Our people

People powered education


We believe in a future where compassion thrives; where people support each other to connect, belong and to feel valued at every stage of their lives.

The Catalyst Education team brings a wealth of experience and know-how in their areas of expertise. The team’s primary focus is to empower staff to deliver a unique, human-centered education and training approach that delivers future-ready professionals, armed with the knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to create a compassionate society.

Meet our leadership team


Katherine HussarKatherine Hussar
Head of Training and Learning

Katherine has over 17 years’ experience in the early childhood education and care sector and over 6 years’ in the VET sector and holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education and Care).

Throughout Katherine’s career she has developed a strong knowledge and understanding of the community services sectors and is committed to leading her team of trainers with purpose and passion with a commitment to advocacy and making a difference. Katherine is focussed on creating positive outcomes for learners and delivering high quality, compassionate graduates for the early childhood and aged care professions.

Salil GuptaSalil Gupta
Chief Financial Officer

Salil brings to Catalyst Education strong commercial acumen with over 15 years’ experience in commercial finance and business reporting, holding several senior roles across a various of industry sectors including BPO, sales and education.

Salil has a Masters in Commerce, Master of Business Administration and is a Member of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Ellie ShayEllie Shay
National Partnerships Manager

With over 5 years’ at Catalyst Education, Ellie along with her dedicated team are focussed on supporting clients to skill their current and new workforce. Ellie utilises her strong management experience along with her ability to build lasting interpersonal relationships to help clients navigate training and funding processes and requirements, including traineeships.

An advocate for positive social change and impact, Ellie is a proud board member of The Rado Foundation, and is always seeking opportunities to give back to the community. She is driven by a desire to break down barriers to education for learners, and create a diverse workforce to enrich society.

ArunaAruna Joshi
Quality and Compliance Manager

With 10 years of experience in the VET sector, Aruna has comprehensive knowledge of the compliance requirements of ASQA and various state funding bodies.

Her primary skill is bringing compliance to life in everyday activities across key areas in the RTO. She is committed to driving accountability within the teams and supporting RTOs of Catalyst Education to maintain a high level of compliance against their obligations.

Aruna is passionate about life-long learning for everyone and the opportunities that good education brings to our community.

Syachfri Tjhia Catalyst EducationSyachfri Tjhia
Head of Information Technology

Syachfri has over 12 years’ experience in technology infrastructure, support, development, implementation and project management.

Syachfri holds a Bachelor of Business (Business Information Technology). This qualification and the variety of different positions Syachfri has held, have exposed him to the many different aspects of operating a quality Registered Training Organisation.

Annette Mackay
Annette Mackay
Head of People Experience

Annette brings to Catalyst 20+ years’ experience as a dedicated leader in Human Resource and Operations Management with extensive knowledge in building HR frameworks from the ground up.

With a true passion for developing and empowering people, she strives to lead and support strong team spirit and workplace culture, within a best practice framework – with People as the key driver for everything she does.

Meet our board


Our Board of Directors comprise highly-skilled individuals with specific industry knowledge and experience in building and growing successful businesses.





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