Nevin Jayawardena 2016 Guild President, BSc ‘16

December 18, 2017

About Nevin

I am a Mechanical Engineering student in my sixth year at university. Since commencing studies at UWA, I have been involved in almost every aspect of university life. I have been Treasurer and President of DESI, a club which represents students with a background from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Nepal. I was Societies Council President in 2015 and responsible for managing 150+ clubs and societies affiliated to the Guild. Last year, I was the Vice-President (Coursework) for the Postgraduate Students' Association. Currently, I am the Guild President, responsible for managing the peak representative body for all students enrolled at UWA. The UWA Student Guild prides itself on enhancing the student experience at UWA, and is responsible for student representation, student support, building a community, facilitating engagement, and providing various facilities and catering on campus. I am also an elected member of the Senate, the governing authority of the University.


Sophie Stewart (BA ‘17) - Campaign Coordinator at Social Reinvestment WA, Director of Swim for Refugees

December 12, 2017

Current Campaign Coordinator for Social Reinvestment WA, launching the public campaign for Healthy Families, Smart Justice, and Safe Communities, so we can close the gap on Aboriginal incarceration in WA once and for all.


Vanessa Vershaw (BA ‘92) - CEO & Founder, Managing Director Reinvention Consulting/Author Bitch Fight

December 5, 2017

Vanessa Vershaw is an Australian organisational psychologist, coach, entrepreneur, journalist and former executive with over eighteen years of extensive international organisational development and leadership consulting experience. As an executive level practitioner, Vanessa is a highly regarded trusted advisor to high level executives and Fortune 500 organisations. She has successfully managed both leadership and large-scale organisational development initiatives with executive teams and companies around the globe. An engaging business leader and innovative entrepreneur, Vanessa is passionate about developing leadership capability, unlocking human potential and building mindful, conscious and inclusive organisations. She is known for her ability to assist her clients through deep and sustainable transformation with life changing and social impact. She has also held sessional roles in academia. Vanessa is a published author and in addition to her many industry articles released her first book Bitch Fight: Putting an End to Women Bullying Women in the Workplace in February 2016 in French & English. Vanessa was also short-listed for the Telstra Business Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016.