Behind this group of students is a small team of experienced staff, here to help the student reps develop and grow, and to provide support and structure to the organisation in the long term.
Sam Gorringe – Chief Executive Officer (she/her)
As the CEO of the TUSA, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations and for long-term strategic and operational planning.
Reporting to the Board of Management and working closely with the State President and rest of the State Council team, I provide advice and help set direction to foster continuity from year to year.
My background is in People and Culture, Strategic Planning and Execution and Business Transformation. I started with the TUSA in 2019 to lead the business transformation program and have since taken on the GM role to continue the focus on creating a vibrant and contemporary student association for all UTAS students.
I am passionate about students who join the TUSA in any capacity, be that through an elected position, internship or as a volunteer, feeling enabled to deliver on their roles and specific goals but also having an opportunity to learn and grow for their post university pursuits.
My personal interests include travelling (New York still not ticked off though), walking and listening to music.
Renée de Villeneuve – Student Engagement and Development Manager (she/her)
As the Student Engagement and Development Manager, I love being able to work with students designing and developing professional development programs, suited to their needs, with a strong focus on practical learning. Needless to say, I love learning and often jet off to deep dive into professional development courses and workshops. Personally, I thrive when ideas come together and I see people’s confidence grow as they master something that one was deemed incomprehensible.
My background is in education, a career that has taken me all over the world, teaching, training and coaching in schools, universities, and workplaces. I’m quite partial to adventures and spent the best part of fifteen years travelling, working and living in Europe and North America, as well as Central and South East Asia, North Africa and everywhere in between. I only recently returned to Australia, and made the decision to move from my native Sydney, to Hobart, alas, not via a yacht.
When I’m not in the classroom I can be found swearing under my breath in the pilates and boxing studios, soaking in the great outdoors and drinking gin.
Shauna-Lee Ward – Operations Manager (she/her)
As the Operations Manager of TUSA, I am responsible for the overall management of TUSA’s operations including the planning, delivery, monitoring and reporting on operational activities, performance and compliance. I have the great pleasure of overseeing the delivery of the Advocacy & Support Service and Regional Operations Teams, and love working with the TUSA Team and students to deliver events and initiatives that contribute to student inclusiveness, engagement and connectivity.
I previously worked at the University of Tasmania for fifteen years, so have a solid background in tertiary administration and the higher education sector. I love working with students and working within a student-led organisation where I can make a difference
My personal interests are theatre, yoga, travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Claire Richardson – Student Program Manager – Statewide (she/her)
Hi I’m Claire…
In my role as Student Program Manager (amongst other things), I am fortunate to be organising fun-filled trips and outdoor adventures for students as part of the Unique Tassie Experience program. My background is in media and tourism, and I have a deep passion for our beautiful island home. I love the energy of working with inspiring young people and am excited to help foster their appreciation of our stunning natural environment. I love exploring Tasmania’s wild places, mountain biking, hiking or kayaking. That said, I also love to curl up in front of the telly, with the fire roaring, a packet of red frogs and binge-watch an entire season of Schitts creek…
Caleb Dunn – Northern Operations Team Leader (he/him)
I’m here to help with anything and everything on our Launceston campuses, from large scale events to Clubs & Societies support, and oversee our Risk and Compliance team.
Michelle Lutan – Marketing and Communications Officer (Statewide) (she/her)
Heya, I’m Michelle and I’m the go-to girl at TUSA for all things related to being creative, making things look pretty, branding, and marketing!
In a nutshell, I’m here to ensure that you as a UTAS student are aware of all our initiatives and services so that you can make the most out of your student experience whilst at the same time ensuring that your student association, TUSA is as vibrant and cool as it could be 😎
On top of being the marketing queen and digital Jill-of-all-trades here at TUSA (a self-proclaimed title), I also man the northern office with two of my absolute favourite people, Caleb and Emma – so come say hi at the TUSA Hub in the Newnham Campus and help yourself with some freebies!
Emma Mou – Advocate (she/her)
The thing I love the most about working as a Student Advocate is hearing the stories and perspectives of students from many different walks of life. I am always learning in this role, and I enjoy helping others work through the challenges that university (and life!) undoubtedly presents.
