All of our staff work part time and currently our administrative processes are also changing in line with requirements aligned to the modernisation of education that the state is undertaking at the moment.

Gary March








Gary is currently the  Manager and his career has included management and leadership roles within defence, manufacturing, aviation, legal, emergency services language and sporting organisations. These roles have always included managing the provision of training and education to others. Prior to commencing work at ESNLC in 2013 he worked as a lawyer. Further Gary has governance experience from his 6 years on the Board of educational organisation. Gary’s qualifications include Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Engineering, and Masters of Business Administration.

Guillaume Steiner







Guillaume (Gui) has recently taken up the responsibility of the financial management of the office. Gui has an extensive background in project management and has a passion for community based projects. Gui has a gift for numbers and is enthusiastic about being in tip top shape for a sustainable and viable future.

Simone Jamieson


Simone joined the ESNLC team in 2013 and brings with her many years of community and adult education work experience. She has taught Spanish and facilitated project work at the Wonthaggi Community Garden. Simone is originally from the Bass Coast and has travelled the world extensively. Simone thrives on meeting new people and will always greet you with a smile. Her community development role is important for the Centre and aims to provide the best welcoming and nurturing enviroment for all community members to learn and share.

Christine Garvan







Christine holds a Degree in Education (Adult Ed) and her professional career has expanded in a variety of industries that include manufacturing, defence, finance, education and retail. Her capacity in these roles was to manage education departments in the corporate world and her last role was Head of Learning and Development.  Additionally, she has experience as a volunteer adult educator in Lou’s Place, situated in Sydney’s Kings Cross (Women’s support, drop in centre).  She is a passionate Adult Educator that is originally from Sydney, worked in London and is now settled in Melbourne.  She will be in the office on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Phillipa Armstrong

Philippa Armstrong






Philippa is a highly experienced community arts worker and is the current editor of The Roomers Project. She has over twenty years community arts experience working across the fields of creative writing, librarianship, music, dance, theatre and visual arts. Philippa was the children’s librarian at St Kilda library for many years and managed the Port Melbourne library for a few years. She coordinated the social meals program for the City of Port Phillip: working with residents to prepare, cook and eat delicious nutritious meals and create a “family table” and is currently working on a project to establish community gardens in a number of rooming houses in Elwood and St Kilda. Philippa is an Elwood local and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She tries to catch at least a glimpse of the beach every day and thinks Elwood is the prettiest suburb in Melbourne.

Carlee Hutton

Carlee has a Diploma of Children’s Services Childcare. She further studied a certificate IV and a Diploma in Training and Assessment, then went on to educate adults how to care for children and teenagers.  She has worked with children for more than 20 years in a variety of settings including childcare centres, private child care and volunteer work.

Carlee’s philosophy is:  children need to be heard, respected, valued and encouraged, to be the best version of themselves.  It is important that the environment and influences around them are safe and positive.  She looks forward to meeting you, and working with you and your precious family.

Carlee is here on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Jody O’Connor







Jody began working here in the beginning of 2012. She holds a four year primary teaching degree. She has current first aid, anaphylaxis and asthma training. Her experience includes working as a teacher in schools, and many years of experience working in child care. (About 16 years). Jody is committed to providing a relaxed, warm, caring environment in which children always feel safe and secure. She is passionate about respecting each child as an individual and catering to their individual needs whenever possible. She is also currently the group leader of a three year old activity group in Carnegie.

Jody is here on Wednesdays.


Vivien Atkins


Vivien is an experienced teacher who has taught literacy to adults with an intellectual disability and English as an Additional Language.  With more than ten years’ experience in this area, Vivien has embraced the opportunity to be abreast of the industry by taking a Cert. IV in TAE.  Vivien has been teaching since 2006 at our centre and is passionate about training adults from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  Her aim is to create a friendly learning environment in which her students can develop not only language abilities but also confidence to communicate in a conversational or written manner. Vivien is currently teaching pre accredited and accredited training.

Annette Shilton


Annette has been teaching English language, literacy and numeracy for over 25years. She has taught in government secondary schools and adult education institutions in both Victoria and Western Australia.  Annette’s main purpose is to develop in her students good reading and writing habits combined with the ability to function confidently in the broader Australian community.  Annette teaches the literacy program at ESNLC.

Diane Gaborit


Bio due soon

Damian Curtain

Damian Curtain

Damian is our Art Therapy teacher who has a talented group on Fridays. Damian has worked as a painter an sculptor for thirty years. He has sculptures in many public places around Melbourne. He has worked as a visiting artist in primary and secondary schools, and teaches adult art classes in community centres.

Tanya Vessey







Tanya has a special ability for teaching the use of computers or electronic devices using an operating system from absolute beginners through to experienced users. Tanya’s skills expand into presentation software, electronic tablets, smartphones and equipment from the internet era. Tanya has a defined methodology in guiding participants to obtain a clear understanding of computers and technology. Tanya is our computers specialist at ESNLC.