Kathryn Stenson

Kathryn Stenson 

Chief Executive Officer

(Senior Leadership Group)

Kathryn Stenson is 17 years into her career in the Vocational Education Training and Employment Industries. Kathryn is passionate about apprenticeships and traineeships and the benefits they provide people of all ages to gain qualifications through structured workplace learning.

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In 2013, Kathryn won the Telstra Business Woman’s Award in Community and Government and is passionate about strengthening and growing the capability and responsiveness of the employment, education and training sectors in ways that improve sustainability and equity outcomes.
Kathryn is a Director of the Apprentice Employment Network QLD & NT and also of the National Australian Apprenticeships Association. 

The National Apprentice Employment Network is the peak association representing around 150 Group Training Organisations located throughout Australia. Collectively the network employs around 30,000 apprentices and trainees and works with over 100,000 businesses. Through her involvement with the association and passion to see people achieve, Kathryn has developed strong relationships with organisations throughout Australia enabling GTNT Group to benefit from the economy of scale the network provides with direct links to the Northern Territory and Australian Governments.

In March 2017, Kathryn became a Director of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) Board representing the Northern Territory, assuming the role of Chairperson for the NT ACPET committee.
In addition to local and national Boards and Associations Kathryn is engaged with, she is also the Chairman and CEO of the Australian Skills Institute which works in close association with a range of educational institutions in the Philippines providing Australian qualifications through a skills enhancement model. Under Kathryn’s stewardship, the Australian Skills Institute is actively working with the Northern Territory Government to promote and grow vocational education and training in the Philippines and the ASEAN region.


Lynda Townsend

Chief Financial Officer

(Senior Leadership Group)

Lynda is responsible for the overall financial management of GTNT Group. Lynda Townsend has 28 years experience in business services and taxation and commenced working with GTNT Group as a member of the Board of Directors and remained in that position for 5 years before taking the position of CFO.

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Lynda’s 16 years experience with KPMG as a Senior Manager provided her with the necessary skills to ensure successful financial outcomes and best practice reporting. Lynda has a Bachelor Degree in Commerce, majoring in Accounting, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. 


Poppy Darkadakis

Human Resources Manager

(Senior Leadership Group)

Poppy Darkadakis has over 14 years in the VET industry with 11 years at GTNT Group. Poppy has worked with the Human Resources division of GTNT Group for 10 years and has extensive experience with industrial and employment relations, employee engagement and workforce development and is responsible for the overall management of Human Resources, Quality Management System and IT Support for GTNT Group.

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As the Human Resources Manager, Poppy manages a team of two which is inclusive of Quality, IT and staff WHS. Poppy ensures that GTNT Group is compliant in accordance with the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act, Fair Work Act and Workplace Gender Equality Act and other relevant legislation. 

Poppy holds the following qualifications 

  • Diploma of Human Resources
  • Management Certificate IV in Frontline Management
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety

Amelia Nuku

Amelia Nuku

Australian Apprenticeships Support Network Manager

(Senior Leadership Group)

Amelia has over 23 years experience within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and has been responsible for managing a range of departments, programs and contracts within GTNT Group since she began with the organisation in 2010. In 2020 Amelia moved into the Australian Apprenticeships Support Network Manager role and oversees all aspects of the AASN Services department. 

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In her ten years with GTNT Group Amelia has been an integral part of the senior leadership team and has been assigned a variety of managerial roles, including the management of the Australian Apprenticeships NT (recently rebranded as GTNT Group Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Services), Employment Services and Business Development. 

Amelia is now the Manager of GTNT Group Australian Apprenticeships Support Network, managing the AASN contract requirements and team. She provides support, guidance and supervision to the staff in the Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs offices.


Shaun Stenson

International Engagement and Training Manager   

(Senior Leadership Group)

Shaun's position of International Engagement and Training Manager is responsible for our Registered Training Organisation (GTNT Group Training, RTO Code: 0381) management, both onshore and offshore training and international engagement.

He has 35 years’ experience in the electrical industry covering three States and Territories. This includes Victoria, Queensland and Northern Territory with exposure working directly with Power and Water. All previous positions included a high level of safety management, with experience in managing 120 employees safety requirements. Shaun has a passion for safety and is driven to continuously improving practices to ensure a safe work environment for all GTNT Group employees.

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Shaun holds his Diploma of Frontline Management, Diploma of Project Management, along with his Diploma of Leadership & Management.


Bree McLure

Employment Services Manager

Bree McLure commenced GTNT Group and the Australian Apprenticeships Support Network (AASN) in October 2013 as the Quality and Marketing Officer, before moving into the Gateway Coordinator role under the AASN contract. In July 2019 she progressed into the role of Field Services Manager within the Employment Services team, where she was responsible for overseeing the administration and employment specialist teams. In 2020 Bree moved into the Employment Services Manager position, where she oversees all functions of the Employment Services division of the organisation. 

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Bree is responsible for the overall management and delivery of GTNT Group regional centers to ensure administration, field services and targets are delivered and achieved.  She does this with the aim to increase the number of Australian Apprentices and host businesses/employers through all GTNT Group services across the Northern Territory. 

Bree brings to the organisation over 14 years’ experience in the Training and Employment sector commencing as a trainee, Bree has experienced every facet of this sector and has a rare intimate knowledge of what it can be like the beginning to completion. 

