Meet the CEO and leadership team who manage The Centre.

Felicity Williams


Bachelor of Arts (Melbourne University), MBA - In September 2014, Felicity took up the role of CEO of The Centre for Continuing Education, fulfilling her desire to return to the tertiary sector within an adult community education college. Felicity’s passion for the vocational education and training sector is embedded in its capacity to link people to community and industry, and because education has the power to change lives. Provision of education through an adult education college such as The Centre is enhanced through the sector’s close and intimate connections to community.

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

Manger Vocational Education and Training

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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