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.

Senior Manager: Wendy Xu (Operations Manager) 

Student Administration Services Manager: Elly Priestley
Office Manager: Erin Butterly
Staff: Janaina Carli Viana, Frank Wang, Harley Allen, Elinore Edwards, Phuong Hoang, Phuong Hoang, Naomi Enever, Loice Taderera, Ellie Tsoi

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
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.

Our range of courses are managed by five departments; each with its own Head of Department and trainers. You can find more details about their courses via tabs on the homepage, but let’s take a brief look at the team.

Accounting Department
Head of Department: Wendy Xu
Other trainers: Daniel Bedford, Bree Kirk-Burnnand

Business Department (including Project Management, Work Health & Safety, and Hospitality)
Head of Department: Ramen Poonen
Other trainers: Melville Perera, Mike Coppin, Zehra Roofi, Ravi Pericherla, Ryan Gray, Mohammed Naim Ahmed Dewan, Deborah Quartermaine

Health / Community Department
Head of Department: Nazeer Iqbal
Other trainers: Rajnish Kewul, Jasmina Janic, Hanna Grojek, Simon Van De Schaar

English Department
Head of Department: Catherine Hodgson
Other trainers: Francois Robert, Valentina Angeloni, Peter Rogers, Lovina Saha, Chris Warne

Childcare Department:
Head of Department: Catherine Hodgson
Other trainers: Karen Georgi

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