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Welcome from the General Manager

A warm welcome to 2024 at CIT Solutions, a proud part of the renowned Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Group, serving Australia's education and training landscape for over a century.

Aligned with CIT, our goal is clear: empower you to unlock potential, adapt to change, and achieve aspirations, contributing to local communities and beyond.

Our commitment remains steadfast, offering an unrivalled learning journey, whether you choose to engage on campus, virtually, or through online learning—a journey continually enriched to meet your evolving needs. At CIT Solutions, the learning landscape evolves. Our courses provide flexibility, featuring more blended, online, and virtual study options. We're here to support your endeavours, guiding you towards personal and career goals, ensuring you graduate with industry-relevant skills for a competitive edge.

Looking ahead to 2024, our focus is on enriching your student experience and enhancing your learning outcomes. Your ideas and feedback are invaluable, shaping the vibrant CIT Solutions community. In embracing technology, we eagerly explore how advancements, including AI, can contribute to a more impactful learning experience.

Our team is committed to excellence, aiming to create a meaningful, memorable, and valuable learning journey. Your success is our success. Seize every opportunity for growth within classrooms, workplaces, and beyond.

With genuine excitement for the possibilities that 2024 holds, I look forward to another year of shared success!

Warm regards

Catherine Ng
General Manager
CIT Solutions Pty Ltd

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CIT Solutions Team

People

  • Natalie Howsen
    Natalie Howson Chair of the Board

    Natalie has 25 years' experience in senior executive roles in the state and federal public service. She has established and lead a commonwealth statutory authority and been Director General of two ACT Government Directorates. Her experience also includes senior executive roles in the largest agencies of the Australian Government -Medicare Australia, Centrelink and Defence. These roles focused on policy development, service delivery reform, complex program management, regulation and change leadership.


    She has a proven track record in leadership, stakeholder collaboration, public sector reform and service delivery. In delivering change across human service and technology-based environments, Natalie has established successful partnerships in many diverse sectors. She is an experienced chair and an accomplished spokesperson who has been a member of international and national policy and regulatory committees. Natalie commenced her working life as a secondary teacher and then curriculum adviser with the Queensland Education Department. She was CEO of the Australian Sports Drug Agency in the leadup to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.


    In 2000 she was the ACT Telstra Businesswoman of the Year. Natalie retired from the public service in July 2019 after eight years as an ACT Director General in the Housing and Community Service and Education Directorates. In 2020 Natalie was appointed Chair of the Teacher Quality Institute. Natalie has a master degree in International Education Leadership and Educational Research. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Natalie founded the successful children’s charity Boundless Canberra in 2012 and currently supports Yerrabi Yurwang, an Aboriginal child and family support organisation.

  • Catherine Ng
    Catherine Ng (MBA, GAICD) General Manager

    Catherine comes to CIT Solutions as a nationally and internationally recognised education business leader. Catherine is a highly strategic and entrepreneurial senior executive with over 20 years' experience within the private and public education sector, including start-ups, publicly listed and government-owned enterprises.


    Catherine has held a breath of executive roles, including LCI Education, Quad Learning Inc, Navitas Limited, Box Hill Institute, Victoria University and William Angliss Institute. She has extensive experience in the international education and training markets. Catherine has also held public office as a councillor for the City of Melbourne, a former Council member of La Trobe University and the Council for Multicultural Australia Board.


    Catherine brings considerable experience to CIT Solutions in leading business growth, organisational development and corporate governance. She is particularly skilled in institutional collaboration, working with business partners, and developing people. She also has an in-depth understanding of key markets within the Asia Pacific region. Catherine has relocated back to Australia after working overseas for over five years to take up the General Manager's role at CIT Solutions.


    Catherine is passionate about education and training. She strongly believes 'Education not only equips a person with the skills for work but also for life.'

  • Sue Chapman
    Sue Chapman Board Member

    Sue Chapman has had a long career in the public sector in both State and Commonwealth Senior Executive positions as well as in the ACT. She retired from the position of Deputy Director-General of the ACT Community Services Directorate in 2016 after holding various SES positions in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Human Services for over a decade.


    Sue has experience in the tertiary sector having held the role of Registrar and Deputy Principal at the University of Sydney for a number of years. She also was a member of the Council of the University of Wollongong for many years, culminating in her appointment as Deputy Chancellor of the University.


    Sue was the CEO of NCS International, a wholly owned subsidiary of NATA, for seven years, during which time the company grew to be a major force in the management systems certification industry in Australia, with offices across Australia and in a number of countries outside Australia. Through this experience, Sue developed a good understanding of how to provide value to a parent company through creating business opportunities.


    She has considerable Board and Audit Committee experience across many sectors, including being the Chair of a variety of boards. Sue is currently an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Justice and Community Safety Directorate in the ACT and is the Chair of the Registration Standards Advisory Committee in the ACT.

    Sue looks forward to being a useful addition to the CIT Solutions Board.


