Our People

Our Board

Michael Williams – Chair

Louise Hunt – Non Executive Director

Dave Gallagher – Non Executive Director

Peter Macbeth – Non Executive Director

Duncan Taylor – Non Executive Director

Our Team

Danielle Keenan

Centre Manager

Danielle Keenan joined Country Universities Centre Far West in November 2017, prior to the centre opening to the community. Danielle has extensive experience in the higher education sector, having worked for the University of Sydney for almost nine years in education programs and student support. A born and bred local to the Far West region, Danielle is focused on the establishment of relevant teaching and support environments, the promotion of opportunities for students in the region and the delivery of successful training programs for students investing in their education

Lisa Turner

Learning Skills Advisor

Lisa has been providing academic support to student's at CUC Far West since joining the team in 2018. Lisa also provides academic support to local students through Charles Sturt University's Indigenous Academic Success Program. Born and raised in the Far West, Lisa is proud to bring home her teaching experience developed through work as a tutor and subject specialist at Studiosity and scuba diving instructor and first aid trainer with PADI Egypt. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of International Relations from UniSA and last year completed a Bachelor of Laws through Southern Cross University. By completing her studies primarily online while working and raising her three young children, Lisa knows first-hand the challenges many CUC students face and is excited to continue supporting student academic success through the LSA program. 

Sophie Weathersbee

Learning Skills Advisor

Sophie Weathersbee joined Country Universities Centre Far West in October 2019 as Learning Skills Advisor and Casual Academic for Central Queensland University, Bachelor of Education. Sophie was born and raised in Broken Hill, and after relocating back to the Far West five years ago, lives here with her husband and two children. Sophie has previously studied at the University of Wollongong and University of Newcastle completing a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching (Secondary) and is currently studying a Master of Counselling through Monash University. Sophie is experienced with supporting students with five years teaching experience in both secondary and primary schools and three years in student wellbeing programs, as well as experience in program development and training for youth and adults.

Sarah Rolton

Administration Assistant

Sarah started working at Country Universities Centre Far West in June of 2020. Born in Broken Hill, Sarah joins us after working within the Community Services and Fitness Industries. Sarah is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Education Primary with Charles Darwin University and is passionate about the educational opportunities now available in the local community. Since becoming a mother of three Sarah is even more eager to see the continued support and progression of higher education in the Far West.