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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.

Stephen Varty

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Varty was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Chisholm Institute in November 2019.

Stephen most recently held the position of Chief of Education, having joined Chisholm in 2015 from Victoria University where he was the Director of Innovation and Engagement. 

Stephen has held a number of senior managerial leadership positions across the VET and HE sectors both in the UK and Australia. 

Stephen’s vast experience in the Education and Training sectors supports his position to lead the Institute through a positive phase of strong student growth and investment in infrastructure.  

His passion is education and 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).

Caitlin Crosby

Chief of Staff

Caitlin is an experienced senior advisor, strategist, policy writer and project manager with a background managing a wide variety of projects within and across both education and the public sector.

Most recently Caitlin worked as the Executive Coordinator, Office of the Assistant Deputy Secretary -Schools with the Victorian Department of Education and Training (the Department).

Caitlin’s previous career history includes Senior Policy Officer for the Department working with key Ministerial initiatives and Policy implementation. Caitlin has also held the role of a Policy Officer in both the Higher Education and Skills Group and the Tertiary Education Policy and Strategy Division and brings with her an understanding of the TAFE, schools, and higher education sectors.

Caitlin is also qualified with a Masters of Advanced European and International Studies; a Masters of International Law and International Relations; and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Economy and Development. 

David Saunders

Chief Commercial Officer

Jane McLennan

Executive Director Student Success and Support

Jane joined Chisholm in March 2018 as the Chief of Staff, with a focus on external and government relations, and broader communication for the Institute. Jane has extensive experience across the VET sector at both stand-alone TAFE Institutes and Dual Sector Universities. Prior to commencing at Chisholm, she was the Assistant Director Vocational Education at RMIT where she was providing high-level strategic advice for the Vocational Education (VE) sector and advising on issues affecting the educational outcome of VE activities within the University. Jane has also held various senior positions at Victoria University and Melbourne Polytechnic that have ranged from VET Practitioner, Head of School and Senior Executive.

Jane has studied a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education), has Graduate Certificates in Management, Educational Leadership and Tertiary Education and has a Master’s in Education (VET). She is passionate about high quality education and the broad impact it can have on individuals and the wider community.

David Colliver

Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

David Colliver is a widely experienced senior executive with a background in both public and private sectors. Before Chisholm, David worked in post-secondary education as Chief Finance Officer at Victoria University, and most recently as Interim COO for Kangan Institute. David has held senior executive roles with Strategic Project Partners, ANZ, Audit Victoria, Sedgwick Group, Reuters and Orica.

David has also worked, over many years, in the community and not-for-profit sectors as a Non-Executive Director.

David has qualifications in Accounting, is a Fellow of CPA Australia, and completed an executive leadership program at Harvard Business School, with a focus on change and organisational renewal. David has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Toniann Stitz

Chief Financial Officer

Toniann Stitz officially commenced as Chisholm’s CFO on 18th March 2019, after working in the position ad interim from November 2018, on secondment from the Department of Education.

Prior to Chisholm, Toniann was CFO for the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, and most recently worked as Director, Schools Finance and Resources, supporting the financial management of a $435M budget.

Toniann’s achievements and wide-ranging experience include a variety of public sector organisations like Departments of Primary Industries, Premier, Cabinet, and Defence, in such positions as CFO, Deputy CFO, Assistant Director Finance and Governance, Assistant General Manager Finance and Facilities, and Director Financial and Management Reporting.

Toniann is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma of Resource Management.

Delia McIver

Executive Director, People, Culture & Safety