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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Kellie Barrett Marketing Trainer More+
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Michelle Dascal Accounting and Bookkeeping Trainer More+
Shane Watson Finance and Mortgage Broker & Small Business 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+
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 Planning Trainer More+
Janine Cini Financial Planner + Paraplanning Trainer More+
Kellie is the Creative Director at KelticRed and has worked across a range of marketing and non marketing roles, giving her a broad perspective of how to market to different industries. Along with her marketing degree she loves to constantly learn, most recently Recently studying with The Disney Institute and Walt Disney World in their Business Excellence Program, working on brand development strategies and marketing projects.
Terrena has 15+ years experience managing HR, IT, and marketing projects across a variety of industry sectors, including government, retail, aged care, hospitals, mining, education, hospitality, facilities management and, most recently, associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also led Australia-wide, APAC regional and global projects within the past 7 years as a senior manager in one of the world’s largest organisations. Terrena has taught vocational and university-level Project Management for over 10 years and is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Association for Talent Development (ATD).
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.
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.
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. She is currently the general Manager of Navii Digital. 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.
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.
Drawing on nearly 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, Adrian lectures in Investments and Financial Services at the University of New England (UNE) and works with businesses to enhance the way they get things done. As subject coordinator for UNE, he recently developed the first Financial Services Simulator in Australia, and post-graduate subject offering students practical, real-world experience.
Adrian has also worked with law firms, financial service providers, accountants and bookkeepers helping them streamline business operations and improve client experience.
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.
"If you're always trying to be normal, you'll never know how amazing you can be"
- Maya Angelou
Darryl is an experienced finance industry consultant working in both the residential and commercial finance sectors. He has worked in mortgage origination operations, been a Responsible Manager for an Australian Financial Services Licence and Head of Lending for a residential and commercial mortgage lender.
"You cannot teach a person anything, you can only help them find it within themselves"
- Galileo Galilei
Graeme’s career in Banking and Finance commenced in 1972 and progressed with responsibilities as a Financial Adviser and Manager. From 2000 he moved into Finance Broking providing a full range of broker services and specialising in commercial and asset lending.
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Karen has a keen interest in entrepreneurship both theory and practice and is passionate about helping businesses small and large think “outside the box”, keep up with changing trends and find new opportunities both online and offline.
For the last 10 years, she has owned a successful business consulting firm helping entrepreneurs improve their systems and processes, increase profitability, resolve staffing issues, grow leads and look at new opportunities in technologies and sales. Karen’s clients have included IT firms, property development firms and various other small businesses across Melbourne.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), graduating with First Class Honours from RMIT, and also has a MBA from Deakin University and a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education, and an IPA designation.
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 is an experienced Chief Executive Officer, recognised for his expertise in financial management, developing and delivering strategy, business development, stakeholder engagement and building strong team cultures.
Passionate about providing experience focused education, as the CEO of Monarch Institute, he ensures all elements of the institute’s engagement are designed around a student-centric experience.
The course technology, education delivery and support all consider the student needs first. A strong advocate for strength in collaboration and strategic partnerships, he is a strong believer in looking to all industries for thought leadership and motivation.
Nick has shared his expertise with a number of Boards and Committees including the Bennelong Foundation, Rockwell Financial Services Group, Aurora Media Worldwide, Crown Content and is currently the Chair of Acorn Strategy.
Lisa has been the General Manager at Monarch Institute for 8 years and is passionate about creating practical career opportunities for students through education and training.
Lisa leads the operational aspects of Monarch’s vocational training, focussing on quality control, course development and student satisfaction.
With over 15 years’ experience in operational management across education and publishing, Lisa is adept at building high performing teams. She has been responsible for leading transformational change initiatives, fostering employee engagement and has contributed to improved and sustained high quality results.
Lisa is completing her Masters of Education and is a committee member at ITECA. She holds a Grad Dip (Ed) and recently completed the AICD course.
With a background in financial services spanning 20 years, 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 and practising Australian lawyer. Over his career, he owned and operated a wealth management firm, worked as a Senior Financial Planner at Westpac, and worked in fund accounting at Barclays Global Investors (London).
Josh was a previous founder 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 is currently the Head of Teaching and Learning at Monarch, 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.
Cynthia 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
Darren is an experienced educator with a PhD in management and postgraduate qualifications in higher education who loves connecting education and people. Access to higher education and the opportunity for success are important to Darren.
He has established enduring partnerships across a diversity of industry, government, and education sectors throughout the Asia Pacific, each focussed on delivering the skills, knowledge and experience that students’ need to succeed.
With senior management and governance roles in universities as Dean Teaching and Learning and Chair of Academic Board sub-committees, and an Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT), Darren has a breadth of experience and a holistic view of the education sector and its future needs.
Louise looks after Monarch’s marketing and engagement across accredited and non accredited courses. Previously Louise worked at an international level in events and business development, at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, and successfully won business for the Melbourne Convention Bureau.
Louise loves working with industry to identify skills gaps and developing courses which are accredited learning opportunities curated by industry. She’s a past participant of the Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program and a current judge of the Victorian Tourism Awards.
Justin has a lifelong passion for education and its power to change people’s lives. A senior education professional and executive with extensive experience in a range of key areas of Australian and international education, his areas of expertise include the higher education, vocational, pathway and the international sector for both private and public providers as well as an in-depth familiarity with the student lifecycle.
Justin has a track record of successful start-ups and turning around underperforming educational business units into sustainable and profitable long-term enterprises. His strategic insight working simultaneously with public and private providers has enabled him to equip businesses to meet new challenges and capitalise on emerging opportunities.
Beth is responsible for Monarch’s VET Quality Framework. She has 20+ years experience in the vocational education and training sector. In particular, Beth manages Monarch’s requirements of the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector and the State funding contracts. Beth comes with a wealth of experience as both an experienced EAL trainer and manager of VET training. She keeps abreast of regulatory developments as well as evolving best practices in training and compliance.