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About The Careers Advisers Association of NSW & ACT

The Careers Advisers Association of NSW & ACT Incorporated ABN 58 877 417 536 ("CAA") was officially established on 30 June 1975. A group of Careers Advisers got together for a State-wide Conference in December 1974 and decided to establish a professional body for Careers Advisers. A working group was formed, and a Constitution was finalised and presented to the group on 28 June 1975, with incorporation following a couple of days later. The person instrumental to this process is Margaret Gambley, who was a founding member and long-standing Committee Member. Margaret is a life member of CAA and attends the Annual Conference every year to present an award in her name.

CAA represents Career Education and Careers Advisers in Government, Catholic and Independent Schools in NSW and ACT, as well as other Career Development Practitioners working in associated fields. CAA promotes career education as a central and vital part of schooling and supports the work of Careers Advisers in assisting young people in making decisions about work, study and training. We are a member of the Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA).

Executive Committee

President, Jenine Smith

Having graduated as an Economic Geographer in 1981, Jenine came to the Teaching profession in 1998 after completing her Graduate Diploma of Education.  In 2001 she completed the Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training along with a Certificate II in Business Services through TAFE NSW and gained her Masters of Education (Career Education) at the Australian Catholic University in 2007.  Jenine was Careers Adviser at Marist Sisters College, Woolwich and currently is the Assistant Careers Adviser at Rosebank College.  Having been on the Executive since 2011 Jenine has undertaken the roles of Communications Officer and Secretary.  Jenine commenced as President of CAA in October 2017.



Vice President - Government Schools, Liri Latimore

Liri has represented her various networks on the CAA Executive since 1978. Over recent years, Liri has also held the positions of Membership Officer and Minutes Secretary and is currently the Professional Development Officer. Liri retrained as a Careers Adviser in 1979 and has been a professional member of CAA ever since. Liri has represented the association at many functions over the years and is a valued member of our Executive Committee. Liri received ife mebership of the Association in 2017 in recognition of over 20 years on the Executive Committee.


Vice President - Non-Government Schools, Susan Stewart

Susan has held the position of Career Adviser at Bethlehem College, Ashfield since 2005. Susan completed the Post Graduate Certificate of Career Education at the Australian Catholic University in 2005, a Master of Education at the University of Sydney in 1992 and a Diploma of Counselling from Unifam Education in 2004. Susan is an experienced teacher of VET Hospitality and VET Coordinator with a CIV in Assessment and Workplace Training.


Treasurer, Sue Sundstrom

Sue became a Careers Adviser in 1986, retraining the same year through the Department of Education Retraining Course. Sue completed a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education at the University of NSW. She joined the CAA Executive in 1992, and has been on the CAA Executive Committee for over 20 years, being President from 2009 to 2017.


Professional Development Officer, Greg Baird

Greg has been a Careers Adviser in a variety of Government and Private Schools after being HOD English and Deputy Director of Studies in private schools. He is presently the Careers Coordinator at Rouse Hill Anglican College and has recently inaugurated a new Careers Network to serve Careers Advisers in the Hills District.  Greg completed the Graduate Certificate and Diploma in ‘Careers Education and Development’ through RMIT (2013). He completed his BA Dip.ed in 1987 before completing a Masters of Education in 1991. He is presently working towards a PhD at the University of Sydney on the topic of ‘Raising Careers Awareness in Disadvantaged Schools.’






Communications Officer, Alexandra Boase
Alex is a passionate Career Adviser who has been in education for over 20 years, and in the role as a Career Adviser for over 6 years. She has worked as an agency based recruiter in the UK in the past and has taught computing and multimedia for many years. I would like to help CAA raise their profile externally and build awareness about the importance, role and impact that CA’s can bring to schools and students. 

Membership & Awards Officer, Tracy Ryan

Tracy has been a Careers Adviser since 2008 and retrained with the DEC through RMIT. Since then she has been a Careers and Transition Adviser in Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Hunter Central Coast. She has also Chaired the Nepean Careers Forum and been the School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Co-Ordinator for Northern Sydney Region. 2020 marks the conclusion of Tracy's Central & Far West Adventures as she returns to Northlakes High School as Head Teacher Welfare and Careers Adviser. Tracy is excited to be in closer contact with colleagues and brings a new awareness of working in rural and remote NSW.


  Secretary, Linda Drenkhahn

Linda is currently the Careers Adviser at Bulahdelah Central School. Her original CA’s training was in 1994 through the Department when she was a general secondary teacher at Trundle Central School. She spent 5 years at Broken Hill High School as full time CA before moving to Great Lakes College in 2003 and to her current position in 2017. Linda upgraded her Careers qualification through ACU in 2011 to further develop her knowledge and skills.

As a professional Careers Adviser with many years of experience she enjoys a high level of respect from her peers. She has assisted and mentored fellow Careers Advisers many times also giving freely of resources and programs that she has developed for the benefit and use of others. Linda is currently Secretary of the LNCCAA, and has held active voluntary executive roles both within her local careers network as Secretary and President, and at the NSW CAA level where she held the Secretary position for 2012-14.




Assistant Secretary, Annika Williams

Annika has more than 7 years experience as a Careers Adviser in a Government high school and private practice. Annika has been teaching since 2004, first as History teacher, before stepping into the role of Careers Adviser. Annika has coordinated her local Careers Adviser Network since 2014.



Coopted Professional Member, Jennie Zugajev

Having graduated from the Goulburn College of Advanced Education as a Primary Teacher in 1982, Jennie first worked as a full-time Careers Adviser at Whalan High School in Mt Druitt for 1987 & 1988, before beginning the DET retraining course during 1989. Upon completion, she was granted permanency.

Jennie spent six years at Whalan High School before two years at Colyton HS, nine years at Crestwood High School in Baulkham Hills, then twelve years at Penrith Selective High School.

Jennie has served as both Secretary and Treasurer for the Nepean Careers Forum on two separate occasions; was the Minute Secretary for the Cumberland Careers Forum for six years; was on the organising committees for both the Cumberland and Nepean Careers Expos from 1990 – 2013, in the capacity of Catering Manager; has formally mentored many new Careers Adviser’s; has presented at both the New Careers Adviser’s Day and the Annual Careers Adviser’s Conference; been on the Selection panel for prospective UWS medical students for six years; and has been asked to make numerous presentations to senior school students at other schools; and was the co-ordinator for eight years of the Selective Schools’ Careers Adviser Network.

This is Jennie’s second time to be on the CAA Executive Committee. Jennie is passionate about her students, with a special interest in helping students discerning their post-school options. Jennie is currently enjoying some time out of schools but has relished the opportunity to remain in the Careers community by being a part of the CAA Executive.


Careers Advisors Association of NSW & ACT
Careers Advisors Association of NSW & ACT