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    Chisholm Institute is Victoria’s premier public vocational education and training provider, prominently placed across Melbourne’s south east manufacturing heartland and residential growth corridors.

    Chisholm has been structured  to encourage innovative and responsive leadership from within and across all levels. Teaching and professional business areas are organised in business groups under the responsibility of directors.

    Maria Peters


    Maria Peters has been CEO of Chisholm since 2010. Maria has extensive experience in vocational education and training at a state, national and international level, having held a wide range of management, leadership and governance roles.

    Maria’s high regard within the broader VET sector has led to significant educational innovation within the sector, aimed at improving participation and ensuring strong student and industry outcomes. In addition, she has led key innovation at Chisholm in higher education, programs for youth and online delivery.

    Maria has participated in government committees at both state and national level, including aged care, the automotive industry, vocational and higher education policy development.

    Maria has been at the forefront of effective organisational change and management in the TAFE sector. Her commitment to industry has seen the development of specialist centres in partnership with industry to meet employment and community need in areas of engineering, manufacturing, health and the trades.

    Paul Goudie

    Executive Director Human, Health & Business Services

    Paul joined Chisholm in 2013 and was previously Head of School at Victoria University where a focus on student experience, innovation, improved operational efficiency, and execution led to significant growth.  He has a strong interest in academic governance and performance improvement and has been an active Board Member on the University of Ballarat and Victoria University Academic Boards and the Regional Adult Council of Community and Further Education. Paul holds a Bachelor of Business (Monash), Master of Business Administration (Macquarie) and a Master of Education (Victoria). He also holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (RMIT), a Diploma of Vocational Education and Teaching (Ballarat) and is an accredited DiSC Behavioural Assessment System trainer.

    Andrew Kong

    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.

    Leanne Jenkins

    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 bringing together hospitality, food processing, arts, hair and beauty together. 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.

    Grant Radford

    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.

    Amanda Achterberg

    Executive Director, Teaching and Learning

    Amanda joined Chisholm in 2015. Prior to joining Chisholm, Amanda was the Director of Vocational Education and Training (Quality) at Victoria University, where she held a number of key leadership roles focused on learning and teaching innovation and quality. She has worked across all of the education sectors and has a passion for building staff capability in facilitated learning, innovative course design and development and collaborative learning space development and utilization. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science - Physical Education (RMIT), a Graduate Certificate in Vocational Education and Training (Victoria University) and a Masters of Education – Vocational Education and Training (Victoria University). 

    Deborah Rulach

    Executive Director,  Business Growth and Client Engagement

    Deborah joined Chisholm in 2014. Prior to joining Chisholm, Deborah was the Manager of Victorian Operations for Careers Australia where she was responsible for overseeing client relationships and growing the business through strategic integrated marketing, client relations and sound financial management. Deborah has vast experience in driving commercial growth across the private vocational education and training sector and has sound knowledge of the Australian apprenticeship market. She is passionate about enhancing the provision of customer service and building strong commercial opportunities through partnerships with industry. 

    Theo Teeder

    General Manager, Chisholm Online

    Theo joined Chisholm in 2014, with a track record of building online education and publishing businesses from the ground up, predominantly with an international focus. Recent roles have focused on start-up organizations and bringing a structured and sustainable growth model within ASPAC and Australia / New Zealand markets. Theo has been involved in the training sector for over 15 years with the majority of this time focused on online education and technology-enabled delivery.

    Theo holds BA (Hons) from Trinity College, Dublin and Master of Business Administration (Open University).

    Helen McNamara

    Executive Director,  Corporate Planning & Institute Governance

    Helen worked in the schools sector, both in Victoria and in Canada, before joining TAFE on her return to Australia in 1982.

    She has extensive experience in teaching, and has taught students in programs as diverse as engineering and pre-vocational horticulture. She also has considerable experience in curriculum development and accreditation, flexible learning and educational evaluation of national programs, as well as managing a large commercial teaching department.

    In 1994, Helen chose to become a strategic planner and joined Chisholm in 2002 to establish the Strategic Planning Department. Helen brings her combined strategic and operational experience to the role of Corporate Planning & Institute Governance.

    Stephen Varty

    Executive Director, Education Innovation

    Stephen Varty joined Chisholm in 2015 and was previously the Director of Innovation and Engagement at Victoria University.

    Stephen has held a number of senior managerial leadership positions across the VET and HE sectors both in the UK and Australia. His passion is education and strives towards educational excellence, through the implementation of innovative practice, creative training solutions, coaching and leadership execution, to transform and increase the competence and productivity of individuals and business. He holds a Bachelor of Education - VET (Charles Sturt University), a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership (Victoria University) and a Masters of Education (Victoria University).

    Chris Louey

    Director, International

    Christine Louey, BBus (Accounting), GradDipEd, Diploma FMI, Cert IV in TESOL, CPA, was appointed to the International Director position in 2007. Prior to this, Christine was Manager, Business Services at Chisholm, having joined in 2003 after holding management positions in international projects, business and management and the CBT Accounting Resources Project at Swinburne University’s TAFE Division and at Eastern TAFE.

    Christine currently is responsible for commercially based international development including international projects, international student recruitment and student mobility. In partnership with business areas, she leads, coordinates and supports the strategic development and implementation of Chisholm’s international profile.