Our Team

Administration Team

Maria Morton
General Manager

Maria has a strong background in the training and education sector, both within Australia and overseas. She was previously the General Manager of a leading TESOL RTO and holds post-graduate qualifications in Professional Communications and Journalism. Maria oversees the everyday operations of the RTO, including marketing, finance, and operations. Prior to working in RTOs, Maria's career includes employment in senior marketing and public relations positions in both the private and public sector.

Donna Gibson
Administration Manager

Donna leads the administration team and has a long background in training administration and general management. She is also responsible for maintenance of our Student Management System.

Karen Lewis
RPL Manager
Karen joined us after a 25-year career in the Royal Australian Navy. She has extensive experience in managing and leading small and large groups of people and has spent the last three years training and assessing naval personnel. Karen manages all RPL applications as well as working on projects and assists with academic assessment.  Karen holds a Diploma of Telecommunications Intelligence and other vocational qualifications in training and management. 
Ashleigh Ridley
Senior Marketing Coordinator

Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Communications, and is responsible for the planning and execution of Plenty Training’s marketing activities.

Ashleigh joined Plenty Training as marketing coordinator in 2016 and has recently stepped into the senior marketing coordinator role. Prior to starting work with Plenty Training, Ashleigh held marketing and sales positions within the education and hospitality sectors.

Madi Funnell
Assistant Marketing Coordinator

Madi holds a Bachelor of Business, Major in Marketing and a Diploma of International Hotel and Tourism Management. Madi is responsible for assisting with the planning and execution of Plenty Training’s marketing activities under the Senior Marketing Coordinator. Madi joined the Plenty Training team in 2019 as a graduate of Bond University. 

Wendy Bayly
Student Enrolments

Wendy is our first point of call for student enquiries via phone and email and is responsible for student enrolments. Wendy is a former high-school teacher and has a strong passion for managing training processes.

Rosie Dunn
Student Enrolments

Rosie has a background in sales, employment and training. She has a Cert IV in Business, and a Diploma of Business Management, as well as other industry qualifications and training. Rosie has over 14 years experience in delivering high levels of customer service, and loves to help and advise people on making the right course choice.

Craig Vincent
Student Enrolments

Craig has a background in sales and account management within the technology sector. He has a proven track record in customer service and providing solutions from the individual level through to corporate customers.

Heidi Pilz
Assessments Coordinator

Heidi takes care of assessment processing, office and student academic administration including issuing our graduates with their certificates.  She is an experienced RTO professional with a proven track record in customer service and office administration.

Adam Legge
Student Enrolments

Adam has 25 years experience in customer service, 11 of which have been in the education and training industry. He has a passion for education and assisting people make the right choices for their career development. 

Cath Slattery
Administration Coordinator

Cath has a background in training and assessment, specifically within the hair and beauty sector. She holds a Diploma of Salon Management as well as a Diploma of Management and has had extensive experience in the hairdressing and management sectors. Cath has a passion for providing a high-level of customer service, and is often the first point of contact for our current students. 

Lee McDonald
Administration Coordinator

Lee has an extensive background in administration, in both the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, and majored in Linguistics. Lee has over eight years experience in tertiary education administration, including experience in IELTS, and assisting international students. 

Michelle Stephens
Administration Assistant

Michelle has previously held roles in administration and has recently returned to the workforce. Michelle is responsible for assisting the administration team with day-to-day activities.

Training Team

Carl Mocnik
Academic Manager

Carl Mocnik is our Academic Manager, responsible for developing and managing all courses, and a trainer of our TAE, WHS and project management courses.  He commenced in the VET sector in the mid-90s when he managed several of the Technical Training Centre’s schools at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria, and was involved in the Royal Australian Navy’s transition from its in-house legacy based technical training system to the national VET system.  

After leaving the navy, Carl was involved in various project around the world, and started and developed Plenty Training in 2010 which is today one of a very small and select group of RTOs providing the TAE40116 and TAE50116/TAE50216 qualifications across Australia.  Carl has post graduate engineering qualifications, and diplomas in training and education, WHS and project management.

