2017 | SEMESTER 1


Into the valley of

rode the brave



History’s Pages

That’s Cricket

MLC Makeover

A-Team for Sport

Celebrating the

class of 892

Steven Stern’s

coined research

Transforming the

iconic space

Bond’s star

coaching lineup


Mona Abedian

Simon Abela

Stefan Ackerie

Michael Alexander

Nicola Anderson

Lachlan Anning

David Armenores

Sally Armenores

Heidi Armstrong

Nicole Azoulay

Andrew Baildon

Nicole Bailey

Adam Bain

Jane Balkin

Rodney Ballantyne

Cameron Barker

Ernest Barry

Christopher Barry

Allan Bartlett

Helen Basch

Albert Basch

Shane Bathgate

Scott Beasley

Maria Bell

Richard Bell

Kristine Benefield

Simon Bennett

Thomas Betts

Claire Bibby

Traci Bourke

Matthew Bransgrove

Roderick Broadley

Kirsten Bruce

Tevita Bukarau

Alexandra Buldrini

De Amilibia

Mark Bullpitt

Peter Burns

Kylie Burton

Suzanne Byrne

Alexander Calvo

James Campbell

Sarah-Jane Campbell

Despina Caralis

Brian Carlson

Karen Carmody

Robert Carruthers

Justin Carter

Owen Caughley

Huan Chan

Michael Chipman

Laura Chown

Lloyd Christophers

Peter Clark

Stephen Collins

Norman Colmore

Melinda Copes

David Cotton

Peter Crethary

Marguerite Croft

Jennifer Cronin

Derek Cronin

Andrew Crooke

Richard Croome

Robert Cupps

Andrew Cvetkovic

Jason Czinski

Jason Dacey

Frank Daniberg

Robert Davis

Rosann De Campo

Martin De Courtenay

Cameron Delahunty

Christina Demetriades

Lynette Dickson

Richard Duhig

Keith Duncan

Kara Dunnage

Alexander Erb

Andrew Evetts

John Falvey

Scott Falvey

Paula Fatseas

Ronald Ferguson

Mark Fisher

Louise Fitzgerald

Catherine Fitzgerald

Stacia Flann

Christopher Folley

Barbara Fox

Beau Franklin

Matthew Giess

John Giles

Susan Gillion

Edvaldo Godoy

Harris Gomez

Sara Graham

Mary Graham

Stuart Granger

Petrea Grant

Leah Gray

Philip Grice

Kedan Griffin

Haddad Thomas

Maree Hall

Alexander Hall

Gregory Hampton

Adam Handley

Richard Hanel

Andrew Harding

Helen Harper

James Harries-Reynolds

Paul Harris

William Haseler

Troy Hawthorn

Cameron Hedger

Darcelle Hegarty

Peter Herro

Kristin Hickey

Diane Hicks

Louise Hine

Judith Hoare

Katharine Hocking

Leith Hoffensetz

Kirsty Hogarth

Louise Hourigan

Jon Hui

Andrea Hunter

Renato Iannella

Brian Jean

Paul Jellett

Ross Johnston

Catherine Jolley

Andrew Jones

Paul Jones

Daya Kanyilmaz

Amal Karunaratna

Roy Kassab

Mark Kassab

Philip Kelly

Frederick Kelly

Matthew Kennedy

Kiniviliame Keteca

Alan Key

Hyun Kim

Catherine Kincaid

John King

Geoffrey Kinghorn

Simon Kinsella

Scott Knight

Robert Kukas

Anthony Lane

Damian Laugher

Eunnam Lee

Francis Lee

John Lee

Wei Lee

Chong Lim

Young Lim

Hone Lin

Angus Little

Cameron Lloyd

Robert Longmore

Gavin Loughton

Samantha Low Choy

Gregg Lucas

Rebekah Luke

Peter Lyons

Terence MacKay

Andrew MacLeod

Anthony Majer

Paul Manchin

David Manickam

Mark Marcar

Paul Marinko

Anthony Marino

John Markovic

Toni Marsden

Benjamin Martin

Keith Maskey

Koji Matsuoka

Gianluca Mazzocchi

Peter McAvoy

Justin McCamish

Denise McCowan

John McCrae

Rebecca McDonald

Craig McIver

Christopher McMahon

Simon Mestrov

Catherine Middleton

Stan Mihailidis

Alida Milani

Suzanne Miles

Antony Milford

David Millhouse

Michael Moore

Douglas Murphy

Raefe Murray

Steven Mutter

Bernard Nash

Michael Newell

Peta Nicholson

Brett Nipperess

Marc Nourse

Mark Nylund

David Oakley

Christopher O’Brien

Brendan O’Flynn

Barbara O’Hair

Christine Olds

Brian Orr

Ray Osborne

Katherine Owen

Michael Pabst

Elka Palant

Anneliese Palmer

Chul-Han Park

Kyoung-Hwan Park

Woo-Ram Park

Duncan Parkinson

Steven Parrott

Simone Pascali

Kristy Patterson

Michael Peberdy

Scott Pendlebury

Charles Peters

Courtney Petersen

Carla Pharaon

Fabienne Pharoan

Jason Phillips

Megan Phillips

Michael Phillips

Leo Pick

Philip Pidcock

Melissa Pinfold

James Pollock

Mo-Hong Poon

Jason Price

Nicholas Purtle

Prue-Annette Putman

Janet Qian

Stephen Rado

Douglas Rae

Stephen Ramsdale

Tracie Ramsdale

John Rapp

Grand Reed

Mark Rice

Richard Richards

Walter Rigamoto

Jacinta Ritter

Trudi Roberts

Simon Robinson

Jodie Robson

Stephen Roche

Bernard Rossi

Angus Roxburgh

Vuetaki Rupeni

Dean Sainsbury

Michael Sandery

Georgina Savic

Nicodemo Scali

Lara Scartozzi

Nicholas Schiffer

Mark Schwarz

Wayne Scott

Timothy Shaddock

Joanna Shaw

Jason Shepherd

Malvern Shinn

Suzanne Sillitoe

Peter Sinclair

Michael Smart

Scott Smith

Nadeyn Southion

Martin Spann

Emma Stone

Jeremy Stoupas

Stephen Sugden

Kazuhiro Takebe

Lisa Tamaoki

Cecelia Tancred

Lavinia Thanapathy

Luke Thomas

Maurice Thompson

Hirohide Toba

Danielle Tolley

Shauna Tomkins

Paul Tosi

Matthew Townsend

Van Tran

Rachel Trew

Andrew Tribe

Shinji Tsutsui

Michael Tudori

Samuela Vadei

Rakuita Vakalalabure

Hans Van Der Drift

Martin Van Der Walt

Jean Varnier

Susan Vinnicombe

Yolande Waldock

Adam Wallman

Pao Wang

Raymond Ward

Simon Ward

Lynne Weathered

Nicholas Wenck

Christopher West

Denise Wheeler

Matthew Wiseman

Cecilia Wong

Andrew Wood

Thin Woon

Jane Wright

Jason Wright

Min-Chung Wu

Junil Yang

Ho Yip

Katherine Youhanna

Eric Young

Sally Zillman


“Into the valley of aspiration rode

the brave 322; from the class of 892.”

BOND University opened its doors on

the 15th of May 1989 and welcomed

its very first cohort of students. To be

precise, 322 brave souls enrolled in that

initial cohort.

Much like the cohorts of today, the

students were a diverse bunch drawing

from overseas, interstate and of course

South-East Queensland.

Our University must never forget

the courage of the members of our

Foundation Class.

Those were heady days and Bond’s

emergence had not been without critics.

There were many in places of power

within the higher education landscape

who campaigned vigorously against the

establishment of a private university.

Further, sections of the media were

unforgiving in their commentary, and

several high school principals cautioned

their students against enrolling at Bond.

I recently had cause to visit my good

friend and Bond’s Foundation Vice

Chancellor Professor Don Watts at his

home in Perth. Don reminded me how

far the University has come.

In our formative years, students took

a tremendous risk in coming to Bond.

Back then the University had no history

to inform its reputation and there

was no certainty over the institution’s

financial survival.

Almost 30 years ago, to enrol at Bond

University was a defining moment and

a decision that clearly separated our

students from their peers at the public


Indeed one could argue that a similar

sentiment could be expressed today.

However, much about the University is

now different.

Bond University’s reputation is now

well and truly entrenched. The

financial perils of the 1990s are in

our past; and the University’s name is

synonymous with quality.

However these achievements have only

been possible through the successes

and endeavours of our early students.

Turning specifically to the class of 892,

and having met several of this fine

group, I am aware that in many cases

these students turned their backs on

offers at other prestigious institutions

in order secure a seat at Bond.

These students were willing to take

a risk and challenge themselves in a

different educational model. Moreover,

these students were as entrepreneurial

as the University’s Founders.

Much like today’s cohorts, our early

students were high achievers. They

applied themselves diligently and

worked tremendously long hours.

However they also knew how to

reserve some time for a bit of fun.

The spirit of the class of 892 is truly

alive today. The energy, high levels of

engagement and enthusiasm of that

class remain.

In this issue, we pay tribute to

those brave 322 students. Many

have achieved much in a relatively

short period. Both individually and

collectively they remain tremendous

ambassadors for Bond University.

I acknowledge each of them and thank

them for their courage, commitment

and continued support of their

alma mater.


Vice-Chancellor and President



2017 | SEMESTER 1



History’s Pages

Celebrating the

courageous 322 students

of Bond’s first cohort


Aussie at Heart

How Steven Stern is

helping the cricket

world keep score


MLC Makeover


breathes new life into

an iconic space


A New Era for Sport

Bond builds its A-Team

with star-studded

coaching lineup

892 Alumni Features

11 Andrew Baildon

12 Catherine Middleton

12 Alida Milani

13 Nicholas Schiffer

14 Scott Beasley

14 Christina Demetriades

15 Scott Pendlebury

16 Martin Spann

17 Peter Burns

18 Jeremy Stoupas

19 Brendan O’Flynn

20 Yolande Waldock


27 Former Justice Kirby’s visit

inspires diversity

29 Cancer research helping to

get healthcare right

34 Indigenous students’


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Editor: Camilla Jansen

Journalists: Laura Daquino, Paris Faint,

Nick Nichols, James Perkins

Design: Paris Faint

Contributors: Professor Tim Brailsford,

Terri Fellowes, Brett Walker, Karen Ransome,

Photography: Kerrie Brailsford, GFP Studios,

Corne Lategan, Annie Noon, Remco Photography.

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L-R: Mr Julius Brookman, Ms Chloe Kent, Mr Andrew Baildon, Professor Tim Brailsford

VICE-CHANCELLOR Professor Tim Brailsford

recently visited London and while there he

caught up with some Bondies at an official

event hosted at Australia House to celebrate

the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be

held next year on the Gold Coast.

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth

Games Baton Relay was launched in March

by the Queen and a group of Bondies were

soon on hand to help drum up support

for the Games. Andrew Baildon (Class

of 1989 and Swimming Champion) has

been instrumental in helping to bring the

Commonwealth Games to the Gold Coast

in 2018.

Mr Baildon was part of the original bid

committee that secured the Games and he

has since been appointed as the Attache

to the Australian Team for 2018. Also on

hand were fellow Bondies living in London,

Chloe Kent (President of the London Alumni

Committee) and Julius Brookman (past

President of the London Alumni Committee).

The baton has now embarked on a 388-

day journey around all nations of the

Commonwealth in the lead-up to the

Games opening ceremony.

The baton will arrive on Australian shores

on Christmas Day this year and spend

the final 100 days of its journey making

its way the length and breadth of the

country, before arriving at the Gold Coast

Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

on April 4, where the Queen’s message,

urging the athletes of the Commonwealth

to come together for a friendly and

peaceful sporting competition, will be read.



IN ORDER to meet the growing

demand for alternative access to full

Bachelor degrees, Bond has recently

launched its new Bond University


The campus addition will provide a

range of courses to prepare students

for University life, through a tailored

one-on-one learning experience.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Pathways and

Partnerships Catherine O’Sullivan says

the launch of the College supported

the University’s strategic approach to

delivering personalised education.

“Students entering university today

are a far more heterogenous group

than in the past,” says Ms O’Sullivan.

“Some universities have addressed

this by creating Vocational Education

Training pathways into their

programs, but this has led to a range

of unsatisfactory outcomes for large

numbers of quite capable young


“We are taking the concept a step

further by offering a full suite of

pathway programs on campus, to ease

students into the higher education

environment and set them on the road

to success from day one.”

The Bond University College officially

launched on March 16.

New business alumni committee gears up

BOND MBA and EMBA graduates formed

an official Alumni Committee late last year

to support engagement between alumni,

the University and new students.

The MBA Alumni Committee held their

inaugural event at Burleigh Brewing Co.

(run and owned by Alumna Peta Fielding

Class of 1989) in late January on the Gold

Coast, with almost 100 guests attending.

The networking event also welcomed MBA

students to the Bond community. The MBA

Alumni will host annual MBA and EMBA

Welcome events and the annual Bond

Benefit Dinner.

Hugh McFadden from the Class of 2001

(BBA) and 2014 (EMBA), is the inaugural

President of the MBA Alumni Committee.

Welcoming the new MBA students to the

Bond community, Hugh said that ‘Bondies

have always looked after Bondies. What is

true on campus, is true in business life. You

MBA Alumni Executive Committee. L-R: Mr Kristin Viccars, Mr Tim Gordon, Mr Hugh

McFadden, Mr Baden U’Ren, Ms Cameo Ashe, Ms Genevieve Collins, Ms Kerri Siggs.

will never again walk alone in the world.’

In addition, the MBA Alumni Committee

is hosting the inaugural Bond Benefit

Dinner for all alumni to attend during

Homecoming, to raise much needed funds

for scholarships and bursaries for current

and future Bondies.

Please see the Homecoming Program on

page 9 for further details.



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THE first generation of Actuarial

Science Bachelor and Masters

students has graduated from

Bond University, becoming the

first ever Queensland-based

university cohort to do so.

A total of 11 students, eight

undergraduate and three

postgraduate, donned the yellow

sash to receive their degrees

alongside other students from the

Bond Business School.

Among the graduates was Lucy

Ward, who recently started

her new position with RACQ’s

actuarial team after being

headhunted by the Queensland

organisation on account of her


She stood beside fellow graduates

including Mark Johnman, the

program’s first honours recipient,

and Lachlan Farr, a postgraduate

who managed to secure a job

with the Commonwealth Bank

almost 12 months prior to

finishing his degree.

