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Young Alumni Network

The Young Alumni Network (YAN) was created especially for ECU young alumni under the age of 35, or those who have graduated with an ECU degree in the past 10 years. We understand that going into the workforce after university can be daunting and the YAN can help you have a smooth transition from university life to working life.

Why be part of the Young Alumni Network?

The benefits are:

  • Being invited to events tailored to you that will benefit you in the area of professional and personal development;
  • Developing your professional network with alumni who are leaders and professionals in their careers;
  • Accessing a range of opportunities to meet and create long lasting friendships with friends of ECU, staff members and the wider young alumni cohort;
  • Socialising and meeting with your former ECU colleagues at social events; and
  • Being an inspiration to final year students as they prepare themselves to move into the workforce.

If you have further questions about the YAN or would like to provide any suggestions to help you maximise your experience with the ECU YAN, please contact our Alumni Relations Team or phone 6304 2971.

Executive Committee

The YAN is governed by an Executive Committee that is staffed with enthusiastic and passionate volunteers who are committed to giving back to their alma mater by running activities, events and workshops that will benefit ECU’s young alumni cohort. They meet regularly and provide the strategic direction of the Network.

Claire Adams

Claire Adams

Chairperson and President

Claire completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminology at ECU and went on to complete a Master of Psychology (Clinical), graduating in 2014.

She is a registered psychologist currently undertaking a PhD in Psychology specialising in health behaviour change (again at ECU – she can’t seem to get enough of the place!) and is set to graduate in 2021.

Claire works as a sessional academic and research assistant where she marks undergraduate psychology assignments, and works on large review projects where she collates and evaluates the evidence on child health interventions and makes recommendations for best practice.

Claire joined the ECU YAN committee as she wants to help young graduates stay connected with the ECU community, and actively create ways for ECU alumni to build professional skills and networks.

Claire plays soccer for Sorrento FC and likes to spend time with family and friends. She also enjoys finding good places to eat and travelling. She is always thinking of that next adventure!

Gerard Joseph

Gerard Joseph


Gerard completed a Master of Business Administration at ECU and graduated in 2019. He currently works in the Consulting Industry as a Management Consultant at Halston Capital.

While pursuing his Master of Business Administration he spent a significant amount of time at ECU and during this time he thoroughly enjoyed the support provided by means of services, facilities, staff and great teaching faculty. It was also during this time that Gerard got a deeper understanding of the value of networking and how critical a role it plays in the job market of today. Hence, he always looked for an opportunity by which he could give back to ECU for the wonderful education and experience that he had.

The Young Alumni Network gave Gerard an opportunity to do exactly that while connecting with and helping as many graduates as possible the way he was helped by others before him to achieving their potential and navigating their careers post-graduation.

Gerard's hobbies include reading, music, and playing soccer whenever he gets the chance.

Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael

Director of  Communications

Amy completed her Bachelor of Communications at ECU in 2012, before going on to complete her Master of Commerce with the University of Sydney. This led her to utilise both degrees and take up a career in communications and marketing.

Her career has spanned three industries, including media, property and higher education. Amy specialises in product marketing, campaign management, social media, marketing automation and digital marketing,

Amy also has experience tutoring at the University of Canberra, training for a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and teaching English to migrants and refugees as a volunteer English tutor.

As a self-avowed lifelong learner, Amy's purpose in life is to help others learn and grow and achieve their full potential. This is what drew her to become an Executive Member for the ECU Young Alumni Network, as she hopes to help ECU graduates improve their employability and networking skills.

Anna Prizemlina

Anna Prizemlina


Anna graduated from ECU in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) in Human Genetics. She has obtained extensive training in genetics and genomics working in Western Australia and Queensland, and currently works as a Medical Scientist at Genomic Diagnostics department, Western Diagnostic Pathology.

Anna has a clinical interest in improving patient care through molecular/cytogenomic diagnostics and integrated genomic research using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarrays and next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies.

Anna is passionate about continuing education and eager to help students and fellow Alumni to reach their full potential in their careers. Joining ECU Young Alumni Network was a great opportunity to support ECU Alumni as well as an opportunity for personal development, and staying connected with the ECU community and like-minded young professionals.

Anna likes to listen to science podcasts, reading and exploring nature. She also adores guinea pigs (she has four!).

