UNE Chapters and Alumni Groups


Chapters serve as a valuable resource for UNE in areas throughout Australia and the globe. Currently we have Chapters in Armidale, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, South Australia and Sydney. Chapters are comprised of alumni, current distance education students, and industry leaders who are dedicated to advancing the mission of UNE.

Chapter members serve as ambassadors and support the UNE link with various key stakeholder groups including the greater alumni body.

Alumni Groups

Alumni groups can be formed by graduation year, area of study, sporting interest or by location.  If you are interested in forming an Alumni Group, UNE Alumni office can provide assistance in communicating with others in your area of study or wherever you live.

Currently, there is an alumni group for Pharmacy Graduates.  A contact email is available here.

Get connected with UNE alumni and distance education students living in your area

Armidale Chapter members

Dr Jack Hobbs (President) 
Des Bowlay (Vice-President) 
Dr Sanaz Alian (Vice-President), UNE Lecturer in Human Geography
Philip Ward (Secretary), UNE Archives Officer
Kath Dougall (Treasurer), UNE Senior Research Support Officer
Helen Edwards, UNE Adjunct Lecturer, School of Education
William Hughes, UNE Wright College Association 
Polly Wong, Overseas Student Minister, St Peter's Anglican Cathedral

Brisbane Chapter members
Canberra Chapter members
  • Martin Dolan, poet and writer; former Chief Commissioner, Australian Transport Bureau
  • Geoff Gorrie PSM, Former Chairman, Australian Forestry Standard Limited
  • Scott Kompo-Harms, General Manager, Trade & Economics, National Farmers' Federation
  • Tamara McKee, Business Operations Manager, Palliative Care Australia
  • Jim Paradice, Director, NRS Animal Programs, Dept of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Sarah Paradice, CEO, Institute of Foresters of Australia
Melbourne Chapter members
  • Gina Milgate, Research Fellow Indigenous Education, Australian Council for Educational Research
  • Sharon Robertson, Executive Director, VETASSESS
  • Dr Jo Newton, Research Scientist- Genetics, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
South Australia Chapter members
  • Wendy DiMonte (President)
  • Grace Taylor (Vice-President)
  • Janet Skewes (Secretary)
  • Dr Caroline Adams (Membership Officer)
  • Bruce Dommenz (Treasurer)
  • Louise Townsin (Social Media Officer)
  • Leslie Campbell-hand (Committee Member)
  • Marilyn Joy (Committee Member)
  • Dr Katie I'Anson (Committee Member)
  • Kym I'Anson (Committee Member)
  • Dr Ed McAlister AO (Immediate Past President)

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Sydney Chapter members
  • Neil Fergus, CEO, Intelligent Risks (IR) Pty Limited
  • Amberley Carmichael, Senior Policy Officer, Department of Transport