Mr Farr says his Actuarial Science

studies have thoroughly prepared

him to handle his new role

working in the Commonwealth

Bank’s Institutional Banking and

Markets division.

“I feel well prepared by Bond to

deal with ethical situations when I

begin work,” he says.

“I strongly believe the fact that

I was studying Actuarial Science

contributed to the fact that I

was able to get a job before


Out of the seven universities

that teach Actuarial Science

in Australia, Bond’s is the only

program offered in Queensland.

The graduation of its first Bachelor

and Bachelor with Honours

students will allow Bond University

to become fully accredited with

the Actuaries Institute.




IT WAS the case that sent shockwaves

through the regional Queensland city of

Toowoomba, where a young girl known as

Lyndal was sexually abused at the hands of

her boarding school master at Toowoomba

Preparatory School.

Almost 17 years after the court case, Bond

alumnus and film producer Scott Corfield has

now adapted her story for the silver screen.

Don’t Tell, starring Aussie cinema

heavyweights Rachel Griffiths (Blow), Jack

Thompson (Breaker Morant) and Aden

Young (The Code), follows the landmark case

which broke the silence on institutionalised

child abuse throughout the country.

Mr Corfield says the release of Don’t Tell

comes at an important time in Australia’s

legal and political history.

“I think the timing is very important, because

at the moment there is a Royal Commission

going on that is looking into institutional

child sex abuse,” he says.

Mr Jack


“This movie tells a story about the first girl

to bring her case before the court, changing

Australia in the process.”

Prior to its Australian launch on 18 May this

year, Don’t Tell will debut at the international

Newport Beach Film Festival held in California

on 20-27 April.

Mr Corfield says the project is his proudest

achievement as a producer to date, especially

considering the tight budget and time

constraints with which the cast and crew

needed to contend.

“This is my second feature and it’s certainly

the thing I am most proud of,” he says.

“When you know the story is true and

important, it makes it a lot easier to stay

focused when you’re up against the odds.”

“I have a daughter myself now and I just

have a lot of time for the real characters of

this film. I have a fondness for them and

it certainly makes it easier to work on the

project day-in-day-out.”

Alumnus Mr

Scott Corfield





Alumna Ms

Claire Bibby

CLAIRE Bibby is no stranger to the big

leagues of the law.

As Senior Vice-President Legal & General

Counsel for Brookfield Property Partners,

Ms Bibby has been instrumental to many of

the company’s largest property transactions

in the Australian and Asia-Pacific regions

over the past decade.

In addition to her day job, Ms Bibby also

maintains a keen philanthropic interest as

a non-executive director of Marist180, a

charity focused on helping young people ‘at

risk’ and their families.

For her string of outstanding achievements

and dedication to the profession, Ms Bibby

was named General Counsel of the Year at

the 2016 Women in Law Awards.

She also took out the esteemed Women in

Law Excellence Award, an achievement she

credits equally to her work and charitable


“I put it down firstly to the nature of the

work I do – I’m very fortunate that I’m able

to work on some of the most prominent

property transactions for my company,”

says Ms Bibby.

“It’s equally about the quality of the team

I have; they are a terrific, supportive and

collaborative team of people.”

“I’d also put it down to the initiatives that

I’ve done outside my day to day work.”

Ms Bibby is proud to be at the forefront

of women’s advancement in the in-house

profession, and hopes her awards will

help shine the spotlight on her successful

female peers.

“I think there has been a demonstrable

shift in the in-house profession that

has seen senior women rise to the top

and shine from a diversity and inclusion

perspective,” she says.

“These awards give prominence, and

personally I think that when you have a

stage you should use it in the best way

you can.”

Dr Jennifer

Cronin shines at

Hotelier Awards

BOND alumna Dr Jennifer Cronin, President

of international hotel group Niccolo &

Marco Polo Hotels, steered her company to

a sweeping victory at the prestigious 2016

BMW Hotelier Awards held in December.

Dr Cronin was named Asia-Pacific

Corporate Hotelier of the Year for her

recent outstanding achievements and

contributions to the profession, alongside

four other members of her team who also

received accolades on the night.

On winning the award, she acknowledged

the event’s co-founders Stephane

de Montgros and Benoit Thebaut,

congratulating them on their dedication to

the event which is now in its third year.

“The awards have set a very high

benchmark and they showcase the

passion and professionalism of this vibrant

industry,” said Dr Cronin.

Through the 2016 BMW Hotelier awards,

Dr Cronin has been particularly commended

for her entrepreneurial flair and thoughtleading

approach to running a successful

multi-national company.

Dr Cronin completed her MBA as part of

Bond University’s inaugural class of 1989.

Following 30 years in the hospitality industry,

she has also recently completed a doctorate

in philosophy from Bond University.



IN FEBRUARY, Bond welcomed home a

group of alumni from the class of 1994,

who flew in from all over Australia and

around the world.

These Bondies have stayed in touch with

each other for more than 20 years since

graduating from Bond, and enjoyed a

weekend on the Gold Coast and a trip

Bond University Class of 1994 alumni

down memory lane at the University.

The Vice-Chancellor hosted the group,

led by Ms Sal Morgan (Class of 1994),

for a campus tour and drinks.

Bond is delighted to welcome home

all alumni and groups, and encourages

alumni to contact the Alumni Office

should they wish to arrange a visit.



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ALUMNUS Chris Tan has always been on

the cutting edge of business.

Mr Tan established his own boutique

legal practice, Chur Associates, just four

years out of university, and the company

has since earned its reputation as the

‘Google’ of law firms.

For significant contributions to his field,

in addition to his ongoing work with

the International Real Estate Federation

(FIABCI), Mr Tan was named the 2016

Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the

Malaysian Australian Alumni Council


Mr Tan is no stranger to success.

In 2010, he became the youngest

ever recipient of the FIABCI Medal of

Honour for his efforts in overseeing the

organisation’s youth activities worldwide.

He was also instrumental in setting up

FIABCI’s Asia Pacific Regional Secretariat

and East Asia Multinational Chapter,

while simultaneously serving on the

organisation’s International Board of

Directors as President of its Youth

Members Committee.

In regards to his latest achievement,

Mr Tan humbly thanked Bond for its

nomination to the MAAC.


BOND has been counted among the

top 20 small universities in the world

in a new ranking published by Times

Higher Education.

The ranking system is designed to

emphasise the criteria that students

want in a small university including

manageable class sizes, personalised

help from professors and an overall

sense of community.

On behalf of the Bond community,

Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Tim Brailsford expressed the

honour of being ranked in the top 20.

“There are some truly outstanding

universities in this list and we are

quite humbled to be included in such

company,” says Professor Brailsford.

The international list recognises

universities with fewer than 5,000

students that teach across four or

more discipline areas.



THE Bond Business School will add yet

another set of gems to its facilities through

the launch of its new Commercialisation

and Big Data Centres.

These new areas within the Bond Business

School, coupled with its existing co-working

spaces, will create a hub for several exciting

initiatives including its newly created

Transformer program.

Executive Dean Professor Terry O’Neill says

the Transformer program will extend beyond

the reach of the Bond Business School to

include students from all campus faculties.

“This is a great opportunity that we are

now able to make available to all incoming

students,” says Professor O’Neill.

“In other universities, subjects like the

Transformer tend to be implemented only in

the business school, because if they want to

reach out to the entire student population it

becomes quite a restricted offering.”

The Transformer subject will give students

the tools to incubate their own business

ideas, and will also provide an avenue

for improving the systems of existing

businesses through the principles of


“It fits into the framework of

commercialisation,” says Professor O’Neill.

“It does not have to be about a product,

it could be about an idea. It does not have

to be a start-up, it could be embedded into

a bigger organisation where we want to

develop things.”

To that end, the Bond Business School is

redeveloping its third floor to create new

learning spaces.

It will also finalise its administrative

framework in the coming months, which will

include a new high-level appointment in the

innovation and entrepreneurship space.

Professor O’Neill expects the new

business collective will improve the quality

of research and strengthen external


“Some of the initiatives we have involve

various companies in industries including

health, media and sport,” he says.

“We expect it will be a very effective way of

getting relevant and high-impact research

projects into the Faculty and the University

in general.”

The Transformer will be launched on 15

May 2017 during Homecoming.

Horan achieves legend status

RUGBY Union great Tim Horan AM has

cemented his title as one of the game’s

shining stars, following his elevation to

Legend status in the Queensland Sport Hall

of Fame.

The ex-Wallaby and Bond graduate was

first inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2009

under QSport’s praise as “arguably the

greatest centre rugby has ever seen”.

Mr Horan has now joined the ranks of 16

Queensland sporting Legends including

Rod Laver, Cathy Freeman, Wally Lewis

and fellow Wallaby John Eales AM, who is

also the patron of Bond University’s Rugby

Excellence Scholarship.

Mr Horan debuted for the Wallabies in

1989 against the All Blacks and went on to

win two World Cup titles: the first in 1991

and miraculously again in 1999, four years

after a horrific knee injury that doctors

believed would end his career.

He is also a Member of the Order of

Australia, and inductee into both the

Australia Sport Hall of Fame and the

International Rugby Hall of Fame.

For six years, Mr Horan has commentated

Alumnus Mr Tim Horan AM

rugby for Fox Sports and has worked

as the National Head of the Sports and

Entertainment Division at Westpac Bank.




World MUN students aim to

repeat stellar performance

A GROUP of star students is set to travel to

Montreal for the 2017 World Model United

Nations (World MUN) Conference, where

they will represent the political position of

South Sudan on a variety of high-profile

international issues.

Following their efforts at the Japan Model

UN Conference in 2016, which supervising

professors described as “outstanding” and

“an amazing thing to see”, students Marty

Campbell, Holli Sargeant, James Schiphorst

and Lara Sveinsson will now debut on the

global stage.

The World MUN Conference runs for five

days, giving more than 2,500 delegates

from around the world an opportunity to

represent the political position of a given

country and debate on several current

international relations issues.

Dr Mark Dinnen, international relations

Assistant Professor and advisor to this

year’s Bond delegates, says the World MUN

is an invaluable opportunity for students

to develop key skills and enhance their


“It’s not the facts and figures or learning

about South Sudan that’s particularly

beneficial,” says Dr Dinnen.

“However, in Montreal, where students

must think critically, respond on their

feet, and speak to a large room filled with

people, those are the things you can’t do

quite the same in a classroom.”

“The skill set derived from the Model UN

goes directly on to employability.”

This will be the second time the Faculty

of Society and Design has sent an official

delegation of students to the World MUN.

Bond University Model United Nations team with Japanese competitors



In May each year, all roads lead back

to Bond to celebrate the University’s

founding. This year we are celebrating

28 years of Bond University’s history.

The celebration will include the Family

and Friends Festival and signature

fireworks display expected to welcome

more than 1,200 people.

For more information, visit:


May 18



A night of celebration as we announce

the 2017 Alumni Award Recipients.

May 19



Annual meeting of the Alumni

Advisory Board, Alumni Committee

Presidents and Bond University Limited

Alumni Members.



Join us for our annual tradition as

we celebrate the University’s 28th

Foundation Day. Alumni, students and

staff and their families are encouraged

to attend this event.

May 20




Refresh areas of study, learn new

advancements in particular disciplines

or test your appetite for further study

in a different or emerging field.


Come and support Bond as we take

on our arch-rival, The University of

Queensland! All alumni, students,

staff, family and friends are welcome.


The inaugural MBA Alumni Committee

dinner is a fundraising event and all

alumni are encouraged to attend.



A leap of


THE BOND CLASS of 892 took a leap of faith by

accepting offers to study at what was then a start-up

University founded by a controversial entrepreneur who

had plans to shake up tertiary education.

When the students arrived, they did not know what

to expect; what awaited them was a wet and muddy

campus that was still under construction.

Their challenge had begun. This was a group of students

who were not only working for themselves, but who

would set the standard for Bond as the years progressed.

Today, Bond University has a resplendent campus with

sandstone block buildings lining a majestic thoroughfare

descending onto Lake Orr.

It is an awe-inspiring view for the new students who

arrive each year, and the gravitas of the location is

imbued by the work of those early students.

They came from far and wide, from both Australia and

overseas, and have gone on to achieve in numerous

professions and industries, guiding the way for the many

who followed them. Some 892 Bondies have maintained

high levels of contact with the University over the years,

while others have gone their own way.

The common thread among them is the strong bond

they formed during their formative years at the


Peta Fielding has maintained a close relationship with

Bond over the past 27 years. In between leading Burleigh

Brewing Co., she became one of the first alumni to

join the University Council, and was subsequently the

inaugural chair of the Alumni Advisory Board.

Another whose association with the University stayed

strong over the years is Derek Cronin.

Alongside building a successful law firm on the Gold

Coast, he has held roles on the Law Advisory Board, as

a University Council member and now as Chair of the

Alumni Advisory Board.

Further evidence of the strength of Bond’s law program

in those early years is Courtney Petersen, who went on

to become CEO of ASX-listed Shine Lawyers.

Some, such as Kristy Patterson, who travelled by train

from Perth to join the first cohort, made long journeys to

the Gold Coast, while others could study in their home

town, such as Mona Abedian.

From Canada, Brian Jean has had a diverse career

in property and politics and continues a long and

successful career in the Alberta Parliament, where he is

Leader of the Opposition in the Wildrose Party.

Another international 892 was Wayne Scott from the

United States, who pursued a successful accounting

career. Mr Scott was subsequently followed by his son,

Jerry, who undertook an MBA at Bond 25 years later.

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Jennifer Cronin, who mortgaged her house to undertake

an MBA and followed that up with a PhD, is now

President of the Marco Polo Hotel Group in Hong Kong.

Closer to home, Nick Scali, son of the founder of the

eponymously named furniture company, and Anthony

Majer, who founded Majer Tiles have built iconic brands.

You may have heard some of these stories before, and

others not. Over the next 12 pages are some of the

other quiet (or not so quiet) achievers of the 892 cohort.

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Andrew Baildon

Bachelor of Communication


“I am very grateful

to the people

who have had

an influence on

my career. The

education at Bond

really helped

establish me in life

and gave me the

tools to continue to

be successful.”

During Bond’s earliest years, Andrew Baildon’s unmatched drive laid

successful foundations in sport and business.



