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.

David Thomson

Manager International Operations

David joined us as our Operations Manager, initially responsible for implementing our capability in the security field and associated advanced technologies. David has since moved into the role of Manager International Operations, responsible for building relationships in all areas of International associations and business growth.

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.

Catherine Beagley

National Training Manager

Catherine has worked with Alana Kaye College for over 10 years in varying capacities, most recently as State Manager for QLD and has now been appointed to the role of National Training Manager with overall responsibility for training operations and compliance. Catherine is also a highly experienced Training and Assessment, Business and Leadership and Management trainer and assessor and has a great reputation as a trainer in these areas.

Her knowledge of the vocational education and training sector is comprehensive and her experience and time with Alana Kaye College and in the VET industry, makes her an excellent leader for our training and compliance operations.

Catherine has numerous vocational qualifications including the Diploma of Training Design and Development, Diploma of Quality Auditing and the Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management and is currently undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Management.

Bob Dever

Academic Manager - ELICOS

Bob has joined the Alana Kaye team as our Academic Manager for our ELICOS program. Bob has been actively involved in the international education industry for over 25 years, having managed schools in Gold Coast , Cairns, Brisbane and London.

Bob ensures that our students get to experience the highest level of teaching by the best teachers, using the most current teaching materials available.

With a love of getting in front of a class to teach, and making sure that students get the best experience, Bobs enthusiasm and determination to make a difference is what drives him to make Alana Kaye English College stand out from the rest.


Arvin Alcantara

Country Manager - Alana Kaye International

Arvin is the Country Manager of Alana Kaye International, stationed in Makati City, Philippines. He has over 19 years of professional experience in the education sector, which includes his work with Government and Private Schools in the Philippines in varying capacities. Prior to Joining Alana Kaye International, he was the Country Manager of a Private School Group in the Philippines which focuses on K-12 Curriculum.

His knowledge in the education sector and his experience in leadership and management make him an ideal Country Manager for the Philippines, where he will guide and lead the operation to continuous and steady growth. It is envisaged that he will also help AKC in growth of International Students from all around the world.

Arvin’s qualification includes his years of experience teaching Primary, Secondary (Domestic and International), Undergraduate, and Graduate School. He is a Licensed Professional Teacher with a Master’s Degree in Teaching. He is still pursuing his Doctor of Education specialising in Educational Management.

Megan Johnston

RTO Branch Manager - Northern Territory

Megan has worked in the RTO industry for over five years, within multiple RTO’s in multiple positions such as Administrative Assistant, Campus Coordinator, and Training Support Coordinator and has now taken on the position of Branch Manager in our Northern Territory Campus . She is a strong leader of this team and an excellent support for both staff and students.

In 2019 she was a finalist for the GTNT trainee of the year award and was awarded an ‘Individually Tailored Personal Development Program’ from Biznorth.

During her years working in the RTO industry, she has successfully completed two business apprenticeships and well as her Certificate II in Retail Services, Certificate III in Business, Certificate IV in Business Administration, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Leadership and Management and Diploma of Training Design and Development.

Maria Cowell

International Partnerships Administrator

Maria is our International Partnerships Administrator located in our Gold Coast Campus and we are very happy to have her on board. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the international student space and is an experienced customer service and public relations operator.

She has over 10 years experience in client services roles in a range of industries including academia, communications, student support and hospitality and holds a Bachelor in Journalism, a Diploma of Business and she is currently enrolled in TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Maria started her journey in Australia on a working holiday from Chile in South America and then commenced as an international student in the Gold Coast in Queensland. She is now a proud Australian Citizen and, as a consequence of this, has an excellent understanding of the Australian student journey. Outside of her work Maria also loves reading, travelling and engaging in the many outdoor activities that Australia has to offer.

She has come on board at an exciting time in both the vocational industry in Australia, the international student space and Alana Kaye College and is looking forward to providing advice to potential and existing students throughout their journeys and to liaise with our key partners.

Brooke Lyons

Course and Field Placement Coordinator

Brooke joined the administration team at our Darwin Campus and has now worked her way up to the position of Course and Field Placement Coordinator. An integral part of the team, Brooke not only assists all our Darwin students with finding and securing work placements she also coordinates all our training and timetables for face-to-face classes within our Darwin campus and across the Northern Territory working closely with business and our trainers to deliver face to face training wherever they are located.

Brooke is currently completing her Certificate III in Business and endeavors to complete her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to further grow her knowledge and skills in the RTO industry.


Training Coordinator - Gold Coast

MK has joined our Gold Coast team as a Training Coordinator and comes to us with over five years in the International Education industry in roles covering course coordination and compliance.

