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Scentia is a leading Australian education and training group with a portfolio of student offerings across short course programs, vocational qualifications, tertiary education, and bespoke corporate solutions that is unrivalled in scope, scale, and delivery.
About scentia
About Scentia
The rate at which transformation is occurring today in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is unprecedented. As change accelerates there is a massive societal need to equip people with
‘future skills’.

Employers’ views on the value of skill currency has shifted in this new reality. They need workers who can continually reskill over their entire career span. For teams to function well in the fast-changing environment, individuals need excellent soft skill development. Digital skills will be required across all jobs, while new jobs will be rapidly created. Lifelong learning is increasingly seen as the solution to the challenges presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Our Vision
Be the most relevant future skills training business in Australia.
Scentia
2 x Higher Education Licenses
2 x HIGHER EDUCATION LICENCES
2 x Registered Training Organisations
2 x REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATIONS
200+ Future Skills Courses
200+ FUTURE SKILLS COURSES
Established Corporate Relationships
ESTABLISHED CORPORATE RELATIONSHIPS
Unrivalled Delivery Modalities
UNRIVALLED DELIVERY MODALITIES
Our Brands
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About AIM

The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) has developed the skills and knowledge of Australia’s business leaders, current and emerging, since 1941. Over 80 years, AIM’s portfolio has grown to include hundreds of training programs across 10 distinct faculties. These programs range from single-day short courses to advanced Diploma programs, and are delivered at AIM Campuses in major cities around the nation, as well as online and through virtual classrooms.
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About AIM Business School

AIM Business School is the accredited higher education arm of the Australian Institute of Management, which focuses on the delivery of postgraduate business and management qualifications.
AIM Business School offers a range of tertiary qualifications that are designed for working professionals, including specialised Graduate Certificate programs that all articulate towards the Master of Business Administration.
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About ACHW

The Australasian College of Health and Wellness (ACHW) is a nationally accredited higher education training institute that offers the highest level of qualification in Applied Health Science available in Australia. ACHW’s qualifications range from Undergraduate Certificates through to the Associate Degree in Applied Health Science (Dermal Therapy) and the Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Clinical Aesthetics).
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About AIM Public Sector
AIM Public Sector is committed to providing Australia’s government and civic workforce with the professional development that is designed specifically for the unique nature and intricacies of the public sector. AIM Public Sector is supported by the expertise of the Centre for Public Management, a dedicated public sector leadership and development group.
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About ACHW
The Australasian College of Health and Wellness (ACHW) is a nationally accredited higher education training institute that offers the highest level of qualification in Applied Health Science available in Australia. ACHW’s qualifications range from Undergraduate Certificates to the Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Clinical Aesthetics).
Our people

Our Board

Ben Foote
CEO
Arvid Petersen
Chairman
Jeremy Davis
Director
Melanie Strong
Director
Andrew Mills
Director
Peter Mobbs
Director
OUR PEOPLE

Our Board

Ben Foote
CEO
Arvid Petersen
Chairman
Jeremy Davis
Director
Andrew Mills
Director
Peter Mobbs
Director

Our Board

Ben Foote
CEO
Arvid Petersen
Chairman
Jeremy Davis
Director
Andrew Mills
Director
Peter Mobbs
Director
Arvid Petersen, Chairman

Arvid Petersen is Chairman of Petersen Group. Based in Sydney Australia, Petersen Group is a diversified investment company focussing on private equity, private debt, global equities, property and other family office related entities. Their private equity investments are primarily in private education and hospitality.

Mr Petersen has had a long and successful history in private education with his first investment in 1994. A founding shareholder of Study Group Australia, Mr Petersen led the growth of the company prior to selling to Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) in 2003.

In 2006 Mr Petersen partnered with CHAMP private equity to buy the global operations of Study Group. After growing the business significantly over the ensuing five years, the company was then sold to Providence Equity Partners in 2010. Mr Petersen remained on the board and retained a significant shareholding until the company was sold to Ardian in 2019.

In 2014 Mr Petersen partnered with CHAMP Ventures in the acquisition of Australian Institute of Management Education and Training (AIM), later acquiring Ivy College and creating Scentia Education Group which he is currently Chairman.

Prior to his involvement in private education, Mr Petersen spent many years in the soft drink industry with Pepsi Cola, coming to Australia from Canada in 1989 to establish Pepsi Cola Bottlers Australia, where he was the founding Managing Director.

Mr Petersen serves on the boards of Scentia Education and the Petersen Family Foundation.

Ben Foote, CEO and Director

Previous to joining Scentia Ben was the CEO of CareerOne where he turned the business from a large loss-making position to profitability through customer-centric product positioning and building a strong team culture.

