Leading sustainability communicator mentors next generation on climate challenges

23/06/2023 By Carmelle Wilkinson

Curtin's Dean of Sustainable Futures Josh Byrne

Curtin Dean of Sustainable Futures Professor Josh Byrne.

Growing up in Esperance along our State’s picturesque south coast, a young Josh Byrne was inquisitive about the world around him.

The coastal location with its brilliant blue waters, powdery white beaches, and spectacular national parks, proved the ideal landscape to awaken the environmental scientist’s love and appreciation for nature.

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading sustainability communicators, Curtin’s Dean of Sustainable Futures is committed to showcasing how sustainability can be progressed through quality education, research, industry projects and stakeholder collaborations.

“A burning curiosity with the environment has opened several doors throughout my career and has contributed to positive environmental change in some capacity,” he said.

Alongside his presenting role on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program, Josh has led national research projects on low carbon living and is widely published in the areas of water sensitive design, energy efficient housing and sustainable urban development.

Josh Byrne with Gardening Australia crew

Josh has been presenting with the ABC Gardening Australia team for over 20 years.

He is also the founder of Josh Byrne & Associates, a Fremantle-based consultancy practice focused on creating positive design outcomes for the environment and community by improving sustainability and liveability.

“My fascination with gardening and nature started when I was about 13, and by the time I was 14 I had established my first veggie garden,’’ he said.

“Although still a hobby at that age, gardening did influence my choice of subjects at school, eventually leading me to study environmental science.

“I was also very lucky that my dad, an avid book collector with an eclectic and broad interest, gifted me his gardening books on organic gardening and permaculture.”

“Permaculture One and Permaculture Two were not your average reads for a youngster, but I read them cover to cover.”

His fascination with gardening continued, with Josh taking up a part time gardening job in his teens, which helped fund the first part of his environmental science degree. He also continued to garden as a hobby.

“As a uni student, my housemates and I turned our run-down rental property in Dalkeith into a thriving permaculture garden, which ended up featuring on ABC’s Gardening Australia,’’ he said.

“Incredibly, this led to a presenting role, which has now spanned two decades.”

“It’s funny to think while some of our mates were out partying all weekend, we were often at home gardening, baking bread and brewing our own beer.”

Following graduation, Josh spent time in Africa and the Middle East carrying out horticultural volunteer work before returning to Perth with a revived energy to undertake a PhD in urban water management.

“I’ve always had a strong interest in cities, including how we can we make cities productive, rather than wasteful,’’ he said.

Josh Byrne on a trip to Malawi

Josh helping establish a permaculture garden in Malawi.

“This concept has always framed my thinking.”

Building on a long-standing relationship with Curtin, Josh is mentoring the next generation of climate heroes in its recently launched program – Planet Positive.

The program will equip students with the knowledge and skills to be prepared and qualified to tackle urgent environmental issues in their chosen field.

“Planet Positive is ultimately a call to action,’’ Josh said.

“We’re on the cusp of change and it’s important as educators to provide young people with the necessary tools to join the climate conversation.

“Every field of learning now has the potential to help solve the climate crisis. This is a fundamental shift in how we approach the problem.”

Josh Byrne with Curtin Planet Positive Student Champions

Josh will mentor our next generation of climate heroes in Curtin’s new program Planet Positive.

Through Planet Positive, students will have the opportunity to work with key community and industry partners to gain a greater understanding of environment and climate complexities.

They will also take part in a Sustainability Challenge, where they will help develop solutions to real world problems that are contributing to climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.

“The evidence pointing to an environment and climate emergency has been clear for decades, and this has been frustrating for those who work in the field.’’ he said.

“The potential impact of climate change has been understood for a long time. Unfortunately, it’s largely been divisive politics that has prevented action.

“What’s interesting is now that the physical impacts of climate change have become so obvious, locally and globally, people can no longer ignore it.”

