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Simon Slade-Betts
Trainer
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."
– Leonardo da Vinci

I’m the Accounting/Bookkeeping Course Co-ordinator, and a trainer and assessor, here at Monarch Institute. I’ve got quite a few years’ experience as an accounting trainer and assessor with Australia’s largest RTO colleges.

As a Certified Practising Accountant (Fellow), I’ve got over 37 years’ accounting and business experience. I’ve worked both locally and overseas, across diverse industries, with some of the world’s largest multinational corporations. In these roles I have held directorships, senior financial management and company secretarial positions. This means I’ve had responsibility for all aspects of accounting and finance.

My experience in accounting and finance is complemented by more than 16 years’ involvement in the IT industry. I’m still working in the industry, with Australia’s leading software provider, to deliver specialised business software training to business operators in the SME sector.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

The opportunity to help make the world a better place through helping educate and encourage learners and business operators achieve their goals and consequently improve the living standards of millions of people worldwide. But just before I do all of that, I’m a coffee lover, so the enticement of a great morning coffee also helps a lot!

Rochelle Park
Trainer
"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
– Albert Einstein

I have enjoyed a career in the bookkeeping and accounting industry for over 16 years, and I’m proud to have owned several successful small businesses during that time. As a qualified and Practicing BAS Agent, I bring a solid and first hand understanding of the bookkeeping space and the technologies that support business processes. I’m is passionate about working with students, supporting them on their learning journey into successful careers as bookkeepers and accountants.

I also mentor bookkeepers working toward registering as BAS agents as they acquire their required hours in a supervised environment. I’m passionate about lifelong learning and improving what I can offer my students, which is part of why I’m also completing the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Deakin University.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

Family life and the enjoyment of helping others (with a strong cup of black coffee in hand) are great enticers for me to spring out of bed every day. I enjoy a busy and fun family life with my four young adult children and my partner, kayaking on the beautiful Port Phillip bay or just reading a fiction book reclined.

Cynthia Shannon
Trainer
"If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in
life, you’ll never have enough."
– Oprah Winfrey

I hold a Bachelor of Economics (Monash) and a Master of Commerce (Hons) (Uni Melbourne). I’ve lectured at the AGSM, University of Melbourne, RMIT University and Whittier College in California over a period of 35 years. I’ve taught accounting and finance in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and financial planning in Australia and Singapore. I have worked for BBL Funds Management Ltd, a specialist index fund manager, providing training and education support to financial planners. To top that all off, I’ve also held a Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation while practising as a financial planner.

I am currently the Head of Teaching and Learning at Monarch Institute. As a trainer, I hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I have written a chapter for an Australian text book titled Personal Finance, first published by John Wiley and Sons in 2001. My other publications include written course materials for the RMIT Master of Finance and Monarch Institute.

Nick Chapman
Trainer
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
- Vince Lombardi

I joined Monarch Institute in December 2015. Prior to joining the Monarch team, I was the General Manager of Rockwell Financial Services Group’s consumer investment business. I joined Rockwell after 10 years at the Bennelong Group, one of Australia’s leading private equity and funds management groups.

During my time at Bennelong, I 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. My time there culminated in my appointment to the position of Group General Manager.

I have also held positions at various charitable organisations, including the Bennelong Foundation and the Butterfly Foundation. I hold a double degree in Law and Commerce, and am a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I love sport and I’m passionate about fixing things myself. I’m pretty handy with a drill. I’m a half-glass full person, so I focus on the times my handy work results were “well received” by my partner. The time I needed to call out an emergency tradesman, … well I focus on the positives.  I love cooking, particularly I enjoy preparing slow cooked stews for my partner, family and friends.

Ross Anderson
Mentor
"Those who are in love with learning are in love with life."
– Charles Handy

I have had a long career as a consulting psychologist, as well as holding senior roles in Australian business schools. Through this, I have become an experienced designer, developer and facilitator of a broad range of development initiatives for a large range of organisations.

I was formerly the Director of Executive Education at the Melbourne Business School at Mt Eliza. In this role, I took responsibility for public sector executive education for current and future leaders across Australia and the Pacific region. I have also managed large complex change initiatives in defence, health, the public sector, and utilities. One highlight was when I was responsible for a global project with BHP Billiton. Through my work I’ve developed a deep interest in working with families in business. I bring my broad range of experience to this often complex and challenging area.

As an executive coach, I bring my rich background as a consulting psychologist and expertise with standardised assessment instruments to tailor unique interventions for executives. I’m particularly interested in peak performance and in managing work and whole of life balance, resilience and motivation.

In my primary career as a psychologist I became a leader in the field of trauma management and crisis response. My trauma work included the armed and emergency services, employing organisations and primary and secondary victims.

Josh Wilson
Mentor
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."
– Jamie Paolinetti

I am a qualified financial planner with tertiary and vocational qualifications in financial planning. I’ve had 17 years of experience in the financial planning and wealth management industry. I have worked as a financial planner for a large Australian bank and boutique wealth management firm for over 10 years, and prior to that, as a fund accountant for a London-based asset manager.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I am usually woken up by my two girls first! I get excited to see my heirloom tomatoes growing strongly in spring. I love cooking at home on the weekend, hanging out in the park with my wife and two girls, and I’m a mad (suffering) Carlton supporter.

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