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Victoria Triggs GAICD

Chief Executive Officer 2017 to present

Victoria is an educational and leadership consultant, engaging in probono and paid employment to support school and community leaders in leadership development, governance and strategic planning.

She is an accredited school reviewer, assisting primary, secondary and specialist schools to examine student outcomes and develop directions for improvement. She conducts School Council training and induction programs.

She is an appointed lay member of the Ethics Committee of the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Victoria recently researched and documented Women’s Housing Limited support to women and children in providing safe, secure and affordable housing choices, in acknowledgement of their 21 years of service.

She is a regular presenter to Leadership Victoria Board Leadership and specialised leadership programs, for business and community leaders.

Victoria held key educational leadership roles as a secondary school principal and as a Regional Director of Education.

Qualifications:

  • Accidental Company Secretary, Governance Institute of Australia

  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors Course

  • Graduate Diploma Educational Administration, University of Melbourne

  • Leadership Victoria Fellow

  • Bachelor Science Education, University of Melbourne


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Rodrigo Castellanos

Life Skills Manager

Rodrigo has over 15 years’ experience in project management, sustainability and environmental markets. In 2010 Rodrigo cofounded RAMP Carbon Pty Ltd while leading the development of a series of major environmental and social programs in Latin America and Africa such as distribution off-grid lighting technologies, avoided deforestation and ecological restoration projects and energy efficiency solutions for commercial buildings.

Prior to founding RAMP, Rodrigo worked as the Head of Latin America for Cool nrg, developing a successful carbon finance business model in Mexico, and overseeing the development and implementation of 10 the world’s largest energy efficient programs for households.

In 2005 Rodrigo joined as Director of Research the corporate social responsibility ratings agency RepuTex in Melbourne, Australia focusing on Risk Assessment and Carbon Finance. Prior to this he worked in the Citigroup Private Bank in New York and Mexico City. Rodrigo has been training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido for 20 years and is currently the National Representative for the Children Program for Aikikai Australia.

In February 2017 Rodrigo was employed as the inaugural MAT Life Skills Program Manager for TESSA Inc.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Economics (BEc)


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Clint Cassell

Engagement Support Services Program Manager Professional Learning Coordinator

Clint is the coordinator and lead facilitator of the TESSA Inc Professional Learning program.  Clint works with all levels of school staff through both PD sessions & 1:1 coaching, training them in the areas of Managing Challenging Behaviour and Protective practice where Clint draws upon his skill base in working with challenging people and situations and his considerable experience in the field.

Clint also manages the TESSA Inc. Engagement Support Officer (ESO) program, where skilled support staff work with mainstream schools to better cope with and manage students presenting high level behaviours of concern. 

Clint is passionate about making a positive difference in the world and is a strong believer that having an impact for the better isn’t easy but important to do.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in training and assessment


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steve golding

Life Skills Project Development

For over 25 years Steve has worked with disengaged and at-risk individuals in a variety of settings including emergency accommodation, substance abuse and psychiatric services, custody and justice programs and alternative education settings. It was with this wealth of experience that in 2002 Steve founded the Martial Arts Therapy program combining the principles of psychosocial competency with those of traditional martial arts training techniques as a way of communicating and engaging with at risk individuals, primarily young people.

 Since then, the MAT Program has benefited thousands of children across hundreds of schools and community agencies in Victoria with its value base and therapeutic approach to managing challenging behaviours.

 With a passion for martial arts and its therapeutic benefits Steve has trained in a variety of martial arts for the past 30 years. In 2013 Steve was mentioned positively in the Victorian Parliament for his contribution to the community in working with young people.

Steve was the inaugural Chairman and Public Officer to lead the establishment of TESSA Inc., formerly (MATA Inc.)

 Steve piloted and aide the development of the Education Support Officer Placement model in Ballarat, via funding from the Hugh Williamson Foundation.