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The Events and Protocol unit is responsible for the strategy, planning, management and promotion of high-profile centrally managed events that increase the University's social, cultural and strategic engagement with business, industry, government and the community, and for advice on protocol governing University activities, events and engagement with government and the community.

The unit is responsible for the strategy and delivery of:

  • Graduation ceremonies
  • Vice-Chancellor's award ceremony
  • Annual and named lectures
  • Launches and openings
  • Dinners

Additionally, the unit provides promotional support and event logistics advice to Divisions, Colleges, Schools, and Institutes hosting public lectures and forums.

Belinda Brock

Belinda Brock

Manager Events and Protocol

Belinda has over 30 years’ experience in business to business education, project management and event production, working in the Government, non-Government, education, corporate and professional  associations sectors. In 2008 Belinda joined the University as Events Officer and now leads the Events and Protocol team overseeing graduations, major university stakeholder events and the Public Lectures and Forums program.

T: +61 3 6324 3521 | E: belinda.brock@utas.edu.au


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Brendan Theodore

Events and Ceremonies Officer

Brendan has worked in the event and venue management space in the University sector since 2011. He joined the University of Tasmania in 2018 and is responsible for the delivery of the University’s major events and graduation ceremonies. Brendan has experience across a wide variety of events spanning performing arts events, large scale award ceremonies and dinners, conferences, concerts, festivals, public lectures and premium hospitality events.

T: +61 3 6324 3345 | E: brendan.theodore@utas.edu.au


Jeanette Farnell

Jeanette Farnell

Events Coordinator

Jeanette Farnell began her career at the University with the Law School in 2011, before joining the Events and Protocol team in 2012. In 2014 Jeanette was appointed to the role of Events Coordinator and is responsible for the coordination and delivery of centrally supported southern Public Lectures and Forums. Additionally Jeanette coordinates the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony Dinner and provides support for the University’s major stakeholder engagement events.

T: +61 3 6226 2879 | E: jeanette.farnell@utas.edu.au


David Beniuk

David Beniuk

Program Manager Public Events

David Beniuk joined the University in 2018 after a 13-year journalism career, most recently as State Political Editor for the Mercury. He has been a teacher, an award-winning professional musician and wrote a Masters thesis on Contemporary Aboriginal Songwriters. He is responsible for the programming and promotion of the University’s Public Lectures and Forums.

T: +61 3 6324 3521 | E: David.Beniuk@utas.edu.au

A toolbox has been constructed as a point of reference for those hosting University events.

  • Ministerial and Dignitary Protocol (PDF 68KB)
  • Managing your Speakers (PDF 903KB)
  • Work, Health and Safety:

    Postal Address: Locked Bag 1350, Launceston,Tasmania, Australia, 7250

    Email: UTAS.Events@utas.edu.au

    Tel: +61 3 6226 2521