Our Staff

Alana Anderson

Chief Executive Officer

Alana is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alana Kaye College. Prior to starting up Alana Kaye College in 2011, Alana worked extensively in both private and public enterprises around Australia in Human Resource Management and Development.

Alana’s training and lecturing experience includes Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Corporate Training. Her expertise is in Strategic Planning, Business Planning, Leadership and Management training and the ongoing development of trainers in the VET sector.

Alana is an accredited Myers Briggs (MBTI) facilitator, Team Management Index (TMI) facilitator and DiSC Profile System trainer and provides consulting and training services to corporate clients across Australia.

Alana is the Chair of the Northern Territory Independent Tertiary Education Council of Australia (ITECA) Committee and on the National Board of ITECA. Alana’s experience is supported by her Master of Education (Leadership and Management), Med (L’ship&M’ment) and her Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education (B.AVE).

Marcus Thomson

General Manager

Marcus is our General Manager responsible for the overall daily operations of the College and has been with Alana Kaye College since its inception in 2011. Previous to this position he was our National Training Manager for over six years. Marcus commenced his training careers many years ago when he began his first work experience job supporting corporate groups in their team training endeavours in the pursuit of a Total Quality management philosophy.

He then began work with a Corporate Training Company in South Australia. He worked closely with schools and underprivileged children providing training and adventurous pursuits, including abseiling, navigational exercises, canoeing and rafting experiences.

Marcus’ extensive experience is supported by his qualifications in Training and Assessment, Leadership and Management, Work Health and Safety, Security and Risk Management and he has completed his Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, Diploma of Training Design and Development and his Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management.

Kirsty Neaylon

Manager International Operations

Kirsty is our International Manager and has been involved in training and education for over 16 years in both Federal and State Government as well as the Vocational Education and Training sector.

Kirsty has also had extensive experience with international students over the last five years and works closely with organisations and agents to provide a quality service to our international student cohort. She is responsible for the overall management of Alana Kaye College’s International business and student base.

Kirsty is passionate about assisting people to achieve relevant workplace knowledge and skills, through quality training programs, to make a difference in their lives and well-being. Kirsty, along with our International team, is committed to providing support to assist international students achieve their goals.

To support her work experience, Kirsty holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (First Class Honours) along with various other qualifications including Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, Diploma of Quality Auditing and Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management.

David Thomson

Operations Manager

David has recently joined us as our Operations Manager, initially responsible for implementing our capability in the security field and associated advanced technologies.

His background is extensive with over 20 years policing experience with both the Northern Territory Police and the Australian Federal Police (AFP). In his position with the AFP he held the dual rank of Federal Agent and Detective Leading Senior Constable and has experience both nationally and internationally.

David has a significant background in investigations, along with experience in both overt and covert methodologies. He has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards for his service, including Australia Day Achievement Medallion, Australian Federal Police Service Medal, National Police Service Medal, Commissioners Certificate, National Medal and AFP Operations Medal with several bars. David is a skilled communicator with extensive experience in management and leadership, training, coaching and mentoring. He is also skilled in the production and dissemination of intelligence and evidence and conducting high-level investigations across various crime types.

This vast experience is supported by his qualifications and training in Security Operations, Leadership and Management (Advanced Diploma), Diploma of Public Safety (Policing), Advanced Human Source Management, Counter Surveillance, National Surveillance and Remote Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) qualified and licensed. David is a champion of learning and empowerment of team members through leadership, management, motivation and mentoring in both high stress and challenging scenarios.

Karen Quigley

Senior Training Coordinator

Karen is our Senior Training Coordinator, responsible for coordinating Community Services, Aged Care, Individual Support and Early Childhood Education and Care. Karen is also working closely with our international students offering advice and support wherever needed. Karen previously worked as a Senior Trainer and Assessor with Alana Kaye College and always receives great feedback on her training style and ability to keep the students on track with their studies.

Karen’s leadership, management and training experience is supported by numerous vocational qualifications, including Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management. Karen is also currently studying for her Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning).

Catherine Beagley

Senior Training Coordinator

Catherine has worked on and off with Alana Kaye College for over eight years and has recently re-joined us as a Senior Training Coordinator, responsible for coordinating our Training and Assessment courses and Business Services courses. Catherine is also one of our TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment trainers and assessors and has a great reputation as a trainer in this area. Her knowledge on the vocational education and training sector is comprehensive and she is always willing to help students through their studies.

Catherine has numerous vocational qualifications including the Diploma of Training Design and Development, Diploma of Quality Auditing and the Certificate IV in Business.

Sofia Oranles

Admissions Officer

Sofia is our Admission Officer and manages all of our admissions in both domestic and international enrolments. She has over 7 years of comprehensive experience and demonstrated expertise in supporting organisations by providing them with consistent administrative support. Sofia has administrative and human resource experience in an educational institution and real estate company, respectively.

She possesses effective time management to appropriately prioritise tasks and ensure timeliness of work completion while being proficient in offering high-quality services and providing professional and remarkable client support and experience.

Kristal Formanes

Administrative Assistant

Kristal is multi-disciplined, specialising in visual identity design, marketing and editorial design, and digital illustrations. She started professionally designing in 2010, while working as a civil engineer. She has then further mastered the craft, and has been helping Alana Kaye College achieve marketing success by providing effective graphic design solutions. She is responsible for our branding and material design and helps and supports with administrative tasks as required.

