About Preferred Training Networks

Preferred Training Networks is a national training company with 6 offices in Australia

Who we are ?

Preferred Training Networks is Australia′s first referred training network. What that means to you, is that you have instant access to the best of the best referred trainers, facilitators and instructional designers in Australia.

Preferred Training Networks aims to be the most flexible learning organisation in Australia. You will find learning consultants that are very easy to work with and who are very knowledgeable . We are customer orientated and can quickly design and/or deliver quality training programs for your organisation. You can outsource training requirements with confidence.

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15 Year of Success

Our people have worked together for more than 15 years. You get the opportunity to tap into our expertise and you′ll be surprised at our speed and agility. Whatever your learning requirement, just contact us for a free, no obligation consultation.

Preferred Training Networks is a national training company with 6 offices in Australia

Preferred Training Networks is Australia′s first referred learning network. Our learning network comprises trainers, facilitators, coaches, mentors, instructional designers, key note presenters and consultants. All subject experts under our umbrella have been referred by Senior Management from Australia′s top 500 companies. Preferred Training Networks is an Australian company.

With Preferred Training Networks as your partner, you can outsource any learning requirement and be assured of risk-free quality learning solutions that help your people operate more effectively.

We offer in-person courses and workshops run by expert trainers to organisations across Australia. Our programs are available in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and other areas of Australia. If you’re looking for management courses “near me”, save yourself some time and contact us today. Wherever you are in Australia, we can come to your organisation or organise a venue for in-person training, workshops and skills programs. Find out what Preferred Training Networks can do for your organisation. Get a free online quote now or give us a call today on 1300 323 752 to discuss your requirements or explore our full range of courses

Management Team

There are currently 12 people employed at preferred training networks and 30 referred trainers in the network.

Social Resposibility

Australia is often referred to as “the lucky country”.
As a caring organisation, we donate 5% of our profit to charity.
Our preferred charity is The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation www.cncf.org
Niall Kennedy (Creative Director – Programs and Strategies)
niall kennedy

Niall has a Masters degree in Marketing degree from Monash University and a Civil Engineering Certificate from Ireland. Niall arrived in Australia in 1995 and fell in love with the Professional Development Industry. Niall and his partner have 3 children and Australia is now considered home. Niall has worked in the Professional Development Industry for 20 years with Melinda Kavanagh.

Niall is our creative thinker. He helps the clients build the framework of their Professional Development and will give them plenty of different ideas to consider. As Niall remarks “once the outcomes are agreed, then it’s just a matter of putting together the right ingredients to achieve the behavioral change, that will lead to delivery of the outcomes”.

Niall has written 4 business books: “All Aboard the Brain Train,” “Healthy Leadership,” “Errant Workplace Behaviors,” and “Hidden Observations”

Niall works across a number of sectors. Some of his clients include BHP Billiton, Parmalat, Dept of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services, Rockhampton City Council, ATO, SA Ambulance, WA Fire and Emergency Services Academy, Western Hospital, IFM Investors, Tenex, Bank Australia, Yarra Valley Water, Multiplex, EY, Dept of Justice, Capgemini, Monash University…

Niall’s interests include soccer, playing with his children, tennis, camping, comedy, chess and cricket. Golf is his latest passion; Current handicap is 26 so lots of room for improvement

Melinda Kavanagh (Relationship Marketing Manager)
Melinda Kavanagh

Melinda has a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters degree in Marketing from Monash University. Married to Marc, Melinda is juggling the joys of being a mum to their two children and working with the team at Preftrain.

Melinda has worked in the Professional Development Industry for over 20years years with Niall Kennedy. Melinda’s strength is making sure we meet the expectations of our clients. Melinda liaises between all project stakeholders to reach consensus on the agreed professional development outcomes. Melinda remarks that “it’s a juggling act since different project stakeholders have different needs and unless we reach consensus on project outcomes the project can become problematic”.

Melinda can design and tailor the perfect course because she is a brilliant listener and has a high attention to detail. Her clients include; QMS Media, Scentre Group, City of Greater Geelong, Dept of Parliamentary Services, Monash University, Monash Health, Bayside City Council, Pitcher Partners, Newcrest Mining, QLD Health, Stonnington City Council.

Melinda’s interests include gym, sport, reading, soap making, painting and socializing with friends and family. Melinda loves holidays

Deborah Dear (Capability Advisor)
Deborah Dear

Deborah has a Diploma in Business Administration. Deborah has worked at Preferred Training Networks for 9 years. When Deborah joined the organization, we only had 28 capability development courses. Deborah has helped expand these courses to over 150. A co-author in leadership capability, Deborah can help any organization optimize their capability development.

Deborah’s strength is her questioning skills. “By listening to the client and asking pertinent questions, I can dig down to find the root cause. Then I just need to develop the capability to help the organization work through the challenge”.

Deb’s clients include; Dept of Defence, Maroondah City Council, Corpus Christi High, University of Qld, State Library, St Vincent de Paul Melbourne Assessment Prison, Catholic Church Insurance, City of Bunbury, Northern Beaches Shire, Koch Fertilizers, NSW Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council, SA Water, Frankston City Council…

Deborah is just back from a trip to the USA and is planning another trip to swim with humpback whales in Tonga. Swimming within a few meters of giant whales was exhilarating and she can’t wait to do it again next year. Her hobbies include gym, shopping, cooking and gardening.

David Souter (Professional Development Consultant)
David Souter

David has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics from South Africa. He is married to Kathy and has four children who he is very proud of. After emigrating to Australia in 1984 David spent many years working for a USA Fortune 500 Organization where he held roles as both National Sales Director as well as Asia Pacific Director (Postal Relations)

Since joining Preferred Training Network in 2008 as a Consultant, he has been able to add and diversify his expertise and expand his passion to now assist Organizations develop and grow through the Professional Development of their Staff. David drives our international operations and has been the main player in our recent work in PNG, Fiji, USA, UK and Vanuatu.

David’s clients include NEC, Hastings Deering, Bankstown City Council Central Cost Council, Hobsons Bay Council, Queensland Rail, WesTrac, PwC, Dr Jones and Partners, Urbis, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Bank of Qld, HCF, Penrith City Council,

He has been able to combine nearly 30 years of experience in the Corporate arena with his passion in the Learning and Development space. David’s interests apart from his family include music, reading, travel, cycling, bush walking.

Nicola O Boyle (HR Professional)
Nicola O Boyle

Nicola has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, majoring in Human Resources from Deakin University. She has worked as a Human Resources Generalist prior to joining Preferred Training Networks in 2017. Nicola has been with her partner for many years and recently got engaged. Nicola regularly travels across Australia and enjoys meeting clients.

Nicola has been an important asset as her HR skills give us insights into the mechanics of the modern workplace. Nicola can give us the HR perspective on an organizational challenge. This helps our design team discover how an organizational issue that seems straightforward can actually be quite complex

Nicola’s clients include The Grace Hotel, The Lost Dogs Home, Legal Services Commission of SA, Coroners Court, Narrabri Shire Council, Guide Dogs Victoria, Yarra Plenty Regional Library

Nicolas interests include travel, gym, shopping and eating out.