Angus is also the Vice President of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, a Co-Founder and Director of The Legal Forecast and the Chair of Electronic Frontiers Australia’s Policy and Research Committee.
Angus is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia with experience in intellectual property registration and enforcement and was listed as a finalist for the Lawyer’s Weekly 30 Under 30 Award for Intellectual Property (2018) and received the 30 Under 30 Award for Taxation (2019).
Angus key interest for law is most keenly observed in his ability to identify and understand the intricate issues that face ecommerce, intellectual property, and the digital world in general, with a passion for the future of law and legal technology.
Highly Commended Young Alumnus of the Year
Bachelor of Business, 2018
Adrian Dudok is the Co-founder, Director and Chief Business Officer for the Brisbane-based company, Skyborne Technologies. Skyborne Technologies develops smart aerial robotics to give Defence and security customers cutting-edge capabilities. They deliver mission critical technology solutions to protect service members and civilians.
Leveraging his 2016 Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Budding Entrepreneurs award, business acumen, and financial leadership, Adrian led capital raising efforts to incubate Skyborne Technologies’ R&D projects and employ 17 full-time staff.
Adrian has worked in the commercial aviation industry for over a decade, which included roles as a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer before starting an aircraft part sales department and workshop management. It was during this time that Adrian completed his Bachelor of Business (Aircraft Maintenance Management) in 2018 with USQ.
Adrian’s passion for entrepreneurship, start-ups, and innovation, has led the Co-founders of Skyborne Technologies into a joint venture with fellow Australian tech company to created Athena Artificial Intelligence, of which he holds the role of Director and Acting CFO. Athena AI develops AI enabled decision support software for Defence and offers the world’s first sensor to have effector capability with legal and ethical considerations in play.
Highly Commended Alumnus in Law and Justice
Juris Doctor, 2017
Kathleen Wincen is a Solicitor and Community Engagement Professional with more than two decades of successful experience in positions supporting the recognition and achievement of disadvantaged and First Nations communities.
As a committed advocate, Kathleen delivered the Seniors Legal and Support Service for Senior Australian’s experiencing Elder Abuse, in Toowoomba and surrounding regions for over three years through her role with TASC Legal and Social Justice Services where she worked as a Solicitor.
Kathleen is recognised consistently for performance excellence and contributions to success in Community Legal, University and Private Sectors, as well as her Volunteer Roles within the community.
Her volunteer roles include committee membership on four Darling Downs Health Service Boards in various positions, a member of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Assistance Forum and she was also a Community Legal Centre - Queensland, First Nations Group Member.
Kathleen now works as a Tutor at the University of Southern Queensland with the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) to provide law students with academic support and study assistance, along with her role as a Solicitor in the private sector.
Kathleen is also a wife, mother, daughter, and grandmother and in November she begins her Masters (Applied Law).
Outstanding Alumnus in Health and Wellbeing
Master of Midwifery, 2010; and Bachelor of Nursing, 2010
Sherry Holzapfel, a proud Yidinji woman with cultural connections to the Butchulla, Gunggari and Kuku-Typhan tribe, has made her footprints known in committing her career to the Health and well-being of her people. Sherry’s passion stemmed from a young girl wanting to be a Nurse to care for her people. Today, she continues the journey of her commitment to ensure her People’s health and well-being is at the forefront of every discussion, decision and policy change, made a career out of putting the physical, social and emotional well-being of her health clients first, and maintaining a commitment to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Queensland.
A three-time graduate of the University of Southern Queensland, Sherry has completed a Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Midwifery, and certification in Advanced Nursing Practice.
Sherry is currently the Executive Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health for Metro North Health Service in Brisbane, the largest Hospital and Health Service in Australia. Sherry has worked in many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations in several senior leadership roles as the Health Service Manager in Mamu health Service, Primary Health Service Manager for PICC in Far North Queensland and other positions throughout Queensland.
Sherry continues her ties to USQ post- graduation by supporting and mentoring her staff and community members to study, promoting USQ’s activities and sending job opportunities to CISER for wider network distribution for opportunities for students and graduates. Sherry participates on numerous committees as an Indigenous representative, Queensland Maternity and Perinatal Quality Council, Metro North Board Sub-committee for Improving Indigenous Health outcomes and several state- wide committees to name a few.
Highly Commended Alumnus in Health and Wellbeing
Bachelor of Nursing, 2001
Amanda Ullman is a paediatric nurse and researcher who has a keen interest in the prevention of harm associated with the most common procedure in paediatric healthcare – the insertion of intravenous catheters. An advocate for hospitals youngest patients, Amanda has built her clinical and research career around her belief that children should be able to receive medical treatment in hospitals without harm.
