Meet our Team

Josh Ariens

Coordinator, Research Partnerships
BA (UQ), BTheol (Auckland), Post-grad Dip Teach. (QUT), Level 1 Partnership Broker

Telephone: (07) 4970 7330

Current role

Josh Ariens is the Research Partnerships Manager in the Research Division at CQUniversity. His key responsibility is to support the growth in capability of the University’s Schools and Research Institutes/Centres to engage with industry through:

  1. Co-designing training and development programs;
  2. Brokering collaborative projects and sustainable partnerships; and
  3. developing more systematic processes for engaging both internal and external stakeholders.

Building relationships with organisations intent on partnering for collaborative impact is the key principle underpinning this work and Josh’s passion. The strategic goals of the University are supported through developing these new business partnerships by:

  • providing real world solutions and impact for our broad range of stakeholders;
  • highlighting and fostering the nexus between research and education/training outcomes for industry partners;
  • discerning opportunities across the CQU footprint to address key challenges by identifying shared values and so improve outcomes for business, government and those communities.

CQU’s own institutional commitment to fostering best practice in its processes; cross-institutional collaboration and program development resulting from this work.


  • Previous roles within the sector have focused on business development. Josh has a breadth of experience in tendering, and capture strategies. This work has fostered partnerships in both education and training as well as across a range of research programs within the University, accessing both private and Government funding.
  • Research
  • international community development experience as well as targeted work as a training consultant in places as diverse as Japan, Papua New Guinea and Spain. Previous work in community services includes regional and program management (Communities for Children).

Josh also understands the value of listening well and the value of open and equitable partnering processes. both senior management and at the grass-roots

He is a Management Committee member for the regional collective impact initiative, Every Child Central Queensland (Every Child CQ) and holds qualifications in partnership brokering, facilitation and training. He is committed to ensuring the University develops strong relationships with other organisations to embrace collaborative change, foster knowledge translation and create impact.

Renee Mooney

Renee is the Research Partnerships Officer, in the Research Division at CQ University. Renee’s responsibility is engaging with the University’s Schools and Research Institutes/centres to facilitate collaboration with industry organisations.  Renee works with the team to support the strategic goals of the University by developing new business partnerships to provide research solutions and impact.

Prior to joining the University Renee has extensive industry experience focused on business development, relationship and account management and funds management. Her work has involved equity and capital raising, brokering of relationships for start-up crowd funding platforms and syndication of investments.

Renee brings a wealth of experience in stakeholder engagement, previously managing client relationships across the domestic and International superannuation industry. She has extensive negotiation experience having worked with major infrastructure projects for state government requiring collaboration with small businesses and the general public.

Renee utilises her industry skills in working with the University’s Schools and Research Institutes/Centres and with organisations to foster industry partnering opportunities.