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CEO, AEG & General Manager, AIHE
A senior executive with over 18 years of experience in the Higher Education, Professional Services and Financial sectors, Trent was appointed as the General Manager of AIHE in January 2021. Since 2003, Trent has worked extensively across the Higher Education, VET and ELICOS sectors in Australia and provided executive leadership in the areas of strategic, operational and financial planning for education groups and universities. Highly adept at leading complex and diverse teams across multiple overseas sites, he has international business experience in developing partnerships and institutional linkages with overseas universities and colleges. Trent has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is also a qualified CPA.
Kerrie started working in Vocational Education in 1992 and since then developed her expertise in Competency Based Training and related compliance systems. Kerrie has extensive experience in managing regulatory frameworks, contracts, continuous improvement and quality assurance systems. Kerrie is interested in the potential for integration of each sector of education to improve student experience and facilitate life long learning. As a strategic manager, Kerrie has provided the leadership that has developed Adelaide Education Group from a small RTO to the multi-sector provider it is today.
Damian has had more than 15 years senior executive experience, working for major Australian publicly listed companies, mainly in the aviation and mineral processing industries, with short stints in the banking and oil industries early in his career. In January 2012, Damian was appointed MBA Director at the University of Adelaide. In this time, the GMAA rankings have moved from 4 Stars to 5 Stars (top tier) and the AFR BOSS rankings from #10 to #2 in Australia. Damian has since left the University and currently provides consulting and business advisory work to a range of clients and currently chairs the Adelaide Education Group.
Dr Peter Mickan is an experienced languages educator. He has taught in schools and universities. He established the Postgraduate Applied Linguistics Program in the University of Adelaide, where he continues research and publishing in functional linguistics, language learning and teaching, and the revival of Barossa German. He supervises PhD students research on studies in higher education. Dr Mickan works with a team of teachers in the development of In the Adelaide International School.