Our People

Our Team

Elspeth Hurse

Centre Manager

Elspeth has a background in education and leadership and has worked in remote and regional areas of Northern Territory, Western Australia, and Queensland. Her passions are equity and justice, well-being and empowerment of others, partnerships and teamwork, and creativity.

Sam Davis

First Nations Community Engagement and Support Coordinator

Sam is a St George Local who grew up in Thallon before completing year 12 at ST George State High School. He is very passionate about education and engaging the next generation of First Nations Leaders into further education.

Jessica Embrey

Learning Skills Advisor (LSA)

Jess graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Secondary Education. During this study, she majored in Geography and minored in English. Her philosophy in education is strongly focused on the core value that all students must have equal access to quality education and support. This ensures that, regardless of geographical location, students in rural and remote regions are provided with enthusiastic support and learning experiences.

Laura Ballantyne-Wren

Widening Participation Officer (WPO)

Laura will be collaborating with university partners to deliver school outreach and widening participation activities to support local young people in their post school aspirations.

Emily Geiger

Administration Assistant

Emily has worked in many administration roles over the years as well as owning a small business. After some time away raising three children, she is very excited to jump back into the workforce with CUC Balonne.

Our Board

Matthew Magin


Alex Benn

Deputy Chair

Frank Deshon

Non Executive Director

Andrea Killen

Non Executive Director

Cr Samantha O'Toole

Non Executive Director

Duncan Taylor

Non Executive Director

Jonathan Burrell

Non Executive Director

Harry Siddins

Non Executive Director

Lucy Sevil

Non Executive Director