Women of Achievement
Abruzzi, Diana - Toorak College
School attended: Toorak College, Victoria
Diana Abruzzi is the Chairman and Founder of the International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industry (IWFCI).
Diana attended Toorak College and began her business career after school. She worked in a variety of businesses in insurance, transportation, mining and property development. During this time Diana travelled extensively throughout the Asia Pacific and she realised that women all over the world were struggling to start and sustain their businesses.
In 1992 Diana founded the IWFCI. This organisation was formed to help women in business, to promote their roles, strengthen international relationships, and shape the economic role of women. The IWFCI operates throughout the Asia Pacific.
Throughout her career Diana has managed a range of businesses and served on a number of company boards. She was a founding member of European Chamber of Commerce (1989) and a member of the Australian Focal Point to the APEC Women's Leaders Meeting for 11 years. She has spoken at business conferences around the world. Diana Abruzzi is married and has three children. She continues to champion the advancement of women in business and social enterprise.
Adby, Kerry - Domremy College
School attended: Domremy College, New South Wales
Kerry is the Managing Director of Copernican Securities.
She was educated at Domremy College and studied Law at the Australian National University. Kerry graduated from the Program for Executive Development at the IMD Business School in Lausanne and the University of Lausanne.
Kerry has 25 years experience in investment and banking. From 1982-1987 she was the Chief Legal Counsel at AIDC, working on project and infrastructure financing. Kerry was later appointed the Divisional Director, Head of Capital Markets (1992-1997). She has served on numerous government and private sector boards. From 2005-2008, Kerry was a Board Member of the Australia Malaysia Institute.
As a specialist, Kerry advises and consults on project finance, risk assessment, policy advice and product development. She has presented workshops in many countries and consulted with the World Bank, Asian Development and AusAid.
Since 1997, Kerry has been the Principal of Copernican Securities, an Australian based specialist investment bank with a focus on Asian capital markets. She continues to serve on a number of boards, including as a Trustee on the Cotton Industry Relief Fund. Kerry Adby is married and has two daughters.
Adler, Ruth - Wenona School
School attended: Wenona School, New South Wales
Dr Ruth Adler is the Australian Ambassador to Ireland.
Ruth was educated at Wenona and completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales. She graduated with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Latin American Studies and also received a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University.
Dr Adler joined the Department of Foreign Affairs as a graduate trainee in 1990. From 1991-1994 she served as the Second Secretary in the Australian Embassy, Manila. In 1998 she moved to Mexico City to be First Secretary and later Counsellor of the Australian Embassy.
In Canberra, Ruth has filled numerous positions within DFAT, including: Assistant Secretary, Trade and Economic Analysis Branch (2002-2003), Assistant Secretary, Staff Development and Post Issues Branch (2003-2005), Assistant Secretary of the Environment Branch (2009-2011), Assistant Secretary in the Office of Trade Negotiations (2012).
From 2006-2009 Ruth was the High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam. She worked to strengthen relationships between the two countries, including developing trade and investment links, and furthering educational, cultural, social and environmental ties.
Dr Ruth Adler is married with two children. She began her appointment as Australian Ambassador to Ireland in 2013.
Alberici, Emma - Our Lady of Mercy College, Vic
School attended: Our Lady of Mercy College, Victoria
Emma Alberici is a journalist and the co-presenter of the ABC's Lateline television program.
She was educated at Our Lady of Mercy College in Heidelberg, later studying journalism and economics at Deakin University. Emma completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Italian at Melbourne University. She entered the journalism profession by joining the Herald Sun newspaper as a cadet.
After editing the business and finance sections of the paper for four years, Emma joined Channel Nine (1993) and worked at the network for a decade; including reporting for Business Sunday and A Current Affair. She co-created The Small Business Show which led to her writing the high-selling text The Small Business Book.
Emma has been nominated for Walkley Awards twice for her investigative journalism (1998 and 2001). She joined the ABC in 2002 and worked on the 7.30 Report, Business Breakfast, AM, PM, and as a general finance reporter for ABC television and radio. From 2008-2012 Emma was the ABC’s Europe Correspondent. She now presents Lateline three nights a week. Emma Alberici is married and has three children.
Alleaume, Stacey - Sacred Heart Girls' College, Oakleigh
School attended: Sacred Heart Girls' College, Oakleigh
Stacey Alleaume is a principal soprano at OzOpera.
She was educated at Sacred Heart Girls' College in Oakleigh, where her passion for music began as a chorister in the National Children’s Choir of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Melbourne and completed her studies in the Performance Program at The Opera Studio Melbourne (2010).
Stacey began her professional career as a chorus member for the Victoria Opera. She later became a principal soprano at OzOpera, where she performed in operas such as The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, and played the role of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. From 2012 she has sung as a chorus member of Opera Australia, in performances including Aida and Turandot.
Stacey Alleaume has won numerous awards for her singing, including the Australian Youth Aria (2009), Waiariki Institute of Technology New Zealand Aria (2011), and the 2012 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald's Operatic Aria. Currently, Stacey is a scholarship recipient with the Dame Nellie Opera Trust and she will travel to Florence in November to study Italian language. In 2014 Stacey will move to Sydney with her husband to become a full-time chorus member of Opera Australia.
Anderson, Professor Sandra AM - Ascham School
School attended: Ascham School, New South Wales
Sandra Anderson is a Clinical Professor of Respiratory Physiology at the Sydney Medical School.
She graduated from Ascham in 1958 and studied Science at the University of Sydney. Sandra worked as a Scientific Officer in Australia before training as a Respiratory Physiologist at the University of California. She moved to London to lecture at the University of London and complete her PhD (1972). Sandra returned to Australia to work as the Senior Scientific Officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (1973-1979).
From 1979-2011 Sandra was the Principal Hospital Scientist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in the Department of Respiratory Medicine. She was awarded a Doctorate of Science (1990) and became a Certified Respiratory Function Scientist (2005). Throughout her career, Dr Anderson has contributed to a range of studies on asthma; she is considered a leading authority on the topic of exercise-induced asthma.
In 2000 Dr Anderson became the first Fellow of the Australian and NZ Society of Respiratory Science. She has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, edited many scientific journals, and lectured at several Australian universities. Sandra Anderson has received much recognition for her important work, including an Honorary Doctor of Medicine. In 2012 she became a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to respiratory medicine and for her contribution to the Asthma Foundation NSW.
Andreallo, Clare - Tangara School for Girls
School attended: Tangara School for Girls, New South Wales
Clare Andreallo is a sound artist, designer and theorist.
In 2004 Clare was School Captain at Tangara, she then completed her Bachelor of Arts in Media and Film Communications at the University of New South Wales. Clare furthered her studies at North Sydney TAFE, completing Certificates in Music Industry Technical Production.
Clare returned to UNSW and was awarded First Class Honours for her practice based research in audio production (2009). While studying electronics at Ultimo TAFE in 2010, she began lecturing and conducting workshops in Sound Media Theory and production at UNSW. Clare also worked as an AV technician at UTS and UNSW, and as a Media Researcher.
During her studies, Clare has designed and engineered sound for many independent film productions. She was the sound designer for the Tropfest 2011 finalist film Transparency, and for the film Mondo Ghillies which screened at NextWave in Melbourne (2010).
In 2011 Clare Andreallo commenced her PhD in sonic arts practice at the University of Canberra on a full scholarship. Her research interests include the processes and physiology of listening, and the relationships between bodies, space and sound. Clare continues to lecture at UNSW and expand her production portfolio by contributing to various artistic projects.
Bail, Kathy - Tintern Schools
School attended: Tintern Schools, Victoria
Kathy Bail is a journalist, editor and publisher.
Kathy was educated at Tintern and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at Melbourne University. From 1993-1997 she was the Australian Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1996 she edited the book DIY Feminism.
After leaving Rolling Stone, Kathy became the Editor of another magazine, HQ (1997-1999). She then spent four years as Deputy-Editor at The Bulletin before becoming Editor (2002-2006). During this period Kathy was also the Board Director of Melbourne University Publishing. She took on the position of Editor at The Australian Financial Review (2007-2009).
Currently Kathy Bail is the Chief Executive of UNSW Press, a position she has held since 2009. UNSW Press is one of Australia’s largest independent publishers. She is a member of the Management Committee of PEN in Sydney and a Contemporary Collection Benefactor of the Art Gallery of NSW.
Bailey, Judy ONZM - Nga Tawa Diocesan
School attended: Nga Tawa Diocesan School, New Zealand
Judy Bailey is a former news presenter and television journalist who is often referred to as the ‘Mother of the Nation’.
Judy boarded at Nga Tawa Diocesan School and later studied journalism in Wellington. After graduating she joined the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation as a television and radio reporter. Judy presented regional news from 1980-1987 before presenting the news bulletin alongside other reporters until 2003. In 2004 Judy became the sole news presenter for the 6pm bulletin, which she continued for two years.
Since 2006 Judy has hosted significant television events such as ANZAC Day and has appeared on the Intrepid Journeys television program. In the 2009 New Year Honours day awards Judy was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to broadcasting and the community.
Judy Bailey now focuses on charity work and helping children through various organisations. She has volunteered for World Vision for more than 25 years and is a patron of many groups, including: the NZ North Shore Hospice; Seasons (an organisation supporting grieving children); the Muscular Dystrophy Association; Friends of the Women’s Refuge; and the Brainwave Trust. Judy also enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Baines, Charlotte - Korowa Anglican Girls' School
School attended: Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, Victoria
Charlotte Baines is a Councillor at the City of Monash.
She was involved in many activities and societies at Korowa, graduating as a School Prefect in 2000. Charlotte completed Bachelors of Arts and Law at Monash University (2006) and is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate, researching freedom of religion in Australia.
Charlotte did volunteer work for the Port Philip Community Centre and was a Board member of the St Kilda Legal Service. She was elected to the City of Monash Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2008. From 2008-2009 Charlotte served as Deputy Mayor. On 9 December 2009 Charlotte became the youngest female mayor in the city's history at 27 years of age.
During her time on Council, Charlotte has worked to develop a Youth Advisory Committee to improve community engagement with younger residents in Monash, and helped to develop a Fair Trade Committee to engage the business community on issues of social justice. She believes in open and transparent government that actively engages the community in key decisions making processes and goals.
Charlotte Baines currently serves on a number of council committees, including the Monash Enterprise Centre’s Board of Directors. She is actively involved in the Uniting Church. In 2012 Charlotte was listed in the Who’s Who of Australian Women. She was awarded the 2012 McArthur Local Government Fellowship to travel and examine the challenges and opportunities for local government in building greater community tolerance and acceptance of religious freedom.
Barratt, Bronte OAM - St Margaret's Anglican Girls School
School attended: St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, Queensland
Bronte Barratt is an Olympic swimmer.
She grew up in Queensland and was educated at St Margaret's Anglican Girls School. Bronte has been on the Australian Swimming Team for seven years. At the age of 16 she made her international debut, winning a silver medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the World Championships (2005).
In 2007 Bronte broke the oldest record for swimming for Australian women (held by Tracey Wickham for 30 years) in the 400m freestyle at the Japan International Swim Meet. Making her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bronte won gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay. The Australian relay team broke the world record in this event and made Olympic history by beating the USA, who had never lost the 4x200m women’s freestyle relay.
Bronte was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to sport in 2009. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, she won gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay. In 2011 her relay team won silver for the same event at the World Championships in Shanghai.
Despite suffering from shoulder injuries in the lead-up to the 2012 National Championships, Bronte came first in the 200m freestyle and second in the 400m freestyle. At the 2012 London Olympics she won silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay and bronze in the individual 200m freestyle.
When Bronte Barratt is not swimming, she is studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Movement Science at Queensland University of Technology.
Bates, Angela - Worawa Aboriginal College
School attended: Worawa Aboriginal College, Victoria
Angela Bates is the Executive Producer of National Indigenous Television (NITV) News.
She is a proud Paakintji, Malyangapa, Wanywalku, Wadigali, Te Whanau a Apanui and Whakatohea woman originally from Broken Hill NSW, and she was educated at Worawa Aboriginal College in Healesville. Angela’s cadetship in Alice Springs was at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (2000-2004). She later worked as a video journalist, travelling Australia filming and reporting for the Living Black program on SBS television (2004-2007).
Angela is passionate about Indigenous Affairs and has worked consistently in Indigenous broadcast media for the past 11 years. In 2007 she established the first nightly National Indigenous Television news. Angela has been with NITV, in the role of Executive Producer for Current Affairs and News, since 2007. She continues to work on innovative projects, such as Australian television’s first Indigenous election forum, which was broadcast on August 23, 2013.
Angela Bates has been a finalist for a number of journalism awards, including the NT Career Achievement Award (2003, 2004), and the Media Peace Prize (2006). She won a SPA LIFE Award for Responsible Reporting (2006). NITV was recently awarded the Inaugural Journalism Story of the Year Award at the Deadlys (2013). Angela is an Ambassador for Worawa Aboriginal College.
Betts, Pamela - Our Lady's College Annerley
School attended: Our Lady's College Annerley, Queensland
Pam Betts is the Executive Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
She was educated at Our Lady’s College Annerley and later studied science at Griffith University. After receiving her Diploma of Education, Pam taught at St Mary’s College Ipswich, Our Lady’s College Annerley, St Peter Claver College Riverview, and the All Hallows’ School where she was Head of Senior School.
From 1993 – 1999 Pam was a Professional Officer in the Brisbane Catholic Education Office. She then moved to the Queensland Catholic Education Commission to work as an Assistant Director (2000-2004). Pam was the Regional Administrator at Edmund Rice Australia before returning to the Brisbane Catholic Education Office in 2010. She was appointed as Executive Director of Catholic Education by the Archbishop of Brisbane in February 2013.
Pam Betts has served as a committed member and chair of a number of education boards, both local and national. This year she will complete a Masters in Religious Education.
Bishop, Julie - St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School
School attended: St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School, South Australia
Julie Bishop is the Deputy Liberal leader and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
She was educated at St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School and graduated as Head Prefect (1973). Julie later studied law at Adelaide University and became a partner in a law firm at age 26. In 1983 she moved to Perth and practiced as a commercial litigation solicitor at Robinson Cox (now Clayton Utz). In 1998 Julie was appointed a delegate to the Constitutional Convention held in Canberra on the issue of whether Australia should be a republic. Later in that year she was elected for the seat of Curtin.
In 2000 and 2002 Julie Bishop was an electoral observer for the Commonwealth of Nations in the parliamentary and presidential elections in Zimbabwe. She has served on a number of boards including the Senate of Murdoch University, Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), Committee for Economic Development Australia (CEDA), and she is currently on the board of the West Coast Eagles.
Julie Bishop is the Liberal Party’s first female Deputy Leader and Australia's first women Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Boully, Leith - The Glennie School
School attended: The Glennie School, Queensland
Leith Boully is a company director, executive coach and farmer.
Leith boarded at the Glennie School and then studied Rural Science at the University of New England. Since 2005 she has been the Director of Boully Pastoral Company which incorporates dry land farming, grazing and irrigation. During this time Leith developed interests in agriculture, water and human resource development.
In 2002 Leith was a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists; an independent group of professionals with conservation interests. The Wentworth Group has been involved in many land and water reforms across Australia. Leigh also began serving on boards, starting with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2000-2006).
Her board appointments have included: Healthy Waterways Board, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Water Quality and Coastal Development Reef Advisory Committee, Advisory Board Rosenberg Forum on International Water Policy, Community Advisory Committee to the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council, Australian Heritage Commission, and the Glennie School Council. Leith has chaired boards in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
In 2008 Leith established the company @ the Crossroads, which provides leadership development, coaching and governance to organisations. She developed her coaching skills by studying at the Institute of Executive Coaching and now directs her company.
Leith Boully is married with two children. She is a professional speaker and has authored numerous papers and publications. Along with her many other roles, Leigh is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. She continues to focus on engaging rural communities, environmental policy development, fostering leadership and healthy governance.
Broderick, Elizabeth - Meriden School
School attended: Meriden School, New South Wales
Elizabeth Broderick is the Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
She attended Meriden School in Strathfield and was School Captain (1978). At the University of New South Wales Elizabeth completed Bachelors of Arts and Law. She practised law, becoming a partner and the head of legal technology at Blake Dawson Waldron while championing the cause of women working part-time.
In 2001 Elizabeth was named the Telstra NSW Business Woman of the Year and was also awarded a Centenary Medal for her service to Australian society in business leadership.
Since 2007, Elizabeth has held the position of Sex Discrimination Commissioner and she was also the Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination (2007-2011). During her term she has been committed to: improving gender equality through her advocacy in preventing violence against women and sexual harassment, improving lifetime economic security for women, balancing paid work and unpaid caring responsibilities, promoting women’s representation in leadership and on boards, and strengthening gender equality laws, monitoring and agencies.
Elizabeth represents Australia in the United Nations annually. She is a member of the of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development, a member of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Advisory Board, the Vic Health Advisory Board, and the ANU Centre for Public and International Law. She is married and has two children.
Brydon, Lesley - Clayfield College
School attended: Clayfield College, Queensland
Lesley Brydon is the Chief Executive Officer of Painaustralia.
She was educated at Clayfied College in Brisbane, later studying Pharmacy. Lesley worked as a Pharmacist in Gladstone before marrying and moving to Sydney. She started her own PR company after retraining in journalism and communications.
In 1981 Lesley became the Managing Director of Turnbull Fox Phillips. She worked for AUSTRADE as the General Manager of Corporate Communications (1994-1997) and then spent the next decade as Executive Director of the Advertising Federation of Australia. In this role she was responsible for policy and advocacy issues affecting the advertising industry.
