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.

Abigail Lang

First Nations Engagement Officer

Abigail Lang is a Gomeroi woman who has lived in St George most of her life. Her working background has generally been in Reception/ Administration Roles in the Health and Community Services Sector. She has a keen interest in business and has completed a Diploma & Adv Diploma in Leadership & Management.

Eliza Woodruffe

Student Engagement and Support Coordinator (SESC)

Eliza has nearly 30 years’ experience in the retail, administration, and education fields, and owns her own small business. Eliza is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) part-time. She is moving to St George with her husband and has two adult sons. Eliza is excited to join CUC Balonne and is looking forward to providing a comprehensive range of support services for registered students, as well as facilitating widening participation activities for school-age students.

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.

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

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