Our Student Support Team

Meet the team providing the support and mentoring our students need to succeed

Learning Coaches

Our Learning Coaches take great care in delivering real support for our students. They are experts in their industries with a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience, and are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

Sarah Sabell
Associate Director of Learning & Development

Sarah’s background in workplace training and work-ready education sees her well placed to not only understand many of the challenges faced by CAL’s students but to provide solutions, options and answers to many of these day-to-day obstacles.

Having just finished her Masters in Vocational Education, Sarah has a broad understanding of and interest in Education throughout Australia and internationally. Sarah works closely with CAL’s coaching and assessing team to ensure that all training CAL provides is precisely customised to each student’s needs, and delivered to the highest possible quality.

As the head of the course development team, she also looks for every opportunity to improve the training outcomes for students, corporate clients and industry, delivering a measurable ROI. Sarah has worked with some of Australia’s largest companies, and both State and Local Governments.

Miriam Oxford
Learning & Development Manager

Miriam has recently completed her PhD in Adult Education and brings to CAL a broad range of experiences across multiple industries. Starting her career in hospitality she gained an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management, before undertaking an Honours Degree in Adult Education and postgraduate qualifications in Business & Technology, and HR.

Working for a variety of national and international companies including the Australian Human Resources Institute, Drake International, and TAFE Tasmania, she has developed a deep understanding of HR and business.

Miriam is a passionate lifelong learner, having pursued much of her learning as a distance and online student.  She has a strong focus on quality, compliance and working to ensure students are industry-ready.

Michael Meere
Assessor & Learning Coach

Michael brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to CAL’s students, gained over the past 40 years, across positions from Board Member, to CEO; General Manager to consultant; working in both private and not for profit sectors.

Alongside this extensive managerial and corporate experience, Michael also holds a Master’s degree in HRM; a second Master’s degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and has run his own HRM & Management consultancy for many years. Michael has also had ‘dirt-under-the-fingernail’ experience in project management, quality, logistics and the hard-end aspects of management.

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Meagan Rawlings
Assessor & Learning Coach

Meagan has more than 25 years of senior management experience working in both the health care sector and for large Multi-National Companies. Having managed and headed divisions from distribution chains to successful sales teams, Meagan is passionate about passing on her real-world experience to her CAL students.

With an in-depth understanding and knowledge of customer relationship management, rapport building, time management skills, leading and managing successful teams and customer service, Meagan can cultivate her students into job-ready leaders.

Nasser Babaee
Assessor & Learning Coach

Nasser is a Building and Construction professional and has a broad range of skills across the building and construction industry, including quality management, WHS management, efficient project scheduling and management, project profitability management and portfolio management.

In previous roles, Nasser has worked with numerous commercial and domestic building companies including Lendlease, Hansen Yuncken, Watpac and others. He has also worked with smaller building companies to improve their structures and systems, helping them manage their businesses and projects more effectively and efficiently.

Throughout his career in the industry, Nasser has helped companies implement structures and systems across quality management, planning and scheduling of works, recruitment and inductions, and liaison with industry bodies.

In his Vocational Training roles, Nasser has been helping students complete their qualifications and achieve their dreams in becoming project managers, contract administrators, site supervisors and more.

Kerre Burley
Assessor & Learning Coach

Kerre is an award-winning business owner with over 40 years’ experience in service industries. She brings a wealth of business training, and international consulting experience, working throughout South East Asia with major companies. She has been an industry trainer for over 30 years, as well as an international speaker and facilitator.

Kerre is currently the CEO of The Goulding Institute looking after an international team. She enjoys supporting and empowering individuals to pursue their dreams, aspirations, and goals. Her fun, quirky personality and positive outlook bring out the best in her pupil.

Darren O'CONNOR
Assessor & Learning Coach

Darren is an end-to-end supply chain professional who has more than 25 years of senior management experience across sectors including, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, banking, transport and logistics. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, including the Victorian Department of Health, Melbourne Metro Trains, Toll, Australia Post, National Australia Bank and CSL.

Darren has hands-on experience consulting directly with several ASX 20 organisations, and he has considerable experience in small to medium-sized businesses.

Darren is passionate about learning and development within his chosen profession. He gains the most satisfaction with one-to-one coaching and development.

Marissa Litonjua
Assessor & Learning Coach

Marissa has worked in the VET sector for over 14 years. She has worked for a range of organisations as Head Trainer, developing training and assessment materials and reviews. Marissa has experience in training large and diverse groups across multiple industry sectors, including workplace training, and teaching international students.