Lesley Brydon was appointed Chief Executive of Painaustralia in 2011, following her role as Executive Director of the National Pain Summit and National Pain Strategy. These projects arose from her work as a consultant to the Pain Management Research Institute. Lesley is also a keen yachtswoman and has competed in the Sydney to Hobart race.
Buck, Maureen - Genazzano FCJ College
School attended: Genazzano FCJ College, Victoria
Maureen Buck is the CEO of Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care.
She was born in Yarrawonga, educated at Genazzano FCJ College, and completed an Associate Diploma in Welfare Studies at Chisholm Institute of Technology. Maureen has also trained in Family Therapy.
Maureen worked as a Home Care Assessment Officer for the Moorabbin Council, later taking up the position of Coordinator of South Bridge Adolescent Services (1989). During this period she served on a number of committees and advocacy groups, including Council to Homeless Persons, the Eastern Placement Accommodation Services, the Steering Group for After Hours Child Protection, and the Gambling Task Group in the City of Monash.
In 2001 Maureen Buck was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship from the Lions Clubs International. She was also honoured with a Centenary Medal for her services to the community through health (2001). Since 1990 she has led Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care as the Chief Executive Officer. Maureen is married and has three children and many grandchildren.
Bull, Catherin AM - PLC Sydney
School attended: Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney
Catherin Bull is a landscape architect and a professor at two universities.
She was educated at PLC Sydney and studied architecture at the University of Melbourne. In 1991 she was awarded her doctorate in design from Harvard University. Catherin practised as a landscape architect in Australia and Asia before entering the tertiary sector as a lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology (1983).
From 1993-1997 Catherin was a Commissioner in the Land and Environment Court of NSW. She returned to research in 1998, joining the University of Melbourne. Catherin’s work focuses on achieving effective planning and design for the 21st Century city. During the period to 2010, she served as Elisabeth Murdoch Professor, Head of Discipline, Associate Dean (International) and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.
Catherin Bull has won many awards, including the Award in Landscape Architecture from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (2004 and 2000). In 2008 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to landscape architecture and urban design as an academic, researcher and practitioner.
Throughout her career, Catherin has contributed to a range of professional organisations and advisory bodies. She chairs and serves on many planning, design and review panels, advising government and industry across Australia on urban design, infrastructure and open space matters. These panels have included the Sydney Olympic Park, South Bank Brisbane, Victoria Square Adelaide, Wellington Foreshore in New Zealand, Hobart Waterfront, and Federation Square in Melbourne. Catherin has also been published widely, including the award winning text New Conversations with an Old Landscape: Landscape Architecture in Contemporary Australia.
Catherin Bull is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne and adjunct professor at QUT. She continues to advise and advocate for better quality planning and design.
Cahalan, Adrienne - Marist Sisters' College
School attended: Marist Sisters’ College, New South Wales
Adrienne Cahalan is a professional yachtswoman and the fastest woman to sail around the world.
She began sailing while a student at Marist Sisters’ College and bought her own boat. Adrienne studied Arts/Law at the University of Sydney and sailed 12-foot skiffs with Lane Cove Club. In 1984, at the age of 20, Adrienne was a crew member aboard Mystic Seven which competed in the Sydney to Hobart. She has since sailed in twenty Sydney to Hobart races, including being the navigator for four line honours winners.
Adrienne practised as a maritime lawyer before becoming a full time yachtswoman, specialising in offshore and inshore navigation for round the world sailing and weather routing. In 2003 she completed a Master of Science in Applied Meteorology at the University of Reading. She has broken many barriers for women in yachting during her 20 year career.
Her extensive career highlights include: World Championships in dinghies and yachts, three Admirals Cup campaigns, three Fastnets, fourteen Transatlantics, four Whitbread - Volvo campaigns, and several circumnavigation projects. Adrienne was awarded the Australian Sports Medal (2000) and currently holds five world sailing speed records. She is the only navigator to have broken in the space of two years the 24 hour record, the round the world record, the cross channel record, and won the prestigious Newport-Bermuda Race and the Admirals Cup in the same period. She still holds the fastest time for a female circumnavigation.
Adrienne Cahalan is married and has two daughters. She is a member of the 2016 Olympic Sailing Equipment Evaluation Panel and serves on a number of sailing clubs and boards.
Carl-Neslon, Penny - St Margaret's College, New Zealand
School attended: St Margaret’s College, New Zealand
Penny Carl-Nelson is a management consultant and film producer.
She was born in Christchurch and educated at St Margaret’s College before studying at the University of Canterbury. In 1975 she founded Moneypenny Services which provided a financial management system for the Australian film industry. The company expanded rapidly with offices opening in several countries and it currently offers specialist financial services to the entertainment industry around the world.
In 1982 Penny was recognised with the Australian/Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award. She was a foundation member of the Chief Executive Women group (1985). Penny has lectured at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, she has also consulted on many financial and film projects. In 2001 Penny was awarded the Centenary Medal for her services to Australian society in business leadership.
After advising to the New Zealand film industry, Penny became a producer for the film 33 Postcards, which was the first Australian-China co-production to be distributed in Australia (2011). Penny Carl-Nelson continues to work on new business projects.
Caro, Niki - Diocesan School for Girls
School attended: Diocesan School for Girls, New Zealand
Niki Caro is a film director, producer and screenwriter.
She was educated at Diocesan and graduated from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1988. Niki moved to Melbourne to study at Swinburn’s Film and Television School before returning to New Zealand to work on television commercials.
Niki began to write and direct television dramas and short films. In 1994 she was nominated at the NZ Film and Television Awards for her short film The Summer the Queen Came. Later that year, another short film Sure to Rise was selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival.
After writing and directing many more shorts, Niki created her first feature film Memory and Desire (1998). This film won a Special Jury Prize for Niki’s scriptwriting and directing. In 2002 she became known internationally for her writing and direction of the acclaimed film Whale Rider. Niki followed the award-winning success of this film with two more features, North Country (2005) and The Vitner’s Luck (2009).
Currently Niki is working on several projects, including writing and directing a film about the legendary opera singer Maria Callas. She is also directing a Walt Disney biopic feature film called McFarland. Niki Caro is married and has a daughter.
Chamarette, Christabel - Perth College
School attended: Perth College, Western Australia
Christabel Chamarette is a clinical psychologist.
She was born in India and educated at Perth College, later studying psychology at the University of Western Australia. Christabel began her career working as a psychologist at the Freemantle Prison and as a community worker in Bangladesh.
She spent eight years in private practice, specialising in the treatment of violence and sexual offending, and adult survivors of sexual abuse. In 1992 she was elected the Greens Senator for Western Australia and served for one term.
In 1997 Christabel became the Clinical Director of SafeCare, an organisation that provided counselling, support and group therapy to members of families where child sexual abuse had occurred or was at risk of occurring. SafeCare closed in 2009, during this period Christabel also worked as an expert consultant to the Ministry of Justice, and as a member of the WA Parole Board (2002-2006).
During her career Christabel has been active in the Anglican Church and is currently a member of the church’s Professional Standards Committee for Western Australia. She has also served as a member of numerous organisations, including the Anglican Social Responsibilities Commission, Aboriginal Driver Training Programme, Psychologists for the Prevention of War, and the Christian Justice Association.
Currently Christabel Chamarette works in private practice; continuing individual and group psychotherapy with particular expertise in child sexual abuse treatment. She is a Family Court of WA expert witness and a consultant to Acacia Prison.
Chau, Wesa - St Margaret's School, Melbourne
School attended: St Margaret’s School, Victoria
Wesa Chau is a Director at Cultural Intelligence.
She migrated to Australia from Hong Kong at age seven and was educated at St Margaret’s School in Berwick. Wesa completed a Bachelor of Software Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne University (2005). She then studied a Graduate Diploma in Law and has recently completed a Masters of Business Management.
While Wesa was at university she became concerned about the many challenges that international students face. In response to this, she founded the Australian Federation of International Students and was the Honorary President for many years (2002-2010). Wesa worked as a management consultant with the Australian Healthcare Associates (2005) and was a Multicultural Network Coordinator for the Victorian Government (2006-2008).
In 2008 Wesa was appointed the Direct Services Manager of Advocacy, Disability, Ethnicity and Community (ADEC), later she became the Acting Executive Director (2010). She was awarded the Young Victorian of the Year in 2010 and began her role as the Culture Card Ambassador Coordinator.
Wesa was inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women (2012) and was honoured with a Rising Star Award for Young Alumni at the University of Melbourne (2012). In 2012 she established the organisation Cultural Intelligence. Wesa Chau is a current Australia Day Ambassador and Responsible Gambling Ambassador. She also serves on a number of Boards including, Carers Victoria; Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria; InTouch – Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence.
Chut-Deng, Akeer - St Ursula's College Toowoomba
School attended: St Ursula's College Toowoomba, Queensland
Akeer Chut-Deng is a fashion model.
Akeer was born in Sudan but her family left the country as refugees and settled in Toowoomba in 1993. She was educated at St Ursula’s College. At the age of 19 Akeer was approached in a Brisbane shopping mall and asked to become a model. She moved to Sydney to begin her career.
In 2003 Akeer travelled overseas to work for leading designers such as Vivienne Westwood in London, New York and Paris. She returned to Australia in 2006 to raise her sons. Currently, Akeer is listed with two Australian modelling agencies and she continues to work at fashion festivals both in Australia and overseas. Akeer Chut-Deng is known for her sophisticated runway style.
Clark, Honor - Rangi Ruru Girls' School
School attended: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, New Zealand
Honor Clark is a structural engineer.
She was raised in Namibia and the Solomon Islands, which gave her an appreciation of infrastructure such as clean water, sealed roads and efficient wastewater systems. Her family moved to New Zealand and Honor was educated at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School.
Honor studied civil engineering at the University of Canterbury, graduating with honors in 2009. Her mother is from Kiribati community and Honor maintains connections to her cultural heritage. In her final year at university she was a mentor in the Pacific Mentor Program.
As an undergraduate engineer, Honor worked with the Waimakariri District Council. From 2009-2010 she was an engineering cadet at Downer EDI Works Ltd and was responsible for inspecting faults in road networks and recommending treatment options.
Honor Clark moved to Melbourne for the position of bridge engineer at Aurecon. She was the Secretary of the Victorian branch for Engineers Without Borders Australia (2011-2012). In 2013 she became a structural engineer in telecommunications at Aurecon where she manages the construction of mobile communication sites.
Clarke, Sarah-Jane - St Aidan's Anglican Girls School
School attended: St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School, Queensland
Sarah-Jane Clark is the co-founder of the global fashion label sass & bide.
Sarah-Jane graduated from St Aidan’s in 1991 and then studied Accounting at Queensland University of Technology. Sarah-Jane met Heidi Middleton in Queensland and they became friends before moving to London and selling customized jeans in a stall at the Portobello Road Market. The success of this stall led Clarke and Middleton to return to Australia and establish their business in Sydney (1999).
sass & bide launched their first seasonal collection ‘Lady Punk’ at the annual fashion week in Sydney in 2001. Their label received amazing reviews both at the national and international levels. In 2003, sass & bide hit the New York fashion shows. Clarke and Middleton’s fashion label is now stocked in countries all over the world. In 2010 Sarah-Jane and Heidi were the Australian winners of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award. Sarah-Jane was also an ambassador for the UNHCR (2010). Sarah-Jane Clarke is married and has three children.
Cooper, Jacqui - Firbank Girls' Grammar School
School attended: Firbank Girls’ Grammar School, Victoria
Jacqui is an Aerial Skiing World Champion.
Jacqui was educated at Firbank and began aerial skiing when she was aged 16. Within three years she was representing Australia at the World Championships and won the title in 1999. She went on to win three more World Cup titles, and was selected for five Winter Olympic Teams. When Jacqui competed in Vancouver in February 2010, she became the first Australian woman to represent Australia at five Olympic Games.
During her years of competition, Jacqui served on various sporting committees at the national and international levels, including: the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Board; the AOC Athlete's Commission (Deputy Chair); Ski and Snowboard Australia Board; the Australian Institute of Sport Athletes Commission; the International Ski Federation (FIS) Athletes Committee; the FIS Freestyle Athletes Committee; the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Athlete's Committee; and the WADA education committee.
Throughout Jacqui’s sporting career she sustained many injuries, including breaking her back in 2001. Despite these physical setbacks, she competed successfully in the sport for 20 years. At the end of 2010, Jacqui officially retired from aerial skiing. She now focuses on speaking engagements and has established a company called Champion Events. Jacqui is also a company ambassador for La Trobe Financial.
Cooper, Lt Col Helen - Palmerston North Girls' High School
Lieutenant Colonel Helen Cooper is the first woman soldier to deploy to a command role in sixty years of United Nations Treaty Supervisory Organisation (UNTSO) peacekeeping operations in the Middle East.
Helen was educated at Palmerston North Girls’ High School, she later joined the New Zealand Armed Forces and rose quickly through a series of ranks and positions. In 2002 she was the Logistics Commander in Timor-Leste. She was posted to the Army Transformation office in 2006 and had significant responsibility for establishing and managing the Army Transformation Programme, which included advising senior officers about the future structure of the Army.
Lt Col Helen Cooper received the Distinguished service Decoration in 2008. She was deployed to the Middle East in 2011.
Currently Helen is based in Southern Lebanon with her husband and two children. She is New Zealand’s Senior National Officer and as an UNTSO Station Chief, she is responsible for 52 United Nations Observers from countries as diverse as Italy, China, Russia, Argentina and Nepal.
Cooper, Priya OAM - St Brigid's College, Perth
School attended: St Brigid’s College, Western Australia
Priya Cooper is a motivational speaker and a former Paralympic Swimmer.
She was born with cerebral palsy but with her parents’ encouragement, began swimming aged six. Priya spends approximately 75% of her time in a wheelchair. While attending St Brigid’s College she began swimming competitively at school carnivals.
In 1992 Priya competed in the Barcelona Olympics, she won three Gold medals, two Silver medals, broke two world records and three paralympic records. Priya subsequently competed at the Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000) Paralympics, winning ten gold medals for Australia overall. She continued to break world records and win medals at national swimming championships.
The Medal of the Order of Australia was awarded to Priya in 1993. Amongst a raft of honours, she was named Paralympian of the Year (1995), Young Australian of the Year for Sport (1999), Australia Day Ambassador (2001) and was inducted into the inaugural WA International Women's' Day Hall of Fame (2011).
In 2002 Priya Cooper completed a degree in Health Promotion and Journalism. The Channel 7 Network employed her as a presenter for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games; she continues to work as a presenter for Sydney Weekender and the children's program Big Arvo.
Priya is married and has two children. She is an inspirational speaker, raises funds for several charities, and serves on a number of committees and boards.
Cory, Professor Suzanne AC - Canterbury Girls' Secondary College
School attended: Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College, Victoria
Suzanne Cory is one of Australia’s most eminent molecular biologists.
Suzanne attended Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College, University High School and the University of Melbourne. She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge and moved to the University of Geneva as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1971, Suzanne moved back to Melbourne for a research position at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. She spent the rest of her working career at this institution, moving from the position of Joint Head of the Molecular Biology Unit, to become Director of the institute in 1996. In the same year, Suzanne was made a Professor of medical Biology at the University of Melbourne. She remained in these positions until 2009, continuing her research into the fields of immunology and cancer.
Suzanne has been recognised with numerous awards and honours, including an L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science (2001), and a Royal Medal from the Royal Society (2002). In 1999 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia; in 2009 she was named a Knight of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur). The Victorian State Government has named a select-entry secondary college in her honour; the Suzanne Cory High School.
In 2010 Professor Cory became the first woman to be elected president of the Australian Academy of Science, representing 400 of the nation’s best scientists. Currently, Suzanne is a Professorial Research Fellow in the Molecular Genetics of Cancer Division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow of the University of Melbourne. She is married to fellow scientist Professor Jerry Adams and they have two children.
Cowin, Dr Prue - Camberwell Girls Grammar School
School attended: Camberwell Girls Grammar School, Victoria
Dr Prue Cowin is a trainee attorney and a former researcher in cancer genomics.
Prue was educated at Camberwell Girls Grammar School and credits her teachers for sparking her interest in science. She completed a Biomedicine Science degree at Monash University and then enrolled in a law degree. After travelling for a year, Prue decided that science was her future and she began her PhD at the Monash Institute of Medical Research (2005). In her second year, she received the Postgraduate Student Prize for Biological Sciences from the Royal Society of Victoria.
In 2007 Prue submitted her thesis which showed how certain environmental chemicals affected prostate tissue. Throughout her studies, Prue presented at local and international conferences. She has published numerous articles and received many travel grants and awards; the most prestigious being the Bulletin Bayer Smart 100 Young Achiever Award (2007). Prue was offered a postdoctoral position in America, but instead chose to take up the opportunity of working in Melbourne at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
After completing her doctorate, Prue worked as a Post-doctoral Scientist in the Cancer Genomics Program at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (2008-2013). Her work contributed to the Australian Ovarian Cancer Study where she led research projects into acquired chemo-resistance in ovarian cancer.
Prue Cowin joined FB Rice in 2013 as a trainee attorney in the biotechnology group. She is completing a Master of Intellectual Property.
Curphey, Judith OAM - Presbyterian Ladies' College, Perth
School attended: Presbyterian Ladies College, Western Australia
Judith Curphey is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Australian Girls Choir.
She was born in Melbourne and later moved to Perth. After boarding at Loreto Convent, Judith attended PLC Perth where she was inspired to pursue a musical career. In 1948 she returned to Melbourne to study music at the Melbourne Conservatorium.
Judith moved to London and worked as a piano accompanist at a ballet school. After marrying and having two children, the family returned to Melbourne where Judith commenced her career as a classroom music teacher at MacRobertson Girls’ High School (1963). She became the Head of Music at Kew High School, then the Director of Music at Ringwood High School (1975-1983).
