TAFE Gippsland is offering a dynamic and engaging Leadership series that is designed for existing, newly appointed and emerging managers/leaders in Gippsland. 

ME - TEAM - BUSINESS, the concept for the program, will focus on building capacity and resilience to develop and grow leaders of our own through 8 monthly workshops.  Utilising cross collaboration in the Health, Energy, Food and Fibre and Tourism sector the series will provide a dynamic environment to learn and grow, develop strong cross industry working relationships and peer to peer learning opportunities.

TAFE Gippsland has experience in delivering Leadership programs in the region and can leverage from a talent pool of professionals to facilitate the workshops.

Who can apply for the series?

Existing, newly appointed and emerging managers/leaders from industries in Health, Energy, Food and Fibre and Tourism.

Program format

The series is based on the concept of ME as a leader, how l lead my TEAM and how consolidation of ME and TEAM can enhance my BUSINESS performance.


The first 2 workshops would be based around the individual, their leadership style, how they manage self and others.

  • Workshop 1 – Emerging Leaders – What do l need  to know (Facilitated by Maree McPherson)
  • Workshop 2 – Emotional intelligence and self-development (Facilitated by Maree McPherson)


The next 4 workshops will address managing your team effectively.

  • Workshop 3 – Communicating effectively and managing people (Facilitated by Kylie Paatsch)
  • Workshop 4 - Creating a team environment and culture (Facilitated by Alison Crabb)
  • Workshop 5 – We need to talk, leading difficult conversations (Facilitated by Kylie Paatsch)
  • Workshop 6 – Recognise, respond and understand changing working environments and trends of Employees; mental health in the workplace, leading remote workers and teams (Facilitated by Tanya Heaney-Voogt)


The final 2 workshops will focus on the business your manage

  • Workshop 7 – Goal planning and leading your team  in business success (Facilitated by Alison Crabb)
  • Workshop 8 - Creative thinking and design, generating new ideas, programs and networks to continue to learn and grow (Facilitated by Michael McQueen and Panel of CEOs/ local executives)

Other important information

Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Testing (optional)

In addition to the 8 x Workshops, the Leadership Series is providing successful candidates with the opportunity to undertake Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Testing. This includes a 1 hour individual consultation with Maree MacPherson, prior to Workshop #1 commencement. This is an extremely valuable tool to recognise your ability to perceive, use, understand and regulate your emotions and how this impacts your leadership style.

This testing will support your journey through the Leadership Series and allow you to reflect on your learnings throughout the program. As a crucial component of the series, the Emotional Intelligence Testing has been partially funded.

The full cost is $765, however as a selected participant of the program the Emotional Intelligence Testing out of pocket expense would be $295, with the program covering the remaining cost.

Where will the program run
  • 1 series based in East Gippsland. 4 x workshops in Sale & 4 x workshops in Bairnsdale
  • 1 series based in Latrobe Valley & Baw Baw.  4 x workshops in Morwell & 4 workshops in Warragul
  • Each Series includes 8 x Workshops and they will run mid-week 9am to 3pm once a month
  • Program runs from February 2022 to September 2022
  • Applications now closing Tuesday 30 November
  • Applicants will be contacted on Friday 3 December

Pathway: Option for formalising the training into Diploma of Leadership and Management

Program dates

Workshop 1:

  • 1st February 2022 (Sale)
  • 2nd February 2021 (Warragul)

Workshop 2:

  • 15th February 2022 (Bairnsdale)
  • 16th February 2022 (Morwell)

Workshop 3:

  • 15th March 2022 (Sale)
  • 16th March 2022 (Warragul)

Workshop 4:

  • 10th May 2022 (Bairnsdale)
  • 11th May 2022 (Morwell)

Workshop 5:

  • 7th June 2022 (Sale)
  • 8th June 2022 (Warragul)

Workshop 6:

  • 12th July 2022 (Bairnsdale)
  • 13th July 2022 (Morwell)

Workshop 7:

  • 16th August 2022 (Sale)
  • 17th August 2022 (Warragul)

Workshop 8:

  • 13th September 2022 (Bairnsdale)
  • 14th September 2022 (Morwell)
Who are our speakers?

Alison Crabb


Through building a culture of excellence, I lead the largest division within the Flight Centre Travel Group, which delivered the company most profit globally for eight consecutive years. My focus on continuing improvement saw my division recognised as the groups’ most improved division for six of those eight years.

