Foundation Patron and Board Members

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Foundation Patron and Board Members


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

Mr Timothy Fairfax AM

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 OAM — Foundation Patron


John Dobson served USC as its Chancellor from 2007 to 2017, 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 — Chair

Graham Tamblyn

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

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.”

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Grant Ferry

Grant Ferry

Grant Ferry is a senior business and community leader with 25 years' experience working in areas of regional development, investment and commercial and community project management.

With a significant career in news and media, including four years as GM of Sunshine Coast Newspaper Company, Grant's focus on collaboration, stakeholder management and strategic influence have been key to developing entrepreneurial programs, alliances and training initiatives.

Grant is a tenacious advocate for the Sunshine Coast region and sees his role on the Foundation Board as a way to help build a strong university and in turn create a prosperous region.

Karen Neuendorf

Karen Neuendorf

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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Andrew Stevens

Andrew is a town planner and the Managing Director of Project Urban Pty Ltd. He is skilled in the facilitation and strategic planning of major projects. His extensive experience and involvement in the development industry has contributed to significant changes for planning and development across the state. Andrew is a respected member of the community and is Andrew Stevensthe past-President of the UDIA Sunshine Coast, a position he held for 5 years.

The depth of his engagement with Council and State decision makers, ensures Project Urban's developments receive the highest level of consideration through the assessment process. Andrew is a Fellow of the UDIA, and is a past Board member of Matthew Flinders Anglican College, the Flinders Rugby Club, and former director of the Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

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Jocelyn Walker

Jocelyn Walker

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."

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Bruce Williams


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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