GCAP Board 2019

Pierre Hofstee – President (president@gcap.org.au)

I’m currently in my 7th year of tertiary studies at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, undertaking my PhD in Medical Science. I am also a second year medical student at UOW! GCAP has aided me to succeed academically, which has further allowed me to achieve career goals I never thought possible. By doing so, GCAP has also helped me meet and form close relationships with colleagues and fellow postgraduate students with similar career goals in a variety of professions. GCAP has been a significant highlight of my post graduate studies. As President, my aim is to ensure GCAP continues to provide an extraordinary service to students, both socially and academically, and to encourage postgraduate students to engage, network and enhance their skills in order to accomplish current and post-study goals. Along with the GCAP board, we also plan on ensuring members have a lot of fun in the process!

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Bridie Mulholland – Vice President (vp@gcap.org.au)

I am currently in the second year of my PhD in Medical Science and have called Griffith University Gold Coast home for the past six years. I have been fortunate enough to experience first-hand the wonderful opportunities that GCAP provides post-graduates. Through their academic services and networking events, GCAP has helped me to grow both personally and professionally, to forge new friendships and to network with colleagues. As Vice President, I endeavour to work with my fellow committee members to continue the instrumental work of GCAP, and enhance the lives of all post-graduates here at GUGC. Whether it be professionally, academically or socially, GCAP is the friend you didn’t know you needed! Danke!

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Daniel McKeating – Director of Communications (communications@gcap.org.au)

Born in Scotland, raised in Australia. I have spent my time as both an undergraduate and postgraduate here at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus. I saw the fabled horse shoe unibar, and been poisoned by Koala Café on more than one occasion. After starting my PhD and joining GCAP, I knew that helping this wonderful organisation was I needed to do. I served a small stint on the communications committee, taking photos, posting videos, and tending to our Instagram (yes! we have an Instagram @gcap_griffith) before applying for Communications Director for 2018/2019. I love photography and enjoy capturing the moments that make our event at GCAP so special, that’s why you might see me skirting around Friday socials and Networking lunches snapping photos of you folk. I look forward to keeping you all up to date with the latest postgraduate news and events over the coming year, creating fun and exciting memories that I can capture with a camera.

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Henry Snaza – Director of Events (events@gcap.org.au)

I am Henry from the United States of America. I am pursuing my Master of Business in event management here at Griffith University. I joined GCAP to meet new people and to take part in the heaps of events they host throughout the year. After attending the winery tour and the masquerade ball I realized that I wanted to be a part of the committee that helps create these awesome events. I applied and became the director of events for 2018/2019. I have a large background in the music and event industry. I have worked for Inception Music festival in Cancún Mexico, as well as worked for The World Surf League hosting the Quiksilver pro surfing event in Coolangatta. I look forward to bringing my diverse background and knowledge and applying them to GCAP events. I look forward to collaborating with the GCAP board, as well as all GCAP members to create fun, exciting and memorable events for us all to enjoy.

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Lucy Bartho – Director of Equity (equity@gcap.org.au)

My university journey began right here on the Gold Coast. I joined GCAP at the start of the year as I am currently in my first year of my PhD in Medical Science. Since I joined GCAP, I have met some pretty incredible people and come across some new and exciting opportunities. As equity director, I hope to inspire and encourage everyone to come and join in with as many events and workshops as possible. GCAP really is a one of a kind club that focuses on making your postgraduate experience the best it can be!

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VACANT – Director of Funding (funding@gcap.org.au)

If you are interested in funding and assisting post graduate students make their volunteer dreams a reality, join the GCAP board today as our Director of Funding. Please send all enquiries to info@gcap.org.au.

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Sharna McIntosh – Secretary (s.mcintosh@griffith.edu.au)

I am the Student Support and Advocacy Manager at the Student Guild, Griffith University Gold Coast Campus. My role is to support the Board Members in developing and implementing services for all Gold Coast campus postgraduate students. I enjoy helping others become their best self and progress to their personal and professional goals. If you have any GCAP or Student Support related  questions, please don’t hesitate to contact.

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Ali Saremi – Board Member

Hi, my name is Ali Saremi from Iran. I graduated in Master of Civil Engineering from Griffith University in 2018. After the graduation, I started my Ph.D. in Coastal Engineering field and I will be carrying out research until 2022. Moreover, volunteering and spending my time helping other people are part of my passion in my life. When I arrived in Australia, I started volunteering with different charities to raise funds to help other people as well as improving my skills. After becoming used to university life, I realised that I could have the opportunity to volunteer at the university as well. Therefore, I joined Student Guild as a Guild Crew to help with running the events and have been volunteering with this wonderful organization since 2017. By joining GCAP, I look forward to extending my volunteering activities and sharing my previous experience to enhance the services for students.

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Christine Pickersgill – Board Member

Christine doesn’t like to talk about herself, a lovely quality, which along with her quick wit and cheery attitude make her an absolute asset to our team. She’s a face everyone knows – Christine has always been highly involved with campus life, you’ve probably seen her volunteering at many the Student Guild’s events, helping the Griffith Mates out and working at the UniBar.

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Kyle Hatton-Jones – Board Member 

Hi, my name is Kyle and I was born and raised in South Africa. I came to Australia to study at Griffith University and have called this place my home for 6 years now (I’m also too afraid to leave the university lifestyle). I am in my second year of PhD in Medical Science and I’m looking at how a poor diet and stress can impact health and disease. I have been fortunate enough to experience all that GCAP has to offer and through them I have had many eventful day trips and nights full of friends, laughs and poor decisions. I joined GCAP to help support my fellow postgraduate students and expand on our many services to ensure you guys make it through your degrees alive and without postgraduate PTSD.

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Zia Javanbakht – Board Member 

I am a PhD student in mechanical engineering with abackground in structural engineering. I joined GCAP to broaden my social circle and ended up meeting people from various disciplines. It is exciting to be a board member of a passionate team.