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Fellows and mentors

A network of friendship, leadership and mentorship

In addition to our community of students and staff, Bond University welcomes industry, community and alumni partners, fellows and mentors to contribute to the success of the University, and the next generation of Bondies. We proudly partner with a number of University Fellows and offer a range of mentoring programs to Bond students.  

Bond University Fellows

Under the Bond University Fellows program, introduced in 2013 to establish meaningful and deep partnerships with industry leaders, Fellows are appointed by the University’s Vice Chancellor. The title of Fellow is awarded to high achieving, respected individuals who value the opportunity to be actively engaged with Bond as ambassadors of Bond. It is a formal, non-commercial association that recognises individuals whose work and impact contributes to Bond’s programs and student experience.

John Eales AM  

John Eales AM is a former Australian Rugby Union player, who captained the Wallabies from 1996 until his retirement in 2001. He is the founder of Mettle Group, a human resource focussed consultancy which was acquired by Chandler Macleod in 2008. Mr Eales’ board roles include the Australian Rugby Union, GRM International, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame, International Quarterback, Flight Centre, and the Captain’s Forum Portfolio.  He also works as a consultant to high-profile organisations including BT Financial Group, Westpac, Qantas and Salmat. 

Stuart Giles

Stuart Giles was the driving force behind the establishment of Australia’s largest comprehensive cancer care provider, Icon Group, and played a key role in driving international expansion across South-East Asia. He stepped down as Founding Chairman in late 2020 to focus on his family and philanthropic investment initiatives. A pharmacist by background, Stuart and his wife and long-term business partner, Cathie Reid AM, own and operate Epic Pharmacies around Australia. 

He and Cathie launched the Epic Good Foundation in 2015. Since then, Stuart has played a leading role in the Foundation’s partnership with the Hawthorn Football Club to deliver their Indigenous Program, and worked very closely with the Outside the Locker Room mental health program. Stuart is a General Partner and Advisory Committee member overseeing the recently launched HEAL Partners Growth Fund, looking to invest $100 million to help scale innovative businesses in the health, education and lifestyle fields. Stuart was appointed as the inaugural Bond Transformer Founder in Residence in July 2021.

Bond University Indigenous Fellows 

Aunty Joyce Summers

Aunty Joyce is the Chairperson of the Krurungal and Canowindra Ages and Disabled Aboriginal Corporation, an Elder in Residence at Gold Coast schools, and is the former Chair of the Gold Coast City’s National Aboriginal and Islander’s Day Observance Committee (NAID). She is the recipient of the 2015 Premier’s Award and a valued contributor to Bond’s annual Indigenous Gala.    

Vice Chancellor's Mentor Program

The Vice Chancellor’s Mentor Program partners industry leaders with recipients of the prestigious Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship, awarded annually to 10 outstanding Year 12 students across Australia.

Students are teamed with successful entrepreneurs, executives and management professionals in a one-on-one partnership and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity during their first year at Bond. Matching future leaders with the leaders of today enhances the educational experience of our scholars, providing them with a unique insight into their chosen field and building valuable career networks.

Alumni Mentor Program

Open to all Bond University students, the Alumni Mentor Program connects current students with members of our alumni community, allowing them to build professional relationships. The program runs every year in the September semester, with students and graduates carefully matched based on their career and ambitions. 

Throughout the program, students and alumni work together to explore future career opportunities, share advice on the transition from study to employment, provide a connection to industry, and contribute to personal and professional development.

What mentors and mentees have to say

  • “My mentee, Dakota, is an extraordinary woman and colleague – one with whom I will collaborate for years to come. We’ve shared stories about our lives, families, holidays and careers. I’ve given advice on overseas study, subject selection, employment opportunities and leadership positions. And we have participated in each other’s careers – with me supporting Dakota in a national mooting competition, and Dakota touring one of ADCO’s construction sites with me.”

    Judy Brinsmead, Joint Chairman, ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd - Mentor
  • “While she may not know it, Judy [Brinsmead] has taught me one of the most important lessons of all – that hard work, dedication and humility augur well for success beyond tangible measures.”

    Dakota-Lily Morris, Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations - Mentee
  • “I was so impressed with how Henry conducted himself and answered the Premier’s questions with composure and confidence. I’m sure he has a wonderful and successful future ahead of him and I hope that he gained as much from he mentoring experience as I have.”

    Keri Craig-Lee, Founder, Keri Craig Label - Mentor
  • “One of the most memorable experiences was attending one of the Premier’s Business Advisory Council Meetings where the discussion centred on key trends affecting the Queensland economy and how to prepare Queenslanders for the jobs of the future. Under Keri’s guidance, I was able to network with some of Queensland’s prominent business leaders and sharpest minds, including Premier, the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk MP. It was truly unbelievable to be able to attend this meeting, let alone being asked to provide input into the discussion.”

    Henry Reinhardt, Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce - Mentee
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