Josh said with parts of the world seeing extreme droughts, frequent floods, severe storms and unusual heatwaves, governments were finally responding.

“Thankfully climate change is now less of a political issue, and the longstanding argument about whether or not it’s real is no longer being debated.’’ he said.

“The global finance sector is also driving change, responding to corporate leadership and to reduce risk.”

“The penny has dropped. Governments, businesses and society at large are looking towards the industries of the future, such as renewable energy, clean manufacturing and sustainable agriculture.”

With greater attention on our planet and its future, Josh is optimistic our next generation of leaders could hold the key to unlocking our climate’s greatest challenges.

Want to learn more about climate change? Watch aspiring Environmental Scientist Delilah interview Josh in Curious Corner here.

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Meet Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operational Committee Member Sarah Kahle. 👋 

As a Curtin Master of Business Administration graduate, Sarah is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs and startups thrive as Curtin’s Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs & Community. 

We sat down with Sarah to learn about her role at CBSAA. 👀

1. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫? When I completed my MBA at Curtin one of the most valuable parts of the program  one of the most valuable parts of the program was the network I had built. I wasn’t ready for that aspect to finish, so I joined the CBSAA committee to help curate the kind of events that I would like to attend and could bring my study pals together again! 

3. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫? I was grateful to receive a Women in MBA scholarship. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the MBA program, so I would love to mobilize the WiMBA alumni for some events and programs that are aimed at MBA grads and undergraduate alumni who are interested in doing an MBA,as it was such a great experience for me. 

4. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀? 
Keeping your connection to Curtin can provide so many benefits. I am now lucky to be working in the Entrepreneurship Team at Curtin. Our alumni provide so much benefit to the startup community. There’s such a huge community with connections to Curtin, so the CBSAA is an amazing network and resource! 

5. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟? I was a tour manager for many big Aussie bands in the early 2000’s, and I once organised a hip hop festival! 😊🎶

Find out more about the Curtin Entrepreneurs via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Entrepreneurship #Events #Perth #GivingBack #Startup #PerthBusiness #PerthSmallBusiness #PerthStartup #PerthIsOk #Entrepreneur

Meet Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operational Committee Member Sarah Kahle. 👋

As a Curtin Master of Business Administration graduate, Sarah is passionate about helping aspiring entrepreneurs and startups thrive as Curtin’s Manager of Entrepreneurship Programs & Community.

We sat down with Sarah to learn about her role at CBSAA. 👀

1. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫? When I completed my MBA at Curtin one of the most valuable parts of the program  one of the most valuable parts of the program was the network I had built. I wasn’t ready for that aspect to finish, so I joined the CBSAA committee to help curate the kind of events that I would like to attend and could bring my study pals together again!

3. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫? I was grateful to receive a Women in MBA scholarship. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the MBA program, so I would love to mobilize the WiMBA alumni for some events and programs that are aimed at MBA grads and undergraduate alumni who are interested in doing an MBA,as it was such a great experience for me.

4. 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
Keeping your connection to Curtin can provide so many benefits. I am now lucky to be working in the Entrepreneurship Team at Curtin. Our alumni provide so much benefit to the startup community. There’s such a huge community with connections to Curtin, so the CBSAA is an amazing network and resource!

5. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟? I was a tour manager for many big Aussie bands in the early 2000’s, and I once organised a hip hop festival! 😊🎶

Find out more about the Curtin Entrepreneurs via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Entrepreneurship #Events #Perth #GivingBack #Startup #PerthBusiness #PerthSmallBusiness #PerthStartup #PerthIsOk #Entrepreneur
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Growing up, Curtin Nursing graduate Khai Kamarudin did not doubt in his mind that he wanted to be a nurse – just like his mum. 🩺👨‍⚕️

As time passed, Khai found himself on a completely different career path, which included stints as a light fabrication engineer and a frontline police officer in Singapore.

