The Bradford Institute of Advanced Education

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Bradford Institute of Advanced Education

Advanced Education in Career Development and Training

We have an impressive stable of industry experts, trainers and facilitators for career development and trainings. Our lead trainer David Bradford is a former QUT Lecturer with 34 years experience in the Human Services Industry. He has been Director of 3 state government training colleges (Child Safety, Communities and Health) and has a keen understanding of workforce development. Our trainers have provided transformational learning to our clients through context alised, insightful and energetic presentations and expert staff development activities. This diverse and talented team bring insight and experience to the classroom with significant impact. David is experienced in leading training teams to deliver a wide range of training to large numbers of staff across diverse and wide geographical areas. We cover every state and territory.

David Bradford

Cert IV TAE, Cert IV Prop Serv, Dip Corr Adm, Dip Mgt, Dip Comm Serv Wk, B Soc Sci, Post Grad Cert Ed (Voc), Grad Cert PSM, Grad Dip Comm Sect Mgt, Grad Dip Ed (Tert), M Corr Mgt, M Soc Sci Crim, JP.


Former Director of Training for the Department of Child Safety Qld

Child Protection Area Manager

QUT Lecturer Bachelor Soc Sci

Former Principal Instructor at the Qld Corrective Services Academy

Justice Teacher North Point Institute of TAFE

Over 10 Years in Child Protection

Over 10 Years in Corrections


Angela Bradford

Cert III Fitness, Cert IV Business Management, Diploma of Management, Dip Teach.


20 years as Business leader for multiple enterprises

Over 8 Years with Qantas

Over 8 years with Education Qld

Christine Barrett

Cert IV TAE, Cert IV Youth Wk, Cert IV Adult Lit, Cert IV Cultural Awareness, Cert IV FLM, Cert IV ITESOL, Dip Mgt, Dip CSW, Dip Bus Mgt, Dip Counselling, Dip TAE, Grad Dip Strategic Leadership.

Principal Trainer WA/ Community Services and Management Specialist

Chris has 30 years experience working in the Child, Adolescent and Family Support and Community Services sector. Starting out as a competent Child and Family worker, Chris became the CEO of a Youth and Family service in 1998, until 2010.


Samantha Bonaccorso

Cert IV TAA40104, Cert IV TAE40110, Cert IV Community Services, Dip Community Services, Cert IV, Diploma Children, Youth and Family Intervention.
Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management

Sam has been a Foster carer since 2011 and has over 8 years experience as a Foster Care Advocacy and Support Team Representative. 


Sandra Ehlers

Sandra has been a foster carer for over a decade, in that time she has had over 30 children aged from 4 days to 11 years in her care. Sandra started working in a voluntary role in 2016 for FCQ as a Foster care advocacy and support Delegate, QFKC as a FAST rep and now holds a position on the QFKC management committee. 

Along with a history of training staff within the beauty industry, Sandra also holds qualifications within the community services sector to add to this lived experience. Sandra has the passion and wants to make a difference in the lives of traumatized and vulnerable young people. 

Ash Gibson

TERTIARY QUALIFICATIONS Masters of Health Science (Queensland University of Technology) 2002

Double Major: Health Promotion & Health Services Management Bachelor of Nursing (Queensland University of Technology) 1997

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS Certificate IV Training and Assessment (Fortress Learning) 2013 Registration: 31974

Diploma Project Management (TAFE Queensland) 2011

Certificate IV Project Management (TAFE Queensland) 2010

Accredited PRINCE2 (APM Group) 2010 Registration: P2R/A51096

Accredited in Job Evaluation & Job Analysis Methodology (Mercer College) 2007

Registered Nurse 1998 Registration: NMW0001449320

Brett Barber

Brett Barber is an A/Inspector with the Queensland Police Service with more than 27 years of service in Queensland. 

Brett has provided leadership in areas such as child protection & juvenile justice and taskforce Argos. As well as the Royal Commission of Child Protection 2012. 

Brett received and Australia Day Award for his services to the Redcliffe Community as Detective Senior Sergeant and IOC of the Redcliffe Child Protection Investigation Unit. Brett holds a Diploma of Policing, Cert IV TAE, Graduate Certificate in Police Management, Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership. 

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