Anthony Mitri

Director of Innovation, Industry, and Employability – Hospitality
My philosophy towards education is, 'You learn best when you’re having fun. Be it in the classroom, in industry, or life in general.'

While attending university, Anthony was awarded the prestigious Corporate Management Traineeship with IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), which he completed at the Holiday Inn Sydney Airport with a focus on Front Office Management. Upon graduation, Anthony ventured into the world of hospitality by working in hotel operations with the Accor group.

In 2006, Anthony moved into the education arena with a range of international colleges in Sydney and was quickly promoted to management posts within the academic field. Now the Head of Academic Studies for Hospitality programs at William Blue, Anthony is in a unique position of having current, high-quality industry experience, industry qualifications, and academic experience which he combines to deliver vocational training of the highest quality to our students.

Anthony’s qualifications:

Masters of Business Administration (Current)

Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management)

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Jacqueline Joseph

Lecturer – Hospitality & Events

Jacqui has extensive industry experience spanning over 25 years in the areas of Hospitality and Events management. She has worked in a variety of operational and management positions within the industry in Australia, India and Japan. Her Hospitality and Events experience ranges from fine dining restaurants, International hotels, Golf Clubs, NSW Government House and managing corporate hospitality at IAG, Lend Lease, KPMG and Credit Suisse.

Since 2009 Jacqui has taught extensively with Indigenous, International, Domestic and Special Needs students.  Jacqui teaches across the WB Vocational & APM Higher Education program in Business, Hospitality & Event Management.  A fluent Japanese speaker, she travels the globe in her pursuit of mountain hiking and rock climbing.

Jacqui’s qualifications:

  • Masters of Education – Adult Education
  • Bachelor of Business – Management
  • Advanced Diploma – Hospitality Management
  • Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 3
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Diploma in Applied Science – Hospitality Management

Jason Hannah

Executive Chef & Applied Learning Manager - Hospitality

With over 25 years experience working in the hospitality industry, Jason has been mentoring students at William Blue for the last 8 years. Jason brings a wealth of invaluable knowledge and experience that he has picked up along the way.

Interested in food from an early age, Jason’s passion is in seeing the development of the future leaders of the hospitality industry grow and embark on their own journey into an exhilarating and rewarding career.

Jason’s qualifications:

Advanced Diploma of Hospitality

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Commercial Cooker Levels |-|||

Jeannie Baldwin

Lecturer – Hospitality & Events

“I’m here to teach students how to perform successfully. My aim is to enhance and improve their knowledge and enthusiasm, assisting them in their career advancement.”

Jeannie is one of William Blue’s newest team members. Originally from the golfing town of Troon near Glasgow in bonnie Scotland, she has lived and worked in Sydney for over 30 years.

She has enjoyed an exciting and successful career in the entertainment industry; rubbing shoulders with the likes of Prime Ministers (past and present), Pink Floyd and The Who whilst managing many high profile parties. From wedding planning to managing the catering at expos, Jeannie has enjoyed the variety of responsibilities this glamorous industry requires.

Jeannie has one Labrador, Sadie and Nala the Burmese kitten. In her spare time, she loves to create culinary masterpieces at home and support her Rugby and Cricket teams. Her advice for students is to “just do it! There is a world to explore and a life full of employment in Hospitality and Events ”

Jeannie’s qualifications:

Cert IV in training and Assessing

Cert IV in Colour and Design

Diploma of Hospitality

Currently involved in obtaining a Graduate Certificate  in Business

Jeannie Wang

Program Manager - Tourism and Events

Jeannie Wang has over 20 years’ experience in both Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training sectors in Australia. Prior to her appointment at William Blue, Jeannie worked in a variety of roles as a lecturer, Head Teacher, special project manager, Faculty Director, Business Development Manager and Director of Promotions with the two largest TAFENSW institutes.

Jeannie has an extensive industry experience spanning over 14 years in the areas of Events, Tourism and Hospitality. She has worked in a variety of operational and management positions within these industry fields. Her tourism experience ranges from retail travel agencies, guiding services to publishing tourism books in cooperation with a team of writers. She played a major role in the opening up of the first international hotel in China by working with the Vice President from Sheraton Asia Pacific Headquarter and other key personalities. In events, Jeannie’s experience includes in-house hotel events or staging public space events in venues such as the Australia Technology Park.

Jeannie’s qualifications:

Master of Education

Master of Arts in Leisure Studies

Graduate Diploma in Vocational Education and Training

Bachelor of Arts (English & Literature)

Kirsten Browne

Program Manager - Hospitality

Kirsten has over 15 years of international hospitality experience, with stints working in Asia, Europe and Australia. After beginning her Front of House career at traditional restaurants in Japan, Kirsten soon transferred her skills to the hotel industry and has worked in various roles in Food and Beverage, Night Audit and Reservations. Kirsten continued her career with the Accor Group in a General Manager role at Ibis Hotels in the UK and then in Sydney. After many years of conducting workplace training, Kirsten moved into hospitality management education five years ago and is currently a Program Manager for Higher Education.

Kirsten’s qualifications:

Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Bachelor of Business (Tourism Management)

Paul Picksley

Program Director - Hospitality
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Paul has over 20 years Hospitality and Tourism experience, working and travelling all over the globe. After leaving school he began as a management trainee in restaurants in the UK, eventually moving into a multi-site General Manager role for a restaurant brand in London’s vibrant West End. After joining Scottish & Newcastle Retail, Paul worked as a GM in cocktail bars, restaurants, function centres and premier lodge accommodation. A sabbatical trip around the world led to work as a tour guide in Asia and Africa, before moving to Australia and starting a new career in education. For the past ten years Paul has been working full-time as a lecturer and manager within Hospitality education and training, and has most recently taken on the responsibilities of Program Director. He joined William Blue to manage business and events subjects, teaching in both a classroom environment and online.

Paul’s qualifications:

Master of Business Administration (Current)Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Advanced Diploma of Human Resource Management

Advanced Diploma of Management

Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Sarah Hind

Senior Lecturer - Hospitality

Sarah Hind has over 13 years’ experience in the Higher Education and Vocational Education sector in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and is passionate about facilitating students in the online and blended learning environment.

Sarah started working for the airline industry as a customer service agent at Newcastle International Airport in the UK, where she then joined the sales team at British Airways, UK.  Moving to New York City, Sarah has worked for VisitBritain, the British national tourism agency responsible for promoting Britain globally, marketing specifically to the USA and Canadian markets.

Having spent some time travelling, Sarah continued her career in education working with industry partners such as Contiki, STA Travel, Stray Travel, Feejee Experience, House of Travel and Amadeus to develop subject and course materials for educational courses in New Zealand.

Sarah joined William Blue in 2013 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Hospitality teaching face to face and online across a range of courses.

Sarah’s qualifications:

  • MA (Ed) Adult Education
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • BA (Hons) Travel and Tourism Management.