Board Profiles

Andrew Mair     
BSA President  |  Finance & Resources Committee

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce (Third Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?

I am passionate about leadership and have always been involved in representing my peers. I want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to enjoy every aspect of university and have support in doing so. 

What part do the Board play in the BSA?

The BSA Board wants you to have the best possible time at uni, it’s as simple as that! We are passionate about making student life better.
We provide a voice for students, advocating for the best possible student experience. We tackle arising issues and provide support when needed. With events, clubs and a range of available activites and experiences, the BSA creates a lively comunity that fosters enjoyment, interaction and opportunities and ensures a better life and more memorable experiences for students.

What are your career aspirations?

I would love to use what I learn at university to make a change in the world, working in a field such as human rights, where I can advocate for and assist those in need. To begin, I would like to gain experience practising law and/or kick-start my own business.


Joseph Kielly    
BSA Vice President  |  Finance & Resources Committee

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business (Second Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?

I joined the BSA Board because I want to play a role in an organisation that supports students and helps create opportunities for students.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?

The BSA Board is vital in making student life better as it allows students to have a say on what their university experience is like, by giving them a voice on how their university is run.
The Board makes important decisions with the best interests of students in mind and Board Directors are dedicated to providing a better experience for students.

What are your career aspirations?

When I finish my degree I would like to either work in business or law or continue further studies elsewhere.


Harley Hayes 
Finance & Resources Committee (Chair)

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Occupational Therapy (Fourth Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA because it provides me with a great opportunity to represent my peers and also to help make a positive difference in the lives of students on campus at Bendigo.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA Board is students representing students. By providing the student body with a voice, we help to make university a successful and enjoyable experience for everyone.
The Board makes important decisions that influence a range of different aspects of student life and they aim to provide the best possible outcomes for all students. The Board can also help protect student interests as it can provide a platform for communication between students and the university.

What are your career aspirations?
In the future, I hope to return to regional and rural communities and help to increase the number and diversity of health services available. I also hope to comeback to university and do further study in the field of oncology.


Timothy Rickwood 
Board Director

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Arts
History & Sociology Double Major
(Third Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA because I believe the BSA is an absolutely crucial part of University life here in Bendigo. I would like to ensure it continues to be this way. I would also work to help it go further in assisting students through some of the difficult times of their University journey. 

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA is vital to ensuring that our time here is not only successful academically but also a fulfilling and enriching experience. 
Our time here is fundamental to our personal and intellectual development. The BSA is critical to enhancing this experience and enabling students to reach their potential. Whether through social events or community support, the BSA is a fundamental buttress of university life.

What are your career aspirations?
My future goals are to continue to play a positive role in society. Whether this is through politics such as being an electoral officer, adviser or doing social research, I would love to assist others and strive to make the world a better place.


Natasha Romas  
Finance & Resources Committee 

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business
(Third Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA Board as I wanted to play a part in the body that creates opportunities for students to make uni more than just studying. I also wanted to enrich my own university experience by becoming more involved within the University.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
It’s important that students have a say in the kinds of things that happen around the uni.
On the Board, we are able to put forth perspective in an effort to create opportunities that we, as students, believe will cater to the wants and needs of our peers.

What are your career aspirations?
Once I complete my studies, I hope to make a career practising Law with the possibility of transitioning to either politics or owning/managing a business. My degree allows for room to move, so I hope to experience both the Law and Business aspects of my degree.


Nakita Landry   
Board Director

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Fourth Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA Board in order to offer a diverse view on certain aspects of university life. I have always been interested in helping and have been involved in various school councils throughout my high school years. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get involved more and meet new people.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
The BSA Board is important because realistically, without students, there is no university! 
Therefore, it is important that we make university the best place for students to be to assist them in maximising their potential.

What are your career aspirations?
Ideally, I want to be a primary school teacher as soon as I finish my degree. Hopefully, I will be able to travel a little more as well.


Daniel McQueen   
Equal Opportunity Officer

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons)
(Fourth Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA because I was becoming increasingly involved with the La Trobe community and was interested in giving back to an environment that had supported me for the past three years. I also wanted to offer a mature view and voice on the BSA Board.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
One of my better qualities is an ability to communicate with
a wide variety of society and I am always keen to meet more people. While a member at a local fraternity, they had a saying ‘Never let another sit alone’. To me, this means if you see someone in distress, offer conversation or help. As of late I have taken on a mindset from Casey Neistat ‘DO MORE’.

What are your career aspirations?
My plan is to finish my degree with first class honours, obtain employment locally with a reasonably large organisation within the transport/infrastructure sector. After reasonable career development in Bendigo, I would consider moving to Melbourne to further my career, work overseas or pursue academia.


Skye Anderson 
Student Engagement Officer

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Human Services/Master of Social Work (First Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
I joined the BSA Board because I have always been passionate about leadership and being a voice for others who might be afraid to be heard.

What part do the Board play in the BSA?
It’s students representing students. We make the choices that students want to see around the university. 
The Board also allows for social interactions between disciplines which brings everyone together, which is pretty awesome. Together all of us, no matter if you’re not on the board, can make university a fun place. All you need to do is believe in your idea.

What are your career aspirations?
After I complete my degree, I would like to build a career in the justice system helping juveniles in the prison system.


Lucas Cross 
Board Director

Currently Studying
Bachelor of Education - Primary (Second Year)

Why did you join the BSA Board?
As a future educator, I want to be part of an organisation that helps and supports students in and around student life, which can have its own trials. By joining the BSA Board, I am able to add an older voice, further leadership experience and help make a difference to everyday life on campus. 

What part do the Board play in the BSA?University life is more than textbooks and lectures. It is a living, breathing, social, community hub of intelligence and culture. 
The BSA is vital in ensuring that student life at La Trobe University Bendigo continues to be the best it can be by being the voice between students and the university. Together, we make student life better.  In the words of Dr. Emmett Brown “Your future hasn’t been written yet, no one’s has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.” 

What are your career aspirations?
At the conclusion of my degree, I will look to gain employment in a primary school setting and consider re-enlistment in the Australian Defence Force Reserve as a Commissioned Officer to further my leadership growth and give back to the community using my experiences, education and training.


BSA Membership

Second semester membership is half the yearly price but still gets you great discount on campus.

Fruit & Veg Boxes

These subsidised fruit and veg boxes from Bendigo Wholefoods are now available through the BSA.