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aspiration Into the valley of
rode the brave
CLASS OF MAY 1989 SPECIAL EDITION
A-Team for Sport
Celebrating the class of 892
Steven Stern’s coined research
Transforming the iconic space
Bond’s star coaching lineup
CLASS OF MAY 1989 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 universities. 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.
PROFESSOR TIM BRAILSFORD
Vice-Chancellor and President www.arch.bond.edu.au
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History’s Pages 12 Alida Milani Celebrating the courageous 322 students 13 Nicholas Schiffer 14 Scott Beasley of Bond’s first cohort
Aussie at Heart How Steven Stern is helping the cricket world keep score
MLC Makeover Transformation breathes new life into an iconic space
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BONDIES IN LONDON GET INTO THE GAMES SPIRIT
BOND COLLEGE SETS STANDARD IN ORDER to meet the growing demand for alternative access to full Bachelor degrees, Bond has recently launched its new Bond University College. The campus addition will provide a range of courses to prepare students for University life, through a tailored one-on-one learning experience.
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 388day 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.
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 Australians.” “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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FIRST ACTUARIAL SCIENCE STUDENTS GRADUATE 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.
CORFIELD TURNS THE SPOTLIGHT ON LANDMARK CASE 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.
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.
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.
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 qualifications.
Mr Corfield says the release of Don’t Tell comes at an important time in Australia’s legal and political history.
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.
“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.
“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 finishing.”
The graduation of its first Bachelor and Bachelor with Honours students will allow Bond University to become fully accredited with the Actuaries Institute.
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
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.
Out of the seven universities that teach Actuarial Science in Australia, Bond’s is the only program offered in Queensland.
“This movie tells a story about the first girl to bring her case before the court, changing Australia in the process.”
Mr Jack Thompson
BIBBY’S BRILLIANCE WINS AWARD DUO 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.
Alumna Ms Claire Bibby
Dr Jennifer Cronin shines at Hotelier Awards
She also took out the esteemed Women in Law Excellence Award, an achievement she credits equally to her work and charitable interests. “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.”
BOND WELCOMES HOME THE CLASS OF 1994
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.
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.
down memory lane at the University.
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.
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 is delighted to welcome home all alumni and groups, and encourages alumni to contact the Alumni Office should they wish to arrange a visit.
The Vice-Chancellor hosted the group, led by Ms Sal Morgan (Class of 1994), for a campus tour and drinks.
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.
Bond University Class of 1994 alumni
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TAN’S GIFT FOR BUSINESS EARNS ACCOLADE
BOND BUSINESS SCHOOL TRANSFORMS ITS OFFERING
ALUMNUS Chris Tan has always been on the cutting edge of business.
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.
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.
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.
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 (MAAC).
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.
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.
IN THE TOP 20 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.
“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 entrepreneurship.
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 connections. “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.
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.
“There are some truly outstanding universities in this list and we are quite humbled to be included in such company,” says Professor Brailsford.
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.
The international list recognises universities with fewer than 5,000 students that teach across four or more discipline areas.
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.
“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.”
Horan achieves legend status
For six years, Mr Horan has commentated
“It fits into the framework of commercialisation,” says Professor O’Neill.
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.
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 employability.
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.
“It’s not the facts and figures or learning about South Sudan that’s particularly beneficial,” says Dr Dinnen.
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.
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.
“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.”
For more information, visit: www.bond.edu.au/homecoming
“The skill set derived from the Model UN goes directly on to employability.”
ALUMNI AWARDS DINNER
This will be the second time the Faculty of Society and Design has sent an official delegation of students to the World MUN.
May 18 A night of celebration as we announce the 2017 Alumni Award Recipients.
May 19 ALUMNI LEADERS FORUM Annual meeting of the Alumni Advisory Board, Alumni Committee Presidents and Bond University Limited Alumni Members.
BOND FAMILY AND FRIENDS FESTIVAL 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 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS Refresh areas of study, learn new advancements in particular disciplines or test your appetite for further study in a different or emerging field.
