Our People

Our Board

Cathy Redding – Chair

Trudy Staines – Non Executive Director

Jenny Campbell – 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

Centre 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.

Elizabeth Eather

Centre Coordinator

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. The CUC North West has helped Liz with her studies as it has provided a quiet place to study away from the craziness at home. She is 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 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.