What if wecould rethink what 'education' should mean?
You deserve a learning experience that leaves you ready for the real world. Not just for the classroom. That’s why Monarch Institute delivers real-world education. We start with the outcomes that real employers want, and work backwards from there. We don’t believe in courses based purely on intellectual theory and textbook stuff.
Courses are delivered by respected professionals who continue to lead in their fields. You’ll benefit from their expertise from the moment you start learning.
Your distinctcompetitive advantage
Our students and their career pathways are our top priority. And for good reason. Let’s face it, the job market is more competitive than ever.
You need a distinct competitive advantage. That means an education that reflects what employers are already looking for. It’s that simple.
Our role is to get you to where you want to be in your career. Whether you’re just starting out, or stepping up your game. In other words, we’ve got your back at every step of the way.
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Michelle Dascal Accounting and Bookkeeping Trainer More+
Shane Watson Finance and Mortgage Broker Trainer More+
Natasha Daraio Accounting and Bookkeeping Trainer More+
Ian Burns Logistics Trainer More+
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Glenn Buesnel-May Business and leadership Trainer More+
Belinda Marino Accounting and Bookkeeping Trainer More+
Melissa Nettle Accounting and Bookkeeping Trainer More+
Karen Loynd Accounting and Bookkeeping Trainer More+
Leanne Pagano Accounting and Bookkeeping Trainer More+
Jenny Hargreaves Accounting and Bookkeeping Trainer More+
John Deninger Accounting and Bookkeeping Trainer More+
Despina Karatzias Digital Marketing Trainer More+
Ben Dascal Financial Panning Trainer More+
Janine Cini Financial Planner Trainer More+
Helen Russo Financial Planning Trainer More+
Michelle is a Senior Accountant at a mid-tier accounting firm, and loves it. She has over 8 years’ experience working as a business service accountant and tax consultant. Michelle looks after a portfolio of clients across various industries, and enjoys observing different sector dynamics at play. Michelle’s skills include preparing financial statements, preparing tax returns, BAS, budgeting, cash flow analysis and tax consulting.
Shane has operated a finance broking business for over 20 years and obtained an Australian Credit Licence and developed the business to offer a wide range of financial services during this time.
Shane also operated a Business Consultancy service advising new and existing business owners on business establishment, development and profitability improvement. He’s previously been Director of two Investment, Property and Finance Companies as well as a Trustee of a Superannuation Fund.
Since 2012, Shane has followed his passion to train and help new entrants to the finance and business sectors.
Natasha has over 11 years’ industry experience working in various accounting roles – having worked as a tax accountant in private practice, a financial administrator in a solicitors firm and a financial planner in both private practices and in the banking industry. She moved into adult education 10 years ago following the birth of her third daughter and have taught at Gippstafe, Federation Training and Swinburne University
Ian has over 30 years’ combined industry experience as a logistician in high volume manufacturing, warehousing and supply chain industries. A career highlight to date was working on the 2000 Olympic Games Project in Sydney.
Ian is renowned for his dedication to supporting logistics students, and he continues to develop his own skills through tertiary qualifications in logistics, supply chain, sustainability, and management so that he is best placed to do this.
Peter has worked across various industry sectors including manufacturing, distribution, tertiary, freight forwarding, 3PL, online and consulting during my career in the logistics arena.
Peter loves the logistics industry for its variety of people, and one day is never the same. He understands what drives logistics businesses, the people, processes and technology required in successful organisations and also the constraints in managing complex, fast paced operations.
Glenn’s career started in the Banking sector, with experience in lending and securities. He then spent over 20 years in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Logistics Officer and later specialised in Education and Training, where he was a trainer, assessor and executive.
In 2007, Glenn established a private business as a consultant, specialising in Leadership, Management, Business and Professional Development training. He has qualifications in HR, Management, Leadership, Coaching, Warehousing, Transport and Logistics, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Advanced Facilitation. He has also trained in Professional Mentoring, Workplace and Leadership Coaching, Counselling and Conflict Management and underwent undergrad studies in Human Resources.
Belinda is a registered BAS agent and Certified Bookkeeper, holding vocational and tertiary qualifications in bookkeeping and accounting, training and assessment, small business management and mechanical engineering. She is a Xero Certified Advisor and Xero Payroll Certified and has had seven years’ experience in the financial services industry, working with businesses over a wide range of industries.
Belinda runs her own bookkeeping business alongside her role as a trainer here at Monarch Institute. She has a special interest in teaching students with learning difficulties, as two of her children are dyslexic.
Melissa is the Manager of the Funded Accounting Programs at Monarch Institute. Over the past 20+ years she’s worked in various roles within the financial services industry including working as a trainer/assessor in Finance and Accounting, Bookkeeping and Business Administration courses.
Melissa is a proud Mum of three beautiful daughters. She started and completed her accounting degree, online, whilst on maternity leave, so can absolutely relate to the struggles involved with juggling being a Mum and studying full time!
Karen is an accountant with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and various teaching qualifications. She has twenty years of experience teaching accounting and bookkeeping courses at a leading TAFE college. She’s also taught online courses for several years and appreciate the challenges many online students face.
Karen has worked in various accounting and bookkeeping roles in public accounting. and enjoys helping and interacting with students in her role as a Trainer at Monarch Institute.
Leanne is a registered tax agent with qualifications in Accounting and Training and Assessment. She has her own small practice that she’s been operating for over 10 years.
Leanne has worked as a bookkeeper for small/medium businesses to an accountant in CPA firms. She loves sharing knowledge and passion with students who are new to the field. She has a total understanding and empathy for students who undertake online studies, fitting in their daily lives with study.
