Candidates standing for election are listed by surname alphabetically:

ANTHONY, Mr Phillip

BA Griff,GDipAdminSt BCAE, GDipCommComp QUT, PGDipSocSc Qld, MAIRAP Qld, MATEM

Veritas!  I am 51 years of age, passionate and somewhat conservative.  I have spent my entire working life in higher education, principally at the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre where I am the Chief Technical Officer.  I will bring to the Senate a depth of understanding to the challenges which lay ahead, particularly in the area I know most about: admissions.  I fear the return of full fee-paying domestic undergraduate places at the University and the erosion of the University’s standing as the premier university in this state.  The University has given to me, now I look forward to giving back.

BRANNOCK, Adjunct Professor John

BSurv Qld, MURP Qld, MSc Griffith, LFPIA

John aims to grow UQ's research, teaching capacities and relationship with neighbours.

Remaining loyal to UQ, with a Degree in Surveying and Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, John’s wife Margaret, children and mother graduated from UQ.

John is Adjunct Professor - Town Planning, continues to lecture (since 1992) and served faculty advisory committees.

For 25 years, John managed his successful town planning company being Life Fellow of the Planning Institute, with governments continuously seeking John's advice on planning and environment legislation. John chaired the Queensland Heritage Council for six years and served on company boards.

John is Secretary, St Lucia Community Association.


AssocDipOE, GradCertTheol,  Dip T; BA Qld, MEd Admin, EdD, FACELQ, GAICD

As a UQ graduate, lifelong learner and educationalist, it would be a privilege to serve current and future students and staff of UQ, an institution of which all Queenslanders and Australians, may be very proud.

Our Senate should devote itself to encouraging everyone involved in the life of the University to fulfil their goals and dreams, continue to strive towards ground-breaking research and teaching programs, and celebrate our achievements as we rise inexorably in world-class standing. Our goal should be to seize the attention of the world by becoming a top-ten university of the world – right here in Brisbane.

CAVAYE, Associate Professor Douglas


I seek election to UQ Senate so I can expand my contribution to my university. I am a practicing vascular surgeon, with a long-standing commitment to teaching medical students both at the bedside and in the operating theatre. I have governance experience as Founder and Chairman of the Vascular Foundation, a national charitable trust supporting vascular research, and am Past-President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery.

Universities require careful, experienced fiscal and fiduciary guidance in challenging times, and I am prepared and very keen to do that as your representative.

CURTIS, Mrs Cherie

As a registered Organisational Psychologist, CEO and Executive Board member of Revelian. I contribute to both innovative R&D and commercial practice, specialising in digital disruption, psychometrics and gamification. I work directly with most of the ASX top 100 organisations along with leading state and national government agencies. I guest lecture regularly at universities nationally, was a QLD Finalist in the 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards and was awarded the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) National Leader/Manager of the Year (2016).  I am also a mentor with Slingshot Accelerator (Start-up Incubator).  I am motivated to drive Australia’s global influence via disruptive, quality driven R&D that provides commercial value in the broader social and organisational context. UQ is uniquely positioned to cultivate the talent of tomorrow.

DORNAN AO, Adjunct Associate Professor Dimity


Having graduated with a Diploma of Speech Therapy in 1964, in the first year the course was offered, and subsequently upgraded to a Degree, Masters and finally a Doctorate in 2011.

Some of my awards include: Fellow of Speech Pathology Australia (1999); University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year (2011); Officer of the Order of Australia (2014) Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2016), Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame (2017).

As an Adjunct Associate Professor of University of Queensland, I feel I can represent University of Queensland graduates with great pride and dedication.


BA, BEdSt, Dip Jour Qld, MA Syd, PhD JCU

  • Experience and know-how
  • Service already in university governance, on QUT Council and Academic Board (2012-2016), while teaching there.
  • Informed on issues, e.g. monitoring budgets, professional accreditation for graduates.
  • Argues for caution against running universities like ordinary corporations, treating students only as business clients, research only as service to ‘industry’.
  • At UQ, obtained his primary BA (History-Politics), Education degree and Journalism diploma; PhD later through JCU.
  • Before becoming an academic (JCU, 1997), as an ABC journalist: first news editor on Triple-Jay and European Correspondent at the Berlin Wall.
  • Facebook / You Tube: Lee Duffield UQ Senate.

