Leadership Team

Owen co-founded PE Group and is a passionate advocate for graduate employability. He is currently the CEO, focussed on changing the lives of graduates through employability training and work experience opportunities. Prior to this Owen founded an Accounting recruitment company which he built and ran for over 10 years. He commenced his career with PwC, is a CPA and Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from the AGSM.
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Owen Firth

CEO
David joined PE Group in 2010 and has been instrumental in driving the Sales & Marketing effort of the business from a $1 million turnover business 6 years ago to one that generates over $30 million annually. With extensive experience across education sales, David is a former Singapore representative in rugby and waterpolo and is passionate about building high-functioning teams and developing people.
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David Phua

General Manager – Commercial
Robyn joined Performance Education Group in 2006 and has held a number of positions including teacher, Operations Manager and Sydney GM. Robyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Psychology and English and has completed further studies in Personnel Management. Robyn’s focus centres on developing a cohort of satisfied and stimulated students, motivated and dedicated trainers, and academic excellence.
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Robyn Paikin

General Manager - Academic
Fiona is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in senior finance roles in Australia, Asia Pacific and the UK with broad experience across a range of service sector industries including education, travel, entertainment & publishing. Fiona joined Performance Education Group in 2013 and is responsible for Finance, IT, Customer Experience & Admissions.
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Fiona Montgomery

Chief Financial Officer
Kath is an HR professional with over 20 years of experience. She has worked in construction/manufacturing, financial services and more recently the education sector in operational and strategic business partnering roles. Joining Performance Education Group in late 2014, Kath brings a depth and breadth of experience across the HR function with a particular interest in change management and leadership development.
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Katherine Starzyk

General Manager - Human Resources

Sales & Marketing Team

Nigel is a graduate from RMIT - Australia. He has worked extensively in the corporate training and tertiary education sectors for over 25 years in roles ranging from Consultancy, Management liaison, Lecturing, Sales, Marketing, Team Leadership and Business Development. He is currently responsible for leading the Performance Careers Partnerships and Alliance team.
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Nigel Atkinson

National Partnerships & Alliance Manager
Brendan joined the Performance Education team in 2011 and is responsible for the sales and marketing for the Professional Year Program. Brendan comes from a varied sales background from Hospitality and Events to Education. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Curtin and is currently undertaking a Masters degree at the Australian Graduate School of Management.
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Brendan Siau

National Sales Manager - Professional Year
With over 15 years of customer service experience across different industries in Spain and Australia Jose joined Performance Education Group in 2013. Jose has a passion for helping international students and has experience being one himself. He knows the difficulties of getting into the workplace in a foreign country and is committed to helping students with their first steps in Australia.
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Jose Ponce

Sales & Marketing Manager - Professional Year (VIC)
Steven has almost a decade of experience in developing and managing domestic and international markets in a wide range of organisations including Optus and Livingsocial. Steven comes from an ethnically diverse background that allows him to empathise with and support his clients in achieving their goals.
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Steven Nguyen

Sales Manager - Professional Year (NSW)
Lisa has over 5 years experience in managing corporate travel accounts in Sydney and is very passionate about helping students find their place in the Australian workforce. She understands the challenges finding work in Australia having moved from Germany herself.
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Lisa Dietze

Sales Manager - Work Integrated Learning (NSW)
Nikki has spent her career in academic and territory management in the RTO and Higher Education sectors. With an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Japanese and a Masters in Teaching, Nikki is now undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Educational Management and Leadership at the University of Sydney. She is responsible for developing and managing partnerships with Higher Education providers in NSW.
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Nikki Amai

Higher Education Partnerships Manager
Sarah has extensive experience in a variety of roles on large-scale events which covered talent management and liaison, production, marketing and public relations. At Performance Education Group, Sarah manages new and existing Partnerships and Alliances to ensure smooth end-to-end management of all accounts.
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Sarah Thia

Account Manager – Partnerships & Alliances

Corporate Partnerships Team

Crystal leads the Partnerships and Placements team nationally. Overseeing student placements, and host company acquisition and management. She has over 10 years experience within the Recruitment, Employment and Skills sector and was previously working internationally with a range of public and private companies.
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Crystal Fernandes

