Chisholm is structured so as to encourage innovative and responsive leadership from within, and across all levels. Teaching and administration areas are organised in centres under the responsibility of directors. Managers of departments meet regularly and report to their centre directors. Regular Chisholm Directors Group meetings ensure free and timely sharing of information and to monitor progress and developments.
Maria Peters, BA, DipEd, Grad Dip TESOL was appointed CEO and Director of Chisholm in April 2010. Maria has had extensive experience in education both locally and internationally and has significant experience in educational leadership and planning. She has held a range of management positions before becoming the Chisholm Director of the School of Social Sciences in 2001. She was appointed to the newly created position of Deputy CEO and Executive Director Programs in 2008. Maria has experience of delivery over a range of industry sectors and is involved in a diverse network of organisations and committees.
Educational Leadership & Student Experience
With over 20 years senior management experience in both the secondary and vocational education sectors, Peter Harrison is ideally suited to his Deputy CEO and Executive Director Educational Leadership & Student Experience. He takes responsibility primarily for the quality of teaching and the student journey, from enrolment to graduation, across the Institute’s three teaching centres, including the Berwick Technical Education Centre and the Institute’s two regional campuses at Bass Coast and Mornington Peninsula.
Executive Director Human, Health & Business Services
Malcolm Macpherson BSc, G DIp Recreation, G Dip Ed joined Chisholm in 2007 as Manager of Manufacturing Engineering and Logistics and in 2008 moved to the role of Director of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies. Malcolm’s early career was in a variety of roles in industrial chemistry and community-based recreation management. Malcolm managed a diverse portfolio of teaching centres during his 20 years at Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE and has developed specialist expertise and interest in work based training programs for industrial clients. A commitment to the professional skilling of VET staff was enhanced by two secondments to the TAFE Development Centre.
Executive Director Engineering, Technology & Trades
AFAIM, M Ed Admin, M Prof St, Grad Dip Ed, BA, Dip Trg Dev
Andrew has enjoyed a career as a leader in education and training in industry, government and the Victorian TAFE system. He has worked as the training and development manager at Tooheys, Lion Nathan; a commissioned officer within the Australian Regular Army; and held management positions at East Gippsland Institute of TAFE and Box Hill Institute before joining Chisholm Institute in June 2008.
Andrew’s career has seen him involved in implementing the education and training strategies within change management initiatives across industrial, military and educational settings.
Executive Director Youth, Pathways & Regional Education
Leanne worked extensively in the Hair and Beauty industry before commencing her career with Chisholm in 1988, as a teacher in the Hair and Beauty department. In 1995, Leanne was appointed to the position of department manager and since 2001 also managed the sport and recreation program area. In 2008 Leanne was appointed as Director of the Centre for Services & Arts Industries, a new Centre for Chisholm, which brings hospitality, food processing, arts, hair and beauty under one Centre. Leanne has a particular interest in working with industry and has wide experience in providing training and consultancy to a diverse range of industry sectors.
Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer Institute Operations
Grant Radford, BCom, CPA, joined Chisholm as the Director Corporate Services in April 2008. Grant has over 10 years experience in finance and infrastructure. Grant has held a number of positions in Australia's Defence Force which included assisting with the development and management of the Defence Material Organisation's statutory financial statements, monthly budget analysis and audit coordination. Grant has also operated as a senior manager with Victoria's Department of Education and Training where he played a major role in the implementation of the 2006 Skill Statement - Maintaining the Advantage. Immediately prior to joining Chisholm Grant held a senior advisor position with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.