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Leadership Team

Catherine O’Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer

Catherine holds a Masters in Public Policy, Government from the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZOG); and a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education, English and History from the University of New England.

A former Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year, she has built her career on developing, implementing and championing innovative education strategies. Catherine is a qualified teacher with more than 20 years’ classroom experience before becoming Principal of Goondiwindi State High School. In this role, she received an Australian Rural Leadership Scholarship and a Churchill Fellowship. Transitioning into a career in public policy administration, Catherine served as Executive Director of Schools for the Toowoomba region, Assistant Director-General at the state’s Department of Primary Industries and Queensland State Manager of the Commonwealth for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

In 2013 she joined Bond University as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships, which included Indigenous education and women’s education as key areas of the portfolio. Catherine’s most recent role before joining RMIT Training was as Director of Industry, Innovation and Employability at Laureate International University. She has been recognised as one of Queensland’s ‘Top 50 Best and Brightest’ and in, 2015, was appointed to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Entrepreneurial Women’s Leadership Board.

Catherine joined RMIT Training as Chief Executive Officer in March 2019.

Shyara Fernando

Director, Finance

Shyara holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) from Monash University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has experience working across some of Australia’s leading companies including Village Roadshow, Newcrest Mining, Pacific Brands and most recently the University of Melbourne.

In her most recent role at the University of Melbourne, Shyara worked as the Financial Controller for Research Innovation & Commercialisation (RIC) overseeing the finances for seven operating divisions including business development, research contracts, art conservation and medical facilities. In addition to leading the RIC finance team, Shyara also managed the University of Melbourne’s research accounting team.

Shyara joined RMIT Training as Director, Finance in January 2019.

Anne Ridgway

Director, Human Resources

Anne holds a Masters of Management (Human Resources) from Monash University and has qualifications in education and training. She is an accomplished executive with 20 years’ experience working in Human Resources.

During this time, Anne has been responsible for developing and delivering policies and programs in leadership, learning and development, safety, industrial relations, remuneration, recruitment and other centres of excellence to increase engagement. Her business approach allows her to respond to organisational drivers with innovative people strategies and tailored programs. Leading organisational cultural change processes and project design and delivery are also part of Anne’s repertoire.

Anne has worked for education, media, engineering, science and construction organisations across not for profit, government and corporate sectors including Australian Synchrotron Company Ltd, Sensis and Bayside Group.

Anne joined RMIT Training in July 2013 as Director, Human Resources.

Maxine Sahhar

Director, Pathways

Maxine holds a Masters of TESOL from Monash University; and a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from the University of Sydney.

She has extensive senior management experience in international education in both the university and TAFE sectors. She has managed the implementation of English language and Foundation Studies programs in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

Maxine joined RMIT Training in September 2018 as Director, Pathways.