It was an excellent degree for me to do for

my current business as communications is

an important skill to develop – if you can’t

communicate with people in business, you

can’t do business with them.

Working out how to identity the right

markets, and what medium to use to

make sure our business, Baildon Group, is

successful is very important.



I did Bond part time because I was

swimming for Australia at the time. I

graduated in 1995 and the following year I

opened my first business.

We now operate six businesses and have

over 80 staff. We have three swim schools,

a café and two Jetts gyms.

It was really tough balancing swimming and

studies because it draws out your degree,

and particularly the people you establish

close bonds with early on.

I made some really close friendships, and

they were gone after two or three years.

I was happy I stuck with it though and

finished it.



Don Watts, who was our inaugural VC at

the time, was definitely the standout.

He was responsible for building that real

comradeship that we had among all the

students at the start and really paved the

way for the future of the University from

my point of view.

Sporting facilities were really great;

swimming pool, wonderful gym,

tennis courts, squash courts, we were

overwhelmed with the facilities we had.

It was my father who chose university

for me at the time as I was just thinking I

would swim and see how that went.

That was a pretty ignorant way of thinking

I guess, as a 16 or 17-year-old, but I was

glad my father was a lot wiser than I was.

I am very grateful to the people who

have had an influence on my career and

education at Bond.

They really helped establish me in life and

have given me the tools to continue to

be successful.



My highlights were winning Gold at the

Commonwealth Games in 1990, being the

first man to break 50 seconds and being

the Australian Team Captain.



Continuing to consolidate our business

interests, manage our staff well and

concentrate on being a good father to my

two children.



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Milani by name Milan by nature

Alida Milani is taking on the world of marketing and

events, with a fashionable twist.

Alida Milani

Bachelor of Commerce



I grew up in Brisbane and after finishing high

school I went to Bond as an 892.



I’ve really enjoyed my career journey.

I started in a small management

consultancy in the mining industry

and left to follow a dream to

work in fashion in Milan.

Soon after I left,

the management

consultancy went

global (hmmm!).

Anyway, I proudly ended

up working with a

production agency that

produced fashion shows

for Milan and Paris

Fashion Weeks.

It was very exciting

experiencing the craft

of fashion with highly

skilled and passionate

people. I learnt how to

produce fashion shows


From Europe, I

returned home to

work within the

Australian industry

- from Australian

Fashion Week in

Sydney to the

Melbourne Fashion Festival and Melbourne Spring

Fashion Week.

It was an exciting time in the Australian fashion

industry as our Australian designers became

internationally recognised and appreciated.

This led me to found AMME (Alida Milani

Marketing and Events). For the last 10 years, we

have been working with industry, brands, designers

and large shopping centres bringing their marketing

campaigns to life. We specialise in creating

extraordinary memorable moments and content.



Certainly working in Milan, but mostly

collaborating with talented people. I love the ways

ideas develop and expand in collaboration.



A dear friend of mine had been accepted to

study at Bond. She mentioned it to me and it just

seemed like such an exciting opportunity. I really

loved that it was an accelerated course, that I

could be finished my degree in two years.



It would have to be the incredible friendships that

started there.


We’ll continue to grow and develop the business

across fashion, food and lifestyle. But I would

also like to try my hand at writing. This could be a

long-term project though!





Catherine Middleton

Master of Business Administration



I had moved to Australia (from Canada) as

a traveller and was working at Expo 88 in

Brisbane when I saw that Bond University

was starting up. I did an MBA. I previously

completed an undergraduate degree in

Canadian Studies.



I went on to do a PhD in Management

Information Systems and Organisational

Theory at York University in Toronto. I am

currently a Professor and Canada Research



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I moved from Melbourne to live on campus

at Bond.

Making his mark




I did a backpacking holiday through the

United States, Europe and Asia for five

months. I then came back and worked for

one of the large accounting firms, Arthur

Anderson, as well as undertaking further

postgraduate study.

After 18 months, I left Arthur Anderson and

joined the investment banking department

of UBS where I worked for five years. I then

joined and remain working in Credit Suisse’s

investment banking department. I lead

Credit Suisse’s investment banking team

covering the infrastructure and utilities

sectors in Australia.



The highlight for me has been advising a

variety of clients on landmark transactions.

For example, in 2016 we advised Future

Fund, Global Infrastructure Partners, QIC

and Borealis on their consortium acquisition

of the Port of Melbourne for around $9.7


We also advised IFM Investors on the sale

of a renewable energy company, Pacific

Hydro, for around $3 billion to a Chinese

state-owned enterprise. Helping and

advising clients execute significant M&A

transactions is exciting, challenging and




Bond offered an accelerated timeline to

complete my degrees, as well as exposure

to a new and business-oriented curriculum.

The opportunity for greater independence

and a Gold Coast lifestyle was naturally very

attractive too.



The people, and the friendships. It was an

inspiring time to be immersed in a learning

culture with so many opportunities for

personal development, while at the same

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Bachelor of Commerce and Laws

time making great friends. I have many

fond memories of Bond.


I am a father of four with a great family

and a successful career. I’ve established a

successful reputation and footprint as an

investment banker. I look forward to new

opportunities in 2017, whatever form they

may be.

Chair at Ryerson University with most of my

time dedicated to research. My focus is on

telecommunications policy, investigating

issues such as internet access, digital

literacy and inclusion.

One of the key findings is that there is still

a long way to go to ensure everyone can

participate in society using digital tools.

Although there is reasonable access to the

internet in cities in Canada and Australia,

some people don’t have the skill sets to do

what they need to do online.

More importantly, even with the

investments that have been made, many

households still don’t have affordable high

quality internet, making it difficult to roll

out nationwide services or engage with

people using online technology.

I continue to research digital inclusion as

an Adjunct Professor at the University of

Canberra, and am also studying the rollout

of high-speed public Wi-Fi in Australia as

part of a project led by RMIT University.



It is having the opportunity and privilege

to have held a Canada Research Chair. It is

a 10-year position and I am coming to the

end of that now.

I have had the opportunity to dig deeply

into understanding how people access

telecommunications services and how to

improve their access.



For me, having been part of the

establishment of Bond and helping to build

it from the ground up.


When I finish as Canada Research Chair I

will continue my position as Professor at

Ryerson University.



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Christina Demetriades

Bachelor of Laws



Since the age of 9, I wanted to study Law.

My grandfather had been involved in New

South Wales in a big court case when I was

young, so I met many barristers. I thought

I wanted to become a barrister, but as I

progressed through my degree, I realised it

probably wasn’t for me.

Instead, being part of a team at a law

firm really appealed to me; the ability to

collaborate with people, deliver a better

outcome because you have many and

diverse strengths coming together.



I’ve had a number of jobs. I started in

private practice in Queensland, and got

a scholarship from Bond. I was very lucky

getting a job at the end of my degree when

things weren’t great economically, and

worked in Queensland before coming to

the United Kingdom on a Commonwealth

Scholarship. I studied a Masters of Law at

the University of London before going on

to Herbert Smith Freehills. Then I moved

to Baker and McKenzie where I was

partner for 14 years, and then someone

approached me to come in-house.

I started as a tax lawyer and am now

Deputy General Counsel of Sales and

Delivery at Accenture in a global team

outsourcing technology. I have lots of

experience in different environments,

countries and laws. I feel like the job I’m

doing now, though, is a combination of all

the experiences I’ve had. A lot of what I do

is thinking about people, empowerment,

strategy, how to do things in a more

digital-enabled way.



I would probably say, a few things: I was

the second youngest partner at the time

at Baker and Mackenzie. I joined that firm

because there was a phenomenal partner

Michael Hart who really wanted to see me

become a partner in that team, and wanted

to increase the diversity in that team.

Ultimately becoming a partner and equity

partner at the firm, a leading IT practice in

London, was also an amazing highlight.

Several years later I was asked to lead that

team when I came back from maternity

leave with my youngest.

Another is being asked to take on this

global role. I got to be on the actual

leadership team at Accenture as it was

formed. We do promotions at Accenture

every year in December and every year we

put a number of candidates through the


For me that’s a highlight because I feel

a great responsibility to the people who

work for me – I want to see them have

opportunities, and there’s always a fine

balance in making that possible.



The University obviously had a difficult

start and I remember that first day during

enrolment, there were press crews

wandering around and interviewing

students of the 892 class, asking us if we

thought the University would still be there

when we graduated. At the time, the lake

hadn’t been dug out, there were more

construction workers than students. It was

a bit of a gamble.

For most of us, we started straight out

of school, and we didn’t really realise

the chance we were taking, it was just

a university to us. For the older students

starting with us, it was a very calculated

choice for them. I originally started as a fullfee

paying student, and then the University

offered me a scholarship after the first

year. That first semester was quite a special

time, even though things didn’t quite work.

Don’s was particularly interesting due to the

camaraderie. We had an ‘us against the rest

of the world’ mentality. When I come back

to Australia, I still catch-up with friends

from that period of my life.

I can’t fault any teaching staff. The

University had high quality lecturers, and in

particular the reputation of the Law school

improved. People were willing to take a

chance and go to university in an entirely

different model and work in a different way

because of them. It made the University,

and I think the reputation came in large

measure because of its lecturers.





Bachelor of Commerce



I have had a great career to date that has

exceeded my expectations. After Bond, I

attended UQ and obtained a Masters in

Social Science (Asian Government). I joined

BHP Steel as a marketing graduate in

October 1994, and I have now worked with

BHP Steel / BlueScope Steel for more than

22 years in 14 different roles.



Being part of the feasibility team for a new

A$150m BlueScope steel coating facility an

hour outside of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,

and then transitioning to the in-country

role of BlueScope Steel Vietnam Vice

President Marketing. I was responsible for

business development in the Vietnam and

Cambodia markets and spent more than



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Scott Pendlebury

Bachelor of Commerce





I attended The Southport School on the

Gold Coast, so it was a local choice for me.



Immediately after completing my degree at

Bond, I worked for an actuarial consulting

company and that morphed into an

investment banking career in mergers

and acquisitions.

I spent 20 years on those two parts of

my career and worked for several global

investment banks focusing on banking and

insurance. Ultimately, I was an owner in a

small merchant bank, which got purchased

by my former employer Credit Suisse

in 2008.

I left investment banking to become a

consultant, then ultimately became an

entrepreneur by founding RenovatorStore.




That step going from a successful corporate

career to becoming an independent

entrepreneur was a highlight.

I was taking a risk chasing profit rather than

a salary.

That is the goal that you are trying to

achieve because salary stops when you

don’t go to work, but profit keeps going.

The e-commerce industry is fast moving

and exciting and the global marketplace

to support that industry has changed

dramatically over the past five years.

The different ecommerce platforms

and tools allow you to build a business

inexpensively that can compete with the

big players.



I was awarded a full scholarship for Bond,

which was a big part of the decision.

I found the Harvard or Yale-style

approach and culture they were looking

to implement to be very exciting and

different to what I would get at a

traditional university at that time.

It was an easy decision in the end.



The camaraderie of the first students, the

892s, continues to amaze me when we get

together. There is a strong bond between

those who took the first leap.

A lot of my close friends and business

relationships have come from that first

group of students. That’s my single biggest



I will continue to focus on Renovator Store.

It has a lot more opportunity ahead of it.

four years based in Ho Chi Minh City. As

part of the role, I travelled to more than

25 Vietnamese and Cambodian cities

and towns – an awesome country and




The memories started before the first

day at a university-organised meet and

greet at the Fisherman’s Wharf. Fellow

892 Andrew Baildon organised the first

drinking boat race with the many willing

participants. The fun continued from that

point onwards.

The first day was amazing: the facilities

were not finished due to all the rain and

a group of brand new students trudged

through the mud to attend the Main F01

Lecture Theatre.

My other highlights include winning the

first premiership for the University as part

of the U/19 Colts Rugby Union Team;

responding to busloads of UQ students

who had come down to protest Bond

and the supposed university places it was

taking away from the public system.

Also the enduring close friendships and

bond amongst the 892 students.



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I was living and working in Brisbane and initially

commuted to Bond before moving to the Gold

Coast during my second semester.

Martin Spann

Bachelor of Commerce



The economy in Australia was pretty tough

around the time I graduated, and while I had

a job it was not going anywhere quickly, so I

decided to make a change.

Some fellow 892 graduates had taken a year

out to travel and I heard stories about their

adventures in Japan. As the Japanese economy

was strong and Japanese banks were doing

well I thought there would be opportunities for

someone with a finance major who could speak

Japanese and so I went to Japan to study.

On my return to Australia I secured my first job

in the finance industry with State Street in their

Japanese division. Eventually I returned to Tokyo

to work for Barclays Capital on their futures and

options desk, later moving to the bond trading

desk where Japanese language skills were


I spent several years trading bonds and interest

rate products in Japan in various positions. I

set up and ran the Japanese government bond

trading desk for a German bank covering

hedge funds before moving to work for the

Commonwealth Bank (CBA).

When I joined in 2010, CBA’s main business

in Japan was investing in bonds and trading

money-market related products. We have

since expanded our presence with a project

finance business that manages the Japanese

government-guaranteed portion of the bank’s

project finance deals, along with a structured

asset finance business (for aircraft and vessels)

with exposures of more than US$1 billion.



Being in the role of Japan Country Manager for

Commonwealth Bank of Australia.



The fact that I could do a degree in two years.



Don’s Tavern!



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Burns excels


in the

Commerce and Bond was the perfect equation for Peter Burns, producing

a world-class career in management consulting and a love of ambiguity.



In the founding class, there was an appeal

of something that was entrepreneurial and

breaking the mould. It was the era of Alan

Bond, who as we all know, didn’t do things

by half measure.

From the initial set of professors he drew

on from around the world, you could tell

he was trying to set a new standard.

It was as much about trying to be part of

something that was fresh, entrepreneurial,

and you had a sense that it was going to

be something special.



I grew up in Queensland and the Northern

Territory, and went to TSS and was living

on the Gold Coast. I studied Commerce

and went into Booz, Allen and Hamilton

straight after.

I think in the Commerce degree I got quite

interested in Marketing and Statistics, and

it would have been a natural progression to

move into a market research firm.

Having made the decision not to follow the

natural pathway of what I was vocationally

gearing up for at university, management

consulting was the next step for me.

I have been effectively with the same

company ever since, through different

incarnations, Booz Allen Hamilton, which

became Booz and Company, and now it is

Strategy& as part of PwC.