In 1984 Judith Curphey established the Australian Girls Choir. Auditions were conducted around Melbourne and 150 girls were selected for the first rehearsal. Judith wanted the choir to develop a uniquely Australian sound through singing, dancing and presentations.
Chapters of the organisation soon opened in other cities around Australia; today there are approximately 3900 choristers in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The Australian Girls Choir performs on television and tours nationally and internationally. They have collaborated with entertainers such as Olivia Newton-John and performed for dignitaries such as Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, Queen Elizabeth II, and at the G’Day USA Australia Week.
In 2004 Judith Curphey was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to music and the Australian Girls Choir.
Dara, Dur-e OAM - Presbyterian Ladies' College, Melbourne
School attended: Presbyterian Ladies College, Victoria
Dur-e Dara is a restaurateur, businesswoman and philanthropist.
She was born in Malaysia and settled in Australia in 1962. Dur-e was educated at PLC in Melbourne, later completing a degree in Social Welfare at the University of Melbourne. For three years, she worked in the Youth Welfare Division for the Victorian government.
In 1976 Dur-e began working at the iconic Stephanie’s Restaurant, later becoming the manager and co-proprietor. For the next two decades she worked at Stephanie’s, as well as establishing several other food businesses. Dur-e was the first woman president of the Restaurant and Catering Association of Australia, serving in this position for ten years.
In addition to Dur-e’s career in the food industry, she is actively involved in equality for women. She is the Convener of the Victorian Women’s Trust (since 1993), a Patron of the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture, and the Melbourne Vice President of Philanthropy Australia.
Dur-e Dara was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to the community and to promotional and fundraising activities for women's groups (1997). She was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for her service to the restaurant industry. Dur-e also received a Vida Goldstein Award, and was selected as one the 150 women in the Inaugural Women's Honour Roll (2001). In the same year she was inducted as a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Legend.
Music has always been central to Dur-e’s life; she is an accomplished percussionist and performer of spontaneous composition with her partner David Tolley. Dur-e Dara has recently stepped out of the restaurant industry, she continues to serve on many boards.
Davenport, Professor Sally - Queen Margaret College
School attended: Queen Margaret College, New Zealand
Sally Davenport is Professor of Management at the Victoria University of Wellington.
She was educated at Queen Margaret College in Wellington and a Prefect in her final year (1978). She studied mathematics and chemistry at Victoria University, later completing her PhD in chemistry. Sally spent a year at Oxford University as a postdoctoral fellow and then worked as a consultant in Britain.
In 1991 she returned to New Zealand to teach the management of science, technology and innovation. She worked as a consultant for organisations such as the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology (FRST), and the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science & Technology. Sally has investigated the competitive advantage of technology firms, and networks in the biotechnology sector. She was appointed a Commissioner with the New Zealand Productivity Commission (2011).
Professor Sally Davenport was the Head of the Victoria Management School and the lead researcher of a project called Building Our Productivity – Understanding Sustainable Collective Productivity in New Zealand Firms. She is currently the Professor of Management at Victoria University. Sally is also a member of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) and a Research Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management.
Sally is married and has two children. She has authored numerous articles and is recognised for her expertise in the areas of research and technology management and policy, innovation, and the commercialisation of science and technology.
de Jong, Dr Ursula - Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College
School attended: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Victoria
Dr Ursula de Jong is an architectural historian and senior lecturer in architectural history.
She was educated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Bentleigh and studied Arts at Monash University. Ursula tutored at Monash University while completing her Graduate Diploma in Education and her PhD.
As an architectural historian, Ursula specialises in nineteenth century architectural history, particularly the work of Gothic revival architect William Wardell. She has published books on Wardell and St Patrick’s Cathedral, and is currently writing a full biography of Wardell.
Ursula is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Building at Deakin University. She has served on numerous boards and committees. Dr de Jong is a Director of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), and Chair of the Trust's Cultural Heritage Committee. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. Ursula also had considerable involvement in the creation of the Point Nepean National Park and is President of the Nepean Conservation Group. She is married and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Dean, Carmel - Penrhos College
School attended: Penrhos College, Western Australia
Carmel Dean is a Composer and Musical Director.
Carmel was educated at Penrhos College. Her love of musicals began at Penrhos when she was involved in the school production of The Boyfriend. She then studied classical piano and musical theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 1999 she moved to Sydney to work in the 2000 Olympics music department and was mentored by Musical Director Max Lambert.
In 2001 Clare won a Fullbright Scholarship and completed her Masters in Musical Theatre Writing at New York University. It was in New York that Clare met composer William Finn, she worked with him on a number of projects as a Vocal Arranger and Associate Music Director, including the production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which ran on Broadway for three years.
Carmel has composed numerous pieces, including Train Ride and Butter Ball. She served as Chita Rivera's musical director for many of her national and international concert appearances. In 2009 and 2010, Carmel was the Musical Director of the Broadway musical American Idiot, based on the songs of the Grammy Award-winning band Green Day, with whom she also performed at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
In 2011 Carmel composed 16 songs using Edna St Vincent Millay’s poetry as lyrics for the musical A Girl Called Vincent. She currently lives in New York City and is working as the Musical Director for the 2014 Broadway show called If/Then.
Dewes, Dr Kate ONZM - Hamilton Girls' High School
School attended: Hamilton Girls’ High School, New Zealand
Kate Dewes is a peace activist and disarmament campaigner.
She was educated at Hamilton Girls’ High School and was the Head Girl in 1970. Kate played a leading role in the New Zealand peace movement during the 1970s and 1980s, which succeeded in securing the world's first national nuclear-free legislation.
Kate taught Peace Studies at the University of Canterbury and served on the Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control. Her doctoral thesis, awarded by the University of New England (1999), focused on the World Court Project (WCP), an international citizen campaign which led a challenge to nuclear deterrence in the International Court of Justice. Kate served on the International Steering Committee of the WCP (1992-1996). During this period she was an International Peace Bureau Executive member. For more than three decades Kate has been a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
From 2000-2002 Kate was the New Zealand government expert on the United Nations Study on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education. She was instrumental in Christchurch being declared New Zealand’s first Peace City (2002). In 2007 Kate was appointed to the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.
For her services to the peace movement, Kate was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2001). She has received numerous accolades for her work, including a Peace City Award (2007) and Rotary International’s Paul Harris Award (2010). In 2011 Hamilton Girls’ High School awarded Kate the inaugural Annie Cook Centennial Award.
Kate Dewes and her husband Commander Robert Green continue to campaign for peace and disarmament. She directs the Disarmament and Security Centre in Christchurch and coordinates the New Zealand Peace Foundation. They have three children and several grandchildren.
Doogue, Geraldine AO - Santa Maria College
School attended: Santa Maria College, Perth
Geraldine Doogue is a renowned journalist and broadcaster.
She was educated at Santa Maria College and later studied Arts. In 1972 Geraldine became a cadet with The West Australian. She worked in print media for many years, including writing for The Australian.
In 1978 Geraldine was interviewed on ABC television’s Four Corners program. ABC management was so impressed with her performance that they offered her a television compare position in Perth. Geraldine later worked on commercial radio and television before returning to the ABC in 1990.
She covered the Gulf War for ABC television and was awarded a United Nations Media Peace Prize and two Penguin Awards for her work. From 1992-2003 Geraldine presented Life Matters on Radio National. She has also hosted the television program Compass since 1998.
For her social and cultural reporting, Geraldine was awarded a Churchill Fellowship (2000). In 2003 she was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for service to the community, particularly as a commentator for social change, and to the media through raising public awareness of issues involving ethics, values, religion and spirituality.
Geraldine Doogue is married and has children. She continues to present Compass for ABC television and also presents Saturday Extra for Radio National.
Dreyer, Dr Rachel - Mary MacKillop College, Adelaide
School attended: Mary MacKillop College, South Australia
Dr Rachel Dreyer is a cardiac research scientist.
She graduated from Mary MacKillop College in 2003 and completed a Bachelor of Science with first class Honours from the University of Adelaide. In 2013 Rachel was awarded her PhD from the University of Adelaide. Her main areas of interests include examining sex and gender based differences in a range of vascular disorders including coronary and peripheral artery diseases.
During her PhD, Rachel was the coordinator for two international studies and she continues to play a key role in vital research to improve the cardiac health of women around the world. She has won numerous awards for her scientific work, including the Barbara Crase Bursary, the De la Lande Travel Award, the SA Heart Education and Research Foundation Research Prize, and the National Heart Foundation Travel Grant. Rachel was a 2013 State Finalist for Young Australian of the Year.
Dr Rachel Dreyer is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Medicine and a visiting scholar at the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE). Her postdoctoral studies at Yale University are supported by an American Australian Association Fellowship. She is a public speaker, a musician, and has volunteered for the Heart Foundation and Lifeline Australia. A keen cyclist, Rachel also raises awareness and funds for women’s cardiovascular health through long-distance cycling.
Duggan, Donna - Moreton Bay College
School attended: Moreton Bay College, Queensland
Donna Duggan is a director of the Tanzanian travel company Maasai Wanderings. Maasai Wanderings is an ethical travel company that supports the local community through the creation of jobs, schools and scholarships.
Donna was educated at Moreton Bay College and then studied nursing at Queensland University of Technology. In 1995 she and a friend backpacked around Africa. This trip was the first of several visits to the region and each time Donna was drawn back to Tanzania where she received a warm welcome from the local people. She was concerned about the entrenched poverty in the region and decided to remain in the country.
Initially Donna raised funds for health education, used her nursing skills and established medical clinics and immunisation programs. Donna married Nas, a Tanzanian and together they established Masaai Wanderings in 2004. Their company provides employment for locals and generates funding for many community projects, including the establishment of schools, child education sponsorships, and micro-finance schemes.
In 2006 Donna was awarded the Moreton Bay College Medal. She credits her school as being influential in her motivation to help the people of Tanzania: “I was taught the ‘right’ thing to do at school at MBC. It seemed to be a focus - not only to excel in the academic and sporting fields, but to become a good person within yourself and for yourself too.”
Donna and her husband have become respected figures in their community; they are well-known for their life-changing and sustainable work. Donna and Nas have a son and continue to expand their travel company and development work.
Eastoe, Madeleine - Mercedes College
School attended: Mercedes College, Western Australia
Madeleine Eastoe is a Principal Artist of the Australian Ballet.
Born in Perth, Madeleine was educated at Mercedes College and The Australian Ballet School. She joined the Australian Ballet in 1997. During her second year with the company Madeleine was an understudy, and at short notice she was asked to dance with David McAllister in Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux.
Madeleine performed as a soloist and in many lead roles before becoming a Senior Artist in 2004. Two years later she was promoted to Principal Artist, after her debut as Giselle in Sydney. She has worked with renowned choreographers such as Stephen Baynes and Graeme Murphy. Her company has toured internationally; Madeleine danced to appreciative audiences in China, Singapore, Japan, Britain, New Zealand and the USA.
Madeleine had the opportunity to act and dance in the film Mao’s Last Dancer. She is married and had a daughter in 2009, returning to the ballet shortly after. She was nominated for a Helpmann Award (2003), accepted a Green Room Award (2005), and Telstra People’s Choice Award (2006). In 2013 Madeleine has performed as Kitri in Don Quixote, and in the lead roles for Cinderella and La Sylphide.
Egan, Elizabeth - Lauriston Girls' School
School attended: Lauriston Girls’ School, Victoria
Elizabeth Egan is a Chef and Restaurateur.
She grew up on the Wantirna Estate Vineyard in the Yarra Valley and was educated at Lauriston Girls’ School and Monash University. Elizabeth entered the food industry ‘by accident’, after the chef at a friend’s restaurant suddenly left. Although it was not until later, when Elizabeth was working in a Noosa restaurant that she realised her passion for cooking.
From 1988-1996 she co-owned and ran Egan Hartley Catering. In 1989 she founded Onions restaurant in Melbourne and was the Executive Chef for seven years. Onions was awarded a Chef’s Hat in The Age Good Food Guide.
In 1996 Elizabeth opened Becco, it was named the Best New Restaurant in Melbourne Weekly. Becco continues to win numerous awards; most recently a Chef’s Hat in the 2014 Age Good Food Guide. Elizabeth was the Executive Chef and co-owner at Becco until 2011, she now consults there and at other restaurants.
Elizabeth has two daughters and volunteers at the Sacred Heart Mission in St Kilda. She appears regularly in culinary publications such as Vogue Entertaining, Gourmet Traveller, Delicious, Taste in the Herald Sun and Epicure in The Age. Elizabeth Egan is also a judge on the television show My Kitchen Rules.
Ellis, Ann - Pascoe Vale Girls' College
School attended: Pascoe Vale Girls’ College
Ann Ellis is the General Manager at Engineering Education Australia.
She was educated at Pascoe Vale Girls’ Secondary College and then studied primary education. Ann worked as a primary teacher for ten years before entering the adult education sector, where she lectured in community services.
From 1997-2002 Ann was the Director of Studies as TAFE Queensland. After completing her MBA, she became the Corporate Services Manager at Education Queensland, and then the General Manager for Crown Law Queensland where she was responsible for leading all business aspects of the Queensland Government legal practice.
In 2007 Ann was appointed the General Manager at Engineering Education Australia. In this role her two passions of education and management are combined as she works to facilitate and implement the Board’s strategic vision.
Ellis, Neroli - Fahan School
School attended: Fahan School, Tasmania
Neroli Ellis is the Tasmanian Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation.
She was educated at Fahan and won an American Field Scholarship after graduation (1978). Neroli lived in Montana for a year; her experiences as an exchange student inspired her to study nursing when she returned to Hobart.
Neroli worked as a student nurse at the Royal Hobart Hospital before qualifying, later taking charge of the surgical ward (1985-1987) and working as a Clinical Educator (1987-1991). She was a clinical nurse, lecturer and consultant before joining the Australian Nursing Federation in Tasmania as a Member Services Nurse in 1997.
Since 2001 Neroli has been the State Secretary of the ANF; she represents Tasmanian nurses and advocates for an improved health system. Over the past decade membership in the Tasmanian ANF has trebled. Neroli has worked tirelessly to improve working conditions for nurses and raise the standard of care for patients.
Neroli won the Community Sector Telstra Business Women’s Award (2008) and was the State Finalist for Australian of the Year 2012. She serves on a number of boards and committees. Neroli Ellis is married and has three children.
Neroli’s reflection on her experience at Fahan
Fahan has given me a belief that I can try anything. Life at Fahan was about joining in and giving your best in every team and activity. The encouragement I received as a Fahan girl changed my life.
The encouragement I received and the personal touch of attending a small school gave me opportunities that have shaped my life. Fahan gave me a springboard and the confidence to continue my learning and I am still studying, currently completing my MBA. I often reflect on my time at Fahan and realise that it gave me the skills and confidence to try anything I wanted to and also to make a difference, however small, to people’s lives.
Elvin, Rebecca - St Cuthbert's College, NZ
School attended: St Cuthbert’s College, New Zealand
Rebecca Elvin is a barrister.
She was educated at St Cuthbert’s College and later graduated from the University of Otago with Bachelors of Laws and Arts. In 2009 Rebecca was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
After graduating, Rebecca worked as a Judges’ Clerk at the New Zealand High Court and as a judicial intern at the United States Supreme Court. She also interned in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Rebecca completed a Master of Arts in conflict resolution at King’s College in London, focusing on the domestic and international operation of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
In 2010 Rebecca won a Cleary Memorial Prize and a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leaders Award. She has worked voluntarily throughout her studies and career in New Zealand and overseas, including aid work in Thailand and the Philippines. Rebecca also worked at the headquarters of the International Justice Mission.
Currently Rebecca Elvin is completing her PhD at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University. Her research focuses on mechanisms that promote the accountability of judges and the judiciary in deeply divided societies or states emerging from conflict. She is a member of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group.
Ferguson, Dr Kerry - Catholic Ladies College, Melbourne
School attended: Catholic Ladies College, Victoria
Dr Kerry Ferguson is a Pro Vice-Chancellor at La Trobe University.
Kerry was educated at Catholic Ladies College and then studied Occupational Therapy. She completed a Masters of Education in the field of counselling and in 1998 she was awarded the Doctorate of Education.
Kerry worked as an occupational therapist with psychiatric services before moving into an academic position at La Trobe University. Her experience has spanned 20 years with the Faculty of Health Science; she has been the Head of the School of Occupational Therapy, Deputy Dean, and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University.
In 1997 Dr Ferguson was appointed to the position of Dean (Equity and Access) and in 1999 appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Access). In 2005 her role expanded and she was appointed to the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Student Services). Her portfolio includes responsibility for student services, student equity, equal opportunity including equal opportunity for women in the workplace, Indigenous education, counselling services, careers and employment services, student engagement and the University ombudsman.
Kerry continues to be a Clinical Member of the Family Therapy Association and to expand her mediation experience. She is committed to the quality provision of services in the Education sector, particularly to redressing disadvantage in the higher education field and the development and expansion of student engagement.
Ferraretto, Tania - Kildare College
School attended: Kildare College, South Australia
Tania Ferraretto is a dietitian and nutritionist.
She graduated from Kildare College in 1987 and studied science at the University of Adelaide. Tania completed a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics at Flinders University of South Australia (1995). For fifteen years she has worked in community health, clinical dietetics, with the food industry and in public relations.
As the South Australian media spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, Tania has worked on national public relations and media projects including the establishment of Australia’s Healthy Weight Week in conjunction with Network Ten. She is highly respected for her contribution to nutrition reporting and works with television, radio and print media Australia wide.
In 2012 Tania established the Happy Healthy Me organisation which is dedicated to helping people develop a healthy relationship with food and healthy body image.
