Staff Credentials

Fred Portrait 2013Fred J Bonaventura AFIML MACE MIMC
Managing Director / Principal


B.A. (Melb.), Dip.Ed. (Melb.), Grad.Dip.Rel.Ed. (ACU), Grad.Cert.Ed &Training (Melb.),
TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (Monash),
TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (Plenty Training),
TAE50216 Diploma of Training Design and Development (Plenty Training)

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Fred is Managing Director of Vocational Pathways and Principal of Ripponlea Institute. Fred has over 36 years experience in education and training. His experience includes 14 years as a senior secondary school teacher, holding numerous senior management positions in this time. To this day Fred continues to enjoy a hands on approach to his work, as he has recently held positions as a RTO Manager, VET-VCAL Manager and VASS Administrator. With respect to training delivery, he delivers the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to VET teachers in secondary schools.

As an education, training and management consultant, since 1994, he has been able to not only provide consultancy services that are industry leading, but has been able to significantly enhance his consultancy services through his continuing work as a practitioner.

Fred has worked directly with over 200 schools in Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland, providing consultancy services in areas such as developing strategic and business plans, creating models for regional leadership in training, and designing programs that strengthen and build his client's brand and position in the market. Fred has facilitated over 60 organisations gaining accreditation as Registered Training Organisations. He has also participated in over 60 quality audits conducted by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (ex OTFE/OTTE) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), representing the interests of his clients. He has conducted over 100 internal reviews for RTOs, reviewing compliance with the AQTF Essential Standards for RTOs and National Standards for RTOs.

At the system level, his clients have included the Victorian Department of Education, the Associations of Independent Schools in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. At the industry level, Fred's clients have included some of the most respected and leading secondary schools in Australia. His work has been widely acclaimed and he has received many written testimonials expressing appreciation for the innovative and critical role he has played in adding value to his client's business.

Fred is also currently Principal of Ripponlea Institute, a RTO specializing in auspicing VET delivered to secondary school students. Ripponlea Institute currently auspices VET programs in Applied Language, Fashion, Music and Small Business. Always at the forefront of innovation, from 2017, Ripponlea Institute will be the first, and only, RTO in Australia to deliver the Certificate II in Applied Language (10297NAT) in the Aboriginal Languages of Arrernte, Warlpiri and Alyawarr.

Fred is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (AFIML), a member of the Australian College of Educators (MACE) and a member of the Institute of Management Consultants (MIMC). Vocational Pathways is also a Registered Training Organisation t/a Ripponlea Institute (TOID 21230) and a member of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET). Most recently, Ripponlea Institute has been designated as an ASQA delegate, in recognition of ongoing compliance with the national Standards for Registered Training Organisations.

Vocational Pathways is listed on the ACPET Consultants and Advisors Register. For further information please click on the following link: About the ACPET Register.

Senior Consultant, Professional Learning & Industry Training


B.Bus. (Marketing & Economics) (Swinburne), Dip.Med.Rep. (APMA), Cert. in EDP (Australian Computing Institute),
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Vocational Pathways)

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Daniele Lima has worked in all areas of business for twenty years. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, 'Marketing Works'. He is a Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM) and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute (AMI). Daniele is a business writer, media commentator, course designer and keynote speaker. As a business strategist he is widely sought after by SME and large companies alike. He is founder and director of 'Road Scholars' training, offering nationally accredited business sales and marketing courses.

  • He has studied extensively in all areas of business and is a Business graduate from Swinburne University, Melbourne, majoring in marketing and economics.
  • In a twenty year career he has worked in virtually all areas of business in both the private and public sectors alike, and in both large and small companies, such as Caltex Petroleum, Metrail and Bristol- Myers Squibb.
  • He has held numerous managerial postings and has had wide ranging experiences including positions such as National Sales Manager, Regional Training Manager, Territory Manager and Product Marketing Manager.
  • He has won multiple industry awards and years later, still holds both national and international sales and marketing related records.
  • He currently is the CEO of Gotham Enterprises: Sales and Marketing consultancy and is heavily involved in all aspects of sales, marketing and training, where he routinely consults with both large and small businesses.
  • He is a keynote speaker for Chamber of Commerce, Australian Institute of Management and Victorian Small Business Council.
  • He is a media commentator, writer, nationally accredited trainer and course developer, and a management and business strategist.
  • He has been an Associate of the Australian Marketing Institute for nearly twenty years and has been awarded the classification of: Certified Practising Marketer (CPM). As well, Daniele has been recently admitted as an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.

Joan Perrone CDAA

 Senior Consultant, Careers & Training Services



B.A., Grad.Dip.Ed., Grad. Cert. in Careers Education.

