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Leadership Team

Catherine O’Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer

Catherine holds a Masters in Public Policy, Government from the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZOG); and a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education, English and History from the University of New England.

A former Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year, she has built her career on developing, implementing and championing innovative education strategies. Catherine is a qualified teacher with more than 20 years’ classroom experience before becoming Principal of Goondiwindi State High School. In this role, she received an Australian Rural Leadership Scholarship and a Churchill Fellowship. Transitioning into a career in public policy administration, Catherine served as Executive Director of Schools for the Toowoomba region, Assistant Director-General at the state’s Department of Primary Industries and Queensland State Manager of the Commonwealth for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

In 2013 she joined Bond University as Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships, which included Indigenous education and women’s education as key areas of the portfolio. Catherine’s most recent role before joining RMIT Training was as Director of Industry, Innovation and Employability at Laureate International University. She has been recognised as one of Queensland’s ‘Top 50 Best and Brightest’ and in, 2015, was appointed to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Entrepreneurial Women’s Leadership Board.

Catherine joined RMIT Training as Chief Executive Officer in March 2019.

Maxine Sahhar

Director, Pathways

Maxine holds a Masters of TESOL from Monash University; and a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education from the University of Sydney.

She has extensive senior management experience in international education in both the university and TAFE sectors. She has managed the implementation of English language and Foundation Studies programs in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

Maxine joined RMIT Training in September 2018 as Director, Pathways.

Jake Heinrich

Executive Director - Commercial and Operations

Jake holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland; a Masters of Education (TESOL) from the Queensland University of Technology; and a Master of Business Administration from RMIT University

He has extensive experience in the education sector having worked as a lecturer in China, Vietnam and Australia and ESL teacher in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, China, Mexico, Cambodia and Vietnam. He has also held executive positions in higher education and pathways institutions, as well as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where he was responsible for a range of international education products. 

Jake joined RMIT Vietnam in 2016 and commenced as Director, Pathways Vietnam with RMIT Training in November 2018.

Michael Tully

Director, Enterprise and Innovation

Michael has a Masters of Business Administration from Victoria University and more than 20 years in leadership positions including editorial, product development, sales and marketing roles. For the past 10 years, he has worked closely with numerous executive customers and partners in medicine and education in hospital and university settings across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United States.

Michael has experience in successfully growing businesses and creating new business models in a local and global market. His most recent position at RACV was to establish a Car Share business based in Melbourne. Prior to that, he held leadership roles at Elsevier Australia & New Zealand and Wolters Kluwer Health where he was based in Philadelphia, United States. 

Michael joined RMIT Training as Director, Informit in November 2018. 

Tharshini Balachandiran

Deputy Director Finance (Acting)

Tharshini holds a double degree of Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics, from Monash University, majoring in Accounting and Econometrics. She is a current member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Commencing her career as an Auditor, Tharshini has extensive experience in all aspects of financial services. She has worked across various industries and sectors including Education, State and Local Government, Not-for-Profit and Commercial Enterprise.

Tharshini joined RMIT Training in August 2017 as Finance Business Partner for Pathways: Foundation Studies and Informit. In 2019 she commenced as Deputy Director Finance (Acting).