Meet the Office of Engagement Team

As well as being responsible for the Univerisity's alumni relations and network building, we are JCU's main fundraising team, and take on aspects of community engagement for the university.


Meet the team -

Davina Guteridge

CRM and Database Specialist, based on Townsville campus.

Davina's background certainly isn't dull. Prior to commencing in her role here at JCU, she had her own consultancy business offering training and services in the record keeping/archiving/management/disposal field along with kitchen designing and prior to that, she worked in the building industry. Since coming on board with James Cook University Davina has inspired more than 100 active staff users of the Alumni and Events Management programs, Raisers Edge and NetCommunity across all campuses. She is also part of a Higher Education Users Group Network both within Queensland and Australia/New Zealand. When she is not working you might find her on a golf course or off on another adventure somewhere across the globe.

Davina and Viv are usually the first point of contact for all alumni emails and inquiries.

Phone: +61 7 4781 4707 email:



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Toni Lawrence 

Director of Advancement based in Townsville 

Phone: +61 7 4781 5388 email:



Maxwell Low

Electronic & Alumni Marketing Manager, Singapore Campus

Maxwell Low is the Electronic and Alumni Marketing manager for James Cook University at the Singapore campus. Maxwell manages regional alumni events and activities while managing the digital marketing strategies for the campus. Maxwell has a strong interest in the dynamic world of digital marketing, especially in the area of social marketing. Prior to joining JCU, Maxwell had experience working on projects that involve search engine optimisation, social media marketing and web analytics. 

Phone: +65 6709 3698  email: 

 Viv Sonntag

CRM and Database Assistant, based on the Cairns Campus

Viv's career with JCU began back in 1995, after immigrating from New Zealand. Now a true Aussie and having worked in a number of areas around the Cairns Campus Viv brings a lot of prior knowledge to the team where she assists Davina in the maintenance of the database and looking after the database users on the Cairns Campus. She spends time locating 'lost' alumni through social and professional networking internet pages and media reports.

Phone: +61 7 4232 1850 email:




Damien Watson

BPsych, MCDR

Alumni and Community Development Officer, based on the Townsville Campus

Damien's background has been diverse with forays into private enterprise and higher education. As an alumnus of James Cook University with a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, combined with over a decade of employment at JCU, Damien has strong ties to his alma mater.

In his current role as the Alumni and Development Officer, Damien not only aims to reconnect with JCU alumni but to also build upon relationships between JCU and the wider community for the purpose of developing mutually beneficial outcomes on local, state, national and international projects.

Born in Queensland and having spent a majority of his life in the north, Damien considers himself close to being a local and has a beach shack to prove it!

Phone: +61 7 4781 5486 email:


Annie Whittingham


Annie graduated with a BA from JCU majoring in French and sub-majoring in English. She enjoyed her study due to her wonderful lecturers who introduced her to great authors in both languages.

Annie has secondary progressive MS and does voluntary work for JCU's Alumni as a way of giving back to JCU.

She enjoys her voluntary work, like the Alumni staff headed by Lorna Hempstead. The staff are very kind, considerate and supportive, so she is really delighted to be included in the Alumni team.

She loves music, going to concerts, reading, going to the theatre, (her and her husband support local productions as much as possible). She is sociable, friendly and enjoys meeting people.

Annie is married to Ian Whittingham, adjunct Professor of Physics. They have three lovely boys; the eldest David, graduated in Psychology from JCU and is a Senior Partner in the Psychology consultancy Company, PysCare.

They came to Townsville in 1974 when Ian was appointed as a lecturer in the Physics department.  


If you wish to make contact with us relating to community engagement and fundraising, you can email and if you want to contact us as an alumnus please email