Accounting student welcomes role on Bundaberg’s Regional Housing Board

Published:09 October 2018

CQUni Accounting student Connor Silcox (top left) was recently appointed as an intern to the Regional Housing Limited's Board of Directors.

CQUniversity Accounting student Connor Silcox has been given an amazing opportunity to help Bundaberg’s homeless, after he was recently appointed to the board of Regional Housing Limited (RHL) as an intern.

The Ulton employee was officially inducted into the RHL at the board’s annual general meeting this week and already he is looking forward to bettering his community.

“I believe everyone is equal and should be given a fair go. Housing is not a luxury - it is a need for everyone. My heart especially goes out to children and young adults who don’t have a safe place to live. They should have access to the same opportunities as everyone else and succeed in life,” Connor said.

“Regional Housing Limited’s mission is to develop, manage and facilitate, “housing and support for people in need with a range of communities and partners.” As such, my goal will be to support people in need of housing and ancillary services with my experience (although limited) and intellect.”

Connor became aware of the intern position through his CQUni Lecturer Tim Whan after the RHL had approached him looking for recommendations for candidates.

“This position will compliment my professional career, allowing me to build ties within the community and further my communication skills. I believe the position will also contribute to the development of my problem solving skills by allowing me to see problems from different perspectives,” he said.

“I’m yet to experience the role of being an intern on a not-for-profit board, however, I would like to learn and hopefully gain a position as a Board Member for a not-for-profit organisation so I can give back to the community.”

Since he started in the Bachelor of Accounting at CQUni Connor has joined the ranks of the accounting firm Ulton, where he’s worked for more than three-and-a-half-years as a trainee accountant. He said the flexibility of the course helped him succeed.

Ulton Bundaberg Managing Partner Mark McLean congratulated Connor on his appointment.

“It’s always great to see one of our employees – and a CQUni student – achieving these sorts of goals and we’re obviously very supportive of his appointment to the Board of Directors,” he said.

Judy Peters from RHL’s Board of Directors indicated the Youth Internship had been created to give a community minded person the opportunity to participate at a strategic level in good governance practices, financial management, strong leadership and learn more about the roles and responsibilities of being a Director of a Company Limited by Guarantee in the not-for-profit sector.

“The RHL Board of Directors welcomes the appointment of Connor as the Youth Intern for 2018-2019.” she said.

Connor said his career goal was to keep working at Ulton whilst completing his degree and look at further study in order to become a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.