Chief Executive Officer | Senior Leadership Group
Kathryn Stenson is 20 years into her career in the Vocational Education Training and Employment Industries. Kathryn is passionate about apprenticeships and traineeships and the benefits they provide people of all ages to gain qualifications through structured workplace learning.
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In 2013, Kathryn won the Telstra Business Woman’s Award in Community and Government and is passionate about strengthening and growing the capability and responsiveness of the employment, education and training sectors in ways that improve sustainability and equity outcomes.
Kathryn is a Director of the Apprentice Employment Network QLD & NT and also of the National Australian Apprenticeships Association.
The National Apprentice Employment Network is the peak association representing around 150 Group Training Organisations located throughout Australia. Collectively the network employs around 30,000 apprentices and trainees and works with over 100,000 businesses. Through her involvement with the association and passion to see people achieve, Kathryn has developed strong relationships with organisations throughout Australia enabling GTNT Group to benefit from the economy of scale the network provides with direct links to the Northern Territory and Australian Governments.
In March 2017, Kathryn became a Director of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) Board representing the Northern Territory, assuming the role of Chairperson for the NT ACPET committee.
In addition to local and national Boards and Associations Kathryn is engaged with, she is also the Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Skills and Training Australia (ISTA) which works in close association with a range of educational institutions in the Philippines providing Australian qualifications through a skills enhancement model. Under Kathryn’s stewardship, the Institute of Skills and Training Australia (ISTA) is actively working with the Northern Territory Government to promote and grow vocational education and training in the Philippines and the ASEAN region.
Chief Financial Officer | Senior Leadership Group
Lynda is responsible for the overall financial management of GTNT Group. Lynda Townsend has 28 years experience in business services and taxation and commenced working with GTNT Group as a member of the Board of Directors and remained in that position for 5 years before taking the position of CFO. Lynda’s 16 years experience with KPMG as a Senior Manager provided her with the necessary skills to ensure successful financial outcomes and best practice reporting. Lynda has a Bachelor Degree in Commerce, majoring in Accounting, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Human Resources Manager | Senior Leadership Group
Poppy Darkadakis has over 14 years in the VET industry with 11 years at GTNT Group. Poppy has worked with the Human Resources division of GTNT Group for 9 years and has extensive experience with industrial and employment relations, employee engagement and workforce development and is responsible for the overall management of Human Resources, Quality Management System and IT Support for GTNT Group. As the Human Resources Manager, Poppy manages a team of two which is inclusive of Quality, IT and staff WHS. Poppy ensures that GTNT Group is compliant in accordance with the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act, Fair Work Act and Workplace Gender Equality Act and other relevant legislation.
International Engagement and Training Manager | Senior Leadership Group
Shaun's position of International Engagement and Training Manager is responsible for our Registered Training Organisation (ISTA, RTO Code: 0381) management, both onshore and offshore training and international engagement. Shaun is responsible for managing the Registered Training Organisation (Institute of Skills and Training Australia, RTO 0381) for training delivery of domestic and international students. The RTO also delivers training in the Philippines and Indonesia in a variety of qualifications.
He has 35 years’ experience in the electrical industry across various States and Territories including the Torres Strait Islands. All previous positions included a high level of safety management, with experience in managing 120 employees safety requirements. Shaun has a passion for safety and is driven to continuously improving practices to ensure a safe work environment for all employees.
AASN Manager | Senior Leadership Group
Trenna brings over four years’ experience working on a multitude of projects relating to Vocational Education and Training, AASN NT services, and territory workforce development within the Northern Territory Government. In her role as the AASN Manager, Trenna is responsible for all aspects of the AASN NT services department including service delivery and contract management, and can continue to work on projects that develop the territory’s workforce through apprenticeships and traineeships.
Business Development Manager | Senior Leadership Group
Sherryn commenced her employment in September 2013, as the Employment Solutions Coordinator, and with a department restructure in 2018 became the Gateway Manager. She is responsible for the efficient management and delivery of GTNT Group Apprentice recruitment services as well as internal and client driven workforce development strategies and implementation, in line with company policies and procedures. In 2020 Sherryn moved into the Business Development Manager role for the organisation. Sherryn provides expert, professional advice and leadership to GTNT Group Staff in the development, implementation and review of the GTNT Group training and development directions to ensure that all workforce development strategies are part of a planned program and are designed to address the company’s current and future needs.
Employment Services Manager
Emma held the position of Employment Specialist with GTNT Group for eight years before transitioning into the Human Resources, Safety and Environmental Coordinator role in March 2019. As Employment Services Manager, Emma is now responsible for the overall management and delivery of the Group Training Services. Ensuring the administration and field services team are delivering the highest standard of service to our apprentices and host business alike. She is excited to return to the Employment Services department and begin working to increase the number of Australian Apprentices and Host Businesses/ Employers within GTNT Group services across the Northern Territory.
AASN Operations Manager
Bree commenced GTNT Group and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network NT (AASN NT) in October 2013 and over the years progressed into a managerial role as the Employment Services Manager, where she managed all functions of the Employment Services division of the organisation. As the Gateway Manager, Bree was responsible for overseeing all operations for GTO and AASN recruitment services for apprentice and trainee recruitment. Bree is the AASN Operations Manager and oversees all the operational activities of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network, ensuring the day to day operations run smoothly. Commencing as a trainee herself, Bree brings over 17 years’ experience in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector to the table, she has experienced every facet of this sector and has extensive knowledge of the entire apprenticeship process.
Brooke commenced with GTNT Group in May 2016 as a Field Solutions Officer before moving into the Executive Assistant role in November 2016. Brooke has moved into the Corporate Services team as the Marketing Manager, responsible to oversee the marketing strategies, projects and events of the GTNT Group. With over 7 years’ experience at GTNT Group, Brooke has an in depth understanding of the vocational education and training industry in the Northern Territory and the GTNT Group daily operations. Brooke also oversees the GTNT Foundation projects.
Shannon commenced with GTNT Group in November of 2015 starting in our Finance Team. Since then Shannon has worked within a number of our business units including the RTO as the Training Co-Ordinator and with the Corporate Services team as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. In her current role as Compliance Manager Shannon is responsible for maintaining company and contractual compliance across the business. With her previous experience Shannon holds extensive knowledge of the organisations operational compliance requirements and brings with her a skillset in detailed analysis and a passion for continuous improvement.
Southern Region Manager
Jess commenced her employment with GTNT Group in September 2012 where she started working as a Field Officer for the Australian Apprenticeships NT for over 5 years in Central Australia. Prior to working for Australian Apprenticeships NT she worked within administration roles for two different Registered Training Organisations. Jess took on the role of Employment Specialists for the GTO, servicing the Alice Springs region and remote communities in the Southern Region for a number of years before managing the Industry Training Hub project in Alice Springs as a Career Facilitator. With 16 years' experience working with GTNT Group, Jess brings wealth of knowledge of the VET sector into her role as our Southern Region Manager.