I now lead PwC’s financial services consulting

practice across Australia, New Zealand and

South East Asia.

In my first three years I joined the Sydney

office and I don’t think I actually had one

project in Sydney. I worked in most States in

Australia and in Singapore.

I also spent time working in a hospital in St

Hellier in London, so it was an amazing early


My projects have been quite varied, the

geographical coverage means you’re

dealing with companies in Australia that

are quite sophisticated and mature, leading

growth strategies through to operating

models and alignment.

Within the PwC consulting practice, it’s

the largest professional services firm in

the world, which means when we serve

clients, we serve them everything from tax

structuring to strategic advice to digitising


I later took the step to study an MBA at

Harvard Business School.



The reason I’m still in consulting is that you

have to love ambiguity. It’s the great drug

of consulting.

You are wrestling problems, which by

definition are incredibly tough. The answer

isn’t obvious. Your capacity to bring teams

together will determine the outcome.

It’s a trait I still enjoy today, getting out of

bed and almost being on that adrenaline of

that next problem which is complex

and tough.

Some people like a little more ambiguity

and less stability in their lives, and

consulting certainly gives you that in

spades. It’s that challenge of wrestling with

really tough problems that I love.



I often reflect on my time at Bond. There’s

something special about the community up

there, that’s the reality of it.

There’s no question that Bond stands out.

Peter Burns

Bachelor of Commerce

“Ambiguity is

the great drug of

consulting. You

are wrestling

problems, which

by definition are

incredibly tough.”



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Jeremy Stoupas

Bachelor of Laws



I’m originally from Melbourne. I completed

a Bachelor of Economics degree at Monash

University in 1986 and was working as

a Junior Equities Research Analyst at

stockbroker McIntosh Hamson Hoare Govett

when the 1987 stock market crash hit.

I managed to hold onto my job, but wanted

to make myself more employable if I lost it.

So, rather than taking on an MBA, I settled

on undertaking a law degree at Bond as an

inaugural student. I had every intention of

returning to stockbroking upon completing

my law degree. But, as things transpired,

that never happened and I’ve been a lawyer

ever since.


I’d always been interested in studying

the law and had enjoyed legal studies at

school. I thought it would complement my

Bachelor of Economics nicely.



Upon completing my law degree, I obtained

a position as an articled clerk in the

Brisbane office of Blake Dawson Waldron

(now Ashurst).

Shortly after qualifying as a solicitor in the

firm’s banking and finance department, I

was transferred to the Sydney office. I was

part of a large team advising banks and

borrowers on syndicated loan transactions,

structured finance and asset financing


In 1996, I moved to London to take up

a position as an associate lawyer in the

international capital markets department of

global ‘Magic Circle’ law firm Allen & Overy

(A&O). In that role, I gained invaluable

finance experience advising on some of the

largest, most innovative and challenging

debt capital markets transactions in the UK

and across Europe.

I left A&O in 2002 to take up a position as

a Senior Associate in the London office of

leading US law firm White & Case where,

again, I advised on international capital

markets transactions and highly complex

structured finance transactions in London

and in Eastern Europe including Russia,

Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

In 2003, an opportunity came up that

involved moving back to A&O, but this time

in Singapore.

So, I moved back to A&O as a partner

in the Singapore office in January 2004,

where I have been a partner with the firm

for the past 13 years. My practice remains

focused on international debt capital

markets, both conventional and Islamic.

Of course, being a key member of the

world’s leading international capital markets

team has been a huge privilege and I could

not have enjoyed the success I’ve been

lucky enough to achieve over the many

years without a team of incredibly talented,

high calibre lawyers supporting me.



There have been many. But the key

highlight for many lawyers who opt to

work in private practice for a large global

law firm is the milestone of being admitted

to the partnership.

I was promoted to Partner back in

November 2013. That seems like a lifetime

ago now! But I’d say that was the biggest

highlight – especially for a (relatively) small

town boy from Australia!



It was mainly the fact that I could complete

a law degree in effectively half the

time because Bond has three, not two,

semesters a year. I’m not sure, at that stage

of my life, that I’d have taken on a four-or

five-year law degree. I ended up completing

my degree in around 2.5 years.

Also, being part of something new and

exciting and having the opportunity to lead

the charge into the legal world, as one of a

small number of fresh 892 graduates, was

very appealing to me.



Again, so many! Day one in a brand

new university; life and the camaraderie

that comes with living in the residences

on campus; annual parties and black-tie

balls; the inaugural car rally/treasure hunt;

meeting Alan Bond and spending a couple

of hours on his personal yacht with a

handful of other students; many fun nights

at Don’s Tavern and The Tunnel Nightclub

and generally having the opportunity to

meet and befriend such an incredible

array of people from all over Australia and

abroad – students and staff – many of

whom I am still in contact with to this day.


Not sure. I love being in Asia. My wife is

Vietnamese, so Asia will always be a part of

my life. But, with a four-year-old daughter

and another little girl due this June, I do

wonder whether in the longer term we

might end up back in Australia.

It’s such a terrific place to raise a family,

although I think we’ll struggle initially

without our maids and domestic helpers

and the other perks of expat life in Asia!

We’ll see.



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Banking on

Brendan O’Flynn

Bachelor of Commerce



Originally I am from Sydney’s eastern

suburbs, but I came straight from high

school at St John’s College, Woodlawn, in

northern NSW – a Marist Brothers boarding



Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in

Finance. I was a fortunate recipient of a full

fees academic scholarship, a magnificent

gift. Without it I could not have attended

Bond, as my financial circumstances simply

couldn’t support it.



It has taken a fascinating and unexpected

path. The main path has been working

with several international investment

banks, structuring and transacting financial

derivatives. It has taken me to Hong Kong

and London and New York, living abroad

for 17 years, supporting my keen appetite

for travel.

Interspersed along the way have been some

interesting side trips. In the late 90s I took

a jaunt into hospitality for a few years,

launching and running a private members’

club in Notting Hill, London. And now,

upon returning to Australia, I work with a

US fund manager, and have been privileged

enough to get hands on in the not for

profit space.



There have been so many amazing


Most recent is my work helping launch the

Australian office of Human Rights Watch.

This organisation impacts millions of the

world’s most vulnerable people.

It works by investigating rights abuses in

the field, wherever they occur, publishing

this research to create public pressure for

change, and advocating directly with the

UN, national governments and other actors

to effect lasting change.

This is astonishingly important right now,

with the worrying trend of populist political

leaders, fake news, and alternative facts.

HRW’s commitment to facts and objective

research helps restore truth and reason to

public debate.

For example, just a few weeks ago some

colleagues reported on a trip to the

Philippines to research the 7,000-plus

killings since President Rodrigo Duterte

came to power.

Although they are instigated and applauded

by Duterte and the administration, the

reality is these killings comprise a campaign

against the urban poor that could amount

to crimes against humanity.

In Australia we focus primarily on

issues such as people with disabilities,

counterterrorism and privacy law, refugees

and asylum seekers, and juvenile justice.

We also look at rights across Asia and the

world, and how Australia can have impact

through its foreign policy.




Bond was brand new, presenting a great

opportunity to build a university to fit

today’s world.

That newness attracted entrepreneurial

people from all parts of the community,

and those early staff and students defined

the unique culture of the institution today.



The culture was great. Everybody was there

because they wanted to be, and that fact

cultivated a great camaraderie and positive



My career interests have allowed me to

play in the sand pits of both the classic

private sector and the not for profit space.

But there must be a more effective way of

marrying these two worlds of investment

and social justice in some creative way that

hasn’t been addressed yet. Is there a future

for me somewhere in impact or ethical

investment? Watch this space!



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Life in the

fast lane



I had just finished school in Sydney and

was excited about the opportunity to

be involved with something so new, so

fresh and so pioneering. I wasn’t sure

what I wanted to do, so doing something

completely different was super appealing.


Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) with

an industry major in Services Marketing



My final semester was 911 and I graduated

in May of 1991.



It’s been very exciting – lots of fascinating,

interesting, challenging roles that have

allowed me to travel all over the world,

meet people I never dreamt of meeting and

work at both a global and national level.

I started in the hotel business at Hyatt

Hotels, then moved to marketing and

advertising agencies managing major

automotive brands.

I worked for Heineken in Greece during

the 2004 Athens Olympics, and then

returned to Australia to join Toyota Motor

Corporation Australia where I have had

the amazing opportunity to work on both

Toyota and Lexus brands for almost 14

years now.



Creating the world’s first Hoverboard for

Lexus. Oh, and working in Tokyo for the

last few years. I like to call it “docking in

with the mothership” as I got to work at

the very heart of the business.

I headed up the Global Brand team for

Lexus International at a very exciting time,

and worked with outstanding marketers all

over the world.



The opportunity to do a discipline degree

(Marketing) but with a focus on a speciality

area (Services Marketing) as I thought

I wanted to work in the hotel industry

forever. Also, the chance to finish my

degree in two years, rather than three. I’m

always in a hurry.



Living on campus – being among the first

group of people to ever live in A Block.


I have just returned to Australia after my

Japan assignment. I have come back to

Sydney but will be transferred to Melbourne

at the end of the year. I get to head up

Brand Management and Communications

for Toyota, and continue playing with cars!

After a few years in Melbourne, who knows

where I’ll end up? Hopefully still travelling,

and playing with cars.

Yolande Waldock

Bachelor of Commerce

20 www.arch.bond.edu.au


Launching May Semester 2017

The Transformer is a voluntary program

designed to give students from all

disciplines an opportunity to explore and

progress their entrepreneurial ideas.

Want to get involved as a mentor?



An Aussie at

2017 | SEMESTER 1

Professor Steven Stern

Bond Professor Steven Stern, the American academic

helping the cricket world keep score

PROFESSOR Steven Stern has always felt

like an Australian at heart, so when he

moved to Australia from California 23 years

ago, it was only natural that he became

passionate about cricket.

It brought together two of Professor Stern’s

great loves – sport and mathematics – and

provided a way to connect with neighbours

and colleagues in his new home.

At that time, no one could have predicted

this interest would provide Professor Stern

with a legacy in the international game.

Professor Stern is the new Professor of

Data Science at Bond Business School,

and will help implement the University’s

actuarial program as well as oversee its Big

Data centre activities, and he is also the

custodian of cricket’s Duckworth-Lewis-

Stern (DLS) method.

Professor Stern’s name was added to the

system in 2014 when he took over from its

creators and his long-time friends, Frank

Duckworth and Tony Lewis.

He previously made his own amendment

to the complex system, which sets scoring

targets for cricket teams batting second in

rain-affected one-day cricket matches.

“I got involved because I was just intrigued

by the whole thing,” he tells The Arch. “I

came to love cricket, and in fact, I loved it

so much that I sent my son, who is now 16,

to play the game. He is a wicket keeper,

and one of my great loves in life is driving

him around and watching him play.”

The story of how an American maths

enthusiast from California came to play

a role in one of cricket’s more mysterious

elements, and work at Bond University,

begins at Stanford University, in the

United States.

Professor Stern was born and raised in a

small town near San Francisco and had

a family connection to Stanford, where

his mother studied and his father was

a researcher, and he followed in their

footsteps as a student.

Stanford, at that time, had a strong

Australian connection, and Professor Stern

was intrigued by the mystique of the far

away country where ‘drop bears’ attacked

from the trees.




One of his friends suggested he apply for

a job at Australian National University, in

Canberra, upon graduation of his PhD, and

he scored the three-year position.

“Once I got to Australia, I just couldn’t

leave – it was just such a great place to live

– and I say I have always been an Australian

at heart, I was just born in the wrong

country,” says the Professor.

“And then, I was quite lucky, because about

two and a half years in there were some

long-term job openings so I applied and I got

one of those and the rest is history.”

Professor Stern, who is the former

Australian Bureau of Statistics National

Chair, worked in ANU’s actuarial program

for almost 20 years until his wife, who is a

special needs high school teacher, got a job

on the Sunshine Coast and he moved to

Queensland University of Technology.

He stayed in the role for three years before

being offered the position at Bond.

The primary factor that drew Professor

Stern to Bond was his long relationships

with the Executive Dean of the Bond

Business School, Professor Terry O’Neill, and

Vice Chancellor, Professor Tim Brailsford.

Bond’s smaller class sizes and focus on

teacher-student interaction are also draws

for Professor Stern, as is the opportunity to

play a role in leading the University’s new

actuarial program.

“As much as I enjoy doing research, I

think my biggest legacy from my working

life will be how I impact students,” says

Professor Stern.

“Bond is the closest to a US university in

Australia. The collegiality here and the

connection to the student-teacher ratios

make it a great place to be. There is a

happy vibe here and I really enjoy it.”

Of course, Bond’s strong focus on sport also

fits with Professor Stern’s role as custodian

of the DLS system.

His relationship with its creators goes back

to 1994, when Professor Stern’s friends

in Canberra asked him to explain to them

how it worked.

“It’s funny how the roles got reversed!”

Professor Stern laughs. “I considered

the system and I had some idea that I

could do it better, which is what every

mathematician thinks when they come

across a problem.”

He wrote a paper outlining his thoughts,

but before he published it, he sent a draft

off to Duckworth and Lewis to see what

they thought.

“To their great credit, Frank and Tony were

incredibly generous, and they wrote me

back and said, ‘this is fascinating work,

thank you for doing it’, and we started a

long conversation.”

That conversation became a friendship

and Professor Stern was later instrumental

in adjusting the system to cater for the

ballooning scores in modern international

one-day cricket matches.

Professor Stern understood that the

Duckworth-Lewis prediction model, which

uses scoring resources – wickets and

remaining overs – worked for scores up to

a maximum of 320-330, but for scores any

larger, it was flawed.

In most one-day cricket matches, the

team batting first will pace their innings

and accelerate as the innings progresses.

However, there is a limit to the amount a

batting team can accelerate its scoring.

Professor Stern points to an old rule of

thumb for commentators: to find a team’s

score over 50 overs, you double its score

after 30 overs.

“That rule works really well until the scores

start getting really big. So, if you score

3/200 off 30 overs you’re probably not

going to get 400 because that acceleration

rate is quite difficult to maintain. If you

want to score over 400, you need to be

more like 225-230 by 30 overs.”

It may seem a reasonable observation to

make, but Professor Stern had to scour

through the data to prove the hypothesis,

and then adapt the system so it could

predict high range scores accurately.