Fisher, Jeanette - Wilderness School
School attended: Wilderness School, South Australia
Jeanette Fisher is a Dairy Heifer Management Specialist.
She was educated at the Wilderness School and studied paediatric nursing before moving into farming. In 1997 after many years working with livestock, Jeanette and her husband bought a farm and reared calves. The very high mortality rate of calves concerned Jeanette and she strived to learn more about calf rearing. In 2001 she was awarded a Rural Women’s Award Bursary and established the Professional Calf Rearers Association of Australia.
Jeanette won a Churchill Fellowship in 2002. She travelled to many countries examining various methods of raising calves. This experience led her to work as a manager of the intensive grazing systems at South Australia’s Struan Research Centre. From 1997-2006 Jeanette was also a volunteer Firefighter with the Country Fire Service.
After moving to Tasmania, Jeanette established a farming consulting business, Heifermax. In 2008 and 2010 she attended conferences in the USA and consulted in American dairies. She won the Tasmanian Rural Women’s Award in 2008. Jeanette Fisher continues to manage her consultancy business and teaches heifer management classes throughout Australia and overseas. She is passionate about helping farmers to adopt more current, financially sustainable and animal welfare friendly methods of calf rearing and heifer management. The majority of calf rearers are women and Jeanette is also keen to increase the skills, confidence and status of rural women through her work.
Flemming, Jane - Mater Christi College
School attended: Mater Christi College
Jane Flemming is a sports commentator, businesswoman and former Olympic track and field athlete.
She was educated at Mater Christi College, graduating in 1982. Jane began her athletics career at the Knox Little Athletics Centre and was named Australian female athlete of the year (1983). A two-time Olympian, she won two Commonwealth Games Gold and two Silver medals, 13 national titles and broke dozens of records over a period of 15 years in elite competition.
After retiring from international competition in 1997, Jane worked as a sports commentator for television networks, magazines and newspapers. She has covered several Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships. Jane is the Managing Director of sponsorship and marketing company Flemming Productions. She consults and represents several high-profile athletes as their business manager.
Jane Flemming serves on a number of boards and does charity work for organisations such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Westmead Children’s Hospital. She is married and has twin boys.
Foley, Dr Cathy - Santa Sabina College
School attended: Santa Sabina College, NSW
Dr Cathy Foley is Chief of CSIRO Materials, Science and Engineering.
Cathy developed a passion for science when a teacher at Santa Sabina College recognised her talent in this field. She studied Science and Education at Macquarie University but soon realised that teaching was not her ideal career. She returned to experimental science and completed her PhD in physics.
In 1985 Cathy joined the CSIRO and has been with the organisation ever since. Highlights of her career include leading the High Temperature Superconductivity group (1995), instigating CSIRO's presence in quantum engineering (2001), and developing fabrication technology. Since 2000, Dr Foley has been a speaker at many national and international conferences. She was the first female president of the Australian Institute of Physics (2006-2009).
Throughout her career Cathy has been awarded numerous distinctions including: the 2003 Eureka Prize, a Public Service Medal for service to physics and promotion of women in science (2003), CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement (2007), Telstra National and NSW Business Woman of the Year (2009), AUSIMM Mineral Industry Operation Technique Award (2011) and the NSW Woman of the Year Award (2013).
Cathy was appointed the Chief of CMSE in 2011. This division of the CSIRO is at the forefront of materials science and engineering, delivering innovative new materials and engineered systems which intersect biology, chemistry and physics research. Dr Cathy Foley is the President of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS), a member of the Prime Minister's Science and Engineering Innovation Council (PMSEIC) and Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ASTE). She is married with children and is a passionate advocate for women in science and engineering, and science education.
Forde, Margery - Lourdes Hill College
School attended: Lourdes Hill College, Queensland
Margery Ford is an award-winning freelance playwright.
She was educated at Lourdes Hill College. Since 1986 Margery has worked as a scriptwriter. She won Australian Writers’ Guild (AWGIE) awards for Snapshots from Home (1996) and What Next? (1998). Margery has co-written several plays with her husband Michael. Their play Milo’s Wake was commissioned by La Boite and won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award (2001), the Matilda Award (2000), the Perform/4MBS Award and an AWGIE Nomination (2001). Milo’s Wake toured around Australia and was produced in New Zealand and London.
In 2002 Margery Ford was awarded the Playlab and Trust awards for her contribution to theatre in Queensland. She also received a Centenary Medal (2001) for distinguished service to state theatre. Margery has appeared in numerous musicals for the Queensland Theatre Company. She and Michael have co-written several commissioned plays, including Cribbie (2009) which had a sell-out season at Metro Arts and a return season in 2011.
Margery was the Artist-in-Residence at the Australian Catholic University (2009). She co-wrote the book and lyrics for the music theatre production Behind the Crane, which premiered at the Queensland Music Festival. Behind the Crane was nominated for a 2012 AWGIE award. Margery and Michael have two children.
Garber, Jane - Melbourne Girls' College
School attended: Melbourne Girls’ College
Jane Garber is a commercial lawyer and special counsel.
She was Dux of Melbourne Girls’ College (1997) and studied law and commerce at Monash University. Jane began her career as a Franchising Lawyer for Mason Sier Turnbull (2004-2009) and later worked as a Franchising and Leasing Lawyer for M&K Lawyers. She returned to Mason Sier Turnbill to work as a Senior Associate (2011-2013).
In 2013 Jane was appointed Special Counsel at Franchise Legal. Her expertise in franchising, intellectual property and corporate law also led her to the position of Adjunct Lecturer and examiner at the College of Law Australia. She is a member of the Women in Franchising Committee and has a longstanding affiliation with Rotary International. Jane Garber is married and has two children.
Gatley, Jan - Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
School attended: Waikato Diocesan School for Girls, New Zealand
Jan Gatley is a Director at KPMG New Zealand.
She was educated at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls and later studied business and accounting. From 1995-1997 Jan was the Financial Controller for the Auckland Kindergarten Association and completed financial accounts for the network across Auckland.
After two years as a Financial Accountant with AMP Banking, Jan moved to KPMG, where she has worked cumulatively for 17 years. Her clients include individuals, commercial businesses and farmers. She has a special interest in farm accounting and is a member of the KPMG national Agribusiness team. Jan is currently a Director in the business advisory team at KPMG in Hamilton.
Jan Gatley is also a Director at Workwise Employment Ltd (since 2006) and is a Trustee of the philanthropic DV Bryant Trust (since 2008). She is married and has three sons.
Godding, Dr Robyn - Catherine McAuley Westmead
School attended: Catherine McAuley Westmead, NSW
Dr Robyn Godding is the Director of Cancer Screening at the Cancer Institute of NSW.
She was educated at Catherine McAuley and later studied science and medicine. Robyn spent eleven years in general practice. She is a former Director of the BreastScreen NSW Northern Sydney Lower Central Coast Service, and a former Director of the Australian Government Health Service.
In 2007, Robyn joined the Cancer Institute of NSW in the role of manager of the NSW Cervical Screening Program and NSW Pap Test Register. She continues to be involved in cancer research, including as an Associate Investigator of the NSW cervical health study, which aims to measure the possible contributions of lifestyle factors on the development of cervical cancer.
Goldsmith, Andrea - Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne
School attended: Methodist Ladies' College, Victoria
Andrea Goldsmith is a writer and novelist.
Andrea was born in Melbourne and attended Methodist Ladies’ College. She originally trained as a speech pathologist but moved into full time writing. From 1987 she taught creative writing at Deakin University. Andrea’s first novel Gracious Living was published in 1989.
In 2003, Andrea’s novel The Prosperous Thief was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Her literary essays have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. She is a popular performer at literary festivals. Andrea Goldsmith conducts workshops and short courses for writers of fiction, and she mentors new novelists. Her novel Reunion was published in 2010 and more recently The Memory Trap (2013) received critical acclaim.
Andrea's reflection on her experience at MLC
At the age of eight I decided I wanted to be a writer. Shortly afterwards, my first publication appeared in Silver and Green, the MLC school magazine. I was so excited: my efforts had been noticed and appreciated. I still feel this same excitement whenever I publish.
Choosing a career in the arts, whether as musician, painter, actor or writer requires stamina – many aspire but few achieve – and passion to keep you moving, particularly during the arid times. Success in the arts also requires hard work and a belief that you can succeed in an area littered with rejections.
In the MLC of the 1950s and 1960s, although a far more conservative school than it is today, there was a prevailing ethos that girls could achieve in any field they chose. We were constantly alerted to the achievements of women whether in science, the arts or areas concerned with social justice. I harboured a secret dream to write novels, my girls’ school said I could do it.
My novels are described as contemporary novels of ideas with strong characterisation and narrative. My characters are diverse: male, female, old, young, heterosexual, homosexual, Jewish, Christian, believers, atheists, and drawn from a variety of races and backgrounds.
The focus on people, on liberal humanist values, on diversity and social justice apparent in my work ran through my secular Jewish family and also through the culture at MLC. Unlike many other schools of the time there was an inclusive tradition at MLC. I remember such a diverse population of students in this single-sex school. Indeed, I would suggest that one notices and values diversity more when the most blatant difference of all – that which exists between the sexes – is removed from contention.
MLC’s single sex environment taught me about the private space of thought and reflection – so essential to the work of a writer. Boys would have been a distraction, boys would have caused a level of self-consciousness that would have eroded the reflection and solitude so necessary to the work I do now. And if boys had been at my school I doubt I would have had the courage to pursue my love of books – it was a different age back then and girls couldn’t afford to be seen by boys as too smart.
I carry with me a stockpile of books, of knowledge, of quotes (I’ll never regret having to learn vast tracts of published work by heart) from my school days. And some remarkable teachers too, strong brilliant women who were so generous with their knowledge and expertise. They mentored me as I now mentor emerging novelists.
Writing novels can be a fraught business. By the time you are scrambling around in the eighth or ninth or tenth draft of your latest novel you can feel as if you are going mad. At such times I listen to music, or I sit down at the piano and play. Often the music I reach for is tattered old sheet music left over from my school days. Music restores me to myself. When I was growing up, with rare exceptions, classical music was the domain of men – whether soloists, conductors or composers. But not at MLC. MLC taught me the power of music – for girls. MLC gave me music.
At school I read, I studied, I immersed myself in music, I was hopeless at games and the only reason I tried to learn how to throw a ball was because I had a crush on the sports mistress. Yet I was permitted my choices. I have not led a conventional life and I still cannot throw a ball and yet for all its mid-century rules and regulations, MLC’s single-sex environment gave me much of what I value today including the courage and determination to realise my hopes and aspirations.
Goodnow, Professor Jacqueline AC - St Vincent's College
School attended: St Vincent’s College, New South Wales
Jacqueline Goodnow is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Macquarie University.
She was educated at St Vincent’s College in Sydney and enrolled at the University of Sydney when she was aged sixteen. Jacqueline graduated with her Psychology degree and won the University Medal (1944). After working at the university as a lecturer, she moved to America to study at Harvard University, where she completed her PhD in 1951.
Jacqueline remained in the USA for the next two decades; she lectured and researched at a number of universities, and became a Professor in Psychology at George Washington University. In 1972 Jacqueline returned to Australia to work at Macquarie University. Her research interests focussed on developmental, cognitive and social psychology, with a particular emphasis on the social development of families, communities and cultures over their lifespan.
During her distinguished career, Professor Goodnow has been honoured by a number of organisations in Australia and the United States. The American Psychological Association awarded her the G. Stanley Hall Award for distinguished Contributions to Developmental Psychology (1989) and included her in a list of Distinguished Women in Psychology (1992). She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, the Australian Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, and an Honorary DSc of Macquarie University.
Jacqueline became a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1992. She has consulted with government bodies and been a member of many research advisory groups. Jacqueline has published eight books, contributed to many other publications, and written over sixty journal articles. She has also trained teachers for preschool centres, and returned to America for conferences and visiting appointments.
Jacqueline Goodnow is married and has two children. She is currently an Adjunct Research Professor in Psychology at Macquarie University and serves on the advisory board of the Centre for Children and Young People.
Grattan, Michelle AO - Ruyton Girls' School
School attended: Ruyton Girls’ School, Victoria
Michelle Grattan is a political journalist.
Michelle attended Ruyton Girls’ School and studied politics at the University of Melbourne. She tutored in politics at Monash University before being recruited by The Age in 1970. One year later, Michelle was sent to The Age bureau in the Canberra Press Gallery. From 1976 to 1993 she was Chief Political Correspondent.
Her appointment as Editor of The Canberra Times in 1993 made her the first woman to become editor of a major Australian newspaper. Two years later Michelle returned to The Age where she became Political Editor. The Australian Financial Review employed Michelle as a senior writer in 1996. She received the Graham Perkin Award as Australian Journalist of the Year (1988).
Michelle has always strived for objectivity in her long and distinguished career. In 1999 she became the Chief Political Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald but again returned to The Age (2002) as a political columnist. In 2004 Michelle was appointed Political Editor and bureau chief.
Among Michelle’s achievements are a Walkley Award for Journalism (2006), and a Melbourne Press Club Quill Lifetime Achievement Award (2008). In 2004 Michelle was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for ‘service to journalism through commentary on politics and government and analysis of Australian civic life’.
Michelle Grattan has co-authored several books. In 2013 she retired from The Age after spending 40 years in the press gallery at Parliament House. She is currently a professorial fellow at the University of Canberra, and Chief Political Correspondent and Associate Editor for The Conversation website.
Graves, Professor Jenny AO - Seymour College
School attended: Seymour College, South Australia
Jenny Graves is a Distinguished Professor at La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science.
She was educated at Seymour College (class of 1958) and then studied science at Adelaide University. In 1971 she received a PhD from the University of California for her work on the control of DNA synthesis. Jenny lectured in genetics at La Trobe University for nearly 30 years.
In 2001 she moved to be Head of the Comparative Genomics Research Unit at the Australian National University. Her research involved investigating the organisation, function and evolution of mammalian sex chromosomes and sex determining genes. She initiated projects to sequence the genomes of marsupials and the platypus, and was Foundation Director of the ARC Centre of excellence in Kangaroo Genomics.
Professor Graves has won numerous awards, including the UNESCO Prize for Women in Science (2006), and the Macfarlane Burnett Medal for Biology (2006). She was awarded a Centenary Medal and an Office of the Order of Australia (2010) for her service to scientific research in the field of genetics, particularly of Australian marsupials and monotremes and their relevance to international understanding of human evolution. She is married and has two daughters.
Jenny continues to lecture and supervise. In addition to her work at La Trobe University, she is Professor Emeritus at ANU, Thinker-in-Residence at the University of Canberra, and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Griffen-Foley, Professor Bridget - Brigidine College St Ives
School attended: Brigidine College St Ives, New South Wales
Bridget Griffen-Foley is the Director of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University.
She was educated at Brigidine College and then studied Arts at Macquarie University. In 1996 she completed her PhD, specialising in the history of the Australian media. Bridget was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sydney (2000-2002) and returned to Macquarie University in 2003.
Professor Griffen-Foley has authored four major books, including two about the Packer family. She is currently editing A Companion to the Australian Media and coordinating the Media Archives Project. Bridget edits several journals and writes columns for publications such as The Monthly. She is often interviewed by the media for her expert commentary.
Bridget is currently an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, a member of the Library Council of NSW, and a member of the NSW Working Party of the Australian Dictionary of Biography. She also coordinates the Media Archives Project.
Grogan, Phillippa - Loreto Mandeville Hall
School attended: Loreto Mandeville Hall, Victoria
Phillippa Grogan is the founder of Phillippa’s bread, pastries and provisions.
She was born in New Zealand and educated at Loreto Mandeville Hall in Toorak, graduating in 1981. While completing an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, Phillippa worked with two major catering companies. She studied French in Paris before heading to London to work at Sally Clarke’s restaurant and bakery in Notting Hill Gate.
After a decade in London, Phillippa returned to Melbourne to establish her own bakery and provisions store. Her baking philosophy focuses on simplicity; making breads with flour, water, yeast and salt but with no added sugars or improving agents. In 1994 Phillippa opened Phillippa’s Bakery and Provisions Store in Armadale. Her husband joined the business as a baker and they have three children.
In 1999 they moved their wholesale bakery to Richmond. Phillippa has opened two more stores in Brighton (2006) and in Melbourne city (2011). She continues to support farmers’ markets and is a partner of Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Foundation, supplying bread to the primary schools involved with the program. Phillippa’s is sold throughout Australia, Singapore, Dubai and the Maldives, her business employs nearly 100 staff.
Hambloch, Danielle - St Stithian's Girls' College
School attended: St Stithian's Girls' College, South Africa
Danielle Hambloch is a dietitian.
She was educated at St Stithian’s Girls’ College and later studied dietetics at the University of Pretoria. After being awarded her Bachelor of Dietetics, Danielle began her Master’s degree in human nutrition at the University of the Free State.
In 2010 Danielle worked as a community service dietitian at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital where she provided nutritional advice, care and interventions with patients. In 2011 she established a dietitian practice and consultancy business in Johannesburg. Danielle has a keen interest in nutritional management of cancer and diabetes, as well as in the exciting new field of nutrigenomics. She belongs to several professional health associations.
Hamlin, Dr Catherine AC - Frensham
School attended: Frensham, New South Wales
As a Resident at Crown Street Women’s Hospital Catherine Nicholson met and married Dr Reginald Hamlin, the medical superintendent. After working as obstetricians in the UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand, the Hamlins answered an advertisement in the Lancet which read: "Gynaecologist wanted to set up school of midwifery for nurses in the Princess Tsehai Memorial Hospital in Addis Ababa".
