the Vocational Education and Accreditation Board(VETAB). In those years, Mark conducted initial and re-registration audits across all disciplines in the VET sector.

Mark is one of the few consultants in VET who is officially registered with an international body. As a certified auditor, Mark maintains a professional standard which is monitored by Exemplar Global. This assurance reinforces his reputation as a practicing specialist where his record to date is the achievement of total compliance.

Mark Long

Matthew Dale & Glenn Campbell

CEO, Audit Express and Executive Director & CEO, DeakinCo

Matthew Dale is the Chief Operations Officer of Audit Express, Matthew is passionate about Australian training and education, specialising in organisational development, knowledge management, quality, compliance and internal audit. He has been a vocal and energetic campaigner for policy change and the reduction of regulation and red tape in the VET sector. Matthew was previously a senior policy advisor to the Victorian Minister for Skills and Training, and also publishes regularly on the topic of regulation and industry best practice. Matthew is a graduate of Monash University with his studies focussed on Adult Learning and Development, he has previously worked as an RTO Manager, and Compliance Manager for both an industry focussed not-for-profit organisation and a large national RTO which operated in all states and territories.

Glenn Campbell is the Executive Director & CEO of DeakinCo. – the corporate education division of Deakin University. DeakinCo. assists organisations and their people navigate new possibilities. DeakinCo. has led the innovation of outcome-based credentials based on what individuals learn at work, with assessment mapped to international qualifications frameworks.

Glenn has worked for governments and education providers since the mid-1990's; with career breaks in the private sector. He has created success for businesses by approaching each workplace differently, and using his skills and knowledge to improve businesses, positioning them for better performance.

He has worked as a senior executive, internal consultant and change agent in roles with a primary focus on strategy, customer service, public policy and corporate services. His time in senior leadership roles has brought wider exposure to the Asia-Pacific region.

Glenn has held various board appointments related to his work and currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Victorian Government’s Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group.

Glenn holds qualifications in business, organisational change and consulting at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a career member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Matthew Dale & Glenn Campbell

Matthew Dale & Kevin Ekendahl

CEO, Audit Express and Managing Director, Audit Express

Matthew Dale is the Chief Operations Officer of Audit Express, Matthew is passionate about Australian training and education, specialising in organisational development, knowledge management, quality, compliance and internal audit. He has been a vocal and energetic campaigner for policy change and the reduction of regulation and red tape in the VET sector. Matthew was previously a senior policy advisor to the Victorian Minister for Skills and Training, and also publishes regularly on the topic of regulation and industry best practice. Matthew is a graduate of Monash University with his studies focussed on Adult Learning and Development, he has previously worked as an RTO Manager, and Compliance Manager for both an industry focussed not-for-profit organisation and a large national RTO which operated in all states and territories.

Kevin Ekendahl is the Managing Director of Audit Express, Kevin is passionate about Australian training and education, specialising in the provision of quality training, compliance consulting and internal audit. He has been a vocal and energetic campaigner for the reduction of regulation and red tape in the VET sector, and frequently provides advice to Ministers and Departments at state and Commonwealth levels. Kevin was previously a board member of the Victorian Board of the Medical Board of Australia and also publishes regularly on the topic of regulation and industry best practice. Prior to his work with Audit Express, he was the General Manager of Social Enterprises for a not-for-profit organisation and he also worked in the advertising sector in print and radio.

Matthew Dale & Kevin Ekendahl

Michael Hartman

CEO, Skills Impact

Michael has been involved in work-based adult education, learning and vocational education for over 30 years. 18 of these have been in CEO roles, leading the development of industry skills standards and qualifications as well as skill solutions for industry. He has led an industry-wide Innovation Skills Program to support enterprises grow and evolve their skills in the ever-present challenging economic environment. Michael has held a number of roles in the education and training sectors and bases his leadership on a wide knowledge of workplace learning, education and training which supports him to engage and add value with both industry and VET sector stakeholders. Michael holds a Diploma of Management (Community Services), Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment, Corporate Governance Qualifications, Innovation for Leaders Skill Set and trade qualifications.

Michael Hartman

Michelle Charlton

Vocational Education & Training Consultant, Specialised VET Services, Write On Resources

Michelle is an experienced VET practitioner who first entered workplace training in 1993. Since then, she has worked in and out of the VET sector for a variety of organisations, in a number of capacities. Michelle’s work experience and vocational qualifications include those in business operations, leadership and management, project management, retail skills, and training and education.  