“So we drew some pictures and did

some data analysis and showed that you

get a reasonably sharp acceleration for

moderately scored matches and it’s not

quite as sharp and it tapers off, in fact, in

higher scoring matches.”

“If you take things to logical extremes and

say – look, you could score 1,800 runs for

50 overs if you score six on every bowl,

but that’s no acceleration at all, that’s just

constant 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, which is never going

to happen.”

“What I call it in mathematics is the

damping of the acceleration.”

Every twelve months Professor Stern reanalyses

the previous four years’ data to see

if the there is any change to the trends that

would require the DLS system to be revised.

“Generally speaking, every two years it has

changed enough that I have to put in some

tweaks, and those tweaks have gotten

smaller and smaller and smaller.”

Even though the tweaks are getting

smaller, Professor Stern is waiting for his

own protégé to emerge from the legion of

fans who email him about the system.

“You know, Frank Duckworth and Tony

Lewis are now in their 80s and I’m moving

on eventually and someone else is going to

have to take over,” says Professor Stern.

“I’m waiting for that day when someone

writes to me and we get a connection.”

“I came to love

cricket, and in fact,

I loved it so much

that I sent my son,

who is now 16, to

play the game.

He is a wicket

keeper, and one

of my great loves

in life is driving

him around and

watching him play.”



2017 | SEMESTER 1


Adrian Carter



POETIC integrity and justice is Professor

Adrian Carter’s great concern, in

architecture and every other sense.

The Head of Bond’s Abedian School of

Architecture, who believes in the sanctity

and significance of the poetic philosophical

side of architecture, is currently further

developing his research on Jørn Utzon, the

late Danish architect behind the Sydney

Opera House.

With next year marking the centennial

of Mr Utzon’s birth, Professor Carter is

driven to do poetic justice to the work of

‘a master’ who inspired the academic early

in his career in Denmark and who came to

know him, until his death in 2008.

Professor Carter’s PhD thesis entitled The

Utzon Paradigm has been a labour of love.

Now he’s focused on reworking this thesis

into a book, which he hopes will serve as a

catalyst for the next generation of architects.

Professor Carter has more than 30

years of professional and academic

experience spanning the globe, including

founding the Utzon Research Centre and

realising the Utzon Centre building in

Aalborg, Denmark, the latter designed in

collaboration with Mr Utzon himself.

“He was more highly recognised in

Australia due to his design of the Sydney

Opera House than he was in Denmark,

so to have the opportunity to inform and

inspire those back in his own country about

his work became a real labour of love for

me,” says Professor Carter.

“Utzon has been a great inspiration to me

and everyone who had the chance to work

with him which I have been keen to pass

on to coming generations.”

Professor Carter says disregarding next year

being the centenary, it’s a more important

time than ever now to study Mr Utzon’s

work, where an appreciation of nature and

the diversity of human cultures, creates

poetic, humane and innovative architecture.

“Utzon was one of the first of the modern

generation of architects after WWII who

travelled extensively and drew inspiration




from many differing cultures, not just

within the Western tradition.”

He was very focused on how architecture

provides a means of gathering people

together and a frame for human experience.

“The Sydney Opera House is visually

arresting, but for Utzon the most important

thing was creating a public plaza where

people could gather on a grand flight of

steps, that would take them away from the

everyday. It’s quite a sacred place, directly

inspired by his experience of visiting the

ancient Mayan temples in Mexico.”

“As a synthesis of many culturally

diverse sources of inspiration, it is a very

appropriate symbol for a society made up

of many different cultures and that with

its iconic boat-like forms - a consequence

of the young Utzon working with his yacht

designer father - the Sydney Opera House

sits so beautifully within one of the world’s

great harbours.”

Professor Carter is a proponent of the

‘master-apprentice approach’ which he has

sought to further encourage at the Abedian

School of Architecture since taking up

leadership in January 2015.

“To become good at anything, you need to

study others who have achieved success in

that field and, ideally, work together with

them,” he says.

“In Denmark until the late 60s, at least,

it was a requirement for every architect

to spend a year training as a carpenter

or bricklayer so that they had hands-on

experience. I came to realise this is the

basis of world-famous Danish design and

architecture, since those that have an

understanding of how to make something

also have an idea of size, scale

and dimension.”

The master-apprentice approach, as well as

an appreciation of the vital inspiration from

first-hand experience of a diverse range of

cultures and exemplary architecture to the

education of an architect, has led to the

establishment of a regular study program

to Japan. This allows students to learn

from ‘an ancient culture with a strong craft

tradition and world-class contemporary

architecture’, and other initiatives such

as the Architecture Lecture Series which

profiles experts in the field.

“Students have access to the latest digital

tools, but we also encourage creating

with the hand, because that allows you

to use your intuition, informed by all your

experiences, much more effectively and in

relation to human scale.”

“Making something physically, or being

physically present in a world, creates a

much closer connection. At the Abedian

School of Architecture we are focused

on using what Utzon was very aware of

– embodied knowledge of all things you

have seen, felt and heard before. There are

universal sources of inspiration that I think

touch people quite similarly.”

“Jrn Utzon has been a great inspiration to me and

everyone who had the chance to work with him which

I have been keen to pass on to coming generations.”



2017 | SEMESTER 1

“I try to push the

boundaries of

international law”



A serendipitous moment led Holli Edwards on a path

of discovery, and the start of a new career in law.

Ms Holli


A MOMENT of serendipity when

choosing electives changed Bond Law

and International Relations student Holli

Edwards’ career path forever.

In her second semester, Ms Edwards

decided to take an extra International

Relations subject, where the Adjunct

Professor taking the class became Ms

Edwards’ mentor, later arranging her a

once-in-a-lifetime internship in Geneva.

“It still amazes me how that moment of

serendipity had such a huge impact on my

life,” says Ms Edwards.

“I remember the first time I read in-depth

about the United Nations when I was about

10 years old. I made a promise to myself

that, one day, I would see the United

Nations in Geneva for myself.”

“To find myself there last year, walking

the halls of the diplomats, was absolutely


Ms Edwards is now in her final year, and

will be graduating into a full-time role as

a Judge’s Associate to a Supreme Court

Judge in Brisbane.

It is a long process to formalise the position,

which won’t be completed until the end

of the year, but Ms Edwards will work very

closely with the judge on administrative

matters and research.

It is a dream come true for Ms Edwards and

the experience she gained from a largely

self-directed internship in what is regarded

as ‘international Geneva’ during her first

time overseas will prove pivotal.

With a passion for literature, ancient and

modern history, there was not a better

place for 20-year-old Ms Edwards to dive

headfirst into her passions.

“Most of my work focused on research

assistance to senior staff and creating

reports on interesting topics like comparing

secret intelligence organisations,” says

Ms Edwards.

“During my internship, I wrote my own

major research paper analysing the

application of international law to terrorist

groups, of which a smaller version has now

been published.”

“I was fortunate to interview several

international experts for the paper,

from organisations like the International

Red Cross/Red Crescent, to professors

at Geneva University and the Geneva

Academy for International Humanitarian

Law and Human Rights.”

“I believe the international legal framework

needs to be improved in order to contribute

to global counter-terrorism efforts. My

research reveals we need to adopt new

laws in this area, while being cautious not

to extend too many rights or obligations on

those who either won’t follow the laws, or

don’t have the capacity to follow them.”

Ms Edwards says she finds both

relationships between countries and

corporations very interesting.

She is currently following a career guide,

not a plan, to keep her options open,

but will probably look into corporate law

before transferring into governance and

considering a PhD a little down the track.

“I’m not necessarily one for criminal law,

at least domestically, because I don’t think

I would enjoy dealing with serious criminal

offences on a daily basis,” says Ms Edwards.

“I’m interested in many of areas of law,

particularly corporate law and constitutional

law. I’m trying to gain as much experience

as I can in a variety of areas and avoid

specialising too soon.”







IT IS safe to say that former High Court of

Australia Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG is

among a handful of great legal minds that

every law student in Australia aspires to be.

Bond University students were given the

chance to capitalise on their admiration

when Justice Kirby returned to campus

for his annual visit to spend time with the

students at several events.

On the day, Justice Kirby’s itinerary

included guest judging the Law Faculty’s

mooting finals, responding to questions

during the Law Student Association’s

(LSA) ‘Two minutes with Michael Kirby’

event, and attending the annual dinner for

students who participated in external legal

competitions throughout the year.

He also gave a public lecture on LGBTIQ+

rights in Australia, the proposed marriage

plebiscite and current issues regarding

marriage equality.

Assistant Professor Louise Parsons says the

annual Justice Kirby visit is an exceptional

highlight on the calendar, one which

motivates the Bond community in a

tangible and positive way.

“Justice Kirby is treated like a rock star by

the students,” she says.

“It is refreshing to see people appreciate

the fact that he is not only someone with

an incredible legal mind and a wonderful

professional background, he is also an

incredibly inspiring person as an individual.”

According to Assistant Professor Parsons,

Justice Kirby often imparts key pearls of

wisdom to the students during his visits,

ones which have a lasting impact on campus.

“Every year he shares a passion, vision or

perception with us; a bit of a suggestion,”

she says.

“For example, in 2015 during a closedevent

dinner he mentioned a concern that

Bond was not seen publicly to be catering

for diversity in the student community.”

“It was never his perception that Bond as a

University did not encourage diversity, but it

is also important in terms of what you can

see on the website, and assessments from

other organisations for example.

“He told students that he hoped to see

progress when he came back to visit.”

When Justice Kirby returned to campus for

his most recent visit, he was very pleased

with the developments.

Within the past year, the LGBTIQ+ space

at Bond has been transformed, notably

through the establishment of the Bond

LGBTIQ Working Party, the student group

Pride Alliance and the creation of a new

Special Interest Directorship on the LSA.

The students at Bond have also been

Justice Kirby and student

Mr Lachlan Hopwood

focused on reaching out to professions and

institutions off-campus to further enhance

the experience for those who identify as


“There have been a number of wonderful

developments at Bond in that space over

the past year,” says Assistant Professor


“While I don’t think it would be fair to

attribute all of that to Justice Kirby’s

comments, I do think the comments he

made gave impetus and helped to push

things forward.”

“These developments speak to the highest

level of the University, and the highest level

of the students who were at that dinner

in 2015.”

L-R: The Honourable Wally Oppal, Ms Madelaine Clifford, The Honourable Michael Kirby, Mr Thomas Fall and Mr Patrick Cross



2017 | SEMESTER 1


Chris Del Mar




DOCTORS are wrong about how much

interventions can help or harm more often

than we think, a Bond University study has


Bond researchers Professor Tammy

Hoffmann and Professor Chris Del Mar

have discovered that health professionals

often overestimate the benefits and

underestimate the harms of medical tests

and treatments.

Their study found that health professionals

accurately identified the size of benefits in

just 11 per cent of cases studied, and they

were only accurate about the risk of harm

13 per cent of the time.

This can lead to suboptimal care. Patients

may end up being unnecessarily treated

and receive low value care (overuse)

or miss out on receiving effective

interventions (underuse).

The research, published by JAMA Internal

Medicine journal in early January, is believed

to be the first of its kind. The systematic

review included 48 studies, involving a total

of 13,011 clinicians from 17 countries.

Diagnostic and screening tests, medical

imaging and treatments were reviewed.

Professor Hoffmann says it’s not just health

professionals who are overly optimistic

about healthcare.

“We know from our earlier research that

patients also have inaccurate expectations,

and most people think that interventions

will help more and harm less than they

actually do,” she says.

“The reality is, if both clinicians and

patients are bringing inaccurate

expectations into the consultation, the

potential for misguided, ill-informed

decisions is very high.”

“Both patients and clinicians need ready

access to high-quality, unbiased, easy-tounderstand

information about the benefits

and harms of treatments and tests.”

Professor Del Mar believes the issue also

stems from the difficulty in sourcing, and

keeping up with, the latest research.

When they are pressed for time and

overloaded with information, Professor Del

Mar says it’s becoming harder for doctors to

identify quality research. He says the issue

partly stems from the ‘staggering amount’

of new research published every day.

Professor Hoffmann and Professor Del

Mar are involved in a number of studies

and initiatives at Bond University’s Centre

for Research in Evidence-Based Practice

(CREBP) that help health professionals

and patients to find and use evidence for

effective health decisions.

Research reveals another side to what the doctor ordered

A NEW study conducted by an

international team of nutrition and

dietetics researchers has revealed that

eating fruits and veggies offers a reduced

risk of early death to sufferers of chronic

kidney disease (CKD).

In an analysis of seven studies, the

researchers found that a healthy diet

high in nutrients including fruits,

vegetables, fish, legumes and fibre, and

low in red meat, salt and refined sugars

may help CKD patients live longer.

Bond alumna Shu Ning Wai and current

PhD candidate Jaimon Kelly are among

the seven researchers who co-authored

Healthy Dietary Patterns, Mortality and

End-Stage Kidney Disease in CKD: A

Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies. They

discovered that CKD patients experience

a 20-30 per cent lower rate of mortality

by eating the right foods instead of

simply restricting the wrong ones, such as

phosphorus, potassium and sodium.

The study also puts the spotlight on

emerging evidence that overall eating

patterns may have a greater effect on

patients’ health and longevity.

Team leader Dr Giovanni Strippoli MD

PhD says that in the absence of further

clinical tests, his team’s study is “the

best available evidence to drive clinical

decision-making by patients and doctors

on whole dietary approaches in chronic

kidney disease”.

The team’s findings appeared in the

latest issue of the Clinical journal of the

American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).





Paul Glasziou


Getting healthcare right

GETTING healthcare right has long been the

focus of Professor Paul Glasziou. Overuse

and underuse are the words on his lips, and

those of other academics who undertook

research for the ‘Right Care Series’ published

by The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and

most esteemed medical journals.

The Series defines overuse as “the provision

of medical services that are more likely to

cause harm than good” and underuse as

“the failure to use effective and affordable

medical interventions”. Professor Glasziou

says there were some surprising findings,

even for him.

“We think of overuse, or over-diagnosis, as

mostly being a developed country problem,

but it actually occurs a lot in developing

countries as well,” he says.

“If you buy an MRI machine in India, you

have to try and use it to make up for the

cost. I also have a friend in Gaza and he

said there are a lot of patients getting

unnecessary surgery for low-back pain.”

“It’s a huge problem because it means there

are fewer resources and longer queues for

people who need care. The balance between

overuse and underuse is a problem across

countries, within countries, and different

regions have huge variations.”

