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Northern Territory International Education and Training Industry Group

The NT International Education and Training Industry Group (NTIETIG) has been established to meet the needs the providers of international education and training in the Northern Territory (NT), and its role is to:

  • develop the capacity of the international education and training sector in the NT
  • assist in the marketing and promotion of the NT as a destination of choice for international students, and
  • provide industry advice to the strategic focus of StudyNT.

NTIETIG’s membership is comprised of all NT CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) registered providers and other stakeholders from government and industry.

Northern Territory International Education and Training Industry group members

Rachael Shanahan

Director, StudyNT, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

Rachael works across the NT Government and with business and community stakeholders to promote the NT to international students, focusing on Asia. StudyNT was established as part of the NT International Education and Training Strategy. Rachael led the team which developed the strategy. She has extensive experience in developing strategic policy and advice to government ranging from climate change to radioactive waste facilities and including reviewing Ombudsman legislation. She was the recipient of a 2016 Australian Government Endeavour Executive Fellowship to Canada, examining effective community and student engagement policies and actions to grow the international education and training sector. Rachael's strengths include turning the nebulous into concrete and transparent strategic policy using her networks in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and stakeholder management. She holds an MBA from Charles Darwin University and a bachelor degree in economics from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Carrie Altamura

Operations Manager, Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory

During her years in management, Carrie has built a reputation for being a sound, reliable and dedicated professional with a proven ability to deliver. She has a strong work ethic and is totally customer focused. She is specialised in professional, personal and practical results-orientated manager with proven ability to deliver outstanding results in customer-focused, service based industries with specialised expertise in a diverse range of tourism-related sectors.

Alana Anderson

Chief Executive Officer, Alana Kaye College

Kevin Birkhahan

Centre Manager and Director of Studies, International House Darwin

Kevin is a teacher and Certificate IV in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) teacher educator with over 15 years’ experience in English language teaching. Kevin has worked in Japan and Australia teaching English as well as training non-native English speakers to teach English in the Certificate IV in TESOL program at IH Sydney. Kevin’s qualifications include a Master Degree in Education focusing on TESOL from the University of Wollongong, Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) from Holmes Institute Melbourne and a Certificate in Training and Assessment (TAE) with Plenty Training.

Paul Brock

Chief Executive Officer, Carey Training

Paul was born and raised in the town of Port Augusta in South Australia and is of Barngarla ancestry. He joined Carey Training in May 2011 and brought with him a long and successful history of management experience and practices, including human resource and financial management, strategic planning, marketing and promotional management activities and high level industrial relations. Prior to joining Carey Training, Paul was the Manager - Training of the largest private registered training organisation (RTO) in South Australia (ATEC) and was responsible for all of its operations including managing up to 55 staff, operational budgets, recruitment, marketing, resource management and staff performance and appraisals. His role also included the development and monitoring of strategic plans and staff to achieve targeted outcomes and economic objectives. Prior to ATEC, Paul managed two Australian Apprenticeships Centres (ATEC and Business SA) and applied all of the tasks previously listed. Paul is strongly committed to sustainable and viable business growth through the professional and ethical delivery of high quality training services with a superior level of customer service, delivering on promises, building trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with clients and creating a harmonious workplace where all staff are respected and valued. He is also Managing Director of Academy Indigenous Services, Managing Director of Ngare Employment Solutions, Director on the Board of the Savanna Alliance Australia Corporation Limited, and a member of the Quarter Club and the Resource and Engineering Skills Alliance in South Australia.

David Cannon

Principal, The Essington School Darwin

David has occupied teaching and senior administration positions in Anglican and Catholic schools in Queensland, and Catholic and Uniting Church schools in Melbourne prior to commencing as Principal / CEO of The Essington School Darwin in 1999. He is actively involved in professional associations, educational organisations and advisory steering committees and boards in the NT, and at a national and international level. David has been involved in the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) since its inception and involved in several Federal study tours to Asia with AEF. Through his school’s membership, he is also involved with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Cambridge International Schools. He has a keen interest in international education and is on the Executive of the International Business Council NT promoting international education for the Northern Territory. He has developed links with many leading international schools throughout Asia. He has been Principal / CEO of The Essington School Darwin for eighteen years, growing the school from a preschool to year 7 school of 220 students, to a three campus preschool to year 12 school of over 1250 students.

Liam Carroll

Manager Business Services, City of Darwin

Liam possesses a broad range of commercial experience and corporate governance knowledge having worked across numerous disciplines in both the public and private sector; including, regional development, economic development, marketing, finance, tax, hospitality management, business development, tourism consulting, property management, community engagements and business administration. Liam has been working within the City the Darwin for over 15 years and involved in an extensive range of functions which have varied over time and includes, land matters, commercial property management, tourism support, regional development, economic development, CBD marketing, statutory procurement, car parking management, records administration, business development and various other administrative processes. The role involves liaising with both internal and external stakeholders including government agencies and business groups.

