MyCQU - Our members

Our members

Anna Towan
Acting Chair

Anna is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts as an undergraduate student at CQUniversity via distance and moved to Cairns, Queensland, in October 2017, from South Australia. She is passionate about the long-term well-being of the environment, people and animals.

She is also an advocate for child abuse and shares awareness through social platforms. She believes children are our future generation who should be nurtured with love, understanding and patience so when they leave school and chase their dreams in the big world they will enact these positive characteristics.

In 2014, she participated in the Chancellor's Cup and her team won first place in the cricket even though she did not know anything about this sport her team leader was an excellent coach. It was the most fun she had ever had with all team members.

Her hunger for knowledge, her curiosity of understanding how things operate, and continuous self-improvement are her key reasons to why she is studying at CQUniversity, she yearns to be a valuable asset in all areas: academic, professional and personally. However, it is a consistent prayer of hers that she has common sense and lots of it because she thinks this is vital in society (it’s one thing acquiring knowledge, but; it takes wisdom when to use it!).

She is super excited to serve as the Deputy Chair of the Student Representative Council and loves being part of a good cause and grateful to be involved.

Contact: anna.towan@cqumail.com

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Alumni Representative

Lynne Knop
Alumni Representative

I completed a CQUni Bachelor of Learning Design via distance learning in 2010. Residing in Cairns and holding down a full time job while completing my studies with CQUni gave me an appreciation of the support and resources the University had to offer.  I have worked in the vocational education and training industry for over twenty years, holding a variety of roles, from delivering training, course development to my current role in compliance. As a passionate advocate for improving the student experience I am committed to working with fellow Student Representative Council members to ensure students are offered the best pathway to achieving success.

Contact: lynne.knop@ergon.com.au


Cairns and Far North Queensland Region Higher Education Student Representative

Andrew King
Cairns and Far North Queensland Region Higher Education Student Representative

As a full-time, mature age student at the Cairns Campus, I understand a range of student experiences.  In 2015 I completed the STEPS program to prepare for a business degree and I commenced this degree in term one 2016.  I appreciate how daunting university study can be for some students and I would like to be a voice for school leavers and also people who may not have entered university straight out of high school.

Teamwork is also a passion of mine.  I have worked in management positions within the hospitality industry and I believe this has developed my interpersonal and problem solving abilities.  I believe that success requires a team effort approach.

Contact: s0274267@cqumail.com

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Central Highlands Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Central Highlands Region Higher Education Student Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Gladstone Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Gladstone Region Higher Education Student Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Indigenous Representative

April Cunningham
Indigenous Representative

Hi, my name is April Cunningham and I am a proud Noonuccal woman of the Quandamooka Nation from North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah). I am proud and honoured to be the augural Indigenous Student Representative Council for CQUniversity.

I have a very intense passion for Indigenous Australian culture and intend to continuously represent and advocate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, doing and learning throughout my time on the council.

I wish to inspire, support and collaborate with you a shared understanding and awareness of our country’s finest cultures and bring forth acceptance and reconciliation. I am excited to begin this journey and look forward to sharing this with you.

Contact: april.cunningham@cqumail.com


Mackay-Whitsunday Region Higher Education Student Representative

Paigen
Mackay-Whitsunday Region Higher Education Student Representative

I am a current Bachelor of Law Student living in Mackay, Queensland. During my time at CQUniversity I have been actively engaged in university events, as well as volunteering 2 days a week in a legal setting. I am very passionate about improving the rights of women and children. I will be completing my degree with honours and when graduated I plan to practice family law.

If you see me around either Mackay Campuses, feel free to have a chat. I am very approachable and listen to the needs of all students. I also give great recommendations on local cafes as I enjoy a good coffee.

Contact: paigen-ann.hunter@cqumail.com

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New South Wales Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
New South Wales Region Higher Education Student Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Postgraduate Distance Education Representative

Jacobus Vorster
Postgraduate Distance Education Representative

I have completed a Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management and am currently engaged in a research masters on employee motivation in the Australian hospitality industry. My aim will be to progress into a (PhD) program specialising in corporate behaviour. After more than 24 years of progressive and wide-ranging experience in the construction and mining industries, I am ready to take the next step in my career.

I am extremely passionate about people and their well-being and wish to work within the Tertiary education sector. As a people professional, I am particularly valued for my analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as my strength in communicating effectively with people at all levels of the organisation. I am a team player who is results-driven and highly motivated.

I wish to play an active role in the ongoing improvement of CQUniversity and its many facets. Particularly, taking pride in innovation and providing a supportive environment for all students. I foresee that the role of Postgraduate Distance Representative is an excellent way to be part of a dynamic team involved in the current student environment; the bigger image of providing a conducive study environment for future students.

Contact: jacobus.vorster@cqumail.com

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Postgraduate International Student Representative

Vacant
Postgraduate International Student Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Research Higher Degrees Student Representative

Vicki Lowik
Research Higher Degrees Student Representative

Vicki Lowik is currently a PhD research student supervised through the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, CQUniversity Mackay. She completed her Bachelor of Social Science with a major in Sociology (Honours Class 1) at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Vicki considers education to be a transformative process, with both students and wider society benefiting from the resultant knowledge and skills. This understanding provides the foundation for her desire to advocate for students. She feels that the student-centred focus and collaborative team environment promoted through the SRC can enhance all students’ experiences of university life.

