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 and Projects 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
Marketing Manager

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 stepped into the Marketing Manager role in 2019. 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 Marketing Manager. Madi joined the Plenty Training team in 2019 as a graduate of Bond University. 

Wendy Bayly
Course Advisor

Wendy is a former high-school teacher and has a strong passion for managing training processes. Wendy has been a part of the Plenty Training team since 2012 and is committed to helping both individuals and businesses find the right course to suit their needs.    

Rosie Dunn
Course Advisor

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
Course Advisor

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.

Justin James
Course Advisor
Justin has a strong background in sales with 13 years of experience within the health and fitness industry. Justin holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is currently studying a Double Degree in Technology and Education. Justin has a passion for the education sector and providing high levels of customer service.   
Zhara Reynolds
Course Advisor

Zhara has extensive experience as a Teacher and Trainer and holds a Bachelor of Education, Certificate IV in TESOL and IELTS. Zhara has a strong focus on helping others acheive their goals, and she will happily assist you in finding the best options to suit your needs. 

Elliot Sparkes
Course Advisor and Business Development Consultant

Elliot has completed a Masters of Business Management and a Bachelor of Economics majoring in International Business. Elliot has 10 years' experience in project management, client management and business development. He works extensively with Australian and global organisations across the public and private sector to identify their needs and to provide best fit solutions.

Olivia Wicks
Course Advisor

With over 15 years of Sales, Marketing and Business Development experience in the Medical sector, Olivia is passionate and driven to help students find the right study pathway and achieve their Career Goals. Olivia holds a range of supporting qualifications including the Cert IV in Training & Assessment, a Masters of Business Administration and a Diploma in Sales & Marketing. She prides herself on attention to detail and ensuring a high level of customer service.

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.

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. 

Megan Grieve
Administration Coordinator

Megan assists with office support and student administration.  She has a strong background in administration with previous experience working in the education, training and government sectors.

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 is the author of the best-selling textbook "TRAINING THE TRAINER: Attaining the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment".  Carl is also the founder and managing director of Plenty Training.

A former naval officer, Carl commenced in the vocational education sector in the 1990s when he managed several of the Technical Training Centre schools at HMAS CERBERUS, and was involved in the Royal Australian Navy’s transition from its legacy based technical training system to the national vocational education system.

After leaving the navy, Carl was based in California’s Silicon Valley, managing several international engineering projects, before returning to Australia in the early 2000s and starting Plenty Training. Carl has post graduate engineering qualifications and diplomas in training and education, business and leadership, 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)

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)

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)

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.

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

Chantal McGinley
Assessor (TAE)

Chantal has worked in the VET sector for the past 19 years in Training and assessment, compliance and administration. Chantal is an experienced facilitator, passionate about student learning and engagement and enjoys taking the educational journey with her students giving them a wonderful learning experience to fulfil their greatest potential. Chantal’s experience extends to face-to-face and online training in the vocation areas of TAE, Leadership and Management and Retail . Chantal holds qualifications such as Diplomas in Training Design & Development, Vocational Education & Training, Leadership and Management , Retail Management, Cert IV in Training and Assessment and Master Practitioner of Neuro – Linguistic Programming. (NLP)

Vanessa Solomon
Assessor (TAE)

Vanessa is an enthusiastic and determined educator with 10 years experience working within the Vocational Education and Training Sector. With post-graduate qualifications in Adult Education and Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy practices in addition to Diplomas in Vocational Education and Training, and Training Design and Development, Vanessa's passion lies with working with students to become successful, resourceful and knowledgeable Trainers and Assessors. Vanessa has experience with compliance, coordinating Registered Training Organisations, and leading teams of trainers and assessors. With a passion for educational research, Vanessa is currently studying her Masters in Learning and Teaching.

Nisha Divecha
Trainer & Assessor (TAE)

Nisha brings to the organisation more than 22 years of experience in training and assessing, within the VET sector in Australia and abroad. Commencing her career as a Trainer and Assessor, Nisha progressed to take on higher roles such as Head of Studies, Training Coordinator, Instructional Designer, Training Manager and Resource Development Officer, at various RTOs in Sydney. As a part of these roles, Nisha delivered courses in Hospitality, Business, Leadership and Management, Customer Engagement and Training and Assessment, having developed compliant training material for most of these courses.

Nisha holds Masters of Education in Adult Education from University of Technology Sydney, in addition to the various vocational qualifications in Training and Assessment, Business, Hospitality and Management. Training the Trainers comes naturally to Nisha because of the extensive training and assessing experience and her passion coupled with commitment to share her valuable experience with others.