Bree’s previously worked with Skill360, based in Cairns as their Quality Assurance Officer and Safety Officer, where she expanded her knowledge and skills in the Vocational Education and Training sector. Bree worked with Skill360 for four years and prior to that her roles were within Administration and service delivery. 

Bree holds her Certificate II and III in Business, Certificate IV in Frontline Management and Certificate IV in Leadership and Management. 


Sherryn Killmister

Business Development Manager

Sherryn commenced her employment in September 2013, as the Employment Solutions Coordinator, and with a department restructure in 2018 became the Gateway Manager. She is responsible for the efficient management and delivery of GTNT Group Apprentice recruitment services as well as internal and client driven workforce development strategies and implementation, in line with company policies and procedures. In 2020 Sherryn moved into the Business Development Manager role for the organisation.

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Sherryn provides expert, professional advice and leadership to GTNT Group Staff in the development, implementation and review of the GTNT Group training and development directions to ensure that all workforce development strategies are part of a planned program and are designed to address the company’s current and future needs.

Sherryn’s background is primarily in the Childcare Industry and Employment Services. She holds her Certificate IV in Employment Services, Certificate IV in Leadership & Management along with her Diploma in Community Services (Children’s Services). 

Shannon widdall

Shannon Widdall

Executive Assistant

Shannon initially joined GTNT Group’s finance team in 2015 and has worked in a variety of roles within the organisation since then. She has been a Training Officer within GTNT Group's Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Shannon is the Executive Assistant  to the Chief Executive Officer, a role which she is actively involved in where she is responsible for providing professional and confidential secretarial and administrative support. Shannon is heavily involved across many aspects of the organisation and plays an integral role in the daily operations of the CEO office.

Brooke Hyatt

Brooke Hyatt

Marketing Manager   

Brooke commenced with GTNT Group in May 2016 as a Field Solutions Officer before moving into the Executive Assistant role in November 2016. Brooke has moved into the Corporate Services team as the Marketing Manager, responsible to oversee the marketing strategies, projects and events of the GTNT Group. 

With over 5 years’ experience at GTNT Group, Brooke has an in depth understanding of the vocational education and training industry in the Northern Territory and the GTNT Group daily operations.

Brooke also oversees the GTNT Foundation projects. 


Emma Koerner

Human Resources, Safety and Environment Coordinator   

Emma commenced her employment with GTNT Group in April 2011 after deciding she needed to move into a role that allowed her to pursue her interest in mentoring, training and staff development. This interest developed whilst completing her own traineeship and experiencing firsthand the benefits of the GTO model. Emma has moved into the Corporate Services team as the Human Resources, Safety and Environment Coordinator, responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the Workplace Health and Safety systems in line with company strategies. 

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Emma held the role of Employment Specialist from 2011 to 2017, responsible for managing a varied caseload of apprentices and trainees in the Darwin and Katherine region, including a number of major contracts and the specific requirements that come with them.

Emma’s background experience was primarily within the Aviation Industry. Emma started her Aviation career by completing a Certificate III in Business, as a Trainee managed by a Group Training Organisation. Emma progressed through her Traineeship at a very fast pace, which resulted in the opportunity to move into other challenging roles. Emma held a variety of roles in the Aviation industry, from junior customer service through to Senior Management over the 8 years.

Emma holds her Certificate IV in Employment Services, Diploma of Management, and Diploma in Human Resources.

Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts

Client Projects Officer   

Born and raised in Darwin, Kates’ background is primarily within the Vocational Education and Training sector having worked for GTNT Group Australian Apprenticeship Support Network for over six years. Kate joined the GTNT Group team in 2014 as has progressed through a number of roles within the Administration department including Client Support Officer and Client Projects Officer. 

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Kate is responsible for providing high level administrative support for projects at GTNT Group, which may also include the driving of initiatives to improve fundamental systems and processes within the company to help drive success.

Some of her duties include but not limited to ensure that contract obligations and service requirements of Host Employers and Apprentice documentation are met, facilitating reporting for all major contracts to meet with contract requirements, liaising with the Employment Services Coordinator continuously to ensure contracts/conditions are up to date and monitoring and oversee Client Support Officers internal team’s workflow.

Kate holds her Ochre Card and Certificate III in Business, and is currently working towards her Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.


Jess Molloy

Employment Specialist 

Jess commenced her employment with GTNT Group in September 2012. Jess is currently employed by GTNT Group as an Employment Specialists in the Southern Region and is the Employment Specialist based in Alice Springs and services the remote communities in the Southern Region.

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Jess previously worked for Australian Apprenticeships NT for over 5 years as a Field Officer in Central Australia. Prior to working for Australian Apprenticeships NT Jess comes from an administration background within two different Registered Training Organisations. 

Jess’s accountable for ensuring the Group Training Company services are responsive, qualitative, and cost effective in meeting the demands of Northern Territory Industry and Australian Apprentices. Some of her duties include but not limited to:

  • Oversee the liaison with Registered Training Organisations in relation to formal training programs for Australian Apprentices.
  • Monitor and manage contractual obligations.
  • Manage Training Agreement/Contract responsibilities and ensure best practice.
  • Manage and Monitor progress of Australian Apprentices.