In May 1959 the Hamlins began work in Addis Ababa, and overcome with the desperate needs of the country, they decided to stay on when their contracts expired. Catherine Hamlin was moved by the profound need of women suffering from fistulae. This injury, the result of long and difficult labours, is particularly prevalent in young women. A fistula is a hole which develops with the long labour these women endure, between the bladder and the vagina and often between the rectum and vagina as well. The plight of these women was pitiable. Leaking urine or faeces, the women were ostracised by their families and often deserted by their husbands. An operation can usually repair the damage. The Hamlins did what they could to help these women.
Finally in 1975 the Hamlins were able to open a hospital dedicated solely to the treatment of fistulae. The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital has since become a major teaching hospital for surgeons from across Ethiopia and the developing world. The work of the hospital has been recorded in Catherine’s book, co-authored by John Little, The Hospital by the River. The hospital has now completed over 30,000 fistula operations.
Catherine Hamlin has continued her work at the hospital after the death of her husband in 1993 . Her contribution has been recognised by the award of an Companion of the Order of Australia and by the conferring of the degree of Doctor of Medicine (Honoris Causa) by Sydney University in 2005. She has one son and is pictured above with her grandaughter.
Catherine's reflection on her experience at Frensham:
To have been a pupil at Frensham was indeed an enormous privilege, and I look back on the years I spent there as happy ones, and of great value in shaping my ideas, ambition, and later my desire to be of some use to others less fortunate. This latter desire crystallized in my final school year to become a wish to study medicine and to become a doctor! But this, I believe was party due to a spiritual experience not only at Frensham, but from my home as well, where I was brought up in a strong Christian environment.
The very motto of Fresham "In love serve one another", was I know, perhaps subconsciously an influence on me, and on many of the pupils. Also being at school during the start and early days of the 2nd World War, influenced my decision, as many of us in our class would talk about how we could help when we left school, and this certainly strengthened my determination to study medicine.
I think the ethics of Frensham played a part in the lives of pupils, my self included! With teachers and certainly the Headmistress - Miss West for my first few years, and then Miss Bryant, being a huge influence in the lives of all the girls. We admired and respected them, as well as feared their displeasure and mostly tried to live up to the standards they set us and expected from us!.
I think being all girls at a boarding school built up our friendships and relationships with each other, especially those in our own class, and "house".
I look back at my school days as days which helped to direct my path, and much that I, with God's help, have been able to accomplish has been enriched and indeed made possible by the type of education I was privileged to have at Frensham. An education that not only enriched my mind, but taught me much else besides! and has helped me enormously in so many ways and in the varied situations of my life here in Ethiopia, and in other countries, as I seek to make the plight of our poor patients known in my fund - raising trips to the wealthy countries of the world..
I salute my old school with gratitude and with much love.
Hanratty, Judith OBE, CVO - Chilton Saint James School
School attended: Chilton Saint James School, New Zealand
Judith Hanratty OBE, CVO is a businesswoman.
She attended Chilton Saint James School, Lower Hutt from 1950 to 1960. In 2013 Judith was inducted into the Chilton Saint James School Honour Roll for her contribution to business. She described her education at Chilton as structured and disciplined in a “small and nurturing community”.
Judith studied law at Victoria University and later worked as a barrister, adviser and Counsel to insurance market companies. She moved to Britain to work at the BP Group, and was instrumental in revolutionising their approach to insurance and the financing of risk in the early 1990s. Judith has worked with the insurance industry throughout her career. From 1986 to 2003, she served in various board and corporate secretarial roles for the BP Group. Judith was a Bank of England nominated Member of the Council of Lloyd’s of London (1998-2007), and Chairman of the Market Supervision Committee which designed, implemented and developed governance structures at Lloyd’s.
In 2002 Judith was awarded an OBE for services to the oil and gas industry in the UK. She was made an Honorary Doctor of Law at Victoria University, and in 2007 she became a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. In 2013 Judith won a World Class Award at the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Awards.
Judith Hanratty has served on numerous boards. She is currently Chairman of the Commonwealth Education Trust and is a Non-Executive Director of Partner Re, a New York listed international reinsurance group.
Harper, Rebecca - Woodford House
School attended: Woodford House, New Zealand
Rebecca Harper is the Editor of New Zealand Farmers Weekly.
She was educated at Woodford House and later studied history and journalism at Canterbury University. Rebecca began her career as the agriculture and regional council reporter for Hawkes Bay Today. She also worked as the education and council reporter for the Waikato Times.
In 2010 Rebecca joined NZX Agri as a journalist and later worked as a political reporter in the press gallery during the general election. She was awarded the 2011 Rural Women New Zealand journalism award and the 2012 Robert Bell Travelling Scholarship in Journalism. Rebecca used the scholarship to explore online farming media in the UK.
Rebecca Harper was appointed the Editor for the New Zealand Farmers Weekly in 2012.
Heiss, Dr Anita - St Clare's College, NSW
School attended: St Clare’s College, New South Wales
Anita Heiss is a writer, social commentator and academic.
She is from the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales but was raised in Sydney and educated at St Clare’s College. Anita was the first Aboriginal doctoral graduate from the University of Western Sydney in 2001, with a degree in Communication and Media.
Anita is a highly published author of Indigenous literature. Her historical novel on the Stolen Generations, Who Am I, Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937 (2002) was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Young People's History Prize and her novel for women, Avoiding Mr Right was part of the 2008 Books Alive campaign. She has won four Deadly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Literature. Anita writes in a range of genres and is a regular guest at writers’ festivals. Her memoir Am I black enough for you? won the 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing.
As well as being a full-time writer, Anita holds a position as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney, attached to the Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education, acts as a voluntary ambassador for the Books in Homes program and Indigenous Literacy Day, and serves as a Board Member of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy.
Dr Anita Heiss is an Alliance Patron.
Horacek, Judy - Siena College
School attended: Siena College, Victoria
Judy Horacek is a cartoonist, writer, illustrator and artist.
She was educated at Siena College and then graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University. In 2007 she completed a second Bachelor of Arts in Printmedia and Drawing from Australian National University.
Judy has been drawing cartoons for over two decades. Initially she joined a writing group in Melbourne but decided to focus on her drawings. Her first illustrations and cartoons were drawn for community group publications but as her work became recognised, she was published in major Australian newspapers, journals and magazines. In 1992 she published her first book of cartoons Life on the Edge.
Judy’s first commissioned work was for The Age newspaper; it was published on International Women’s Day (1995). She moved into book illustration, and in 2005 she won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for illustrating Mem Fox’s Where is the Green Sheep.
Since 2007 Judy has been writing and illustrating her own books. She has held several exhibitions. In 2005 the National Library of Australia acquired a selection of her work. Thousands of Judy’s cartoons have been published all over the world, and seven collections of her cartoons are published in book form. Judy Horacek’s cartoons cover a range of social and political topics, from feminism to the environment. She has recently printed a second edition of her book I am woman hear me draw (2013).
Huxley, Anne-Maree - St Margaret Mary's College
School attended: St Margaret Mary’s College, Queensland
Anne-Maree Huxley is the Founder and CEO of Models of Success and Sustainability (MOSS).
She was educated at St Margaret Mary’s College in Townsville and established her career as a business and community leader. Anne-Maree worked with a range of companies, including Sheraton, Samsung and Coca-Cola to improve their reputations and profitability.
Anne-Maree decided to concentrate on conscious capitalism and corporate responsibility, focusing on aiding companies to consider their social, environmental and economic impacts. She hosted Australia’s inaugural Corporate Responsibility Summit (2005). In 2006 she co-founded the environmental organisation One at Time Foundation. Anne-Maree was also one of the first people to be trained by Al Gore as a climate leader.
Since 2006 Anne-Maree has been a climate messenger for The Climate Project Australia. She has served on several boards, including the Live n Learn Foundation, and is currently a Director for the Carbon Trade Exchange, and Green Plant Management. Anne-Maree is a former judge for the Australian Financial Review Partnership Awards and UN World Environment Day Awards. For three years, she was named one of the Top 100 Global Sustainability Leaders.
Anne-Maree Huxley is the CEO of MOSS, which is the industry body for corporate social responsibility and sustainability. She speaks regularly and continues to assist business, government and community in sustainable development, climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy.
Irwin, Jennifer - Pymble Ladies' College
School attended: Pymble Ladies’ College
Jennifer Irwin is a costume designer.
She was educated at Pymble Ladies’ College and later studied performing arts. Her designing career began with the Sydney Dance Company where she was the Costume Designer-in-Residence (1981-1997). In 1984 Jennifer was awarded a Theatre Board grant to study scenic design at La Scala Opera in Milan.
Jennifer has collaborated with Stephen Page from the Bangarra Dance Theatre for over 20 years and designed costumes for dozens of performances, including Warumuk which was part of The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary celebration. She has also designed and constructed costumes for numerous organisations, including The Australian Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, New Zealand Ballet Company, The Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia.
Her stunning designs were seen by an international audience at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony, including Cathy Freeman’s striking outfit for the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. Jennifer designed costumes for the closing ceremony and she has worked on a number of festivals, productions and ceremonies. Her costumes have also featured in films such as The Matrix, Mission Impossible, and Strictly Ballroom.
In 2001 Jennifer Irwin was awarded a Centenary Medal for her services to the community. She has been nominated for ten Green Room and two Helpmann Awards. Currently she works as a freelance designer and is commissioned by directors and choreographers from Australia and overseas. Her career spans 30 years. In 2012 Jennifer won the Best Costume Design award for Waramuk at the Australian Production Design Awards.
Jerram, Mary - St Hilda's Collegiate School
School attended: St Hilda’s Collegiate School, New Zealand
Mary Jerram is the former State Coroner of New South Wales.
She was born in Dunedin and educated at St Hilda’s Collegiate School. Mary completed her Bachelor of Arts in languages at Otago University and then moved to Australia to teach while her children were young. She studied law and became a Legal Officer at the Independent Teachers’ Union (1980-1987).
Mary worked as a solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission (1987-1994) and was appointed a magistrate in 1994. Moving to Gouldburn, Mary took the position of Deputy Chief Magistrate of the Local Court NSW. In 2001 she retired and moved back to New Zealand to manage a farm.
After several years farming, Mary returned to Australia and was appointed the NSW State Coroner by the Attorney-General. This five-year appointment began in 2007. Mary worked with four other coroners at the Glebe and Westmead Coroners Courts. She has collaborated with the NSW Government to review the Coroners Act, introduced coronial training for all magistrates, and improved relationships with police and various government departments. Mary’s particular interests are in police operations and deaths in custody.
In November 2013 Mary Jerram completed her term as State Coroner, however she continues to serve as a locum at the request of the Chief Magistrate.
Kelly, Moira AO - St Aloysius Collge, Melbourne
School attended: St Aloysius College, Victoria
Moira Kelly is a humanitarian and the Executive Director of the Children First Foundation.
She attended St Aloysius College in Melbourne and was inspired to begin her humanitarian work while still at school. She trained to be a teaching assistant, lay missionary and a probationary officer.
In 1984, aged 20, Moira went to assist Aboriginal children in Western Australia and two years later she worked with Mother Theresa in Calcutta.
Moira has travelled extensively to wherever her humanitarian work was required. She has worked with some of the world’s least fortunate and most needy people, including AIDS patients, Kalahari bushmen in Botswana, and youth in the Bronx. In 1994 Moira began Nobody’s Children, a volunteer program at a refugee camp in Bosnia. For three years, she worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina organising and directing aid and welfare programs in refugee camps.
Returning to Australia, Moira established the Children First Foundation in 1999 which works to identify, transport and care for children in developing countries who need medical assistance and life-saving surgery in Australia. The foundation operates a farm in Victoria where children can stay to recuperate before returning to their home countries.
Moira has been recognised with numerous awards, including the Sir Edward Dunlop Award for humanitarian service (1994), a Trust Achiever Award (1989), Victorian Young Achiever Award (1989), White Flame Award (2001), Prime Minister’s Award (2001), Victorian of the Year (2003), and ANZAC of the Year Award (2009). In 2001 Moira was awarded a Centenary Medal and made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian community through the provision of social support and services for disadvantaged people, and to the international community through the provision of humanitarian relief and assistance and the organisation of medical treatment for those affected by war or insurrection.
Three documentaries have been made about Moira and her incredible work. She has been acknowledged internationally for her humanitarian efforts. Moira Kelly has adopted four children, twins from Bangladesh who were conjoined and required extensive surgery in 2009, and Iraqi brothers who were the victims of war.
Khoo, Valerie - Danebark Anglican School for Girls
School attended: Danebark Anglican School for Girls, New South Wales
Valerie Khoo is the National Director of the Australian Writers’ Centre.
She was educated at Danebark, later studying economics and communications. Valerie began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining a public relations firm. She then moved into journalism, working at publishing houses in Australia and Singapore.
Valerie founded the Australian Writers’ Centre in 2005. She is the author of several books and writes for a range of corporate and consumer publications. Her popular blog Enterprise appears in the major Australian press. Valerie’s personal blog was named one of the best 25 Business Blogs in Australia by Smart Company (2011).
In 2007 Valerie was appointed an Ambassador of the Australia Network. She co-founded the Business and Careers Institute in Sydney (2008). Valerie has won numerous awards for her charity and business work, including a UTS Alumni Leadership Award (2006) and the NSW Telstra Business Award in the Micro-Business Category (2010).
As a freelance writer, Valerie Khoo has been published in the Fairfax press over the past 12 years. She is also the editor of Latte magazine, which is a leading magazine for Australian businesswomen. Recently Valerie co-founded a new website which combines business and social media.
Kingham, Fleur - Fairholme College
School attended: Fairholme College, Queensland
Fleur Kingham is a Judge in the District Court of Queensland.
She was educated at Fairholme College in Toowoomba and completed degrees in Law and Arts at the University of Queensland. During her studies, Fleur was active in university politics; she was the President of the UQ Union (1993), a Student Senator in the UQ Senate (1984-1987) and a Convocation Representative in the UQ Senate (1984-1987). In 1984 she was a founding member of the Women’s Legal Service and was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland as a Barrister. Two years later Fleur was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland.
Fleur has held various positions within government and private law firms as a commercial litigator, environmental lawyer, policy advisor and private consultant. In 1990 she was awarded her Masters of International Law from the University of Nottingham. Fleur worked as a lecturer and director of the Master of Environmental Management Program at the University of Queensland (1991-2000). During this time she also worked in the Department of Justice and Attorney-General's Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre.
From 2000 – 2006, Fleur was Deputy President of the Land and Resources Tribunal. In 2006 she started her judicial career in three courts: the Children’s Court of Queensland, the Planning and Environment Court, and the District Court of Queensland. From 2009 Fleur has been the Deputy President of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Fleur was awarded the Queensland Law Society Agnes McWhinney Award (2010) in recognition of her significant contribution to making justice more accessible to the community and bridging the gap between land and resources issues and Indigenous communities. Fleur Kingham and her partner have three children.
Knight, Beverly - St Columba's College, Melbourne
School attended: St Columba’s College, Victoria
Beverly Knight is the Executive Director of Alcaston Gallery and an advocate for Aboriginal artists and Aboriginal football players.
She was raised in Melbourne and educated at St Columba’s College and Melbourne University. Beverly was the Director of Kismet Reception House (1971-78), Edenhope Reception House (1975-1982), and Alcaston Restaurants for many years (1975-1982).
As Executive Director of Alcaston Gallery, Beverly travels to many parts of Australia to source Indigenous art and support Aboriginal artists. She is the Patron of Bindi Inc, a cross-cultural collective based in Alice Springs. From 2006 Beverly helped to develop the code of Conduct for the Indigenous Arts Sector and she was a founding Board member of The Indigenous Art Code. In 2010 she was appointed to the CAL Resale Royalty industry reference group.
Beverly has always been interested in AFL and the Essendon Football Club; her grandfather was a former Director of Essendon. In 1995 she became the Director of AFL Sportsready. This company trains sportsmen and sportswomen, including Indigenous youth. She was a director of the Essendon Football club for 17 years (1993-2010) and the first woman to be elected to an AFL board. She and her husband have been guardians of several young indigenous children over the past two decades, enabling them to be educated in Melbourne and pursue their sporting interests. Beverly Knight is currently the Director of the Tiwi Bombers Football Club.
Knight, Jo - Strathcona Baptist Girls' Grammar School
School attended: Strathcona Baptist Girls’ Grammar School, Victoria
Jo Knight is an immigration lawyer and the Programs Manager at the Brotherhood of St Laurence Ecumenical Migration Centre.
She was educated at Strathcona and later studied Arts and Law degrees at Monash University. Her interest in human rights and international law was fostered through an exchange program to Leiden University in the Netherlands (2000). Jo also participated in a development exposure course to India with Tear Australia. In 2002 she completed an Arts Honours thesis which explored poverty in India. A year later, Jo graduated with honours in both degrees.
While a student, Jo began working at Erskine Rodan & Associates; a leading Immigration law firm. She completed Articles with this firm and worked there for 8 years. Jo was a founding member of the Oaktree Foundation (2003) and became President and Chair of the Board. The Oaktree foundation is a movement of young Australians who desire to make the world a better place and alleviate poverty. In 2008 she was one of 20 women selected worldwide to participate in the Women’s Forum Rising Talents Program.
Jo was a Section Chair in the Administrative Law and Human Rights Section at the Law Institute of Victoria (2009-2010). From 2009-2013 she volunteered at the Refugee Immigration Legal Service and worked as the Manager of the Ecumenical Migration Centre (2009-2012). Jo Knight has served on a number of boards and is currently on the board of Mission Australia. She is married and has children.
Le, Tan - Mac Robertson Girls' High School
School attended: Mac Robertson Girls’ High School, Victoria
Tan Le is a technology entrepreneur and founder of the bioinformatics company Emotiv Lifesciences.