National WIL Manager
(Currently on parental leave) Sarah leads the Corporate Partnerships team nationally where she oversees host company acquisition and management. She has over 10 years’ experience in HR and Internal Recruitment with both small, medium and global companies including Google and SunGard. She has hired for roles in IT, Accounting and Finance at all levels. Sarah has a BA of Accounting & Human Resource Management.
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Sarah Kenny

National Corporate Partnerships Manager
(Currently on parental leave) Lauren is a qualified trainer who is passionate about facilitating adult learning and in particular helping students achieve educational outcomes and career success. With experience in the UK and Australia, Lauren has worked in the Education and Recruitment sector for 7 years and has worked at Performance Education since 2011. She is responsible for building relationships with host companies we place our students with.
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Lauren Wallace

Corporate Partnerships Manager (NSW)
Erin has over six years’ professional experience in Marketing and Customer Relationship Management across both the education and not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about developing collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships with business partners, stakeholders, and educational institutions. At Performance Education Group Erin is responsible for building relationships with the host companies we place our students with.
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Erin Clarke

Corporate Partnerships Executive (NSW)
Michele has experience from the banking, travel and FMCG sectors with over 10 years’ experience within Sales, Account Management and Business Development. She utilises her diverse knowledge across these sectors to drive the best outcomes for the host companies and students. At Performance Education Group Michele looks after building strong partnerships with new and existing host companies.
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Michele Ricketts

Corporate Partnerships Executive (NSW)
Jodie has a Bachelor of Tourism, a post grad in Sustainable Business and 6 years’ experience in commercial and client facing roles where business development was her priority. Her last 3 years were spent working with one of the world’s leading accommodation providers, Booking.com. Jodie thrives on building strong professional relationships and is excited to be working with Performance Education Group.
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Jodie House

Corporate Partnerships Executive (NSW)
Svet has a Bachelor of Psychology, Post Grad in HR and recently completed a Cert IV in Training and Assessment. She has extensive experience in HR, Recruitment, & Business Development areas with a focus on IT, Marketing, & Accounting markets. Svet has been working with PE Group for 3 years playing an instrumental role in partnering with businesses seeking to provide work placements to graduates.
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Svet Subotic

Corporate Partnerships Executive (VIC)
Sinead is experienced in B2B sales and has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Murdoch University. Her role at Performance Education Group is to build relationships with host companies, to partner in creating valuable Work Integrated Learning placement opportunities for students.
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Sinead Fergurson

Corporate Partnerships Executive (VIC)
Marie has a MA in Cultural Studies and highly values education for its capacity to change people’s lives. Her background includes hiring IT specialists worldwide, and she is passionate about her role which allows her to partner with innovative IT companies. She thrives in offering the best service to both students and host companies, and loves seeing how both parties learn and grow through the program.
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Marie Robert

Corporate Partnerships Executive (VIC)

Placements Team

Crystal leads the Partnerships and Placements team nationally. Overseeing student placements, and host company acquisition and management. She has over 10 years experience within the Recruitment, Employment and Skills sector and was previously working internationally with a range of public and private companies.
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Crystal Fernandes

National WIL Manager
Amelia has experience in recruitment, WHS, payroll, performance management and student resume and interview coaching. For the past 6 years, Amelia worked within a Group Training Organisation working predominately with young adults to help them transition from school into the workforce. Amelia graduated from La Trobe University in 2009 with a Bachelors in Business majoring in Management and HR.
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Amelia Walsh

Placements Team Leader (VIC)
Rachel joined in May 2015 to support the Placements team as Resourcer. Following this she became a Placement Consultant where she worked with students to place them in the right internship opportunities for their needs and goals. Her current role is Placements Team Leader for Melbourne. Rachel has a BSc Hons degree in Commerce from NUIG and previous experience in HR and customer service.
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Rachel Coleman

Placements Team Leader (VIC)
Charlotte has over five years’ experience in Recruitment, HR, Workforce Management, Coaching and Mentoring. Charlotte’s passion lies in training and development, and she enjoys matching the right person with the right opportunity. Charlotte graduated from the UK with a Bachelor in Psychology, and has completed further education in HR Management, and Workplace Training and Assessment.
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Charlotte Atherley

