Mathew is a University of Sydney graduate who was the recipient of a sports scholarship, Sydney Uni Sport Foundation – Business School Scholarship, a member of the Elite Athlete Program and a University Blue. In his professional life Mathew is the Regional Director, Asia-Pacific for an International tech company and has 14 years’ experience in the technology sector in both corporate and start-up environments. His key areas of expertise include business development, sales leadership and commercial strategy.
Mathew is a co-founder of the QBA which was established to support career and personal development through networking and mentoring – two areas he is particularly passionate about. Mathew is also an elected member of the University’s Alumni Council and serves on the Executive Committee for the Sydney University Soccer Football Club as well as the SUSF Blues Association. Mathew is a passionate supporter and ambassador of both men’s and woman’s football at the University in addition to other community based causes in health and education.
Having made his first grade debut as a fresher in 2003 he went on to make a club record 120+ super league appearances for the Blue & Gold during one of the most successful era’s for the club. He also served as the Club Captain with his last major contribution leading the team to a gold medal victory at the Australian University Games, defeating old rivals UNSW in the final.
Emma is a Sydney University graduate BA (Media and Communications Hons I) and played football for Sydney University for eight years. She currently works in a state government agency as a Media and Public Affairs Advisor. Previously Emma worked as a media advisor for Amnesty International, and before that as a journalist with the Sunday Times and Sky Sports in London, and – back in Sydney – at The Daily Telegraph, news.com.au and Fox Sports.
While her career has been ever-changing, football has been a spine of all she does – regardless of what country she’s in. Emma started playing when she was five years old but some of her best years were with SUSFC where she played and studied on a Senate scholarship, captained the Women’s First Grade team, won several Australian University Games gold medals, earned a University Blue and made lifelong friends – and also met her fiancé! Emma also spent several years as the Vice President of SUSFC and has been proud to see the club grow into the football force it is today.
Paul completed an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Sydney, Cumberland campus. After a few years of travelling and work Paul found himself back at the University studying a masters in Media Practice, majoring in screenwriting.
During his studies Paul was part the Eastern University Games and Australian University Games teams as both a player and coach, winning two gold medals. Paul also played for SUSFC in the ESFA Premier league in 2010 and 2013.
Paul currently works in the professional Film and Television Industry as a Video Editor and Producer, and has recently returned to Australia after a stint in the U.K, working on news and documentaries at the BBC and Sky.
He is also the Creative Director of the boutique production company Late Takeoff Films.
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Adrian is a graduate of the University of Sydney having recently completing his Bachelor of Engineering. Adrian was awarded with an Elite Athlete Scholarship with the Sydney University Soccer Football Club (SUSFC) and St. Johns College. Adrian is the newest member to join the QBA team and is also part of the current men’s first grade squad competing in the NSW NPL3 competition.
Adrian was involved in the inaugural QBA Mentoring Program as a mentee which partnered him with a professional mentor who provided great insights and guidance to his career pursuits, as well as a friendship around a common passion of football. Through this mentoring relationship Adrian was provided with an employment opportunity and is currently working as a Graduate Civil Engineer in Sydney for a leading engineering and construction firm. Since graduating Adrian has maintained a relationship with his mentor who continuously provides guidance to his new challenges and he looks forward to mentoring a student himself in the future.
Viv is a policy adviser for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, based on Honiara, Solomon Islands. In this role, he provides policy advice to 17 Pacific Island countries regarding their tuna fisheries regimes and compliance with regional and international fisheries standards. Viv previously practiced as an environment and planning lawyer in Sydney. Academic credentials include Bachelor of Science (Marine Science) (2005), and Bachelor of Laws (2007) from Sydney University, along with a Masters of Environmental and Natural Resources Law (2015) from Lewis & Clark Law School (Portland, Oregon).
Sporting achievements include Sydney University Senate Scholarship (2003), Eastern University Games Gold medal, Australian University Games dual gold medallist, and playing football for various Sydney University football teams between 2003 and 2012.
Luke Gray is a teacher at Trinity Grammar School. His role involves the position of Middle School Housemaster, teaching Geography & History, and coaching the 1st XI Football team & U14A cricket team. Having completed a Bachelor of Science & Diploma of Arts at Sydney University and a Diploma of Secondary Education at Wesley Institute, Luke began work at Trinity Grammar in 2005 and has worked there since.
Luke played for SUSFC between 2002-04, is a former scholarship holder, coached the U20’s in 2007 and was 1st Grade Assistant Coach in 2013-14. At university games he won the EUG’s (2004) and AUG’s (2005) as Captain and won the AUG’s (2006) as Coach. Luke has played National Youth League, been a member of the Joeys Squad, coached Sydney Olympic FC in Premier Youth League and is currently completing his AFC/FFA ‘B’ Licence