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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.

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 specialized in professional, personal and practical results-orientated manager with proven ability to deliver outstanding results in customer-focused, service based industries with specialized expertise in a diverse range of tourism-related sectors.


Michael Avery

Director, Catholic Education Office



Kevin Birkhahan

Centre Manager, International House


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.

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.

Andrew Everett

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Global Strategy and Advancement, Charles Darwin University

Mr Everett has spent much of the past 16 years working at a senior level in international engagement at the University of Queensland and consulting to the Queensland Government in the area of international education and training. During the past year Mr Everett completed a draft of the $25.3 million Queensland State International Education and Training Strategy, 2016 – 2026, which after consultation with industry was approved by the Queensland Cabinet and State Treasury. He also took part in a review of administrative processes and governance for the enrolment of international students in Queensland’s primary and secondary schools. Before that Mr Everett was Director of UQ International at the University of Queensland where international student enrolments grew by more than 120% in the 10 years to 2015. Mr Everett is a past Chair of the Universitas 21 (U21) International Directors. U21 is a global network of research intensive universities. 

Martin Ferreyra

State Director Northern Territory

Martin Ferreyra 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.

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.

Craig Glass

Senior Vice Principal (Education), Haileybury

Dr Kevin Gillan

Executive Director, Education Partnerships, Department of Education

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. 

Amit Kaushal

Acting: National Operations Manager, Australian Careers College

Ray Kelly

Acting Director International, Charles Darwin University

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.

Mary Martin

Director, Business and Skilled Migration, Department of Business

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

Professor Robert Somerville was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer (Director) of Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in February 2015. Batchelor is Australia's only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary and Research Institute. He is leading and transforming this organization into Australia's preferred Tertiary provider for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples.

Prior to his appointment at Batchelor he was the Officer Commanding of the Air Forces's Cadet program and located at RAAF Base Pearce in WA. During his three year tenure as OC he was able to lead a major reformation program that saw Recruitment ruse by nearly 100%, the acquisition and upgrading of resources, the restructure of funding and logistical processes. The overall improvements lead the Wing to be awarded the Air Force Trophy in 2014.

He also hold an adjunct professorial position at Edith Cowan University's Centre for Indigenous Research and Knowledges.

He joined the Department of Education, Western Australia in 1978 as a classroom teacher progressing to; Principal of Cygnet Bay Primary School in 1982; Education Officer with the Aboriginal Education Branch in 1984; Deputy Principal of Sutherland Primary School in 1986; Principal of Tardun Remote Community School in 1988; Senior Consultant Curriculum Policy Branch in 1988; Superintendent of the Kimberley in 1990 and 1991; Manager of Aboriginal Education in 1992; Superintendent of the Goldfields in 1993; Director of the Systemic Schools Program 1998; and in 2000 I was appointed the Director of the Joondalup Education District. From Sept 2002 until August 2011 he was the Director Aboriginal Education and Training and Director of Aboriginal Education (after Education and Training de-amalgamated to two Departments).

Jason Schoolmeester

Executive Director, Northern Australia Development Office, 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 Northern Australia Development Office 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 roles 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 7 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.

Dr Helen Spiers

Principal, Kormilda College  

Kathryn Stenson

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

Jamie Wills

General Manager Commercial and Corporate Affairs, Site

Jamie Wills 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.


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