Our Story

In 2012, Michael Gleadow and Dr. Naomi Gleadow founded Connect ‘n’ Grow® to help Australia’s First People. With their education and health backgrounds, the couple decided to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In recent years, keeping in mind the predicted shortage of healthcare professionals and depleting reputation of RTOs, we realised our need to go beyond. Connect ‘n’ Grow® therefore have now expanded to mainstream schools, businesses, and individuals—giving every person that aspires to have a successful career in health and social service an opportunity.

We are a dedicated team working to bring quality health education to you. Our company is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that aims to spearhead change. Our Qualifications, Skill-Sets, and Short Courses (NanoQuals®) are designed to increase your desirability as employees. At our core, however, we will always have a special place for those who really need our help.

As we keep growing with you, we hope to increase Australia’s health workforce substantially. Together, we can become torchbearers in the field of Health and Community Services.

Quick Points

  • Solid foundation skills to enter the health workforce.
  • Quality training to stay up-to-date with industry trends.
  • Opportunities to engage with universities, training and employment providers.
  • Opportunities to increase health literacy in Australia.

We unlock the true potential in each individual through education.


We are building a job ready health and social services workforce through optimising training and education opportunities for every individual.

Our Values

We make it simple

Everything we do, we ensure that our clients feel no burden at all. We find ways to adopt the most efficient and simplistic methods for training and education.

We embrace our systems

Our staff and clients are motivated to embrace the latest systems and technologies. We are currently adopting updated IT systems including virtual reality (VR) to deliver programs and run internal systems.

We commit to growth

And we mean growth for both ourselves and our clients. As we constantly better ourselves, we hope to grow both personally and professionally

We care about our relationships

Every decision we make is another step toward fortifying our relationships. We maintain meaningful relationships with our clients even after they have finished their training.

We find satisfaction in our work

We feel a sense of achievement when we see our clients succeed. One of our most important goals is to ensure that our clients find satisfaction in our training programs.

Our People

Our people lie at the center of all our operations and systems.

Collectively, our team of experts is responsible for unlocking the true potential of students. We think outside-the-box to provide the best solutions possible.

The diverse working environment we operate in reflects our tribe. We are dedicated to building an efficient Health and Community Service workforce. This is why our team has experts in multiple fields and industries.

Find out more about our people and how we work below.

Michael Gleadow
Michael Gleadow
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Naomi Gleadow
Dr. Naomi Gleadow
Gary Birmingham
Gary Birmingham
General Manager (GM)
Nikki Bowes
Nikki Bowes
Training & Quality - Product Development & Delivery
Tamara Hussey
Tamara Hussey
Corporate Services - Product Development & Delivery
Rachel Knight
Rachel Knight
Executive Support - Product Development & Delivery
Simone Crowe
Expert Health Deliverer
Sarita Richards
Sarita Richards
Program Development - Northern Territory
Tania Gomez
Tania Gomez
Program Development - CNG Hub
Ayla Muller
Ayla Muller
Corporate Services - Accounts
Matthew Sibley
National Operations Manager
Emily Trevethick
Sales Account Manager