New South Wales Region Engagement Committee

Focus Areas

  • Improving accessibility to education for both regional and metro NSW based communities
  • Addressing the needs of the NSW community with a specific focus on Indigenous and disadvantaged groups
  • Harnessing technology to engage remote communities with educational opportunities
  • Meeting the ever-evolving needs of our students both current and prospective.

Future Focus Areas


  • Creating and identifying research opportunities within NSW

Social Innovation

  • Moving forward the Social Innovation strategy at CQUniversity across all operations in NSW

Work Integrated Learning

  • Working with community and key stakeholders to embed greater access to work integrated learning opportunities for our students

Introduction of New Programs

  • Responding to the needs of both metropolitan and regional communities through the expansion of new programs

Increasing School Networks

  • Working closely with selected Schools to create a seamless transition between high school and university through the delivering of selected immersion courses such as the SUN program

Stronger Links With Government Bodies

  • Utilising the power of place which CQUniversity has to form stronger links with Local, State and Federal government bodies.


Mr Vik Singh (Chair)
General Manager Asia Pacific, IDP Connect

Mr Shehan Thampapillai (Deputy Chair)
Associate Vice-Chancellor (New South Wales Region), CQUniversity

Ms Alison Hensley (Secretary)
Business Support Officer, CQUniversity

Dr. Geoffrey Chapman
Head of Course, School of Business and Law, CQUniversity

Mr Cristiano Lima
Head of Research, Student Edge

Mr Jeffrey Bachi (Indigenous Rep)
Aboriginal Consultant, NSW Family and Community Services

Ms Michelle Bonner
Career Support Coordinator, Dress for Success Sydney

Mr Duncan Taylor
Chief Executive and Director, County Universities Centre