FEENEY, Ms Mary Kay

BEd JCU, LLB (Hons) Qld.

My graduation with an LLB from UQ was life changing for me. I left employment as a teacher and moved into private practice as a lawyer. My life as a UQ trained professional is wonderful and six years ago I opened my own boutique firm.

I am a committed mentor to young lawyers and offer that first job to as many as I can. The springboard of that degree obtained so many years ago remains as relevant and present to me now as then.

I want to be on the senate to return some of the effort I received the benefit of.

HARRISON, Mr Allister

BA, LLB (Hons I) Qld

I am a 2016 Graduate of UQ (BA / LLB), having served at university on the executive committees of the UQLS and JATL, and as President of ALPSA. In 2016 was an elected undergraduate member of the UQ Academic Board. Currently I am working as a Judge’s Associate at the Supreme Court of Queensland.

HILBER, Miss Sophie

BCommun Qld, AAICD

I believe that my Communications Degree (2011), combined with my professional experience at the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), would enhance the current skill matrix of the Senate.

As a Members and Directors Executive with the AICD, I am across governance, policy and emerging director issues in the early stages. I have recently completed the Foundations of Directorship course and plan to complete the Company Directors Course in the near future.

I would welcome the opportunity to bring this experience to add value to the Senate.

HIRSCHFELD, Ms Katherine


Kathy Hirschfeld graduated from UQ in Chemical Engineering in 1982. Her executive career was largely in leadership roles with BP, culminating in 5 years as Managing Director of Brisbane’s Bulwer Island Refinery. She has been a professional non-executive director of listed, government and not-for-profit organisations for over 10 years. Kathy has been a member of UQ Senate since 2010 and has led the Advancement Committee focused on preparing the university for our first philanthropic campaign launching in October 2017. She is keen to continue to support UQ’s growth.

HUGHES, Mr Demetrios

BBusMan UQ, MBus(IMC), MBus(PublicRelations) QUT, MAICD, FAMI, CPM, MPRSA, MIAP2

I am a UQ graduate with a degree in Business Management. I am the Managing Director of 1Up Communications focused on Creating, Growing and Protecting Brands for companies and C-suites. I serve as the Queensland State Chair for the Australian Marketing Institute. I am a member of the UQ Industry Academic Advisory Group Board for the marketing cluster. UQ is a leading global university and its best days continue to be ahead. My contribution to the Senate would involve bringing to the table innovative evidence-based future-focused concepts to bullet proof business strategies at UQ at a macro level.

JOHNSON, Mr Elliott

BCom/BEcon UQ

UQ Senator, 2014 - 2015. Observed Senate’s Finance Committee and held additional Senate responsibilities. UQ Bachelors of Commerce/Economics graduate. Former UQ Young Achievers Program mentor and UQ Union Vice President.

Recently returned from 18 months in China developing my Mandarin skills and working as a Beijing-based startup company’s sole foreign employee.

I will:
Fight for UQ to advance in the world’s top 100.
Lobby UQ Sport for discounted membership for recent graduates.
Engage international students in our global network activities.
Recognise the contribution of UQ’s residential colleges.

I am available on 0400 246 089 or email at

KATUNAR, Miss Rosie

BSc Qld

I’m a recent BSc graduate, currently writing policy, excited to have a say in how students past and present are represented in the important decisions the university makes.

The University exists namely as an educational establishment for students, but too often feels far removed from those it represents.

I am passionate about bringing fresh ideas to the table, in an institution in danger of becoming regressive and archaic.

We need to ensure UQ’s actions and investments align with the beliefs and futures of its students; that it practices what it preaches.

