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BCAA Committee

Introducing our 2024 Burgmann College Alumni Association Committee (BCAA)

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Matthew Lobb, BCAA President

I have been BCAA President for three years and I’m keen to help Burgmann further enhance its vibrant, egalitarian culture and ensure that the alumni stay connected to the College. I’ve been lucky enough to attend three great universities and understand the need to establish a long-term perspective on ensuring our alumni stay connected to the college and also that fundraising is focused on capital expenditure, bursary schemes and things that will make Burgmann stand out as the place to be.

I also have been the member of a number of industry and charity boards and have worked in both government and business. I have broad perspective on what is required for the Alumni President position. I am keen to continue to ensure that we have an active BCAA Committee and work to find a range of ways for the alumni to get involved in College activities.

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Robyn Byrne OAM, BCAA Vice-President

Robyn Byrne OAM was at Burgmann College from 1973 to 1978. She studied a BA, worked at 2XX and on Woroni as a student. She then worked for the APS for 34 years. She was also on the board of Inner South Community Health Service for 30 years and South Port Legal Service for 10 years. 

In 2009 she received an OAM for services to the South and Port Melbourne community. She served on the Council of the Australian Institute of International Affairs for 12 years. She is currently a member of UN Association of Australia Women’s Committee and the National Council of Women Victoria. She is a member of the Presbyterian Ladies College OCA Committee and has been on the Burgmann College Council for 3 years.

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Paul Fitzgerald, BCAA Vice-President

Burgmann alumnus Paul Fitzgerald (2016-2018) is a management consultant who studied a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics (ANU, 2019). Paul is an experienced advisor to Commonwealth department senior executives, providing implementation strategy for large-scale digital transformations and governance advice for their associated Boards and Steering Committees. 

As Vice-President BCAA since 2019, Paul has provided support and advice on initiatives such as the 50 Year Anniversary, BCAA Constitution re-draft, and regional alumni events (Sydney and Melbourne Get-Togethers). One of Paul’s most memorable experiences in his time as a resident was winning the Daley Cup against John’s in 2016.

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Anaina Langrana, 2024 BRA President (ex officio)

Anaina Langrana is the 2024 BRA President. Anaina is in her fourth year at ANU currently studying a double degree of Arts and Science where she is majoring in Criminology and Psychology. 

Anaina has thoroughly enjoyed her last two years at Burgmann, where she has been able to engage in sporting competitions, arts events and other extracurricular activities that she finds make her a more holistic individual. 

Anaina is incredibly excited for her final year at Burgmann. She is thrilled at the prospect of taking an active role in organizing events that she believes have been instrumental in making her time at Burgmann truly special.

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Alex McKenzie, Principal
(ex officio)

Alex attended Burgmann College from 2016-2018. Whilst at college he was Men's Officer in his second year, and RA in his final year. Alex studied a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics and worked at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as a behavioural economist. 

Alex became College Dean of Burgmann at the beginning of 2023, Deputy Principal in July 2023 and was recently appointed Principal, in January 2024. 

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Taryn Ahsing, Deputy Principal
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Taryn has built her career in community development, health promotion, and student wellbeing. She is committed to creating a safe, respectful and supportive environment where all students are given the opportunity to thrive. Taryn began at Burgmann as Dean and was recently appointed the Deputy Principal.  She lives onsite with her partner Mat in The Village and is honoured to walk alongside students at Burgmann College.

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Amelia Zaraftis, Director of Advancement (ex officio)

Amelia joined the Burgmann community in February 2016 and was a dedicated Deputy and Acting Principal, living on site with her family until May 2021 when she was appointed as Director of Advancement. As Deputy and Acting Principal Amelia helped shaped Burgmann College through her strategic thinking, strong communication skills and ability to build strong relationships. Amongst many achievements, Amelia led the reopening of the College after the pandemic closure in 2020. Furthermore, Amelia led the College's development of our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan. 

As Director of Advancement Amelia leads the College's Alumni & Friends and Advancement Programs. Amelia is focused on building a strong connection with and amongst our alumni community and on future-proofing the College to ensure it's valuable residential experience thrives into the future.