Additionally, Michelle has experience owning and operating award-winning businesses, so she understands the complexities of employing others, growing a business, and driving a culture of continuous improvement and quality customer service.  Michelle currently works as a resource developer and industry consultant.

Michelle Charlton

Nick McEwan Hall

CoFounder, AVETMESS

An experienced RTO professional, Nick has worked in roles from trainer to RTO Manager, in both the not-for-profit sector and commercially oriented RTOs. 

It is fair to say that Nick attained his leadership experience by 'rising through the ranks' and he now manages a multidiscipline team of approximately 50 people to deliver quality strategic business outcomes for his RTO. He also consults to the RTO industry. Passionate about quality, practical and people focused leadership, Nick's also an Accredited DISC Advanced Consultant and Facilitator.

Nick McEwan Hall

Rachel Leigh Taylor

VET Professional

Rachel Leigh Taylor has more than 20 years’ experience teaching, designing, managing and quality auditing in the VET sector in Australia and abroad. Rachel has a passion for using student data to inform educational reform, and assess the quality of VET service provision.  With a background in second language education, Rachel has a strong focus on simplifying educational resources for ease of use and promoting professional development for trainers in how to adapt their practises to enhance learning and assessment outcomes.  

As an avid VET practitioner who regularly provides professional development webinars and training workshops across state/territory and national platforms, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table in discussing VET issues and directions for the professionalisation and promotion of VET as the underpinning educational sector for career and vocational outcomes both nationally and internationally.

Rachel Leigh Taylor

Scott Huntley

Instructional Designer

Kenneth Scott Huntley (please call him Scott) is an Instructional Designer for the Student Management System Program Project at TAFE NSW. He has been a teacher of web design in the past and has previously worked as a consultant and trainer for an LMS services company, specialising in Moodle. 

Scott also consultants and trains people in the use of the WordPress content management system, and has been known to tinker with Internet-of-Things microcontroller boards. Scott is interested in exploring where we can take education and training in the future with exciting new technologies enabling us to truly think outside the box.

Scott Huntley

Serryn O'Regan

General Counsel, Evolve College

Serryn O'Regan is General Counsel at Evolve College, with 25 years' experience in law and business.  A very senior lawyer, and a former Senior Associate at Allens, Serryn has managed legal deals worth up to A$2.4 Billion, and has also been Director of the Worldwide Program at an international charity based in Washington DC where she coordinated 10,000 groups across 190 countries and forged and coordinated a partnership with the United Nations.     

Serryn O'Regan has significant experience in leadership, organisational change, and regulatory affairs. She has extensive experience in excelling in a heavily regulated environment and has a knack for making the 'have-to's' simple, enabling space for an organisation to truly excel in what it is there to bring.     

Serryn is a seasoned public presenter, having presented to crowds of up to 30,000 in China and Japan as well as delivering presentations to VET audiences on the regulatory framework in VET, and the true meaning of quality in the sector, including a co-presentation of a Q&A session with the ASQA Chief Commissioner Mark Paterson.  Serryn has been a senior in-house legal counsel in 3 regulatory industries and brings an absoluteness and impeccable integrity together with a real passion for education. 

Serryn O'Regan

Sharon Ferrier

Owner, Persuasive Presentations

Sharon has a knack for making the complex simple. She believes that ‘passionate people persuade’ and that to make your message stick, you need to balance information with delivery style. Sharon’s background is in sales and marketing and along the way has studied business administration, marketing, management, journalism as well as more eclectic skills including comedy, improvisation and the art of persuasion.  

As an award winning speaker and salesperson Sharon uses her skills to help people become persuasive and influential speakers. She works with individuals and organisations from a diverse range of industries across Australia and overseas.

Sharon Ferrier

Tamara Simon

Speaker, Author and Coach for RTOs

Tamara Simon is The Business Specialist for RTOs who is driven by curiosity, change and simplicity.

As a Speaker, Author and Coach, Tamara helps Registered Training Organisations solve problems and find untapped opportunities so they can implement simple systems which save time and money whilst maintaining compliance.

