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.

Dr Richard Ede

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Ede joined Chisholm as the new Chief Executive Officer in March 2018. Prior to joining Chisholm, Richard was the Chief Executive of New Zealand’s largest Institute of Technology, Unitec; leading the institution for almost 10 years. Previous to his role in New Zealand, Richard had a successful tenure with the Australian Government’s CSIRO, where he led industry and research initiatives with public and commercial clients and oversaw joint ventures and multi-million dollar projects. With his passion for education and vast experience and success as a CEO, Richard is recognised as a high-performing and future-focused leader.

Stephen Varty

Chief of Education, 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).

Amanda Achterberg

Executive Director, Teaching & Learning

Amanda joined Chisholm in 2015, as the Executive Director - Teaching and Learning. Amanda’s vision and focus has been on the implementation of an Institute wide Educational Excellence Framework and Professional Educator College that embeds, supports and engages educators in facilitated learning in both virtual and physical learning environments. This framework applies across all education sectors and courses including: VET, HE, ELICOS, VCE & VCAL and involves the building of educator capability in the development and sharing of high quality learning and assessment resources.

Prior to joining Chisholm, Amanda was the Director of Vocational Education & 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 spaceutilization. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science - Physical Education (RMIT), a Graduate Certificate in Vocational Education & Training (Victoria University) and a Masters of Education – Vocational Education & Training (Victoria University).