The Series started with investigating

‘low-value care’, which includes care that

is ineffective or has very little benefit to

patients. Professor Glasziou draws on

the example of knee replacement, which

works well for patients suffering severe

osteoarthritis who have tried all other

avenues, but not so much for those who

don’t get appropriate physiotherapy


The Series concluded that overuse and

underuse are ‘symptoms of a healthcare

system that does not reflect the ethics

of medicine’.

Professor Glasziou notes that when you

consider all of the drivers, it turns out to be

a ‘very complex brew’ of not just money and

financing. The general practitioner says part

of the solution is re-education and system


“Shared decision-making tools safeguard

patients and clinicians from overestimating

the benefits and underestimating the harms.

There are decision-aids already for some

conditions. Doctors aren’t resistant to them,

but they just don’t currently integrate well

into the workflow. It’s a bit like learning to

use a stethoscope where you actually need

some practice in order to use it well.”

There is also the idea of dampening down

people’s fear of defensive medicine and

encouraging trialling low-risk, low-cost

remedies. For example, while in its early

days, new preliminary research by Bond

academic Dr Wolfgang Marx reveals

ginger may help cancer patients overcome

vomiting, nausea and fatigue caused

by chemotherapy.

Australia, like all other countries, is

struggling with spiralling costs of healthcare.

Professor Glasziou identifies the Medical

Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce,

of which he is a member, as the most

important occurrence in the Australian

healthcare system at the moment.

“That’s reviewing all of the Medicare items

and looking at the usage of inappropriate

care and trying to work out ways to either

change the listing of the items or people’s

behaviour in the way they use the items. It’s

already leading to some changes but most

will come through in the next two years.”

Professor Glasziou’s colleague, Professor of

Clinical Epidemiology, Tammy Hoffmann,

is leading a team that’s zeroing in on a

particular point discussed by The Lancet


Professor Hoffmann has been granted

funding from the National Health and

Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to carry

out a three-year study on reducing the

global threat of antibiotic resistance.

Professor Hoffmann describes the issue as

having reached a ‘critical’ point worldwide.

“Antibiotic resistance results in patient harm,

untreatable infections, restricted health care

and a significant, avoidable health burden,”

she says.

“Reducing the use of antibiotics is central

to minimising resistance, and with 80 per

cent of antibiotic prescriptions provided in

primary care, Doctors and their patients are

a priority target.”

The $325,000 grant will fund a randomised

trial in Queensland and New South Wales

that encourages Doctors to use shared

decision-making aids with patients in a bid

to reduce antibiotic use for acute respiratory

infections. Like Professor Glasziou, Professor

Hoffman is determined for these aids

to become the catalyst for collaborative


To begin with, the aids will be put to test

treating acute respiratory infections (ARIs).

“For ARIs in particular, it may represent

an important opportunity to reduce

unnecessary antibiotic use and thus help

to reduce the global problem of antibiotic


“We think of

overuse, or overdiagnosis,


mostly being a

developed country

problem, but it

actually occurs a

lot in developing

countries as well”


Tammy Hoffmann



2017 | SEMESTER 1




Mr Christian Whitfield

New BUSA President, Christian Whitfield, is continuing the Association’s

impressive legacy of improving the welfare of Bond students.

CHRISTIAN Whitfield took up the role

of Bond University Student Association

(BUSA) President in October 2016, and has

already signed off on a major capital works

program at the University.

He was on-hand as the Digital Media Hub

extension to the Multimedia Learning

Centre was officially opened, an addition to

Bond that the Student Association strongly


“That is a really great legacy for the Bond

University Student Association to have,”

says Mr Whitfield of the Hub.

The past six presidents of BUSA have served

on the committee, or as the director of a

portfolio, in the year leading up to their

appointment as President, but Mr Whitfield

took a different route.

The Bachelor of Commerce and Laws

(Finance and Corporate Law) student, has

made a contribution to Bond as Treasurer

of both the Law Students’ Association

and the Business Students’ Association.

Mr Whitfield says moving into the revered

position as President of BUSA is a step up

from those roles, which he says were a

catalyst for pursuing the position.

“This is a whole other ball game. Even

now, I am amazed at how many parts of

the University we can touch in a meaningful

way,” he says.

Mr Whitfield grew up on Avoca Beach

and came to Bond from the Central Coast

Grammar School in New South Wales

in 2014 as a Macquarie Bank Corporate

Scholarship student.

He plays for the Bond First XI soccer team,

which gives him important insight into one

of the focus areas of the committee.

“We are building a lot of strategy around

sport, which is a massive growth area for

the whole of the University over the past

few years,” Mr Whitfield says.

“Bond is doing great things in the highperformance

sport sector and now we are

focusing on the participative side for the

average Bond student’s sports experience in

terms of coaches, facilities and programs.”

“It is very exciting that we have appointed

a sports wide strength and conditioning

coach, Rick Martin, who will be available to

build programs for all athletes who want to

take their abilities to the next level.”

Mr Whitfield has a team of 17 people

around him, including Charlotte St Baker as

Secretary and Josh Lane as Treasurer, who

are providing support as the committee

tackles important issues around the


“We have also taken massive strides in the

LGBTIQ space, and a lot of that work was

passed on from the previous committee –

we have picked up the baton and run with

it,” he says.




Inside Bond’s new


L-R: Professor Tim Brailsford, Balnaves

Foundation General Manager Mr Hamish

Balnaves, BUSA President Mr Christian Whitfield

STATE of the art audio-visual production

tools are now available to Bond University

students and staff on a 24/7 basis at the

new Digital Media Hub, which opened on

24 January.

The facility is an extension to the Balnaves

Foundation Multimedia Learning Centre

(MLC) and includes a micro studio for

content creation and production, individual

digital media workstations and study

lounge areas.

The Balnaves Foundation and the Bond

University Student Association co-funded

the Hub, which will be used for both

academic-led classes and independent

learning for students out of hours.

Speaking at the Hub’s official opening,

Foundation General Manager Hamish

Balnaves said there was no better

investment in the future of Australia than

education facilities such as the MLC.

“Especially as we continue to grow towards

a creative-based economy, a knowledgebased

economy, and a service-based

economy,” Mr Balnaves said.

“The future of Australia’s prosperity relies

on higher education at a university level,

and that is where we have to compete with

the rest of the world.”

BUSA President Christian Whitfield says

several projects from across the University

were assessed for funding and the question

asked of each one was: how many students

would it benefit?

“This was leaps and bounds above all the

others,” Mr Whitfield says. “It is a 24/7

space attached to a building that is used

24/7, so it is a slam dunk as far as we are


BUSA contributed around 20 percent of the

construction costs and took a hands-on role

with the design. The Hub is the culmination

of years of work, initiated by the previous

BUSA administration team, which was led

by Jack Leonard.

“It is a pretty great legacy to come back in

10, 20 or 30 years and see we have built

something that is going to stand the test

of time,” Mr Whitfield says. “It is a credit

not just to our administration, but the team

before us. They were critical in the early

stages of the proposal.”

Health Sciences and Medicine, Film and

Television, Architecture, Advertising and

Journalism, and Interactive Media are

among the disciplines that will use the Hub.

The micro studio is the centrepiece of the

new Hub, and it will be used by students

and academics to create and edit podcasts

and vodcasts, and deliver lectures and attend

seminars anywhere in the world, at any time,

via virtual reality and cloud-conferencing.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor and

President, Professor Tim Brailsford, says

the extension will ensure the University

remains at the cutting edge of educational




2017 | SEMESTER 1


on the Gold Coast


BOND University Film and Television

Award’s (BUFTA) were once again a starstudded

event, but there could only be one


Budding filmmaker Willem Kingma, from

Kardinia International College in Geelong,

took out the top gong at the Awards for

Best Overall Filmmaker late last year.

Mr Kingma’s short films Not Quite Right

and Suicide – Tiny Giants struck a chord

with the judging panel, who awarded him

a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film

and Television at Bond.

From 277 entries – more than ever before

– Mr Kingma was one of 17 finalists whose

films were shown online to an international

audience and played for 170 attendees at

the BUFTA Gala Awards Ceremony.

Television presenter, producer and

radio host James Mathison hosted the

BUFTA Gala Awards Ceremony, with

entertainment performed by The Voice

2016 finalist Tash Lockhart.

Mr Kingma says winning was a “great

recognition” of his storytelling ability.

“Finally bringing something together

and seeing it come to fruition is really

beautiful,” he says.

“Before this competition, I had doubts I

would ever become a filmmaker so I really

want to thank BUFTA for this award and this

opportunity. It means the world to me.”

Other BUFTA winners included fellow

Kardinia International College student Ben

Head, who took out Best Drama and The

Dean’s Choice Award for his film titled


Kardinia International College’s running

record on the night meant it also took out

Best School Award.

Jonno Kelly from Melbourne’s Scotch

College was awarded Best Documentary

and Best Cinematography for his film

An Australian Farmer’s Story, while Gold

Coaster Kate Burke, from Upper Coomera

Secondary College, was awarded City of

Gold Coast Filmmaker for her film Retard.

The Jury Prize, which includes a 25 per cent

scholarship, went to Molly Evans, from St

Peters Lutheran College in Queensland,


who also received the Best Experimental

film award for her film Synthesis.

Bond Director of Film and Television, Dr

Michael Sergi, says students in Years 10

and 11 should start preparing their entries

for BUFTA 2017.

“BUFTA is Australia’s most significant short

film competition for senior high school

students,” he says.

“The success of previous winners,

including Eric So, who has been involved in

Hollywood films including Captain America

and The Great Gatsby, is testament to the

calibre of filmmakers discovered through


“With so many talented up-and-comers, it’s

an exciting time for the Australian film and

television industry and Bond looks forward

to continuing to help shape the filmmakers

of tomorrow.”


1. Mr James Mathison

2. L-R: Mr James Mathison, Dr Michael Sergi,

Mr Willem Kingma, Professor Raoul Mortley.

3. 2016 BUFTA Gala Ceremony

4. Best overall filmmaker, Mr Willem Kingma






women changing

the game

Ms Rebecca Frizelle

CHANGING the face of Australia’s footy

codes at a nationwide level is a difficult feat,

one that two business leaders are tackling.

The games have changed – initiatives

like the AFL’s women’s competition have

recently launched to much success – but

change at the corporate level is happening

at a slower rate.

If Rebecca Frizelle and Josephine Sukkar

have anything to do with it, though,

representation will happen at the speed

of light.

Gold Coast business leader Ms Frizelle is the

first female club Chairperson in the NRL, and

Sydney’s Ms Sukkar is the Director of the

Australian Rugby Foundation and President

of Australian Women’s Rugby Union.

As part of Bond’s Entrepreneurial Women’s

Series, the pair spoke at a long lunch in

February about developing transferrable

skills to transcend industries, based on their

experiences applying lessons learned in

automotive and construction to corporate

careers in football.

Ms Sukkar co-founded Buildcorp with her

husband Tony Sukkar in 1990. Today the

business has around 300 employees and

revenue of $500 million. They founded

Buildcorp after the company Mr Sukkar

was working at went into liquidation in the

recession of the early 1990s.

Builcorp has been a major sponsor of rugby

union in Australia for 25 years, and now

is a major sponsor of our women’s rugby

union team too, the Wallaroos.

Ms Sukkar believes keeping girls on the

sporting field for longer will deliver a strong

return on investment in the business world.

“There’s a huge drop-off rate for girls

when they turn 14 and they stop playing

sport because they want to watch the boys

play rugby. It’s compulsory in New South

Wales for boys to play sport on a Saturday

in private schools, but it’s not for girls,”

she says.

“In attracting and retaining women on

the sporting field, they learn how to lead a

successful team, win with grace, and lose

with dignity. They learn how to manage a

team of desperate stakeholders, the pressure

backs and the belligerent front-rowers.”

Ms Frizelle also started her career in 1990,

in the family business, James Frizelle’s

Automotive Group. She remembers

financing cars in the early days at 21 per

cent, learning “not to take extended risks,

but calculated risks where we could visualise

where the future was going to be”.

Ms Frizelle says “90 per cent of the time”

she feels “absolutely welcomed” in the

sporting arena.

Where many of the industry leaders are

sporting greats or have familial ties to

them, Ms Frizelle says sometimes being on

the other end has put her at an advantage.

“I think having that lack of self-interest

and being able to stand back and look at

the game from a pure business perspective

gave me a different skill set that potentially

hadn’t always been there,” says Ms Frizelle.

Going forward, however, Ms Frizelle says

it’s about making sure “half the team isn’t

left on the sidelines”.

“Rugby league for years hasn’t grown

because we’ve left half our team on the

sidelines – it just didn’t make sense we

weren’t involving women – who are

deciding the social calendar and controlling

the remote control at home?”

“I think the Titans is one of the first NRL

boards to have three women directors,

and that purely happened by chance. I’m a

believer in selecting the best person for the

job not based on gender.”





THE Alliance of Girl’s Schools

Australasia conference brought more

than 165 female student leaders

from across Australia and the Pacific

to Bond University to develop their

leadership skills and network with

their peers for four days in January.

The conference is designed to support

the development of young female

leaders by giving them confidence

and equipping them with the skills to

make a difference in their schools and

wider communities.

Tracey Vieira, CEO of Screen

Queensland and 2016 Queensland

Telstra Business Woman of the Year,

gave an emotive and inspiring speech

to the girls.

Ms Vieira addressed the bullying she

suffered early in her teenage years,

which forced her to change schools,

and how she overcame a critical lack

of confidence to become a leader in

the entertainment industry.

She had a strong message for the

young women in the room, and that

was to support other women.

“Your strength will not come from

some organisational chart, or your job

title; it will come from building trust

and earning respect,” she said.

Ms Vieira’s eight years working in Los

Angeles for Screen Australia allowed

her to develop important relationships

with some of Hollywood’s most

important players, and bring millions

of dollars of investment into Australia.

“This is what I want to ask of you, both

for now and your futures,” she said.

“I want you to hire women whenever

you get a chance.”

“I want you to show others that it

is possible to break barriers, glass

ceilings and be anything you want

to be. I want you to inspire other


During the conference the girls also

heard a thought provoking speech

from the 2016 Young Australians of

the Year and co-founders of Orange

Sky Laundry, Nic Marchesi and Lucas

Patchett, before preparing to return

home the next day.