RUGBY HOME GAME Come and support Bond as we take on our arch-rival, The University of Queensland! All alumni, students, staff, family and friends are welcome.
BOND BENEFIT DINNER Bond University Model United Nations team with Japanese competitors
The inaugural MBA Alumni Committee dinner is a fundraising event and all alumni are encouraged to attend.
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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 University. 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 Bondâ€™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.
please move transformer
Another international 892 was Wayne Scott from the United States, who pursued a successful accounting career. Mr Scott was subsequently followed by his son, advert opposite Hollyâ€™s Jerry, who undertook an MBA at page Bond 25 years later. 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.
Class of 892 Feature
INTO THE DEEP “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.” Andrew Baildon Bachelor of Communication (Business)
During Bond’s earliest years, Andrew Baildon’s unmatched drive laid successful foundations in sport and business. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CHOOSE COMMUNICATIONS?
and particularly the people you establish close bonds with early on.
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.
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.
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.
HOW DID YOU BALANCE YOUR SPORTING CAREER WITH STUDY? 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,
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO BOND? 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.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CAREER HIGHLIGHT? 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.
WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR FOCUS NOW? 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. WHERE DID YOU COME FROM TO ATTEND BOND?
Melbourne Fashion Festival and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
I grew up in Brisbane and after finishing high school I went to Bond as an 892.
It was an exciting time in the Australian fashion industry as our Australian designers became internationally recognised and appreciated.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED? Iâ€™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 there.
Alida Milani Bachelor of Commerce
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From Europe, I returned home to work within the Australian industry - from Australian Fashion Week in Sydney to the
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.
WHAT IS A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? Certainly working in Milan, but mostly collaborating with talented people. I love the ways ideas develop and expand in collaboration.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO BOND IN THE FIRST INSTANCE? 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.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF BOND? It would have to be the incredible friendships that started there.
WHERE ARE YOU HEADED NOW? Weâ€™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!
WHERE DID YOU COME FROM TO ATTEND BOND? 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.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED AFTER THE MBA?
Master of Business Administration
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
Class of 892 Feature WHERE DID YOU COME FROM TO ATTEND BOND? I moved from Melbourne to live on campus at Bond.
HOW DID YOUR CAREER PROGRESS AFTER YOU LEFT BOND?
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.
WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? 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 billion. 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 rewarding.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO BOND? Bond offered an accelerated timeline to complete my degrees, as well as exposure to a new and business-oriented curriculum.
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
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The opportunity for greater independence and a Gold Coast lifestyle was naturally very attractive too.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF BOND? 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
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.
WHAT IS YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHT? 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.
time making great friends. I have many fond memories of Bond.
WHERE ARE YOU HEADED NOW? 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.
I have had the opportunity to dig deeply into understanding how people access telecommunications services and how to improve their access.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF YOUR TIME THERE? For me, having been part of the establishment of Bond and helping to build it from the ground up.
WHERE ARE YOU HEADED NOW? When I finish as Canada Research Chair I will continue my position as Professor at Ryerson University.
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CORNERING THE MARKET Christina Demetriades Bachelor of Laws
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CHOOSE YOUR DEGREE AND PATH? 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.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED? 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,
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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.
WHAT IS A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? 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 process.
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AT BOND LIKE? 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.
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.
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.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED?
WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR BIGGEST HIGHLIGHTS?
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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FINDING HIS NICHE WHERE DID YOU COME FROM TO ATTEND BOND?
WHAT IS A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE?
I attended The Southport School on the Gold Coast, so it was a local choice for me.
That step going from a successful corporate career to becoming an independent entrepreneur was a highlight.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED? 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. com.au.
I was taking a risk chasing profit rather than a salary.
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.
That is the goal that you are trying to achieve because salary stops when you don’t go to work, but profit keeps going.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF BOND?
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 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.
The different ecommerce platforms and tools allow you to build a business inexpensively that can compete with the big players.
A lot of my close friends and business relationships have come from that first group of students. That’s my single biggest highlight.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO BOND IN THE FIRST INSTANCE?