Tan was born in Vietnam and migrated as a refugee to Australia in 1981 with her family. She was educated at Mac Robertson Girls’ High School and began studying at Monash University when she was 16 years old. While Tan was a student she began helping other Vietnamese people in Melbourne; she became President of the Vietnamese Community of Footscray Association.
In 1998 Tan was named the Young Australian of the Year, and voted one of Australia’s Most Successful Women Under 30. She completed a combined Bachelor of Commerce/Law with Honours (1998) and worked as a solicitor at Freehills (1999-2000). During this period Tan was a member of the Australian Citizenship Council which advised the Minister of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (1999-2001).
Since 2001 Tan has been an Ambassador for the Status of Women. She has also been an ambassador for a number of other groups and served on many boards, including Plan International Australia (2003-2006).
Tan co-founded a wireless technology company SASme International (2000). After SASme merged in 2003, she co-founded the Emotiv neuro-engineering company. In 2011 she founded Emtoiv Lifesciences, a bioinformatics company based in California that advances understanding of the human brain. It is hoped that this company will be able to identify biomarkers for neurological conditions such as autism and epilepsy.
Throughout her life, Tan has been honoured with numerous awards including: Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2009), AutoVision Innovations Award (2011), and Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award (2011). Tan Le is a professional speaker and the current CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences.
Leung, Professor Mee Lee - St Stephen's Girls' College, Hong Kong
School attended: St Stephen’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong
Mee Lee Leung is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physical Education at the Hong Kong Baptist University.
Mee Lee was educated at St Stephen’s Girls’ College. She moved to Oregon in the USA to study science, later completing a Masters of Education at Oregon State University. Mee Lee was awarded her Doctorate in Education from the University of Leicester.
After several years as a Physical Education Officer at the University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Polytechnic, Mee Lee took on the position of Associate Professor at Hong Kong Baptist University in 1993. From 2005-2007, she was the Head and Professor in the Department of Physical Education. Mee Lee’s research interests in gender studies and the Olympic movement culminated in her appointment as Director of Studies at the Hong Kong Olympic Academy.
In 2007 the Olympic Studies Centre of the Hong Kong Baptist University was founded; Mee Lee was the inaugural Director of the centre. She has served on a number of boards, including the Hong Kong Sports Development Board and the Asian Bowling Federation.
Mee Lee Leung is the Honorary Deputy Secretary General of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong. She accompanied the Hong Kong athletes to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Lewis, Wendy - Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School
School attended: Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School, Victoria
Wendy Lewis is the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Guides Victoria.
She was educated at Lowther Hall and joined the City of Essendon as an Accounts Clerk while completing her Bachelor of Business. Wendy later received her Master of Education and an MBA; she recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Non-profit Services.
From 1991-1995 Wendy was the Business Manager at Fintona Girls’ School. She accepted the position of Deputy Principal of Administration at Lowther Hall in 1998, and returned to Business Management at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne (2001-2004). In 2004 Wendy Lewis became the CEO of Girl Guides Victoria.
Over the last three decades Wendy has gained experience in financial management, strategic planning, governance and risk management. She has served on many boards and is currently a Board Member of the Knox School and The Invergowrie Foundation. This foundation is a public charitable trust which aims to advance the education of girls and women.
Longbottom, Dr Mardi - St Aloysius' College, Adelaide
School attended: St Aloysius College, South Australia
Mardi Longbottom is a viticulturist and a viticultural consultant.
She was educated St Aloysius College and later studied viticulture at the University of Adelaide. Mardi gained much vineyard experience by helping to establish her family’s vineyard at Padthaway on the Limestone Coast. Her research concentrates on yield manipulation and crop forecasting. Mardi completed her PhD in 2007, while lecturing at the University of Adelaide and working as a viticulturist at various wineries.
In 2007 Mardi conducted further research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute while working as an Extension Associate. She has over 21 years’ experience in the grape and wine sector. Mardi was the South Australian runner-up in the 2013 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporations' Rural Women's Award. Working in an industry dominated by males, Mardi is a mentor to many women. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience to stimulate and encourage the next generation of female viticulturists.
Currently Mardi Longbottom is a viticulturist at the Australian Wine Research Institute and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.
Lovett, Virginia - Mentone Girls' Secondary College
School attended: Mentone Girls’ Secondary College, Victoria
Virginia Lovett is the Executive Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company.
She was educated at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College before completing degrees at RMIT and the Melbourne Business School. Virginia began her career working as the Media Officer for the Victorian Education Minister from 1988-1991, and then moved into publicity and marketing roles for many companies. She spent seven years at the Sydney Festival as Marketing and Communications Manager.
Virginia has many years of experience as Publicity Manager for the Sydney Theatre Company, Art Gallery of NSW, Powerhouse Museum, and the National Gallery of Victoria. She was also an advisor to the NSW Carr government.
In 2006 Virginia was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. She was General Manager of Corporate Communications at Zoos Victoria (2007-2008) before becoming the General Manager of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2008). She has served on many boards and is currently Deputy Chair of Force Majeure, and Chair at Arena Theatre Company. Virginia Lovett will commence her role at the MTC in January 2013.
Luk, Chui Lee - Ravenswood School for Girls
School attended: Ravenswood School for Girls
Chui Lee Luk is the Chef and owner of Chow Bar & Eating House.
Chui was born in Singapore and moved to Sydney as a child where she was educated at Ravenswood. She studied law, Chinese literature and art at Sydney University, and then practised as a solicitor at KPMG (1996).
After realising her passion for cooking, Chui did work experience with Christine Manfield at Paramount and then worked with inspiring female chefs Anabel Savill at Emporio Armani and Kylie Kwong at Wockpool. From 1998-2000 Chui worked at Cleopatra where she developed her skills in French cuisine.
Chui joined Claude’s in 2000, working as Second Chef and learning to fuse her Chinese heritage with classical French techniques from Head Chef Tim Pak Poy. In 2004 she bought the restaurant and business. Under Chui Lee Luk’s ownership, Claude’s became an internationally renowned restaurant. In 2013 the restaurant was awarded two stars by Australian Gourmet Traveller, and two chef’s hats by the SMH Good Food Guide. This followed a string of annual awards since 2006, which established Claude’s as a top restaurant at the forefront of French fine dining and culinary inventiveness.
In 2013 Chui Lee Luk closed Claude's and opened her new restaurant Chow Bar & Eating House to rave reviews. She also published her book Green Pickled Peaches: A Collection of Recipes and Memories.
Luscombe, Professor Desley - St Catherine's School Waverley
School attended: St Catherine’s School Waverley, New South Wales
Desley Luscombe is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology, Sydney.
She was educated at St Catherine’s and later completed her Bachelor degree, Masters and PhD in Architecture. From 1977-2004, Desley was a Director of Campbell Luscombe Architects with her husband Leo Campbell. This firm has won several national architectural and industry awards. She currently consults to Campbell Luscombe Folk Lichtman Architects, who specialise in aged care living.
Desley held academic roles at the University of New South Wales for 23 years and was the Head of Architecture from 1996 until 2002. In 2004 she moved to UTS, where her teaching focus is 20th Century architectural history and theory.
Throughout her career, Professor Luscombe has served on a number of architectural boards and societies, she has published numerous articles and books, and is currently on the editorial board of The Journal of Potential Architecture. Desley and Leo have two children.
Martin, Clare - Loreto Normanhurst
School attended: Loreto Normanhurst, NSW
Professor Clare Martin is a fellow at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University.
She was educated at Loreto Normanhurst and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (1975). After travelling, Clare commenced as a trainee reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and worked in Darwin, Canberra and Sydney. She was a radio presenter and then became the television presenter of The 7.30 Report (1986-1988).
Between 1995-2008, Clare was the Labor member for Fannie Bay in the Northern Territory Parliament. During her time in government she held a number of ministries including: treasury to police, arts, tourism, Indigenous policy, Asian relations, and trade.
Clare Martin led the Labor Opposition and was the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory for six years (2001-2007). She was the first woman to be Chief Minister and the first Labor Chief Minister. After resigning from politicis, Clare took on the role of CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service. In August 2010, she became a Professorial Fellow at the Northern Institute. Her role includes fostering relationships between northern Australia and south-east Asia, identifying strategic partnerships and potential research opportunities. Clare is married and has two children.
Masson, Sophie - Mount St Benedict College
School attended: Mt St Benedict College, NSW
Sophie Masson is an award-winning author.
She was born in Jakarta and migrated to Australia at the age of five. Sophie’s parents are French and the family moved between Australia and France throughout her childhood. She was educated at Mt St Benedict College and the University of New England, where she studied French and English literature at the Masters level.
Many of Sophie’s novels were written for young adults and children but she has also written books for adults. With more than 50 novels published in Australia and internationally, Sophie covers many genres, including fantasy, mystery, realistic fiction, wartime dramas and graphic novels. She has also published short stories and essays in print journals and newspapers in Australia, the UK, USA and online.
Over her career, Sophie’s books have been shortlisted and won many awards. Recently The Hunt for Ned Kelly won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for children's fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards (2011), and was shortlisted in the Book of the Year category in the same Awards, as well as being named as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia (2011).
In 2010, Sophie was awarded a residency in Paris by the Literature Board of the Australia Council. She has served on a number of boards, including the Literature Board of the Australia Council (2004-2008), the Australian Society of Authors and the Children’s Book Council of NSW. Sophie is married and has three children. She is writing a number of new novels which will be published in 2013.
Matson, Dr Tammie - St Patrick's College, Queensland
School attended: St Patrick’s College, Queensland
Dr Tammie Matson is a zoologist and an animal conservationist.
Tammie grew up in Townsville and attended St Patrick’s College. At the age of 15 she visited Zimbabwe with her father and developed a passion for African animals. She enrolled in Environmental Science at the University of Queensland and studied the behaviour of impalas in Zimbabwe for her Honours project. Whilst completing her PhD on the same topic, Tammie was forced to leave Zimbabwe due to political instability.
In 2000 Tammie moved to Namibia and became an environmental consultant for an ecotourism business. She continued to work on animal conservation projects with black rhino and black-faced impala. Tammie’s focus shifted to the protection of elephants during 2005; she worked to reduce human-elephant conflict in Bushmanland, Namibia.
Tammie returned to Australia in 2007 and joined the World Wildlife Fund as leader of the national threatened species program. This role led her to India, where she fostered relationships with local people to reduce the number of elephant deaths. In 2009 she co-founded the association Animal Works, which aims to conserve wildlife around the world. Tammie has also successfully published three books about her conservation work with elephants.
Dr Tammie Matson was honoured in 2010 when she won In Style magazine’s Women of Style award for her work as an environmentalist. She is married and has two sons. Formerly the Director of Animal Works, Tammie now lectures at James Cook University's Singapore campus. She has just launched a campaign to raise awareness for the conservation of elephants and to reduce the demand for ivory.
McConaghy, Melissa - Kambala
School attended: Kambala, New South Wales
Melissa McConaghy is a Neurological Physiotherapist.
She was raised in Papua New Guinea and boarded at Kambala from Year 6 to Year 12 (1996). After studying Physiotherapy, Melissa worked in rehabilitation hospitals in Sydney before travelling. She practiced physiotherapy in England, Wales, and in Thailand as a Youth Ambassador for Development. Melissa worked in India as an Associate Lecturer for the University of Sydney.
After returning to Sydney, Melissa founded her first business (2006). Mobile Rehab Innovations was a mobile physiotherapy service which grew quickly and three years later, she established a major rehabilitation centre (2009). These allied health services offer unique programs to a range of patients in Sydney, including patients who have Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Polio, Motor Neuron Disease and stroke survivors.
In 2010 Melissa was awarded a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. She completed a Master of Health Science in Neurological Physiotherapy and became a specialist Neurological Physiotherapist. Melissa McConaghy is Chair of the APA NSW Neurology Group Chapter, and on the Clinical Advisory Board of Polio Australia.
McInerney, Dr Gayle OAM - Our Lady of Mercy College, NSW
School attended: Our Lady of Mercy College, NSW
Dr Gayle McInerney is the Emergence Department Director of the Sydney West Health Service.
Gayle was educated at Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta and graduated in Medicine from the University of Sydney in 1968. She began her career as a Casualty Supervisor at Auburn Hospital and was later appointed the Emergency Department Director (1984).
Throughout her career, Gayle has served on many government and local committees. She is the NSW Council Member of the Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine and a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College for Emergency Medicine. Gayle was awarded the Medal of the order of Australia (2002) for her service to the provision of health care in the Auburn area, and for the development of emergency and disaster medical service strategies.
Dr McInerney has taught others in her field of expertise. She was a Clinical Lecturer for Sydney University and the University of NSW, and a supervisor for the University of Notre Dame. Currently, Gayle is a Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the Westmead Clinical School. She is married and has four children and many grandchildren.
McIntosh, Dr Michelle - Loreto College Ballarat
School attended: Loreto College Ballarat, Victoria
Dr Michelle McIntosh is a pharmaceutical scientist who specialises in drug delivery systems.
After graduating from Loreto College in 1991, Michelle studied at Monash University and was awarded a Bachelor of Pharmacy (1997) and a Doctorate of Philosophy (2000). She undertook a post-doctoral fellowship in the Center for Drug Delivery Research at the University of Kansas and returned to Monash University to lecture (2006).
In 2009 Michelle completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and she is now a Senior Lecturer at Monash University’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kansas.
Michelle and her team are currently working to find a new way for the drug oxytocin to be given to prevent haemorrhaging in women who have just given birth. Over 150,000 women die every year in developing countries due to postpartum haemorrhaging. In 2011 Michelle won a Grand Challenge Exploration Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for her research, which is seen as having a potentially transformational effect in health care worldwide. If oxytocin is delivered via an aerosol it may drastically reduce maternal deaths. Hillary Clinton acknowledged the importance of Michelle’s work in a speech (2011).
Michelle McIntosh is the Project Leader of the Oxytocin research team at Monash University. She travels regularly to developing countries to see first-hand the conditions under which so many women give birth. Michelle is married and has two young children.
McKew, Maxine - All Hallows' School
School attended: All Hallows' School, Queensland
Maxine McKew is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and works as an advisor on education for the not for profit group Social Ventures Australia.
She was born in Brisbane and educated at All Hallow’s School, later studying at the University of Queensland. In 1975 Maxine began her journalism career as a cadet at the ABC in Brisbane and hosted the current affairs program This Day Tonight.
For more than thirty years Maxine worked as a broadcaster and presenter at the ABC. She hosted Lateline and anchored The 7.30 Report, gaining a reputation as an authoritative interviewer. In 1998 she won a Walkley Award for broadcast interviewing on Lateline, and in 1999 she won a Logie Award. Maxine was also awarded a Centenary Medal for her services to broadcasting (2003).
From 1999-2004 Maxine wrote a column for The Bulletin; she was named Columnist of the Year (2003). Maxine McKew left the ABC at the end of 2006 and joined the Australian Labor Party. She became the Member for Bennelong after famously defeating John Howard, the former Prime Minister, in his constituency seat at the 2007 election. Maxine initially served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood, and later as the Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Local Government.
After losing her seat in the 2010 election, Maxine worked in a voluntary capacity for many organisations, and spoke at corporate and industry events. She has served on numerous boards and is a member of the University of Sydney’s Research Institute for Asia Pacific. Maxine McKew is an ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia, the Chair of Playgroup Australia and a member of the board of Per Capita. She lives in Melbourne with her partner Bob Hogg.
Maxine's reflection on her experience at All Hallows' School
I attended All Hallows' Convent in Brisbane throughout the 1960's, matriculating in 1970.This was also the alma mater of my mother Mary - she completed Year 12 in 1940 at a time when very few Queenslanders finished 12 years of schooling, let alone many girls.Run by the Sisters of Mercy, it is one of Brisbane's oldest institutions, started in 1861 by Ellen Whitty, one of the pioneering educationists (in the mould of Ursula Frayne, Mary MacKillop and others who battled bishops etc) of the 19th century. Women who should be celebrated and honoured in my view. They founded schools and hospitals which survive to this day. They are among our great nation builders, is how I see it. It was all driven by the Mercy ethic. As Catherine McCauley always said, "Nothing is more conducive to the good of society than the education of women."
As I have always said, I was taught by women who seemed to know what was worth knowing. The best of them set the imagination racing. My speech and drama teacher, Sr Mary St Vincent, literally gave me my voice. If I have any confidence about what I am doing this year, it goes right back to her speech room where I had to stand and deliver every day. She taught me control of my voice, about presentation and tried to give me a certain poise.
It was an interesting period when I was at school. I bridged the pre and post Vatican period so this was a time of intense argument about the role of the Church and in particular how religious orders should organise their activities.Complementing the teaching by religious women was a small band of lay staff - superbly educated women who in a History or English lesson could take you way beyond the parochial confines of Brisbane of the 1960's. I am still in touch with some of these women.
If you are well taught you never forget it. I certainly appreciated, in retrospect, the space my education gave me to test myself in a supportive environment. The company of women is a fine thing and one of the great joys of my life.
McKillop, Charlie - Rockhampton Girls' Grammar School
School attended: Rockhampton Girls' Grammar School
Charlie McKillop is the rural reporter at ABC North Queensland.
She grew up in far north Queensland and was educated at Rockhampton Girls' Grammar School, later studying journalism at The University of Queensland. From 2002-2006 she was the media advisor to the Attorney-General of Australia.
After two years working as a copy writer, Charlie took up a position as freelance reporter for the Cairns Sun (2009-2011). During this period she was also the strategic communications adviser for the Far North Queensland Division of General Practice, where she helped to enhance the profile of the organisation.
