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Thomas Goodwin

Thomas Goodwin

Thomas is a fully qualified carpenter whose building career has supported him whilst completing his Tertiary Preparation Certificate at TAFE NSW and commencing a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle. With a natural academic ability, Thomas excelled in his first year of Psychology to achieve first place in the program and was awarded the prestigious School of Psychology Wundt Prize in 2016. Thomas has been invited to be a university student tutor and supported two PHD studies as a research assistant. Thomas is well on his way to achieve his dream of becoming a leading psychologist.

Luciane Sperling

Luciane Sperling

Luciane is an author, speaker, mother, and survivor of domestic violence, committed to helping others going through what she has endured. Luciane has completed a Certificate III, IV and Diploma of Business Administration and is now following her passion for helping others by undertaking study in Community Services. In 2015 she started My Inner Light, an online platform to empower women recovering from domestic violence and crisis situations, and published her first book “Touched by Love, Turning Crisis into a Blessing” in 2016. Luciane is fiercely dedicated to helping other families that have experienced domestic violence and volunteers for a number of charities and services helping women in need on the Central Coast.

Troy Rhoades-Brown

Troy Rhoades-Brown

Troy began his cooking career aged 16 at the small, family owned Italian restaurant Pascalles and in 2005 was the recipient of the Brett Graham culinary scholarship, which saw him working alongside Brett in his two-Michelin star restaurant, The Ledbury, in London. Troy opened Muse Restaurant at Hungerford Hill Winery in 2009, and in 2014 was recognised as the Young Restaurateur of the Year at the Appetite for Excellence Awards. The Australian newspaper named the Muse in its ‘Hot 50’ restaurants of 2015, and Muse Restaurant and sister establishment Muse Kitchen have both earned coveted Sydney Morning Herald Chefs’ Hats.

Andy Meier

Andy Meier

Andy has more than 20 years’ experience working in design studios and advertising agencies nationally and internationally. His faith and passion for the not-for-profit sector lead him to a Creative Director role at Compassion Australia. During this time he completed a Diploma of Management with TAFE NSW to develop his managerial skills. Andy now runs and operates his own business, Creative Minds Communications where he develops innovative and integrated marketing strategies for clients in the not-for-profit sector. He also contributes to a number of charities in a pro-bono capacity.

Dr Melanie Hayes

Dr Melanie Hayes

Melanie started her career with a Certificate III in Dental Assisting at TAFE NSW, and went onto complete her Bachelor, Honours and PhD in Oral Health at the University of Newcastle, whilst working as a Dental Hygienist in practices across the Hunter. In 2009, Melanie began Lecturing at the University of Newcastle and in 2014, took up a lecturing position as Lead Dental Hygiene at the University of Melbourne. As one of only a small number of Dental Hygienists in Australia to hold a PhD, Melanie currently holds a number of prestigious positions including President of the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia.

Peter Ives

Peter Ives

Peter completed his Building and Construction apprenticeship with North Construction, graduating from TAFE NSW in 2015. A passionate and determined young tradesman, Peter represented the Hunter in the WorldSkills Australia regional and national competitions, winning Gold in the Building and Construction category in 2014. In 2015, Peter travelled to the UK as a member of the BBM Skilled Futures program where he also completed international work experience, and in early 2016 was awarded the Ern MacDonald Fellowship, recognising his talent and excellence in the building and construction industry.