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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

Tracy Clark

Executive Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Business and Workforce, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

Alana Anderson

Headshot of Alana AndersonChief Executive Officer, Alana Kaye College

Alana is chief executive officer and organisational development consultant with Alana Kaye College with extensive experience in learning and development across Australia.

To support her training experience Alana has completed her Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education and Training (B.AVE) with the University of Tasmania, her Master of Education (M.Ed L’ship and M’ment) with Flinders University and is currently enrolled as a PhD student with Charles Darwin University.

Alana is an accredited Myers Briggs (MBTI) facilitator, Team Management Index (TMI) facilitator and DiSC Profile System trainer and provides consulting and training services to corporate clients across Australia.

Larnie Batten

Portrait shot of Larnie BattenSenior Project Officer, StudyNT, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

Larnie has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Management) from Charles Darwin University. After graduating in 2008, Larnie undertook a graduate program in the Department of Treasury and Finance, and has been working in the public service since.

Larnie is currently the senior project officer with StudyNT in the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation. Larnie assists in the ongoing development of the international education and training industry.

Larnie was a director of the YWCA Australia and was the Vice-President of the YWCA Darwin for five years and is passionate about gender equality, regional representation and the engagement of young people. Larnie has strong project management and stakeholder engagement skills.

Larnie has grown up in and is now raising a young family in Darwin.

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 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.

Cherry Cai

Manager, International Business Relations

Robyn Connell

Team Leader Darwin, Navitas Professional

Jasmeet Dhingra

Head of Campus, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College

Ashar Ehsan

Portrait shot of Asher EhsanExecutive Director, VET Business Operations

Mr Ashar Ehsan has been appointed to the role of executive director, VET Strategy and Operations, commenced in June 2018.

Ashar has a 25 year career history within the vocational and higher education sectors in the United Kingdom. He has held senior leadership roles with Cass Business School, University of Bradford, and University of Wolverhampton and worked across key areas such as business engagement, commercial enterprise, brand and student marketing and stakeholder partnerships. He has also spent a number of years in the private sector in ecommerce and corporate communications roles with Oxford Instruments Plc, and Fujitsu Siemens GmBH (Munich). 

His academic qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Southbank University London and a Masters in Marketing Management, Kingston University London.

Ashar has engaged with governments and educational partners in South East Asia, Europe, North and South America, Canada, Japan and South Korea. Quite recently, Ashar was director of external relations for Ravensbourne, a dual sector institution in London, where he was responsible for international development and partnerships, global marketing and recruitment, and commercial enterprise teams.

Dr Stacey Farraway

Portrait shot of Stacey FarrawayInternational Director, Charles Darwin University

Dr Farraway has worked in international education for nearly 20 years and joined Charles Darwin University as director of international after a stint as deputy director of international at Griffith University. 

Dr Farraway holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Master of Business (International Business) and a Doctor of Business Administration with a thesis topic titled Contemporary developments in marketing channel literature and implications for the traditional determinants of international student choice.

Martin Ferreyra

Portrait shot of Martin FerreyraState 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.

Jason Foo

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Careers College

Jo Fox

Headshot of Jo FoxDirector, Fox Education and Consultancy

Jo has over 30 years of nursing experiences from urban to remote areas of Australia, from the east to the west, south and to the north.

She has been educating in the NT since the late 1990s to health workers, care-workers and nurses.

Based on her own learning experiences and with a passion to ensure the quality of care of individuals remains exemplary, Jo has created an environment in Fox Education and Consultancy that provides the most professional standards of learning across the NT.

Kevin Gawada

Training Manager, Australian Institute of Electro Technology

Craig Glass

Principal, Haileybury Rendall School

Craig joined Haileybury in 2006 as assistant principal. In 2007 he was appointed vice principal and in 2010 he began his 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. 

Michael Hall

Herdshot of Michael HallExecutive Officer,  Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA)

ITECA 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 NT executive officer for ITECA (formerly 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 ITECA 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

Headshot of Jill HazeldinePrincipal, Darwin High School

Cameron Hughes

Principal, St John’s Catholic College

Brian Kennelly

Headshot of Brian KennellyPrincipal / Chief Executive Officer, The Essington School Darwin

Professor Steve Larkin

Chief Executive Officer, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Professor Steven Larkin is a Kungarakan man. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the Queensland University of Technology, a Master’s degree in Social Science from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Queensland.

Professor Larkin has served on numerous national advisory committees in Aboriginal affairs. He chaired the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC) for three years (2009 to 2012); and continues to provide invaluable input as a member of professional affiliations such as the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC), the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), Beyond Blue, member of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group and chair of the Healing Foundation.

Tamarzon Larner

Centre Manager, Navitas English Darwin

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

Director International Education and Non-government School Services, 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.

Sean Mahoney

Portrait shot of Sean MahoneyManaging Director, 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 NT 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 NT.

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

Headshot of Kirsty NeaylonManager International Operations, Alana Kaye College

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 registered training organisation 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.

Brian O’Gallagher

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Commerce 

Brian O’Gallagher joined the Chamber of Commerce NT in February 2015, as the manager of the two industry councils, the NT Manufacturers Council and the International Business Council.

Brian (manager) along with Sean Mahoney, the chairman and the executive committee members of the IBC strive to reach the strategic goals of the council and to benefit its members by raising the profile and advocating to both government and industry stakeholders the capacity and capability of our local international business and trading sector.

Greg O’Mullane

Director of Catholic Education

Moe Pourkarin

Centre Manager, International House

Benjamin Poveda-Alfonso

Portrait shot of Benjamin Poveda-AlfonsoInternational student representative and StudyNT Student Ambassador Alumni

Rachael Shanahan

Portrait shot of Rachael ShanahanDirector, 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.

Kathryn Stenson

Portrait shot of Kathryn StensonChief Executive Officer, Group Training NT and Chairman, Australian Skills Institute, ACPET NT Director

Kathryn Stenson is 19 years into her career in the vocational education training and employment industries.

Kathryn is passionate about apprenticeships and traineeships and the benefits they provide people of all ages to gain qualifications through structured workplace learning.

Kathryn is a director of the Apprentice Employment Network QLD and NT and also of the National Australian Apprenticeships Association.

Pompea Sweet

Portrait shot of Pompea SweetDirector, MigrationNT, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

Anja Tinapple

Headshot of Anya TinappleSenior Project Officer, StudyNT, Department of Trade, Business and Innovation

Anja arrived in Darwin in 2001 from Germany as an international student and completed an Associate Degree of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries with a focus on Communications at Charles Darwin University. Before coming to Darwin, Anja completed a Bachelor in Economics in Berlin, Germany.

Anja has worked for the NT Government since 2005, when she joined Arts NT, now part of the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture. Her role as arts broker, communications and project officer she worked closely with the NT’s arts community to offer support for arts funding.

In December 2016, Anja joined the StudyNT team as senior project officer.

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 NT committee member with the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, and is extensively involved with Site’s NT 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

Portrait shot of Don ZoellnerResearch Associate, Charles Darwin University

Dr Don Zoellner has worked in the school, vocational and higher education sectors in the NT 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