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CQUniversity Council Members

Rennie FritschyRennie Fritschy

Rennie's background is in mineral processing, petrochemicals and textiles. He has been a member of Council since 1996 and Chancellor since 2004. During this time he has used his expertise in strategy development and implementation; accounting and financial matters; risk management stratagems, and high level governance expertise to ensure the Council performs in accordance with its responsibilities. 

Professor Scott BowmanScott Bowman

In his role as Vice-Chancellor and President Scott drives the strategic planning, financial and external affairs of the University across its network of campus and teaching locations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific. He is the force behind CQUniversity's Renewal Plan and is committed to building a strong regional university. Scott's background is in the fields of radiography and imaging.

Charles WareCharles Ware

With 30 years of experience as a lawyer in private practice, Charles brings a broad range of directorship experience to the Council in his role as Deputy Chancellor. He has extensive experience in the leadership, oversight and operation of large, complex public sector agencies and government owned corporations. Charles is also a Director and Deputy Chair of Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited.

Mary Carroll

Charles Ware

Mary Carroll, is Chief Executive Officer of the Capricorn Enterprise, and is responsible for the overall management of operations including marketing, economic development, events and visitor servicing. Mary brings a combination of destination marketing, membership, corporate governance and strong relationship building skills to the organisation and has been recognised by industry with numerous awards and accolades for her contributions including Outstanding Contribution by an Individual at the 2007 CQ Southern Great Barrier Reef Tourism and Business Awards. Mary has extensive networks with business and industry leaders, government officials and elected Members of Parliament. Her career has included a broad range of private and public sector roles, having worked for hospitality and tourism businesses and organisations, a mining engineering firm, a union and a political party. Mary represents the region and industry on a number of committees including DestinationQ Working Group, CQ Regional Planning Committee, Chair RTO Network Queensland, QTIC Board Member, ATEC Regional Tourism Advisory Panel.

Dr Robyn MinchintonDr Robyn Minchinton

Robyn is a medical scientist specialising in haematology; her career has spanned 40 years in the public health sector in diagnostics and research in hospitals, the Red Cross Blood Service and higher education.  She is experienced in executive and laboratory management and accreditation.  Robyn is passionate about lifelong learning, innovation and science communication.

David Harris

Dr Robyn Minchinton

David is the elected Student representative on Council. He is a casual academic with the School of Business and Law and is currently undertaking a Research Higher Degree in sensory marketing and consumer psychology at CQUniversity Australia. David has broad and specialised knowledge in marketing and management and lectures in marketing fundamentals, relationship marketing and promotions management. David’s research interests include consumer behaviour, psychology, haptics, online and traditional marketing. David holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Graduate Diploma of Management with Distinction and a Master of Management (Marketing) with Distinction from CQUniversity Australia. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Management and an Associate of the Australian Marketing Institute.

John AndersonJohn Anderson

John's broad experience in developing innovative and creative partnerships across the corporate, small business and community sectors, as well as with all levels of Government enables him to provide high level strategic policy and operational advice over a range of issues. He has a special interest in issues around native title, land interests, cultural heritage and natural resource policy and programs.

Sandra CollinsSandra Collins

Sandra is the East End Mine Manager of Cement Australia and is based in Gladstone. She is a qualified mining engineer and the recipient of a Harkness Fellowship (USA). In 2009 Sandra was recognised as ‘Mine Manager of the Year' and also received an award for the ‘Most Outstanding Contribution to Mining'. She has experience in corporate finance and is an organisational development consultant.

Tim Griffin OAMTim Griffin

Tim is a qualified civil engineer with a background that includes utility infrastructure management, performance assessment and capital sustainability for an ASX Top 50 private company. In 2007, Tim was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to regional Queensland, engineering and to the Professional's Australia (formely APESMA). In 2013, Tim was appointed chair of the seven person Gladstone Foundation Board, responsible for allocating $13.5million in contributions from Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) proponents, to local Gladstone community initiaitives.

Peter Corones AMPeter Corones

Peter is an experienced businessman who has spent many years in local government roles, including serving as Mayor of Gladstone City for fourteen years. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in industrial development, tourism, education and training and environmental responsibility. Peter was the Director of the Committee that formed the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited.

Dr John FitzsimmonsJohn Fitzsimmons

John is the elected Academic Staff representative on Council. He is a senior lecturer at CQUniversity and teaches in literary and cultural studies in the School of Humanities and Communication. John's academic expertise is in online learning, postmodern fiction and narrative theory. He is the CQUniversity Branch President of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU).

Narelle PearseNarelle Pearse

Narelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mackay Whitsunday Regional Economic Development Corporation. She is a well-credentialed negotiator with a commitment to working collaboratively to manage the impact of economic development on key industries in the region. In 2008 she participated in Australia's 2020 summit as part of the Future Direction of the Australian Economy stream.

Ken DiefenbachKen Diefenbach

Ken is the elected Professional Staff representative on Council. Currently working as Project Manager, Business Intelligence, his background is in IT with an emphasis on Data Warehousing and Data Visualisation. Ken is highly regarded as a speaker as well as practitioner, presenting at University sector and technical forums both nationally and internationally. Ken’s role in the Reporting and Business Intelligence Product Advisory Group for HEUG (international body of universities using the PeopleSoft system) included terms as chair and co-chair. Ken received the Vice-Chancellor’s Excel Award in 2001. This is Ken’s first term on Council.

Graham CarpenterCaryl Turpin

Graham is a Chartered Accountant and former partner of BDO, a firm for which he continues to provide consulting services. He is a member of the Board of Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local and chairs a number of audit / compliance / risk committees within Queensland government departments and for local government entities. Graham’s other past experience includes senior positions with Queensland and Victorian Treasuries and as Northern Territory Auditor-General. He brings financial management, audit and risk expertise as well as experience with corporate governance.

Bronwyn FredericksBronwyn Fredericks

Bronwyn is the President of Academic Board, and leads the work undertaken by the University’s Office of Indigenous Engagement through her roles as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement. She holds numerous qualifications in education and health and is a recipient of several highly competitive Awards. She has worked at universities in Australia and New Zealand, and in the health care and human service sector for State and Commonwealth governments, non-Government organisations and community-based health and human service organisations.