It wasn’t until years later after some self-reflection that he decided to pursue his true childhood passion at Curtin.

Now, Khai works as a Clinical Nurse helping patients overcome the mental and physical trauma of spinal injury.

Read more of Khai’s incredible career story in Curtin Commons via link in bio. 👆🏼

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinCommons #CurtinAlumni #Nursing #Nurse #Healthcare #Career #HigherEducation #Education #Professional #CareerSwitch

Growing up, Curtin Nursing graduate Khai Kamarudin did not doubt in his mind that he wanted to be a nurse – just like his mum. 🩺👨‍⚕️

As time passed, Khai found himself on a completely different career path, which included stints as a light fabrication engineer and a frontline police officer in Singapore.

It wasn’t until years later after some self-reflection that he decided to pursue his true childhood passion at Curtin.

Now, Khai works as a Clinical Nurse helping patients overcome the mental and physical trauma of spinal injury.

Read more of Khai’s incredible career story in Curtin Commons via link in bio. 👆🏼

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinCommons #CurtinAlumni #Nursing #Nurse #Healthcare #Career #HigherEducation #Education #Professional #CareerSwitch
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Proud Ballardong Noongar Yorga and Curtin graduate Kass Boladeras is passionate about making lasting change for young LGBTIQA+ people like herself. 🏳️‍🌈

A committee member for the Youth Pride Network, Kass is driven to create positive opportunities and advocate for LGBTIQA+ youth, particularly Indigenous and incarcerated LGBTIQA+ people. 

As Marketing & Operations Manager at Winyama, Kass’ work is helping close the digital divide for First Nations Australians by empowering organizations with the technology skills to care for Country and Mob. 🖤❤️💛

In light of Pride Month, Kass discusses Indigenous representation in the LGBTIQA+ community and shares some of her top tips for becoming a better ally. 

Read the full interview via the link in bio. 👆🏼

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Leadership #YouthPrideNetwork #PrideMonth #Pride #LGBTIQA #Indigenous #Representation #Youth #Leader #Ally #Advocate #Community #Acceptance #Perth #PerthIsOk

Proud Ballardong Noongar Yorga and Curtin graduate Kass Boladeras is passionate about making lasting change for young LGBTIQA+ people like herself. 🏳️‍🌈

A committee member for the Youth Pride Network, Kass is driven to create positive opportunities and advocate for LGBTIQA+ youth, particularly Indigenous and incarcerated LGBTIQA+ people.

As Marketing & Operations Manager at Winyama, Kass’ work is helping close the digital divide for First Nations Australians by empowering organizations with the technology skills to care for Country and Mob. 🖤❤️💛

In light of Pride Month, Kass discusses Indigenous representation in the LGBTIQA+ community and shares some of her top tips for becoming a better ally.

Read the full interview via the link in bio. 👆🏼

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #Leadership #YouthPrideNetwork #PrideMonth #Pride #LGBTIQA #Indigenous #Representation #Youth #Leader #Ally #Advocate #Community #Acceptance #Perth #PerthIsOk
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We are beyond delighted to hear four Curtin alumni have received 2024 King’s Birthday Honours! 🎉👏

Congratulations to the following graduates on your exceptional contributions across the business, mining, and disability sectors:

• Adjunct Professor Peter Rossdeutscher awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Vanessa Elliott awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Scott Drummond awarded Medal of the Order of Australia
• Marion Hailes-MacDonald awarded Public Service Medal.

The unwavering commitment of this bunch of extraordinary graduates is incredibly inspiring - these honours are a true testament to their dedication and exceptional contributions to our society! 🌟

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #KingsBirthday #Honours #Australia #Business #Mining #Disability #Leadership #Perth #Global #Recognition #Community

We are beyond delighted to hear four Curtin alumni have received 2024 King’s Birthday Honours! 🎉👏

Congratulations to the following graduates on your exceptional contributions across the business, mining, and disability sectors:

• Adjunct Professor Peter Rossdeutscher awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Vanessa Elliott awarded Member of the Order of Australia
• Scott Drummond awarded Medal of the Order of Australia
• Marion Hailes-MacDonald awarded Public Service Medal.

