Meet the team behind our Perth Academy for modelling.
Chadwick Modelling Academy brings together some of the most respected names in modelling. With extensive industry experience and credentials, the Academy team nurtures an extremely caring and inspiring learning environment for your child.
Tanya Muia-Petkovic // Agency Manager
Tanya is one of Perth’s leading names in fashion and modelling. Voted among WA’s Top 100 Influential People three years running, Tanya has built a reputation as a fierce model manager, having opened Chadwick in Perth in 2003. During this time, her role has involved model management of fashion and commercial talent, image branding, styling, choreography, deportment, education and production. With an eye for beauty, Tanya has discovered, managed and steered the careers of many successful and recognisable faces.
A WAAPA graduate, Tanya has also worked extensively in the media with positions in radio broadcasting and television presenting, including co-host for Chat Room as well as presenting for Postcards WA, Just Add Water, I Like Your Style, Destination WA, The Russell Goodrick Show, and the Perth Fashion Festival’s Celebration of Fashion.
Vanda Schijf // Agent & Academy Co-ordinator
Vanda was employed in 2006 to take over the reins of the growing Academy, quickly bringing the school to the forefront of training academies of its type in WA. Vanda has had extensive experience in the modelling industry as a former fashion model, fashion stylist, makeup artist, teacher, choreographer, event coordinator and agent. She continues to work as a full-time agent in the Perth office, along with her duties of running the Academy.
Through her professional guidance, the courses conducted at Chadwick Perth are of the highest standard; with teachers who also have a vast working knowledge of the modelling industry and related fields.
Caroline Bailey // Academy Teacher
Caroline has been teaching for the Chadwick Academy since 2006 and comes with 20 years of industry experience. She has worked successfully as a model both nationally and throughout Asia and has extensive experience as a teacher and producer and choreographer of fashion events.
Caroline teaches both mainstream classes and the training of our new young models in our Development Program providing them with the skills and knowledge to work professionally. Caroline is highly regarded in the industry.
Claire Woods // Academy Teacher
Claire’s international modelling career spans 20 years. From 1995 she hit the ground running travelling global markets including New York, London, Singapore and South Africa to include a few.
Locally, Claire featured in Maurice Mead campaigns for 18 years with other notable clients such as Flower Clothing, Peters Ice Cream and Crown Resort.
Claire has extensive experience as a modelling teacher and joined the Chadwick team in 2018.
Sarah Hughan // Academy Teacher
Sarah started her modelling career at Chadwick (known then as Carberry’s) when she was 15. After completing a degree in Journalism and Performance Studies, she’s enjoyed the past 15 years as a successful ABC journalist, model, actor, presenter, MC, and voice over artist.
Highlights of her career so far include a role in the Australian film A Few Less Men, presenting on Channel 7’s WA Weekender and The West Real Estate Program, and representing Oceania in the Miss Italy of the World pageant. She’s also a certified Beauty Therapist, and is currently studying Nutrition and Health Coaching. Sarah loves teaching and sharing what she’s learned with her students. When she’s not creating at work, she loves doing yoga, baking, and being outdoors.
Tammy Nicoloff // Academy Teacher
Tammy’s experience in the modelling and entertainment industry spans 20 years. Both a former model and singer, she has worked for high profile clients such as Crown Resorts, Nike and Myer along with countless runway shows across Perth’s major shopping centres. Tammy is also a qualified Beauty Therapist and Make-up Artist and currently runs her own business as a Nail Technician. Her experience as a modelling teacher is extensive along with a ‘Teacher’s Assistant Certificate 3’ to add to her bow. We are very pleased to welcome her to the Chadwick Team.
Special Guest Teachers
Throughout the course of the year special guest teachers are invited to cover lessons based on their field of expertise.
Ady Orupe // Make-up Artist >> Make-up & Grooming
Known simply as Ady in make-up circles, Adriana Grader-Orupe is one of Perth’s leading make-up artists, with 15 years experience in the fashion industry. Following demands from her clients, Ady has also been involved in styling for ten years.
Ady’s knowledge, skills, and passion in making women look and feel amazing has given her an excellent reputation on the Perth fashion scene, as well as interstate and overseas. You name it, she’s had experience in it: runways, magazine editorials, TV commercials, celebrities, music videos, feature films and more!
Tiana Morgan // Actor >> Speech & Acting Techniques
Tiana is a Canadian actor whose career in dance, theatre, film & television spans three decades.
A 2003 Theatre graduate from Concordia University (Montréal, Canada) she worked internationally before arriving in Perth.
She is thrilled to be a guest teacher at the Academy working with the next generation and giving back to the community that has given her so much through the years.
Aimee Thompson // Model >> Movement & Photo Posing Techniques
Aimee Thompson has had over 10 years’ experience in the modelling industry, working successfully in Asia where she walked in numerous runway shows, shot countless editorials and filmed TV commercials for ‘Triumph’ and ‘Kotex’. At 18, she made her way to Europe working in Hamburg, Munich, Greece and Milan.
Upon returning to Asia, Aimee worked for brands such as Chanel and Kenzo and opened Valentino’s show at Bangkok Fashion Week. Aimee’s passion for modelling however, lies in the commercial market with her most recognised work being for skincare, property and insurance commercials both in Perth and Asia.
Aimee is now employed as a primary school teacher whilst still remaining active in the modelling industry.
Amy Hamilton // Indigo Kidz >> Health & Nutrition, Social Media, Motivation & Positive Self-image
Amy has a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion, Post Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion, Bachelor of Education and a Diploma of Teaching.
Amy is an accredited children’s meditation facilitator and is trained in Reiki, Children’s Yoga and Crystal Therapy. She is also a certified Angel Intuitive trained by Doreen Virtue PHD.