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Please note that we will be closed from the 22nd of December 2022 to the 1st of January 2023. We will reopen on the 2nd of January 2023. Happy Holidays from the team at PTG.

Our Leadership and Management Team

Our leadership and management team have decades of experience having worked in the industry globally for many years. Having experienced management, that understands the industry, the employment sector and education ensures quality of education outcomes and industry connected learning.

Our team invest a lot of time in making sure our content, platforms and your learning experience are the best in the industry. They are dedicated to ensuring quality education outcomes for all Pacific Training Group students. They come from a variety of interesting backgrounds but all share the same vision; to provide quality education to all students and to ensure that their learning is affordable, flexible and fun.

Our Leadership Team

Philip Kilic – Chief Executive Officer

Philip has held strategic senior leadership roles within the global education industry for over 25 years. During this time Philip has successfully established and managed education organisations across Asia Pacific and has built sales and marketing functions for iconic Australian education businesses that have led to significant market growth. (SAE Institutes Asia, THINK Education Group, Open Colleges Group Australia).

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As one of the founding executives of Open Colleges Group Australia, he created and operationalised a sophisticated student recruitment model that led its rapid organisational growth. Philip’s extensive experience in the development and leadership of personnel and ensuring operations are strongly supported by the application of data and technology is a model with demonstrable success. His deep operational understanding on how to best implement and use digital technologies and data analytics to assist in market growth, improve learner satisfaction and business optimization is recognized global best practice.

Philip has established businesses in Turkey, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Myanmar through private and government ventures, franchise and wholly owned; a private university acquisition in Chongqing, China; founding the franchising and licensing division of SAE Institutes Global and continues to advise firms on areas of online learning, business turnarounds and transformation. Philip has also presented and given talks on invitation of governments and industry across Asia.

Philip is passionate about teaching and providing quality education to students to achieve their career goals.

Marie Bennett – Chief Operating Officer

Marie is an experienced Manager & Global Business Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the education and e-learning industry for over 10 years. Marie is highly skilled in Career Development, Admissions, Academic Advising and Instructional Design. She is a strong consulting professional with a Diploma of Business and is currently working towards her MBA.

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Marie was part of the sales and international team with Open Colleges Group Australia for over 8 years. She then progressed to Pacific Training Group in 2019 where she is now responsible for managing the B2C Australia and International sales divisions, Marketing and Course Development teams in her role as the Director of International Partnerships.

Marie has established many partnerships in Australia and the Global markets, especially in the Asia market.

Marie’s passion is to deliver quality education and meet student outcomes so that students can succeed and be successful in their chosen future career.

Our Management Team

Sharon Mandel – Head of Education

Sharon’s 15 years of experience in the education sector has given her a unique perspective on what it takes to be successful. She is committed to not only providing students with an enjoyable learning environment, but also one that leads them into their future careers paths.

Sharon formerly worked as a Training Manager, overseeing seven sites where she delivered job-readiness training to unemployed individuals and assisted them in transitioning into new careers or helping them find work.

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With her background, Sharon has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to create an engaging learning environment. This gives her the ability to not only focus on continually improving our programs but to also ensure that we always have top-notch trainers who can help students reach their full potential and prepare them for success after graduation.

Pacific Training Group is very fortunate to have a leader like Sharon who has dedicated her career to helping students succeed. Her knowledge in education and eagerness on using it whenever possible ensures the best possible experience for our graduates!

Lyla Kilic – Student Support Manager

Lyla held positions in industries such as Sales, Retail and Education even before she graduated from the University of New South Wales with a degree in Politics and International Relations. She established herself as a leader with exceptional team-management and organisational skills and met performance targets consistently throughout her tenure with companies like the Cotton On Group, Lovisa and ASE.

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Lyla’s experiences in various industries allowed her to develop a goal-oriented approach to tasks and develop a strong foundation in customer service, an important aspect in every organisation’s success. She also endeavoured into learning skills that complement her own, primarily in the fields of visual merchandising and design.

With a deep-seated passion for education even before she joined Pacific Training Group, Lyla’s mission is to ensure that students receive the support necessary to achieve their goals.

Juan Bermejo – Admissions Manager

Juan has focused solely on providing support to students as soon as he graduated from the Universidad Oberta de Cataluña in 2014 with a degree in Visual Media. With his detail-oriented approach, he established himself as a capable and versatile staff member and quickly made it through the ranks until he reached the position of Admissions Manager for Pacific Training Group.

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Juan’s experience includes time with other Institutes as a Student Support and Admissions Officer. This has allowed him a unique perspective that prioritises the student. Over the course of his career, he has continuously improved his craft and complemented his skills by seeking guidance from members of the leadership team.

With his keen eye for detail and a devotion to providing student-centric support, Juan’s goal is to ensure that each student’s journey with PTG will be a memorable experience.

Wendy Nguyen – Head of Education Sales (Student Recruitment)

With a passion for empowering students to make the right decisions, Wendy has been leading teams in education since 2007 and exceeding goals every year since. She has used her knowledge and expertise to positively influence over 3450 lives through education.

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Wendy is relentless in her pursuit of excellence, constantly honing her skills so that she can contribute even more to her role than before. Her conviction in the power of education enabled her to complete studies in four different areas, including accounting, information technology, customer contracts, and real estate. She is now working on her fifth diploma and hopes to complete her studies in social media marketing very soon.

She is dedicated to providing the highest level of care and attention for each individual student – from initial questions about enrolment all the way through to the completion of their studies. Wendy believes in creating a unique, tailored experience that’s sure to help our students succeed.

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