Gabriella Wayne is Southern Cross University’s elected Student Member on Council. She enrolled at Southern Cross in 2016 and is currently an undergraduate student completing a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education (Primary).
Gabriella has diverse experience in management and leadership having worked for over 10 years within the real estate industry. She gained comprehensive understanding of sales and marketing in a corporate environment, in both commercial and residential arenas. Her drive and commitment resulted in Gabriella being offered an Area Coordinator role in a large private company, assisting in the management and operation of seven real estate offices across Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Reaching her goals in real estate, Gabriella decided to embark on a career in education. Gabriella became actively involved in the university community, passionately advocating for positive change within Southern Cross. In 2018, Gabriella was elected as Vice President Advocacy for the Gold Coast Campus Student Association (CoastRs). Re-elected in 2019, Gabriella was then nominated by the CoastRs Committee to represent the student association and its members on the Student Representative Committee (SRC) where she was able to continue voicing student interests. After completing a facilitator training workshop held by Professor Nan Bahr, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students), she was able to lead focus groups and workshops for the Southern Cross University UnPlugged Research Project where she assisted with the collation of feedback for data analysis. At the commencement of 2020, Gabriella was elected as President of CoastRs in order to continue her passionate support of the Association in its operations, ongoing management, and in navigating the challenges presented by COVID-19.
Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Gabriella’s plan is to advocate for greater diversity in our approach to education. Her goal is to use innovation and creativity to help create a clear path to a more cohesive, kind and inclusive community.