Board of Directors

Arcadia College is governed by a Board of Management that meets up to 10 times per year to provide strategic direction for the College to develop as a leader in Alternative Learning. The Board has been carefully recruited to provide expertise in a range of areas that guides the CEO to professionally oversee the College.

Trina Hockley (Chair)

A successful director, executive and business owner with expertise in the electronics, education, training and employment industries. Trina is the Chair of the AICD Gold Coast Committee, Chair of Electrogroup – electrical apprentice employment and training, sits on the Regional Development Australia Gold Coast Committee, a director of Sports Gold Coast, a Qld Government Business Mentor and a panelist for the Queensland Civil Arbitration Tribunal. Trina has substantial knowledge of corporate governance processes in both private and not for profit entities and a background in education and training from her time as Chair of Gold Coast Institute of TAFE.

Susan Sing (Dep 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 conveyancy and legalities.
Susan has been Chair of our Board for the past 18 months and 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.
Amanda has been providing taxation and business advice to small to medium businesses and high net worth individuals for over 23 years. Amanda has been the treasurer on the Board of Management for the past 3 years.

Shannon Willoughby

Ms Shannon Willoughby was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Study Gold Coast in March 2014 following a lengthy career in journalism. Ms Willoughby studied Communications on scholarship at Bond University in Queensland and is immensely passionate about the diversity of education and training options available on the Gold Coast.

She is president of Young Professionals Gold Coast and a member of the Mayor’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Board.

Ms Willoughby 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 (RTO’s) and schools to promote the Gold Coast as an unrivalled education destination.

Airlie Maclachlan

Airlie is currently a Director of Ukoo – Complete People Solutions. She 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 Outward Bound Australia, the Gold Coast Arts Centre and the Thyne Reid Foundation. She has an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Spence

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

Carol Baker

Is a well respected and highly credentialed teacher and VET practitioner from St Hilda’s. Carol has been involved with Ohana and SCISCO for many years and has now graciously accepted a nomination to join our Management Committee to assist guide the future career ambitions of our young people. Carol has been at the forefront of careers education for a number of years.

Aaron Devine

Aaron Devine is a leading education executive, with 16 years as senior leader of some of Australia’s largest and most innovative tertiary providers. Until October 2016, Aaron led TAFE Queensland Brisbane in the role of General Manager. TAFE Queensland Brisbane is one of Australia’s largest TAFE institutions with over 40,000 annual student enrolments and over 1800 staff. TAFE Queensland Brisbane offered a broad range of educational programs including a senior studies school, vocational programs from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma and twenty-three Higher Education Degrees.

Prior to his leadership role in Brisbane, Aaron was the Chief Executive Officer for Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, and Pro Vice Chancellor at Charles Darwin University. On three separate occasions, Aaron has led an Institution within a jurisdiction to be recognised as Training Provider of the Year at the Australian National Training Awards.

With a passion for delivering strong student outcomes, cutting edge training and world class teaching, Aaron has a wealth of strategic leadership experience in the education sector. He is a passionate advocate for the training system to recognise industry as its primary customer and placing industry needs at the centre of training activity.

Aaron is also recognised internationally for his leadership and strategic thinking and is the Vice President of the Post-Secondary International Network of VET Presidents, a previous Board member of Business Southbank.

Prior to his leadership roles in the vocational sector, Aaron worked as a Solicitor in Victoria where he practiced in Commercial Law, Civil Litigation and Employment Law. He was a Senior Adviser to the former Premier of Tasmania, the Hon Jim Bacon AC and Senior Policy Adviser to the Paul Wriedt MHA when she was the Tasmanian Minister for Vocational Education and Training.

Aaron has recently established his own consulting company providing expert advice to industry, educational providers and Government on skills and training issues.

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