Exceptional High Quality Vocational Training
In addition to some very talented students over our 90+ year existence, Patrick Careers Academy is proud to boast a portfolio of talented trainers and dedicated administration staff, with years of professional and industry experience between them to enable the exceptional quality of teaching we are renowned for.
The quality and calibre of the people who train you on a daily basis is crucial to the successful outcomes of the educational course you take.
Our current training and administrative staff are committed to the Patrick Careers Academy's ethos of providing individual attention to each of our students, to ensure everyone reaches their highest potential.
Chief Executive Officer
Gary Sanderfield is the fifth Chief Executive Officer of Patrick Careers Academy. Gary is an executive leader with experience in international education, operations, IT, HR, finance, business development, government relations, customer service, quality assurance, and risk & compliance.
After serving in the US Military, Gary has led a successful career in the leadership of both public and private universities and higher education providers in the United States and Australia. He has also served as a Board Director of the Karl McMannus Foundation, World Affairs Council of Arizona, and Habitat for Humanity.
Gary holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well as certifications in executive coaching and dispute resolution.
Corporate Alliance Director
Bevan McPherson has been with PCA since 2015 when he joined as Group Learning and Development Manager for St Patrick’s Institute of Education and CatholicCare. He is an experienced vocational education manager with in-depth experience in the VET sector, including: course development, sales, policy and compliance procedures development, education industry regulation and accreditation, audit preparation, administration and student management.
As Corporate Alliance Director, Bevan works to plan and develop vocational strategies for internships and job placement of our students with corporations and businesses. This includes working with apprenticeship centres, industry skills councils, industry associations and other stakeholders in the VET sector. He also builds business referral alliances with corporations, Job Service Australia (JSA) and Disability Employment Service (DES) providers, Government departments, schools and other education institutions.
He holds an Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Double Diploma of Vocational Education and Training/BSBTAE5011 Diploma of Training Design and Development (SOA), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Diploma of Direct Marketing, and is a Fellow of the Commercial Education Society of Australia.
Dominic Buchta joined Patrick Careers Academy in 2009, and has been working in the industry as a Trainer since 1996. He brings a wealth of experience to PCA following a career that has encompassed the Australian Army Reserve, as well as marketing management roles in the registered club and hospitality industries. During his time in the hospitality industry, Dominic developed learning and assessment resources for several entities, including the first ‘Club Directors for Foundation Masterclass’ for Clubs NSW, Tourism/Hospitality/Events Training Package assessment tools for MEGT, and RSA resources and assessments for TAFE NSW.
He is currently studying Mandarin, holds a Diploma of Training Design and Development, a Diploma of Hospitality Management and a Diploma of Business.