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Meet Deputy Vice-Chancellor Narelle Pearse

Meet Deputy Vice-Chancellor Narelle Pearse

Published:08 March 2018

CQUniversity Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Planning) Narelle Pearse

Meet one of CQUni’s inspiring women. NARELLE PEARSE is CQUni’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Planning). She’s responsible for Finance (Corporate Reporting, Accounts Payable & Purchasing, Treasury functions, and Budgets); Planning & Risk; Business Intelligence & Analytics; and Procurement & Publishing.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?  

Being selected to go to Kevin Rudd’s 2020 Summit whilst I was the CEO of Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday Regional Economic Development Corporation.

As one of CQUni’s inspirational women, who has inspired you in life? Why?

I can’t pick one … so many people inspire me for different reasons, but if I had to pick characteristics, then I would pick people who are always positive, don’t sweat the small stuff, and think outside the box.

Who was your childhood hero and why?

Wonder Woman … she was a tough Amazon princess. J

What’s the biggest way a student or employee has surprised or inspired you? 

I’m going to have to go with Kerry Reid-Searl who is one of the most amazing women I’ve met. She never complains, is continually innovating, takes on more than anyone I know, and always with a smile.

How do you think women are making an impact on education in Australia?

I think women have always made the biggest impact on education, albeit as a teacher, an academic, or just a mother.

What is a motto or phrase that you live by?

“What does it matter anyway” … from my grandmother.

What has been one of the biggest challenges of your career or life so far? And how did you tackle it?

Getting type 1 diabetes. I saw it as a gift, not a curse, and never let it stand in my way (even when I broke my back)

What was the moment that you knew you were in the right career? 

Every time I get a challenge that I’m able to overcome … that’s how careers develop and change.

From your experience, what would be the best advice you could give today’s young women?

Believe in yourself, always take on more than is expected, and never become toxic.