Placements Team Leader (NSW)
Elena is passionate about helping people take the initial step in starting their career. With 4 years in recruitment and employment services, combined with 10 years of account management and customer service, she prides herself on a customer centered approach. Working with graduates to help them achieve their goals in the Australian job market is an area that Elena is very excited to be a part of.
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Elena Pascoe

Placement Consultant (Sydney)
Having joined in March 2015 as a Placements Resourcer, Prajyana developed essential coaching and mentoring skills, enabling her to transition into the role of a Consultant. Prajyana holds a Master of Business in HR Management and Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Learning from UTS. She has 5 years’ experience within the project and event management, HR management and recruitment space.
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Prajyana Kumar

Placement Consultant (Sydney)
Zoey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Macquarie University and has vast experience in HR, recruitment, hospitality and sales. She is currently completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Zoey strives to assist international students in taking their first step into the professional workforce. She is passionate about making a difference and mentoring students.
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Zoey Ka

Placement Consultant (Sydney)
Carol has over 3 years of HR and Recruitment experience in the liquor industry. Originally from the UK she holds a degree in Business Information Management and has sound expertise in mentoring a variety of individuals and advising senior management. She is passionate about working as part of a productive team, and helping and engaging team members in order to deliver positive results.
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Carol Lee

Placement Consultant (Sydney)
Alexandra has experience in a Talent Management Consulting Team at a global recruitment firm, and account management experience which she gained after completing her BA of International Communication. She is very passionate about coaching students to ensure they have the tools to build a successful career and is completing a Dip. in Human Resource Management to compliment her existing experience.
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Alexandra Ewens

Placement Consultant (Sydney)
Miriam has over 5 years’ experience in Recruitment & Retail Management working in high volume, customer-centric businesses. Most recently responsible for end-to-end recruitment solutions within the executive retail space, Miriam prides herself on a consultative approach. Her passion for mentoring and coaching led her to the PE Group where she helps graduates achieve career success.
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Miriam Persand

Placement Consultant (Sydney)
Joanne completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Event Management at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University. As a personable individual she excels in client communication. She has 3 years Event Management experience; now her desire is to help students receive the benefits of work placements similar to as she did. She is glad to be working alongside the team at Performance Education Group.
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Joanne Mitchell

Placements Resourcer (Sydney)
Dianne has over 8 years administration experience and has joined the Performance Education team having come from the construction industry. Joining the team in December 2015 she is responsible for assisting the placements team. She enjoys going to the gym, playing with her dogs and eating lots of chocolate.
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Dianne Fraser-Byass

Placements Administrator (Sydney)
Michelle is passionate about supporting students to achieve their placement goals. She has over 5 years’ recruitment experience within corporate environments, across a wide range of positions within various industries. After over a year of placing students with PE Group she has seen many students achieve great success through their placement and looks forward to more success stories.
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Michelle Nugara

Placement Consultant (Melbourne)
Dominic is on a mission to bring out the best in others. As a former international student, he understands the challenges students face in the job market. He has coached hundreds of university students and job seekers and has spoken in workshops and conferences on issues relating to careers, personal development and international students. He is a graduate in business and engineering.
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Dominic Soh

Placement Consultant (Melbourne)
Jessica joined in 2016, initially as a Placements Resourcer. Her time in this role confirmed how she wanted to use her experience to help students more directly through consulting with them about their careers. Jessica has 3 years’ experience in Recruitment and Training from working in England, coordinating training and recruiting internally for a not-for-profit organisation. She is driven by seeing people excel in roles that she has helped them get placed in.
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Jessica Saunders

Placement Consultant (Melbourne)
Dinisha has over 7 years of experience in the recruitment industry especially in high volume and fast paced hiring in the contingent workforce. In her roles she uses a consultative approach as she believes and values the differences in every individual. She's excited about being part of Performance Education Group where she assists and coaches students to achieve their career goals.
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Dinisha Tellirajah

Placement Consultant (Melbourne)
Since graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Accounting), Lisa has gained a wide range of experience in various teaching environments. She is excited and passionate about her role at Performance Education Group where she is committed to supporting, motivating and coaching students, and helping to shape their careers.
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Lisa Gaffney