I also consider myself very lucky to work with a team of wonderfully kind and frequently hilarious people here at TUSA!
Outside of work, you’ll probably find me with my head in the books or dreaming of my next trip to one of the many places on my ever-increasing bucket list (with no thanks to COVID).
Kate Davey – Advocate (she/her)
I have been lucky enough to work as a Student Advocate for many years now. I understand the opportunities that can open-up for those who have been fortunate enough to access education. But I also understand that it is not always easy.
I am committed to ensuring that student’s voices are heard within the university, for those who may have been disadvantaged.
The Student Advocacy Team can help students with welfare concerns, academic and administrative issues and can also refer students to community organisations where needed. I very much enjoy the opportunity to meet with students and to help where I can.
The TUSA Student Advocates can assist students to question decisions made by the university both informally and formally.
When not working I enjoy being with family, appreciating gardens, bush and animals, cooking – but not cleaning! Learning about Tasmania’s history and experiencing its old buildings, and I love reading to my Grandsons!
Jon Lenthall – Community Development & Student Advocacy Officer (he/him)
As a Student Advocate, I look forward to assisting students. There are many challenges and unforeseen adversities that may arise during a student’s time at university. TUSA’s Student Promises reflect the important work underway to support those studying at university. I feel privileged to be part of the TUSA team who are seeking to make a positive change in the lives of students. I have worked in well-being support, education-based roles, and within the performing arts. These are all areas that I am very passionate about and serve as a reminder that everyone’s experience is unique.
Cathy Walker – Student Insight and Experience Officer North West (she/her)
My time with the TUSA began as a student representative, then as Campus President, now I am the Student Insight and Experience Officer at Cradle Coast Campus.
I enjoy supporting students through their University journey and am very passionate about student representation at Cradle Coast.
My aim is to help the students of Cradle Coast enjoy their University journey as much as I enjoyed mine.
I am a keen photographer and love trekking through the forest in search of any rare and unusual fungi to photograph.
Ingrid Lagerewskij – Clubs and Societies Officer (she/her)
The most enjoyable part of my job is meeting so many amazing students who volunteer their time on clubs and societies organising activities so that their members can make friends through a variety of events, playing sport, and generally have fun while studying at UTAS.
I’m here to help you with anything related to clubs and societies and to even start your own if you can’t find one that caters to what you are into.
Some people may already know or have surely guessed that I kinda like flamingos (…if you have ventured into my office), relaxing in the sun, enjoying my garden, a good laugh, socialising with family & friends and loud music (as that is truly the best way to experience it)!
Bronwyn Brown – Business Administrator (she/her)
I’m the person beavering away in the background with the finances and keeping the office nitty gritty going.
You need something paid, I’m your person. Wages magically appear in employees accounts, that’s me too. If you need something done in the office, I’ll do it. I’m the go to person when you don’t know who else to go to.
When not in the office I’m plotting to cover the world in crochet yarny goodness, I own too many succulents to count and collect random objects to plant them in, I refuse to live in a house without a bathtub and wherever I am chocolate is always within reach.
Silvia Catozzi – Clubs and Societies Engagement and Events (she/her)
Ciao a tutti !! I am Silvia from Rome (Italy), and I am the “social butterfly” of the office! I am so glad to be part of the TUSA family as Admin Assistant. I started at the end of 2020, and my role is helping students & staff with the organisation of events, meetings … and everything that brings people together! I am Ingrid’s side kick, and I am enjoying every single minute working with her and being involved in all Clubs & Societies’ activities.
I have extended customer service experience which allows me to target needs & wants of people and I like to interact with different cultures and backgrounds. The main source of my energy is being surrounded by people and creating a positive environment around me.
Dancing is one of my biggest passions – that’s why I am also part of UTAS SALSA DANCE SOCIETY where I coordinate social dancing events during the year. I also love cooking (Italian food) and exploring Tassie’s wild nature with some amazing walks and hikes.
Eugene Tong – Student Experience & Systems Administrator (he/him)
I’m the IT guy (as shown in the second photo) in the organisation, solving all the IT problems for my Lovely TUSA team. In addition to that, I’m also organising events, and workshops and working closely with the others to create a better experience for your uni life.
Say hi when you see me!