ACU Engagement


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.



Sonya Francis

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.



Josh Beard

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.



Jael Rincon

Communications Officer - Melbourne

Jael is a communications professional with a strong background and employment experience in digital marketing, communications and editorial design. Jael joined ACU Engagement after working in publications and digital communications within the tertiary education sector and the Government of Victoria.

Jael provides advice and support to community engagement, research engagement, internal and external stakeholders. She has expertise in delivering marketing, communications and design services for private, public and non-for-profit organisations. She holds a master in communications from RMIT University where she is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Media and Communications.



Felicity Rose

Administration Officer - Melbourne

Felicity Rose joined ACU Engagement in June 2018, having previously worked as an Executive Officer in the Office of the Provost at ACU since July 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy and an Advanced Diploma of Business (Legal Practice), and has worked in a variety of roles in the legal, environment and tertiary education sectors for almost 20 years.

She has a strong desire to use her skills to help address disadvantage in society, and is excited to be part of a team which makes a meaningful difference to the world in which we live.

Community Engagement


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.



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.



Vivien Cinque

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.



Miranda Bush

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.



Jess Innes-Irons

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.



Rugelie Walsh

Community Engagement Administrator - Brisbane

Rugelie Walsh is the Community Engagement Administrator for ACU Engagement.

Having previously worked in finance and administration roles in both corporate and community settings Rugelie is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Administration at ACU Banyo Campus.

Rugelie believes in “giving back” and appreciates working for ACU Engagement as it gives her the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life journey.



Moon Rea

Finance and Administrative Officer - North Sydney

Moon Rea joined ACU Engagement as Finance and Administration Officer in June 2018.

Moon has a post graduate diploma in Business Finance from University of Lincoln (UK) and previously worked for Macquarie University in Finance and Administrative roles. She is excited about this role and honoured to be part of a passionate team that cares about the wellbeing of others.



Daniel Ognenovski

Administrative Assistant - Strathfield

Daniel Ognenovski is the administrative assistant for the Community Engagement team at ACU Engagement. Daniel has worked at AskACU since 2015 providing him with both administrative skills and a broad knowledge of ACU and it's processes.

He looks forward to participating in the community initiatives the ACU Engagement team coordinates to spread the warmth of ACU with the wider community.

Research Engagement


Stuart Whitman

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.



Emma Pegg

Research Engagement Officer - Melbourne

Emma Pegg joined ACU Engagement in June 2018 as Research Engagement Officer working on the ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment. Emma has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) specialising in the archaeology of Australian rock art. She is particularly interested in concepts of meaning and how people come to understand the contemporary world around them through the study of the past.

Emma is passionate about research that is guided by community needs and encourages participation. Through the work of the Research Engagement Team at ACU, Emma is hoping to support the implementation of research strategies that encourage community engagement for the best possible research impact.


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