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CQUniversity Council Members

Mr 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 Rennie 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. Scott 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.

Professor 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 BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Chair in Indigenous Engagement. Bronwyn holds numerous qualifications in education and health and is a recipient of several highly competitive Awards. Bronwyn has worked at universities in Australia and New Zealand, and in the healthcare and human service sector for State and Commonwealth governments, non-Government organisations and community-based health and human service organisations.

Ms Mary Carroll

Charles Ware

Mary 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. Mary's 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.

Emeritus Professor Robert CastleRobert Castle

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Mr 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. Peter 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 Robyn MinchintonDr Robyn Minchinton

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

Mr Desmond Pearson AOMr Desmond Pearson

Des is a non-executive Director and advisor on public sector governance, accountability and performance reporting. Previously Des served as Auditor-General of Victoria and Western Australia for over 21 years. Prior to that Des held several senior executive positions in financial management, program delivery and corporate support roles across Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictions. 

Mr John AbbottJohn Abbott

John is General Manager of Operations at the NRG Gladstone Power Station.  John has had a long career in operations and business management in power generation, oil and gas, chemicals and minerals processing.  John has both Engineering and Law qualifications, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers in Australia.  John has had a long association with the CQUniversity with the development of post graduate courses in Engineering.

Mr Graham CarpenterCaryl Turpin

Graham is a Chartered Accountant and former partner of BDO Australia. Graham is a Board member and also chairs a number of audit / compliance / risk committees. Graham's other past experience includes senior positions with Queensland and Victorian Treasuries and as Northern Territory Auditor-General. Graham brings financial management, audit and risk expertise as well as experience with corporate governance.

Mr Mark PetersMark Peters

Mark has practised as a Lawyer for over thirty years in the UK, NSW and Queensland.  He has a strong background in commercial litigation and now practises solely in employment law and workplace relations.  He has a passion for good corporate governance, particularly in education, having held board positions in one of Queensland's largest group training apprenticeship schemes, and a leading independent school in North Queensland where he was Chairman for over twelve years.

Dr John FitzsimmonsJohn Fitzsimmons

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

Mr Ken DiefenbachKen Diefenbach

Ken is the elected Professional Staff representative on Council. Currently working as Project Manager, Business Intelligence, Ken's background is in information technology 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.

Mr David Harris

Dr Robyn Minchinton

David is the elected Student representative on Council. David 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. 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. David is also a member of the Australian Institute of Management and an Associate of the Australian Marketing Institute.