Trainer Profiles


Craig | Principal/Consultant

Craig Holmes worked in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Aircraft Mechanical Engineer from 1991 – 1997. After this period he was self employed as a graphic designer and consultant to the photographic industry from 1997 to 2000. He then trained as a Senior consultant for Learning Alliance from 2001 to 2003 and then six months for Pollak Learning Alliance.

In May 2003, he opened up his own training company (Raising the Bar Pty Ltd) specialising in mobile training for corporate enterprises. Craig has a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and is a Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor who trains in all levels of Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, VBA programming, SQL, Photoshop and Project to an intermediate level.

Craig Holmes | Microsoft Office Specialist Certified Master Instructor View Craig Holmes's profile on LinkedIn


Mark | Sales Manager

Mark Van Heythuysen began his career in the training industry over 20 years ago, starting out in production and sales of self-paced video and CD-ROM based software training courses. In this role, he cemented a number of strong relationships with many corporate and government clients.

In 1999, Mark commenced a ten year career at ‘Pollak Partners’ (later known as TP3), starting as an Account Manager and departing in 2009 as the NSW Sales Manager.

In November 2009, Mark joined the team at ‘Raising the Bar’ in the role of Sales Manager.

During Mark’s 20 + years in the industry he has been involved in putting together numerous customised training solutions within a broad cross-section of industries.


Sean | Consultant

Sean’s work life started with materials management in the automotive industry where his skills and passion with computers soon blended with and eventually overtook working with components and assembly lines. After a formal education in various computer programming languages his ability to communicate these concepts lodged him firmly in the IT Applications training industry. Since 1995 Sean has been working for some of Sydney’s largest IT Training companies, Delivering a mix of Microsoft Office Applications including Excel and Access VBA, HTML/CSS/Web Design, Adobe Photoshop and other image editing software.

Sean has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is registered with the Australian Public Service (APS) Panel for facilitating training with Government Organisations.

Sean Misso | Microsoft Office Specialist Certified Master Instructor


Mark | Xero Trainer

Mark Harding is a Chartered Accountant, a Xero Gold Champion, Xero Trainer (Qualified CERT IV Training Certificate), Xero Advisor, Xero Certified Payroll Specialist, Xero Certified Migration Specialist and a qualified WorkflowMax Adviser. Mark specialises in Xero as he believes this cloud based program has the ability to turbo-charge any business. With 30 years of experience in both running his own business and assisting others, Mark is very practical, experienced and technical.

The Xero Essentials course offered by Raising the Bar gives a good overview of the product to enable you to make decisions in your business with up-to-date information.


Peter | Consultant

Peter is a learning and organisational change specialist with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. He is passionate about developing and implementing bespoke learning solutions that support genuine organisational change.

After working in a number of roles as a facilitator, consultant and learning and development manager, from 2010 to 2017 Peter worked as the organisational development manager for a large consultancy. Throughout these roles he has developed a quality understanding of how to deliver successful end to end learning and change projects.

Peter has performed in a number of senior leadership roles and brings a genuine depth of experience and capability to his consulting work. He is also a dynamic facilitator and his engaging and insightful style always garners excellent feedback.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Masters in Human Resource Management and Organisational Development, University of Sydney (2015)
  • Certified ODIN Compass coach (2015)
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment (2008)
  • Myers Briggs Accreditation, CCP (2008)
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, Macquarie University (2003)
  • Bachelor of Science, Macquarie University (1991)
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