Let’s create meaningful change at UQ

KITTS, Dr Miles

BA(Hons) Qld, GradCertResMeth (SocSci) Qld, PhD Qld

In the UQ Senate I aim to strengthen the ties between UQ and its alumni. I believe such ties are increasingly important to the growth of UQ. I aim to ensure alumni are central to that growth. This includes improving student experiences so that students become active alumni supporting UQ.

I have been involved with UQ for the past 15 years as a student and then alumnus. I completed my university studies at UQ, including my PhD which was conferred in 2015.

I have extensive experience working with others in various organisations, including higher education, commercial, community service, and voluntary.

LAWRENCE, Dr Catherine

Following a business career in international marketing, investor relations, and corporate communications (based in the UK), I migrated to Australia in 2004. I have since completed a Master of Arts and PhD (Cultural Studies) at the University.

I volunteer for UQ’s Alumni Friends (current President), in connection with a number of Brisbane arts festivals, and for a local environmental group, but otherwise have no political or union affiliations. If elected to Senate I will work hard to represent alumni, academics, and students. My particular areas of interest are equality and diversity, corporate social responsibility, and ethical standards. Thank you. Cathi.

LEONG, IR Associate Professor Wai Yie


PhD in Electrical Engineering from The University of Queensland in 2005. She is the Council Member of The Institution of Engineers Malaysia,  Honorary Secretary of Women Engineers, The ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (WEAFEO)  and Vice President of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (Malaysia). She is specialized in medical signal processing and telecommunications, and has received the Australia Richard Jago Research Prize in 2004 and Australia Trailblazer Innovation Award in 2005. Wai Yie has been active in Women In Technology (Brisbane) and has received the QLD Smart-State-Smart-Women Award in 2005. She is the CEO of SmartBrain Sdn.Bhd, and has over 10 years experience in Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom and Malaysia. She has won 30 Wushu awards including Taichi, sobre, fan and sword.

McLEAN, Mr Laurence

BE (Hons ClassllA) Qld, BIT, DipLang (Chinese)

As a recent engineering graduate with a history of representing students in the student union, I’d like to serve the university community further by representing you on the UQ Senate. It is my belief that the UQ Senate needs members who will emphasise the value of our university as a public institution of learning, teaching, research and innovation, and defend the university against becoming a place controlled by financial and business interests.

You can find out about what I stand for on my Facebook page, or emailing me at


BBiotech BU India, MMolbiol UQ

"Why not?" It is this spirit that has driven me to apply for this position in the Senate and it is this spirit that continues to drive our great university to new horizons. If elected as a member of the Senate, I, Kunal Mysore Jayaram will continue the tradition of excellence here at the University of Queensland and help propagate the spirit of innovation. My experience as an alumnus of masters program here has inspired me to continue to participate in continuing to make this university an amazing place to learn and develop creative new applications.

NJOGU, Mr Ashford

BEd Kenya, MSPD UQ

My journey to Australia was my journey to the world and UQ introduced me to the world!  My story may probably not make much sense to a lot of people, but for a person like me who grew up in rural Africa; coming to Australia was a big leap. My UQ degree gave me the wings to fly. Since leaving UQ, I have traveled and worked in more than 10 countries, in Africa, Asia and North America. In seeking this senate position, I want to share my unique background and experience with a university which is truly a global institution.

NUR, Mr Moamar

BBusMan UQ,DipHR SBIT, GCert Aus Migration LawPrac Griffith

I studied Bachelor of Business at UQ and I currently work for a not-for-profit education research organisation. As a volunteer Migration Agent for St Vincent de Paul, I am also focused on refugees and family reunions. Before this, I travelled the world, worked in Retail, Contact Centres and Insurance where I gained valuable diverse skills set. I am hoping I can advance UQ’s interests by providing a fresh perspective to the UQ Senate meetings, guided by my skills and experience combined with my passion in education.