Robyn Connell

Team Leader Darwin, Navitas Professional

Stacey Farraway

International Director, Charles Darwin University

Martin Ferreyra

State Director Northern Territory, Austrade

Martin is Austrade’s State Director - Northern Territory based in Darwin. Formerly, he was a Senior Trade Adviser to the Resources and Energy team tasked with promoting Australian capability and expertise across the mining equipment and services sectors; he had responsibility for Latin America, India, CIS countries and the South Pacific. Martin has a thorough understanding of the internationalisation of businesses coupled with a solid academic background on the subject. He has experience working with a diverse range of exporting companies across various sectors including professional services, education, mining, engineering, technologies and services (METS) and major sporting events (MSE). In academia, Martin has been an Associate Lecturer at two Australian universities teaching subjects such as multinational business finance, international marketing and export procedures. As a trade adviser and marketing specialist, he has been acknowledged for his dedication facilitating the expansion of Australian business into international markets. His private sector experience includes roles as business development manager, market analyst, marketing manager, associate marketing consultant and freelance journalist. He is multilingual; a Spanish native speaker, fluent in English, conversant in Portuguese, and has the basics of Italian. He is also an enthusiastic sportsman and traveller, with a special interest in international politics and social responsibility. Martin has an MBA from Charles Sturt University, a Postgraduate diploma in Linguistics from Australian Catholic University, an International Marketing Diploma from Martin College in Sydney and studied law in Cordoba, Argentina.

Craig Glass

Senior Vice Principal (Education), Haileybury

Craig joined Haileybury in 2006 as Assistant Principal. In 2007 he was appointed Vice Principal and in 2010 he began his current role as Senior Vice Principal (Education). Haileybury is Australia’s largest independent school with over 4000 students on four campuses and a school in Wuqing, China with 500 local students. He was responsible for the school’s curriculum development and its delivery across the four Campuses as well as leadership development and coaching. He has overseen the growth in Haileybury’s academic results so that it is now one of Australia’s highest achieving schools.

Previously, Craig has had senior leadership roles in independent schools including Head of the St Kilda Road Campus of Wesley College, Head of Senior School at both the campuses of Wesley College and Head of Senior School at Carey Grammar School. His teaching expertise spans all levels of mathematics with a special interest in the middle years and the integration of technology into learning. Craig will commence as the Principal of Haileybury Rendall School in January 2018.

Michael Hall

Executive Officer,  Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

ACPET is the national industry association for approximately 1200 private providers of post compulsory education and training, including vocational education and training, English language, secondary schooling and higher education. Michael has been the Queensland and Northern Territory Executive Officer for ACPET since 2002 and has a wealth of experience within education and training, having commenced his career in the Queensland Department of Education’s Research and Curriculum Branch in 1979 and progressed through various positions including finance officer, internal auditor, operational auditor, project manager and liaison officer. Michael’s role with ACPET is that of advocate for the growing private education and training sector, and in ensuring that practitioners have access to relevant, current and supportive services to assist in attaining the best possible outcomes for their students and their organisations. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland) and a Bachelor of Business (Queensland University of Technology) and was invited to be a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. 

Jill Hazeldine

Principal, Darwin High School

Amit Kaushal

Acting National Operations Manager, Australian Careers College

Tamarzon Larner

Centre Manager and Director of Studies, Navitas

Tamarzon is a teacher and teacher trainer with over 25 years of experience in the field of TESOL. She is a CELTA and DELTA tutor and has worked in Ukraine, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her qualifications include CELTA / DELTA and two master’s degrees in related fields. She has also worked in the area of materials production with Navitas English and Pearson Education. Her main areas of interest are methodology and student-centred learning.

Debra Liddiard

Acting Executive Director, Education Partnerships, Department of Education 

Debra is responsible for establishing long-term strategic direction for international school education and supporting international school partnership arrangements. Debra leads international education programs and initiatives for school-aged students, including fee-paying programs for inbound students, teacher and student exchange programs, sister schools and other international education partnerships. Before joining the Department of Education as a curriculum consultant in 2004, Debra was Head of English, ESL and Literacy at St John’s College, Darwin. Previously Debra had taught in various South Australian high schools and at Makassar International School, Sulawesi, Indonesia - where she gained a thorough understanding of the needs and diversity of school-aged international students and learned to speak Bahasa Indonesia. Debra has a Master of Literacy and Language and a Bachelor of Education from the University of South Australia.