The unwavering commitment of this bunch of extraordinary graduates is incredibly inspiring - these honours are a true testament to their dedication and exceptional contributions to our society! 🌟

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #KingsBirthday #Honours #Australia #Business #Mining #Disability #Leadership #Perth #Global #Recognition #Community
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Harnessing a remarkable 30-year career, Curtin Master of Business graduate Fiona Beermier has built a truly inspiring legacy in the community and health sectors. 💚

As the former CEO of Ngala, Fiona has significantly contributed to improving the lives of children through early intervention and family support.

Throughout her career, Fiona has been a vocal advocate for marginalised populations, introducing vital programs into the community, including The School Breakfast Program and the Empowered to Win mentoring program.

Fiona was recognised in 2023 with a Curtin Alumni Professional Achievement Award for her truly inspiring commitment and dedication toward improving the lives of those most vulnerable in our community.

Don’t miss your chance to nominate a Curtin graduate making a significant impact in the community! 🌟

Nominations close tonight Friday, 7 June at 5PM (AWST), find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Business #Health #Children #Family #Ngala #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership

Harnessing a remarkable 30-year career, Curtin Master of Business graduate Fiona Beermier has built a truly inspiring legacy in the community and health sectors. 💚

As the former CEO of Ngala, Fiona has significantly contributed to improving the lives of children through early intervention and family support.

Throughout her career, Fiona has been a vocal advocate for marginalised populations, introducing vital programs into the community, including The School Breakfast Program and the Empowered to Win mentoring program.

Fiona was recognised in 2023 with a Curtin Alumni Professional Achievement Award for her truly inspiring commitment and dedication toward improving the lives of those most vulnerable in our community.

Don’t miss your chance to nominate a Curtin graduate making a significant impact in the community! 🌟

Nominations close tonight Friday, 7 June at 5PM (AWST), find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Business #Health #Children #Family #Ngala #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership
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What does a day in the life of a world-renwoned orangutan advocate look like? 🦧🌴

For more than three decades, Curtin Applied Sciences graduate Leif Cocks has worked tirelessly for orangutans to improve their welfare in captivity and ongoing survival in the world.

As Founder of The Orangutan Project, Leif has been instrumental in developing vital conservation plans for orangutans and through his charity has raised over $22 million for orangutan conservation since 1998. 

His current work with partners in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Sumatra is helping breathe life back into a region that saw orangutans become extinct in the 1830s.

This World Environment Day, Leif shares what it’s like to get up close and personal with these noble creatures on one of his Eco Tours in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park.

Learn more about Leif’s incredible work in #CurtinCommons via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #TheOrangutanProject #WorldEnvironmentDay #Environment #Protection #Orangutans #Conservation #Sumatra #Rainforest #Animals

What does a day in the life of a world-renwoned orangutan advocate look like? 🦧🌴

For more than three decades, Curtin Applied Sciences graduate Leif Cocks has worked tirelessly for orangutans to improve their welfare in captivity and ongoing survival in the world.

As Founder of The Orangutan Project, Leif has been instrumental in developing vital conservation plans for orangutans and through his charity has raised over $22 million for orangutan conservation since 1998.

His current work with partners in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in Sumatra is helping breathe life back into a region that saw orangutans become extinct in the 1830s.

This World Environment Day, Leif shares what it’s like to get up close and personal with these noble creatures on one of his Eco Tours in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park.