2017 | SEMESTER 1



SINCE the establishment of the Nyombil

Centre in 2012 the population of

Indigenous students on campus has grown

exponentially, flourishing in both the

diversity of study and culture.

Of the many Indigenous students that

proudly cross the stage to receive their

Bachelor degrees, there are a number who

have decided to take their education to the

next level.

Dani Larkin

Doctor of Philosophy

After completing her Master of Laws –

Corporate and Commercial degree in

April last year, Dani Larkin has made

the leap to a PhD.

Inspired by her own experience as

an Indigenous woman working in

organisations in the private and public

law spaces, Ms Larkin’s doctoral thesis

will address international law, human

rights, constitutional law and politics

through a lens of cultural identity.

Ms Larkin says the continued support

from the law faculty throughout her

degrees has been instrumental to her

academic and intellectual growth.

“I came from a background in

corporate and commercial law, and

Oscar Davis, Hannah Duncan, Dani Larkin

and Caitlin Rodaughan are four such

students who have gone on to study

postgraduate degrees in addition to their

undergraduate studies at Bond, taking

that extra step toward fulfilling their career


Motivated by a hunger for knowledge and

experience, these students are now delving

into high-profile areas of study within the

fields of law, philosophy and psychology.

Bond offered a Masters in that field,”

says Ms Larkin.

“I stayed on to do my PhD after having

that Masters experience and being

exposed to such great teaching capacity

and student support.”

Ms Larkin looks forward to applying for

internships with the United Nations and

continuing a career in political advocacy.

Caitlin Rodaughan

Oscar Davis

Master of Philosophy

Oscar Davis made the shift from

studying the mind to speaking it,

when he discovered his love for

philosophy during one of his core

psychology classes.

Mr Davis received an Indigenous

Community Scholarship to study a

Bachelor of Psychological Science, later

making the switch to the fields he is

most interested in.

“I may have frustrated the Student

Business Centre with the degree

changes,” says Mr Davis, “but I

went on to complete a Bachelor

of Arts majoring in Philosophy and

Criminology, and then went on to

start a related postgraduate degree.”

Mr Davis is currently working through

his Masters thesis centred on the

principals of morality and the laws of

human nature.

He also works as a teacher at

Bond, where he has been inspired

to facilitate thought-provoking

conversations with his students, just as

his own professors had done with him.

Master of Psychology

For Caitlin Rodaughan, it was Bond’s

personal teaching approach that sealed

the deal on both an honours and

postgraduate degree in psychology.

She is currently compiling her Masters

thesis to test frameworks for mental

health in Indigenous university students,

while also working as an Indigenous

Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) Support

Officer at Bond.

“When I was at university in Melbourne

I didn’t even know my teacher’s names,”

reflects Ms Rodaughan.

“But then when I came to Bond, I

remember even just at orientation there

were so many teachers who were already

willing to talk to me. I think that is the

major bonus that helped me decide to

stick around for my Masters.”

Ms Rodaughan hopes to qualify and

register as a clinical psychologist in the

near future, aiming to secure a full-time

job in 2018.




Hannah Duncan

Postgraduate Diploma

of Legal Practice

Not only is Hannah Duncan making

a name for herself in the public law

space, she is also well and truly living

up to the legacy of her lineage.

The history-changing work of her

grandfather, the late Eddie Mabo,

inspired Ms Duncan to carve her

own path toward helping society in

a positive way.

Ms Duncan completed her Bachelor

of Laws at Bond and is now studying

a Postgraduate Diploma of Legal

Practice, after which she hopes

to secure a position at either the

Administrative Appeals Tribunal or

the Attorney-General’s department.

“I think in these departments the

law would be applied in a different

sense, where you would need to

consider political grounds outside of

the legislation alone,” she says.

“I feel that if I work in this area,

I will be able to build my skills in

dispute resolution methods, such as

negotiation and mediation, and be

able to give back to the community.”

“I’m excited and nervous to see

what is ahead but I am confident

that if I work hard I will get where I

need to be, and achieve my ultimate

goal of making a difference.”

Ms Duncan found a passion for the

law, rather than politics, because she

believes the law is the best avenue

for understanding government

systems, and is a degree which can

support a variety of career choices.



BOND has welcomed its latest cohort

of Indigenous scholarship students; a

talented group of people with varied

interests and backgrounds, who have

embarked on a range of undergraduate

degrees and diplomas.

Among the eight new students who

started in the January Semester 2017 is

Rekisha Satour, a former Yalari program

student who also completed high-school

on a scholarship in Western Australia.

The cohort also includes Jenepher Boon,

a student from Rockhampton who is

undertaking a Bachelor of Biomedical

Science, and Jesse Russell, an aspiring

professional tennis player who is delving

into the business arena through a

Bachelor of Sports Management.

Jasmine Roberts and Giselle Kilner-

Parmenter, who were first introduced to

Bond through the Australian Indigenous

Mentoring Experience (AIME), are

both Gold Coast locals who have both

launched degrees through Bond Law.

Marnie Jones is enrolled in a Diploma of

Communication, and students Damien

Bourke and Timakoi Bowie, who both

came to Bond through the Cairns AFL

Cape York House, are each studying the

Diploma of Business.

Ms Satour says that aside from her

degree, she was most looking forward to

becoming a part of Bond’s internationally

diverse culture.

“The thing I was most excited about

was meeting new people from across

the world, it’s interesting meeting those

people with different backgrounds,” she


Mr Bowie, who is currently in his draft

year with the Gold Coast Suns, is looking

forward to a future of professional footy

and giving back to the community.

“Being at Bond is a great experience,

I’m starting to get to know the other

students and lecturers and making good

friends,” says Mr Bowie.

“After I finish study, one of my uncles

runs an Indigenous centre in Cairns and

I’m hoping to help make something

bigger out of it.”

Bond University’s Indigenous

scholarship program is one of the most

comprehensive and successful in the

country, maintaining a significantly

higher student retention rate than the

national average.

Since launching the program, which is

supported by organisations including

Blue Sky Alternative Investments, Newell

Holdings QLD and ISS Facility Services,

Bond University has awarded a total of

70 Indigenous scholarships.

Back row (standing) L-R: Ms Marnie Jones, Mr Damien Burke, Ms Rekisha Satour

Front row (sitting) L-R: Ms Jenepher Boon, Mr Timakoi Bowie, Ms Giselle Kilner-Parmenter,

Ms Jasmine Roberts, Mr Jesse Russell



2017 | SEMESTER 1

Professor Tim Brailsford with the 2017 Vice-Chancellor Scholars

Ms Catherine O’Sullivan with

mentor Mr Mark Sowerby

Where ambition meets


A LEADING venture capitalist, a partnerin-charge

of a ‘Big Four’ accounting firm,

the head of an institutional bank, and a

general counsel to an ASX-listed company

are among the mentors in the 2017 Bond

University Vice-Chancellor Mentor Program.

Nine students will benefit from the

deep industry knowledge and personal

experience that will be shared by these

industry leaders as the year progresses,

building a bridge between the ambition of

the young minds, and the experience of

their mentors.

The initiative is offered as part of the

prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship,

which is awarded to some of the country’s

highest achieving school-leavers each year.

The program aims to provide a

transformational student experience in line

with Bond University’s mission statement:

its ‘commitment to influence’, and

‘dedication to inspire’.

Bond University Vice Chancellor and

President, Professor Tim Brailsford, says

the most valuable commodity that can be

shared is knowledge, and the benefits of

the program are profound.

“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to

absorb the insights, perspectives and life

lessons from leaders in their field; one that

they rate among the most valuable aspects

of their time at Bond,” he says.

“For our mentors, too, it is a significant

milestone; presenting a time to reflect

on their own success and how they have

achieved their goals, as well as providing

a collegiate connection with the next

generation of industry captains.”

Dakota-Lily Morris, 2014 Vice-Chancellor

Scholar, is now working as a Junior

Paralegal at DibbsBarker Brisbane while

she completes her Law and International

Relations studies at Bond.

Ms Morris was mentored by Judy Brinsmead,

Joint Chairman of ADCO Constructions.

“We have formed a strong relationship,

and I consider her a friend and the most

wonderful mentor you could have as a law

student,” says Ms Morris.

The relationship has blossomed past the 12

month program into a friendship.

“Ms Brinsmead is someone I can look up

to. She has achieved so much, yet she is the

humblest person and she makes the time to

spend with me, which is indicative of how

lovely she is,” says Ms Morris.

From early on in the program, it was clear

that it would be more than a 12-month


“I remember Ms Brinsmead said to me on

one of the first times I met her that she

had no intention of it being a 12-month

program, and I think that is very true, Ms

Brinsmead will be my mentor indefinitely.”

Ms Morris says the advice has been

particularly useful as she approaches

graduation in April 2018 and considers her

first career move.

“More than anything, it has given me a

lot of confidence, particularly at this stage,

which is quite daunting, coming up to

graduate from law and then considering all

the things outside of university. It is useful

for me to know that I can talk to someone

who has been there and done that.”

The mentorship has developed into a strong

bond for the pair.

“We have shared stores about our lives,

families, holidays and careers,” says Ms


“I’ve given advice on overseas study,

subject selections, employment

opportunities and leadership positions.

“She is an extraordinary woman and

colleague – one with whom I will

collaborate for years to come.”








BOND is among eight universities

that will take part in the inaugural

National Sevens University Series


Women’s rugby in Australia is


The Australian Women’s Sevens

team won gold at the Rio de Janiero

Olympic Games last year and

participation at the amateur levels

has grown 33 percent since then.

The series aims to build on that

momentum by providing a field

to unearth the next generation of

female rugby talent, who will get the

opportunity to play alongside some

of Australia’s best players.

The series will be played over four

tournaments between August

and October, in the World Series

off-season, allowing Australian

representatives to take part.

Under new coach Ben Gollings, who

has 70 caps for the England Sevens

team and holds the world record for

points scored in sevens, the Bond

team will have a top-level coach to

bring the best out of its players.

Mr Gollings, who is based at Bond

University Rugby Club, said the Gold

Coast was already home to to many

great women players.

“Introducing a new national

competition will give our Gold Coast

rugby players a home, and the

opportunity to play more often and

at a higher level, which is what is

needed to become more skilled and

more competitive internationally,”

he said.

“Our aim is to help develop the

sport at a community level by

encouraging more girls and women

to participate in Sevens.”

“From this solid base, we’ll be

in a strong position to identify

talent and create a pathway for

their development as they leave

school and look to become elite

professional players.”

The tournament builds on the

momentum being built in the

Women’s Sevens code following the

national team’s gold medal at the Rio

Olympics last year.

Blues Awards celebrate

Bond’s finest athletes

L-R: Ms Madeline Groves, Mr Mathew Belcher

OLYMPIC medalists Mathew Belcher and

Maddie Groves were named the Bond

University Sportsman and Sportswoman of

the Year at the annual Blues Awards late

last year.

Both Mr Belcher and Ms Groves won silver

at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games: Mr

Belcher for sailing in the 470 class; and Ms

Groves in the 200 metre butterfly swim.

In 2016, Mr Belcher also took out first

place in the 470 European Championships

and the Trofeo SAR Pincesa Sofia Palma de

Majorca, both in Spain, and placed second

at the World Cup in Hyeres, France.

It is the second time Mr Belcher and Ms

Groves have been named Bond’s top


Mr Belcher was named top sportsman in

2013 after winning gold in the 470 class at

the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Ms Groves took out the 2015 award

following winning bronze at the 2014 Delhi

Commonwealth Games in the 200 metre

butterly, and where she also swam in the

heats for the gold medal winning Australian

freestyle team.

Mr Belcher, 34, graduated from Bond

with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2009 and

is currently studying a Master of Urban

Development and Sustainability at

the University.

He is a member of the Bond Elite Sport

Program (BESP), which provides support to

rising athletes to balance their study and

sporting ambitions.

“For me, it’s an absolute privilege to be a

professional athlete and a privilege for me

to be at Bond,” Mr Belcher says.

Ms Groves was awarded the 2015 Georgina

Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence

Scholarship and is also a member of the

Bond Elite Sports Program (BESP). She is

studying a Bachelor of Social Science.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here

so I can show how appreciative I am for

everything,” says Ms Groves of the Blues


“I’ve been so fortunate to have such an

amazing year and I really appreciate Bond’s

support and contribution to that, as well as

the support of the Georgina Hope Rinehart


Also honoured at this year’s Blues Awards

was Bond University Swimming Club coach

Richard Scarce, who was named Coach of

the Year. The swimming club also claimed

the Champion Club award, while surf

lifesaver Campbell McDonald was awarded

the Elite Sport Scholar award.

The Best Sporting Moment was awarded

to swimmer Alex Graham for breaking the

Australian University Games 100 metre

freestyle record with a 50.43 second swim

in Perth earlier last year; while Edward

Burrows-Cheng received the Outstanding

Service to Sport award for his role as Bond

University AFL Club President.



2017 | SEMESTER 1

Bond builds its coaching



Mr Dan


Dan Atkins is the Triathlon Australia

National Performance Centre Head

Coach, based out of Bond University,

and the Australian Institute of Sport

at Pizzey Park.

He has been working with the

swimming squad at the University

pool since 2014.

In the lead up to the Rio Olympics,

Mr Atkins had triathletes using

the altitude chamber at the Bond

Institute of Health and Sport to

prepare for the conditions at the

humid Brazilian city.

Mr Atkins has both Olympians and

Paralympians under his tutelage

and is excited to grow the triathlon

program at Bond to include amateur

athletes into the future.

Mr Atkins sees Bond and the Gold

Coast as the best places in the world

to train triathletes.

GOOD coaches not only get the best out of

the athletes they have, they attract a new

calibre of athlete to train under them.

That’s why Bond University has secured

some of the best coaches in Australia and

internationally, for its peak performance


The partnerships in sports such as

swimming, triathlon, rugby, AFL, netball

and soccer put Bond athletes in touch with

some of the nation’s top coaches.

The athletes benefit from a high-end

coaching experience commensurate with

the high standard of education they get as

a student, and clear pathways to the higher

levels of their sports.

This all feeds into Bond’s vision to be the

leading destination for sports education.

“We have worked very hard to attract these

coaches and our intent is to continue to

do so as we develop the Bond University

sports landscape,” says Executive Director

of Sport, Garry Nucifora.

