The USC Foundation Board is a group of dedicated volunteers who work with the Development Office to build long-term relationships with the community and advise on USC fundraising initiatives and activities.
- Mr Timothy Fairfax AM — Foundation Patron
- John Dobson OAM — Foundation Patron
- Graham Tamblyn — Chair
- Bill Darby
- Cameron Hall
- Mary Henzell
- Colleen Lucas
- Karen Neuendorf
- John Shadforth
- Jocelyn Walker
- Bruce Williams
Mr Timothy Fairfax AM is a businessman, pastoralist and philanthropist.
He is Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology; Chairman of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and Salvation Army Brisbane Advisory Board; Member of the National Gallery of Australia Council; President Queensland Art Gallery Foundation, Director of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and Director of Australian Philanthropic Services.
Tim is also a Member of Philanthropy Australia Council, Councillor Royal National Association Queensland and Patron of AMA Queensland Foundation, The University of Sunshine Coast Foundation and Volunteers for Isolated Students Education.
Tim’s business interests include being director of Cambooya Pty Ltd, Building Solutions Pty Ltd, Rawbelle Management Pty Ltd and Principal of TV Fairfax Pastoral, Strathbogie Pastoral Company and JH Fairfax & Son; which operate ten rural properties in Queensland and New South Wales involving beef cattle, fine wool and grain.
John Dobson has served USC as its Chancellor since 2007, and as a member of Council since 1998.
He has worked with universities in various roles for over 40 years.
He was for many years the Catholic parish priest of Caloundra and Dean of the North Coast Deanery in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
Among other things, he brings to the Foundation his insight gained through interactions with people over a whole broad spectrum of human experience.
“The University of the Sunshine Coast has without doubt the most important and far reaching responsibility possible—the advanced education of our people.”
Graham Tamblyn Dip CE, FIEAust, CPEng, FAICD, RPEQhas been a resident of the Sunshine Coast since 1975. Since commencing work with Cardno and Davies in 1973, he has made a significant contribution to the coastal community on major urban projects involving civil infrastructure, waterways and environmental solutions. He is an experienced civil engineer in the urban development field with such notable projects as Kawana Waters master planned community and Twin Waters.
Graham served as Sunshine Coast Branch President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland) for 6 years and has been awarded Life Membership.
At a corporate level, Graham served as Deputy Chairman of Cardno Limited and as an Executive Director from 2004 to 2010. He also held various positions with the Cardno Group including Managing Director, Chairman, and Deputy Chairman.
“Throughout my career, I have recognised the importance of sustainable civil and environmental engineering which adds value to our community and our lifestyle. The University of the Sunshine Coast is at the forefront of this ideal, so my involvement on the Foundation Board is another way I can make a positive contribution.”
Graham established an Engineering Scholarship at USC in 2010, and has also given guest lectures to USC students.
Bill Darby had established a career in real estate before locating to the Sunshine Coast in the 1990s and growing his project marketing and property management business. Bill’s connection with USC dates back to the very beginning with his company operating purpose-built private student accommodation for the then Sunshine Coast University College.
In 2007 Bill graduated with an MBA from USC and is currently a Director of Caloundra’s Rumba Beach Resort. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and chairs the southern region Destination Advisory Panel for Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd.
“Having been a student at USC, I’ve witnessed firsthand the dedication of the university’s staff and the valuable contribution USC makes. As a community, we are enormously lucky to have this resource on our doorstep and I encourage us all to look for ways to support it.”
Cameron Hall was born and completed school on the Sunshine Coast before heading off to complete an honours degree in Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland in 1996.
Work and travel then saw Cameron live in London, Canada, Sydney and Melbourne. In 2005, Cameron returned to the Sunshine Coast to work for Hall Contracting Pty Ltd, the family construction business set up in Mooloolaba by his grandfather Les Hall in 1946.
“I am a strong believer in tertiary education, and was amazed to see this wonderful institution thriving on the Sunshine Coast. Going to university on the Sunshine Coast wasn’t an option when I left school, so to see it become such a well respected university in such a short time is fantastic."