Learn more about Leif’s incredible work in #CurtinCommons via link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #TheOrangutanProject #WorldEnvironmentDay #Environment #Protection #Orangutans #Conservation #Sumatra #Rainforest #Animals
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Internationally acclaimed artist-jeweller, historian, and author, Dr Dorothy Erickson has dedicated her multi-faceted art career to elevating WA’s art and design history! 🎨🎓

Exhibiting since 1972, Dorothy has had over 40 solo exhibitions and more than 350 group exhibitions in Australia and Europe. 

Growing up on a farm northeast of Perth, Dorothy’s jewellery interweaves elements of WA’s unique natural world which have been greatly inspired by her mother, Dr Rica Erickson AM CitWA, who was an eminent wildflower painter and author.

Following graduation, she worked in Vienna and made regular visits to London. The contacts she made there enabled her to bring leading experts to the 3D Design Jewellery and silversmithing course when she was lecturing at WAIT. 

Passionate about sharing Western Australian makers and their work with the world, Dorothy was awarded the 2020 Curtin Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions. 

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a significant impact? Nominate them for a Lifetime Achievement Award today! 🌟

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #LifetimeAchievement #Art #Jewellery #Environment #Design #Changemakers #Leaders

Internationally acclaimed artist-jeweller, historian, and author, Dr Dorothy Erickson has dedicated her multi-faceted art career to elevating WA’s art and design history! 🎨🎓

Exhibiting since 1972, Dorothy has had over 40 solo exhibitions and more than 350 group exhibitions in Australia and Europe.

Growing up on a farm northeast of Perth, Dorothy’s jewellery interweaves elements of WA’s unique natural world which have been greatly inspired by her mother, Dr Rica Erickson AM CitWA, who was an eminent wildflower painter and author.

Following graduation, she worked in Vienna and made regular visits to London. The contacts she made there enabled her to bring leading experts to the 3D Design Jewellery and silversmithing course when she was lecturing at WAIT.

Passionate about sharing Western Australian makers and their work with the world, Dorothy was awarded the 2020 Curtin Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions.

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a significant impact? Nominate them for a Lifetime Achievement Award today! 🌟

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #Community #LifetimeAchievement #Art #Jewellery #Environment #Design #Changemakers #Leaders
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Applications for the 2024 Curtin Ignition program are now open! 📣 

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or corporate innovator, Curtin Ignition is the ideal intensive training program to trial and prepare your business idea for the commercial world!💡🌏

By the end of the program, you will gain: 

🏆 Key skills to ensure your business effectively responds to the needs of your target customers. 

🏆 Access to a significant network of contacts within the WA investor and business community. 

🏆 Confidence to plan next steps for your business. 

The Curtin Ignition program will run from Sunday 1 September to Friday 6 September 2024. 

Participation costs $3,750 (ex GST) per person but there are a range of fully funded scholarships on offer each year from a variety of sponsors. 

Find out more about the Ignition program here 👇https://shorturl.at/xUqzr

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinIgnition #Program #Business #PerthBusiness #Perth #Incubator #Entrepreneur #SmallBusiness #Entrepreneurship #Innovation

Applications for the 2024 Curtin Ignition program are now open! 📣

If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or corporate innovator, Curtin Ignition is the ideal intensive training program to trial and prepare your business idea for the commercial world!💡🌏

By the end of the program, you will gain:

🏆 Key skills to ensure your business effectively responds to the needs of your target customers.

🏆 Access to a significant network of contacts within the WA investor and business community.

🏆 Confidence to plan next steps for your business.

The Curtin Ignition program will run from Sunday 1 September to Friday 6 September 2024.

Participation costs $3,750 (ex GST) per person but there are a range of fully funded scholarships on offer each year from a variety of sponsors.

Find out more about the Ignition program here 👇https://shorturl.at/xUqzr

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CurtinIgnition #Program #Business #PerthBusiness #Perth #Incubator #Entrepreneur #SmallBusiness #Entrepreneurship #Innovation
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With a successful AFL career spanning 26 years to his name, Curtin graduate John Worsfold has made a significant impact on and off the field. 🏈🎓

John has a distinguished AFL career, which began when he was selected as an inaugural squad member of the West Coast Eagles in 1986. From there, he went on to become premiership captain in 1992 and 1994.

