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    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.

    The Chisholm structure chart is available for download.

    Maria Peters


    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.

    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, 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.

    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 had 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.