From 2009-2011 Charlie McKillop worked as a producer and presenter for ABC Far North Queensland. This experience in local radio led to her current role as rural reporter for the ABC, based in Cairns. Charlie has won several Queensland Multi Media Awards for Best News Story. In 2012 she was awarded the inaugural LGAQ Bean Lockyer Ticehurst award for Excellence in Rural Journalism. As a journalist, Charlie is noted for her professionalism, objective reporting style and for caring about her stories.
McKinnon, Marguerite - Stella Maris College
School attended: Stella Maris College, NSW
Marguerite McKinnon is a journalist and television reporter.
Marguerite attended Stella Maris College in Manley where she was School Captain. She later completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Charles Sturt University. Initially Marguerite worked at ABC Radio in the Central West region but she moved to Sydney to become the Assistant Chief of Staff with the Ten News Network.
In 1994 Marguerite became a snow reporter at the Thredbo Ski Resort. She then worked at a series of radio stations before joining WIN Television News (1997). Marguerite specialised as a political journalist, becoming the Canberra political reporter for WIN. From 2002 - 2007, she worked at the Parliamentary Bureau in Canberra for radio station 2UE.
Marguerite joined the Seven Television Network in 2007, reporting for the news in Sydney and then Today Tonight. She returned to the WIN network in 2009, taking a position as Senior Reporter and later, as Australian correspondent for Channel News Asia. Marguerite also wrote columns for Nett Magazine and acted as a media consultant. She is well known for her honest and fair reporting style.
In 2007 Marguerite McKinnon was awarded a Group Bravery Decoration after helping to rescue two men trapped in a burning car. She is married and has two children.
Milne, Christine - St Mary's College, Tasmania
School attended: St Mary's College, Tasmania
Christine Milne is the Leader of the Australian Greens.
Christine grew up in Tasmania and studied History at the University of Tasmania. She taught in high schools and became an environmental activist, beginning with the Franklin River campaign. Christine led the successful campaign to protect Tasmania’s farm lands from the impacts of the proposed Wesley Vale Pulp Mill in the late 1980s.
Christine represented the electorate of Lyons in the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1989 to 1998. In 1993 she became the first woman to lead a political party in Tasmania and led the Tasmanian Greens for five years. In 2004, Christine Milne was elected to the Senate.
Senator Milne is also a United Nations Global 500 Laureate and was a Vice-President of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) from 2005-08. She has two children.
Christine's reflection on her experience at St Mary's College
As a little girl growing up in the 1950s on a modest family dairy farm in north-west Tasmania, I attended the Wesley Vale Area School. For five years, I was in combined grades classes with children from farming and fishing families. Seven of us, from all those in my year group, four girls and three boys had similar ability and competed every week for the top marks in the weekly tests for mental arithmetic and spelling. At age ten, two of us were sent to all girls’ boarding schools in the city. The others went to the newly built Latrobe High School.
Of the seven, one boy left school in Grade 10, completed a trade and became a farmer, and one of the girls left school, found a job and married to settle into family life. The rest of us went on to university where we all met up again. So I cannot say that an all girls’ school resulted in a better academic outcome than would otherwise have been the case. But what I can say is that it shaped the values and the drive I developed to make the world a better place. It gave me the confidence and skills to lead and sidelined gender as an excuse not to do so.
St Mary’s College in Hobart in 1964 was a Presentation Sisters’ school run by strong, independent women. Nuns not only ran and taught in the school from the Principal down, but also cooked, cleaned, did the books and oversaw the boarding school. There was a strong ethos of personal responsibility and a commitment to social justice. Not only could girls do anything, they had a responsibility to do so. Anything less was letting parents, school and God down. The idea that gender might be an impediment to leadership or achievement was not tolerated.
We were inculcated with the view that we should have the courage of our convictions and stand up for what we believed in. By their own example, the nuns challenged us vain teenage girls with the idea that happiness and fulfilment would come from serving others and not ourselves.
Schools give you many things. An academic education is important but of itself, it will not develop a social conscience or produce leaders. You have to be nurtured, challenged, encouraged and empowered to act. This too can come from co-educational schools but what an all girls’ school gave me, that no co-educational school could, was all of those things plus the knowledge, born of day to day lived experience, that women are independent, equal citizens of the world, capable of running it, with no need to wait for or defer to any male in getting started.
Monro, Professor Tanya - SCEGGS Darlinghurst
School attended: SCEGGS Darlinghurst, NSW
Professor Tanya Monro is the Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) at the University of Adelaide.
Tanya’s Year 9 science teacher at SCEGGS Darlinghurst inspired and encouraged her passion for physics. She studied science at the University of Sydney and completed her PhD in physics in 1998. Tanya’s doctorate was on the subject of photonics; understanding and controlling light. She was awarded the Bragg Gold Medal for the best physics PhD in Australia.
From 1998-2005 Tanya was a Fellow at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, Southampton University (UK). Tanya returned to Australia in 2005 to take up the position of inaugural Chair of Photonics, University of Adelaide. Cosmos magazine named her in Australia’s Top 10 young scientific minds (2006).
Tanya has served as a member of the South Australian Premier’s Science and Research Council, on the community consultation panel for the Defence White Paper, and as a founding member of the Advisory Committee for the Australian Royal Institution. She has won numerous awards and fellowships, including the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year (2008), South Australian Scientist of the Year (2010), Telstra Business Woman of the Year (2010), and Australian of the Year, South Australia (2011).
Professor Monro is married and has three children. She leads a team of researchers who have created a new class of optical fibre using soft glass which is transforming approaches to health, defence, technology, food, wine and the environment.
Morrison, Dr Zoe - Walford Anglican School for Girls
School attended: Walford Anglican School for Girls, South Australia
Zoe Morrison attended Walford Anglican School for Girls and was School Vice-Captain in her final year. She received the Fletcher prize for Leadership, and the Headmistress' Prize for unstinting service given to the school.
At the end of 1998 Zoe completed her Honours degree in Geography. She was awarded a number of university prizes during her tertiary studies. During this period, she continued her piano studies at the Conservatorium and completed her Licentiate Diploma.
Zoe was selected as a Rhodes Scholar in 1998. The selection criteria for this prestigious scholarship include proven intellectual and academic quality of a high standard, integrity of character, the ability to lead and the energy to use one's talents to the full. She studied for a Doctorate of Philosophy in Geography at Oxford University.
Her career has involved addressing the intersection of cultural and economic aspects of social exclusion and injustice at conceptual, policy and practical levels. Zoe worked at the Victorian Law Reform Commission to recommend changes to the laws on family violence in Victoria, and for Monash University on research about how Universities can best support top female researchers.
Prior to her current position, Zoe was the Co-ordinator of the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, and sat on the Statewide Steering Committee to Reduce Sexual Assault and the National Council for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and their Children. She is the author of The Morrison Report, an independent investigation into the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide’s response to child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault, as well as several academic papers, reports and other writing.
Dr Zoe Morrison is a Senior Research Fellow at Melbourne University and a Senior Manager in the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, a national NGO ‘working for an Australia free of poverty’. She also writes opinion pieces for The Age newspaper. Zoe has one child.
Zoe's reflection on her experience at Walford
It was a privilege to have attended Walford. My life as a student there was so rich: music, drama, debating, social service, sport, as well as academic studies. Looking back, it seems to me that Walford can teach you not only how to think, and how best to present those thoughts, but how to live, in the fullest and most socially responsible way.
Napier, Robyn - TARA Anglican School for Girls
School attended: TARA Anglican School for Girls, New South Wales
Dr Robyn Napier is the Director and Medical Secretary of the Australian Medical Association (NSW).
Robyn was educated at TARA Anglican School for Girls and studied medicine at Sydney University. She has been a medical practitioner in Sydney since 1980 and works as a general practice medical educator.
During her career, Robyn has served on numerous medical boards. She chairs the AMA (NSW) Council of General Practice and provides the secretariat for the Ethics Committee. Dr Napier is also on the Council of MDA National, is a member of the NSW State Medical Board of the National Medical Board, the NSW Medical Council and on the BEACH Research Advisory Board (University of Sydney). Robyn is on the Medicines Australia Monitoring Committee, Area of Need Advisory Committee (NSW) and is a Deputy Director of Professional Services Review. She has two adult children.
Neeson, Rachel - Bethlehem College Ashfield
School attended: Bethlehem College, Ashfield NSW
Rachel Neeson is an award winning architect and the director of Neeson Murcutt Architects.
She was educated at Bethlehem College and studied architecture at the University of Sydney, graduating with the University Medal (1993). In 2002 she was awarded a Board of Architects travelling scholarship and completed a Masters of Architecture in Barcelona.
Neeson Murcutt Architects (NMA) was formed in 2004, with Rachel’s late partner Nicholas Murcutt. The Sydney based practice operates in a variety of settings on public, private and commercial work. Rachel’s work with her practice has been recognised locally and internationally through awards, exhibitions, publications and lectures. She is actively involved in the architectural community and has participated in design juries, coordinated programs and taught design studios.
Rachel’s practice has won numerous architecture awards, including: AIA National Architecture Robin Boyd Award (2011), NSW Chapter Award (2011), Wilkinson Award (2009), National Architecture Award (2009), RAIA VIC Chapter Architecture Award (2009), RAIA NSW Chapter Architecture Award (2008), and the Wilkinson Award (2007). NMA was also represented in the 2006 and 2008 Venice Biennales.
Rachel Neeson was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, the University of Sydney in 2011. She has two children.
Neville, Lisa - Mount Alvernia College
School attended: Mount Alvernia College, Queensland
Lisa Neville is the Victorian Member for Bellarine.
She graduated from Mount Alvernia College in 1981 and studied Arts at Griffith University while working as a research assistant in the Humanities Department. Lisa was the General Secretary of the Queensland Union of Students (1987) and the National Union of Students (1988), later becoming the National President (1989).
Lisa coordinated several counselling services before working as a social policy advisor to the State Leader of the Opposition (1993-1994). She was awarded a law degree from Deakin University (1999). After serving on the board of Barwon Health, Lisa was elected as an ALP member to the Victorian Parliament in 2002.
During Lisa’s parliamentary career she has served on a number of committees and in a number of portfolios. She was Victoria’s first Minister for Mental Health. Currently Lisa Neville is the Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change, and the Shadow Minister for the Arts. She has one child.
O'Keeffee, Annmaree AM - Stuartholme School
School attended: Stuartholme School, Queensland
Annmaree O’Keeffe has worked in international relations and development for the past three decades.
She was educated at Stuartholme in Brisbane and studied journalism at the University of Queensland. Annmaree worked on newspapers in Australia, Africa and the UK. She became the editor at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Bangkok and later, in Geneva. Annmaree was awarded her Masters in Asian Studies from Griffith University.
From 1994-1996 she was the Australian Ambassador to Nepal. Annmaree began working for AusAID and served as Minister-Counsellor for Development Assistance in Papua New Guinea (1997-1999). In 1999, she became the Assistant Director-General in the South Pacific
The Australian Government appointed Annmaree as the country’s first ever Special Representative for HIV/AIDS in 2004. The same year, she became Deputy Director General of Policy and Global Programs at AusAID. Annmaree was also the inaugural Australian Ambassador for HIV/AIDS (2006-2007). In 2007 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to international relations, particularly in the areas of HIV/AIDS policy and program development.
Annmaree has two children. She is a founding board member of the Asia Pacific Business Coalition for AIDS, and is on the coordinating committee of the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. She is also an Associate at the Development Policy Centre, Australia National University.
After 25 years at AusAID, Annmaree left to become a Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute. She also currently works in Canada as a strategic adviser to the Inuit Circumpolar Council on international issues affecting indigenous peoples.
O'Sullivan, Fran - Marlborough Girls' College, NZ
School attended: Marlborough Girls’ College, New Zealand
Fran O’ Sullivan is an award winning journalist, editor and columnist.
She was educated at Marlborough Girls’ College and began her career in the New Zealand Parliament press gallery. From 1997 Fran worked at the New Zealand Herald in various roles, including as Assistant Editor, Corporate Affairs Manager, and a member of the Editor-in-Chief’s strategy team. She was also the Editor of the National Business Review (1993-1996). Fran has interviewed many prominent leaders, including Tony Blair and Bill Clinton. Her specialty is the links between government and business in New Zealand.
Fran helped to establish the New Zealand United Stated Council and continues to serve as an Advisory Board Member. She has covered WTO and APEC meetings, and is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZ). In 2005 Fran established NZ Inc and a related website which focuses on New Zealand’s business engagement with other countries. She is the Managing Director of NZ Inc, co-chairs the China Business Summit and is a member of the NZ China Council Advisory Board.
Throughout Fran’s career, she has been recognised with numerous honours and awards, including Qantas Journalist of the Year (twice), Westpac Financial Journalism Award (three times), and the Sir David Beattie Award for Feature Writing.
Fran O’Sullivan continues to write columns for the New Zealand Herald. She is also Executive Editor of the Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom Report, which is the premier annual survey of chief executives in New Zealand.
Olley, Margaret AC (1923-2011) - Somerville House
School attended: Somerville House, Queensland
Margaret Olley was one of Australia’s most loved painters whose career spanned more than six decades.
She was educated at Somerville House (1937-1940), where her passion for painting was encouraged by an influential art teacher, Caroline Barker. Margaret continued to study art at East Sydney Technical College and in 1947 she won the Mosman Art Prize. She held her first solo show in 1948 at the Macquarie Galleries. In the same year, William Dobell painted a portrait of Margaret which won the Archibald Prize.
Margaret travelled overseas in 1949 to pursue her art; she studied at the prestigious Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. Although she returned to Australia in 1953, travel was an important part of her artistic inspiration. She was the subject of more than 90 solo exhibitions.
In the 1980s Margaret established an Art Trust and donated millions of dollars of artwork to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 1997 the gallery exhibited a major retrospective of her work. Margaret was a generous arts benefactor and was one of the most painted figures in Australian art. In 1991 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia. This award was extended when Margaret was given the Companion of the Order for her philanthropy and services to the arts in 2006. Several universities have awarded Margret with honorary doctorates.
In 2011, Margaret’s portrait by Ben Quilty won the Archibald Prize. Margaret Olley was completing work for a solo exhibition when she died at her home in Sydney.
Owen, Jan AM - Brigidine College Indooroopilly
School attended: Brigidine College, Queensland
Jan Owen is a social entrepreneur and the CEO at The Foundation for Young Australians.
She was educated at Brigidine College Indooroopilly, later working with disadvantaged children and youth as a drug and alcohol educator. From 1983 to 1986, she was president of the Youth Affairs Council of Australia, an umbrella group that advocates for young people. Jan continued working for child and welfare organisations before starting the CREATE Foundation in 1993, which is the national consumer body for children and youth who live in out-of-home care.
Jan wrote the book Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime (1996) and in 2002 she became the Executive Director of Social Ventures Australia. She has contributed to the establishment of many social change organisations in Australia and served on many boards, including the Inspire Foundation, Australian Centre for Social Innovation, and the School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia.
Jan Owen has been recognised with numerous awards, including a fellowship for leadership and innovation at the Peter Drucker Foundation (1999), and an Order of Australia (2000) for services to the welfare of children and youth. In 2012 she was the winner of the 100 Most Influential Women in Australia Award.
In 2010 Jan became the CEO of The Foundation for Young Australians which promotes educational initiatives to help disadvantaged young people achieve their full potential. Jan Owen has three children.
Packer, Brittany - Nelson College for Girls
School attended: Nelson College for Girls, New Zealand
Brittany Packer is an environmental educator.
She was educated at Nelson College for Girls and began advocating for environmental issues when she was 13. Her first project aimed to reduce plastic bags usage in Nelson; Brittany was instrumental in implementing the 10c price on plastic bags in the region. In 2005 she attended the United Nations Children's World Summit for the Environment in Japan. While still at school, she won a Bayer Boost environmental scholarship to research the impact of disposable catering supplies (2008).
In 2009 Brittany co-founded the New Zealand Youth Delegation (NZYD), which is a group of young people who work to represent a safe and liveable future. As a member of NZYD, Brittany attended the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen (2009) and COP16 in Cancun (2010) where she worked on climate change policy and acted as the spokesperson for the group.
Brittany was an Environmental Project Leader at Earthcare Environmental (2010). She organised Power Shift NZ (2012) an event which brought together 1000 young people from NZ and the Pacific Islands for a three day summit on climate change.
For her commitment to environmental change, Brittany has won numerous awards, including the YHA Young Conservationists Award (2006), Nelson-Tasman Environment Award (2009), Green Ribbon Award (2011), and the Community Youth Volunteer Award (2011) presented by the Governor General of New Zealand. Brittany has published articles in many magazines and was featured on the front cover of the 2013 Green Ideas magazine.
Brittany Packer is a primary school teacher. She is studying Arts at Victoria University of Wellington while she continues her environmental advocacy work.
Patrick, Katie - Ipswich Girls' Grammar School
School attended: Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School, Queensland
Katie Patrick is one of Australia’s leading environmental entrepreneurs and spokeswomen.
She grew up on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsular, before moving to Brisbane to complete her schooling at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School. Katie studied Environmental and Civil Engineering and then worked as a sustainability consultant in the corporate sector. She served as Vice Chair of the Property Council’s Sustainability Committee, which led to a job project managing the first Green Star Building in Victoria. Katie became a founding member of the Green Building Council.
Aged 25, Katie left the property industry to develop the first ‘green product database’, a sustainable directory named Green Pages, which was launched in 2006. Green Pages grew quickly to become Australia’s leading green tech-media company, employing over 15 people. She is now the CEO of the company.
In 2007, Katie held Australia’s first eco-fashion parade with designers such as Akira Isogawa; she continues to be a proponent of eco-fashion. Katie featured as the first environmental CEO on the front cover of Business Review Weekly and has been nominated for many awards, including the Telstra Business Women Award. She is a regular media commentator on environmental business issues and a contributor to several publications, including The Age.