“Good coaching is the cornerstone of

success and personal development, and we

want to foster both attributes in our Bond


The appointment of Ben Gollings and Luca

Liussi to the rugby department is a case in

point. Mr Gollings was an internationallevel

rugby sevens player for England who

is the new coach of the Bond women’s


Mr Richard


sevens team, while Mr Luissi has held key

management roles with senior Australian

sevens teams.

“ I came here for the rugby program after I

saw the world-class people and program at

Bond’s rugby facility,” says Mr Liussi.

“The credibility of the coaches and the

administration is really exciting.”

In swimming, Richard Scarce has brought

with him some of Australia’s highest

rated talent as part of the Bond University

Swimming Team – including Olympic

medallists Cameron McEvoy and Thomas


Working alongside them is the triathlon

squad under coach Dan Atkins, who says it

is a key opportunity to have elite swimmers

working alongside each other, even if they

compete in different sports.

“The team has performed well over the

past 12 months and everyone has been

patting each other on the back while also

pushing each other to go further,” says Mr

Atkins. “I believe this is the best place on

Earth to do what we do, and I am really

excited about the future.”

The momentum building behind Bond’s

sports program will continue to grow under

the watch of these top-class coaches as

more elite athletes are attracted to the

University and participation levels among

students increases.

Richard Scarce has been Head

Coach for the Bond Swim Club

since 2015, when he brought a

team of 40 swimmers to train at

the University, including Olympian

Cameron McEvoy.

Assisted by Kyle Samuelson, Mr

Scarce has taken Bond’s swimming

program to an international

standard, which is important as

the University continues to attract

elite-level swimmers through

its Georgina Hope Rinehart

Swimming Excellence Scholarship.





Former VFL and AFL player Craig

Starcevich is Head Coach of the AFL

Women’s Brisbane Lions team.

Mr Starcevich played for Collingwood

for seven years from 1987 before

moving to the Brisbane Bears in 1994,

where he played for two seasons.

He also has a long history as a trainer

and strength and conditioning coach,

having held the role at the Brisbane

Lions and St Kilda Football Clubs.

Bond gains access to Mr Starcevich

through the University’s role as the

Official Coaches Partner of the Brisbane

Lions Women’s team.

In the Gold Coast competition, Bond’s

AFL team is guided by Sam Whish


Mr Whish Wilson has led the side to two

premierships in his three years with the

Club resulting in the team’s progression

to ever higher divisions.

Last year, the Bond University Bullsharks

AFL team made the preliminary final of

QFA Division 1.

Ben Merrett has proved a strong foil to

Mr Whish Wilson as the reserves coach.

Mr Merrett, son of AFL legend Roger

Merrett, came to the Bullsharks in 2015.

Mr Merrett is a formidable performer

on the field as a star for the first-grade

team and a representative player for the

south-east Queensland regional team, in

addition to being a strong guiding hand

for the reserves.

Dave Ashkar is Bond’s new AFL

women’s Head Coach. Mr Ashkar

hopes to replicate his success with the

Gold Coast Suns Under 16s academy,

which he took to back-to-back state



Ms Linda


Mr Craig


Linda Peterson is the Coach of the

Bond University Golden South Jaguars

in the Queensland State Netball

League, a role she transitioned to

after eight years as a player.

The partnership with Bond has

allowed the Jags to implement a full

strength and conditioning program

with access to the new Sports Centre.

The Golden South Jaguars compete

in the feeder competition to the

premier Super Netball League making

Ms Peterson an important mentor

to the Queensland up-and-coming



Bond University’s rugby

department has a new look this

year, under Director of Rugby

Sean Hedger.

It is a team with a wealth

of knowledge on the game:

Mr Hedger coached in

Japan’s top league, at the

Melbourne Rebels in the

Super Rugby competition and

with Melbourne Rising in the

National Rugby Championships.

The team has two new

members with a depth of

knowledge in the game this

year, in Luca Liussi as General

Manager Bond Rugby and Ben

Gollings as I came here for the

rugby program after I saw the

world-class people and program

at Bond’s rugby facility.

Mr Liussi comes to the

University from his long-term

role as the Australian Sevens

Team Manager, while Mr

Gollings – the highest point

scorer in world sevens history

– recently finished his long

international playing career.

Adding depth to the team is

Adrian Thompson, who is

Assistant Coach for the premier

team, and holds the role of

Australia Under 20s Coach.

Mr Ben




2017 | SEMESTER 1


PROFESSIONAL women’s sport is not new:

think tennis, surfing, golf and swimming.

What is new is the rise of women’s team

sports, especially in the traditionally male

dominated football codes.

Late last year, Super Netball players signed

a dramatic increase to the minimum wage,

the Australian Women’s Sevens team won

the gold medal at the Rio Olympics, and

the Women’s AFL Competition kicked off to

widespread acclaim.

Bond University is at the forefront of this

new push for women’s sport, which has

been embraced by the public and the sports

community at large.

“Sport is part of Bond’s DNA,” says

Executive Director of Sport, Garry Nucifora.

“We are staunch champions of women’s

sport and the creation of pathways to

enable more opportunities for young

players to develop into elite female

athletes and professionals through

coaching, conditioning, mentoring and

education,” he said.

The University’s support of women’s

team sport has a four-pronged approach,

spearheaded by its roles as the Official

Coaches’ Partner of the Brisbane Lions

Women’s team in the Women’s AFL.

“In the past few months we have witnessed

the nation getting behind women’s football

to an extent never seen before, and Bond

University is proud to cement its support of

women’s AFL through this partnership with

the Brisbane Lions,” says Mr Nucifora.

Additionally, Bond is a naming-rights

sponsor of the Golden South Jaguars in

netball and of the Gold Coast City Football

Club women’s senior team in the NPL.

The University is also represented in the

new National Sevens University Series this

year – Australia’s first national women’s

sevens rugby competition.

Jackie Parra, Manager of Sports and

Programs, says the University has an

emphasis on equality.

“Women’s team sport is making headway

into the Australian sporting landscape and

it is really exciting and productive that Bond

is partnering with some of the highest

levels of female sporting teams,” she says.

“These girls are elite athletes and also

wonderful role models, and we want to help

provide a pathway for female athletes to

achieve their sporting goals and dreams.”

2017 is Bond’s third year as a naming

rights partner of the Golden South Jaguars,

which competes in the Queensland State

Netball League, and two Bond students are

playing in the division one team: Ashleigh

Keefe, the 2017 ADCO Sports Excellence

Scholarship holder; and Laura King.

Two Jags players recently competed at the

highest level of domestic competition, the

Super Netball League, including the club

captain Kristen Oxenford.

“It shows the Jaguars are a high performing

team that provide a stepping stone to the

top level of netball in Australia, and they

have had several outstanding performers,”

says Ms Parra.

Golden South Jaguars head coach Linda

Peterson says the sponsorship has allowed

the team to step up its training programs.

“It is a big step up for the girls, and for

netball in the region. The sponsorship

means that we can run full strength and

conditioning programs with access to the

new Sports Centre – once a week we have

a squad session there,” says Ms Peterson.

These partnerships not only allow Bond

to attract elite athletes as students, but

provide existing students with pathways to

the top level of sport, both for competitors,

and sports science students, who get the

opportunities to work with the teams. It is a

win-win for women’s sport in the region.



AFL team




In the swim of things



L-R: Ms Jenna Strauch, Ms Laura Taylor

BOND breeds elite swimmers in droves,

and the University’s latest rising stars are

Jenna Strauch and Laura Taylor.

Bendigo-born 19-year-old Ms Strauch

has competed at an international level,

representing Australia in the 2013 World

Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai.

She also swam for Australia at the 2013

Youth Olympics Festival in Sydney, winning

two gold medals and breaking two

world records.

Like Ms Strauch, local girl Laura Taylor,

from St Hilda’s School, has her sights set on

the next Olympic Games hosted by Tokyo

in 2020.

Ms Taylor made the Australian Junior

Pan Pac Team last year, as well as the

Queensland Short Course Team and, for

the third consecutive year, the Queensland

Talent Identification Squad.

At the Rio Olympic trials (2016 Hancock

Prospecting Australian Swimming

Championships), Ms Taylor took home

bronze in the 200 metre butterfly. She

also won five gold medals at this year’s

Georgina Hope Foundation Australian

Age Championships.

Both Ms Taylor and Ms Strauch have been

awarded the celebrated Georgina Hope

Rinehart Swimming Excellence Scholarship

to study at Bond University in 2017.

First offered in 2015, the scholarship gives

recipients the opportunity to compete at an

elite level while studying.

Ms Strauch, who was crowned the fastest

15-year-old female breaststroker in

Bond AFL

Australia Women’s in team 2012, started a Bachelor of

Biomedical Science at Bond this year.

“The ongoing discoveries made and

extended through science and medicine

that improve humanity and its purpose

really inspire me and is why I have chosen

to study Biomedical Science at Bond,” says

Ms Strauch.

“I have a lot of smaller goals for my studies

in the future but my next major sporting

goal is to qualify for the Open Australian

swim team and to represent Australia at the

2020 Olympic Games.”

Ms Taylor is looking more closely into the

health arena too, has begun a Bachelor of

Exercise and Sports Science this year.

“I’m really interested in seeing how the

body works and which muscles are used

while training and competing to help

maximise sporting success,” says Ms Taylor.

“Becoming a physiotherapist will not only

help me to understand my body and how

it works to a greater degree, but to assist

other athletes and sports enthusiasts to

reach their goals.”

Bond Executive Director of Sport, Garry

Nucifora, says the Georgina Hope Rinehart

Swimming Excellence Scholarship provides

a unique mentoring experience for

the recipients.

“Our Bond alumni include an impressive

cohort of Olympic and Commonwealth

Games gold medal swimmers who are

on hand to provide both career and sport

mentoring, and techniques to help our

athletes prepare for life beyond sport.”

Bond Sport Ambassador and current

Medical student, and Olympic gold

medalist, Melanie Wright, is an example of

one such significant mentor whom athletes

can access.

A NATIONWIDE search was

conducted last year for the next

John Eales Rugby Excellence

Scholar for 2017.

The Year 12 student received

the John Eales Rugby Excellence

Scholarship for being an

exceptional rugby player who

also possesses leadership and

community skills.

The undergraduate scholarship

is designed to allow students to

focus on their rugby careers while

preparing for life after sport.

Scholars train with the Bond

University Rugby Club under Head

Coach Sean Hedger, and also

receive mentoring from Mr Eales.

Mr Blyth, who hails from Casuarina

but graduated from The Southport

School (TSS), recently signed with

the Queensland Reds.

The talented defender was

also selected for the Australian

Schoolboys Barbarians team last

year, following two strong seasons

in the First XV for TSS and having

trained with the Reds schoolboy

development squad.

Mr Blyth started studying a

Bachelor of Commerce in January


“I would like to continue my

passion for business after my

rugby career has finished and this

scholarship will give me the ability

to set myself up to be successful

in both my chosen fields,” says Mr


“I plan to work on my off-season

fitness to be able to play in the

Queensland Under 20s in 2017,

then after that I hope to make the

Australian Under 20 squad to play

in Georgia at the Under 20 Rugby

World Championships.

“Having the assistance of an iconic

player such as John Eales, who is

someone I have looked up to my

whole life and seen as a real hero,

will be a major asset in helping

take my rugby career to the next




2017 | SEMESTER 1

Kirsty Mitchell,

Director of the Career

Development Centre





By Kirsty Mitchell, Director, Career and Development Centre, Bond University

THIS edition of the Arch highlights the

journeys of Bond’s inaugural cohort. It

provides a point of reflection for me as I

think about the career transitions of all the

students I have worked with during my

time at Bond in the Career Development

Centre (CDC).

The big over-arching concerns that plague

students are those around the outcome and

process - “Who will I become? What will I

do? Will I get there? Will I like it? Will I be

good enough?” Much angst is experienced

in this transition, most notably the selfdoubt

they all face.

In the CDC we have the privileged role of

providing advice, practical support, and

encouragement to students to help them

achieve their goals. I often call us the Office

of Hopes and Dreams.

We provide visible hope to students by

sharing stories of alumni success and how

they experienced the same concerns, yet

managed to overcome these challenges and

achieve their dreams.

We spend a great deal of time developing

maps and strategies with a significant

caveat - the map is not the terrain. After all,

a career is not a destination, but a journey.

I love talking with alumni about their career

journeys and a common element is how

they adapted when the terrain shifted.

Fortunately, I recently had the opportunity

to speak with Yolande Waldock, an 892

alumna who completed a Bachelor of

Commerce. Ms Waldock mentioned that

she was strongly encouraged by her father,

a racing car driver and explosives expert, to

enrol at Bond.

The fast-track degree held significant

appeal along with the challenger status

and unique education model offered by the

University. Ms Waldock thrived at Bond and

built long lasting relationships with fellow

Bondies living on campus.

When I asked about her biggest learning

experience to date, Ms Waldock replied,

“To learn, grow and evolve. You need to

accept change. You have an idea what

you want to do when you are at university,

however it is rarely how the plan goes”.

Her advice to other Bondies, particularly

recent graduates, is to “Do the things you

are passionate about”.

“We all work long and hard hours but you

need to be around people, products and

organisations that you enjoy and care about.

Give it a go, and if you don’t love it then

change it. Be happy and passionate; this is

when you perform at your best,” she said.

Over the course of her career, Ms

Waldock has deftly chased opportunities

through large corporate, agency and

automotive fields with dynamism, passion

and determination. Her passion for the

automotive industry has led to significant

career growth in a field typically dominated

by men.

After a challenging yet rewarding role at

Lexus International in Japan, Ms Waldock

recently moved to Sydney for a new role as

Corporate Manager, Brand Management

and Communications at Toyota Australia.

Ms Waldock is one of 322 students from

a handful of nations in the Class of 892,

whose courage and thirst for something

different helped Bond develop its reputation

to become a world-class institution.

We now have over 25,000 graduates from

over 150 countries. While there is no doubt

the University has grown significantly since

its foundation, I believe our core values

remain the same - we offer a uniquely

personalised approach to education, we

deliver a transformative experience that

unleashes potential, and we know our

students by name, not just by number.

Notably, the ethos of our students has

remained unchanged also.

Today’s graduates believe, just as the

students from 1989 did, in defining their

own success by challenging the status quo,

adapting to dynamic environments, thriving

on change and the opportunities it creates,

staying connected and supporting each

other, and by giving back through ongoing

involvement with the University.





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