OEI, Ms Kartini

BComm, BBus (Man) and MIS

I’m a Critical Thinker, Problem Solver, Leader, Collaborator, General Manager, Financial, Strategist, Communicator, Team Manager, Adapter, Doer who excels at delivering and is passionate about the value of tertiary education and research.  I hold three UQ degrees, over 10 years experience in corporate Australia and am the chair of the QLD NAWO Committee.  I’ve received a lot from UQ and so my motivation for nominating is to give back to help the university continue to offer quality education and research.  I’m an avid consumer of the arts, big ice hockey fan and am aiming to travel to 100 countries.

O’KEEFE, Mr Joshua


Joshua O’Keefe is a proud UQ graduate, having completed degrees in both politics and business. At 30, Josh has had a breadth of career experiences, having been a policy advisor to former Deputy Premier, Paul Lucas, worked for an electrical contracting company and is currently managing intergovernmental relations at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). Through his responsibilities of advancing the interests of councils and the communities they serve, Josh maintains strong networks and current relationships across all levels of government and sides of politics. He is dedicated, loyal and passionate about creating education opportunities for young people.


LLB Qld, BA Qld

I graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws in 1979 and with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983.

During that interegnum, I played around in the University Students Union as Vice-President and for two years as President. They were interesting years with the BJelke-Peterson Street March ban with my executive arranging the first of the legal TEAS marches.

As President, I was an ex officio member of the University Senate and subsequently was elected as a student Senator and fulfilled my three year term.

I have renewed my interest in higher education policy as a result of my children moving into tertiary education.

I believe I can again bring a strong independent voice to Senate deliberations. I seek your re-election as a graduate Senator.

Eugene Bernard Michael O'Sullivan

Email me on eugene@osullivans-law

RAJANAYAGAM, Miss Vaishakhi

A proud UQ BA/LLB(Hons) Graduate, Vaishi has worked as a Supreme Court Judge’s Associate, then for over 13 years as a lawyer in top and mid-tier firms including Blake Dawson, Macrossans and ClarkeKann Lawyers, and is currently in-house with the Independent Education Union. She’s advised and advocated in various Courts and Tribunals for multinational corporations and individuals alike in the areas of Employment/Industrial Relations, Insurance and Commercial Litigation. Outside work Vaishi is:

  • Vice-President (Employees) - Industrial Relations Society QLD;
  • Parish Councillor - St Bartholomew’s Anglican parish;
  • Representative - Synod of the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland; and
  • Volunteer - Caxton Legal Centre Queensland, Community Alliance, Teachers for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum, and South Brisbane Immigration and Community Legal Service

SARDIE, Ms Marie

BSc UQ, Grad Dip (Nutrition) Syd, MSc (Public Health) Lond, MBA QUT, MA (International Relations) Deakin

I have decades of professional experience in global poverty alleviation and humanitarian aid with multilateral donors such as United Nations and bilateral agencies including UK and Australian governments.

I am a post graduate student of Sydney, London, QUT and Deakin Universities and believe in life long continual personal and professional growth and development.

I am passionate about academic institutions forging strong linkages and alliances with communities and society at large to enrich and empower peoples to realise a future that is optimised to achieve full, healthy and meaningful lives based on equity and high standards of excellence.

Thank You!


MBBS UQ, MMed (ClinEpi) USyd, BEng (Biomedical) (Hons) UMelb, PGPGDipSurgAnat UMelb

I am currently a training medical doctor in Queensland and I am passionate about education and advocacy. I have been involved in the University in numerous roles as a student representative in the Science and Medicine Faculties, on the UQ Academic Board and Academic Board Standing Committee as well as a graduate representative on the UQ Senate Review Committee of the Academic Board. I hope to encompass this diverse background and bring my experiences in representation and advocacy at university, state and national levels to provide insight, discussion and engagement in guiding the strategic direction and governance of the University.