Prior to CareerOne, Ben worked at Singtel Optus where he was Product Marketing Manager of Prepaid Mobile, was General Manager of Strategy and then Managing Director of PPS, Singtel Optus’s largest subsidiary.

Ben has a Law Degree and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) from Canterbury University, New Zealand. He completed his MBA from Barcelona Business School, Spain in 2005.

Professor Jeremy Davis AM, Director
MBA B Ec (Hons)

Jeremy was Dean and director of the Australian Graduate School of Management from 1980 until 1989. He then continued as a Professor in the School until January 2006 having been appointed to the Australian Mutual Provident Society Chair of Management. He was elected President of the Academic Board of UNSW (1994-98), serving two terms on the University’s Council.

In 1970 Jeremy joined the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a leading management consulting firm specialising in corporate strategy. After working in Boston and Paris, he was appointed Vice-President and director for San Francisco where he established the BCG’s West Coast office. Immediately prior to joining the AGSM, Jeremy was BCG’s Vice-President and Director-General for France.

Jeremy is an experienced company director, having served on the boards of Transurban Group, Singapore Power and SP AusNet, the Australian Stock Exchange and the Australian Industry Development Corporation. He has chaired the boards of Capral Aluminium and AIDC Limited, together with several private companies.

Andrew Mills, Director

Andrew is the CEO and Founder of Roland Investments, an investment and consulting company specialising in the for-profit education sector, financial management and driving growth in SMEs.

Prior to founding Roland Investments, Andrew was the longest serving executive director at global education provider, Study Group. Over a period of 17 years, as part of the executive management team, Andrew was instrumental in the growth of the business from a UK one-school, 80-student start-up college to a leading global education group. During this time, he lived in the UK, USA and Australia.

Prior to his time at Study Group, Andrew was involved with a number of multinational companies within the healthcare, automotive and financial services sectors.

Andrew is currently a Non Executive Director of Endeavour College of Natural Therapies.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors.

Peter Mobbs, Director

Peter is Managing director of Greyrock, a private investment company with investments across all asset classes with a focus on education and technology. He is also a Venture Partner at Ligo Partners leading the EdTech vertical and a director of ASX-listed EDU Holdings (ASX: EDU).

He has 20+ years’ experience as an entrepreneur and executive operating within the private education industry, across higher education, vocational and corporate training sectors.

Peter is a 2 times exited founder - 1 to a global listed education business and 1 to private equity – with public and private company experience as a founder, CEO, executive, non-executive director and chair. With degrees in commerce and law, he is admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of NSW, Chapter Chair of YPO Sydney and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course.

Our Leadership Team

Ben Foote CEO
Ben Foote
CEO
Scentia tenure: 4 years
Previous roles include:
CEO, CareerOne
Head of Strategy, Singtel Optus
Janene Barrett, Executive Director AIM Business School
Janene Barrett
Executive Director AIM Business School
Scentia tenure: 5 years
Previous roles include:
Associate Dean, VET & HE Australasian
College
Head of Education, Ella Bachetia
Candice Heskey Executive Director ACHW
Candice Heskey
Executive Director ACHW
Scentia tenure: 5 years
Previous roles include:
General Manager, SAS Laser and
Skin clinics
Head of Faculty – Laser/IPL, The Australasian College of Health & Wellness
Steven Smithm Executive Director AIM
Steven Smith
Executive Director AIM
Scentia tenure: 4 years
Previous roles include:
Director, Solution Experience, Adobe
Director, Product Management, Cisco
Warren Creighton, CFO
Warren Creighton
CFO
Scentia tenure: 6 years
Previous roles include:
Finance Director, Study Group
Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Trenton Barnier, Director of Marketing
Trenton Barnier
Director of Marketing
Scentia tenure: 3 years
Previous roles include:
Product Marketing Manager, ABS
Senior Channel Marketing Analyst, Gartner
Darren Lonsdale, Chief Sales Officer
Darren Lonsdale
Chief Sales Officer
Scentia tenure: 3 years
Previous roles include:
Director Enterprise Sales & Strategic Partners, Optus Business
General Manager Sales, Marketing Operations, Vodafone SMB
Liz Douglas, Head of People and Culture
Liz Douglas
Head of People and Culture
Scentia tenure: 4 years
Previous roles include:
Head of People and Culture, CareerOne
HR Specialist, CareerOne
Michael Kumar, Head of Technology
Michael Kumar
Head of Technology
Scentia tenure: 18 years
Previous roles include:
Financial Accountant, AIM
Business Analyst, Scentia

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Our people

Our Board

Ben Foote
CEO
Arvid Peterson
Chairman
Jeremy Davis
Director
Melanie Strong
Director
Andrew Mills
Director
Peter Mobbs
Director