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Our Staff

Alana Anderson - Chief Executive Officer

Alana is Chief Executive Officer and organisational development consultant with Alana Kaye College 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 (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 - General Manager

Marcus is our General Manager responsible for the overall daily operations of the College and has been with Alana Kaye since 2010.  Previous to this position he was our National Training Manager for over six years. Marcus 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 schools 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, Leadership and Management, Work Health and Safety, Security and Risk Management and he has just completed his Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (TAE50111) and Diploma of Training Design and Development (TAE50211) and his Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management (BSB61015).

Kirsty Neaylon – Manager International Operations

Kirsty is our Manager – International Operations and has been involved in training and education for over 15 years in both Federal and State government as well as the Vocational Education and Training sector.

Kirsty has also had extensive experience with International students over the last five years and works closely with organisations and agents to provide a quality service to our international student cohort. She is responsible for the overall management of Alana Kaye College’s International business and student base.

Kirsty is passionate about assisting people to achieve relevant workplace knowledge and skills, through quality training programs, to make a difference in their lives and well-being. Kirsty, along with our International team, is committed to providing support to assist international students achieve their goals.

To support her work experience, Kirsty holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (First Class Honours) along with various other qualifications including Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and Diploma of Quality Auditing.

Sarah Kohl - Administration Manager

Sarah is the Administration Manager with Alana Kaye College and has been with the company for over four years.  She is responsible for ensuring the effective processing of all student admissions, assisting students with general course enquiries and liaison between students and their trainers where necessary. She manages all student records at the highest standard. She has the overall function of ensuring that Alana Kaye’s administrative processes are efficient and student friendly.

Sarah is a delight to work with and very quickly develops a rapport with staff and students and is always willing to help.

Sarah holds a Certificate IV in Business and Certificate IV in Business Administration.

Paul Hill - Trainer/Assessor

Paul is a Trainer and Assessor responsible for Leadership and Management, Project Management, Work Health and Safety and Human Resource Management qualifications. As a Trainer and Assessor of over fifteen years with a background in the trades and arts he brings a wide range of experience to his training and assessment work.

His previous experience has included Designing sets and props for Film, Theatre and Television, Sculpture, Welding and Fabrication Plumber and Gas-fitter Sheet Metal Worker, Housing Manager, Project Manager, Work Health and Safety Representative and he is able to draw upon this experience to provide a real-world context to his training and assessment tasks.

Paul’s extensive work experience is supported by his qualifications in Training and Assessment, Project Management, Work Health and Safety and he is currently studying towards his Diploma of Human Resource Management and his Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management.

Oommen Thomas Vaidain - Trainer/Assessor Business Services

Oommen is a Trainer and Assessor responsible for business services qualifications.  He has over twelve years’ experience working in the Vocational Education and Training sectors for Registered Training Organisations across Australia.  He has considerable experience with both National and International students from an administrative perspective.  This has involved organisational governance, record keeping, reporting and application of legislation, policies and procedures. 

He is an effective trainer and relationship manager and is skilled in business process, operations management, coaching and has strong analytical skills. From his extensive experience in Business Services it was a natural step for him to walk into the trainer and assessor role as he is able to draw upon this experience to provide activities that help students in a way that reflects the nature of such tasks in the real world.

Oommen’s extensive work experience is supported by his qualifications in Training and Assessment and Business and is a post graduate student in Information Technology. He is currently studying towards his Diploma of Quality Auditing. 

Kaylee Appleyard - Trainer/Assessor Early Childhood

Kaylee is our Trainer and Assessor for our Early Childhood Education Programs. She has a passion for educating and fostering the development of children and young people and over the last few years has continued to work with children and adults to educate the younger generation.

In her role as an Educational Leader she has worked to mentor fellow employees and guide them to understand the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and implement best practice and quality care. She has held many roles in the childcare industry over the past 4 years working as a Room Leader, Educational Leader and Assistant Centre Manager (2IC). Previously from Victoria, Kaylee has spent the past two years facilitating early childhood education in the Northern Territory. Aside from her passion for fostering the lives of children she also enjoys playing netball and piano.

With a continued willingness to help others, Kaylee works with all students to achieve their study goals and shape the next generation of Early Childhood Educators.

Kaylee’s previous work experience is supported by her Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and her Diploma in Training Design and Development.


The Alana Kaye team are supported by a number of highly experienced consultants who work closely with us to facilitate the learning process for our students.  These include consultants in First Aid, Advanced Business and Leadership and Management, Work Health and Safety, Health and Safety Representative Training and Early Childhood Education and Care.  These consultants have extensive industry experience with high level qualifications to support this work experience. They provide training in both qualification and short course requirements for students and corporate clients.