Senior Management Staff


Commercial & Regulatory Manager - Charlotte Churchill

Appointed in April 2011, Charlotte is Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness’ (SUSF) first Commercial & Regulatory Manager.

Charlotte is an admitted solicitor of the New South Wales Supreme Court and holds a combined Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Political Science)/Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New South Wales having graduated with Merit.

The position of Commercial & Regulatory Manager serves as in house counsel to the organisation on all legal matters, ensures organisational and governance compliance, advises on commercial agreements and business development as well as manages the SUSF human resources staff.

Prior to joining SUSF, Charlotte was an Associate at John Connolly & Partners, one of Australia’s leading independent public relations and government affairs firms advising Chairmen, Chief Executives and the company secretariat of a select number of large Australian and international corporations. Whilst at John Connolly & Parnters, Charlotte worked with, and served on the communication steering teams of clients including two of the world's largest resources companies and seven ASX Top Twenty media, banking and retail sectors companies.

As an Associate Charlotte advised on investor relations, media and internal communications for large scale mergers and acquisitions in both Australia and internationally, corporate litigation, Initial Public Offerings, shareholder activist campaigns, CEO and Board succession and crisis management and large scale corporate communication campaigns. Her role also encompassed liaising and briefing the media, senior executive media training and speech writing whilst coordinating Annual General Meetings as well as on an ongoing basis for the firm’s clients.

During her law degree Charlotte received awards for academic excellence including the UNSW Sydney Morning Herald Prize for placing first in a Politics and International Relations major at UNSW and the 2003 NSW Parliament’s Presiding Officers Prize for the UNSW Public Policy Research Internship Programme which Charlotte completed in the office of then NSW Opposition Leader John Brogden. During her studies Charlotte also worked as a legal researcher at the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions and served as Vice President of UNSW Law Society Equity and Social Justice Portfolio.

It was also whilst at university that Charlotte first became involved in sports law when in 2006 she was awarded the UNSW Sport & the Law Orators Trophy Prize. Throughout her career Charlotte has also maintained her involvement in sport both personally and professionally including through the publication of her sports law commentary by the Australian Society for Sports & History.

Charlotte’s first sporting passion is surfing. When she is not in the water she is a dedicated follower of both the National Rugby League and Rugby Union, the latter of which she is of course a loyal Sydney University Football Club supporter.


Elite Athlete Program Manager - Leonie Lum

As a firm believer of the benefits of sport and physical activity for healthy minds, bodies and communities, Leonie Lum graduated from The University of Sydney in 2005 with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Human Movement & Health Education). Following a brief period of teaching in various Sydney secondary schools during 2006, Leonie began working at then called, Sydney Uni Sport, as a Recreation Officer in 2007. Since that time and up until late 2010, Leonie worked in several roles within the Sport & Recreation department; successfully managing several participation-based sport and recreation programs for students, staff and the local community of The University of Sydney.

Appointed as Programs & Participation Manager in December 2010, Leonie administered a positive transformation within the department as she continued her mission to encourage and enable participation in sport and physical activity, as well as enrich the university experience for staff and students of the University. Leonie also commenced postgraduate studies at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2010 and completed a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration in early 2011.

From April 2011, Leonie was then charged with the responsibility of managing the Elite Athlete Program. Through utilising her knowledge and skills in education and program management and blending this with her passion for learning and sport, Leonie now oversees the team which assists SUSF’s large contingent of elite and talented scholarship holders to achieve to their potential in their sport and their studies.

If she’s not in the office or at home enjoying Bondi Beach, Leonie can often be found training in one of our facilities. With a sporting background in track and field, as well as a first-degree black belt in Hap Ki Do, Leonie is now an amateur boxer with Sydney University Boxing Club. Recently, Leonie won the Australian Amateur Boxing League’s NSW female lightweight title and while heading to Rio in 2016 is not on her to-do list, she aims to qualify and compete at nationals over the next couple of years.

High Performance Manager - Matthew Phelps

Appointed in February 2010, Matthew brings to the role a wealth of experience gained over the past 20 years in professional sport, athlete welfare, coaching, human resources and various club positions.

Having completed a Bachelor of Sports Science (Coaching Major) degree at the University of New South Wales in 1995, Matthew assumed various positions with Cricket NSW before making his debut as a First Class cricketer for NSW in 1998. Over the next eight years, roles in Human Resources, Coaching and starting a Graduate Diploma of Business at the University of Sydney, coupled with cricket activities, led Matthew to retire in 2006 with 38 First Class and 25 Domestic One-Day matches for his state, winning the Pura Cup competition in 2004/05, claiming three somestic One-Day titles and claiming the prize of NSW Pura Cup Player of the Year in 2005/06. Matthew has been awarded a sporting "Blue" from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.

Upon retiring, Matthew spent two years with Cricket NSW coordinating their Country Cricket program before spending two further years with the Rugby Union Players Association as the Player Welfare Manager for the NSW Waratahs franchise. During this four year period, Matthew completed his Graduate Diploma of Business (Human Resource Major) and coached the Sydney University Cricket Club to various premierships.