Melinda Santer
Trainer and Assessor (TAE)

Melinda has extensive experience in RTO compliance, instructional design and facilitating training and assessment.  Melinda enjoys the opportunity to work with both fledgling and experienced trainers to deliver effective and enjoyable training.  Her background is with RTOs and enterprise trainers both in the public and private sectors.  Melinda holds a Bachelor of Economics and post graduate qualifications in human resources, and Diplomas in Vocational Education & Training, Training Design & Development, Leadership and Management, and WHS.

David Murray
Trainer and Assessor (TAE, Leadership and Management, Business)

David has extensive experience as a trainer and assessor in both Australia and NZ.  He has a background in finance and mortgage broking and has lead teams in both large educational institutes and small private organisations.  David holds a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Business Studies, Post Graduate Diploma of Business and Administration (Management), Post Graduate Diploma of Banking, Diploma of Leadership and Management, Diploma of Business, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Diplomas of Vocational Education and Training and Training Design and Development.

Mel Best
Trainer & Assessor (TAE)

As a motivational speaker and trainer/facilitator, Mel has spent the past decade doing what she loves most – delivering training and training trainers. Her qualifications include a Diploma in Health Science, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Diploma in Life Coaching, and she is a trainer and master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Mel has delivered training both nationally and abroad in dozens of professional development workshops, seminars, and courses.  Mel is passionate, energetic and fun and believes in the power of laughter while learning.

Michael Shellshear
Trainer & Assessor (TAE, WHS, Business, Leadership & Management)

Michael is a highly experienced trainer and assessor in the fields of vocational training, leadership and management and work health and safety. As well as being an Arts Graduate with majors in history and drama, Michael holds many vocational qualifications including Advanced Diploma of OHS, Advanced Diploma of Alexander Technique Teaching, Diploma Business, Diploma of Leadership & Management and Diploma of Vocational Education.

A Plenty trainer of many years standing, Michael also provides training for Australian corporations and is an experienced speaker on health and safety issues. Michael is the current Chairperson for the Australian Society of Teachers of Alexander Technique. Michael is an approved provider of Health and Safety Committee training with Safework NSW.

Julie McLoughlin
Trainer & Assessor (TAE, Work Health & Safety)

Julie is an extremely experienced trainer, and was previously employed as the Safety and Training Manager at both the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Racing Club. Julie holds a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Certificate of OHS, Diplomas of Vocational Education and Training and of Training Design and Development, Diploma of WHS, Diploma of Leadership and Management, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Graduate Diploma of Business - Sport Management. Julie is also a Chartered Professional Member of the Safety Institute of Australia.

Janelle Manton
Trainer & Assessor (TAE)

Janelle is a professional speaker and facilitator, a fully certified life coach and a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) master practitioner. She has been presenting professionally for many years in the areas of effective presentation skills, personal and professional development, business and events management. Janelle is passionate about assisting her students overcome the obstacles that limit their training abilities and she works diligently to help students become dynamic and confident trainers and speakers in their chosen field.

Roy Tyrrell
Trainer & Assessor (TAE)

Roy has 18 years experience in the VET sector; 12 years teaching woodwork at the advanced diploma level and six years in RTO compliance. Roy managed the compliance needs for a consortium of three RTO's including acting as a mentor for a National team of trainer assessors across multiple industry sectors.

Roy holds Diplomas in Vocational Education and Training, and Training Design and Development.

Ruth McAndrew
Trainer & Assessor (TAE)

Ruth has worked in the VET sector for over 20 years as a trainer and assessor, content writer and developer, and in RTO administration. She has delivered both face-to-face and online training in the vocational areas of Beauty, Business, and TAE. Her qualifications include Certificate III in Beauty, Certificate IV in Business, Diploma of Business, Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Diploma of Vocational Education & Training and Diploma of Training Design & Development. Her passion is training, and her motto is "students first".

David Harrison
Trainer & Assessor (TAE)

David has spent the past 10 years teaching TAE in an RTO, as well as consulting to organisations on training and development. Prior to this, David worked in the fast food industry, based in USA, South Africa, and Australia, holding director roles in training, human resources, industrial relations, and operations. David holds Diplomas in Vocational Education and Training, and Training Design and Development