Who we are

Meet the Compass team

Compass is managed on a day-to-day basis by the University's Social Inclusion Unit which initiates and coordinates project activities, manages resources and reporting.


Annette Cairnduff

Director - Social Inclusion
Annette Cairnduff

Annette leads the development and implementation of the University's social inclusion strategy. This includes working with the University community to ensure that it is an inclusive place and management of the programs with schools and communities to encourage participation in higher education. Annette took a lead role in the establishment of Bridges to Higher Education and is now on the Management Committee.


Mary Teague

Head - Widening Participation
Mary Teague

Mary's role is focussed on progressing University-wide programs and Faculty based projects to support Strategy 11 of the 2010 - 2015 Strategic Plan. Her primary objective is to increase the participation of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and regional students within the University of Sydney. This includes oversight of the pilot E12 Admissions pathway, working collaboratively with ITL to implement and oversee the widening participation grants program and the Widening Participation Scholars Network and the Sydney Schools Engagement Network.


Miriam Pellicano

Manager - Schools and Communities
Miriam Pellicano

Miriam leads the schools engagement program and partnerships with community organisations. This includes managing the ongoing development and review of Compass and supporting its expansion into regional communities. Miriam is the Chair of the Bridges Schools Engagement Project Group.


Sophie Partridge

Coordinator - Schools and Regional Projects
Sophie Partridge

Sophie manages the day to day running of Compass projects in the Sydney metro region and regional NSW. Her role is to supervise the coordination of the in-school program, and maintain relationship with the partner schools and stakeholders.


Sylvia Utami

Project Officer - Schools and Volunteers
Sylvia Utami

Sylvia manages the implementation of interactive classroom program, the delivery of motor skills development program for the primary school and delivery of homework club for secondary school. She also supports the coordination of Compass volunteering program and liaise with Compass partner school. Sylvia is part of the working group producing Enquiring Minds and Model of Achievement series for Bridges to Higher Education network.


Victoria Loy

Project Officer - Schools and Communications
Victoria Loy

Victoria manages the delivery of scholarship support workshops for senior students; coordinates the weekly Compass Directions newsletter; assists in the coordination of the school-based Film Production & Editing and Stop Motion Animation programs; and liaises with Compass coordinators in partner schools. Victoria also represents the University on the Connect project group of the Bridges to Higher Education network.


Oliver Best

Project Officer - Volunteers
Oliver Best

Oliver coordinates the Compass' volunteer program. His role includes managing the recruitment of University volunteers and the implementation of Word Up, Numeracy Tutoring, Homework Club and Classroom Activity Facilitator programs in Compass partner schools. This year Oliver will be working in partnership with Souths Cares to inaugurate two new Homework Clubs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Southern Sydney.


Josie Wilson

Team Leader - Events and Communications
Josie Wilson

Josie leads events and communications across the Social Inclusion Unit. Her role includes the execution of our communications strategy, the strategic development of our pre-tertiary on campus engagements and management of Wingarra Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Program.


Susan Parker

Project Officer - Events and Communications
Susan Parker

Susan is responsible for the management of Compass on campus events and activities. She is currently developing the expansion of our events to include community partners and the implementation of our communications strategy.


Bianca Williams

Project Officer - Campus Experience
Bianca Williams

Bianca Williams is a Barkindji woman and works exclusively on pre-tertiary engagement activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You may come across her out and about as she promotes the Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu Program.


Abigail Clarkson

Senior Administration Officer/EA Director
Abigail Clarkson

Abi's role includes executive assistant duties for the Director, management of all the central administrative services for the Unit and the design of a range of our publications, such as the Parent Newsletter.


Dorothy Tran

Events Administrative Assistant
Dorothy Tran

Dorothy provides administrative and logistical support to the Social Inclusion Unit, specifically the Events Team. Assisting in the operations of events and the unit, she supports and liaises with staff, students and key internal and external stakeholders, contributing to the planning and delivery of events.


Sarah Holt

Administration Assistant
Sarah Holt

Sarah is the first point of contact for the Social Inclusion Office and all of the associated programs, and undertakes a wide range of administrative services to support the functioning of the program activities. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Sydney herself, and is excited to be part of a team working towards increasing access to higher education for everyone.