Alumni Advisory Board

About the Alumni Advisory Board

The Bond University Alumni Community was reformed in 2014 through the establishment of an Alumni Advisory Board and formal structure for Alumni Committees.

As the peak alumni body of the University, the Alumni Advisory Board plays a central role in building a life-long partnership between the University and its alumni. The Alumni Advisory Board seeks to reach, engage and represent the alumni in the life and work of Bond University.

The role of the Alumni Advisory Board is to:

  • support institutional excellence at the University;
  • provide an alumni community perspective to the University;
  • provide high level strategic advice and support to the University in relation to alumni and their role in the University community;
  • nurture and support University Alumni Committees: Chapters, Groups and Clubs;
  • develop and implement outreach activities that support Bond University students;
  • encourage among alumni a culture of giving to the University.

The Alumni Advisory Board reports to the Vice-Chancellor and will be supported in its activities by the Alumni and Development Office. Alumni Committees i.e. Chapters, Groups and Clubs will technically report to the Alumni Advisory Board, and will have a strong operating relationship with the Alumni and Development Office.

To view a copy of the complete Alumni Advisory Board and Alumni Committees Framework and Guidelines please contact the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@bond.edu.au or download a PDF, Bond University Alumni Advisory Board and Alumni Committees Framework and Guidelines.

2016-2017 Alumni Advisory Board members

Derek Cronin (Class of 1989)

Council Appointed Chair

Derek Cronin was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and has practised in commercial litigation, debt recovery, insolvency and dispute resolution over his 20-year career in law. Prior to establishing his own practice on the Gold Coast in 2006, Derek was a partner in commercial litigation firm Tucker & Cowen in Brisbane. He graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Laws in 1991, after commencing in the inaugural cohort of 1989.

Derek is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. As well as serving on the inaugural Alumni Advisory Board he is an alumni ordinary member of the Bond University company.

Derek Cronin (Class of 1989)

Council Appointed Chair

Derek Cronin was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and has practised in commercial litigation, debt recovery, insolvency and dispute resolution over his 20-year career in law. Prior to establishing his own practice on the Gold Coast in 2006, Derek was a partner in commercial litigation firm Tucker & Cowen in Brisbane. He graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Laws in 1991, after commencing in the inaugural cohort of 1989.

Derek is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. As well as serving on the inaugural Alumni Advisory Board he is an alumni ordinary member of the Bond University company.

David Baxby (Class of 1992)

Appointed Alumni Member

David Baxby has had a long career in the aviation industry, most recently as co-CEO of Virgin Group where he helped grow Virgin’s portfolio of services. After 10 years with Virgin, David left the co-CEO role in July 2013 although he remains on the Virgin Australia board as a non-executive director.

David is currently CEO of Global Blue and Annecy Capital Partners, global advisory firms. David forged his career in investment banking, working with Goldman Sachs, and is now based in Singapore. He graduated from Bond with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws in 1994 and is the inaugural recipient of Bond University’s Robert Stable Alumni Medal.

David Baxby (Class of 1992)

Appointed Alumni Member

David Baxby has had a long career in the aviation industry, most recently as co-CEO of Virgin Group where he helped grow Virgin’s portfolio of services. After 10 years with Virgin, David left the co-CEO role in July 2013 although he remains on the Virgin Australia board as a non-executive director.

David is currently CEO of Global Blue and Annecy Capital Partners, global advisory firms. David forged his career in investment banking, working with Goldman Sachs, and is now based in Singapore. He graduated from Bond with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws in 1994 and is the inaugural recipient of Bond University’s Robert Stable Alumni Medal.

Lisa MacCallum (Class of 1991)

Appointed Alumni Member

Lisa has enjoyed a range of global and executive leadership positions most recently with NIKE Inc’s $30bn Global Sporting Goods business (2001 – 2014) that span General Management, Strategy and Business Development positions through to leadership of NIKE’s Corporate Philanthropy and Global Community Investment efforts.

