Our People

Our Board

Cathy Redding – Chair

Trudy Staines – Non Executive Director

Duncan Taylor – Non Executive Director

Letitia Cross – Non Executive Director

Geoff Dunlop – Non Executive Director

Rebecca Thistlethwaite – Non Executive Director

Our Team

Cathy Walters

Business Manager / Narrabri Manager

Cathy was born and raised in Narrabri, completing both her primary and secondary schooling there. She holds 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. Cathy has extensive experience as a teacher throughout NSW, QLD, and England. Cathy joined the CUC North West team in 2018 and oversaw the build and fit-out of our wonderful Centre. She is an avid believer in equitable education opportunities for rural and remote students and understands firsthand the difficulties faced by our local students to obtain their tertiary qualifications.

Sam Adams

Moree Manager

Sam was born and raised in Coffs Harbour, but has resided in Moree since 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Criminology from the University of New England, where he studied both on campus and remotely. Sam was a practising solicitor prior to joining the CUC North West team and hopes to combine his rural business knowledge with his personal study experiences to benefit the students in the North West area. He is a new father, an avid sports fan, and is excited to meet you all in the near future.

Elizabeth Eather

Currently on maternity leave

Elizabeth joined the CUC North West team in 2019 and is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce. Having studied externally for several years now, Liz understands the difficulties facing local students who are trying to study externally, whilst also trying to work, raise a family or fulfill other commitments. Liz is currently away on maternity leave, and we look forward to welcoming her back in mid-2023.

Dr. Julia Petzl-Berney

Narrabri Learning Skills Advisor

Dr Julia Petzl-Berney completed her studies at the University of Queensland and the University of Graz. She taught at the University of Tasmania for four years, and then took a position at the University of New England before moving to Narrabri and joining the CUC North West team in 2020. At UNE, Julia developed significant experience in distance learning, as approximately 80% of the cohort was enrolled externally. She has 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 always happy to share her experience and knowledge with the students at the CUC North West.

Sheree Cayirylys

Moree Learning Skills Advisor

Sheree joined the CUC North West team in 2021 and holds a Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Education, Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling, and a Diploma of Business. She has extensive experience in education as a secondary science teacher, relieving Head Teacher Science, and careers advisor for the NSW Department of Education, and as an adult literacy and numeracy teacher at TAFE NSW. Sheree is a local to Moree and understands the financial and emotional challenges of studying at university away from home and the need for a supportive network of people and study environment.