Meet the CAL Team

Meet the people behind the scenes

Helen Sabell
CEO and Principal

Passionate about adult and lifelong learning, Helen established The College for Adult Learning for mature, work-experienced learners and mid career professionals seeking professional development options and work ready qualifications, which are relevant, adaptable and flexible.


Helen holds a Masters of Education and is working towards her PhD. She has worked with some of the leading names of the Australian University and TAFE sector across her extensive career in the industry. She has designed, developed and authored many workplace leadership and training programs, both in Australia and overseas.


An experienced Executive, educator and writer, Helen developed many of the programs currently offered by the college and is currently working on new, exciting delivery modes and innovations for online and blended learning. With a detailed understanding of the educational needs of industry, and a current knowledge of the changing business landscape (and the resultant challenges for the workplace), Helen is constantly updating CAL’s course content (across Certificate IV, Diploma and short courses online) to ensure they stay relevant and workplace ready.


In addition, she also spends a lot of her time coaching and mentoring the wide range of experienced learners currently studying with the college, as well as the many past students who return to CAL for ongoing support and career mentoring.

Rob Golding

A founding Director of The College for Adult Learning, Rob has a keen understanding of the needs of business in relation to staff training and development. This understanding has been developed over many years in the field, working closely with businesses, academics and students alike. He is passionate about workplace training and has seen many companies improve their productivity and overall performance using targeted, needs based training – training developed specifically for adult learners.


An experienced, confident and engaging speaker, Rob brings his wealth of knowledge and understanding of business, sales and marketing to CAL’s students. He is an advocate of well-developed and clearly articulated business and sales strategy, and is both highly motivated, and skilled in motivating others.


Rob has extensive experience in business, having run his own successful companies. More recently, Rob has held senior positions with Swinburne University and TAFE (Swinburne Industry Solutions) and with private education providers, both working closely with industry.


This range of experiences guarantees that Rob is focused on finding the right ‘training’ solution for businesses and individuals. He has worked with many organisations across a diverse range of industry sectors to identify their learning and development needs and find a solution, which efficiently and effectively meets those needs. He particularly enjoys re-visiting clients to measure ongoing uptake of training outcomes and quantify the continuing benefits that the training has returned to the business.


Rob works hard to provide CAL’s clients with a true measure of their return on training investment and is confident he can deliver measurable outcomes to every organisation.

Michael Meere
Learning Coach

Michael brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to CAL’s students, gained over the past 30 years, across positions from Board Member, to CEO; General Manager to consultant; working in both private and not for profit sectors. Michael has conducted many Strategic organisational reviews as well as specific ISO & Aged Care Accreditation & QA. Alongside this extensive managerial and corporate experience, Michael also holds a Masters degree in HRM; a second Masters degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and has run his own HRM & Management consultancy for many years.


In previous years Michael has designed and developed a range of HR & business related tools and is a regular contributor to management journals; has authored numerous whitepapers on HRM & management and has contributed occasional specialist pieces in local media such as The Age.


Michael shares his considerable knowledge & experience in Management working as an academic & part-time lecturer in the Swinburne University Business Faculty and, as a learning facilitator & business consultant with the College for Adult Learning. He has developed a number of customised supervisor programs for companies including: Cabrini Health Care, Visy, Bendigo Bank, DSE,Vic Roads, Australian Unity & Australia Post.


Recently, Michael has been working with a large, superannuation company assisting them with the development of their ‘Leadership Signature’ and their senior leadership team. This has been achieved through a combination of workshops followed by intensive workplace coaching over a period of 12 months or more.

Stephen Golding
Business Manager

Joining the College for Adult Learning in January 2011, Stephen ensures that CAL’s office and administration processes run seamlessly. From catering to notebooks; student logins to finance; Stephen is across it all.


His attention to detail will mean that your time with CALearning and CAL will be entirely hassle free. Being a numbers man, he is also focused on analysing student outcomes, results, work readiness and of course demonstrating the ROI to our corporate clients.

Sarah Sabell
Associate Director Learning and Development

Sarah’s background in workplace training and work-ready education sees her well placed to not only understand many of the challenges faced by CAL’s students but to provide solutions, options and answers to many of these day-to-day obstacles.


Having just finished her Masters in Vocational Education, Sarah has a broad understanding of and interest in Education throughout Australia and internationally. Sarah works closely with CAL’s coaching and assessing team to ensure that all training CAL provides is precisely customised to each student’s needs, and delivered to the highest possible quality.


As the head of the course development team, she also looks for every opportunity to improve the training outcomes for students, corporate clients and industry, delivering a measurable ROI. Sarah has worked with some of Australia’s largest companies, and both State and Local Governments.