The High Performance and Club Development role was developed to provide a greater link between the SUSF clubs, the Elite Athlete Program, the Strength and Conditioning Program and our vast array of club coaches/administrators to implement a module of sustainability for all 45 SUSF Clubs.

In his spare time he continues his love for all sports providing specialist Batting coaching to NSW and Sydney University athletes and coaches his son's U/9 cricket team. He participates in regular golf rounds and has developed a passion for mountain biking.

Finance & Administration Manager - Aleksandra Pozder

Aleksandra was educated at the University of Sydney, graduating with Bachelor of Economics (Economics & Econometrics) in 2002 and Master of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) in 2003. In 2002 Aleksandra was placed on the Dean's List of Excellence in Academic Performance as recognition for her academic achievement.

Following her graduation Aleksandra worked within the financial services industry before returning to the University of Sydney in 2005 to undertake position in gift processing with Advancement Services. In 2006 Aleksandra accepted a Finance Officer position overseeing the finance function for the Office of the University Relations and Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific. Aleksandra accepted a Finance Manager position with the Centre for Continuing Education in 2007, while in 2008 she also assumed responsibility for the management of HR function and the Accounting Continuing Education Program. Since 2009 Aleksandra has worked in accounting, finance and HR roles with Corporate Finance and Financial Management and Analysis departments where her main responsibilities included management reports, analysis, budgeting and forecasting as well as HR related tasks. Aleksandra joined Sydney University Sport and Fitness in 2010, accepting a Finance and Administration Manager position where she overseas the finance and administration area including HR.

Aleksandra was a member of Sydney University Athletics Club while studying, focusing on long distance running. She still maintains a keen interest in this sport.

In her spare time Aleksandra tutors disadvantaged high school students and elite athlete students from the University of Sydney.

Property & Projects Manager – Ed Smith

Ed graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Law (Hons 1st Class)/Bachelor of Arts in 1995 together with the Peter McCulloch Award for contribution to ANU sport.

A veteran of six University Games (Basketball) through the early and mid 1990’s, in 1997 Ed settled into the life of a property/development/finance lawyer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney and then at Clifford Chance in London for seven years. During his time as a lawyer, Ed worked on the King Street Wharf development, the Canary Wharf development in London and on a multitude of leasing and financing deals including the sale of the global Le Meridian Hotels portfolio.

On his return to Sydney, Ed left the practice of law to work at UNSW, firstly a consultant Project Manager and then as the Planning and Property Manager, where he was responsible for many planning and building projects including the new Law Faculty building, the David Phillips Sports Fields redevelopment and the development and implementation of the UNSW Retail Master Plan.

Ed was invited across to work at the University of Sydney in 2010 when he did a stint in Campus Infrastructure Services as the Senior Project Manager (Facilties and Services) before settling in as the Property & Projects Manager at SUSF in July 2011.

Ed is a mad keen sportsman and avid follower of all codes and games. On Saturday afternoons in summer, you can find Ed leading his beloved Cricketers Club of NSW into battle and in winter you’ll probably track him down on a tennis, squash or basketball court. If not at work or play, he’ll be busy coaching his son, Charlie, and daughter, Chloe, in the finer side of amateur sports while his wonderful wife, Merren (herself a former NCAA and WNBL basketballer), just shakes her head at Ed’s hilarious Dad jokes.


Corporate & Alumni Relations Manager - Rodney Tubbs

On leaving school, Rodney Tubbs obtained a part-time Economics degree from The University of Sydney, while working for the Reserve Bank of Australia and then Slazenger Dunlop. He also played lots of sport (especially Australian Rules football) for Sydney Uni. On graduating, he spent 13 years with the AC Nielsen marketing research organisation, including 5 years as a Director of the Board.

He left corporate life to develop a network of training centres, specialising in communication skills training for both businesses (advanced reading skills, business writing skills, public speaking skills, negotiating skills, etc) and students (reading, essay writing and study skills). After 15 years, the Improved Communication Skills network comprised 37 franchisees throughout Australia with more than 1,000 corporate clients and more than 1,500 secondary school clients. General public courses were held at every Australian university.

Prior to selling his business in 1998, Tubbsy began staging annual ‘Blue & Gold’ functions for our sporting alumni and supporters of sport at Sydney Uni. In 2000, he launched the ‘Blue & Gold’ Club, attracting annual membership subscriptions from both individual and corporate members.

As the ‘Blue & Gold’ Club and its annual sporting functions evolved, Rod assumed responsibility for finding/servicing sponsors for Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness and also for the Sydney Uni Flames WNBL team. He is also heavily involved in the quest for philanthropic donations to sport at Sydney Uni and is the chairman of the USSF Council, which administers the 10 Divisions of the University of Sydney Sport Foundation.

Tubbsy is a  competitive golfer; plays tennis every Tuesday night and ... despite having four grandchildren ... retains a youthful exuberance for the various roles involved in Corporate & Alumni Relations at SUSF!




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