Marcus Sellen

Marcus Sellen

A Beacon of Innovation and Excellence in Vocational Education


Marcus Sellen

In the ever-evolving landscape of the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, Marcus Sellen stands as a vanguard of expertise and profound insights. As the Chief Executive Officer at the forefront of the acclaimed Hader Institute of Education, Marcus is steering the institution to unprecedented heights, reinforcing its position as a leading provider of accessible and premium online education. The institute, revered for its comprehensive offerings in Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drugs, Youth Work, and Community Service, continues to set the benchmark for quality and inclusivity in online education.

From the moment Marcus took the helm at the Hader Institute of Education, he has been the driving force behind its remarkable trajectory of growth and innovation. Under his stewardship, the institute has witnessed a surge in learner applications and engagement, further expanding its already diverse portfolio of high-quality courses. His visionary leadership has fostered a nurturing and learner-centric online environment, where individuals can thrive and reach their fullest potential.

Marcus' journey in the education sector is characterised by a deep-seated understanding of the complex challenges that Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) encounter at various operational phases. His entrepreneurial spirit saw the birth of the Selmar Institute of Education, a venture where Marcus amalgamated his name and dedication to create a bastion of educational excellence (Sel - Sellen, Mar - Marcus = SELMAR). His extensive background in governance and executive leadership has cultivated an industry insight that is both comprehensive and enriched by first-hand experience.

In his recent role as a Non-Executive Director & Interim CEO at Catalyst Education, Marcus spearheaded the acquisition of three RTOs, catapulting the company into a dominant position in the community services sector across Australia, serving over 6,500 learners and fostering a vibrant workforce of 200 full-time employees. Even in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, Marcus exhibited unparalleled leadership, maintaining the seamless delivery of programs in early childhood and aged care sectors, all while ensuring full team employment.

Marcus is celebrated for his adeptness in strategic planning and organisational transformation. His meticulous attention to achieving key performance indicators, coupled with a relentless focus on financial drivers, has been instrumental in nurturing RTOs to flourish under his guidance. Marcus' illustrious career, spanning over 20 years, showcases a legacy of profitable trading, the inception of groundbreaking quality and compliance initiatives, and the successful integration of private equity and new capital streams.

We look forward to you meeting Marcus Sellen, a luminary in the education sector, whose remarkable journey and achievements continue to inspire a revolution in vocational education, marked by innovation, inclusivity, and unparalleled excellence.

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