Jason Sessarago


Jason is currently the Principal/ CEO of Arcadia College and CEO of Ohana for Youth. He has spent many years serving on boards including a position as Chairman of Arcadia College before accepting his current position.

Being community minded, Jason serves as a board member with Gold Coast Rugby League and Men of Business.

Jason’s experience in the education and training industries extends over 20 years having worked as a classroom teacher, careers advisor, deputy principal and principal. He was also involved in the accreditation and establishment of two independent schools – the Australian Technical Colleges at North Brisbane and the Australian Industry Trade College at Robina.

Jason’s vision to revolutionise the approach to secondary schooling by providing a safe, inclusive and progressive form of education for young people has been the drive behind building Arcadia College a new school at Robina and the opening of the Spot Academy at Parkinson. He has also expanded the organisation’s services through the introduction of a Government funded youth employment program called Gen Z Employment.

Board of Directors

Fortunately, Arcadia College has an exceptional board in leading the vision of the organisation by developing a sustainable long-term growth strategy to help disadvantaged youth re-engage in education.

Trina Hockley


Trina is a well-respected business owner of the L & M Group of Companies and an experienced, qualified non- executive director with a background in training, education, sport, employment, retail and governance (BHMS, GMQ,FAICD JP (Qual)).

Trina’s business interests are located on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Wollongong. Highly sought after for both her business and governance acumen, she is on the board of TAFE Qld, is the past Chair and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Gold Coast committee. She is also Chair of Ohana for Youth and the Spot Academy; Trina sits on the board of The Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame and Sports Gold Coast. Trina co-founded Women in Power to mentor other women and is a member of the Qld Government’s Mentoring for Growth.

Trina’s volunteering has seen accolades as an Outstanding Volunteer to the Indigenous Community and has received a 20 year Leadership Award from the City of Gold Coast. She is an avid advocate for youth education and development and Gold Coast sport and business.

Susan Sing

Deputy Chair

Susan is a qualified lawyer and Associate Director with Korda Mentha. Susan is a Director of Korda Mentha and a specialist property lawyer. Susan specialises in asset and transaction management. As Deputy Chair she had provided assistance with property related matters.

Amanda Johnson


Amanda is a CPA, fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a member of the Australian Institute of Management. Amanda is also the Treasurer of RADFLY a not for profit organisation with the vision to raise money and awareness for young people at-risk on the Gold Coast and a strong partner of Ohana For Youth and Arcadia College. Amanda has been providing taxation and business advice to small to medium businesses and high net worth individuals for over 29 years.

Shannon Willoughby

Board Member

Shannon Willoughby leads Study Queensland, which is responsible for implementing the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

Before joining TIQ, Shannon was CEO of Study Gold Coast, the peak education and training body for the Gold Coast region. In this role, she led a team of 13 staff promoting the Gold Coast as a domestic and international study destination. Key achievements here included developing an offshore student attraction strategy; implementing the ‘Education City’ brand, which is now embraced by more than 55 Study Gold Coast members; and launching the Join #ourhumanrainbow social media campaign, which has had more than 23 million views in key markets.

Shannon is also a former senior journalist at the Gold Coast Bulletin and a former long-term president of Young Professionals Gold Coast.

Shannon currently sits on a number of councils and committees, including CCIQ’s Gold Coast Regional Policy Council, and committees for Regional Development Australia, Gen-Z Employment Service, and Ohana for Youth youth service.

She holds a Bachelor of Communication from Bond University.

Airlie Maclachlan

Board Member

Airlie has been in management leadership roles in the private, public, philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors for over 25 years.

Across her career, Airlie has worked for some well-known Australian organisations including Clayton Utz, Minter Ellison, Outward Bound, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Kowalski Recruitment and Hynes Lawyers.

Airlie is currently a Director of HOTA, Australian Certified Organic (ACO), Arcadia College, Storyfest and the Thyne Reid Foundation. She has an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Further details on Airlie can be found on her LinkedIn profile.

Aaron Devine

Board Member

Aaron Devine is a leading education executive, with over 16 years as a senior leader of some of Australia’s largest and most innovative tertiary providers. Aaron currently managers his own consulting company providing expert advice to industry, educational providers and Government on skills and training issues. He is the Vice President of the Post-Secondary International Network of VET Presidents and a previous Board member of Business Southbank.

Until October 2016, Aaron led TAFE Queensland Brisbane in the role of General Manager. Aaron was also the Chief Executive Officer for the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, and Pro Vice Chancellor at Charles Darwin University. He worked as a Solicitor in Victoria where he practiced in Commercial Law, Civil Litigation and Employment Law. Aaron served as a Senior Adviser to the former Premier of Tasmania, the Hon Jim Bacon AC and Senior Policy Adviser to the Paul Wriedt MHA when he was the Tasmanian Minister for Vocational Education and Training.

Carol Baker

Board Member

Carol is an experienced Careers Counsellor and teacher, with membership to the Queensland College of Teachers and the Career Development Association of Australia. She currently works as the Careers Consultant and VET coordinator at St Hilda’s School.

Carol is passionate about helping young people develop confidence through discovering their strengths and understanding the pathways available to them.

Her association with Arcadia (previously SCISCO) has been since inception and small beginnings in 1996.

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