Staff profiles

The Student Leadership Team consists of 3 staff members (as well as loads of awesome students!)

Naomi Biggs

Leadership Program Co-ordinator and Student Senate Executive Officer

What's your passion?

The marine environment

How have you made change with that?

Despite being convinced of my destiny to be a city high-flier, I randomly found myself volunteering on a marine expedition in the Philippines mapping coral reefs and raising awareness in the local communities. Before coming to Oz I volunteered for a further 7 months as an expedition leader at a marine project in Tobago, supporting other volunteers discovering the underwater world and all its wonderment for the first time.

What are you going to do in the future?

I find myself living in a landlocked town, but whenever I get a chance I volunteer at underwater clean ups. I try to eat seafood which has only been caught through sustainable means and I rant about balloon releases a lot to whoever will listen!

Luke Icely

Leadership Program Officer - Ballarat, Wimmera and Distance/Online

What's your passion?

Education, equality and supporting others to do great things.

How have you made change with that? 

One of my proudest achievements was organising a charity rock gig night at Uni—we raised over $3000 for an African education charity. More recently, welcoming students from across Victoria to the Leadership Conference last year was an amazing experience.

What are you going to do in the future?

Develop the program to provide more in-depth support for students along their leadership journey. Outside of work, the past 2 years I have raised money for Oxfam by walking 100km in under 24 hours and plan to do it again in 2016. I've also just started volunteering on the executive committee of the Haddon Community Learning Centre and aim to help them out with marketing and fundraising.

Claire Morrissey

Leadership Program Officer - Gippsland

What's your passion? 

Youth leadership development, communication and girls' education

How have you made change with that?

I'm an Assistant Venturer Scout Leader and each summer I help out on Camp Cooinda, a summer camp for 12-18 yr olds on the Gippsland Lakes. I love seeing the impact that a week-long program can have on our campers, especially those who didn't really want to come to camp at first, but who don't want to leave by the end!

What are you going to do in the future?

I'd like to continue developing and using my skills to help other people. When I'm not at FedUni I work as a French translator and I would love to use those skills to help marginalised communities access important information. I'd also like to continue working on developing the next generation of community leaders.