TAYLOR OAM, Adjunct and Honorary Professor Wallace

QDAH QAC, BAppSc (Biology) CIAE, GradCertPubSecManFlinders, GradDipMan PhD CQU

Wallace Taylor PhD, OAM, UQ Gatton Gold Medalist: nominated by the executive of the UQ Gatton Past Students Association. Holds Adjunct & Honorary Professorships. Dr Taylor has a career history in public, private and university sectors in governance, policy development, praxis and evaluation in rural and regional development as well as in the use of ICT devices to address inequity, local socio-economic development and innovation in both developed and developing economies. He has a keen interest in university engagement in policy, praxis, evaluation and pedagogy aligned to governance, professional development, innovation, social engagement and socio-economic development. Further details -

TOOMEY, Ms Leigh

BA Qld; LLB (Hons I) Qld, LLM Yale

I work on judicial reform and human rights projects in developing countries around the world, and am Vice Chair of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.  As a graduate from a regional city and lawyer with 18 years working to improve the lives of disadvantaged people, I will work hard to ensure UQ policies prioritise inclusion and help students to achieve their potential regardless of their background.  I will strengthen UQ networks so staff and students better access international opportunities and remain competitive in the global market.



As a current UQ Senate member and International House CEO I work closely with the university.

I have participated on various sub-committees including the Senate Student Appeals Committee, Campus Infrastructure Committee; and Diversity Equity and the Status of Women Committee.

I am involved via UQ’s ceremonial life such as attending award ceremonies and alumni activities.  This year I volunteered to be a member of the UQ Senate Governance Working Party and am chairing a working party considering the relationship between UQ and the colleges.

My focus on student engagement and living on campus affords me more opportunity to be actively dedicated to UQ outcomes.

I am seeking your endorsement for re-election.


MPharm Vic, PhD Qld

As a past member of Senate (1996-2001), President of UQSport (1984-94) and Life member of the University Hockey Club, together with the years spent in attaining my Ph.D., I have and have had extensive involvement with UQ in many roles. My working life has also honed my skills to develop and manage relationships within the ICT, library, healthcare, university and sporting environments. I am now at a point where I would like to once again give something back to the university that has given me so much.

WALL, Dr Laurelie

BSpPath (Hons 1) Qld, PhD Qld, AMusA, CPSP

I completed my Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons I) at The University of Queensland in 2012, and was subsequently awarded my Doctor of Philosophy in 2017. I currently work as a Research Workforce Development Officer, leading the development of research capacity-building and mentoring initiatives for allied health professionals working in Metro South Hospital & Health Service. I would be honoured to have the opportunity to serve as a graduate member of the 34th UQ Senate, to help shape the future of UQ, and advocate for its continued commitment to world-renowned excellence in teaching, research and innovation.

ZHOU, Miss You (Claudia)

My name is Claudia. As a 2017 graduate from the business school, it is my great honor to be nominated as a candidate for the 34th Senate of the University of Queensland. It would be a great chance for me to give back to my alma mater. For me, studying at UQ has been a most important and brilliant journey, I, therefore is committed to use my knowledge of the university life and culture to act as a bridge between the university and the students. Please vote for me! Thank you!

ZIETH, Mr Gregory

BE (Civil, Hons 1) Qld, FIEAust, CPEng, JP(Qual)

Ever driven a roundabout with a camber opposite to what physics suggests?   Scary?

Ever sought a second opinion for a professional service?  Why?

Have you heard teaching staff with views like ‘This is a great job except for students interfering’?

My focus for The University of Queensland as a world class Institution will be:

  • Get the balance correct between important research and learning.
  • Attract best undergraduates and postgraduates from a global market.
  • Sponsor collaboration between like institutions - less competition.
  • Provide a quality student experience and maintain the value of the qualifications.
  • Maximise staff/student contact.
  • Less specialisation in courses.

ZIVCIC, Mr Micheal


Since 2014 I have served as an Alumni representative on the UQ Senate, also serving on the Senate Risk Committee, and the Senate Advancement Committee.

As a Senator I have sought to support decisions and initiatives that enable UQ to attract and be the first choice for talented Australian and International students, Lecturers, and researchers as UQ continues on its trajectory toward global excellence. And, in so doing reflect positively on UQ’s past and future graduates.

If re-elected I will continue working toward these objectives.

I will also continue to welcome hearing from you. 

I am contactable at