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Leadership Team

Rachel Holthouse

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, a Diploma of Education from Melbourne University and a Masters of Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University.

After working in publishing and then in education at Melbourne University’s Hawthorn Language Centre, Rachel held senior international positions for Melbourne University. She worked first in Asia, as Director of Melbourne University’s Hawthorn–Singapore Language Centre, and then in Europe, as Principal of Melbourne University’s Edinburgh School of English, Scotland. During this time, Rachel also took on corporate governance responsibilities as a Board Director for a UK company.

On her return to Australia, she was appointed Executive Manager of Business Strategy and Operations for Melbourne University’s prestigious Department of Otolaryngology, home of Australia’s renowned Cochlear implant and the Bionic Ear Institute.

In December 2009, Rachel was appointed Chief Executive Officer of RMIT Training.

Peter Barnes

Director, Finance

Peter holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Monash University. He has extensive experience in senior finance and leadership roles in a range of business sectors, including FMCG, retail, logistics, manufacturing and corporate services.

Peter has worked for multinational corporations, ASX listed, privately owned and family owned companies and statutory marketing authorities, managing revenues of up to a billion dollars.

His most recent roles have been with Spotless Ltd, CMA Corporation Ltd and Trident Computer Services.

Peter joined RMIT Training in July 2013 as Director, Finance.

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.

Dion McDonald

Director, Information Technology

Dion holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Information Management) from Deakin University and a Diploma of Project Management (AQF Level 5).

Dion has extensive experience in the IT industry and has senior project management experience in large-scale software development projects. He has worked in lead project management capacity with Tier 1 consulting firms and industry leading companies such as Telstra, Sensis and the Australian Football League, as well as local and state government bodies such as the Melbourne City Council, VicTrack, Worksafe Victoria and the Transport Accident Commission.

In addition, as Senior Software Engineer for the world’s largest defence subcontractor, Lockheed Martin, Dion worked on projects such as Jindalee Over-the-Horizon Radar Network (JORN) and Mine Warfare Command and Control System (MWSC).

Dion joined RMIT Training in November 2011 as Director, Information Technology.