Victoria Region Engagement Committee

Focus Areas

The committee members identified tangible projects:

  • Develop opportunities for engagement by collaborating with HR practitioners to deliver seminars or presentations for the Human Resource Management (HRM) unit in the School of Business & Law.
  • Organise Guest Speaker/Public lecture events with focus on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Create awareness of research projects completed at CQUni and identify opportunities where academic research papers can be presented to industry and community, providing genuine benefit.

Future Focus Areas

CQU Annual Public Event Series Framework

The purpose of the proposed public event series is to support the delivery of CQUni's Strategic Plan 2019-2023, and in particular to:

  • Increase CQUni's engagement with and profile in the Victorian community, in particular to the Melbourne business community, Victorian Government, City of Melbourne and the NFP sector.
  • Demonstrate CQUni’s commitment to be Australia’s most engaged University, and its culture of sustainability, which is underpinned by its commitment to the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Position CQUni as distinct from other Universities in Victoria by leveraging and providing a public platform for its:
    • Thought leadership on social innovation, and integrity and ethics
    • Status as an AshokaU Changemaker University
  • Provide CQUni students with exposure to and an opportunity to contribute to the series subject matter
  • Leverage and cross-promote CQUni’s academic work and other activities, in particular its MBA for purpose (in development) and the work of its Office of Social Innovation.
  • Build robust, sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with like-minded for-purpose and for-public-purpose organisations and businesses in Victoria.

Target Audiences

In general, individuals and organisations with whom CQUniversity wants to engage because they:

  • Share an alignment with CQUni's values, strategic priorities and, in particular, CQUni's:
    • Social innovation priorities
    • Focus on integrity and ethics
    • Focus on specific UN SDGs
  • Are key influencers and decision-makers, especially in the for-purpose and for public purpose sectors. These are the people who can:
    • Lend credibility to and open doors for CQUni and its work
    • "Partner" with CQUni across a range of activities, including these events (by co-hosting, contributing to content, providing a venue and speakers etc)
    • Influence buying decisions re the MBA for purpose.


Ms Sue Noble (Chair)
General Manager Carers' Voice and Capacity, Carers Victoria

Ms Lara Carton (Deputy Chair)
Associate Vice-Chancellor (Victoria Region) and Director of Social Innovation, CQUniversity

Ms Kate Denver-Stevenson (Secretary)
Campus Services Administrator, Melbourne Campus, CQUniversity

Ms Monica Ferrie
Company Director, Bold and Brave Consulting

Mr Shawn Callahan
Founder and Director, Anecdote Pty Ltd

Mr Bo Li
Governance and Policy Advisor, North Richmond Community Health

Mr Mark Bartley
Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Ms Aruna Venkatachalam
Head of Operations and International, Young Change Agents

Mr Rohit Sudhakaran
Web Developer, Out in the Clouds