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Date:July 29, 2022

Message from the CEO, July 2022

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Hello everyone and welcome to Team Batchelor’s latest staff newsletter.

I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet many of you already and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone over the coming weeks and months.

My family and I are excited to be making the move to the Northern Territory and to be settling down in Batchelor. We love the town and living not far from our expansive and beautiful campus.

As you may already know, I come to this role from a background in senior management positions in local government and health. I am passionate about Indigenous affairs and have a particular focus on strategic planning, business and economic development. I’m looking forward to working alongside everyone at Batchelor Institute and enhancing team spirit.

With that in mind, it’s fantastic to see Batchelor being recognised as a finalist in four categories for the 2022 NT Training Awards. Our finalists are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year: Grace Wunungmurra
    Employer: Dhimurru Rangers
    RTO: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
    Qualification: Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management (AHC31416)
  • VET Teacher Trainer of the Year: Brenton Dawes
    Employer: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
  • Industry Collaboration Award: Building an Indigenous Workforce
    A collaboration between Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and Northern Transportable
  • Large Training Provider of the Year: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education


I understand Batchelor won in two categories last year – Large Training Provider of the Year and Vocational Student of the Year. Here’s hoping we have similar success this year! Don’t forget Batchelor has 20 seats available at the Gala Awards Dinner on 3 September 2022. Please check my earlier email if you would like to express your interest in attending.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our Chair, Ms Pat Anderson AO, for her support, and our Elder Academic, Dr Sue Stanton, for her warm welcome. I would also like to thank Mick Gooda for his significant contributions in the CEO’s role, his collaborative engagement approach and for his efforts to ensure a smooth transition.

Please feel free to get in touch with the CEO’s office at if there is anything you need.

Kind regards,