Lisa is currently an advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Healthy Living Initiative; The Global Agenda Council for Mental Health and Wellbeing 2013 – 2014; is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; Founding Chair of the World Sporting Goods Industry’s Physical Activity Committee; and Commissioner for the Knight Foundation and Aspen Institute’s “Information Needs of Communities Living in a Democracy”.

Lisa MacCallum (Class of 1991)

Appointed Alumni Member

Lisa has enjoyed a range of global and executive leadership positions most recently with NIKE Inc’s $30bn Global Sporting Goods business (2001 – 2014) that span General Management, Strategy and Business Development positions through to leadership of NIKE’s Corporate Philanthropy and Global Community Investment efforts.

Lisa is currently an advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Healthy Living Initiative; The Global Agenda Council for Mental Health and Wellbeing 2013 – 2014; is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; Founding Chair of the World Sporting Goods Industry’s Physical Activity Committee; and Commissioner for the Knight Foundation and Aspen Institute’s “Information Needs of Communities Living in a Democracy”.

Jacqui Ward (Class of 2009)

Appointed Alumni Member

Jacqui commenced at Bond in 2009 as recipient of the Vynka Hohnen Scholarship, and graduated in 2012 with a double degree in LLB (Hons) and Arts (IR/Journalism). During her time at Bond Jacqui was a member of a wide range of clubs and student committees and was Resident Fellow of A Block for two years. Jacqui is currently a lawyer in the Corporate Advisory team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Perth and advises on a range of corporate transactions and governance issues. Jacqui is also a member of Bond's Perth alumni committee.

In her spare time, Jacqui is a huge sports fan and enjoys travelling and planning her next adventures.

Jacqui Ward (Class of 2009)

Appointed Alumni Member

Jacqui commenced at Bond in 2009 as recipient of the Vynka Hohnen Scholarship, and graduated in 2012 with a double degree in LLB (Hons) and Arts (IR/Journalism). During her time at Bond Jacqui was a member of a wide range of clubs and student committees and was Resident Fellow of A Block for two years. Jacqui is currently a lawyer in the Corporate Advisory team at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Perth and advises on a range of corporate transactions and governance issues. Jacqui is also a member of Bond's Perth alumni committee.

In her spare time, Jacqui is a huge sports fan and enjoys travelling and planning her next adventures.

Ed Brockhoff (Class of 2002)

Elected Alumni Member

Ed Brockhoff studied law and international relations at Bond, graduating in 2006. He subsequently worked as an associate to Justices David Bleby and Richard White of the Supreme Court of South Australia, and then to Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia. After working in Sydney at the Maurice Blackburn law firm, he interned with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania, and then ran a program for indigenous youth with Save the Children, based in Kununurra in the East Kimberley.

He moved to New York City to undertake a Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University, specializing in human rights and international conflict resolution. Still based in New York, he currently works with the International Center for Transitional Justice - which focuses on promoting acknowledgement and accountability in the aftermath of violent conflict and gross violations of human rights.

Ed Brockhoff (Class of 2002)

Elected Alumni Member

Ed Brockhoff studied law and international relations at Bond, graduating in 2006. He subsequently worked as an associate to Justices David Bleby and Richard White of the Supreme Court of South Australia, and then to Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia. After working in Sydney at the Maurice Blackburn law firm, he interned with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania, and then ran a program for indigenous youth with Save the Children, based in Kununurra in the East Kimberley.

He moved to New York City to undertake a Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University, specializing in human rights and international conflict resolution. Still based in New York, he currently works with the International Center for Transitional Justice - which focuses on promoting acknowledgement and accountability in the aftermath of violent conflict and gross violations of human rights.

Todd Hiscock (Class of 1991)

Elected Alumni Member

Todd Hiscock was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister in 1994 and as a Certified Practicing Accountant a few years later. He started his professional services career in business services, taxation and then later turned to business restructuring and corporate finance with Big Four Professional Services Firms, KPMG and Ernst & Young. He next moved to Global Fortune 500 company Telstra where he worked in Mergers and Acquisitions, and then later Strategy, Business Development, Sales, Marketing and Product roles and also as Executive Advisor to Telstra CEO David Thodey. In 2012 he took his first CEO role, running a market leading Australian PayTV company. After selling that business he moved into his current role, as CEO of an international coffee business, with its head office on the Gold Coast.