Her competencies range from managerial training and organisational development, validation and moderation. She has served as a Business Mentor for over 10 years, helping businesses grow and succeed in the current business environment. Marissa has also participated in career counselling, and executive coaching.

Marissa is a lifelong learner having completed her Masters in Professional Education and Training, Masters in Professional Studies. Marissa is passionate about sharing a wealth of knowledge and information to help students succeed in their future careers.

Robyn Smith
Assessor & Learning Coach

Robyn has worked in the VET sector throughout Queensland for the past 5 years.
She has worked with domestic, international and school based students as well as job seekers and other trainers.
Robyn has a background in education, where her teaching skills and understanding of students lead her to look at training. After owning her own businesses in Victoria, she put together her range of knowledge, experience and skills to become a trainer to help others in the workforce or wanting to join the workforce.

Robyn has designed, developed and delivered assessment packages in business, travel, leadership and management, small business and foundation skills. She has also developed employability and life skill resources that she has used with job seekers and international students.
Being with students comes from a genuine desire to support and help them to be the best they can. To see a student gain employment, gain a promotion, or just finish a course is her reward.

Kerri Waddell
Assessor & Learning Coach

Kerri is a Learning and Development (L&D) professional with 21 years’ experience in the field. She has a holistic understanding of the L&D function. She has a broad range of skills, knowledge and capabilities related to organisational training and assessment delivery, training needs analysis, training program development, training procedures development, L&D planning and reporting, staff development, leadership/management, performance management, HR functions and project management.

Kerri’s personal educational philosophy is to make a positive difference to the professional and personal lives of people through learning. She likes to assist people to be the best they can be by helping them to believe in their own abilities. She is truly passionate about helping people to learn, grow and achieve!

Edgar Uy
Assessor & Learning Coach

Edgar has a unique background that spans Lean, Change Management, Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma and Learning & Development with 20 yrs experience as people leader in operations, projects & competency training.

He has in-depth involvement in specialised segments of Change Management within the contexts of Lean Six Sigma, transformation, operating model and organisational development. His expertise focuses on data-driven risk-based mediation of stakeholder change impacts to result in high adoption rates & sustainability outcomes.

Edgar co-creates organisational value to drive long-term business growth through effective stakeholder partnership, operational excellence and strategic focus. He has multiple industry experiences including manufacturing, federal government, financial services, banking & finance, consulting and academia.

Jenni Simmons

CAREER COACH

Jenni has worked in the learning and development consulting and coaching space for over 25 years, working across corporate government and small business environments in that time, supporting all levels of the workforce, from frontline staff all the way up to senior managers. Jenni has been part of the CAL team since 2017 and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work so closely with students through the Careers Hub to help them achieve their career goals.

Student Success Advisors

Our Student Success Advisors are here to ensure that you have everything you need to be successful in your studies. They are your number one supporters, helping you with motivation, study plans and tips on productivity and organisation.

Michael Levidis
Manager of Student Success

With a background in education and psychology, Michael’s key focus has always been empowering students to not only meet their goals but exceed them, and enhance their self-belief and personal outcomes as part of their journey. He believes the student experience is vital, and he takes immense pride in helping students become their best.

Michael has taught at world-class universities with students from a wide range of backgrounds, and developed processes to support the ever-evolving needs of the current learner.

Daisy Smoel
Student Success Advisor

Daisy takes the role of student success to heart, and goes above and beyond to give each of her students the best study experience she can.

Daisy loves to see her students succeed and endeavours to make every interaction with the students fruitful and rewarding. Daisy empowers and stretches her students to unlock their full potential and encourages them to take accountability of their own learning journey.

Alec Cotton
Student Success Advisor

Alec is passionate when engaging with students, believing every interaction to be an opportunity for meaningful change and development. Alec enjoys seeing students develop their skills and capabilities – he feels that the learning journey is ever-changing and holds a strong focus on seeing each student evolve throughout their time at CAL.

As a Student Success Advisor, Alec aims to be easy to speak with and open to communication at all times – he works to be a source of positivity and helpfulness, providing guidance and accountability for every student.

Tracey Lont
Student Success Advisor

Tracey has a genuine passion for helping others achieve their goals. Through her own experiences as a CAL graduate, she can empathise and encourage students, who may be facing challenges – whether it’s a return to study after a hiatus, the uncertainty of a new career path or balancing work and family commitments with studying.

Tracey believes that building strong relationships with students from the outset is key to success.She champions each and every student, offering personalised service and meeting the individual needs of students.