Professor Sandra Jones
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement - Melbourne
Professor Sandra Jones is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement at ACU. Her role provides leadership, advice and support for our community engagement strategy – including strategic frameworks that implement the new measurement of research engagement and impact.
Prior to her current appointment Sandra was the Director of ACU’s Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR), a research centre focused on social marketing and community-based research.
Sandra joined ACU in 2014 after more than a decade as the Founding Director of Australia’s largest social marketing research group at the University of Wollongong. Her research career focused on the development and delivery of community-based interventions, in partnership with health services and non-government organisations, to improve the uptake of health promoting and risk-reducing behaviours.
Executive Officer - Melbourne
Sonya Francis joined ACU Engagement in June 2017 after working within the tertiary education and local government sector in Western Australia and Queensland. Sonya is responsible for the strategic direction of ACU Engagement and provides advice and liaison between the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and internal and external stakeholders.
Sonya holds a Bachelor of Business and Law from the Queensland University of Technology.
Senior Designer - Melbourne
Josh Beard joined ACU in 2014 developing materials for the Centre for Health and Social Research across numerous social marketing and community engagement projects. Having previously worked in a similar capacity for University of Wollongong’s Centre for Health Initiatives, he has experience in both community and research engagement. With a wide design scope Josh creates effective communication channels between communities and researchers to facilitate collaborative knowledge transfer.
Dr Matthew Pink
Research Fellow - Brisbane
Dr Matthew Pink is a research fellow at the Brisbane Campus. Matthew's areas of interest include the transformational processes of university-community engagement, and the pairing of sport/exercise with relevant educational opportunities for groups who have experienced disadvantage or marginalisation.
Matthew received his doctorate from ACU in 2016.
Senior Research Officer - Melbourne
Vivian Romero is on a mission to collect stories. Motivated by a socio-ecological perspective, she seeks to understand and promote how people engage meaningfully with their world. Here at ACU, she wants to hear and share the collective stories of our impacts through empathy and contributions to the common good.
Vivian has a PhD in Built Environments and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning.
Dr Chloe Gordon
Research Associate - Melbourne
Dr Chloe Gordon is a Research Associate at the Melbourne Campus. She is a qualified teacher and holds a PhD in Education/Public Health from the University of Wollongong.
Chloe joined ACU in 2014 as a casual professional within the Centre for Health and Social Research. She is passionate about using research to improve the health, education and social outcomes of vulnerable populations. Chloe is particularly interested in child and adolescent health and wellbeing.
Community Engagement Program Manager - North Sydney
Peter Boyle has joined the team as the Community Engagement Program Manager. Based at the North Sydney Campus, he leads our team of Community Engagement Officers.
His responsibilities include working collaboratively with internal stakeholders to develop a nationally consistent approach to programs, and strengthening relationships with various external partners.
Peter has previously worked in the corporate sector in a range of business transformation, change management and commercially oriented roles. He has completed a bachelor degree in business management, is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (deferred), and is enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture with ACU.
Senior Community Engagement Officer
Penny Daly joins us from the strategy team at the State Government’s Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network. As a social worker, she has worked in the areas of youth and families, local government, disability, alcohol and other drugs, leadership and development and in a variety of roles with asylum seekers in Australia, Nauru and Papua New Guinea. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at ACU Melbourne and is currently completing a Master of Human Rights Law. In 2015, she was awarded the ACU Alumni Community Leadership Award and in 2016 was inducted as an honorary member of the Golden Key Association of ACU for her role in founding The Welcome Group, a charity supporting refugees. Penny joins ACU as the Senior Community Engagement Officer.
Community Engagement Officer - North Sydney
Vivien Cinque is the Community Engagement Officer at the North Sydney Campus. She has been at ACU since 2014 and worked in the National School of Arts before joining our Engagement Team. Vivien is passionate about growing relationships with community partners and stakeholders that will benefit disadvantaged groups and individuals.
Vivien has First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, and will be completing the Emerging Leaders and Managers Program run by the L.H. Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne.
Community Engagement Officer - North Sydney
Miranda Bush joins Vivien as the Community Engagement Officer at the North Sydney Campus.
Miranda has a background working in the not-for-profit sector, most recently for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) as a Pathways Advisor.
Miranda is passionate about education and social impact initiatives and looks forward to connecting with staff, students and community partners.
Community Engagement Officer - Canberra
Olivia Merrick is the Community Engagement Officer at Canberra Campus. She is excited to build local relationships with our community partners.
Olivia has previously worked in the public sector. She completed her MBA at the University of Notre Dame and has a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) from Curtin University.
Community Engagement Officer - Melbourne
Jess Innes-Irons is the Community Engagement Officer for the Melbourne Campus. She has an extensive background in working with vulnerable groups and promoting social inclusion.
Jess is passionate about employing kindness in support of empowering individual and community agency. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor Commerce and completed her Honours in Community Grief in Social Media.
Jess has previously worked in both Marketing and External Relations and Student Administration at ACU.
Community Engagement Officer - Ballarat
Emma Hoare is the Community Engagement Officer at Ballarat campus. Emma is committed to working with community members to unlock opportunities for all.
Her most recent experiences have been within not-for-profit organisations supporting children, vulnerable families, schools, kindergartens and community volunteers.
Emma completed her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching at ACU and her Graduate Diploma of Rural Social Welfare at Federation University.
Research Engagement Manager - Melbourne
Stuart Whitman has comprehensive cross-sectoral experience, having worked in education as well as in government and business with a focus on policy development and strategic projects. He joined ACU as Manager of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society prior to becoming Research Engagement Manager at ACU Engagement.
More recently he has consulted to Indigenous community groups on business development, and researched and developed project cases for disadvantaged youth mentoring and training services across Northern Melbourne. He has been a senior adviser to the Honourable Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, has worked in the Australian House of Representatives as a community relations coordinator for the Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC MP, and as a liaison for Victorian Senator Jacinta Collins to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.
Stuart was an academic developer and research manager at RMIT University for six years, a sessional lecturer in political economy and international business in the tertiary sector, and has taught at TAFE and secondary schools. Stuart is an alumnus and Ian Potter Foundation Fellow of the Asialink Leaders program, with academic and policy interests in international relations, law, education and innovation.
Research Engagement/Grants Officer - Melbourne
Nicole Murphy is the Research Engagement/Grants Officer at the Melbourne Campus. She is an accredited practising dietitian (APD) with extensive research and project management experience.
Nicole is passionate about research that engages with hard to reach community groups and promotes the wellbeing of young, vulnerable or disadvantaged persons.
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