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 Tim Fairfax AC is a businessman, pastoralist and philanthropist.
Mr Fairfax is the current Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology, the Chairman of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation. Tim is Deputy Chairman of the National Gallery of Australia, President of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation, Director of the RNA Foundation, Director of Australian Philanthropic Services and a Member of the National Portrait Gallery Foundation.
Tim is Patron of The University of Sunshine Coast Foundation, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the Flying Arts Alliance Incorporated.
Tim promotes educational opportunities, particularly for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and those in rural, regional and remote communities.
Tim has a range of business interests. He is a Director of Cambooya Pty Ltd, Rawbelle Management Pty Ltd and is also Principal of TV Fairfax Pastoral, Strathbogie Pastoral Company and JH Fairfax & Son, which operate 10 rural properties in Queensland and New South Wales involving beef cattle, fine wool and grain.
Graham Tamblyn — Chair
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. His further education inspired a career change into tourism with the subsequent opening of Caloundra’s five-star Rumba Beach Resort. Bill remained a co-owner and general manager of Rumba Resort until 2018 and he now serves as a director of regional tourism organisation, Visit Sunshine Coast.
“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.”
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.
Gail Hunter has become a renowned professional in the real estate industry since moving to Queensland from Victoria in 1992. With extensive experience in both property management
and off the plan sales, her expertise, knowledge and communication skills, provides her clients peace of mind throughout the property investment.
Gail formed H2O Property in 2007 to provide an informative and transparent property service to the community and Gail has become a leader in the field of project marketing and is well respected by her clients, peers and industry professionals.
Gail focuses her charity support in the Sunshine Coast region, advocating for Sunny Kids, Police Youth Program, Cindy McKenzie Breast Cancer Foundation, Bloomhill, Heart Foundation. Gail regularly supports charities in third world countries and appeals for emergency funding in times of disaster.
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.”
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 the 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.
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."
Roz White is an award-winning business leader with 25 years’ experience, a charity volunteer and leading advocate for various industry groups.
Roz is the current President of the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network, Board Director of Montrose Therapy & Respite Services, member of the USC Business School External Academic Advisory Committee, industry advocate for the Master Grocers of Australia, member of the Sunshine Coast Food & Agribusiness Network an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Sunshine Coast Business Council.
Roz has previously held positions of Chair, IGA Queensland and IGA National Council member, Advisory member of Queensland Community Foundation – Sunshine Coast and continues to be an avid supporter of many local, state and national charity groups.
Roz is the co-owner of White’s Grocers and White’s Commercial Property Group employing over 300 people in the Sunshine Coast community and heartily shares her business knowledge by mentoring other local business people and sharing her trade insights through guest lecturing at the USC School of Business and the Innovation Centre.
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."