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Joan is the director of careermap, providing expert careers counselling to individuals and school groups. She has expertise in conducting meaningful vocational profiling and provides professional assistance in the development of personal portfolios and applications for tertiary entry, employment and career change.

Joan has 25 years experience in state and independent secondary schooling. Her experience includes many years of teaching senior secondary students, whilst simultaneously holding several positions of responsibility. Her wealth of experience in the area of teaching, curriculum development, staff development, student welfare and VET/VCAL Coordination has served to enrich her role as Careers Counsellor over the past 9 years.

Joan has a passion for career guidance, enjoying the challenges and rewards associated with working with young people in identifying and achieving their career goals. Her expertise in careers consultancy allows her to use the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired through extensive teaching and counselling experience, and professional qualifications.

Joan delivers the highest level of professional service to the young people who seek out her assistance. She possesses a deep understanding of career development, affording her the ability to deliver up to date, forward thinking careers consultancy, and careers counselling. She has expertise in the delivery and interpretation of the Morrisby Report and employs the most effective career interest measures and career research tools with her clients.

Joan is a member of the Career Development Association of Australia and the Career Education Association of Victoria.

Sarah Pavy

Senior Consultant, VET Applied Language


B.A. (French, Indonesian and German), Dip.Ed. (LOTE / TESOL), M.Ed., Grad. Cert in Bilingual/Immersion Education, Dip. Spanish as a Second Language - Intermediate Level (Instituto Cervantes, Madrid), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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Sarah Pavy is a secondary teacher of languages whose main interest lies in how we can more effectively engage students in their language studies. She also has a strong interest in boys’ education and has been researching in this field for the past six years. In 2006 she completed a Masters of Education, focusing on the role of the teacher in motivating boys in language learning. Over the past several years, Sarah has run workshops and presented seminars in the areas of: engaging boys in language learning, vocational LOTE, motivating second language learners, behaviour management in LOTE classrooms, developing materials and activities that make the teaching and learning of grammar exciting, planning for language teaching, producing resources for LOTE classrooms, the use of authentic resources and designing VCE assessment tasks.

Over the years, Sarah has taught French, Indonesian and ESL to students right through from 3 years of age to adults. As a secondary LOTE teacher, Sarah has worked with students from Year 7 through to Year 12, teaching mainly French, and has been involved in both oral and written examinations for French VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) over the past several years.
Sarah was the Head of the Faculty of Languages for four years in an all-boys school before beginning her own business. She is an educational consultant with a passion for classroom teaching and a constant desire to improve and enhance the teaching and learning experience in language classrooms. She enjoys being directly involved with students and teachers and aims to provide practical and useful ideas that teachers can apply immediately and successfully in their lessons.

Sarah’s general areas of interest are: boys’ education, vocational language learning, behaviour management, motivation, teacher-student rapport, development of content-based language resources, partial-immersion language teaching. The simple resources available through the Happy Teacher website provide opportunities for tactile and kinaesthetic activities, encouraging touch and movement while learning. This emphasis comes from Sarah’s experience in teaching and is based on research indicating that the more actively (and physically) students participate in the learning process, the more effectively they acquire, and retain, new language.

Andrew Ferguson

Senior Consultant, VET Applied Language

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Andrew Ferguson is an experienced teacher of German, English and Drama, having taught in a wide range of Victorian schools for over 25 years. He has been Head of Languages at three schools and his most recent position of responsibility in a school was that of Coordinator of Professional Development at Trinity Grammar School, Kew. Currently he is engaged as a sessional lecturer at Australian Catholic University, lecturing in the methodology of teaching Languages (other than English) to pre-service teachers. Andrew has a strong academic background. The research for his Master of Education (1995-8) was into the acquisition of German word-order rules. He is also currently working as a Project Director (Languages Proficiency Testing) for the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). 


Andrew’s professional interests and particular areas of expertise include:

- Professional Learning for Languages Teachers (pre-service, Graduate and experienced)

- School Drama/Musical Productions (Direction, Set Design and Producing)

- the use of Drama and ICT in the learning of Languages

- the German language (tutoring, specialising in the VCE and adults)

- Boys’ Education

- Student Exchange

- Vocational Education and Training - Applied Language.

Following his distinguished school teaching career, Andrew worked at the Goethe-Institut in Melbourne as the Educational Consultant 2005-6, managing various student and teacher activities and developing learning and advocacy materials. Andrew continues his work for the Goethe-Institut as a Professional Learning Facilitator.


