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Our Staff

Alana Anderson - Chief Executive Officer

Alana is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alana Kaye College. Prior to starting up Alana Kaye College in 2011, Alana worked extensively in both private and public enterprises around Australia in Human Resource Management and Development.

Alana's training and lecturing experience includes Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Corporate Training. Her expertise is in Strategic Planning, Business Planning, Leadership and Management training and the ongoing development of trainers in the VET sector.

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. 

Alana is the Chair of the Northern Territory Independent Tertiary Education Council of Australia (ITECA) Commitee and on the National Board of ITECA. Alana's experience is supported by her Master of Education (Leadership and Management) and her Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education.

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. 

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 – Northern Territory and International Operations and has been involved in training and education for over 16 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, Diploma of Quality Auditing and Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management.​

Manfred Mletsin – Student Support Officer

Manfred is our Student Support /Client Liaison Officer. He has a passion for education and has been dynamically involved with the international education community for the past three years. He is most passionate about creating positive change in the quality of student life and the overall student experience by way of curating meaningful, holistic and end to end student engagement initiatives. Manfred knows how important it is for students to take care of their mental health and well-being and he wants to help students with the issues they are facing. 

Manfred has been in Australia for five years now, three years as a student based in Darwin, Northern Territory. This has offered Manfred the opportunity to meet and network with other students locally and around the world, where he has discovered diverse cultures in a positive, supportive environment which he endures to offer students as well.

Yvonne Panatos - Senior Training Coordinator / Trainer and Assessor

Yvonne is our Senior Training Coordinator and Early Childhood Education and Care Trainer and Assessor. She has a rich background in teaching English as a second language for over 20 years. Yvonne also has a background in community services, tourism, business and leadership.

Yvonne effectively facilitates student and staff support with enrolment and study services of high standards. She is responsible for assisting students with general course enquiries and liaison between students and their trainers where necessary. Yvonne also delivers the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care with passion and dedication.

Alison Boyle - Trainer and Assessor

Ali is a trainer and assessor in the areas of Individual Support and Ageing Support. She has 15 years’ experience over varying roles in Aged Care and is passionate about the well being of older people, and training people to successfully meet their needs. She also has experience with migrants having previously volunteered at CDU’s Adult Migrant English Program.

Her considerable experiences are backed by the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and the Certificate IV in Ageing Support.

Ruby Crisp - Administration Assistant

Ruby has been a part of our Administration/Enrolment team since the beginning of 2019. She began working at Alana Kaye College after graduating year 12 in 2018 with an ATAR and NTCET. She worked in customer service, part time, throughout her high school years. Ruby enjoys working in a communication rich role as she enjoys helping and providing a service to others. Ruby is currently studying the Certificate IV in Business Administration and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to further her career.


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.