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Our People

Meet the CAL Team

Helen Sabell, CEO and Principal

Passionate about adult and lifelong learning, Helen established The College for Adult Learning for mature, work-experienced learners and mid career professionals seeking professional development options and work ready qualifications, which are relevant, adaptable and flexible.

Helen holds a Masters of Education and is working towards her PhD. She has worked with some of the leading names of the Australian University and TAFE sector across her extensive career in the industry. She has designed, developed and authored many workplace leadership and training programs, both in Australia and overseas.

An experienced Executive, educator and writer, Helen developed many of the programs currently offered by the college and is currently working on new, exciting delivery modes and innovations for online and blended learning. With a detailed understanding of the educational needs of industry, and a current knowledge of the changing business landscape (and the resultant challenges for the workplace), Helen is constantly updating CAL’s course content (across Certificate IV, Diploma and short courses online) to ensure they stay relevant and workplace ready.

In addition, she also spends a lot of her time coaching and mentoring the wide range of experienced learners currently studying with the college, as well as the many past students who return to CAL for ongoing support and career mentoring.

When she has time, Helen also works with a select group of organisations consulting in People Management & Development, Education and Change.

Helen has worked across a number of industry sectors and clients, including:

  • Corporations – BHP, NAB, Telstra, Australia Post, Boeing, Australian Unity, Coles, Villa Maria, Wesfarmers and Apple.
  • The utilities sector – Yarra Valley Water; Melbourne Water; and Origin Energy.
  • A number of Federal Government departments, including Centrelink, Federal Police, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, DHS, and Department of Defence.
  • Many Victorian State Government departments, including Vic Roads, DSE, SES, Primary Industries, Innovation & Small Bus, Victoria Police, and DHS.
  • Local government municipalities in VIC, NSW and WA and their associations.

Michael Meere, Director and Senior Lecturer

Michael brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to CAL’s students, gained over the past 30 years, across positions from Board Member, to CEO; General Manager to consultant; working in both private and not for profit sectors. Michael has conducted many Strategic organisational reviews as well as specific ISO & Aged Care Accreditation & QA. Alongside this extensive managerial and corporate experience, Michael also holds a Masters degree in HRM; a second Masters degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and has run his own HRM & Management consultancy for many years.

In previous years Michael has designed and developed a range of HR & business related tools and is a regular contributor to management journals; has authored numerous whitepapers on HRM & management and has contributed occasional specialist pieces in local media such as The Age.

Michael shares his considerable knowledge & experience in Management working as an academic & part-time lecturer in the Swinburne University Business Faculty and, as a learning facilitator & business consultant with the College for Adult Learning. He has developed a number of customised supervisor programs for companies including: Cabrini Health Care, Visy, Bendigo Bank, DSE,Vic Roads, Australian Unity & Australia Post.

Recently, Michael has been working with a large, superannuation company assisting them with the development of their ‘Leadership Signature’ and their senior leadership team. This has been achieved through a combination of workshops followed by intensive workplace coaching over a period of 12 months or more.

Michael has worked across a range of industries and sectors, including:

  • Boeing Australia
  • Department of Sustainability and Environment
  • Australia Post – Commercial Division
  • Heinz Australia
  • Australian Defence Organisation
  • Melbourne Water
  • Origin Energy
  • Numerous local govt. municipalities
  • Australian Unity
  • Cabrini Health
  • VicSuper
  • Vic Roads
  • Vietnam Breweries
  • Vietnam Airlines

Rob Golding, Director

A founding Director of The College for Adult Learning, Rob has a keen understanding of the needs of business in relation to staff training and development. This understanding has been developed over many years in the field, working closely with businesses, academics and students alike. He is passionate about workplace training and has seen many companies improve their productivity and overall performance using targeted, needs based training – training developed specifically for adult learners.

An experienced, confident and engaging speaker, Rob brings his wealth of knowledge and understanding of business, sales and marketing to CAL’s students. He is an advocate of well-developed and clearly articulated business and sales strategy, and is both highly motivated, and skilled in motivating others.

Rob has extensive experience in business, having run his own successful companies. More recently, Rob has held senior positions with Swinburne University and TAFE (Swinburne Industry Solutions) and with private education providers, both working closely with industry.

This range of experiences guarantees that Rob is focused on finding the right ‘training’ solution for businesses and individuals. He has worked with many organisations across a diverse range of industry sectors to identify their learning and development needs and find a solution, which efficiently and effectively meets those needs. He particularly enjoys re-visiting clients to measure ongoing uptake of training outcomes and quantify the continuing benefits that the training has returned to the business.

Rob works hard to provide CAL’s clients with a true measure of their return on training investment and is confident he can deliver measurable outcomes to every organisation.

Stephen Golding, Business Manager

Joining the College for Adult Learning in January 2011, Stephen ensures that CAL’s office and administration processes run seamlessly. Working with his team, Stephen looks after CAL’s Richmond Campus, and our many online programs.

From catering to notebooks; student logins to finance; Stephen is across it all. His attention to detail will mean that your time with CALearning and CAL will be entirely hassle free. Being a numbers man, he is also focused on analysing student outcomes, results, work readiness and of course demonstrating the ROI to our corporate clients.

Sarah Sabell, Associate Director Learning and Development

As CAL’s first (and main) point of contact for students, Sarah is a familiar face (and voice) for many. Her 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.

Sarah also works closely with CAL’s trainers and assessors to ensure that all training CAL provides is precisely customised to each individual student’s needs, and then delivered to the highest possible quality. Working closely with Rob Golding, she looks for every opportunity to improve the training outcomes for both our individual students and corporate clients, delivering a measurable ROI.

Sarah spent many years with Swinburne University, working in Industry Solutions (as part of the Commercial Education Unit). She held a number of roles in this area, most recently as Project Manager, Short Courses. Sarah has worked with some of Australia’s largest companies, and both State and Local Governments.

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