AITC Executives

Executives

Mark Hands

Mark Hands

M.Ed, B.Sc, AFAIM, MACE, GAICID, Cert III Carpentry

Mark Hands is presently the Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Industry Trade College Ltd (AITC). Mark has a broad history across the construction industry, youth work and education. He was the principal of an independent P – 12 school in Queensland for 16 years before taking up the present role as CEO of AITC in 2006.

Eliza Lane

Eliza Lane

M. Ed, Grad Dip Ed (Applied Learning), Grad Cert Careers Ed, B. Bus Man, TAE40110.

Eliza is the Head of Education Services & Growth and believes strongly in developing and providing programs that enable pathways and opportunity via education.  Prior to joining the AITC Eliza was Associate Director College Programs - TAFE (Federation College) Federation University Australia, responsible for providing effective management, strategic direction and educational leadership to the TAFE portfolio. Eliza’s portfolio included the set up and delivery of one of first Federal Government senior secondary P-TECH (Pathways to Technology) pilots in Australia, alongside IBM Australia. Eliza also possesses 10 years experience in mainstream secondary education and spent a number of years in the recruitment and training field.

Raj De Souza

Raj De Souza

B.Com, Dip. Hospitality Mgmt, Cert. Marketing Automation, Cert. Google Analytics / AdWords, Six Sigma Specialist

Raj de Souza is the Head of Customer Experience and is an authority on data-driven Marketing Strategies. He has enabled small to medium sized businesses across Australia acquire, retain and grow their global customer base through global e-commerce strategies enabling them to then compete online and win. Raj formally led demand generation tactics for a global big data company, and has also been a guest speaker at marketing conferences and e-commerce workshops.

Genevieve O’Reilly

Genevieve O’Reilly

P.h.D, M.Com, B.A. Psyc, Dip. HR, Dip. Tourism, Cert. IV TAE

As Head of People Growth, Genevieve works to design and implement strategic and operational initiatives that manage talent development in order to meet the AITC’s strategic plan objectives. Her division develops leaders and increases bench strength, creates career pathways and training opportunities for all staff, designs and operationalises resilience initiatives, and manages talent through the employee life cycle of recruitment, development, performance, and succession.  Genevieve strongly believes that developing people is a key success measure for maintaining an engaged workforce, particularly during organisational growth.  

Lee Smith

Lee Smith

BSc (Hons) Database Design and IT: Certificate in Education: CELTA

Lee is the Principal of the AITC Gold Coast Campus. Lee migrated to Australia in 2018 and has 20 years’ experience of working within education.  Having previously been the Deputy Principal of the Cheshire College – South & West, a vocational and technical college in the UK where he was responsible for the college curriculum and the quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment,  Lee migrated to Australia with his family in 2018.  He is passionate about teaching and learning as a way of enabling and facilitating young people to improve their opportunities and pathways.

Leon van Niekerk

Leon van Niekerk

B.Com (Finance) B.Ed (Sen. & Further Ed)

Leon van Niekerk is the Principal of the AITC Sunshine Coast Campus. Leon has worked in the education sector for thirteen years in roles including Management, Head of Commercial Subjects, and College Business Manager. This experience allowed him to deeply understand and appreciate the education industry. Leon has also owned commercial businesses, giving him multifaceted expertise. He passionately advocates for educating the next generation, equipping them to excel in what their passion or skills lead them to. Leon believes every young person has an important role in society, and that it’s the Education community’s responsibility to provide them with opportunities to grow into the professionals they aspire to be.