"The short and long term economic benefits that the University provides the region should not be understated. Not only does it provide jobs at the University and in local supporting industries now, it also provides an avenue to attract the bright young people to the region who will help ensure the Coast’s long term economic viability. As a board member of the Foundation, I am excited about contributing to the University’s future success.”
Colleen Lucas has over 20 years experience in the publishing and media, plus tourism and rural industries.
Colleen is currently a Director of 'Employment in Australia Pty Ltd' (EiA) in partnership with USC graduate Steve Hutton. EiA's mission is to source highly qualified and experienced international personnel to enable Australian mining projects and other industries or businesses that are facing operational, expansion or start-up limitations due to specific skill shortages within Australia.
Previously, Colleen's career with APN Australian Regional Media saw her progress from sales management in Toowoomba to become General Manager of the Whitsunday Times and other roles.
For the last 3 years of her 15 year APN career, Colleen was Deputy General Manager of the Sunshine Coast Newspaper Company, overseeing operations across 9 community sites, 24 newspaper editions published weekly, and 130 employees.
Colleen also held roles with Bundaberg District Cane Growers Executive and Sugar Coast Burnett Tourism Board as assistant Executive Manager.
Colleen participates in many business, charity, and community bodies benefitting the Sunshine Coast, including the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Business Industry and Development Opportunities Task Force, the Buderim Foundation, WishList, and is currently a Chair of the Sunshine Coast Youth Partnership.
"To me, education is the most effective, powerful and enlightening solution to most issues or limitations in our community, rather than legislation. First and foremost, education future proofs our people to be employable, innovative and knowledgeable. Those skills added to the imagination, proactivity and dedication of each individual is a compelling benefit for our nation's economy, diversity and vibrance. The maximisation of young people's potential is close to my heart. Joining the USC Foundation Board to benefit students, university facilities and our community is, to me, a natural fit with my involvment in Sunshine Coast Youth Partnership management committee and programs."
Karen Neuendorf, of Neuendorf Interiors, is well-known in the Sunshine Coast business community as a respected interior designer and sought-after adviser and lecturer in her field.
Karen is passionate about playing an active role in the University's future direction, utilising her diverse networks in the community.
Her involvement in numerous community and corporate groups includes five terms as President of the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network, championing many quality programs for women in business.
“Education, be it formally through a university or informally through life experience, is a precious gift that defines who we are. This unique University touches the greater community, be it the individual or business. I see myself as a conduit to give and connect to the region.”
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John Shadforth has lived on the Sunshine Coast for over 30 years and has owned and run several successful businesses.
He has a passion to see people improve their lives and become positive contributors to society through education.
"A proud family man with seven grandchildren, I am motivated and excited by the potential that USC offers to all members of the community and the difference I can make as a Board member to ensure the best outcome for the University, it's staff and students."
A long time resident of the Sunshine Coast, Jocelyn Walker has been a Foundation Board member for over 10 years.
The former operator of Moby Vic's 24 hour roadhouses, Jocelyn is mostly involved in commercial development these days.
"I readily accepted Paul Thomas' invitation to join the board, believing that this fast growing institution was poised to become one of the finest in our country. I felt that I could contribute to the team and make a difference."
"My enthusiasm toward the development of this magnificent facility has only been heightened as we celebrate the achievements of serving both our students and community over the past decade. I congratulate USC for fulfilling it's mission to create a facility of world class standard in teaching and research and welcome the opportunity to continue my support."
Bruce Williams is a previous USC general staff member on the University Council and has worked in USC International.
He now runs his own business and has lived on the Sunshine Coast for 20 years and has been part of the University community since 1997 having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (2000) and an Honours degree (2003). Bruce taught Communication and Cultural Studies courses at USC for 7 years, and also worked in an administrative role supporting students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
"As a personal beneficiary of USC’s positive impact on our region, I am privileged to have seen firsthand the University grow over the years into a dynamic educational institution. It’s great to be able to work together with so many talented and committed people to support the ongoing success of our students and staff, and I value the opportunity to contribute through the Foundation to the University’s continued growth and development."
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