Ross Lindsay

Trainer and Assessor (Training and Assessment and Project Management)

Ross has been with Alana Kaye College as our TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment trainer and assessor for over eighteen months and has extensive experience in the Vocational Training Sector. His training style is very interactive and inclusive and he spends considerable time with his students to help them through their studies. He specialises mainly in our training and assessment and project management qualifications.

Ross’s experience is supported by his qualifications in Diploma of Training Design and Development and the Diploma of Project Management.

Rhea Eugene

Trainer and Assessor (Community Services)

Rhea has been working in the Community care sector for many years and has worked closely with people in need for over 15 years. She has extensive experience working with the assessment of mental illness, ageing support, Alcohol and Other Drugs and has provided counselling, emotional support, referrals and case management throughout her working career. Rhea’s feedback from her students is excellent and she supports her students through their learning experience with sound advice and practical applications wherever possible.

Rhea’s experience in this sector is supported by her Master of Social Work with specialisation in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work and her Bachelors in Rehabilitation Science gained overseas at the Stella Maris College and the Holy Cross College.

Anicet Wall

Trainer and Assessor - Domestic (Early Childhood Education and Care)

Anicet has over 20 years experience in Early Childhood Education and Care. She has extensive experience as a Childcare Centre Director, preschool teaching, Outside school care hours, Teacher of families as first teacher (FAFT) involving playgroup and she is also an Australian Abecedarian Approach Practitioner. With this she has an extensive set of practical evidence-based teaching and learning strategies for early childhood educators and parents to use with children from birth to age five.

This knowledge is used during her training of future Early Childhood Education and Care workers. Anicet is originally from Seychelles, looks after her family of five and loves training and working with diverse cultures.

Anicet’s extensive experience is supported by her Bachelor of Children’s Services and her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Casey Burridge

Trainer and Assessor - International (Early Childhood education and care)

Casey is one of our very experienced Early Childhood Education and Care trainers. Her background includes over 10 years of experience in the Education and Care industry, involving a diverse range of roles and knowledge. Casey’s experience has given her opportunities in directing early childhood services and being a part of a vast range of settings in a variety of socio-economic domains.

Casey is dedicated to supporting our students to become respectful and valued educators and achieve competency in the workplace. She works closely with our International students to educate them in this very demanding field and uses extensive practical demonstrations and role plays to assist with the learning.

Her experience is supported by her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Geoffrey Hickey


Geoffrey Hickey has worked in the aviation industry for over 40 years as a pilot and captain of Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft. He has worked extensively in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. He has been a Captain with Emirates Airlines for ten years, Training Captain on B747 aircraft with China Airlines and his most recent position was with Qatar Airways as a Simulator Instructor and Examiner on the B777 aircraft.

Geoff has wide-ranging experience in managing long haul aircraft with a staff of over 20 and full capacity passengers of 400 or more. His leadership experience is extensive and he has managed staff during sometimes difficult situations. Geoff first commenced as a Pilot with Ansett Airways and has also been a flying instructor during his time in Australia.

Geoff comes on board as a consultant working closely with us to increase our capability, particularly in the aviation sector. Along with his experience, Geoff has also completed a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and is currently completing his training and assessing qualification.

Tammy Hosken

Training Coordinator/Administrator

Tammy is our Training Coordinator and Office Administrator, located in our Darwin campus. Tammy has an excellent work record in administration and customer service, spanning over 15 years. She is especially skilled at building effective, productive and working relationships with clients and the Alana Kaye Team and she can comfortably liaise with students, private enterprises and government officials.

Tammy is our first point of contact in our Darwin Campus and is working on all of Alana Kaye College’s contracts and projects throughout Australia.

Tammy’s work experience is supported by her qualifications in Financial Services and Business Administration.

Ellie Spence

Trainer and Assessor (Aged Care Sector)

Ellie has worked in the Nursing and Aged care sector for over four decades. She recently moved from Melbourne to Darwin and is loving the change of pace. Ellie trained as a Nurse in Adelaide and has spent her career working and travelling around Australia, this has given her a wealth of knowledge about people and how to work in diverse groups. Working in remote areas of Australia has given her many years of experience within Indigenous communities. Ellie has worked in every aspect of Nursing, from bedside to theatre and even most recently, being on the frontline of the COVID 19 Response in Melbourne.

Ellie is passionate about client and patient care and is dedicated to improving health awareness and ethical standards of practice. Ellie’s feedback from students shows that she always goes the extra mile for her students, with encouragement and empathy.

Ellie’s experience is supported by her Diploma of Nursing, her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Vocational Graduate in Cosmetic Nursing and Certificate in Family Planning and Sexual Diseases.


The Alana Kaye team are supported by a number of highly experienced consultants in our Gold Coast and Darwin schools who work closely with us to facilitate the learning process for our students. These include consultants in First Aid, Advanced Business and Leadership and Management, Work Health and Safety and Early Childhood Education and Care. These consultants have extensive industry experience with high level qualifications to support this work experience. They provide training in both qualification and short course requirements for students and corporate clients.