Meet the Team


Richard Fimeri - Manager (Training Operations)

Richard believes that innovation in education is integral in being able to deliver real outcomes to learners. He actively seeks opportunities to work with like-minded people who are passionate about empowering others.


On board Fantasea Cruises, travelling to Hamilton Island to work with hospitality trainees was not what Richard had pictured when he commenced with the Hilton Hotels Train the Trainer program in 1989.


With a hospitality background spanning 26 years Richard commenced Vocational Education Training with the Barrier Reef TAFE in the Whitsundays in 2000.


Richard’s passion for incorporating Global best practices in Vocational education and training has seen him embrace technological change with the focus of student experience, engagement and success.


Pauline Aitchison - Office Administrator

Pauline joined the CAECE team in March 2016 and brings with her significant vocational education and training experience. Pauline has embraced the opportunity to work with an organisation such as CAECE, as this aligns with her personal drive to be involved in the development and delivery of education aimed at improving the quality and standards in the broader community.


As the sole administrator with Autism Qld's training team for over 16 years, Pauline was the first point of contact for students and educators. Pauline was responsible for all reporting compliance through the use of the VETtrak student management system and was integral in maintaining organisational compliance.


Pauline has quickly become the heart of the CAECE Team ensuring that both student and educator alike are supported with integrity and a passion for the sector. Pauline’s extensive background in the taxation and accounting arena has given her an eye for the finer details and a firm hand controlling the day to day operation of the College. 


Susan Chimonides - Trainer & Assessor

Susan has been a trainer and assessor for over 2 years and has worked in the early childhood sector for 10 years in various positions from Assistant to Director. 


Susan has had experience in a diverse range of small privately owned centres and large group centres as well as OSHC before becoming a qualified Trainer and Assessor in early 2014.  


Susan holds the following current qualifications; Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, First Aid and CPR.


Susan prides herself on the significant experience she has gained in the delivery of training to classroom based, traineeship, family day care, mature age and high school students. 


Susan’s passion for training is focused towards ensuring that early childhood educators have the skills and knowledge necessary to guide and support children, as she believes that early childhood educators help to build the foundation of development and learning for young children. 


Susan’s delivery style and passion for the sector shines through in the delivery of fun, interactive and informative training for all students.


Karla Mooney - Trainer & Assessor

Karla has over 18 years’ experience in the Early Childhood sector and has worked in long day care as a Float Assistant Educator/Cook and Lead Educator through to Nominated Supervisor. Karla has also enjoyed her previous roles as a Primary Teacher Aid working with special needs children and Assistant Coordinator for Before and After School Care/Vacation Care. Karla has also managed a Family Day Care Scheme for educators whose second language was English.


Karla’s vocational training began as she became excited about sharing her experiences for providing quality training, and industry practice, to students to enable them to provide quality care and education for children.


Karla holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, an Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Certificate III in Children’s Services, and a Certificate III & IV in Educational Support. Due to Karla’s belief in staying current and up to date she has recently completed upgrading all of her qualifications.


Kelly Leeming - Trainer & Assessor

Kelly is a dedicated and qualified early childhood educator with a passion for children’s education and care. 


It is this passion which has led to her successfully working within the Early Childhood Sector for over 10 years.  During this time, Kelly has been involved in a variety of different positions ranging from Assistant Educator through to Director, in both the long day care and family day care environments. 


Kelly has been a Trainer and Assessor for over two years and holds the current qualifications; Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma in School Age Education and Care, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, First Aid and CPR. Kelly is also currently studying her Bachelor in Education (Birth to Five Years). 


Kelly has done extensive travel overseas to Cambodia working alongside UNICEF where she facilitated student work placement programs which specialised in providing education and youth work programs to children at risk. She also spent time in Indonesia as an Educator at the International “Green School”. These experiences have brought a level of knowledge and enthusiasm which has allowed Kelly to develop and deliver multiple personal development workshops to industry professionals around these areas of expertise. 


Kelly’s main focus as a Trainer and Assessor is to support students to achieve their qualifications while developing a passion for quality education and care.


Leanne Jessop - Trainer & Assessor

Leanne joined the CAECE team in April, 2017 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the early childhood and vocational training sectors to her role as Trainer & Assessor. 


For over 13 years Leanne worked in a variety of roles in the early childhood industry including Lead Educator, Acting and Assistant Director in a range of services in both Queensland and NSW. In addition, Leanne has spent ten years working in vocational education and training industry as an early childhood education and care teacher, project officer, technical writer and as an ECEC faculty and curriculum coordinator. 


Leanne holds the following qualifications: Associate Diploma of Education (Child Care), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Training and Assessment, Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training (BVET). 


As a strong believer in lifelong learning, Leanne continues to actively participate in a wide range of professional development and looks forward to continuing her formal education by participating in further study.


Leanne’s passion is ensuring that children receive the highest quality education and care experience that they so richly deserve.  This passion drives Leanne’s ability to facilitate meaningful learning experiences with students encouraging enthusiasm and best practice.