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Northern Territory International Education and Training Industry Group

The NT International Education and Training Industry Group has been established to meet the needs the providers of international education and training in the Northern Territory, 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 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 Northern Territory Government and with business and community stakeholders to promote the Northern Territory to international students, focusing on Asia. StudyNT was established as part of the NT International Education and Training Strategy 2014-2024. 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.


Michael Avery

Director of Catholic Education, Catholic Education Office


Professor Sue Carthew

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University

Professor Sue Carthew was appointed to the position of Provost and Vice-President in July 2016.Previous to this Professor Carthew was the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment (EHSE) at Charles Darwin University. Prior to her appointment as PVC EHSE in January 2012 she held positions of Head of the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES) (2007-2011), and Head of Discipline of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology within EES (2004-2006) at the University of Adelaide. Professor Carthew holds a PhD in Ecology from the University of Wollongong, and maintains research interests spanning three related areas:conservation biology, including the impacts of habitat degradation and fragmentation on fauna and threatened species conservation  mammal ecology, with an emphasis on the ecology of small to medium ground-dwelling species and arboreal marsupials plant-pollinator interactions, with a particular expertise in the role of mammals as pollinators. Sue has been active in biodiversity conservation in Australia, and has played a key role in environmental decision-making and policy development through her membership of various boards and committees. These include the Steering Committee of Marine Innovations SA (MISA), SA Aquaculture Advisory Board, SA Wildlife Advisory Committee, SA National Parks & Wildlife Council and a number of state-based threatened species recovery teams. She has been a member of the South Australian Museum Board, Chair of MISA Advisory Committee, and Chair of the SA Museum Collections Committee. She currently sits on the Board of Arid Recovery, a partnership between industry, government and University for ecosystem restoration. Professor Carthew has been successful in forging links with industry and government bodies, both in SA and elsewhere and has been awarded industry and government funding for basic and applied research from bodies such as the Australian Research Council, Wildlife Conservation Fund, State Forests of NSW, NSW National Parks and Wildlife, Boral, BHP Community Trust, Primary Industries SA and Forestry SA. She has supervised numerous Honours and PhD students to successful completion and regularly publishes in a range of refereed scientific journals of international standing.


Greg Bicknell

Chief Executive, Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory

Greg Bicknell has been Chief Executive Officer with the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce & Industry since December 2012. Commencing with the Chamber in 2000 as the Tradestart Export Adviser he then went on to manage the Industry Councils until his current appointment. Greg brings to the CEO role a robust interest and passion for determining business opportunity; identifying business needs; and addressing these needs through a pragmatic, wide view, consultative process. Greg is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Migration Industry Association. Greg has lived in the Northern Territory since 1985 with interests outside of work including travel, cricket and reading.


Paul Brock

Chief Executive Officer, Carey Training

Paul was born and raised in the town of Port Augusta in SA 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 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 Cannon has occupied teaching and senior administration positions in Anglican and Catholicschools 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 through out Asia. He has been Principal/CEO of The Essington School Darwin for eighteen years, growing the school from a Preschool – Year 7 school of 220 students, to a three campus Preschool – Year 12 school of over 1,250 students.


Josie Gawron

Centre Manager and Director of Studies, Navitas English Darwin

Josie is a teacher and teacher educator with over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching. She is an accredited teacher trainer for the Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and the Cambridge ESOL I-CELT (In-Service Certificate in Language Teaching). Josie has worked in Spain, China, Indonesia and most recently Timor-Leste. She has presented papers and conducted workshops at various TESOL conferences throughout the region. Josie’s postgraduate qualifications include the Cambridge DELTA, the Cambridge IDLTM (International Diploma in Language Teaching Management) and the Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development from the University of Newcastle.

Australian Careers College - TBA


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 Hall 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. 

Debra Liddiard

Director, Education services, Department of Education 

As Director of Education Services, 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 Mahoney is the founder and Chief Executive of the International College of Advanced Education (ICAE) in Darwin. ICAE has been offering work-based hospitality VET programs since 1998.  ICAE is a Registered Training Organisation based in Darwin, Northern Territory. With around 250 students, ICAE specialises in Hospitality and Commercial Cookery, delivering Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. All international courses include significant periods (50% of the course) of fully-paid industry placement work, ensuring graduates are fully prepared and experienced for a career in hospitality. Many of ICAE's international graduates go on to be sponsored in the NT by hospitality enterprises keen to employ skilled and enthusiastic professionals. Sean has been engaged as a consultant to international aid projects focusing on VET reform, in Bangladesh, Timor-Leste and the Philippines. Sean is the current Chairman of the International Business Council (IBC) of the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since 2006. Sean has been a Director on the National Board of the Australian Council for Private Education (ACPET) from 2005 - 2008, 2012-2016, and currently Chairs ACPET's International Education Committee.

Anna Malgorzewicz

General Manager, Community and Cultural Services, City of Darwin

Mary Martin

Director, Business and Skilled Migration, Department of Business


Jan  Mo

Director International, Charles Darwin University

Jan joined Charles Darwin University in August 2014 as the Deputy Director International, coming to us from James Cook International in Townsville, QLD where he was the Associate Director, with responsibility for international recruitment and admissions. Between 2007  and 2012 he worked at the University of Bergen in Norway running several international education programs. He holds a Masters degree in Comparative Politics, and a Bachelors in History and Comparative Politics, both from the University of Bergen.


Kirsty Neaylon

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

Kirsty Neaylon 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.


Trevor Read

Principal, Darwin High School

Trevor has worked in the public education sector in the Northern Territory since 1998. Trevor taught in Alice Springs for ten years before moving to Darwin to work in the corporate division running the Indigenous Student Leadership and Mentorship Program and the Chief Executive’s Student Forum. Trevor started at Darwin High School as Assistant Principal in 2009 and Principal from 2011. Trevor is passionate about ensuring every student achieves the best possible outcomes and was part of the Taskforce which developed the Northern Territory International Education and Training Strategy 2014-2024.

Robert Somerville

Chief Executive Officer, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Dr Helen Spiers

Principal, Kormilda College  


Gary Steel

Centre Manager, International House Darwin

Gary has a Master Degree in Applied Linguistics from Charles Darwin University. Gary has been a high school teacher and a University Assistant Professor. He has also been a trekking and climbing guide in the Indian Himalaya and a sailboat captain in the Mediterranean. His hobbies include playing football. Gary has worked abroad for the past 20 years and is currently the Director of Studies for International House Darwin.

Kylie Youngs

Team Leader, Navitas Professional Year 


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