Brisbane connections

Get connected with other UQ Business, Economics and Law Alumni living in Brisbane.

There is a vibrant community of UQ alumni living in Brisbane, including a team of dedicated volunteer ambassadors who are eager to build the community and remain connected to UQ.  There are opportunities to connect with fellow alumni at events and through social media platforms, providing key industry contacts, mentors and employment opportunities from the wider business community.

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Brisbane Alumni Ambassadors


Chad Hardy

Chad HardyChair, Brisbane Alumni Ambassador Council
Chief Operations Officer, Bookipi

UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2013

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After completing a Bachelors of Management in Canada, Chad left the company he founded to study law at UQ. He was heavily involved in student societies, becoming President of the UQ Law Society for 2013.

Graduating from UQ Law in 2013, Chad was admitted to the legal profession while working at a law firm.

Chad is currently Chief Operations Officer at Bookipi. He was previously Chief Operating Officer at GoCatch, an Australian rideshare and taxi booking app. He worked closely with Municipal, State, and Federal governments to develop technologically integrated transport networks with GoCatch.

Prior to GoCatch, Chad was the Commercial Lead for Brisbane based technology company VroomVroomVroom where he negotiated global agreements with leading car hire companies and set corporate strategy and policy.

Chad has extensive experience in the rideshare space, having spent nearly 2 years at Uber growing the Queensland rideshare market.

Chad’s career highlight was growing Uber Queensland into a reliable way to get around and an opportunity for those under and un-employed. His areas of specialty include law, technology, commerce and start ups.

He advises new graduates to try many things to see what they really enjoy and where they excel. They should use those passions to make their mark. His favourite memory from UQ is working on the UQ Law Revue – long days of planning, rehearsals and building, weeks of labour, and a brilliant final product. Best of all, he worked with a group of brilliant and dedicated people.

Chad is always looking for the next opportunity to throw on a pair of skis. He is an avid reader and cinema goer.

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Stephanie Elwin

Stephanie ElwinDeputy Chair, Brisbane Alumni Ambassador Council
Director, Government and Public Sector Consulting, PwC Australia

UQ qualifications: MBA 2015

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Stephanie Elwin is a Director in PwC's Government and Public Sector Consulting practice, with more than 15 years’ change management, leadership development, IT program/project management and communications experience. Prior to joining PwC, Stephanie spent nearly six years at KPMG leading large-scale transformation programs with clients. She has also worked in a range of in-house advisory roles in the federal government, state government, and the oil and gas and insurance sectors.

Stephanie’s advice to new graduates is to not be afraid to take risks early in your career to help you find your professional passion, and to seek global opportunities. Employers are looking for breadth of experience and for personal maturity – both of which will be aided by living and working overseas, and taking a chance on roles that may appear to be a less direct path to your professional goals.

Stephanie has stayed closely involved with the BEL Faculty since graduating from the UQ MBA program in 2015, meeting regularly with current students and speaking at a number of career and recruiting events. Stephanie was awarded the 2015 MBA Director’s Award for Leadership, and now co-sponsors the MBA Women’s Leadership Impact Prize, which is awarded to the top female talent in the program each year.

After three years serving on the Melbourne Ambassador Council, Stephanie joined the Brisbane Ambassador Council in 2019 and became Deputy Chair in 2020.

Stephanie is married to a decorated military veteran and has three adult step-children.

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Madeleine Butler

Madeleine ButlerCareers and Engagement Support Officer, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, UQ
UQ qualifications: Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management/Bachelor of Arts 2020

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Madeleine is a recent UQ graduate with a Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management (Events Management) and Bachelor of Arts (French, Journalism and Communication).

During her studies, she was involved in volunteering and student societies at UQ. She served as President and Secretary of UQ’s Tourism, Hospitality & Events Society and represented UQ on a number of occasions as a BEL Student Ambassador. Whilst studying, she worked part-time in events and hospitality, and volunteered at a variety of events including the GC 2018 Commonwealth Games. She has also studied abroad in Vichy, France and has a love of the French language and culture.

Madeleine currently works for the UQ BEL Career Services Team in her role as Careers & Engagement Support Officer. Being passionate about student engagement initiatives and events comes from her love of working with people. She highly enjoys being a part of a team that put pride and energy into their work, helping students to build their employability and further their personal and professional development.