WHERE ARE YOU HEADED NOW?
I was awarded a full scholarship for Bond,
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 experience.
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.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF BOND
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.
The memories started before the first day at a university-organised meet and
which was a big part of the decision.
I will continue to focus on Renovator Store. It has a lot more opportunity ahead of it.
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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CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS WHERE DID YOU COME FROM TO ATTEND BOND? I was living and working in Brisbane and initially commuted to Bond before moving to the Gold Coast during my second semester.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED? 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 required. 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).
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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.
WHAT IS A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? Being in the role of Japan Country Manager for Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO BOND IN THE FIRST INSTANCE? The fact that I could do a degree in two years.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF BOND? Don’s Tavern!
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grey area Commerce and Bond was the perfect equation for Peter Burns, producing a world-class career in management consulting and a love of ambiguity.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO BOND? 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.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED?
I also spent time working in a hospital in St Hellier in London, so it was an amazing early experience. 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 outcomes. I later took the step to study an MBA at Harvard Business School.
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.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CAREER?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 now lead PwC’s financial services consulting practice across Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF BOND?
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.
The reason I’m still in consulting is that you have to love ambiguity. It’s the great drug of consulting.
I often reflect on my time at Bond. There’s something special about the community up there, that’s the reality of it.
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“Ambiguity is the great drug of consulting. You are wrestling problems, which by definition are incredibly tough.”
There’s no question that Bond stands out.
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WHERE DID YOU COME FROM TO ATTEND BOND?
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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.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE LAW? 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.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED? 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 transactions. 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.
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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.
WHAT IS A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? 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!
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO BOND IN THE FIRST INSTANCE? 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.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF BOND? 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.
WHERE ARE YOU HEADED NOW? 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.
Class of 892 Feature Brendan O’Flynn Bachelor of Commerce
WHERE DID YOU COME FROM TO ATTEND BOND?
WHAT HAS BEEN A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE?
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 school.
There have been so many amazing moments!
WHAT DID YOU STUDY? 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.
HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED? 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.
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.
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO STUDY AT BOND IN THE FIRST INSTANCE? 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.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF BOND? The culture was great. Everybody was there because they wanted to be, and that fact cultivated a great camaraderie and positive culture.
WHERE ARE YOU HEADED NOW? 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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WHERE DID YOU COME FROM TO ATTEND BOND? 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.
WHAT DEGREE DID YOU STUDY? Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) with an industry major in Services Marketing (Hospitality).
WHEN DID YOU GRADUATE? My final semester was 911 and I graduated in May of 1991.
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HOW HAS YOUR CAREER PROGRESSED? 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.
WHAT IS A HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER TO DATE? 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.
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO BOND IN THE FIRST INSTANCE? 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.
WHAT IS YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF BOND? Living on campus – being among the first group of people to ever live in A Block.
WHERE ARE YOU HEADED NOW? 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.
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An Aussie at
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-LewisStern (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.
ACADEMIC 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.”
“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.”
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.”
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Professor 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
ACADEMIC 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.”
“J�rn 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.”
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“I try to push the boundaries of international law”
EDWARDS CLIMBS THE RANKS A serendipitous moment led Holli Edwards on a path of discovery, and the start of a new career in law. 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 thrilling.” 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
Ms Holli Edwards
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.”
JUSTICE KIRBY INSPIRES A NEW ERA FOR
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 LGBTIQ+. “There have been a number of wonderful developments at Bond in that space over the past year,” says Assistant Professor Parsons. “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
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Professor Chris Del Mar
OVER-TESTING LEADS TO UNDER-TREATMENT, STUDY SHOWS
DOCTORS are wrong about how much interventions can help or harm more often than we think, a Bond University study has found. 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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 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).
Professor 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 beforehand. 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 reform. “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 Series. 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.
“We think of overuse, or overdiagnosis, as mostly being a developed country problem, but it actually occurs a lot in developing countries as well”
“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.”
Professor Tammy Hoffmann
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 decision-making. 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 resistance.”