Placement Consultant (Melbourne)
Since graduating with a BBus Honours degree, David has gained experience in Operations Management, Account Administration, and Technical Support. Having lived and worked in Cork, Boston, London, and now Melbourne, David strives to learn and develop an enhanced business background, while applying the skills, knowledge and experience he has picked up along his professional journey.
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David Nevin

Placements Resourcer (Melbourne)
Yvonne is passionate about helping people. She has been working in customer service since high school, working in supervisor roles at various call centres. She started off at Performance Education Group as a receptionist in 2015 and transitioned to the role of Placements Administrator where she continues to help students. She loves doing yoga, meditation and anything music related.
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Yvonne Nitsios

Placements Administrator (Melbourne)

Academic Team

Lianne has worked in the education sector for over 20 years as a teacher, Assistant Director of Studies and is now Director of Studies for our Melbourne and Adelaide campuses. She is responsible for all program delivery and trainer management for our Professional Year program.
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Lianne McMillan

Director of Studies
Jinty has worked in corporate learning and development and managed vocational education programmes in the public and private sectors for over 15 years. As Director of Studies she is responsible for all program delivery and student services for our Professional Year program at our Sydney campus.
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Jinty Ainsworth

Director of Studies (NSW)
Vishitha has worked in corporate learning and development for over 5 years for retail luxury brands in the UAE. She holds a MBA in HR, Bachelors in Engineering and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. At Performance Education, she is responsible for all administrative aspects of monitoring and reporting of students’ assessment progress for the Professional Year programs.
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Vishitha Dsouza

Academic Manager - Professional Year (NSW)
Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Law and an Advanced Diploma in HR Management. At Performance Education, Andrea is responsible for overseeing the administration and day to day academic operations of the Professional Year Program. She enjoys her job as it gives her an opportunity to meet highly motivated students and make their experience as enjoyable and beneficial as possible.
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Andrea Rebejova

Program Manager - Professional Year (NSW)
As a National Assessments Coordinator, Argelle provides academic and administrative support for Professional Year and Work Integrated Learning students, whilst maximising efficiency and ensuring smooth process of academic operations. She has extensive experience as an Enrolment Officer, Complaints and Investigation Officer, and Academic Administrator within the Education industry.
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Argelle Esteban

National Assessments Coordinator
Sylvia comes from the education sector and has a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education, Cert IV in Training & Assessment and has recently completed a Cambridge CELTA course. As the Academic Manager for the Professional Year program, Sylvia’s focus is maintaining academic standards, ensuring student progress & providing support to the Academic staff to ensure excellent program delivery.
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Sylvia Bellini

Academic Manager - Professional Year (VIC)
Angela joined the Performance Education Group in September following an extensive 7 year background in the Professional Year. Angela is currently studying a Double Diploma in Counselling and Community Services and is a keen writer, having just completed writing courses with both Industrial Scripts and The Australian Writers Centre.
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Angela Rhodes-Fiume

Program Manager - Professional Year (VIC)
Lydia joined Performance Education Group in 2014 and has been in the education industry for over 10 years. She has extensive experience teaching, managing and counselling students. Lydia has a Master of Applied Linguistics (Managing Language Programs), TEFL qualification and speaks fluent Indonesian. Lydia is passionate about students' success, supporting them both academically and pastorally.
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Lydia Costa

Student Experience Coordinator (Melbourne)
Sophea has worked in the Education sector for over 20 years as a Vice Principal Assistant, Clerk, Customer Service Officer, Administration Assistant, Admission Officer and now as an Academic Administrator for our Melbourne Campus. Sophea is responsible for all administrative duties for Professional Year students and enjoys working with international and local students.
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Sophea Chuon

Academic Administrator - Professional Year (VIC)
Andy has worked in customer service and sales within the retail, telecommunications and health industry for over 12 years. Mentoring and upskilling via individual and group coaching was a focus during this time. Andy has a passion for process improvement and assisting others to succeed. He graduated with a BA from Griffith University and also has a keen interest in Aviation.
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Andy Freeman

Academic Administrator - Professional Year (VIC)
Bridgid has worked in Learning & Development for over 15 years, designing, delivering and managing programs for Australian businesses. She has a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), and Cert IV in TAE and TESOL. Bridgid’s focus as Lead Trainer is on ensuring students get the maximum benefit from the Professional Year, the program is delivered effectively, and Adelaide trainers are supported.
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Bridgid Johnston

