Our Team

 

Our team is made up of a rich collage of trainers, assessors and administrative staff who are both highly qualified, and have extensive experience in Chaplaincy, Community Development, Human Services, Social Work, and working with disengaged youth. As a student you will benefit from their years of experience, receive current, relevant training and be mentored and supported by a team of highly-regarded industry professionals.

Jodie Robinson – Head of Vocational Training

With a background as a teacher, Jodie brings to her role a perspective that helps deliver training programs with sound educational principles and management. The design and delivery of training programs is a very collaborative process and Jodie sees incredible strength in the assets, skills and experience brought together in the staff team. When it comes to training Jodie is passionate about the needs of adult learners, is inspired by creative approaches to learning, and excited by any opportunity to use the arts as a part of training.

Jodie has an extensive history with SU QLD that began when she was a primary school aged child, as the daughter of a staff worker she attended many events, including various holiday programs from a young age. Jodie has contributed as a local chaplaincy committee member, as a member of Board of Directors, and various development projects. Working with the training team for more than a decade, with a brief break of a few years, Jodie has fulfilled a number of roles in the team and seen many changes during that time.

Along with her husband, Jodie is kept busy with three school aged children but when a spare moment can be grabbed, enjoys reading, Pilates, gardening and a good cup of coffee.

  • Master of Education (Further Education and Training)
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Joy Berg – Vocational Training Administrator

Joy has worked as a part of the training team for more than 9 years. Joy completed a management degree with training in Organisational Behaviour/Communication and Organisational Psychology. She worked for 13 years in a number of administrative management roles at a New Zealand University coordinating student processes for enrolment, external examinations and completion/graduation for both local and international students. Joy brings extensive academic administrative experience to her current role, where she contributes to the development of policies and coordinates the student administrative processes for providing course information, student application and enrolment, assessment and graduation.

Joy has a heart for youth which started as a teenager in youth ministry leadership. She is passionate about contributing to the training process for equipping youth work practitioners to help transform the lives of children and young people.

Joy is married to Brian and has two grown step children. She loves seaside holidays, chatting over coffee, jigsaw puzzles and desserts!

  • Bachelor of Management Studies

Jeremy Walker – Training Systems Administrator + Youth Work Trainer

Jeremy has worked as a part of SU QLD for a number of years and holds a dual role within the team. Jeremy fulfills a range of technical administrative roles within the training team especially in relation to online learning, and student management systems. With experience in youth work, Jeremy works in team with our trainers to support training and assessment of our youth work students.

  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Bachelor of Education

Bruce Dobbin – Youth Work Trainer

Bruce has worked as a part of the training team for more than a decade. In the two decades prior, Bruce worked in a range of roles within youth work organisations at a local, state and national level including as a regional and state manager, field worker, secondary schools worker and youth pastor. Bruce brings these experiences, along with a background in education, to his role as a trainer at SU Qld. Bruce has a unique style as a trainer that is supportive, patient and caring, but also works with students to assist them to develop their own self-management skills.

Bruce’s contribution to the work of SU Qld has been extensive and has seen him work as a regional manager and a school’s worker, with experience in both Brisbane and regional Queensland. He has a keen engagement in support of chaplaincy in his area and has been a camp director, leader and mentor for close to 15 years, and continues to volunteer in this area.

Bruce is a proud dad of four adult children and, along with his wife, is thoroughly enjoying his role as grandparent to their 8 grandchildren.

  • Certificate IV & Diploma of Youth Work
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Bachelor of Education – Adult & Workplace Education
  • Physical Education Diploma
  • Primary Education Degree

Julie Way – Youth Work Trainer

Julie has worked as a part of the training team for more than 5 years. Prior to that she worked as a high school chaplain for 3 years and has worked for more than a decade with young people as a coach in various sporting contexts. For more than 15 years Julie worked with a missionary organisation both in Australia and abroad, including the supervision and training of youth and adults alike. Currently Julie divides her time between working with SU Qld and facilitating a school sports academy, engaging young people in being active. Julie’s varied experiences position her well to coach, support and train our diverse student cohort in a supportive but directive manner in a team with other training staff.

Julie has contributed more broadly to the work of SU Qld both as a chaplain, but also as a volunteer leader in camping programs. Julie’s extensive experience and ongoing interest in mission work, cultural diversity and at risk issues provides her with a keen understanding of a range of issues which greatly benefit the broader training team and student’s alike.

Julie is mum to 4 young adults. The whole family are keen sportspeople always playing netball, soccer and football, often competitively. Most days of the week you are likely to find Julie either training, playing, coaching or refereeing a fixture, or watching one of her kids doing the same.

  • Diploma of Youth Work
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Sports Coaching Accreditation

Tom Kerr – Youth Work Trainer

Tom has worked as a part of the training team for over 7 years. Tom is also currently working at a national youth work level and has worked in a range of faith based youth work roles at a local, state and national level including as a church based youth worker, consultant and co-ordinator. Tom brings these experiences, along with a background in education, to his role as a trainer. Tom always seeks innovative learning approaches including opportunities to use the arts or action based learning as he trains, these qualities are an asset to the whole training team.

Tom’s contribution to the work of SU Qld has been broader than his training role, extending to his contribution as a presenter with young people on camps, or as a facilitator with adult teams more broadly within the organisation.

Tom, along with his wife, is a proud parent of 2 adult children. Wherever possible, Tom enjoys spending weekends at the coast surfing and painting.

  • Diploma of Youth Work
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Graduate Diploma in Religious Education
  • Graduate Diploma of Ministry
  • Diploma of Teaching

Vikki Routledge – Youth Work Trainer

Vikki has worked as a part of the training team for more than 10 years. Prior to that she worked as a high school chaplain for 7 years and in the decade prior worked in a range of youth worker roles including crisis accommodation, special needs and support worker in a diverse range of youth work organisations. Vikki’s extensive youth work experience positions her well to not only provide direction to the student’s under her supervision, but also support them in a caring and empowering manner that helps bring out their individual potential.

Vikki has a real love for young people that has been a driving factor in her career but is also evident in her contribution to SU Qld as a volunteer support in chaplaincy and camping programs. More broadly Vikki has contributed in areas of justice, development, reconciliation and professional supervision both within SU Qld and with organisations externally, bringing these experiences and expertise to her role in Training.

Outside of her work, Vikki’s time is consumed with her young family and she dreams of future opportunities to travel abroad.

  • Graduate Certificate in Community Development
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment
  • Certificate IV & Diploma of Youth Work
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) Youth Work