In her spare time, she enjoys painting and playing social netball and touch football with friends. Her advice to current students and recent graduates is to "Trust your gut and don't be afraid to say yes to new opportunities! You never know where certain opportunities will take you, and they will help you on your journey of finding your passions and your people."

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Laura Hatton

Laura Hatton

Young Alumni Ambassador, The University of Queensland

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Laura is very involved in the UQ startup scene and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business Management (International Business & Marketing) and Diploma of Languages (Spanish).

Laura has represented the University abroad on multiple occasions, including a one-month internship in Shanghai as part of UQ Ventures ‘Startup Adventure’ program, a semester exchange in Spain, and student entrepreneur study tours to South Korea and the UK. She also formed part of a UQ student and staff team who created a four-part video series promoting UQ Idea Hub.

Laura is currently Club Secretary of the UQ Innovation & Entrepreneurship Society.

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Katrina King        

General Manager - Capital Solutions, QIC
UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) 1992, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 1996, Master of Business Administration 2020

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Katrina has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services and is responsible for leading QIC’s product innovation and development. Katrina works with our investment teams to drive our research and thought leadership program as well as developing product innovation across our capabilities. She has responsibility for the product and corporate information teams and oversees all of QIC’s product development and governance.

Katrina previously held several roles in QIC’s Global Liquid Markets Group. Most recent as Head of Research and Strategy where she led a team responsible for the outlook on various credit, rates, inflation and currency markets.

Prior to joining QIC in 2006, Katrina worked for JPMorgan. She started in Australia and moved to JPMorgan in New York, Tokyo and London in various roles in product development, research, structured credit and syndication.

A recent career highlight for Katrina has been working with the Queensland Government through COVID to help with economic outcomes.

Her advice to new graduates is, "Be curious, keep your learning curve steep and reach out to your networks".

In her free time Katrina enjoys hiking, travelling and reading.

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Annie Leeks

Annie Leeks

Partner, Jones Day
UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Laws 2003

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Annie Leeks has in-depth experience in high-pressure litigation and arbitration having acted for major corporations in a wide range of industries, including health care, mining, energy, financial services, aviation, sports, and construction.

Annie has a particular focus on resolving and managing high-stakes disputes for energy sector clients with cross-border operations, including in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from The University of Queensland in 2003, Annie moved to Canada and completed a Master of Laws at the University of Toronto.

She joined Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP as an Associate before moving to London and accepting a position with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Annie returned to Queensland in 2010 as a Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills where her experience included acting for a leading construction contractor in a domestic ad hoc arbitration arising from alliancing contracts on the A$5 billion Brisbane Airport Link project.

After more than five years at Herbert Smith Freehills, Annie joined Virgin Australia as Lead Legal Counsel and Virgin Australia Group Privacy Officer.

In 2016 Annie joined Jones Day where she is now a Partner, and said she considers herself fortunate to have ended up at a collaborative and inclusive organisation.

Her advice to new graduates is to remember that “Your career is a marathon, not a sprint!”

In her free time, Annie enjoys travel, hiking and yoga.

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Caitlin Philip

Caitlin PhilipYoung Alumni Ambassador, The University of Queensland

Caitlin has recently graduated with a dual degree in Commerce and Laws (Hons). Her honours thesis topic is investigating the challenges of anonymity to the taxation of cryptocurrencies.

She has undertaken several vacation clerkships with corporate law firms and intends to begin as a graduate lawyer next year. 

Caitlin is currently working with an arbitrator as his associate which gives her a firsthand view of top advocates in action and a deeper understanding of commercial disputes. 

Although Caitlin has not yet graduated, when she does she plans to try to keep up with lots of activities outside of work. Particularly with the university, which makes a diverse range of hobbies with different groups of people so accessible, something she values. 

One of Caitlin's favourite memories is a short-term exchange to Berlin where she studied International Economic Law at Humboldt University. It was in January 2020, just before COVID-19 hit,  Caitlin says she is extremely grateful to have had a month to experience the joys of Berlin.

Caitlin is very musical: she has played classical piano since the age of ten and loves going to live music gigs with small Brisbane bands. She recently attended a music and arts festival where one stage was devoted to Indigenous artists and was introduced to an amazing ‘didgitronic’ band that used the digeridoo in hip hop tracks. 