  • Tahlia-Rose Vanissum
    Tahlia-Rose Vanissum Board Member

    Tahlia-Rose Vanissum is a proud Woppaburra woman and Traditional Owner of the Keppel Islands, which sits off the coast of central Queensland, Australia. Tahlia-Rose works across the intersections of social, health and First Nations policy in the federal public service and is currently undertaking a Master of Culture, Health, and Medicine at the Australian National University (ANU).


    Tahlia-Rose is a Director on the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Governing Board, is passionate about governance, safety and First Nations excellence, has experience in roles across the policy lifecycle and brings a considered intersectional perspective to the CIT Solutions (CITSOL) Board. In addition, Tahlia-Rose brings insight into student experiences through her own experience obtaining vocational qualifications from both CIT and CITSOL.


    Tahlia-Rose's experience includes various positions across the not-for-profit and public sectors to drive the inclusion and prioritisation of First Nations peoples, women and girls, and people with disability across all aspects of organisations' undertakings. Tahlia-Rose holds vocational qualifications in government, business, leadership, and human resources management and a Bachelor of Criminology from the ANU.

  • Linda spurr
    Linda Spurr (FCPA FAICD) Board Member & Audit Committee Chair

    Linda Spurr is an experienced board director and accomplished senior executive, having held leadership roles in government, defence, academic and private sector environments.


    Linda is passionate about skills and training, bringing considerable expertise, including major reform of Airservices Learning Academy, as their RTO CEO, and more recently roles with the Australian National University, Swinburne University, RMIT University and Industry Skills Australia.


    In addition to serving on the CIT Solutions board and Audit Committee, Linda works as the Director of Leadership Talent and Culture at Raytheon Australia and is a Director of Safeskies Australia and NORTEC.


    She is a Telstra Business Women Awards Finalist, Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards winner and past CPA Australia Public Sector Accountant of the Year. Linda is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant (FCPA) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).


  • James Goodwin
    James Goodwin Board Member

    James Goodwin is an experienced executive and non-executive with a background in media, corporate affairs and public policy. He has particular interests in the transport, infrastructure and education sectors. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Australian Airports Association (AAA) in early 2020, at a time when the aviation industry was being heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. James leads members in advocating for national policy which ensures we have a thriving aviation system that is safe, secure, competitive, environmentally responsible and with a skilled workforce to benefit all Australians and visitors.


    Prior to his role at the AAA, Mr Goodwin was the Chief Executive of Australia’s leading vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) from 2015. Before joining ANCAP, Mr Goodwin held the position of Director – Government Relations & Communications at the Australian Automobile Association and was also acting Chief Executive.He also held a high-profile senior community and corporate affairs position at AirServices Australia – the provider of air traffic control and aviation firefighting in Australia. James was also Head of Media & Communications with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries – representing the vehicle and motorcycle brands in Australia.


    Mr Goodwin is the Chair of St John Ambulance ACT, is a member of the National St John Ambulance Board and is a Board Member of the ACT Road Safety Advisory Board – appointed by the Transport Minister. He is an active Mentor in the Women in Aviation program. He has previously been a non-executive director of Auto Skills Australia, the organisation tasked with reforming vocational education and training within the automotive industry. James was previously a reporter and newsreader in Sydney and Canberra – including periods in the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Politics.

  • Stephanie Fahey
    Stephanie Fahey Audit Committee Member

    Dr Stephanie Fahey has worked in leadership roles in higher education, the private sector and the Australian Public Service. Most recently she was the CEO of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (2017-2020) which supports Australian exporters and foreign investors in Australia, promotes Australian education internationally and develops policy for international tourism to Australia.

    She was also a strategy partner at EY (2013-2017) in the field of education where she advised educational institutions and governments. Prior to EY she worked in higher education as the Deputy Vice Chancellor Global Engagement at Monash University (2006-2012) and was Director of the Research Institute for Asian and the Pacific at the University of Sydney (1998-2006). Throughout her career she has served on several Boards and is currently a Council member of the University of Newcastle, a Trustee of The Asia Foundation (an international NGO) and a Board member of the Australian Design Council.

  • Miranda Garnett
    Miranda Garnett Audit Committee Member

    Miranda Garnett has an extensive professional services skills and experience in change management, service model design, organisational transformation, internal and external audit over 20+ years. This has been established through her reputation for delivering responsive, high-quality services across public and private sectors.

    As a trusted adviser and business leader, she is responsible for consistently achieving optimal outcomes for all her clients. This involves working collaboratively with them – and using her specialist knowledge and expertise to deliver practical solutions. Her core expertise include management consulting, risk management, business transformation, change management, service model design, merger analysis and assistance, regulatory audit and general assurance. Miranda's dedication to excellence is reflected in her qualifications and affiliations, being a proud member of CA ANZ and holding a Bachelor of Commerce degree with specialisation in Accounting.

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