Professional Year Lead Trainer (SA)
With a background in Graphic Design, Project Management and Web Development, Lauren brings a wealth of experience to the Adelaide Performance Education Group office, which has grown from 15 to over a hundred students. In a previous role as Clubs Administrator with Adelaide University Union, Lauren was responsible for setting up online management solutions for hundreds of international students.
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Lauren Byleveld

Campus Coordinator (SA)

Customer Service & Admissions Team

Nounou has worked in the education sector for over 7 years, involved in various areas including administration, admissions and sales. A key point of contact for agents and enrolling students Nounou provide administrative support to our dynamic team in Sydney.
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Nounou Sritoh

Sales Administrator (NSW)
Kate joined the team in 2014 as a Customer Service Officer in Melbourne. In this current role supporting the Sales and Marketing team in Melbourne, she brings with her a can-do attitude and healthy dose of humour. Kate has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from San Francisco and in her spare time enjoys sketching, painting, and being in the outdoors.
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Kate Sy

Sales Administrator (VIC)
Jennifer has extensive office management experience from across the globe in various industries as well as some interesting and quirky occupations, with a main focus on delivering great Customer Service. Jennifer is highly interested in going the extra step to help a customer. She is an enthusiastic scuba diver and open minded world explorer with lots of travel stories
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Jennifer Arens

Customer Service Representative (Sydney)
Charlo comes from a strong customer service and sales background. He is currently in his fourth year studying Commerce & Law at Macquarie University. He is passionate about helping others and volunteers as a primary school refugee tutor for the SPARK program. Charlo is also an avid basketball player playing in various local and representative level competitions around Sydney.
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Charlo Maniacup

Customer Service Representative (Sydney)
William has a background in customer service and administration. Previously he worked for the ATO as an administrator. William holds a degree in Arts and Sciences and is currently studying Animation and Game Design at the University of Sydney. William aspires to work in the animation and graphic design industry; his goal is to independently publish a graphic novel and work in the gaming industry.
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William Kobayashi

Customer Service Representative (Sydney)
Rowan previously worked as an International Host at La Trobe University, enrolling and holding orientation events for exchange students. In 2013 he was an exchange student himself at Beijing University of Technology for one year. Rowan aims to become an English teacher in Taiwan before doing a Masters of Secondary Teaching in order to teach Mandarin in Australia.
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Rowan Watson

Customer Service Representative (Melbourne)
Darby is studying a Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)/Bachelor of Business (Economics) at Swinburne and has experience in a vast array of sectors, from hospitality, to dog grooming, to bookkeeping. Darby is one of the first faces you’ll see at Performance Education Group when you visit the Melbourne office.
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Darby Savage

Customer Service Representative (Melbourne)

Finance Team

Kieran is a Chartered Accountant with experience across large corporate, travel, online business and public practice accounting. Kieran joined Performance Education Group in September 2014 is responsible for Financial Reporting and Accounting for the business, ensuring access to relevant information and accounting services for students, business partners and the business team.
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Kieran Burdon

Financial Controller
Sam joined in May 2016 bringing over 9 years of professional experience in financial accounting roles within the property and technology industries to the team. Sam has proven ability in financial accounting, corporate compliance and treasury which were attained whilst successfully completing a Bachelor of Commerce. To support Sam's experience and prior study, she is currently completing her CPA.
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Samantha Timmins

Corporate Accountant
Ivy is a CPA with over 4 years’ accounting experience across different industries. Ivy joined Performance Education Group in July 2014 and has since had responsibilities covering accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll. In her current role, Ivy works closely with our business team and agents to ensure quality and efficiency in the delivery of our Professional Year program.
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Yingzhe (Ivy) Bi

Commercial Accountant - Performance Education
Sonia completed her SMIPA Professional Year course at Performance Education Group in 2012. She commenced working at Performance Education Group in March 2015. In her current role as Credit Accountant, Sonia uses her skills and personal experience to assist students to meet the financial obligations of their course. She is currently studying towards gaining her CPA qualification.
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Sonia He

Commercial Accountant - Performance Careers