Meet the Team

Anne Ripper – Director

As the head of GETI Tasmania, Anne is our state representative to many groups and advises the Tasmanian Government on international education. She is a qualified teacher with years of experience in management, training and business. Tasmania’s fine food is close to her heart, having formerly managed TAFE Tasmania’s Drysdale Institute, delivering hospitality, tourism and cookery training, and having owned and operated three successful Tasmanian restaurants.

 

James Burrows – Deputy Director

Born in Tasmania, James is a strong advocate for the Tasmanian Government School system. Having attended Tasmanian Government High Schools (Rose Bay High School and Rosny College), James then continued his education in Tasmania, studying at the University of Tasmania. A very keen sailor, James enjoys spending as much time as possible sailing on Hobart’s River Derwent and around Tasmania’s East Coast. His favourite things in life are sailing, hockey, the Collingwood (AFL) Football Club, his dogs, and travelling to as many countries as possible.

 

Fu Lei (Cathy Fu) – Chinese Regional Development Manager

Cathy has worked with GETI for a number of years as an in-country representative in China. Cathy lives in Shanghai with her husband and son, and enjoys visiting Tasmania when she gets the opportunity. She has extensive knowledge of TasTAFE programs, as she was integral to the establishment of a joint venture logistics program between TasTAFE and Shanghai Bangde Vocational College.

 

Mayumi Toya – Overseas Development Officer (MARN: 1068993)

Mayumi is from Tokyo and first came to Tasmania over 10 years ago as an international student. She loves Tassie’s clean air, friendly people and enjoys getting lots of sunshine without being too hot. She is a champion archer and is quite well versed in Australian slang. She has many years’ experience in international education and continues to help provide a great experience for many Japanese students and others from all over the world.

 

Jess Burt – Overseas Development Officer

Originally from the coast of New South Wales,  Jess grew up around the water;  swimming, surfing, scuba diving and kayaking. Jess studied her degree at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. After living and working in Sydney for years, she visited Tasmania on a holiday and loved the place.  Jess traded the conundrum of Sydney for the beautiful and accessible Hobart.  Energetic and enthusiastic Jess now has the time to enjoy all of her outdoor hobbies since moving to Tasmania.

 

John Brooks – Project Officer

John comes to GETI, after a decade at the former Tasmanian Qualifications Authority, with broad experience in qualifications management across education and training sectors. He has an extensive background of program and management experience in education and training roles. He has also lived and studied in London. As a former Victorian, his “religious interest” focuses on the Essendon Football Club. His hobbies include tennis, gardening and reading.

 

Shane Brock – Finance and Compliance Officer

Originally from Melbourne, Shane moved to Tasmania in 1999. He is the proud father of 3 growing boys. Shane spends most of free time on the golf course or travelling the state watching his oldest son play footy. Shane enjoys assisting students including overseeing their welfare.

 

Kelly Cooper – Finance Officer

Kelly first came out to Australia in the early 00s, after meeting her husband in her native England. They moved to Australia to make a better life for their family and settled in Tasmania after finding Perth too fast and busy. Kelly’s family includes two girls who all split their time between Hobart and rural Tasmania. As a migrant herself, she can relate to the experiences of people who choose to come to Tasmania and enjoys learning about their lives.

 

Christy-Mie Capondag – Receptionist / Administrative Officer

Christy-Mie comes from the Philippines and moved to Tasmania to join her family when she was 17 years old. Within 24 hours of her arrival, she walked through the doors of a Hobart high school, so she can understand the experiences shared by our students. She has spent some time travelling through South East Asia, before returning to Hobart to study a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and International Relations. She is also the proud mother of two boys.

 

Danni Peterson – Homestay, Admissions and Study Tour Officer

Originally from the northern beaches in Sydney, Danni moved to the UK for her primary and junior high school years. The travel bug got her early in life, and Danni lived and worked in USA and London, and has enjoyed time spent in Europe, North and South America and South East Asia.  Now living in Hobart she enjoys yoga, hiking and cooking.

Deidre Cheers – Admissions Officer

Originally from Tasmania, Deidre spent years of her childhood living in Tonga and later won a scholarship to study senior high school in Chicago. A former manager for Australia’s Ansett airlines, Deidre used her employee discount to travel as widely as possible. She now remains in Hobart with her daughter and (very spoilt) puppy dog Bella.

 

Suzanne Dykes – Admissions Officer

Suzanne was born in Tasmania, has lived interstate and enjoys travelling overseas as often as possible. She has worked for the Federal Government, the private sector and the Education Department for  the past 15 years in various roles. Suzanne attended Tasmanian Government Schools and then studied part time at TasTAFE to earn qualifications in Information Technology, Business, Business Administration and Library and Information Services. She is currently studying part time at the University of Tasmania to earn her teaching degree.

 

Nick Howe– Admissions Officer

Nick was born and educated in Tasmania before moving to Japan, following his love of Japanese language, culture and food. Since then, he has worked in both Japan and Australia to facilitate international understanding as an English teacher, tour guide, translator, and as an international film festival and cultural event coordinator. Now living in Hobart, Nick combines his enthusiasm for his home state with his passion for cultural exchange and international education through his work in the GETI team.  

 

Trista Ge – Admissions Officer

Originally from China, Trista chose to move to Tasmania in early 2016 after many years as visa officer for the Australian Consulate-General in Guangzhou. Her knowledge of the Australian visa framework and her experience as a migrant herself value-adds to her role- and passion – in supporting international students to Tasmania. She believes that the quality of support is a valued part of the international student experience and she loves working with the GETI team to assist students create enduring people, community and professional links.

 

TBA – Admissions Officer

 

 

Alice Procter – Executive Assistant

Alice was born in Tasmania and has lived here her whole life. She enjoys travelling and has spent time in South Africa (where her sister lives), France, England, Scotland, Wales and Italy where she spent time studying her university course. Alice has recently completed studying a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice through Monash University, where she was on the Dean’s Roll of Honour. Alice enjoys bushwalking, gardening, swimming and dining out.

 

Tiffany von Stieglitz – Homestay Coordinator (North)

Tiffany’s family were some of Tasmania’s early  free farming settlers. Her family welcomed international students into their home, and Tiffany herself took a student exchange in Pennsylvania, before travelling around the world. She loves working with the international students, finding out about their lives and is still amazed by all the cultures she encounters. She has two boys of her own who enjoy the mix of a city and farming lifestyle.

 

Francesca Cridland – English Language Support Teacher (South)

Originally from Sydney, Francesca moved to Hobart around 30 years ago. Francesca has also lived in Europe and experienced life as an international student so she understands first-hand the challenges a student faces when studying in a foreign country. She thoroughly enjoys meeting students from around the world, and providing study and language support to assist them in achieving their goals.

 

 

Lisa Risby – English Language Support Teacher (South Drysdale)

Hobart born, Lisa is an experienced teacher who loves getting to know the students. By nurturing their learning and personal development, Lisa gets to watch the students grow in confidence as they meet the unique challenges that each student’s culture and language bring to their studies in Australia.

 

Val McQuestin – English Language and Learning Support Teacher

“I get tremendous satisfaction out of seeing my international students do well in their studies, especially after they have had to struggle so hard with their English to do so.”