Meet a few of our industry experienced trainers

Batemans Bay, Nowra, Canberra

Tahnee Clune

Aged Care

Tahnee has worked in the Community Health Industry since 2009 which included 4 years working as an enrolled nurse in an aged care facility. In 2017, Tahnee joined the NCVE team as an aged care trainer.

Tahnee is a passionate trainer who has had great success mentoring and training her students into their new careers as care workers.

Brisbane - NCVE International Campus

Linda Towler

Academic Manager - TESOL

Linda is the Academic Manager at our International School. She is a highly experienced, self-motivated and dedicated International Education professional.  Linda has extensive Campus, Operations and Academic management experience across a diverse range of International Education sectors.

Linda loves that ‘the world’ visits our College and classrooms each and every day. She believes that it’s a pleasure and privilege to partner with our International Students, contributing to and sharing in their success and shaping their futures as ‘Global Citizens’.

Favourite motivational advice: Follow your passion, love what you do and do what you love.

Batemans Bay

Donna Price

Business, NEIS, Hospitality

Donna has over 30 years experience within the hospitality industry with many of her roles being in the management of small businesses in this industry.

Over the last 10 years, Donna has worked as a trainer and assessor for the National College of Vocational Education training and mentoring our small business management courses.

Most enjoyable aspect of being a trainer: I really enjoy helping people to achieve something so that they feel good about themselves.

Wollongong

Deanna Sturley

Retail

Deanna has worked across the retail and hospitality industries in management, small business and sales roles as well as in her trade as a chef.

Deanna enjoys all aspects of training and assessing and finds it extremely fulfilling to assist individuals of all ages to gain employment armed with new skills and knowledge.

Favourite motivational advice: If your first attempt at a job is unsuccessful, stay positive and think what can I improve on for next time!

Batemans Bay

Jill Millard

Training Director

Jill is our Training Director and she has worked in the Education and Training sector for  over 40 years and has been teaching in the VET sector since 1992.

In addition to her teaching career, Jill has also co-owned and operated an number of hospitality businesses. Jill enjoys being a VET trainer as it provides her the opportunity to make a real difference in peoples lives. One of her favourite motivational sayings is “Dream Big… Set Goals… Take Action”.

“I gain a lot of pleasure from seeing students achieve, gain confidence and improve their prospects for change and success. Enabling them to achieve their goals, and making an impact on their life and future is very rewarding.”

Batemans Bay, Nowra

Dean Yates

Retail, Business

Dean has over 27 years experience in small business, hospitality and retail roles with over 10 years experience in sales and marketing roles.

He enjoys training  and mentoring students and particularly enjoys working with students in the interactive classroom environment.

Favourite motivational advice: I’m not telling you that it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.

Canberra

Clare O’Dwyer

Business, NEIS

Clare has over 13 years experience in vocational education and training and over 20 years in sales and marketing roles.

She enjoys exploring with her trainees their strengths, weaknesses, life passion and business dreams and watching them gain confidence and succeed in business from their newly found knowledge and skills.

Favourite quote: “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” –Napoleon Hill

Batemans Bay

Corrinne Malavey

Business, Retail

Corrinne has more than 35 years experience in business management for corporate, small and medium size businesses, across a variety of industries.

Corrinne has qualifications in management, business planning and marketing, and Training and Assessment. She finds her role as a trainer to be very rewarding and enjoys finding ways to stimulate her students learning experience.

Favourite quote: “Because the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two–and only two–basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. Marketing is the distinguishing, unique function of the business.” –Peter Drucker On Marketing

Wollongong

Leoni Ryan

Business, NEIS

Teaching has been Leoni’s passion since she was young. She began training at the age of 18 for NRMA and has loved teaching and training since her first day in the classroom.

She likes being able to have a positive impact on someone’s life by helping them see their potential. Rather than give advice, Leoni tries to help students to recognize their own skills and abilities which she does by acknowledging and validating their personal strengths, with the long term goal of self empowerment, independence and employment.

Favourite Quote: “Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill

Batemans Bay

Steve Millard

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of National College of Vocational Education, Steve is responsible for all aspects of the Business and ensuring its success. Steve’s experience as General Manager of the organisation has set him up with the necessary skills to ensure the Company reaches its full potential.

Steve’s previous career in the NSW Police Force means that he has exceptional communication and problem solving skills which he has continued to develop since joining Steven Millard and Associates Pty Ltd. Steve’s time in the Police Force has enabled him to have excellent organisation and administration skills, negotiation skills. Steve’s skills enable him to work under immense pressure and get excellent results.

Steve has over 8 years’ experience with National College of Vocational Education and throughout this time he has been responsible for the day to day running of the organisation including strategic planning, human resource management, marketing, financial management, government liaison and government contract negotiation and contract management, policy development and implementation and complaint resolution.

Batemans Bay

Pieter van der Chys

Retail, Business

Pieter has experience in business, retail, sales, marketing, labour hire, and recruitment and training.

Pieter uses these past experiences, along with lessons learnt when he owned and operated his own businesses,  in training our retail and business courses.

Nowra

Lynne Vaughan

Retail, Business

Lynne joined NCVE in early 2018 and is an experienced retail and business trainer working at our Nowra Campus.

She enjoys the diversity in each day, the students, the subjects and the interesting answers and ideas that come up in class.

Favourite Quote: “You may think it’s the end of the journey that matters but really, it’s the journey that matters in the end!” 

Batemans Bay

Bryan Smith

Business, Retail, Leadership and Management, NEIS

Bryan has had extensive business experience over his 30 year career. He has owned and operated a small business, managed other small businesses and worked with the NSW Government.

Bryan has qualifications in Management, Accounting, Financial Services and Training and Assessment which have allowed him to develop excellent personal communication and business development skills.

Bryan enjoys providing mentoring support to small businesses in his role.

Brisbane - NCVE International Campus

Emma McComb

General Manager - International

Emma’s is an intellectual property professional and her experience spans a variety of different industries including Aviation and Aerospace, Defence, Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Education and Training.

Emma manages our Queensland operations as well as being responsible for business development and contracts across the organisation. Emma previously worked as Intellectual Property Manager for Airbus Group Australia Pacific where she was responsible for all aspects of Intellectual Property management including contract and licence negotiation, commercialisation, business development, training, contract management, dispute negotiation and policy and process development. She was also a Registered Patent and Trademark attorney from 2008-2017. Emma’s career variety has broadened her skills and knowledge and she is a strong advocate of career development utilising training and education.

Favourite quote: “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change” – Jim Rohn