From 2008-2011 Andrew worked in the Professional Learning Unit at the Catholic Education Office Melbourne, as a Project Leader with special responsibilities for the Australian Government Quality Teachers Program (AGQTP) and leading projects around support of Graduate teachers and the development of a system-wide Professional Learning Framework. In 2007 Andrew was Project Manager for two projects associated with the then MCEETYA National Statement and Plan for Languages Education in Australian Schools 2005-8. The first project involved developing a nationally coordinated promotion of the benefits of Languages learning in schools 'Languages Open the Door'. The Asia Education Foundation worked in partnership with the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teacher Associations to carry out this project. Andrew also managed the second National Seminar on Languages Education associated with the National Plan, held in Melbourne at the end of November 2007.

Andrew has been very active for over 20 years with the Association of German Teachers of Victoria, including seven years as president, and also with the Network of Australian Teachers of German since its inception in 2002.


Andrew is in his first year as Treasurer of the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria, having been President for the last 11 years. Amongst many other projects supporting Languages teachers, the association has been involved in several major Languages advocacy campaigns in Victoria, including a dedicated section of their website. In his role as president of the MLTAV, Andrew was involved in many Languages advisory committees at a State level and has promoted close cooperation with the more than 20 Single Language Professional Teaching Associations which exist in Victoria.





Dr Lindsay Opie

Senior Consultant, VET Applied Language


B.A. (Monash)
Dip.Ed. (Monash)
B.Ed (Monash)
PhD (Melbourne)
TAA40104 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Vocational Pathways)

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Lindsay is a teacher with over 35 years experience in the classroom. He has served as Head of Languages (LOTE) in both Government and Non-government schools. In 2011 he was responsible for implementing the VET Applied Languages program at Assumption College, Kilmore, in an effort to improve student skills and increase their confidence in actively using the target languages (French and Italian).

Lindsay specializes in teaching French and has taught all levels from P-12. Always interested in curriculum development, he is skilled in developing courses and adapting texts to suit student capacities and needs.

His doctoral thesis is a study of LOTE education in rural communities. Having spent over twenty years teaching in a remote rural area, Lindsay is more than aware of the problems which face language teachers who are isolated from peers and native-speakers of the target language. And yet, he knows that in such areas teachers are able to provide exciting, viable, though not always enduring, courses for their students.

Kevin Antony

Senior Consultant, VET Public Safety


Diploma of Business
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)
Certificate IV in Public Safety (Supervision)
Certificate III in Public Safety (Community Safety)
Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations)

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Kevin specializes in industry Fire and Emergency Management and Response, Community Safety and Management training, just to name a few.

Kevin prides himself on effective consultation and networking within workplaces to develop a team of people that is sufficiently skilled to be able to work and perform effectively both locally and internationally and ensure a safe workplace is maintained.

Kevin’s background in industry, education and emergency services allows him to develop or adapt training courses to meet customer needs and has successfully managed projects within government institutions and private enterprise.

Companies or bodies Kevin has consulted for include National Safety Council of Australia, Monash University, Linfox Australia, Huhtamaki Foodservice Australia, CEVA Logistics Australia, Transfield Services, Ballarat Regional Industries, Victorian Country Fire Authority and various other private, industry skills councils and government organizations.

Kevin has been involved within the Country Fire Authority (CFA) for twenty-two (22) years. During this time he has received the National Fire Service Medal for diligent service to the community of Victoria.


Angela Rando

Senior Consultant, VET Applied Fashion


B.Ed.(Home Economics, majoring in Textiles)

TAE40110 Certificate IV Training and assessment

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Angela Rando is a Secondary School Teacher with over 19 years of experience working with students in Years 7 to 12. She is an experienced VET fashion trainer, delivering the Certificates II and III VET Applied Fashion and Design technology. Angela is currently the Creative Arts Co-Ordinator at her school and is always looking to improve and enhance textiles teaching.

Angela is highly motivated, self-driven and inspired by the art of teaching, learning and giving people the opportunity to excel in their development. Over the past three years some of her students have been selected for top designs where their work is exhibited at the Melbourne Museum.

Angela has also participated in various Industry placements such as assisting at Pure Baby and attending TFIA workshops. As a consultant, Angela is especially interested in classroom teaching and keeping the teachers and students engaged and motivated at all times. She aims to share her ideas, knowledge and experiences with teachers and students.


Sadriani Kerta

Manager Professional Learning and Special Projects

Senior Consultant, VET Applied Language


Bachelor of Education (LOTE), Northern Territory University,
Diploma of Teaching in Primary Education, Northern Territory University,
Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, Monash University,
Post-Graduate Diploma in Technology, University of Melbourne,
Certificate of Bilingual Education, Monash University,
22149VIC Certificate II Applied Language (Indonesian),
22150VIC Certificate III in Applied Language (Indonesian),
TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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Sadriani joined Vocational Pathways in 2013 as a Senior Consultant, specializing in VET Applied Language. Sadriani was recentlry appointed Manager of Professional Learning and Special Projects for Vocational Pathways / Ripponlea Institute. Sadriani is a registered secondary school teacher who has had significant experience in implementing and delivering the Certificates in Applied Language. Sadriani has supported our client schools in facilitating the introduction of VET Applied Language programs, assisting them with curriculum development, designing effective teaching and learning strategies, and developing competency based assessments.