Her program of research on how to select, insert, manage, and remove the humble intravenous catheter is changing paediatric and vascular access practice, reducing infection and pain, and promoting efficient healthcare for children the world over.
Amanda’s work has earned her the ExpertScape ranking of top global expert in central venous catheters, several National Health and Medical Research Council grants, as well as being awarded the 2021 Fulbright Future Scholar fellowship.
A graduate of the University of Southern Queensland’s Bachelor of Nursing program in 2000, Amanda has published >100 peer-reviewed journal articles, including recently led an international panel to develop appropriateness guidelines for paediatric intravenous catheters.
A mother of two, Amanda currently holds roles as Professor and Chair in Paediatric Nursing between Children’s Health Queensland and the University of Queensland and is also the Director of the Paediatric Teaching and Research Network, among other associate and scholarly positions.
Nathan Thomas has earned himself a reputation as an experienced leader that transforms teams and businesses to deliver improved performance and growth.
Outstanding Alumnus in Science & Engineering
Bachelor of Information Technology, 2003
As the Chief Operating Officer for HCM company Tambla Limited, Nathan manages all facets of service delivery, has led the implementation of the company’s Project Delivery Office and Change Advisory Board, and driven a service led recovery to improve customer satisfaction ratings.
His current role is supported by years of management experience, including as the COO for Integrated Payment Technologies Limited – where he assisted the company listing on the Australia Stock Exchange and as the Storage and Big Data Practice Manager (South Pacific) for tech giant, Hewlett Packard.
A dual Olympian, Nathan competed in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 (as team captain), playing 317 games, and scoring 525 goals for the ‘Aussie Sharks’, the Australia’s Men’s water polo team.
Outstanding Alumnus in Business and Enterprise
Master of Business Administration, 2005; and Graduate Diploma in Management, 2002
Sally Foley-Lewis is a self-leadership and middle management expert who has combined her skills from more than 20 years of management, and experience as a CEO, to dedicate her career to helping professionals achieve their goals and master their leadership skills.
Since 2010, Sally has directed her own company, focused on helping managers lead through workshops, presentations, and executive coaching. An author of five books, Sally works with clients from a wide range of industries, from the banking and finance and legal sectors, government departments, corporate companies to community groups.
Having worked in the Middle East, including as a Trade Consultant for Austrade, and in Germany, Asia and across Australia, Sally is a sought-after keynote speaker and executive coach. In 2020 she was named the Breakthrough Speaker of the Year by Professional Speakers Australia and came away with a Gold and Bronze Award at the ‘Stevie’s’ Women in Business 2020 Awards.
Sally is a proud double graduate of the University of Southern Queensland, having obtained her Graduate Diploma in Management in 2001 and her MBA in 2005. She’s also completed a Stand-Up Comedy Course, just to stay on her toes!
Highly Commended Alumnus in Business and Enterprise
Master of Business Administration, 2013
Dhamitha Pathirana is an enthusiastic and ambitious professional Marketer, who has a proven track record for achieving results in highly competitive environments. A talented Marketer, and has an impressive career spanning more than 15 years.
Since 2016 he has been working at Hayleys Advantis Limited, the transportation and logistics arm of Hayleys PLC, a blue-chip conglomerate in Sri Lanka. Currently he functions as the General Manager -Group Business Support and Planning, where he has been instrumental in driving innovation and growth within the company.
Dhamitha is also a Fellow Member of CIM (UK), a Chartered Marketer, a Life Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and an Associate Member of the Australian Marketing Institute and conducts Marketing and Corporate Digital Communications lectures for a range of tertiary institutions. He has also contributed to the Sri Lanka Alumni Chapter of University of Southern Queensland as Vice President Continuous Professional Development (CPD) since 2018 and has organized impactful CPD events during his tenure.
Outstanding Alumnus in Creative Industries and Humanities
Bachelor of Theatre Arts, 2010
Lauren Stuart has built a successful career in the limelight and ensuring others can find their time to shine, too.
Lauren’s career to date boasts years with Australia Zoo as the Entertainment Coordinator and Media Spokesperson, as a Lead Brand Ambassador for Octagon Australia and nearly a decade with the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), working for NIDA’s corporate training arm as a Course Manager, Senior Manager and eventually, Head of Department.
In 2021, Lauren launched her own business as a Civil Celebrant and Public Speaking Coach. Drawing on the skills she learnt as an actor, Lauren designs and delivers bespoke ceremonies, as well as coaches’ clients to build their confidence and communication skills.