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.

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.

David Thompson

David Thompson

B.FET, ADip. EngCiv, ADip. Lead&Mgnt, ADip. WHS, Dip. QualAudit, Dip. ProjMgn

David Thompson is the Principal of the AITC Toowoomba Campus. David is an education professional with over 20 years experience in the Vocational Education and Training sector and has held Director roles in both the Australian Agricultural College Corporation and TAFE Queensland. David’s career pathway stemmed from the acquisition of Trades in both the General and Civil Construction Industries with extensive teaching, industry stakeholder engagement, workforce development, change management and safety compliance experience. David believes that people are the wealth of organisations and that education is a pathway to success for all and that lifelong learning, either casual or structured, is a key to self and career development.