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.

Grant Radford

Acting Chief Executive Officer and 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).

Stephen Varty

Executive Director Youth, Pathways and Regional Education

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).

Shane Smith

Executive Director, Educational Programs

Shane Smith joined Chisholm in 2017 and was previously Head of Business Development at Wesley Mission Victoria. In that role, Shane oversaw the major corporate functions including legal services, facility management, ICT and insurance, and was the key liaison with Uniting Church congregations and local presbytery representatives regarding potential service delivery and capital development opportunities. Prior to his role with Wesley Mission, Shane worked as General Manager Operations at the Salvation Army Employment Plus, overseeing delivery of all funded programs including employment services, allied health, prison-to-employment and remote indigenous and community development.

Shane has a Bachelor of Business (Economics/Marketing) and a Masters of Business Administration (Public Management).