With over 20 years experience in VET and business management including CEO of Queensland’s Forest Industries ITAB (FITAB), Tamara’s mantra to RTOs is “if you don’t like compliance and don’t like change, then don’t work for an RTO or be one”.

Tamara has written the first business book specifically for RTOs:  The Five Little RTO Pigs – Helping Registered Training Organisations build simple, profitable and compliant RTO businesses which uses the analogy of The Three Little Pigs Fairytale to show how RTO businesses are built, but there’s 2 others: The Reno and The Rundown.

Tamara has also launched Australia’s only ‘Managing an RTO’ RRR Webinar PD program.  By providing RTO CEOs and RTO Managers with practical and simple tools to Refocus Re-Energise and Rebuild (RRR), they are able to get CLEAR on their Business, People and Systems.

Tamara’s leadership and management expertise was recognised as a Finalist in the Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards and AIM’s Excellence Awards; and she received QITC’s ‘Leadership in VET’ Award.

Tamara Simon

Toby Jones

Commercial Director, Learning Vault

Toby Jones has a love and passion for both teaching and emerging technologies which has led him to spend the last 10 years in the education and tech sectors of the UK and Australia. Despite this, he still speaks in completely plain English (Queens English) with no buzz words, abbreviations or jargon.    

Toby likes nothing more than being on stage to share ideas, hear from others and most of all talk about complicated things in terms that everyone can understand. Toby fully believes that anyone can learn anything if they have the right teacher. 

Toby Jones

Tony Kirton

Senior Instructional Designer and Facilitator at Engage Learning and Development

Tony Kirton is an instructional designer and workshop facilitator with more than ten years’ experience in learning and development. Founder and senior designer at resource design consultancy Engage Learning and Development (formerly DES Learning), which contracts to the public and private sector, Tony develops traditional learning programs as well as e-learning using Articulate Storyline. Tony has extensive experience in the application of learning design theory, having designed many training programs and hundreds of assessment resources.

Tony’s recent instructional projects include major programs for:

  • NSW Health - A six-module e-learning program for frontline managers
  • SafeWork NSW - Update of General Construction Induction (White Card) assessment materials and redesign of the five-day Health and Safety Representative Training, both mandated for use by SafeWork NSW
  • Australasia International School - Designing learning tools for Diplomas of Leadership and Management and Project Management, specifically for students with English as a second language.

Known for his engaging and evidence-based approach to workplace learning, Tony also facilitates training and assessment with some of Australia’s leading training providers including the Australian Institute of Management, NSW Health and SafeWork NSW.

Continuing to extend his expertise and keep up-to-date with the latest practices in learning and development, Tony recently completed a four-month leadership program with the University of Michigan.

He is currently completing an Instructional Design and Technology MicroMasters program with the University of Maryland (USA).

In addition to his current studies, some of Tony’s existing qualifications include:

  • Master of Business and Commerce with a specialisation in Human Resources (Distinction)
  • Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
  • Diploma of Training Design and Development
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment

Tony Kirton

Wendy Walker & Alex Haughton

Director of the VET Stakeholder and Channel Management, DET & Partnerships & Brand Manager, Worldskills Australia

Ms Wendy Walker is the Director of the VET Stakeholder and Channel Management Section for the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. This section is responsible for the national promotion of VET, including the Australian Training Awards, the UNESCO recognised Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Program and the Australian VET Alumni, and real skills for real careers.

Alex passionately leads the development of partnerships and the brand while championing young Australians in skills and trades excellence at WorldSkills Australia. Alex brings a wealth of knowledge from solution selling, event strategy and brand awareness through strengthening relationships. Through her work at WorldSkills Australia, she is determined to give VET the voice it deserves and show the world how important skills are.


Wendy Walker & Alex Haughton

William Stubley

Co-Founder, Year13

Co-Founder of Year13, Australia's largest digital platform for high school leavers, Will Stubley is passionate about industry's role in the transitional period from high-school. Utilising his engineering background, Will is responsible for research, digital product development and strategy. 

In 2016 he directed the development of a strategy for the Australian Government's Department of Employment regarding effective communication with young people and is part of the Department of Education and Training's 'Real Skills for Real Careers' initiative to promote VET in Australia. He regularly speaks at events about youth employment issues, and authored Year13's research series 'After the ATAR'.

William Stubley

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