Christine Chittenden is our CEO and is responsible for the day-to-day decisions involved in the running of the RTO and is excited about working with such a highly motivated and committed team who are passionate about doing things the right way and the best way.
Christine joined Transformational Institute in 2016 as the operations manager and became the CEO in late 2018. She has been working in the education sector for 30 years and in the VET sector for 15 years working in many departments from administration, student support, trainer, compliance, operations manager and now CEO. She has completed both TAE diplomas as well as Leadership and Management, Business and Auditing Diplomas.
Christine is committed to compliance and continuous improvement. She has a passion for education for everyone no matter what their circumstance. “Our focus is to provide training opportunities for a diverse range of people including those with a disability, helping them achieve qualifications in areas such as business, leadership and management, individual support, disability and horticulture.” We will continue to successfully deliver premium quality, people-centered learning programs, delivered face to face and online to all of our students, no matter if they are working or looking for a career so that they acquire all the skills and knowledge that industry are looking for.
Favorite quote: “Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who work their butt off and never give up”.
Ross is our business coordinator and has been instrumental in enabling prospective students into the institute for information sessions. Ross specialises in traineeships and is our trainee mentor. Ross has 12 years experience in workers compensation as a senior case manager and previous experience helping unemployed candidates find employment
His customer service expertise is second to none.
He says “it is such a rewarding role where you can make a real difference to the lives of people and stand beside them on their journey to a new career.”
“Our team has a shared purpose to deliver an experience, that empowers and transforms the lives of our learners. It is a model that delivers the most optimal outcome for learners and employers alike.”
Ross is empathetic and passionate about providing a high level of customer care and he has a solution mindset, when it comes to achieving positive outcomes.
Ryan has spent many years working in the mining/manufacturing industry predominantly Coal Mining related.
With the decline in global mining and a shift towards green energy he wanted to make a difference by helping people from all walks of life to transition into a growth industry.
Having a desire to change direction, he is now focused on bringing his leadership skills to Transformational Institute. His goal is to lead the team in our mission to educate, enrich and empower all our current and future learners.
Bree spent over a decade working in event production in New York City before moving back to Newcastle in late 2015 to pursue qualifications. Since returning she has completed a Bachelor of Business (major in marketing) and is in the final stretch of her Master of Marketing at the University of Newcastle. When she isn’t obsessing over data analytics and marketing creative, Bree can be found volunteering for animal welfare groups. She has never met a dog she didn’t want to pat! 🌟
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”- Oscar Wilde ✍️
MEET CONNOR!!!! 😀Connor is our resident film and photography aficionado. He's always happy to help anyone that needs it and always up for a friendly chat. When he's not working, Connor can be found watching movies, playing video games or taking photos of his car.🚗
Renee Pedemont - Relationships and Engagement Coordinator
Renee is a new edition to the Transformational team as relationships and engagement coordinator. Her background is in account and relationship management and she has spent the last 6 years in the disability sector assisting people with training and employment goals.
Renee is very passionate about everyone having the opportunity to access education and training as this can open doors to employment opportunities that can assist people to live their best lives. At Transformational she is working with individuals and organisations to create opportunities for people to improve their skills and increase productivity, efficiency and value.
" I have seen first-hand the way that training, and employment can change lives, some of my greatest moments have been when I have caught up with a person I coached and mentored through training that has led to employment and hearing their story on how their life has changed and where they are now"
Renee’s favourite saying is "you can't go back and change the beginning... but you can start where you are and change the ending" ~ C.S Lewis
Leslie Hopping - Leadership Management and Business Trainer and Mentor
Leslie has been working in the health, education, leadership management and business industry's for 25 years. She has owned and operated businesses as well as been responsible for the training and development of many teams and individuals.
Currently she is co-authoring a book to give leaders the resources and inspiration to make real transformation in themselves, their teams and organisations.
Working with people from many different industries, ages and all works of life has allowed Leslie to truly appreciate and support each individual to help them reach their goals and find their capabilities. She does this through coaching and mentoring to empower people to set and obtain goals that they first thought where unachievable. She has trained people from the mining, accounting, engineering, cleaning and restoration industries, as well as mentoring individuals from all different trades. Leslie has also worked with psychologists, herbalists and other wellness practitioners to help them to develop their businesses.
"I'm dedicated to empowering students by helping them develop soft skills that will transform the way they lead themselves, their teams and their organisations"
Donna is the Training Manager at Transformational Institute and has been with the team for the past 8 years. Prior to working at Transformational Institute
Donna worked in the Disability sector for 30 years ranging from anywhere and everywhere from Support worker with Disability clients, OOHC children, Foster families,child protection (DOC’s), Investigations in youth & children at risk of harm, Clients with Mental Health issues, Aboriginal mentoring, Family Contact supervisor/coordinator, Community service worker, Juvenile justice and many more areas.
As the Training Manager Donna oversees & helps guide all of the students that pass through our doors to gain the Qualifications, skills & knowledge they need to move forward in their journey to employment.
Carlie is our Disability/Aged Care Trainer and is also responsible for mentoring our trainees. “Carlie's philosophy focuses on continual lifelong learning as she work towards enhancing the well-being of the learners by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, support, guidance and resources to assist while inspire them on their journey to a career in either the disability or aged care sectors”.
Carlie joined Transformational Institute in 2016 as a trainer assessor after completing her Certificate IV TAE.She has been working in the aged care sector for 8 years and in the VET sector for 4 years. She has completed both Disability and Aged Care qualifications and is passionate about this industry.
Carlie says she wants her learners to have the very best skills and knowledge so that they are equipped for the industry and will be able to provide their clients with excellence in care.
Sandra is part of the administration team and has worked here for the past 6 months. Sandra comes from a Workers Compensation background and brings a raft of experience to the Transformational Institute. Sandra is passionate and enthusiastic about customer service and prides herself in understanding others needs and making them feel welcome.
Prior to working in Workers Compensation Sandra worked in a central school as Student Support, working with a range of students of different ages with various disabilities.
"I’m extremely happy to be back helping students obtain the outcomes they seek".
Coming from a background of hospitality and retail, Cindy has spent over 20 years on the frontline of the service industry.
With experience in supervision and quality control, she is now bringing her diverse skills behind the scenes to manage all Compliance requirements for Transformational Institute, proving you really can teach an old dog new tricks!
Cindy is passionate about helping us offer nationally accredited training that transforms the future of our students.
Natarsha is currently employed at Transformational Institute under a Traineeship in Leadership & Management. Natarsha has been an integral member of the Transformational team for 6 months as receptionist & Admin support.
Natarsha loves working in a team environment and delivers outstanding customer service. “I enjoy helping people and guide them through their learning journey, it gives me a great sense of accomplishment.
MEET TAMARA! One of our new team members here at Transformational Institute, Tamara Yuen is our Administrative wiz and self-confessed nerd 📚 Currently completing a Certificate IV in Business Admin to add to her already extensive resume, Tamara is also a devoted mum and sci-fi fanatic ⚡