Meet the CEO and leadership team who manage The Centre.

Sue Geals, CEO of The Centre for Continuing Education

Sue Geals


Sue took over from Felicity Williams as CEO of The Centre on 1 August. Before, Sue worked as the Chief Executive Officer at Community College Gippsland for 8 years. She is also the current Chair of Adult Community Education Victoria (ACEVic), the peak body of 240 not-for-profit community organisations across Victoria that deliver low-cost or free learn local courses.

Kerry Strauch

General Manager VET Programs and Sport North East

Kerry has a Degree and Masters in Education, and Diploma of Primary Teaching (majoring in English). Her teaching across ten plus years has included primary, TAFE, and VCE English and adult literacy and numeracy in adult and community education settings. She has developed vocational education and training curriculum, courses and learning resources for leadership, motorsports, governance and management, nursing and palliative care. She has also led a national research project piloting the role of Cancer Care Coordinators in regional areas, and spent almost 8 years managing disability services teams in North East Victoria and Southern NSW.

Carl Durnin

General Manager Business Operations

Carl is an experienced business leader with multi-industry experience spanning hospitality, retail/supermarkets, architecture, utilities, telecommunications and the arts. Through a focus on business management and leadership, Carl has a gained sound understanding of business administrative processes including Finance, IT, Marketing, People and Culture, OHS, Strategy, Governance and Risk Management. Carl has in recent years established / owned and operated several small businesses and has held Treasurer roles with local sporting clubs and tourism boards, currently serving as director of Primary Care Connect. He holds a BSc (Hons.) Hospitality Management, Master of Business Administration and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Having lived in the region since 2007, Carl has been an active participant in community life and is passionate to improve health and wellbeing standards across the Hume and Goulburn Valley regions.

Sharee Castagna

Manager Vocational Education and Training

Sharee has been with The Centre for 17 years. In 2004, Sharee came through CVGT to The Centre as a work for the dole participant on a 6 month trail. In 2005, she was employed as a trainee in Business Administration to complete her Certificate II in Business and Certificate III in Business Administration, whilst being the Enrolment and administration officer servicing The Centre’s Business Services team with a high focus on Traineeship enrolments and administration. In 2008 Sharee completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and moved into a Trainer/Assessor role teaching trainee’s in Certificate II and III in Business and Business Administration. In early 2010 Sharee took on a Program Coordination role building relationships with external stakeholders and coordinating The Centre’s General Interest programs. By mid 2010 Sharee moved into the position of Quality and Compliance Officer. Sharee managed and implemented the changes to VET requirements through the VRQA and Skill First. Sharee became The Centre’s compliance subject matter expert, completed all Internal and External auditing and Internal staff training. In 2017 and 2018 Sharee enrolled in a Degree in Business (Management) and took on her current position of Manager – Vocational Education and Training Department. Sharee has a department with 3 teams and 11 staff members managing The Centre’s delivery of all Accredited, Pre-accredited and Fee for Service delivery throughout the Hume Region.

Mathew Byrn

Manager – Quality and Compliance

Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Education P-12, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment - Mat worked in the education and training sector for 12 years in schools and RTO environments. He has quality management experience of 8 years in a RTO contractual and regulatory environment, and 5 years of management experience in across different areas of schools and RTO’s.

Kerri Barnes

Manager Engagement, Support and Employment

Tim Oliver

Manager Sport North East & Community Development

Graduate Diploma Financial Institution Management & Master of Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management - Prior to joining The Centre, Tim had a successful career in banking and finance culminating in state and national general management roles for major banks & non-bank financial institutions and held several non-executive directorships for local and international corporates while also completing a number of consulting assignments for government, financial institutions and retail businesses. Tim has a life-long involvement in sport as a player, coach and committee member/administrator of clubs and associations and has actively volunteered in community organisations; holding advisory board positions with large national charitable institutions.

Elroy Bos

Marketing Manager

Master of Science in Communications/Human Nutrition - Elroy has worked as marketing and communications manager at a range of organisations, including higher education and non-profit.

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