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Mark Tanner

Mark Tanner

Financial Adviser, More Life Planning
Associate Lecturer, UQ Business School

UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce (Hons), Bachelor of Economics 1999

Professional memberships
Financial Planning Association of Australia

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Upon graduating from UQ, Mark was hired by a Global Management consulting firm. Two weeks later, he was in Korea advising a consortium of international banks and the Board of one of Korea’s largest technology companies on how to restructure their business.

After a number of years in management consulting and private equity, Mark joined a small management buy-out team to purchase a business outsourcing firm from administration, which was subsequently restructured and developed over a number of years.

More recently, Mark’s passion has been to assist others to achieve their financial freedom. Currently a Financial Adviser at More Life Planning, Mark works with people to achieve their desired balance between work, financial goals, lifestyle and family time, and focus on living an amazing life rather than “making a living”.

Mark’s advice to graduates is: “Take time to study yourself. Understand your strengths, your weakness and most importantly your passion. People respond to authenticity, if you are pursuing your passion you will find opportunities will open up for you. You will wake every day with enthusiasm and energy to pursue your dream and you won’t look back on a life of regret. Continue to read, study widely and take time reflect on your life – regardless of your age or experience, you can continue to learn and grow.”

Mark considers his BCom Honours year with supervisor Professor Gray to be the foundation upon which he has built his career.

“I still consider myself extremely lucky for having Professor Gray as a supervisor in my honours year. Having such a world class professor encourage you to achieve your best and take your thinking to a new level was amazing. I am still lucky enough to be able to still call Professor Gray a good friend and mentor.”

Outside of the office, Mark enjoys spending time bushwalking and hiking, and spending time with his family.

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Samuel Walpole

Samuel WalpoleBarrister-at-Law
UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2016

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Samuel Walpole is a barrister practising in commercial, regulatory and public law. Samuel was previously an Associate to the Hon Chief Justice Allsop AO of the Federal Court of Australia and to the Hon Justice Philippides of the Queensland Court of Appeal. He also worked as a Legal Officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission in the areas of Corporate Crime and Financial Services Regulation.

Samuel holds Bachelors of Arts and Laws (First Class Honours) degrees from the University of Queensland, from which he graduated as Law Valedictorian and with the University Medal in Law. He subsequently read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at Wadham College, Oxford as an Oxford-Hackney Scholar, graduating with Distinction.

Samuel is an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Queensland, where he lectures in the postgraduate Commercial Equity Course. He has published in a number of domestic and international journals, including the Law Quarterly Review, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Australian Journal of Corporate Law, Australian Journal of Administrative Law and Trusts & Trustees. He is also a Director of the UQ Law Alumni Association.

His advice for recent graduates is to be passionate and engaged about the work you are doing, and about your career; find ways to give back and enrich your professional life – such as by getting involved in committees or organisations; be kind and genuine in your dealings with others; consider further study or a period living abroad or in another city.

Samuel has many great memories from his time at UQ: participating in the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot coached by Justice Sarah Derrington; editing JATL’s Pandora’s Box Law Journal and working with Professor Craig Forrest on the Australia and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal; researching issues of private law theory with Professor Kit Barker; the general camaraderie of the Law School and law alumni community.

In his free time Samuel enjoys travel; music and art; TV; reading and writing; learning about new things and meeting new people.

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Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson

Consultant, CurzonCo
UQ qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce 1990, Bachelor of Laws 1992

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After graduating from UQ, Tim Wilson began his career as a corporate lawyer with Minter Ellison in Brisbane.

He completed a Masters of Finance at London Business School and shifted to twelve years of Investment banking in London, Sydney and Brisbane.

A specialist in private equity, Tim was previously Director and Deputy Chairman of Blue Sky Alternative Investments Ltd, and Managing Director of Blue Sky Private Equity.

His advice to new graduates is to nurture the friendships along the way, and says a good network has as much value as exceptional grades.

Tim fondly remembers commerce lectures with Professor Stephen Gray and his favourite law lecturer was Professor Suri Ratnapala.

Tim enjoys family time with his four sons, travelling, and supporting rugby.

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