MK originally came to Australia on a working holiday from Korea in 2012 and then became an international student herself. She has studied Certificate IV in TESOL, Diploma of Business, and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics. After completing her studies in Australia, MK moved to China for work before once again returning to Australia. As a previous international student and having worked in many different countries, she is well suited to support our student base as well as speaking Korean, English and Japanese.

Skye Dawson

Administration Assistant - Darwin

Skye has recently joined the Alana Kaye College team in the Darwin Campus as their Receptionist/Administration Assistant.

Skye is responsible for student enquiries and the administrative support for Alana Kaye College. Skye has previously completed her certificate II in Retail Cosmetics and is currently working towards the completion of her BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business to further develop her knowledge and skills in the administration industry.

Jessica Francisco

Training Coordinator

Jess is our Admissions Officer/Training Coordinator and is our first point of contact for all domestic enrolments. She started working with Alana Kaye College in December 2022 and has over 10 years experience in customer service and student support. Her previous experience within the RTO sector commenced back in 2017 where she was a part of the student support team of a large RTO with offices around Australia and in the Philippines. She is a dedicated and hardworking individual and through her excellent customer service she was given a Client Superstar Award as an acknowledgement of this hard work.

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.

Laura Ortiz

Trainer and Assessor (Individual Support, Ageing Support and Community Services)

Laura Ortiz is an experienced Collage Trainer who specialises in Certificate III in Individual Support, Certificate IV in Ageing Support and Diploma of Community Services. Originally from Colombia, Laura graduated from medical school in 2013 and has more than five years of experience working as a GP before moving to Australia in 2018. Since then, Laura has been actively involved in the Australian health sector with a focus on Aged Care and Community Services.

With Laura’s extensive background in medicine and healthcare, they bring a unique perspective to her role as a Trainer and Assessor. She has a passion for helping students gain practical skills and knowledge they can apply in real-world situations. Her goal is to provide a supportive learning environment that encourages growth and success for all students.

If you are willing to start your carrier in Australian’s health sector, Laura is an excellent resource for your training needs. She is dedicated to helping students achieve their professional goals and make a meaningful impact in the healthcare sector.

Kim Theyers

Trainer and Assessor (Early Childhood Education and Care)

Kim has been working in the Early Childhood sector for 27 years, 10 of those years as a Trainer and Assessor. 

Kim has worked in various Early Childhood settings, primarily as a Diploma qualified Assistant Director, Director and as a Home-based Educator.  She holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma of School Aged Education and Care, as well as the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

As a Trainer and Assessor, Kim acknowledges the value of continuous improvement, and reminds her students that learning does not stop on the day they complete their training – learning is a lifelong process.  Her commitment to her students is exemplary as she continually works hard to offer provocation, motivation and delivers high quality teaching and support.   Kim adapts her teaching mythology depending on the needs of her students, her approach is actively led by meeting the needs of the individual learner.

Kim demonstrates that she is passionate about VET, training and is committed to ensuring that her students are both job ready and/or prepared for further study.

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.

Victor Gazen De Mesquita

Trainer and Assessor (Leadership & Management)

Our teacher for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Leadership & Management, as well as First Aid, is also a former international student from Brazil with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has been living abroad for almost 15 years.

Victor’s background is in the fitness industry, where he worked as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Center Manager for over 14 years, both in Brazil and Australia. His leadership skills led him to become a Vocational Teacher in 2018, lecturing in Fitness, Sports, and First Aid courses.

Victor loves motivating students to achieve anything they wish and constantly illustrates his lectures with stories of how he became an Australian citizen by studying the courses that he currently teaches.

In his spare time, Victor loves surfing, spending time with his wife and daughter (you might see them around with him on campus) while he studies for a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology.

Dr Terry Houguet-Pincham

Trainer and Assessor (Leadership & Management)

Dr Terry is an award-winning senior executive with a wealth of leadership and management experience in the corporate finance, manufacturing, health and for-purpose sectors.  His leadership and management experience in the health and for-purpose sector has seen Dr Terry work to improve the wellbeing of multiple target populations including people with intellectual impairment, physical disability, Indigenous peoples, mental illness, and the aged. Dr Terry has also worked in the sexual health and criminal justice sectors.