I am an expert in retail operations and leadership, leading teams and teaching others to create an environment of trust,purpose and inspired culture, where people work cohesively towards shared goals.

  • Lead multiple brands simultaneously under Flight CentreTravel Group
  • Was responsible for delivering results in over 200 stores, opening more than 100 new stores as an Area Leader and State Leader
  • Delivered profit from $18 million to $49 million in 8 years
  • Winner of the Director’s award for Global Outstanding Achievement
  • Finalist in Telstra’s Business Woman of the Year

Organisations I have successfully workedwith include:

Metro Trains Melbourne, VicSport, Macquarie Telecom,The Accent Group and Travelex.

Kylie Paatsch


Kylie has over 25 years experience in business, leadership, and people development. She has spent time working in Senior Executive and Operational Leadership positions and has firsthand experience and knowledge of what it takes to lead people effectively. Having spent over a decade in Learning and Development, hiring talent and developing advanced leadership programs internally and externally for Flight Centre Travel Group, Kylie has a sound understanding of what businesses and leaders require.

Kylie is a bold optimist who is regarded as an expert in Leadership Development and uses her vast experience and knowledge to give leaders practical tools for action and sustainable growth.

She is a qualified, experienced and engaging facilitator, coach & meditation teacher who is passionate about leadership development, corporate culture and gender equality.

Maree McPherson


With a strong belief that impact follows insight, Maree McPherson's gifts bring organisations to life through what she sees, hears and feels. Maree helps develop organisations into legacies by assisting people to think and make sense of what they discover.

Maree's leadership experience spans over 35 years and includes a chief executive role in a peak body and another in a regional development organisation. Initially trained in social welfare, Maree started her career in case management with children's services.

Now her clients include ambitious individuals and leading organisations. Maree has worked with individual leaders and leadership teams within organisations to embrace lifelong learning and create a legacy. Her proven strategy revolves around helping leaders thrive at work by teaching them how to deliver the clarity that drives certainty.

The author of two books, and with postgraduate level training in executive and organisational coaching and business management, Maree is a renowned coach and consultant facilitator in Australia.

She is one of the 4.1% of coaches in Australia and New Zealand serving as a member of the International Coaching Federation—the largest professional coach membership and credential-providing body globally. Maree works within the professional ethics and guidelines designated by both the International Coaching Federation and the Standards Australia HB 332-2011 for Coaching in Organisations. Maree is also a member of the Association for Coaching. She is an accredited practitioner in the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT).

Michael McQueen


Michael McQueen is a multi-award winning speaker, trend forecaster and bestselling author of nine books.

With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful brands navigate disruption and maintain momentum.

Michael is a regular commentator on TV and radio and his work has featured in publications ranging from the UK Daily Mail to Medium.com and the Huffington Post. In addition, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Michael has spoken to over 500,000 people across 5 continents since 2004, and is known for his engaging, entertaining and practical conference presentations.

Having been formerly named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael has been inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

Tanya Heaney-Voogt


Tanya is a mentally healthy workplaces specialist and cultural change leader with more than 20+ years as a business professional observing organisational and individual behaviour and seeing the impact of both on psychological safety within the workplace.

She has been consulting with clients to develop their mentally healthy workplaces strategies and supporting them to navigate the change required to shift cultures and create a safe space for team effectiveness and innovation.

As a Leadership Coach, Tanya has supported many established and emerging executives to manage change in environments where this is the norm; assisting them to lead effective and psychologically safe change and manage change resistance which so often hamstrings organisational efforts and impacts on leaders and followers alike.

An advocate of inclusive and psychologically safe workplaces, Tanya is a certified trainer and coach of the Leader Factor, 4 Stages of Psychological Safety program and a member of the Leader Factor certified trainers’ alumni.

Tanya also works as a research assistant with Deakin University School of Business on a high-performance leadership research study.

She is the creator of the popular Cracking the Change Code Program and works with leaders of change and public sector bodies to implement complex change projects.

Tanya is currently authoring her first book, Transforming Norm – which is due for release in quarter one of 2022.

Further information

Kate Symes

Phone: 0419 509 679
Email: ksymes@tafegippsland.edu.au

Michelle Mason Woods

Phone: 0427 837 109
Email: MMasonWoods@tafegippsland.edu.au

Applications now closing Tuesday 30 November. Applicants will be contacted on Friday 3 December

Program Funded by Latrobe Valley Authority