Alumni Friends: Leadership Board

Alumni Friends is a UQ ‘Giving Society,’ formed in 2020 on the official closure of the Incorporated association (Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc). UQ’s  first alumni association was also an Australian first. During the first fifty-plus years of connection with UQ, Members and volunteers donated the equivalent of over $10 million to UQ (including, with some UQ matching, over $1.8m during 2019-20).

UQ created the Society to:

  • recognise the past contributions of Alumni Friends’ members and volunteers
  • support and build on the ‘best’ of Alumni Friends support for UQ (including the Book Group, Friends of Antiquity, 3T events [previously ‘Three Score’ talks], and a suite of established Awards and Scholarships)
  • attract new members and volunteers to support UQ.

Membership of Alumni Friends is available through making a donation. Members have the opportunity access a range of benefits—most importantly, events to connect with fellow alumni and members of the community.

The Leadership Board provides oversight of the Alumni Friends and Classics & Antiquities Funds, of the UQ Alumni Book Fair, UQ’s 3T Events program, and of related events programs. Comprising nine Members, the Board includes: a President (Chair); representatives from the Book Group and Friends of Antiquity; five additional volunteers; and the UQ Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement, The Board meets quarterly, reporting back to Members on a regular basis, and at a special annual event.

New Members of Alumni Friends, of Friends of Antiquity, and of the Book Group are always welcome. We look forward to connecting with you soon, and perhaps even to discussing any interest you may have in joining the Leadership Board.

Leadership Board 2020-2021

Dr Catherine A. Lawrence BA (Dual Hons) Sheff.1983, MA UQ 2007 (President)
Mr Harry Thompson OAM BSc BEd (Hons) M.Ed studies UQ Med (Vice-President)
Mr John Martin BEcon UQ 1974 BCom UQ 1976 CPA 
Dr Paul Eliadis AM MBBS (Qld), BSc (Med), FRACP, FRCPA (President, Friends of Antiquity)
Dr Chris Muir BDS UQ (1973), MDS U of Adelaide (1982)
Alison Pound B.Sc., Dip. Ed., Grad. Cert. Mol. Biol
Suzanne Curran BA, Dip Ed, Grad Dip Ed(T-L)
Richard Purdie GCM (Book Group - Deputy for Suzie Curran)
Peter Clark Ryan BDSc, MDSc, Fellow FRADCS (Perio), FADI, FICD

In addition, the Leadership Board includes Mikaeli Costello (Advancement Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement).

Following the closure of the Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc., we thank the following ‘retiring’ Members of the Committee for their support and service:

Mrs Anne Mullins (Book Group Representative)
Mrs Patricia Jones OAM BA Qld 1988 SA Fin
Vice-President: Ms Hayley Baxter BLaws UQ 2012 BA UQ 2012 MA UQ 2016
Honorary Secretary: Mrs Juliet O’Brien BEd Griffith 1991
Dr Stephen Papas OAM BDSc 1956
Mrs Janice Thompson BSc Qld 1969 Dip Ed Qld 1970 BEd Qld 1974
Ms Catherine Urquhart BE (Chem) 1984 Masters 1985 GAICD 2010
Ms Kim Jorgensen (Gatton Past Students' Representative)

For more information about volunteering with the Alumni Friends Leadership Board, or to contact the current members, contact us:

Phone: +61 7 3346 3166

Alumni Relations & Engagement Centre
Level 1, J.D. Story Building
The University of Queensland
Brisbane 4072 Australia 

Pictured: Names from L to R:  Dr Chris Muir, Harry Thompson OAM, Alison Pound, Dr Cathi Lawrence [President], Dr Paul Eliadis AM, Patricia Jones OAM, Gary Lambrides, John Martin and Mikaeli Costello