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

Chief Executive Officer

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.

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.

Vanda Fortunato

Chief of Educational Delivery and Initiatives

Vanda Fortunato joined Chisholm in 2017 and is an experienced senior executive with extensive experience in the health, education and private sectors. Having managed diverse teams and stakeholders, Vanda has successfully implemented growth strategies, strengthened core business activities, increased stakeholder engagement and developed cohesive and effective leadership teams.

Most recently Vanda was the Chief Executive Officer at the Macedon Ranges North Western Melbourne Medicare Local where she implemented and developed key program initiatives. Prior to that, Vanda was General Manager of Strategy and Implementation at Medibank Private, where she was responsible for integrated procurement strategies. Her other experience has included working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry as well as consulting. Vanda has also worked extensively in developing countries including in Pakistan, Egypt, Vietnam, China and Indonesia on major education and health reform projects.

Vanda holds a PhD, a Master of Arts, a Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma. She commenced her career as an academic following the completion of her PhD, where she held a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow position. She has published widely, with over 40 referred journal articles, several book chapters and a book.

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).