Todd Hiscock (Class of 1991)

Elected Alumni Member

Todd Hiscock was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister in 1994 and as a Certified Practicing Accountant a few years later. He started his professional services career in business services, taxation and then later turned to business restructuring and corporate finance with Big Four Professional Services Firms, KPMG and Ernst & Young. He next moved to Global Fortune 500 company Telstra where he worked in Mergers and Acquisitions, and then later Strategy, Business Development, Sales, Marketing and Product roles and also as Executive Advisor to Telstra CEO David Thodey. In 2012 he took his first CEO role, running a market leading Australian PayTV company. After selling that business he moved into his current role, as CEO of an international coffee business, with its head office on the Gold Coast.

George Raptis (Class of 2003)

Elected Alumni Member

George graduated from Bond as Valedictorian in 2007 with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce. He commenced his career as a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney, before relocating to the United States. Following his time at the University, George has remained an active member of alumni, acting as co-chair of the Sydney Alumni Chapter during his time in the city. Currently based in New York City, George recently launched Credible, an online marketplace for student loan refinancing, bringing innovation to America's US$1.3 trillion higher education finance market. He also serves as a director of his family company, A Raptis & Sons and is an Alumni Ordinary Member of Bond University.

George Raptis (Class of 2003)

Elected Alumni Member

George graduated from Bond as Valedictorian in 2007 with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce. He commenced his career as a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney, before relocating to the United States. Following his time at the University, George has remained an active member of alumni, acting as co-chair of the Sydney Alumni Chapter during his time in the city. Currently based in New York City, George recently launched Credible, an online marketplace for student loan refinancing, bringing innovation to America's US$1.3 trillion higher education finance market. He also serves as a director of his family company, A Raptis & Sons and is an Alumni Ordinary Member of Bond University.

The Alumni Advisory Board comprises of the following members:

  • The Chair (appointed by Council);
  • 2 Deputy-Chairs (chosen from the alumni members outlined below);
  • 3 elected alumni members (with at least one residing within Australia and one residing outside Australia) subject to eligibility;
  • 3 appointed alumni members (with at least one residing within Australia and one residing outside Australia) (appointed by the Vice-Chancellor);
  • 3 representatives of the University, including the Vice-Chancellor or nominee, Executive Director of Alumni and Development or nominee and a further staff or Council member with expertise in managing alumni affairs, appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.

The Alumni Advisory Board meets at least twice a year and the Vice-Chancellor hosts an Alumni Leaders Forum once a year. The Alumni Advisory Board Chair, members of the Alumni Advisory Board and the President of each Alumni Chapter and Alumni Group will be invited to attend the Alumni Leaders Forum.

The Alumni Advisory Board is supported through a budget assigned by the University. The Alumni Advisory Board will be responsible for all approved expenses and the allocation of funds to Alumni Chapters, Groups and Clubs. Each year, the Alumni Advisory Board will present a proposal of allocated budget expenditure, for the subsequent year, to the University. The budget will include relevant funding requests and distributions to be available to Alumni Chapters, Groups and Clubs as determined appropriate by the Alumni Advisory Board.

Contact the Alumni Advisory Board

You may contact the members of the Advisory Board by using the Find a Bondy feature in the online alumni community portal.

One of the roles of the Alumni Advisory Board is to allocate appropriate funding to our Chapters, Groups and Clubs for activities they wish to undertake. In order to be able to do this, the Board requires all interested alumni to register for their preferred Chapter, Group or Club. If you wish to register for a Committee or express interest for an executive position in a Committee, please complete the Alumni Committee Membership form.

To request a copy of the complete Alumni Advisory Board and Alumni Committees Framework and Guidelines please contact the Alumni Relations Office at alumni@bond.edu.au.