This sector is undoubtedly a volatile one, and we've become accustomed to people coming and going, particularly since VSU hit in 2006. But lately, the rate of change has become a flood, as many senior members of our community have moved on and been replaced over the last few months:
Kicking off the exodus was Dave McCracken, who retired as GM at QUT Guild after twelve years of service there. Replacing him was Paul Clayton, who moved across from operations and facilities management at UQ Sport, where he had been for seven years. In a past life, he worked at the University of Plymouth Student Union..
Sector stalwart, and this year's Tom O'Sullivan Memorial Award recipient, Wayne Watt has retired from his role as GM of Griffith University Gold Coast Student Guild. With more than twenty years of service to the tertiary sector, first at USQ Student Guild, then at for the last 19 at Griffith University, his departure will leave a sizeable set of shoes to fill. Just who that person will be will be decided very shortly.
Peter Hughes has retired as General Manager at La Trobe University Student Union, bringing to a close more than seventeen years of student services involvement, first at Monash University, then RMIT, and the last seven at La Trobe. He has been succeeded by Elissa Khoury, who was the LTSU Finance and Procurement Coordinator.
Shelley Valentine has deservedly been given the role of CEO at Arc @ UNSW, replacing Brad Hannagan, who left in May after eleven years with the organisation, the last eight as CEO. Shelley is a fixture at Arc, having been there for fifteen years of climbing the ladder to the top.
Geoff Brooke-Smith fell victim to a restructure at Activate UTS after 10 years of service there. Geoff served on the TAG Board for seven valuable years.
Kerry-Anne Plant has been promoted to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer there. Kerry-Ann has been the CFO for Activate UTS for the past four years.
Change can be a good thing. So much at once can be challenging, particularly in a sector as shaky as ours can often be. Congrats to all the new appointments and promotions, and farewell and a huge thanks to those that have moved on.