In addition to some very talented students over our 90+ year existence, St Patrick's is proud to boast a portfolio of talented trainers and dedicated administration staff, with years of professional and industry experience between them to enable the exceptional quality of teaching we are renowned for.
The quality and calibre of the people who train you on a daily basis is crucial to the successful outcomes of the educational course you take.
Our current training and administrative staff are committed to the St Patrick's ethos of providing individual attention to each of our students, to ensure everyone reaches their highest potential.
ANNE FAIRHALL - DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Anne's association with St Patrick's started as a student in 1974. In 1976 she returned as a trainee teacher and started teaching Pitman Shorthand in 1977. Anne left St Patrick's in 1982 to have her first son, with another son following in 1985. Her second son is also a St Patrick's Alumni, having studied with us and completed his Diploma of Hospitality Management in 2001. Anne returned to us in 1986 and we haven't let her go since!
Anne holds a degree in Adult Education and is a Fellow of the Commercial Education Society of Australia. She was the Chair for the Fairfield Business Education Partnership for five years, an industry body linking schools with vocational education and industry.
"I have seen St Patrick's evolve and change so much over the past 30 years, and I'm very glad to have played an integral role in its continued development. The courses we now offer to students are incredibly comprehensive, and our graduates leave us with a wealth of skills and fully equipped to step confidently into their futures."
BEVAN MCPHERSON - GROUP LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Bevan joined us in September 2015 as the new Group Learning and Development Manager for St Patrick's Institute of Education and CatholicCare.
He comes to St Patrick's with in-depth experience in the vocational education sector and a 360 degree view of training operations, including: course development; sales; policy and compliance procedures development; education industry regulation and accreditation (Standards for RTOs 2015); audit preparation; continuous improvement programs; as well as administration, training and student management.
“Having worked for a number of training organisations, I was really attracted to the role at St Patrick's Institute of Education (SPIE) because of its stellar reputation as a quality training provider and the institute's incredible success rate of finding work for 100% of its graduating students in 2015 who were looking for a job and career at the end of their course.With a 95% course completion rate, our students are sought after by leading law firms and corporations because of our job ready training.
PETRA PETERSEN - OPERATIONS AND COMPLIANCE COORDINATOR
Petra joined the St Patrick's team in 2015, bringing with her more than ten years' professional experience working in the vocational education sector. Petra's background is in adult education, workplace training and compliance management. As Operations and Compliance Coordinator, her focus is on ensuring that high-quality standards are met across the organisation. She also manages assurance for the Institute's many and varied contractual agreements. Petra enjoys working in the community to nurture talent and encourage people from all walks of life to be the best they can be. She has completed studies in Communication and Media, and holds a Masters in Education. Petra is also a certified trainer in Business, Hospitality and Management and most recently obtained a Diploma in Quality Auditing. With a passion for good governance, Petra is now completing her Certificate IV in Government.
"In addition to ensuring the highest professional and ethical standards , I like to bring warmth and friendliness to the workplace. This approach helps us work side-by-side in achieving our goals and creates a positive environment for both staff and students."
DOMINIC BUCHTA - TRAINER
Dominic entered the vocational industry as a trainer in 1996, following a career that has encompassed the Australian Army Reserve as well as marketing management roles in the registered club and hospitality industries. During his time in the hospitality industry, Dominic developed learning and assessment resources for several entities,including the first Club Directors Foundation Masterclass of ClubsNSW; Tourism, Hospitality and Events Training Package assessment tools for MEGT; and Responsible Service of Alcohol resources and assessments for TAFE NSW.
He joined St Patrick's Institute of Education since 2009, and aside from his extensive training endeavors Dominic also runs his own small business in the coffee industry and works passionately as a videographer and editor in the corporate entertainment industry. He is currently studying Mandarin, holds a Diploma of Training Design and Development, a Diploma of Hospitality and is completing his Diploma of Business.
LORRAINE KLEIER - TRAINER
Lorraine has come back to St Patrick's Institute of Education as a trainer, after graduating as a student with a Certificate IV in Business Administration in 2003.
Following her graduation, Lorraine commenced the Trainee Legal Secretary Program at prestigious legal firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now known as Ashurst) until 2006. Following this she continued to work in the legal industry at boutique firms Valenti and Valenti Solicitors, and Gilbert & Tobin Lawyers.
Lorraine left the industry to retrain as a primary school teacher through study at the Australian Catholic University, and has now returned to St Patrick's to share her working knowledge of the legal industry with our students.
LILY MEIER - TRAINER
Lily commenced training at St Patrick's Institute of Education in 2004 at the original Surry Hills campus. She took a break from teaching for a few years, and returned to us again in 2012 to teach at our vibrant city campus.
"I enjoy teaching computing units, particularly spreadsheets and databases. Sometimes students are surprised as the units can be a little more challenging than what they may have expected. My advice to students is to do as much revision as possible."