Our people

The University of Wollongong is committed to moving beyond a Statement of Reconciliation, to ensure that our future path is grounded in truth-telling and recognition, distinguished by outstanding learning support, growing research opportunities and genuine community engagement.

Our leadership

Guided by self-determination and cultural integrity, we champion Indigenous rights, empower voices, and foster a respectful university community.

Vice-President, Indigenous Strategy and Engagement

A woman smiling at the camera. Behind the womans head there is a map on the wall of the different Indigenous Nations of Australia.

Support staff contact:

Leann Hartley
Administrative Officer to the Vice President, Indigenous Strategy and Engagement 
Ph: +61 2 4221 3942
email: leann_hartley@uow.edu.au



Jaymee Beveridge is a proud Aboriginal woman from far north Queensland with family ties to the Torres Strait Islands and Palm Island. Jaymee embraces her mixed heritage, stating she is richer culturally for being jointly raised in a Greek and Indigenous Australian family environment.

Jaymee was appointed as the Vice-President, Indigenous Strategy and Engagement in 2023. For the 2 years before the Vice-President role, she served as the Executive Director (Indigenous Strategy) while continuing her position as the Director of Woolyungah Indigenous Centre at UOW, which she had held since 2018.

With over 17 years of experience in the Australian public service sector, Jaymee specialises in Community and Family Services. She has successfully led and managed multidisciplinary teams within the non-government and not-for-profit sectors. Throughout her career, Jaymee's focus has been on assisting the nation’s most vulnerable, high-needs, and complex individuals and families.

Jaymee’s expertise has been explicitly developed through her front-line work as a Family and Community Services Specialist. Initially working in a direct case management capacity, she later transitioned into leadership positions within the Child Protection, Housing and Homelessness, and Domestic Violence realm in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas of NSW. Jaymee has also taken on various project implementation and management roles focusing on the introduction of Workforce Development Tools, capacity building in community organisations and NSW Sector Reforms.

Jaymee continues to contribute to the community services sector in her advisory role to the NSW Department of Communities and Justice Aboriginal Advisory Council.

Project Manager, Indigenous Advancement

Tammy Small, Project Manager, Indigenous Strategy

Tammy Small (family name Gordon) is a proud Wiradjuri woman. She is first in her family to complete her HSC and continue onto tertiary education completing her Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts specialising in Secondary Social Science Teaching in Higher Education sector.

Tammy is an experienced university professional and academic, with a proven record of providing exceptional information and support to a wide range of stakeholders. 

With over a decade of experience working alongside University stakeholders, business and organisations to develop and facilitate purpose fit ‘right ways’ consultation frameworks. Her experiences with project, strategy and policy management have helped shape her standpoint and approach when planning to support operationalising organisational agility to respond to new and emerging realities faced by Indigenous peoples.

Tammy has held numerous roles in higher education settings including Manager of Student Advancement, Indigenous Employment Coordinator, Academic Engagement, and Tertiary Educator (Lecturer/tutorial teacher in Aboriginal Education and Contemporary Issues- core course for all Teaching students). Tammy has worked in a consultancy capacity where she worked collaboratively with Ernst & Young to review and evaluate the impact, actions and trends of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP) from businesses and organisations throughout Australia.

Tammy has a passion for writing and is currently collaborating with academics from multiple universities to produce two chapters in a book called Delivering Inclusive Learning which will published by Cambridge University Press in December 2024. Tammy has also been a member of the AIATSIS Research Ethics Committee since 2021.

Conscious Communities Lead

Catherine Moyle

Catherine Moyle (BAppSci, Grad Dip Ed, MPH, Cert IV Training and Assessment, PhD candidate)

Catherine is a proud Gamilaroi woman. Since coming to UOW in 2016 she has held a range of academic and professional roles, consistently teaching in ASSH and as Research Assistant / Research Fellow with Early Start, LTC and ANCORS, publishing on environmental governance and curriculum reconciliation. She has extensive experience in Australian and New Zealand government agencies and NGOs. Catherine's expertise includes change management, community engagement, program design and evaluation, and development and delivery of nationally accredited curriculum and assessment.

Her current role of Conscious Communities Lead is an extension of strengths in policy, change management and curriculum development. Current focus areas include the development of University Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDSov) frameworks and training for supervisors of Indigenous HDR students.

Catherine is a current PhD candidate exploring Aboriginal experiences of belonging. She is member of several Global Challenges projects aligned with research passions including Indigenous methodologies, codesign, and practice improvement.

Catherine was elected to the UOW Aboriginal Advisory Committee (AAC) in 2022. She is actively involved in community advocacy and governance, winning the 2022 IWD Aunty Mary Davis award for leadership. Her current roles include:

  • President, Wollongong Northern District Aboriginal Community (WNDAC),
  • Chair, Healthy Cities Illawarra,
  • Director, WEA Illawarra.

Previous roles include Deputy Chair Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council (ILALC), Co-Chair Illawarra Shoalhaven Social Investment Trust (ISSIT), founding convener Illawarra Escarpment Alliance (EscA).

Curriculum Transformation lead

Anthony McKnight

Dr Anthony McKnight is an Awabakal, Gumaroi and Yuin Cultural Man. Anthony is a father, husband, grandfather, uncle, son, grandson, brother, cousin, nephew, friend and academic. Anthony is currently the Curriculum Transformation lead within the Indigenous Strategy Unit.

Anthony respects Country and values the knowledge that has been taught to him from Country, Elders and teachers from community(s). 

He continuously and respectfully incorporates Aboriginal ways of knowing and learning, with a particular interest in contributing to placing Country at the centre to validate Aboriginal approaches in curriculum, teaching, learning and research. 

Anthony is currently involved in several research projects including,

  • ARC Linkages Project, Sparking Imagination: Transforming inequality in schools;
  • Lowitja Institute Grant, Strong Culture, Healthy Lifestyles: an afterschool cultural activity program for Aboriginal children in the Shoalhaven region;
  • and a UOW Internal Equity Diversity and Inclusion grant, Who cares about Country

He has been a member of the UOW Human Ethics committee for 5 years and has continually provided mentoring for committee members. 

Anthony is also a well-published Author, including his contribution to Research for Educators (3rd Edition) Cengage, 2023. 
In 2017, Anthony completed his PhD, with a thesis titled ‘Singing Up Country in Academia: Teacher education academics and preservice teachers’ experience with Yuin Country, University of Wollongong.  He also holds a Master of Education (HRD), University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Education, Health and Physical Education from the University of Wollongong.