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MEET BOND’S NEW
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.
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.
“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.”
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 supported.
“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.
“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.”
“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
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.
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 campus. “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 knowledge-
based 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 concerned.” 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 technology.
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on the Gold Coast
BOND University Film and Television Award’s (BUFTA) were once again a starstudded event, but there could only be one showstopper. 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 Quiet. 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 BUFTA.” “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
Entrepreneurial 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.
Wales for boys to play sport on a Saturday in private schools, but it’s not for girls,” she says.
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.
“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.”
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
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.”
GIRL’S SCHOOLS LEADERS GET INSPIRED BY SILVER SCREEN 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 people.” 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.
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TAKING THE EXTRA STEP 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.
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 ambitions.
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.
DaniLarkin After completing her Master of Laws – Corporate and Commercial degree in April last year, Dani Larkin has made the leap to a PhD.
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
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.
Doctor of Philosophy
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.
Oscar Davis “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.”
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.
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.
CaitlinRodaughan 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,”
Master of Psychology
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.
MEET BOND’S NEWEST INDIGENOUS SCHOLARS 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.
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.
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 KilnerParmenter, 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 says. 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.
“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.
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
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Professor Tim Brailsford with the 2017 Vice-Chancellor Scholars
Ms Catherine O’Sullivan with mentor Mr Mark Sowerby
Where ambition meets
EXPERIENCE 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’.
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.
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.
“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.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to absorb the insights, perspectives and life lessons from leaders in their field; one that
From early on in the program, it was clear that it would be more than a 12-month experience.
“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 Brinsmead. “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.”
SEVENS TO TAKE ON THE NATION UNDER WORLD CLASS COACH
Blues Awards celebrate Bond’s finest athletes
BOND is among eight universities that will take part in the inaugural National Sevens University Series (NSUS) Women’s rugby in Australia is booming. 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.
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 sportspeople. 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 Awards. “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 Foundation.” 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.
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Bond builds its coaching
A-TEAM TRIATHLON Mr Dan Atkins
GOOD coaches not only get the best out of the athletes they have, they attract a new calibre of athlete to train under them.
sevens team, while Mr Luissi has held key management roles with senior Australian sevens teams.
That’s why Bond University has secured some of the best coaches in Australia and internationally, for its peak performance sports.
“ 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 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.
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 coaching is the cornerstone of success and personal development, and we want to foster both attributes in our Bond athletes.” 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
SWIMMING Mr Richard Scarce
“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 Fraser-Holmes. 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 Wilson. 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.
Ms Linda Peterson
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 championships.
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.
Mr Craig Starcevich
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 netballers.
RUGBY Bond University’s rugby department has a new look this year, under Director of Rugby Sean Hedger.
Gollings as I came here for the rugby program after I saw the world-class people and program at Bond’s rugby facility.
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.
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.
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
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 Gollings
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BOND BACKS WOMEN’S SPORT 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.
Bond Women’s AFL team
“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.
In the swim of things
KICKING GOALS 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.
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 inteam 2012, started a Bachelor of Women’s 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.
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 2017. “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 Blyth. “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 level.”
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Kirsty Mitchell, Director of the Career Development Centre
THEN AND NOW
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS APRIL 2017 24th
171 Semester ends
OCTOBER 2017 7th
Business Links #3
172 Orientation Expo
172 Semester Begins
Alumni Awards Dinner
Family and Friends Festival
Bond Benefit Dinner
Blues on Broadbeach
173 Semester Ends
Gold Coast Demo Day
JUNE 2017 10th
Bond Business Leaders Forum #2 with guest speaker Tony Shepherd
GC DEMO DAY
JULY 2017 22nd
Business Links #2 with guest speaker Mark Sowerby
AUGUST 2017 19th
172 Semester Ends
SEPTEMBER 2017 5th
Bond Business Leaders Forum #3 with guest speaker David Thodey
173 Orientation Expo
173 Semester Begins
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Aumni Leaders Forum Friday, 19 May
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Family and Friends Festival Friday, 19 May
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