Michele has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (with honours) in psychology. She has had a varied career including working as a psychologist, training staff and educators, managing NSW division of the Securities Institute of Australia, owning a café and running her own interior design business.
As a trainer, Michele believes in working around each individuals’ needs and pace, taking things step by step.
Nerida has 20+ years IT experience in the wealth management sector. Her skills have been developed through working as a Business Analyst and Project Manager on a range of mainframe as well as Microsoft and Apple desktop applications.
Nerida is a firm believer in keeping our brains active, particularly as we age. Learning new skills on our phones, tablets and laptops is great brain stimulus and helps us stay connected with friends, communities and our families and demonstrates to our young people (who all seem to have computer skills in their DNA), that, although we might not be young, we are still switched on.
Sue has worked for over 40 years in IT related roles, with a focus on software systems. She started out as a programmer and later moved into course development, training delivery and project management. Sue is now semi-retired but she still enjoys helping people get the most out of their technology. Sue has a Graduate Diploma in Training and Development.
Sue has a fantastic knowledge with Apple products and demonstrates this through group training classes.
Thys has 25+ years’ experience in delivering business and digital transformation programs across various industries.
This included the management of change across people, processes and technology and has developed his interest in the possibility for change to be adopted by all people. Thys is currently busy with post-graduate studies in psychology and volunteering in the aged-care sector.
Ian Cuthbertson was a psychiatric nurse for 20 years before he became a technology journalist at The Australian. He builds his own Windows computers but is equally adept on Macs. Now a freelance journalist writing tech, travel, arts and entertainment for a wide range of publications, Ian spends his free time writing songs and instrumental music and recording these in his custom built home studio, walking his much loved Staffordshire terrier Luna, cooking and doing crosswords. He is a big fan of streaming TV services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime and has been known to write a book or two when he can get off the couch.
Sally has worked in Training and Care Management in the Aged Care industry for over 3 years. Prior to this, she managed a Not for Profit program for 20 plus years. Throughout her career, she has honed her IT skills across the Microsoft suite, social media and communication platforms such as Email, Skype and FaceTime to connect with her colleagues and family.
After graduating with Bachelors in Electrical Engineering & Science, Phil spent over 30 years working for large multinational IT corporations, specialising in the support of networks and telephony systems, and training users on collaboration applications. He has seen first-hand how even tech-savvy individuals can sometimes struggle to learn new technologies without the right guidance.
Having now left the corporate world behind, Phil is passionate about building trusting relationships to guide users of all levels to navigate the increasingly connected world we live in. It's all about developing the confidence to get started, finding the right technology for you, and then having fun with it.
Mel Van Zyl
Mel has had years of experience in both Finance and IT. She enjoys helping users and is open to researching and learning new skills. She considers assisting Retirees to improve their knowledge of IT, and helping them to make the most out of available technology to keep connected to family and friends, a wonderful way to use her skills and share her knowledge.
Mel has a Datametrics Diploma as well as MCSE(Microsoft Systems Engineer). She also has the commercial qualification (ACIS) and recently completed a Diploma of Counselling.