Our Board

The Country Universities Macleay Valley Board are community volunteers. Each member is excited at the prospect of what the Centre will do for the valley.

Liz Campbell – Chair

Liz was born, educated and owns businesses within the Shire. Liz has over 30 years owning and managing travel and tourism business as well as being a TAFE Travel and Tourism lecturer.

Liz is the Mayor of Kempsey and has held the position since 2011.

Andrew Bennett – Deputy Chair

Andrew grew up locally, attending South & East Kempsey Primary then Kempsey High School and gained his veterinary degree from Sydney University. Andrew’s passion is equine artificial reproduction & he now runs MERC (Mid North Coast Equine Reproduction Centre).

Maura Luxford - Non Executive Director

Maura Luxford has notched up almost twenty years on her professional pathway within vocational education in TAFENSW. Her current role as TAFE Services Manager covers the Lower Mid North Coast from Kempsey to Tuncurry with accountabilities across five campuses.

Greg Hollier - Non Executive Director

Greg is a Kempsey local, he attended St Joseph’s Primary and St Pauls Secondary College before moving away to complete his degree. Greg is passionate about helping his community, shown in his longstanding career and his strong relationship with his patients.

Nerryl Doney – Non Executive Director

Before commencing work as a solicitor in Kempsey in 1999, Nerryl was a solicitor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Dubbo. She holds a Diploma in Law from the Law Extension Committee of the University of Sydney together with a diploma in legal practice from the College of Law.

Peter Townsend - Non Executive Director

Peter has been the General Manager of Coastline Credit Union since 1996. In his time as General Manager he has seen Coastline grow and make a significant impact on the local community, particularly for young people. The CUC Macleay Valley is another opportunity to help support the local community.

Christene Capel – Non Executive Director

Chris is a consultant at Chris Capel Consulting, a business she started in 2010 and is currently serving as Deputy Chair of Mid North Coast Regional Development Australia. Chris has completed her last three degrees externally, and is familiar with the challenges, and triumphs of study.

Our Staff

The Country Universities Macleay Valley has two dedicated staff members, our Centre Manager and our Learning Skills Advisor. Both our staff have comprehensive university knowledge, and are Macleay Valley locals.

Kinne Ring – Centre Manager

Kinne is passionate about widening participation in Higher Education with demonstrated experience in university outreach for over 6 years. Kinne is excited to work with her local community at the CUC Macleay Valley.

Dr Ella Dixon - Learning Skills Advisor

Ella has a PhD in Sociology from Macquarie University, and over 10 years' experience tutoring and lecturing in the university sector. She has worked at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and Charles Sturt University. Ella is a Macleay Valley local and she attended Kempsey High School. Ella strives to make a positive impact in the local community, whether it is in education or sustainability.