B Ag Sci, M Applied Sci, MBA – Founding Director and CEO
Andrea Harris, Chief Executive Officer, has over 25 years of experience working in the Australian education sector. This has included teaching and research within the university environment, as well as teaching and high-level management within the vocational education sector. More recently Andrea has worked on a broad range of educational projects in her capacity as an independent consultant. Andrea together with Marilyn Sorbello now owns and manages the training organisation Australian Qualifications Institute (AQI). AQI has been developed specifically to provide online based training at an affordable price to students from around the world. Andrea’s academic achievements, her knowledge and applied skills in management, combined with her extensive knowledge of the education sector is key to her success in educational consultancy and now as CEO of the AQI. Past experience includes roles as Institute Director and Director of Education and Training in large educational institutions with operating budgets of over $80m and staffing of over 800. Andrea has also held a range of senior Directing roles including Director of the Office of TAFE Queensland. Andrea now leads AQI with the purpose of providing affordable training to International and Australian students, from Certificate to Diploma level.
MBA, GradDip ACG – Director of Operations
Marilyn is a founding Director of the Australian Qualifications Institute and has 11 years of experience in the area of quality and compliance in the Vocational Education and Training sector. This includes many years as a TAFE Institute Quality Manager and as a Faculty Administrator, ensuring the delivery of quality education and compliance to Australian Government education standards. Marilyn also has many years of experience in the auditing of quality systems from both sides of the auditing table namely as an internal auditor and in successfully preparing large and small organisational units for external audit. Marilyn has considerable experience and skills in providing advice to Company Directors on corporate governance issues and compliance with corporate legislation. She has also acted as Company Secretary for a number of private companies and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Secretaries Australia.
Director of Marketing
Tarli Young has worked for eight years in international fields; including vocational education and training, project management and international development. She was an International Project Officer within the Queensland Department of Employment and Training and responsible for promoting vocational education for international students. Tarli’s international experience includes working in Thailand, New York, South Africa, the UK and Nepal. Her projects have been in many countries including Nigeria, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Most recently Tarli has worked in Nepal for over a year as the International Programme Coordinator with DFID’s Enabling State Programme. Previous positions include: Project Manager with DFID’s Central Asia Regional HIV and Aids Programme (CARHAP), Consultant within the ‘Education for All’ unit of UNESCO’s Regional Office for Asia-Pacific; Research Officer for Brisbane City Council project on international Education; and Project Officer with the Department of Premiers and Cabinet- Queensland Education and Training International. Tarli has a Bachelor degree majoring in International Relations.