Lindsay Luck

Principal, St John’s Catholic College, Darwin

Sean Mahoney

Chief Executive Officer, International College of Advanced Education

Sean established the International College of Advanced Education (ICAE), Darwin in 1997, and has overseen the growth from inception to now being an international institution with both Australian and international students. ICAE offers courses in hospitality, cookery, business and management for international students. Sean has completed in 2017, seven years as a national board member for the peak body in the private education sector, Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET), and is still an active member of the International Education subcommittee. Sean has been a member of the International Business Council (IBC) of the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce, and has been Chairman since 2005. The IBC is a strategic advocacy group for international trade - including for business to and from the Northern Territory. Sean hold postgraduate qualifications in Management Development (Education and Training) and Australian Migration Law and Practice. He is a Registered Migration Agent registered with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (#1279210), and provides visa advice and processing services to clients including students.

Kirsty Neaylon

NT / WA / SA Training Manager, BCA National Training Group

Kirsty has been involved in training and education for 15 years in both federal and state government as well as the vocational education and training sector. She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (First Class Honours), along with various other qualifications including the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and recently completed the Diploma of Education and Training. Prior to joining BCA National in 2013 Kirsty was employed by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service as the Training Manager where she played a key role in maintaining the organisations RTO compliance. Kirsty is passionate about assisting people to achieve relevant workplace knowledge and skills, through quality training programs, to make a difference in their lives and well-being. Kirsty, along with the Darwin team, are committed to providing support to assist students in NT and WA achieve their goals. Kirsty also delivers the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a group fitness instructor, delivering Les Mills programs, in her spare time.

Greg O’Mullane

Director, Catholic Education Office

Jason Schoolmeester

Executive Director, Economic, Industry and Regional Development, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

Jason is an experienced senior public servant with expertise in economic development, project initiation and execution, and financial and organisational reform of government. Jason is the Executive Director of the Economic, Industry and Regional Development in the Northern Territory Government. Jason is responsible for the coordination of the Northern Territory Government's strategic engagement with Defence and other governments to provide opportunities and increase industry engagement, business development and employment in the Northern Territory. Jason led the North-East Gas Interconnector Project (now the Northern Gas Pipeline) resulting in the appointment of a proponent to connect the Northern and Eastern Gas Markets.

Prior to this, Jason held a number of executive positions in the Northern Territory Public Service with a strong focus on economic development, major infrastructure and strategic policy development including Deputy Coordinator-General, Office of Major Projects, Infrastructure and Investment, Executive Director Strategic Oil and Gas Development and Executive Director, Economic Development. Jason worked for seven years as a commercial lawyer in the Solicitor for the Northern Territory, Department of the Attorney General and Justice, with a focus on major infrastructure and industry projects, including the Alice Springs to Darwin railway, a number of gas pipelines, and the Darwin Marine Supply Base among others. Jason is a Certified Practising Accountant with achievements in major government financial reform. Jason was born in and is now raising a family in the Northern Territory.

Kathryn Stenson

Chief Executive Officer, Group Training NT, Chairman, Australian Skills Institute, ACPET NT Director

Pompea Sweet

Acting Director, MigrationNT, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

Gary Thomas

Interim Chief Executive Officer, Batchelor Institute

Jamie Wills

General Manager Commercial and Corporate Affairs, Site Group International Ltd

Jamie is General Manager, Commercial and Corporate Affairs at Site Group International Ltd where he has responsibility and experience in business strategy, governance and commercial. During this time Jamie has been involved in organic and acquisitive growth of the public company, which operates four registered training organisations across three states and territories and through several overseas jurisdictions. His experience across in-house and commercial aspects of the company gives adequate understanding of numerous sectors of the education industry, with strong exposure to business strategy; governance and risk; mergers and acquisitions; due diligence; government policy and legislation; financial management and modelling; industry and stakeholder engagement; quality and compliance; legal and ASX governance. Jamie is a Northern Territory Committee Member with the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, and is extensively involved with Site’s Northern Territory Registered Training Organisation, Site Skills Training, as well as Site’s CRICOS / ELICOS RTO Site Institute, working closely with government, industry and the education sector.

Dr Don Zoellner

Research Associate, Charles Darwin University

Dr Don Zoellner has worked in the school, vocational and higher education sectors in the Northern Territory since 1973. He served as the Executive Director of Centralian College in Alice Springs and Pro Vice-Chancellor VET and Community Engagement at Charles Darwin University. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Enterprise and Career Education Foundation, a member of the National Advisory Council on Suicide Prevention, Chairperson of the Australian Principals’ Associations Professional Development Council and a board member of TAFE Directors Australia. Dr Zoellner has served on numerous advisory committees, reviews and evaluations of education and training at both NT and national levels. Dr Zoellner is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and recently retired board chair of Group Training NT. He is the independent chair of the Industry Skills Advisory Council NT and has recently been appointed as the NT representative on the Australian Industry and Skills Committee. Dr Zoellner completed his Doctor of Philosophy in 2013 by describing the development and implementation of vocational education and training policy in Australia and continues to research, write and publish in the area.

New member enquiries

If you are a CRICOS registered institution in the Northern Territory and interested in becoming a member of the Northern Territory International Education and Training Industry Group, please contact StudyNT@nt.gov.au