Marnie Thomson

Marnie Thomson

Sponsorships/Partnerships Coordinator

Marnie graduated from ECU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business (Event Management) and a Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Fashion And Textiles).

Marnie works in the not-for-profit industry as an Events & Community Fundraising Coordinator. Her day-to-day involves raising much needed funds and awareness for people living with cystic fibrosis in WA.

She has always taken a great amount of pride in the University and stayed in touch with fellow alumni through the ECU Alumni newsletter and LinkedIn. She likes to keep busy and take on projects that will not only develop her own skills and knowledge, but also benefit others. Being on the ECU Young Alumni Network seemed like a great balance of opportunity for personal development and opportunity to support fellow alumni.

Marnie's hobbies include camping, sewing and cooking, but her favourite thing to do is to spend hours flicking through old records at a second-hand or antique shop. She finds really great records in the strangest places sometimes!

Kurt Connor

Kurt Connor

Executive Member

Kurt studied a Bachelor of Business Majoring in Marketing and Accounting and graduated from ECU in February 2018.

Kurt has been involved in the building and construction industry for almost all of his working life. He is an Area and Sales Manager for an Architectural Hardware Supplier. He services and maintains approximately 200 accounts who are predominately Architects, Designers and Manufacturers.

After graduating from ECU and continuing to work full-time, he felt that his university journey ended rather suddenly. Kurt knew he wanted to make more networks and maintain a professional body of contacts whom he could grow with, and seek helpful, relevant advice regarding career choices and opportunities. He also wanted to give back to a place where he studied for almost 7 years and was a large contributing factor for his professional development.

Jason Demiris

Jason Demiris

Executive Member

Jason graduated from ECU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting and Marketing.

He currently works as an Accountant for a mid-tier accounting firm.

Prior to joining the committee, he had attended most ECU YAN organised events over the last two years in which he felt the time was right to contribute to the ECU alumni community by joining the YAN Committee.

Jason joined the ECU YAN Committee to not only develop personal networks and create connections to use in his career; but to also encourage other like-minded ECU graduate alumni about the importance of networking and creating connections in their career.

Jason’s hobbies include martial arts and fitness training. He also enjoys watching sport in particular, AFL, football, tennis and F1.

Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith

Executive Member

Gavin completed a Bachelor of Business degree in 2007 at ECU with majors in Finance & Accounting. He works for WorkClaims Australia.

Gavin attended the inaugural Alumni Awards night on 3 April 2019, after which he applied for a position on the YAN committee and was offered the Ambassador role.

Aneesh Toolsee

Aneesh Toolsee

Executive Member

Aneesh completed his Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) at ECU in 2015 and has a master’s in environmental engineering from UWA. Aneesh is currently working with Umwelt as an Environmental Consultant specialising in Environmental Impact Assessment supporting industrial and mining approvals.

Having spent 4 years studying engineering at ECU, Aneesh decided to join the YAN Committee to firstly be continuously involved with ECU and secondly to provide support where possible to new and future graduates.

Aneesh is very passionate about sustainability and the environment and during his free time he enjoys attending environmental webinars. Aneesh enjoys playing golf, swimming and cycling.

Lisa Wallman

Lisa Wallman

Executive Member

Lisa graduated from ECU in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Business, majoring in Nutrition and Marketing.

She currently works as a Career Officer at ECU where she provides personal and professional advice to help students grow and develop in their career journeys.

Lisa’s previous involvement with the international student community at ECU has made her recognise the importance of having a support network in order for an individual to thrive, both personally and professionally. Joining the ECU YAN Committee provides an opportunity to contribute building a safe, vibrant and supportive community where young alumni can make valuable and meaningful connections, and an opportunity to build her own skills and knowledge.

Lisa spends her free time reading, cooking, exercising, camping and discovering WA’s all hidden gems. She is originally from Sweden and absolutely loves the contrast between Sweden’s snowy mountains and Western Australia’s white sand beaches and turquoise water.

Ambassador Program

The Executive Committee is supported by a small team of volunteers who, whilst committed to the development and success of the Young Alumni Network, are not able to regularly attend meetings and events. Their diversity of thought and experience play an important role in ensuring the success of the program.

Current members of the YAN Ambassador Program are:

Please email the YAN Executive Committee if you are interested in joining this program.

Want to learn more about the YAN? Follow the ECU Young Alumni Network LinkedIn page.

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