Following the end of his playing career, John was appointed assistant Coach at Carlton Football Club and then later coach of the West Coast Eagles, going on to coach 281 games, including a premiership, over the next two years. 

Now, John works as Manager of People & Culture at Emeco Group and is the Director of On My Feet, a program that helps combat Australia’s rising homeless population get back on their feet. 

He is also an ambassador to the The Shane Warne Foundation and the Australia Day Council and has been an active supporter of Channel 7’s Telethon, the Cancer Council and SAS Resources Trust.

John was our Curtin 2014 Distinguished Australian Alumni Award Winner for his outstanding leadership in effecting cultural and behavioural change within organisations. 🌟

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🏆

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #AFL #Football #Sport #Coach #Culture #BehaviourChange #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership

With a successful AFL career spanning 26 years to his name, Curtin graduate John Worsfold has made a significant impact on and off the field. 🏈🎓

John has a distinguished AFL career, which began when he was selected as an inaugural squad member of the West Coast Eagles in 1986. From there, he went on to become premiership captain in 1992 and 1994.

Following the end of his playing career, John was appointed assistant Coach at Carlton Football Club and then later coach of the West Coast Eagles, going on to coach 281 games, including a premiership, over the next two years.

Now, John works as Manager of People & Culture at Emeco Group and is the Director of On My Feet, a program that helps combat Australia’s rising homeless population get back on their feet.

He is also an ambassador to the The Shane Warne Foundation and the Australia Day Council and has been an active supporter of Channel 7’s Telethon, the Cancer Council and SAS Resources Trust.

John was our Curtin 2014 Distinguished Australian Alumni Award Winner for his outstanding leadership in effecting cultural and behavioural change within organisations. 🌟

Do you know a Curtin graduate making a difference and pushing boundaries in their career? Nominate them for a Curtin Alumni Award today! 🏆

Nominations close 5PM (AWST) on Friday, 7 June. Find out more via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #AlumniAwards #Impact #AFL #Football #Sport #Coach #Culture #BehaviourChange #Community #CommunityService #Changemakers #Leaders #Perth #Career #Leadership
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Curtin graduate Holly Hazel is passionate about sharing stories and advocating for those making a real difference in the WA community. 🌍💛
 
As Volunteering WA’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Holly manages the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Volunteer Day Garden Party, and various state-wide marketing campaigns.

This National Volunteers Week, Holly shares why she is passionate about working for organisations that exist to make lasting change in the community. 👇

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫?
I worked for two years as the Marketing Executive at St Andrew’s First Aid in Glasgow.  This involved coordinating 350 volunteers across Scotland to provide first aid at community events, and taught basic first aid to children and adults.

As part of our advocacy campaign to introduce first aid into the school curriculum, two girls from our childrens cadets program attended Scottish Parliament and showed Members of Parliament how to use a defibrillator to restart a heart.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞?
Currently, my work focuses on amplifying the voice of WA’s volunteering sector. Sometimes people think volunteering is just a ‘nice thing to do’, but in reality people who volunteer are actually keeping this country moving and connected.
 
There are reportedly 1.5 million people in WA who volunteer – but in reality, there are so many more. First Nations Peoples or different cultural groups may not use the word ‘volunteer’ – they’re simply using their time to help their family and the community – these are the stories I hope to help continue to share.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
Whether you want to make new friends, spend time with family, be physically active, learn a skill, boost your confidence or champion a cause that matters to you – there’s a volunteering experience waiting for you.
 
Curtin has many volunteering opportunities for graduates. Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📧

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek

Curtin graduate Holly Hazel is passionate about sharing stories and advocating for those making a real difference in the WA community. 🌍💛
 
As Volunteering WA’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Holly manages the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Volunteer Day Garden Party, and various state-wide marketing campaigns.

