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Our Staff

Alana Kaye - Chief Executive Officer

Alana is Chief Executive Officer and organisational development consultant with Alana Kaye Training with extensive experience in learning and development across Australia.

To support her training experience Alana has completed her Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education and Training (B.AVE) with the University of Tasmania, her Master of Education (Leadership and Management) M.Ed (L’ship and M’ment) with Flinders University and is currently enrolled as a PhD student with Charles Darwin University.

Alana is an accredited Myers Briggs (MBTI) facilitator, Team Management Index (TMI) facilitator and DiSC Profile System trainer and provides consulting and training services to corporate clients across Australia.

Marcus Thomson

Marcus is our National Training Manager and has been with Alana Kaye for over five years in this role.  He commenced his training career many years ago when he began his first work experience job supporting corporate groups in their team training endeavours in the pursuit of a Total Quality Management philosophy. He then began work with a Corporate Training Company in South Australia. He worked closely with school and underprivileged children providing training and adventurous pursuits, including abseiling, navigational exercises, canoeing and rafting experiences. This was a very rewarding experience for Marcus and has led to him continue with his learning and development career.

Marcus' extensive experience is supported by his qualifications in Training and Assessment, Management, Work Health and Safety, Security and Risk Management and he is currently completing his Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (TAE50111) and Diploma of Training Design and Development (TAE50211).

Debbie Atkinson

Debbie Atkinson is a Trainer and Assessor Specialist and has recently returned to Alana Kaye College as NT Branch Manager after employment as RTO Manager with the Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services for several years.

She has extensive experience in designing, developing, implementing and assessing both accredited and non-accredited training programs in line with AQTF standards.

Debbie has a Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy as well as Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (TAE50111) and Diploma of Training Design and Development (TAE50211).

She continually promotes adult learning and is passionate about students succeeding in their training and their careers. 

Other qualifications which include; Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services, Diploma of Management, Diploma of Project Management, Diploma of Children’s Services, Diploma of Business, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Certificate IV in Business Management.

Tanya Thomson

Tanya is our Branch Manager in South Australia. She is an Early Childhood Specialist with extensive experience in both junior primary teaching as well as a strong background in day care centre environments, spanning over fifteen years. Tanya has worked as a full time primary school teacher in both the Northern Territory and South Australia. Her specialty is early childhood learning and she has worked predominantly with reception and pre-reception children in both public and private school environments. Tanya believes in enriching a child’s early learning experience through play and used Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences theory to program for all learning abilities as well as aspects of Edwards de Bono's Thinking Hats of teaching to successfully guide and encourage her young students to reach their full individual potential.

Combining Tanya’s passion of providing a stimulating learning environment, her dedication to the teaching profession and her qualifications; Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Children’s Services, Certificate III in Children’s Services and her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Tanya provides professional and first-hand experience based training for all her adult learners. Testimonials support Tanya’s dedication to this role with feedback centred on her excellent industry knowledge and the support she offers to her students not only through the training but also in the pathways towards employment in this field.

Tanya is currently completing her Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (TAE50111) and Diploma of Training Design and Development (TAE50211).

Rod Peake

Rod is a consultant working with Alana Kaye and has extensive experience in management and business, project management and work health and safety and provides training in these disciplines. Much of Rod’s training experience has been with Diploma of Management, Project Management and Work Health and Safety students and the feedback he has received from his students clearly indicates that he takes into consideration the learning needs of his students and works with them to ensure they gain a very good understanding of the subjects they are completing.  

Rod has completed is Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialising in Human Resource Management, his Diploma of Project Management, Diploma of Management, Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety and his TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.  He has also received qualification in Counselling, Digital Electronics and Microcomputers. 

Beverley Stacey

Beverley is our Adelaide based Account Manager, and brings to our organisation a wealth of experience not only in account management but Small Business management and practices.   Having run her own successful bookkeeping business for over 15 years for varied business types Beverley adepts well to changing environments and business growth easily. 

Chris Natt

Chris has had an interesting working career in both South Australia and the Northern Territory. He started his working life as an apprentice fitter and turner at GMH Woodville and then progressed to their drawing department as a mechanical draughtsman. During this time he also played Australian Rules League football with the Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club (PAFC) where he played 216 games over his 11 year career.

Chris When he retired from the game, Chris coached at various levels of the game and became heavily involved as a sports administrator. His first administrative role was with the PAMFC as their Development Manager from where he progressed to the SANFL as their Football Operations Manager, a position he held for 11 years. Chris decided to expand his involvement in the game and accepted the role of General Manager with the Northern Territory Football League. This posting presented many challenges for him having to change manage the struggling NTFL into a profitable and successful identity under the banner and support of the National body, the AFL.

After 5 years as the AFLNT’s General Manager, Chris decided to further develop his skills and made the decision to enter politics. He won the seat as the Member of Drysdale in the NT Government in 2005. After 12 months on the back bench, he was promoted to a Minister to oversee the portfolios of Primary Industries, Fisheries, Mines and Energy, a position he held for 2 years before losing his seat in the 2008 election.

Since then, Chris has worked in various Indigenous managerial and training and mentoring roles for the Territory Insurance Office, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and the Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust. The Indigenous training program he created for the MCA was a very successful package which helped develop the working skills of Aboriginal people to attain full time employment in the mining industry and was nationally acknowledged as the winner of the 2012 Northern Territory and national Australian Skills Awards.

Before commencing work with Alana Kaye as their Senior Leadership and Management trainer, Chris was working in a safety coaching and mentoring role. This role allowed him to utilise the extensive skills and knowledge he has established throughout his working career to work closely with various nominated workplace leaders, supervisors and teams to observe and evaluate their behaviours while also providing solutions to maximise personal performances, the performances of their teams and that of their organisations with a strong focus on HSE.

Chris enjoys the challenges of wanting to achieve better outcomes in people’s lives in both their personal and working environments.

Bianca Wilson

Bianca is a Training Coordinator with Alana Kaye, responsible for students who come under the Community Services Training Package, Human Resource Qualifications and the Double Diploma of Training Qualifications. Bianca works closely with the students with regard to student records and admissions, attendances and assignment submission and is the liaison between students and their trainers.  Bianca maintains effective business relationships with all of her students and external clients and is always willing to provide advice and support where needed.  

Bianca has been in a training role for 12 years through dance teaching and mentoring and has recently started with Alana Kaye from the Oil and Gas Industry as a Training Coordinator.

Bianca holds her TAE40110 Cert IV in Training and Assessment, TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, TAE50211/TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development and is currently studying BSB50615 Diploma of Human Resource Management.

Sharon Fairs

Sharon is the Business Trainer with Alana Kaye, responsible for students who come under the Business Training Package. Sharon also engages in Training Coordination for the Quality Auditing and Training & Assessment qualifications.  With a strong background in Vocational and Education training since 2009, Sharon has excellent knowledge of the VET industry and works closely with students, providing student support to achieve positive student outcomes.  Sharon also liaises with and provides support to students and their trainers for Quality Auditing and TAE whilst maintaining effective learning partnerships with students and external clients.  

Sharon has been in a training role since 2003 through group fitness/personal training and mentoring and has been an Assessor with Les Mills Asia Pacific since 2013, she has recently started with Alana Kaye Training coming from another registered training organisation as a Training Coordinator. 

Sharon has her qualification in Training and Assessment and is also currently completing her TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training, TAE50211 Diploma of Training Design and Development.  Sharon has also undertaking a Certificate IV in Weight Management to compliment her Personal Training.