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 – General Manager
As the GM 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 union 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.
Emma Mou – Advocate
As a Student Advocate, I hope to listen and support you through the issues you may face during your studies. Our Student Advocacy team can provide advice and assistance to help navigate the University’s rules, policies and procedures that may impact you. We are also here to support your general wellbeing and can assist you in accessing broader community resources.
The thing I love the most about my role is hearing the stories and perspectives of students from varied walks of life. I enjoy learning from others and working together with students to help them through the challenges that university (and life!) undoubtably presents.
In my personal time, you’ll probably find me planning my next trip to one of the many places on my ever-increasing bucket list, reading up on the latest pop-psychology theory, or spending some quality time with my close family and friends.
Jack Booth-Cole – Advocate
In my role I focus on supporting Postgraduate students and helping when challenges arise during a student’s time at UTAS. I work as part of a wider Student Advocacy team and (to mention only a few) can help with explaining complicated UTAS rules and policies, what a student’s options are in various situations and what wider support is available, such as accessing welfare services.
I love getting to interact with a wide range of people in my role. I speak with students, academics, support staff and many more and as a result I get to fully immerse myself into the university. I also have to problem solve and support students with a variety of issues that come through our front door. Knowing that my role makes a difference to the lives of students who come to see me, makes it all worthwhile.
Away from the office I like to bushwalk, cycle, and bake bread!
Kate Davey – Advocate
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!
James Spencer – Student Insight and Engagement Officer South
Hey there, I’m James the Student Insight and Experience Officer for the South.
I work with your TUSA reps to assist them with their initiatives and events as well as providing information to inform their decisions.
There’s never a dull day at the TUSA with lots of things happening at any one time and I enjoy working with a diverse range of students and staff across many different areas of the University.
Outside of work I enjoy photography, hiking, gardening and trying to combine all three with our little boy who keeps us plenty busy.
Lisa Liew – Student Insight and Engagement Officer North
My role as SIEO is to help the Student Representatives deliver great events and provide meaningful assistance to students in need. I’m keen to help build a bigger and better Clubs and Societies presence in the North.
When not at work I am a tragic AFL fan (go Tigers!) who plays way too much Animal Crossing. I enjoy travelling, collecting nerdy things and food!
Caleb Dunn – Student Insight and Engagement Officer North
In my role as an SIEO in the north, working alongside Lisa, I provide support to our student representatives and clubs & societies to have an impact on all aspects of student experience at the university, from events to welfare. The aim of the game is to bring life to the northern campuses for everyone to get as much as they can from their time at university. Coffee is vital to my survival.
Cathy Walker – Student Insight and Engagement Officer North West
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
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 – Finance & Administration Officer
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.
Tim Lippis – Student Insight Administrator
In my role of Student Insight Administrator I am responsible for helping administer large scale projects undertaken by the TUSA.
I am currently doing a Bachelor of Medical Research with Honours at Menzies.
My passion is creating a healthy environment in Utas but also in the wider community!
When I have time to escape my study, I head out hiking as much as I can.