This National Volunteers Week, Holly shares why she is passionate about working for organisations that exist to make lasting change in the community. 👇

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐦𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫?
I worked for two years as the Marketing Executive at St Andrew’s First Aid in Glasgow.  This involved coordinating 350 volunteers across Scotland to provide first aid at community events, and taught basic first aid to children and adults.

As part of our advocacy campaign to introduce first aid into the school curriculum, two girls from our childrens cadets program attended Scottish Parliament and showed Members of Parliament how to use a defibrillator to restart a heart.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞?
Currently, my work focuses on amplifying the voice of WA’s volunteering sector. Sometimes people think volunteering is just a ‘nice thing to do’, but in reality people who volunteer are actually keeping this country moving and connected.
 
There are reportedly 1.5 million people in WA who volunteer – but in reality, there are so many more. First Nations Peoples or different cultural groups may not use the word ‘volunteer’ – they’re simply using their time to help their family and the community – these are the stories I hope to help continue to share.
 
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫?
Whether you want to make new friends, spend time with family, be physically active, learn a skill, boost your confidence or champion a cause that matters to you – there’s a volunteering experience waiting for you.
 
Curtin has many volunteering opportunities for graduates. Email alumni@curtin.edu.au to express your interest. 📧

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #VolunteersWeek
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Meet the Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operations Committee Director, Brody Close. 👋🎓

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Brody now works as a Graduate Consultant at BDO Australia.

During his time at Curtin, Brody was actively involved as President of the Curtin Tax Clinic Society and was a student volunteer with the Curtin Tax Clinic.

We sat down with Brody to learn about his new role at CBSAA.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞?
A: With the help of the Advancement Office and the Operations Committee, I coordinate the execution of the CBSAA’s initiatives. It involves writing a lot of emails! 😭

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞?
A: To continue giving back to the Curtin community, which started as volunteering and club roles on campus when I was a student. I see the CBSAA as an opportunity to create real value for my fellow alumni in an emerging area.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
A: Joining the CBSAA solidifies your bond with Curtin and opens a gateway to developing a diverse and extensive professional network.

𝐐: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: I formerly volunteered as a crew member on a full-sized working replica of a 17th-century Dutch yacht.

Are you a Curtin business graduate? Join the Curtin Business School Alumni Association LinkedIn group to get access to all the latest events and opportunities via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #CurtinBusinessSchool #Association #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Mentorship #Events #ProfessionalDevelopment #GivingBack

Meet the Curtin Business School Alumni Association Operations Committee Director, Brody Close. 👋🎓

Since graduating from Curtin University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Brody now works as a Graduate Consultant at BDO Australia.

During his time at Curtin, Brody was actively involved as President of the Curtin Tax Clinic Society and was a student volunteer with the Curtin Tax Clinic.

We sat down with Brody to learn about his new role at CBSAA.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐞?
A: With the help of the Advancement Office and the Operations Committee, I coordinate the execution of the CBSAA’s initiatives. It involves writing a lot of emails! 😭

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐞?
A: To continue giving back to the Curtin community, which started as volunteering and club roles on campus when I was a student. I see the CBSAA as an opportunity to create real value for my fellow alumni in an emerging area.

𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐣𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐁𝐒𝐀𝐀?
A: Joining the CBSAA solidifies your bond with Curtin and opens a gateway to developing a diverse and extensive professional network.

𝐐: 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟?
A: I formerly volunteered as a crew member on a full-sized working replica of a 17th-century Dutch yacht.

Are you a Curtin business graduate? Join the Curtin Business School Alumni Association LinkedIn group to get access to all the latest events and opportunities via the link in bio. 👆

#CurtinUniversity #CurtinAlumni #CBSAA #CurtinBusinessSchool #Association #Business #Commerce #Graduates #Community #Mentorship #Events #ProfessionalDevelopment #GivingBack
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