Our Team

WAIFS’ CEO, Louise Edwards, and Managing Director, Sean Tuhakaraina, lead the team that’s ready to guide you through your study experience at WAIFS.

WAIFS’ team members have diverse qualifications, work backgrounds, connections with industry and personal talents, and hail from around the globe. What they all have in common is a dedication to standards and to help you get the most out of your experience at WAIFS.

Head of Administration: Erin Butterly
Staff: Frank Wang, Elinore Edwards, Mariana Martinez, Marianne Heimel, Tamika Bland and Horace Khor.

When you study at WAIFS, you’ll become very familiar with some of these staff members as they have regular and direct contact with you, assisting you with day-to-day issues and referring you to more specialized help if needed. Behind the scenes are other staff working away at tasks, including but not limited to, handling your admission and course selection, maintaining your records and issuing your awards such as Certificates and/or Diplomas. This is all done to ensure that you have a smooth and enjoyable time here at WAIFS.

Manager: Heike Robert
Marketing staff: Jerly Peregrino, Caroline The, Jessica Mofflin.
WAIFS’ Managing Director, Sean Tuhakaraina, also takes a hands-on role in marketing.

This team promotes WAIFS’ profile and courses to agents, institutions and the public. They are very active in organising learning pathways, including articulation (connections) between courses WAIFS offers and courses at universities. They also spend significant time in guiding individual students to find pathways that are the most suitable to them. The team has a detailed understanding of laws and government policies that affect students at training organisations.


Head of Studies: Catherine Hodgson.

Our range of courses is managed by Catherine. You can find more details about our courses via tabs on the homepage, but let’s take a brief look at the team.

Head of Special Projects: Wendy Xu

Wendy takes a hands on approach to supporting our Head of Studies and takes care of any special projects which WAIFS offers. If you have a special project in mind, please don’t hesitate to contact Wendy at wendy.xu@waifs.wa.edu.au.

Accounting Department

Trainers: Daniel Bedford and Amandeep Kaur

Business Department (including Project Management, Work Health & Safety, and Hospitality)

Trainers: Mike Coppin, Zehra Roofi, Mohammed Naim Ahmed Dewan, Fero Krisanda and Genevieve Copland.

Health / Community Department
Trainers: Rajnish Kewul, Jasmina Janic, Hanna Grojek, Simon Van De Schaar and Nazeer Iqbal.

English Department
Trainers: Francois Robert, Ella Duso, Peter Roger and Chris Warne.

Childcare Department:
Trainers: Maria Carabetta and Kate O’Neill.

The teaching team is very ably complemented by staff in marketing, student services and administration.