Meet the Key Staff

Platinum Institute Australia (PIA)

Damian Faulkhead


Damian Faulkhead, who like many of our current students, completed his Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pre Apprenticeship). He then moved through to become a carpenter and finally became a Registered Building Practitioner, so when we say we are here for the Building Industry we mean it.

Damian’s 30 year dedication and passion for the Building Industry is what drives PIA to deliver quality education within the building industry as well as quality outcomes for our students.

Damian and the staff of PIA are driven to providing a real meaningful legacy by introducing new and innovative ways where students get to work on real projects that can be used by many community member and not for profit organisations to help people in serious need, while developing their own personal and professional skills.

Reg Charles

Senior Trainer and Assessor

Reg Charles is a carpentry expert with 40 years of experience in the trade. He has worked on various projects, including residential and commercial buildings, and has developed a wide range of skills in carpentry. He is now sharing his knowledge and expertise with the next generation of carpenters by teaching apprentices.

Daniel James

Facility Manager / Head of Carpentry

My Names is Daniel I am one of the trainers at platinum. I have been in the building industry for almost 20 years, I have done all types of carpentry work in that time whether it be domestic or commercial. The reason why I got into training is I enjoy trying to instil some of the knowledge that I have picked up over the years but also like to make trade school enjoyable for the guys coming through.

Keith Naus

Senior Lead Trainer and Assessor

I have been in the building industry for over 30 years as a self-employed builder of home extensions, renovations, etc. I have been a trainer and assessor for the last 15 years looking after and training Certificate III qualifications. I have now been working with Platinum Institute Australia for just over 3 years and loving it. I like teaching these students in the certificate II because maybe they will come out of the other side with a job either it’s in the building industry or not.

Darryn McKenzie

Certificate IV and Diploma Co-Ordinator

I have been a trainer and school administrator in the tertiary sector for over 20 years.  In that time, I have also been a property developer, project manager and a consultant to many builders and building businesses.

I have a passion for teaching and especially in the building and construction industry where I have had the opportunity to help up and coming builders reach their goals, many of whom have become Registered Builders.  I remain friends with so many past students and industry contacts and rarely a week goes by without a call from one or another.

Neil Petersen

Senior Lead Trainer and Assessor

I finished my apprenticeship in 1981, since then I have worked on both commercial and residential jobs, I have worked for myself for the last 30 years and have been a registered builder for the last 20 years where I was building new homes, extensions and renovations.

In 2020 I started as a Trainer for Platinum Institute Australia.

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