Sadriani is a Member of Australian Retailer’s Association, Member of Hurstbridge Trader’s Association, and a Member of Nillumbik Business Network.

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Claudia Russo

Senior Consultant, VET Applied Language


B.A. Italian, English and Criminology (Melb.)

Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (ACU)

Studied Indonesian for a year at Horwood Language Centre, The University Of Melbourne

TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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Claudia Russo is an experienced Languages Secondary School Teacher who has taught in the Catholic sector for 25 years. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge about language learning and teaching. Her experience in schools has been Head of Languages for 15 years at a Catholic boy’s school in North Fitzroy and at Catholic Regional College in Melton, where she is currently teaching Italian/English and leading the Languages Department. She is also responsible for the Italian Exchange Program which is held annually at the school she currently teaches at. Claudia has a passion for engaging students in language learning and making a contribution in increasing the rate of language learners both at junior and senior levels of high school. She has worked at 3 primary schools in Preston and Reservoir for three years also, and was responsible for developing an interactive Italian curriculum for Years 3 to 6 pupils.


Over the years, Claudia has taught adults and immersed them in the Italian language for the purposes of travelling, studying abroad and also with the intention

of applying for new roles and promotions. Claudia also teaches at an Ethnic School on Saturdays and enjoys meeting new people and instilling a love of

language learning to primary, secondary students and adults. She is a Languages Consultant with a passion for teaching Italian in the classroom

and using ICT to motivate students to continue with their language studies.


Claudia has a passion in leading other teachers to enhance further their pedagogy in the language classroom and beyond. She thoroughly enjoys interacting with curriculum leaders from various schools, teachers and students alike. She aims to provide a collaborative platform whereby practical, relevant and pertinent ideas can be adopted by schools. Teachers can successfully apply the new initiatives in their lessons according to the needs of their students. Claudia is very passionate about VET in Applied Language and has this constant desire to encourage other schools to adopt this highly engaging pedagogy of teaching languages. She has had great success in implementing and teaching this nationally recognised qualification and is eager to share her positive experience with other school leaders and teachers, who may be interested in exploring another exciting way of teaching and learning languages.

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Sarah Glatz

Senior Consultant, VET Applied Language


B.A.(Hons): German, Law, French, Italian

Dip.Ed (Sec. LOTE)

M.App.Ling. (TESOL)

TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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Sarah Glatz is a passionate linguist and educator with strong interests in intercultural communication, student motivation, vocational education, formative assessment, bilingual education and innovative and effective use of technology. She is fluent in German and French, has studied Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese and is currently studying Yolngu Language & Culture with CDU. She has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary level in both state and private systems in Victoria and NSW, France and Japan. Sarah’s experience extends beyond the education sector. She worked in corporate banking and ICAC in Sydney, a transatlantic law firm in Paris and a machine tool-building company in Germany. In addition, she has been a self-employed NAATI translator since 1988.




Sarah has taught French and German in NSW to HSC level, taught and examined in VCE French and German, and more recently has been involved in teaching and marking Group 2 (Languages) in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. She has been head of various languages in several schools. Sarah has had extensive experience developing curriculum and assessment. She has mentored new teachers, completed training and been a coach in the school’s inaugural programme, as well as developed best practice approaches. Sarah has initiated and run action research teams within the LOTE and Literacy/Learning Development faculties and recently completed training in Gifted education. Sarah’s work with Vocational Pathways/Ripponlea Institute includes reviewing VET Certificate II and III Applied Languages documentation and assisting teachers both in their implementation, and with effective strategies to help their students achieve competency.




Sarah is a committee member of the MLTAV, involved in their professional development and advocacy, and is an active member of the Association of French Teachers Victoria (AFTV) and its previous Secretary.


David Moore

Senior Consultant & Linguist, VET Applied Language

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David Moore is Linguist at the Alice Springs Language Centre (ASLC). His idea was to teach translation in Northern Territory high schools and he now works with the ASLC to design and deliver VET courses in Applied Languages in association with the Ripponlea Institute. He teaches courses in Arrernte and works as an interpreter and translator in the Alyawarr, Arrernte and Anmatjerr languages of Central Australia. Currently a doctoral candidate in linguistics at the University of Western Australia, his current research is about the linguistic and translation work of the Hermannsburg Mission in the description of Central Australian languages 1890-1910.

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