Jason Sessarago

CEO

Jason is currently the Principal/ CEO of Arcadia College and CEO of Ohana for Youth. He has spent many years serving on boards including a position as Chairman of Arcadia College before accepting his current position.

Being community minded, Jason serves as a board member with Gold Coast Rugby League and Men of Business.

Jason’s experience in the education and training industries extends over 20 years having worked as a classroom teacher, careers advisor, deputy principal and principal. He was also involved in the accreditation and establishment of two independent schools – the Australian Technical Colleges at North Brisbane and the Australian Industry Trade College at Robina.

Jason’s vision to revolutionise the approach to secondary schooling by providing a safe, inclusive and progressive form of education for young people has been the drive behind building Arcadia College a new school at Robina and the opening of the Spot Academy at Parkinson. He has also expanded the organisation’s services through the introduction of a Government funded youth employment program called Gen Z Employment.

Board of Directors

Fortunately, Arcadia College has an exceptional board in leading the vision of the organisation by developing a sustainable long-term growth strategy to help disadvantaged youth re-engage in education.

Trina Hockley

Chair

Trina is a well-respected business owner operator of the L & M Group of Companies and an experienced, qualified non- executive director with a background in training, education, sport, employment, retail and governance.

Trina’s business interests are located on the both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Wollongong. Highly sought after for both her business and governance acumen, she is the past Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Gold Coast committee. She is also Chair of Ohana for Youth and the Spot Academy, Trina sits on the board of The Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame, Sports Gold Coast and Gold Coast United Ltd. Trina co- founded Women in Power to mentor other women and is a member of the Qld Governments Mentoring for Growth.

Trina’s volunteering has seen accolades as an Outstanding Volunteer to the Indigenous Community and has received a 20 year Leadership Award from the City of Gold Coast. She is an avid advocate for youth education and development and Gold Coast sport and business.

Susan Sing

Deputy Chair

Susan is a qualified lawyer and Associate Director with Korda Mentha. Susan specialises in contract law, property law and risk management. She also has extensive experience in training and presenting seminars on topics including conveyancing and legalities. As the Deputy Chair she has provided extensive assistance and advocacy negotiating our leases.

Amanda Johnson

Treasurer

Amanda is a CPA, fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a member of the Australian Institute of Management. Amanda is also the Treasurer of RADFLY a not for profit organisation with the vision to raise money and awareness for young people at-risk on the Gold Coast and a strong partner of Ohana For Youth and Arcadia College. Amanda has been providing taxation and business advice to small to medium businesses and high net worth individuals for over 23 years.

Shannon Willoughby

Board Member

Shannon was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Study Gold Coast in March 2014 following a lengthy career in journalism. She received a scholarship studying Communications at Bond University and is immensely passionate about the diversity of education and training options available on the Gold Coast. Shannon and the Study Gold Coast team work closely with education providers across the Gold Coast, including the city’s three universities – Bond, Griffith and Southern Cross – as well as TAFE Queensland Gold Coast and a host of registered training organisations and schools promoting the Gold Coast as an unrivalled education destination. Shannon is also the president of Young Professionals Gold Coast and a member of the Mayor’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Board.

Airlie Maclachlan

Board Member

Airlie is currently a Director of Ukoo – Complete People Solutions. Ukoo are specialist HR Consultants delivering tailor made outsourced HR Solutions for SMEs nationally.
Airlie has been in management leadership roles in the private, public, philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors for over 25 years.
Across her career, Airlie has worked for some well-known Australian organisations including Clayton Utz, Minter Ellison, Outward Bound, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Kowalski Recruitment and Hynes Lawyers.
Airlie is currently a Director of The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Australian Certified Organic, Arcadia College and the Thyne Reid Foundation. She has an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Further details on Airlie can be found on her LinkedIn profile.

Aaron Devine

Board Member

Aaron Devine is a leading education executive, with over 16 years as a senior leader of some of Australia’s largest and most innovative tertiary providers. Aaron currently managers his own consulting company providing expert advice to industry, educational providers and Government on skills and training issues. He is the Vice President of the Post-Secondary International Network of VET Presidents and a previous Board member of Business Southbank.

Until October 2016, Aaron led TAFE Queensland Brisbane in the role of General Manager. Aaron was also the Chief Executive Officer for the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, and Pro Vice Chancellor at Charles Darwin University. He worked as a Solicitor in Victoria where he practiced in Commercial Law, Civil Litigation and Employment Law. Aaron served as a Senior Adviser to the former Premier of Tasmania, the Hon Jim Bacon AC and Senior Policy Adviser to the Paul Wriedt MHA when he was the Tasmanian Minister for Vocational Education and Training.

John Spence

Board Member

Mr John Spence is a retired educator who has recently established schools in Mozambique and has extensive knowledge of school management. John founded Ohana for Youth, formerly SCISCO in 1996 and was also a co-founder of Emmanuel College, Cararra. John is the Board Chair for Mission Educate.

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