As the Research Higher Degrees student representative, Vicki is particularly interested in providing an avenue of communication with the SRC for RHD students who want to highlight factors that impact on their experiences at CQUniversity.

Contact: vicki.lowik@cqumail.com

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Rockhampton and Yeppoon Region Higher Education Student Representative

Mark Taranto
Rockhampton and Yeppoon Region Higher Education Student Representative

Hello, my name is Mark Taranto your Rockhampton and Yeppoon Region SRC representative. I am a fellow student, studying a Bachelor a Physiotherapy Degree and can be found stressing in Building 34 on the Rockhampton North campus. I am always down for a chat and happy to raise any issues that my fellow students feel important.

For many of us, our university degree is a once in a lifetime experience and we should have the best academic and social support possible. I am passionate about fairness and equity, and simply wish to help my fellow students be the best they can be. I am not afraid to speak my mind, but am always willing to hear an opposite perspective.

Over the next two years, my focus goal is to improve mental health support for all students across CQUniversity. If you have any ideas on how to improve the Rockhampton Campuses or Yeppoon Study Centre, or issues regarding student life in general do not be afraid to pull me up or send me an email.

I am also currently Co-president and founder of the CQUniversity Physiotherapy Society. Outside of university life I enjoy being outside, hiking, on the beach or working up a sweat in the gym.

Contact: mark.taranto@cqumail.com

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Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies Student Representative

Vacant
Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies Student Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


South Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
South Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


South East Queensland Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
South East Queensland Higher Education Student Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Sunshine Coast Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Sunshine Coast Higher Education Student Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Tertiary Enabling Program Representative

Vacant
Tertiary Enabling Program Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au

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Townsville Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Townsville Higher Education Student Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Undergraduate Distance Education Student Representative

Grant Sheean
Undergraduate Distance Education Student Representative

I’m a current first year Law student based in Brisbane with a background in workplace safety and Defence.

My biggest achievement is waking up every morning, although I did win Maths Champion at Orelia Primary School in Year 6 and still hold the Royal Australian Navy record for 50m freestyle. Both equally huge accolades.

I’m passionate about education and believe it has the potential to solve so many problems. Although I didn’t say it, I did learn firsthand that an education is a better safeguard to liberty than a standing army.

I’d really like to be a serious advocate for all distance students at CQU. Our distance from campus and our remote location shouldn’t put us at any disadvantage, or prevent us from partaking in the entire University experience.

One day, it would be great to say, “That person there, who was just elected to a great position. They studied at CQU and I was their Distance Education representative………”

Contact: grant.sheean@cqumail.com

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Undergraduate International Higher Education Representative

Abhishek Panchal
Undergraduate International Higher Education Representative

I am currently studying my Bachelors of Information Technology at Central Queensland University (Melbourne Campus). I run Uniqtive club at Melbourne Campus as vice-president of the club. Apart from being a student, I am a stand-up comedian in Melbourne and perform gigs around Australia and India.

Contact: abhishek.panchal@cqumail.com

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University Council nominee

Vacant
University Council nominee

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


VET Student Representative x2

Vacant
VET Student Representative x2

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Victoria Region Higher Education Student Representative

Vacant
Victoria Region Higher Education Student Representative

Expressions of Interest currently being accepted.

Contact: src@cqu.edu.au


Western Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

Timothy Minchin
Western Australia Region Higher Education Student Representative

First of all, I am not the comedian (I had the name first). I am the proud father and am currently studying Bachelor of Laws at CQUniversity.

I am currently employed in the superannuation industry and have previously completed a Diploma of Financial Planning as well as an Assoc. Dip of Science.

It is my belief that education can change of lives of people and allow us all to grow and prosper together.  Also the social aspects such as learning to work together and friendships gained at university are vital for our current and future life.  This is why I nominated.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Contact: timothy.minchin@cqumail.com

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Wide Bay Burnett Region Higher Education Student Representative

Sallyanne Caville
Wide Bay Burnett Region Higher Education Student Representative

My name is Sallyanne Caville and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree through the Bundaberg Campus. I really enjoy the degree, as I am able to assist people to continue and thrive in their daily lives by using my own attitudes and principles. I am also a current Swimming Instructor, working with people aged 4 months and over, but have a specific interest in instructing children who have been diagnosed with a disability. I am honoured to be able to work in the industry, for over 16 years, which has led to myself becoming a qualified lifeguard.

The CQUniversity has provided so much inspiration, support and opportunities for us as students that I feel privileged to be able to give back to the university community, by being a member of the Bundaberg Campus Life Committee (BCLC) assisting with events and social activities throughout the year. I am also involved with the Student Mentor program, which benefits so many new students. My commitment and involvement with the university has allowed my confidence and leadership skills to flourish and I can only imagine the paths of success it will lead me down.

Contact: sallyanne.caville@cqumail.com

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