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


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Salil GuptaSalil Gupta
Chief Financial Officer

Salil brings to Catalyst Education strong commercial acumen with over 13 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.

Sarah CollissonSarah Collisson
General Manager – Operations

Sarah has worked in the VET sector since 2007, beginning her career as a trainer and assessor. Moving through the many different areas of the business has seen her develop skills in resource development, learner recruitment, account management, compliance and leading the training team.

Sarah’s passion lies in empowering both learners and colleagues to thrive within whatever their chosen field may be. Her current role allows her to combine her passions of education, leading teams and personal development.

Kristen-ClarkeKristen Clarke
Head of Learning & Teaching

With more than 12 years of leadership experience in the education sector, Kristen has a track record of design, implementation and evaluation of tertiary programs to facilitate quality learning and teaching to domestic and international students.

She has extensive experience in strategic academic and operational development gained within three large dual sector education providers in multi-discipline and multi-campus education environments. These roles have enabled Kristen to develop strong and effective teams and a passion for continuous improvement and professional development.

Julie van Belkom

Julie van Belkom
Head of Compliance & Continuous Improvement

Julie is an experienced training and quality manager with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. 

As a strong quality assurance professional graduated from Swinburne University of Technology, she is skilled in coaching, government, team building, training delivery, and management. 

Ryan Christie Catalyst Education

Ryan Christie
Head of Marketing

Ryan has over 15 years’ marketing experience working across a variety of industries including insurance, law, standards and marketing solutions.

Ryan’s expertise includes developing holistic strategic and tactical planned marketing to build brands, while empowering the people within them. Supported by skills in numerous marketing channels, systems and platforms, Ryan specialises in content that engages, informs and inspires throughout the entire customer journey.

Syachfri Tjhia Catalyst EducationSyachfri Tjhia
Head of Information, Communications & 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.

Billy Latkas

Billy Latkas
Head of People and Culture

Billy is an experienced Senior Leader in People and Culture at both corporate and operational levels, with over 15 years’ extensive and tangible experience in Retail/FMCG, Logistics, Education and Manufacturing industries.

Billy is an effective communicator who embraces all challenges whilst building solid relationships. His lateral thinking and expertise allows him to confidently engage with teams and the business to deliver exceptional performance and teamwork.

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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