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Lachlan Hill

Burgmann Alumnus Lachlan Hill (2016-2018) is originally from Shepparton, Victoria and was a student at the ANU from 2016 to 2020. Lachlan studied a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science. During his time at Burgmann, Lachlan was a Residential Advisor and Council Member; he also worked at Le Chat Noir. 

Lachlan says his favourite things at Burgmann (aside from bar nights and major events) were competing in Inward Bound in 2016 and 2017 and the simple pleasure of mealtimes with your best mates every day, particularly on the back lawn during the warmer months. 

Lachlan now works as a management consultant in public policy and government relations in Melbourne.

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Rachel Lloyd

Rachel Lloyd (Resident 1987-90, 92, College Officer 1997-2000) was a tutor, BRA Treasurer and College Council member during her time at the college. Highlights of her Burgmann years included Toga Parties, College Balls, formal dinners, Monsterbrain, Luigis (attending and hosting), driving for inward bound, faculty dinners and hearing from other guest speakers including Kevin Rudd before he became PM. She maintains many strong friendships from her time at Burgmann. 

She is an executive in the Australian Public Service, currently working on International Education Policy, and regularly comes across Burgmann alumni in the course of her work. She has been a Burgmann mentor for a number of years and is always keen to share her insights into a career in public policy. Rachel recently joined the BCAA committee to give back a little to the college that gave her so much

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Andrew Mainsbridge

After studying a BA at ANU/Burgmann Andrew worked in corporate roles in the computer industry and later, telecommunications. He retrained twice along the way, first in information science, and later in law, following an interest in the challenges of technology contracts, and recognising emerging market opportunities for combined skillsets.

His present role is in strategic ICT procurement in the public health sector. Andrew was the Vice President of the Burgmann Residents' Association (BRA) in the year that the residents' association elected its first female president, Bronwyn Young (1978). Andrew is a mentor to current residents as part of the Burgmann Alumni Mentoring program.

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Fiona Nixon

Originally from a grazing property near Hay NSW, Fiona Nixon is the proud mother of 2 daughters, Harriet and Alicia. Fiona was introduced to the Burgmann College community in 2015 by her eldest daughter Harriet. Since Harriet’s passing in 2016, the Nixon family remains closely engaged with the Burgmann community. 

Fiona has lived and worked in regional and remote areas across Australia. Community service is a hallmark of the Nixon family, who are proud supporters of Burgmann College, batyr and Civic 2 Surf at ANU, Petrea King Quest for Life Foundation, Geelong Grammar School, and the Australian Honours. An experienced Private Secretary to Members of Parliament, Fiona and husband Ralph live on a property at Moss Vale NSW where she has established her business, Fiona Nixon Flowers. Fiona is a passionate advocate for bringing communities together and facilitating events, publicity and promotion.

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Kate Pereira

Alumna Kate Pereira (2016–2018) was Vice-President of the Burgmann Residents' Association in her final year. Her favourite part of this role was seeing residents enjoy the broad range of social events we organised. Kate is currently living in Melbourne and works as a solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office. 

Kate is excited to be part of the BCAA Committee to assist in organising a range of events for Burgmann alumni and to meet past residents and hear about their experiences.


Charlie Rozario

Alumnus Charlie Rozario (Resident 2016-2018, College Dean 2020-2023) lived at Burgmann whilst studying a Bachelor of International Security Studies.

As a resident, Charlie experienced everything Burgmann has to offer including Burg Day, IB End Point, Choir (rehearsal), Family Weekend, and Rugby 7s to name a few. Having worked in various roles at College from Housekeeping to Summer Research Scholar Coordinator and starting work as the College Dean in mid-2020 as Burgmann re-opened after the first COVID-19 lockdown, Charlie has extensive experience at Burgmann as a staff member too.

He joined the BCAA to connect Alumni with each other and with Burgmann as it is a place all Alumni once called home. Charlie is now living in Brisbane and working as a Campus Life Coordinator for Torrens University Australia.

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Annabelle Wassall

During her time as a resident, alumna Annabelle Wassall (2017-2019) loved being involved in social events such as bar nights, on the sporting field and in the leadership team as Women’s Officer and a Residential Advisor. 

Annabelle joined the committee with a focus to engage recent alumni to promote a culture of active involvement with the alumni network upon leaving Burgmann.