Merlene Hodgson graduated from Drake Secretarial College in Johannesburg South Africa in 1983 with an Advanced Executive Secretarial Diploma examined by Pitman of London. Merlene has had extensive experience in a variety of industries in Australia and overseas. She has worked in casinos, hotels, schools, engineering and finance companies. She is responsible for the development of accounting and operational systems and procedures pertaining to the Paladin Group and oversees the financial management, organisation, training and administration of the Group.
Merlene is also the Managing Director of Paladin’s Fernwood Women’s Health Club and Day Spa located in Woden ACT where she manages 40+ staff and oversees the running of the club in all areas including: Occupational Health and Safety, Training, Compliance, Policy and Legislation, Reporting and Evaluation, Sales, Marketing, and Budgeting for Club and Day Spa. Fernwood Woden recently moved from Westfield into new premises and Merlene managed the $250,000 design and fit-out of the new club which has been critically acclaimed as setting a new standard in women’s health clubs in Canberra.