Meet a few of our industry experienced trainers

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.

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.

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, 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.

Wollongong

Ainsley Luscombe

Aged Care

Ainsley worked in the aged care industry for 18 years prior to becoming a trainer in 2016.

Throughout her career, Ainsley has developed a comprehensive understanding of the complex care needs of older people. She enjoys watching her students learn and gain knowledge as they progress through their training.

Favourite quote: Stop doubting yourself, work hard and make it happen!

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

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

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.

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.”

Brisbane

Craig Howlett

Retail, Hospitality

Craig has held management roles across the hospitality, business and financial industries before applying these experiences to training those who are starting and building their own careers.

Craig is a strong communicator and enjoys working with students assisting them to be job ready and helping them realise their dreams. Craig holds qualifications in business, management, hospitality and training.

Favourite motivational advice: The only things in life you have full control over is your decisions and actions. So make them positive and be sure they are in line with where you want to be, not where you are now.

Brisbane

Emma McComb

Campus Director Brisbane, Business

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