Darren Payne

Darren Payne, Professional Services

Darren is a qualified Chef and has worked in the hospitality industry in Australia and overseas, coupled with owning a hotel and restaurant for 18 years. Darren commenced at GOTAFE Wangaratta campus in 2007 before moving to Benalla to start Oliver’s Restaurant, then moved to manage the Corrections contract before commencing as a PEM. Along with a Certificate III in Cookery, Darren holds qualifications in Hospitality Management, VET, TAE, Applied Management & NEELI leadership for VET leaders and is currently working with Connect Jobs and Wodonga Rendering to develop their workforce.

Ian Poole

Ian Poole, Food & Fibre

Kate Storer

Kate Storer, Trades

Kate is a qualified chef, has an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and trained in Melbourne under chefs such as Stephanie Alexander & Andrew Blake for 12 years before commencing at GOTAFE as a cookery trainer. Kate graduated from La Trobe University with a Graduate Diploma in VET, Victoria University with a Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Education and Training and also maintains currency in the Certificate IV in TAE. Kate assisted with the Automotive training launch in Wodonga, Hairdressing at Ringwood and partnering with local businesses to solve their employment & training needs.

Susan Huffer, Health & Community

Susan is a Registered Nurse and worked in industry for 12 years before commencing at GOTAFE as sessional teacher in 2006 in the Enrolled Nursing Program. Susan lectured in the Bachelor of Nursing Program at La Trobe University (Shepparton) between 2006 and 2008 and completed the Graduate Diploma in VET Education in 2015 at La Trobe University. Susan’s recent successes was the launches of two new programs to scope, being the Certificate III in Dental Assisting with the first cohort to commence late April and the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work with the first cohort commencing in Wangaratta early May.

Meet our Partnership Engagement Managers

Our Partnership Engagement Managers (PEM’s) are responsible for developing strategic relationships with GOTAFE. Their focus is on interacting with customers at a business to business level to ensure that GOTAFE is aware of current industry needs. Each Manager has a primary focus on their identified industry cluster, but also represents GOTAFE across all delivery areas. They are responsible for identifying workforce development needs and can match this with a good understanding of our ability to provide training solutions across all delivery areas.

Are you wanting to engage with GOTAFE? Contact the relevant PEM to create a discussion.