Jenny is a registered BAS agent, holding vocational and tertiary qualifications in bookkeeping, accounting, training and psychology. She’s had 28 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including multiple roles for a large Australian bank and a small Australian regional bank. Jenny also runs her own bookkeeping company in NSW alongside her role as a trainer at Monarch Institute.
John is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He started out with the large chartered practice Pricewaterhouse Coopers and since then has built a career in financial services, working with both large and small chartered accounting firms, financial services businesses both in Australia and overseas and a mid-tier industry superannuation fund. John also has a track record of similar roles in a volunteer capacity in the local community; he’s the treasurer of two community organisations and he is particularly interested in assisting and guiding students in the financial services arena with their studies and career development.
Despina has worked in various digital marketing and business development roles for regional airlines, hotels and cruise liners. IShe is currently the Managing Director of Global Ballooning Australia. She is a published author on this experience, with a book called Adventures of a Balloon Girl.
In 2014 she followed her calling to teach and became a certified trainer and assessor launching her own training and mentoring practice. Since launching Despina has developed over 30 online and group training programs specialising in digital, social media marketing, and tourism.
Ben is a qualified financial planner holding a tertiary qualification in financial planning, as well as being a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). He’s worked as a financial planner for an Australian bank for over four years. Before that, Ben worked for over seven years as an associate adviser for another financial planning company.
Janine is known as a bit of a superannuation guru here at the Monarch Institute office. She has 30 years of experience in the financial services sector and has worked in underwriting, corporate superannuation fund portfolios, business analysis, and self-managed superannuation funds.
Janine has undertaken a variety of roles, mostly within large corporations, but also with a number of small businesses. She’s passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience in Monarch Institute’s student contact hours here in Melbourne.
During her 20 years in the financial advice industry, Helen has had a number of diverse roles including corporate super at NSP Buck, workplace financial planning with private clients at MLC, and professional and business banking with Macquarie. She set up and ran an Australian Financial Services License for an accounting firm.
In 2012 Helen co-authored and delivered a business succession insurance training program for financial planners and accountants for the Business Risk Institute of Australia. In 2013 she established her own practice, Encompass Wealth – Financial Life Planning.
In March 2017 Helen was appointed Director at CLIME Private Wealth where she uses her experience, technical knowledge and coaching abilities to provide advice to baby boomers transitioning into their version of retirement.
Karen is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Financial Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Management. With fifteen years of experience teaching accounting and bookkeeping as a part-time lecturer at a University and TAFE, she’s still loving her job!
Karen has worked in both the public and commercial accounting professions prior to commencing teaching. She understands the challenges of studying online, having gone back to university as a mature age student to complete an online Bachelor of Science. She’s now undertaking a Master of Science (Bioinformatics) at Melbourne University, so can empathise with students juggling work, family and study commitments.
Gary has vast experience and has worked across a range of industries – public infrastructure, mining, telecommunications, transport, retail and services, to name a few. Gary has briefed executives and trained the troops, and worked at all levels between. He has managed projects and helped others manage theirs better. Gary is a consultant, a trainer and an assessor and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and a member and active participant in several professional associations.
John is the former head of Commonwealth Bank’s Equities and Australia’s largest retail stockbroker CommSec. John has held faculty appointments at Yale University and the Australian National University (ANU). John holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), a Master of Arts, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Econometrics.
Nick joined the group in December 2015 and prior to joining the Monarch team, Nick was the General Manager of Rockwell Financial Services Group’s consumer investment business having joined Rockwell after 10 years at the Bennelong Group, one of Australia’s leading private equity and funds management groups. During his time at Bennelong Nick held various positions including General Manager and Director of Aurora Media in Dubai, Director of i-comm Media in London, CEO of Crown Content in Melbourne finally culminating in his appointment to Group General Manager. Nick has also held positions at various charitable organisations including the Bennelong Foundation and the Butterfly Foundation. Nick holds a double degree in Law and Commerce and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lisa has been the General Manager at Monarch Institute for 7 years. She is passionate about helping Australians develop their skills and continue their professional development with Monarch's flexible courses and training options. As the General Manager, Lisa leads a team of Course Consultants, manages key internal projects and oversees Monarch's communications strategy. Prior to joining the Monarch team, Lisa was Director, Operations at Advant Group, a leading publisher in the financial services industry. Lisa holds an Arts degree, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), and is currently a member of the Victorian State Committee at the Independent Tertiary Education Council of Australia (ITECA).
Josh holds both Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning) degrees, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He is a qualified Australian lawyer, and held Certified Financial Planner (CFP) status whilst practicing as a financial adviser during a 20 year financial services career. This included owning and operating a wealth management firm, working as a Senior Financial Planner at Westpac, and previously working in fund accounting at Barclays Global Investors (London). Josh was a previous Director of Advant Group, and has lectured for leading Universities and Private Training Organisations in finance and financial services including Monarch Institute, RMIT University, Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) and Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SHIFT).
Cynthia Shannon holds a Bachelor of Economics (Monash), Master of Commerce (Hons) (Uni Melbourne), and has lectured at the AGSM, University of Melbourne, RMIT University and Whittier College in California over a period of 35 years. She has taught accounting and finance in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and financial planning in Australia and Singapore. Cynthia has worked for BBL Funds Management Ltd, a specialist index fund manager, providing training and education support to financial planners, and also held a Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation while practising as a financial planner. She is currently the Head of Teaching and Learning at Monarch Institute holding a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Cynthia has written a chapter for an Australian text book titled Personal Finance, first published by John Wiley and Sons in 2001 and has written course materials for the RMIT Master of Finance and Monarch Institute.