Moreover, Dr Terry has served as an elected representative in local government and has held numerous community and public sector leadership positions ranging from the Borad of the Australian Organisation for Quality to the Board of the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Dr Terry’s leadership and management experience is supported by his Graduate Certificate of Disabilities Studies, Master of Human Service 1st Class Honours, Master of Gestalt Therapy, Diploma of Fundraising Management, Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, Diploma of Project Managements, Graduate Certificate of International Business.  Dr Terry also holds a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, Master of Management (Innovation and Entrepreneurship), Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Business Administration, Master of Master of Commerce (Leadership), and the Master of Professional Accounting.  Furthermore, Dr Terry is completing the Master of Social and OrganisationalLeadership (Change Facilitation) and his research interests involve investigating the barriers to demographic diversity in the boardroom.  Dr Terry is Chartered Secretary and a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

In his role as a Trainer and Assessor at Alana Kaye College, Dr Terry puts the students first. In the classroom, Dr Terry uses the continuous improvement process as he adapts his practice to the individual learner, to assist and support each student in their learning. Dr Terry strives to deliver a high-quality interactive and inclusive service to all students in the leadership and management discipline, to complement the valuable work undertaken at Alana Kaye College.

Kerry Gray

Trainer and Assessor (Individual Support)

Kerry Gray has a strong background in Community Services and the Disability sector. Kerry has completed the following qualifications, Certificate III in Individual Support, Certificate IV in Disability, Certificate IV in Community Services, Certificate IV in Education Support, and her Diploma of Community Services. Kerry has her certificate IV in Training and Assessment qualification and has been training in Queensland and the Northern Territory. Kerry has an extensive working background within the Education, Disability and Community Services industry, including job roles such as program coordinator.  

Kerry’s passion for Education and Training has seen her career move into the VET field as a trainer and assessor. She has excelled in this field. She is currently delivering CHC33015, CHC52015 and first aid to students in the Northern Territory. 

Monica Arcoya

Trainer and Assessor (Building and Construction)

Monica is an esteemed trainer and mentor with a wealth of expertise garnered over a decade within the dynamic construction industry. Her track record spans high-value projects ranging from $80 to $100 million across the United Kingdom, Australia, and Spain.

Having earned a Diploma Graduate in Construction in Spain, Monica’s career has predominantly unfolded in the bustling hubs of Sydney CBD and central London. Here, she masterfully navigated managing the challenging logistical issues, coordinating complex luxury designs and leading multidisciplinary teams.

Rooted in her robust background in site management and engineering, Monica’s proficiencies encompass the execution of refurbishment and fit-out initiatives across diverse sectors, including commercial, healthcare, and residential domains. Her forte lies in crafting comprehensive design and project management strategies that foster unity and cohesion.

Monica holds certifications as a trainer, assessor, coach, and mentor. Her mission is to kindle motivation, inspire innovation, and empower leaders within the construction and project management’s industry, all while championing sustainability, efficiency, and the successful delivery of projects.

Charlotte Spokes

Trainer and Assessor (Early Childhood Education and Care)

Charlotte has been working in the Early Childhood sector for over 20 years with 10 of those years as a Trainer and Assessor while still working in the Early Childhood industry.

Charlotte holds a Diploma of Community Service (Children Services), Certificate III in Community Services, as well as the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Charlotte also holds many participation certificates for her strong interest in inclusion support, in the younger years.

As a Trainer and Assessor, Charlotte enjoys working with students to meet their potential while guiding them through the study process. Charlotte believes that laughter and joy are key components to learning; as it should also be a joy to learn. Her commitment to her students is outstanding as she continually encourages them to ask questions, challenge ideas and engage in continuous learning outside the classroom. Charlotte prides herself on only sending out the best of the best to industry and enjoys seeing the joy on students’ faces when they receive employment. 

Sherwin Sulla

Trainer and Assessor (Early Childhood Education and Care)

Sherwin has worked in the Early Childhood sector for 11 years, and recently began working in training and assessing.

Sherwin has worked in various Early Childhood settings, primarily as a Diploma qualified Room Leader, and educational leader.  He holds a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Philippines), an Advanced Diploma in Business Management, a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, as well as the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

With his experience working with children over the years, Sherwin is very excited with the opportunity to use his accumulated knowledge and skills to help guide our future early childhood educators.

Julia Ribera

ELICOS Teacher

Julia has enjoyed specialising in the ELICOS method and English language teaching. She is originally from Spain, and raised as a trilingual, speaking Catalan, Spanish and English. She has had the pleasure of sharing the classroom with both children and adults of many diverse cultures and backgrounds. For her, it is always a privilege to teach language at any level.

Her experience in Australia as a trainer, teacher and facilitator has been rewarding, especially helping the students achieve their goals. She has CERT IV in TESOL and a Bachelor in English Studies from the University of Lleida (UdL) in Spain. She has gained a broad knowledge of linguistics, literature, and the history and culture of all the English-speaking countries, including Australia.

Julia’s background has deepened her passion for languages and teaching, and she is always willing to transfer this love of language and culture to students. Her hobby is photography. She loves exploring the outdoors through the different lenses of her camera.

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.


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.