Our People

Our Board

Cathy Redding – Chair

Trudy Staines – Non Executive Director

Jenny Campbell – Non Executive Director

Duncan Taylor – Non Executive Director

Our Team

Cathy Walters

Centre Manager

I was born and raised in Narrabri. I completed both my primary and secondary schooling here. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Business, Accounting and IT teaching) from the Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Educational Studies (Mathematics) from the University of Newcastle. I have worked as a teacher in Narrabri for 13 years and prior to that, spent 3 years teaching in Brisbane and 18 months in England/Europe, where I taught and traveled. I am married to Matt, a Hydrographer, and I am a mum to two beautiful girls who attend school in Narrabri. I am an avid believer in equitable education opportunities for rural and remote students and I understand firsthand the difficulties faced by our local students to obtain this. I love working at the CUC North West. The CUC model offers an alternative study option for students so they do not have to move away from our community to study at a tertiary level.

Elizabeth Eather

Education Support Officer

I moved to Narrabri 14 years ago when my family purchased a local motel. After backpacking overseas for a couple of years I met my now husband soon after returning and have been here ever since! I am currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce through the University of New England and am hoping to have this qualification completed in 2021. Having studied externally myself for several years now, I understand all to well the difficulties facing local students who are trying to study away from campus, whilst also trying to work, raise a family or fulfill other commitments. My husband, Drew, is a Narrabri local and we are kept very busy with our 3 young sons as well as working and running a small Drafting business. The CUC North West has helped me in my studies as it has provided me with a quiet place to study away from the craziness at home, and I am excited to share this with other local students who are studying without the benefits of an on-campus experience.

Julia Petzl-Berney

Learning Skills Advisor

Dr Julia Petzl-Berney completed her studies at the University of Queensland and the University of Graz. She specialised in German language, literature and film, and did her PhD on three writers in the communist German Democratic Republic. Julia taught at the University of Tasmania for four years, and then took a position at the University of New England before moving to Narrabri. She has taught in the disciplines of German Studies, as well and interdisciplinary subjects with English.
At UNE, Julia developed a great degree of experience in distance learning, as approximately 80% of the cohort was enrolled externally. She and the team in German studies enjoyed using technology to develop creative teaching materials.

In Narrabri, Julia has developed an interest in English as a Second Language, and is one of two volunteers who offer free English tuition to migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds. Julia is greatly looking forward to sharing her teaching experience and knowledge with the students at the CUC North West.