Katie Patrick speaks at environmental conferences and recently launched the new Green Pages community web platform, where all content is created by members and environmental advocacy groups.
Peters, Professor Marion - Sacre Coeur
School attended: Sacre Coeur, Victoria
Marion Peters is the Chief of Hepatology Research and Professor of Medicine at the University of California.
She was educated at Sacre Coeur and graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1972. Marion worked as a resident and registrar in internal medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital (1973-1976) before taking on the position of Clinical Research Registrar at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. From 1977-1978 Marion was the Gastroenterology Registrar at St Vincent’s.
Marion moved to California to work as a research fellow and later became the medical director of Liver Transplantation at Washington University School of Medicine (1985 -1998). During this period she was awarded a MD from the University of Melbourne (1991). Her particular research interests are liver injury and repair, viral hepatitis and the role of the host immune response.
In 1999 Marion became a Professor of Medicine and the Director of Hepatology Research at the University of California. Professor Peters is an internationally renowned hepatologist and continues her extensive work into the study of HIV and HCV co-infection. She serves on a number of boards, publishes widely and is a member of the editorial team for several medical journals. Professor Marion Peters is married and has one daughter.
Pin Pin, Tan - Raffles Girls' School
School attended: Raffles Girls’ School, Singapore
Tan Pin Pin is a Singaporean documentary film director who creates films for cinema, programs for television and experimental video installations.
She studied at Raffles Girls’ Secondary and completed her film studies at Northwestern University with a scholarship. One of Tan's earliest documentaries Singapore Ga Ga, was self distributed and had an unprecedented 7 week sold-out run. This documentary was a snapshot of Singaporean life expressed in sounds and it screened at film festivals around the world.
Tan received an MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. In 2004 she was the Artist in Residence at the University of Technology, Sydney. Tan was a Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Institute of Policy Studies, and at NUS Asia Research Institute.
Her works have won more than twenty awards and nominations, including two Asian Television Awards, awards at Cinema du Reel, and the Taiwan International Documentary Festival. In 2006, Tan won the award for Best Documentary at the US ASEAN Film and Photography Festival. She was also awarded Elle Magazine’s filmmaker of the year. Her works have screened at many international museums, film festivals and theatres, including Berlin, Pusan, and at New York's MOMA.
Tan Pin Pin’s most recent film Snow City (2011) was commissioned for the Singapore Biennale. She fosters independent filmmaking in Singapore by serving on boards and by being involved in various community filmmaking projects and festivals.
Plata, Sunshine - PAREF Woodrose School for Girls
School attended: PAREF Woodrose School for Girls, Philippines
Sunshine Plata is a coffee painter.
She graduated from Woodrose in 1998 and studied Psychology at the University of Santo Tomas. Sunshine later became a pre-school teacher and taught at Antipolo’s Rosehill Preschool from 2002-2007. While she was at university, Sunshine discovered that using coffee to paint was more cost effective than oils.
Sunshine left her teaching job to concentrate on her artwork in 2008, when she held her first solo exhibition in Manila. Two of her original coffee paintings were purchased by the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and featured in the Art That Fools the Eye episode of the Martha Stewart Show. Her work has been published in The Washington Post and Philippine print and broadcast media. Sunshine’s paintings have also been exhibited in New York, Canada and London. In 2009 she lost many of her possessions and artwork in the Ondov floods.
Sunshine Plata speaks about her coffee painting in schools and in other organisations. She was the opening speaker at the UNIV Congress event in Manila (2013) where she spoke about the power of beauty and artistic responsibility. Sunshine believes that coffee is an art medium that is accessible to everyone. She is married and has one child. Sunshine continues to paint for commissions and exhibitions; she also conducts coffee painting workshops in the Philippines and works voluntarily with the underprivileged.
Porter, Dorothy (1954-2008) - Queenwood School for Girls
School attended: Queenwood School for Girls
Dorothy Porter is an Australian poet.
She was educated at Queenwood School for Girls and later received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney (1975). She then studied education, travelled, and taught creative writing in schools, prisons and community workshops. Dorothy’s first poetry collection Little Hoodlum was published in 1975 and she subsequently published several more collected works.
From 1992 to 2007 she published several verse novels, including the acclaimed text The Monkey’s Mask, which won several awards including the National Book Council's Banjo Award, and the Dinny O'Hearn Poetry Prize. This novel was adapted for stage and for a feature film released in 2000. Another verse novel Wild Surmise won the John Bray Poetry Award and the Premier's Award for Best Overall Published work in the South Australian Festival Awards for Literature (2004). Wild Surmise was adapted for a play which premiered at the Malthouse Theatre in November 2012.
Dorothy Porter’s poetry has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. She collaborated with composer Jonathan Mills on a musical theatre piece and an opera. She wrote the lyrics for a jazz song cycle by Paul Grabowsky which won the ARIA for Best Jazz Album of 2005. Dorothy published young adult fiction and edited The Best Australian Poems in 2006, the year she was also nominated for the Melbourne Prize for Literature.
Her final verse novel El Dorado was published in 2007 and won several awards. Dorothy died in 2008 at the age of 54 after a battle with breast cancer. At the time of her death she was collaborating with Tim Finn on a rock opera, January. Two posthumous collections of Dorothy’s poems have been published.
Praeger, Professor Cheryl AM - Brisbane Girls Grammar School
School attended: Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Queensland
Cheryl Praeger is a professor of mathematics at the University of Western Australia and is in the top 1% of highly cited mathematicians in the world. Her specialisations include group theory, algebraic graph theory and combinatorial designs.
Cheryl attended Brisbane Girls Grammar School (1963 – 1965) and went on to study Science at the University of Queensland. She was awarded a scholarship to Oxford University where she studied group theory and received her doctorate in 1974. Cheryl returned to Australia and worked as a research fellow at ANU before moving to the University of Western Australia as a lecturer. In 1983 Cheryl was appointed as the Professor of Mathematics.
During her career, Cheryl has received numerous awards and accolades for her mathematics. She has been awarded two honorary doctorates, was made Western Australian Scientist of the Year (2009), and received a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999. Cheryl continues to promote the involvement of women in mathematics by encouraging girls in schools with lectures, workshops and conferences through the Family Maths Program Australia. She is married and has two sons.
Robertson, Dr Amanda - St Catherine's School, Melbourne
School attended: St Catherine’s School, Victoria
Dr Amanda Robertson is the Head of Nephrology Surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
She was School Captain at St Catherine’s and studied Medicine at Melbourne University, gaining a scholarship in1992. Amanda was honoured with two Young Investigator Awards when she trained at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1994.
Amanda spent three years in England, training in liver, vascular and transplant surgery. She has assisted in many disaster areas, including Pakistan after the Kashmir earthquake (2005), and in West Timor (2006). Dr Amanda Robertson is is a General and Renal Transplant surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, a Renal Transplant surgeon at the Royal Children's Hospital, and also runs her own private practice.
Roe, Allison - Westlake Girls High School
School attended: Westlake Girls High School, New Zealand
Allison Roe is a health and fitness expert, and a former athlete.
She attended Westlake Girls High School in Auckland and began competitive long-distance running. In 1981 Allison’s career peaked when she won the Boston and New York Marathons, setting course records at both. Later that year, she broke the world record at the New York City Marathon and set a 20k world record in Japan.
Allison won numerous other running events, including the New Zealand cross-country championships. She diversified into other sports and won New Zealand championships in the triathlon and cycling team time trials. Later, Allison became a television sports presenter and an independent sports producer. She married and had two children.
Throughout her career, Allison has been dedicated to helping New Zealanders with their health and wellbeing. She is involved in the Special K Women's Triathlon series and coordinates the Allison Roe Run to Heal, with annual events in Christchurch and Auckland raising funds for breast cancer causes.
Allison has been voted New Zealand Sportsman of the Year, Best Female Runner in the World, and Best Female Athlete in the World. The New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame inducted Allison in 2010.
Currently, Allison has board appointments with The Health Sponsorship Council, North Shore Hospital Foundation and Waitemata District Health Board. She has set up a Trust in her name and owns a chemical-free sunscreen manufacturing business.
Rogers, Juliet - Christchurch Girls' High School
School attended: Christchurch Girls’ High School, New Zealand
Juliet Rogers is the Chair of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
She was educated at Christchurch Girls’ High School and later studied English Literature at the University of Canterbury. Juliet entered the publishing industry, working as a sales representative for William Collins publishers in New Zealand. She joined MacDonald publishers as a Marketing Manager.
In 1988 Juliet became the Managing Director of Random House NZ. After ten years in this role, she migrated to Australia to work as the Managing Director of Random House Australia. In 2002 Juliet became the CEO of Murdoch Books. During this period she was the President of the Australian Publishers Association (2007-2009).
After nine years at Murdoch Books, Juliet Rogers stepped down and became a consultant at Allen & Unwin. In 2011 she was appointed as Chair of the new Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which provides learning materials to remote and isolated indigenous children to help improve literacy standards. Juliet Rogers has two children.
Ronalds, Dr Beverley - Fintona Girls' School
School attended: Fintona Girls’ School, Victoria
Dr Beverley Ronalds is Energy Group Executive at the CSIRO.
She was educated at Fintona and studied engineering at Melbourne University, where she was the only female in the civil engineering class in her year. Beverly won a scholarship to Imperial College in London, where she combined study and work, later completing her PhD at the University of London.
Beverley’s industry experience includes working at Hardcastle & Richards in Australia, Ove Arup and Kvaerner Earl & Wright in London, where she was involved in the design, fabrication and installation of fixed and floating platforms for the Australian North West Shelf, North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. From 1995-2003 she was the Woodside Chair in Oil and Gas Engineering at the University of Western Australia.
Dr Ronalds joined the CSIRO in 2003 as Chief of the Division of Petroleum Resources. Her current research focuses on accelerating large-scale greenhouse emissions cuts, and economic and sustainable pathways to a sustainable low-carbon future. As Energy Group Executive, Beverley has responsibilities across the Energy, Oceans and Mineral Resources domains at the CSIRO.
During her career Beverly has won a number of awards, including the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in Civil Engineering (2003). She has been listed among Engineers Australia’s Top 100 most influential engineers in 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Beverley Ronalds participates in several Government-led initiatives in energy and innovation, including the Australian Centre of Renewable Energy (ACRE) and Innovation Australia. She serves on a number of boards and advisory groups.
Rowe, Jennifer - Abbotsleigh
School attended: Abbotsleigh, New South Wales
Jennifer Rowe is an award-winning author.
Jennifer was educated at Abbotsleigh and later graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Arts in English Literature. She worked in publishing for 14 years, firstly as a book editor and then as a publisher at Angus & Robertson. During this time Jennifer began writing children’s books under the pseudonym Emily Rodda. Her first book was published in 1984.
From 1984 to 1992, Jennifer was Editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly. Since 1994 she has been a full time writer, with over 50 books in her bibliography. Emily Rodda’s children’s books range from picture books to young adult novels. The Deltora Quest series has been a staggering success; it has sold over 8 million copies world-wide, and is available in 30 countries. Jennifer continues to write murder mysteries for adults, many of which have been adapted for the small screen.
Jennifer has won numerous awards and recognition for her versatile writing. In 1995, Emily Rodda won the Dromkeen Medal. She is the only person to have won the Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year for Younger Readers Award five times.
Jennifer now divides her time between consultancies for book publishers and her own writing. She has four children.
Russell, Leisa - St Hilda's School
School attended: St Hilda’s School, Queensland
Leisa Russell is a sculptor, artist and interior designer.
She attended St Hilda’s School and was inspired by the art faculty to explore various mediums, including printmaking and painting. After graduating in 1984, Leisa studied visual arts and a variety of other subjects, including graphic design, welding and silver-smithing.
In 2006 and 2007 she exhibited at the Sculptors Society Annual Exhibition. Leisa won the People’s Choice Award at the Gold Coast Potters Association Exhibition (2008) and also exhibited in the Swell Sculpture Festival in 2008. She was commissioned to create a plaque for the Bungil Shire Council, and created another commissioned piece in the form of a life size bronze horse for private collectors.
Leisa works in a variety of mediums, including bronze, clay, resin, silver, wood, forged steel and concrete. She has won several awards, including the Kaske Award (2007), Border Art Prizes (2009, 2012), and the 2012 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award with her porcelain wearable art dress 11 Shades of Blue.
Leisa Russell’s art can be found in two Gold Coast galleries. She operates a successful interior design business and is currently working towards the launch of her first sculptural jewellery collection.
Ryan, Judith - Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School
School attended: Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, Victoria
Judith Ryan is the Senior Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Victoria.
She was educated at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School where her passion for studying humanities was nurtured by several inspiring teachers. Judith graduated with Honours in Fine Arts and English Literature from Melbourne University. She later studied education at Oxford University.
In 1977 Judith began her art museum career at the National Gallery of Victoria. She worked as a Circulations Officer preparing exhibitions for tours and established relationships with Aboriginal artists and indigenous communities. She also spent many years as an Arts Editor, working on NGV publications and texts.
In 1984 Judith began formally collecting Aboriginal art for the NGV. This collection is now recognised internationally and Judith is regarded as an expert in the field of Indigenous Art. She has curated over forty exhibitions of Aboriginal Art, including Power & Beauty at the Heide museum of Modern Art (2007).
Much of Judith’s time is spent raising the profile of indigenous art and its artists. She is also an accomplished author and has published widely in the field. Judith speaks to art communities around the world. In May, 2011 she was a judge of the 28th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.
Currently, Judith Ryan has curatorial responsibility for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Oceanic Art and Pre-Columbian Art. Her special interest is Indigenous Australian Art of the twentieth century; its diversity, dynamism and transformation in the face of social change.
Sanderson, Professor Penelope - Melbourne Girls Grammar School
School attended: Melbourne Girls Grammar School, Victoria
Penelope Sanderson is an internationally recognised expert in the area of cognitive systems engineering. She is a Professor of Cognitive Engineering and Human Factors at the University of Queensland.
Penelope was educated at Melbourne Girls Grammar. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Cognitive Psychology from University of Western Australia, and then completed her MA and PhD in Engineering Psychology at the University of Toronto. From 1985–1996, Penelope worked at the University of Illinois and held grants from many organisations, including NASA, the US Air Force Research Laboratory, and the US Department of Energy.
In 1997 Penelope returned to Australia to direct Swinburne University’s Computer-Human Interaction Laboratory. She also became Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois (1997-2006).
Professor Sanderson’s primary research interests are in the area of cognitive systems engineering, human factors, and engineering psychology. She develops and test theories of human interaction with complex technical systems, and strives to develop principles that can guide the design of effective visual and auditory interfaces. An area of ongoing research is her development of innovative auditory displays for anaesthesia monitoring.
Penelope has won numerous awards, including the US-based Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's (HFES) Distinguished International Colleague Award (2004). She has consulted in the USA and Canada, published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, and edited various journals. Penelope is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. In 2009 she attended Middlesex University on a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship.
Currently, Penelope Sanderson is Director of the ARC Key Centre for Human Factors at the University of Queensland. She also leads the Cognitive Engineering Research Group (CERG). CERG members study human-system integration in complex socio-technical systems, focusing on critical care medicine, air traffic control, power systems, and air defence. CERG is associated with three University of Queensland schools: the School of Information Technology Electrical Engineering, the School of Psychology, and the School of Medicine.
Savage, Catherine - Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
School attended: Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, New Zealand
Catherine Savage is Chairman of the Management Board of Samuel Marsden Collegiate School and a school Laureate.
She studied Commerce and Administration at Victoria University in Wellington and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Catherine’s career has taken her from an accounting firm, to the National Gas Corporation and finally to AMP Capital Investors (New Zealand) Limited. In 2000 Catherine was made Managing Director; AMP’s youngest and only female country manager. In this position she had the responsibility for setting the company’s strategic direction with its Board.
In 2007 Catherine left AMP to pursue a range of private equity interests both in New Zealand and offshore. She is currently Managing Director of CMS Capital Limited, and she serves on many other boards. Catherine was appointed to the board of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation in November 2009. She is a member of the New Zealand Institute’s Think Tank, the Supporters’ Council of Enterprise New Zealand, and the Economic Committee of the Wellington Regional Strategy Committee. Catherine Savage is married with three children.
Catherine's reflection on her experience at Samuel Marsden Collegiate:
When we were at secondary school, we looked ahead to what we could accomplish in both our working life (and life outside work), without a lot of in-depth thought about the value that attending a school the caliber of Marsden gave us. Instead it is only in hindsight that we truly see and can appreciate the real benefit that we have gained from being part of such an environment.
Marsden gave me not only a world class education, but also the tools, both academic and non academic, that helped build my confidence and my belief in myself, to succeed in work and life. I have no doubt that what I have achieved and will achieve going forward, is in a large part due to being part of such a nurturing and positively focused environment that Marsden represents.
Scaffidi, Lisa - Methodist Ladies' College, Perth
School attended: Methodist Ladies’ College, Western Australia
Lisa Scaffidi is the first female Lord Mayor of Perth.
She was educated at Methodist Ladies’ College and later graduated as a dental therapist from the Western Australian Institute of Technology. Lisa initially worked as a dental therapist and then as an air hostess with TAA before entering Perth’s tourism industry. She moved into corporates sales at the Merlin Hotel before becoming a manager at the Hyatt Hotel.
In 1997 Lisa was appointed the WA state director of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and held this role for ten years. Since 2000, Lisa has been a Perth City councillor; she was elected the Lord Mayor in 2007. Lisa Scaffidi is married and has two step-children.
Scholl, Emma - Roseville College
School attended: Roseville College
Emma Sholl is the Associate Principal Flute with the Sydney Symphony.
She began playing flute at the age of seven. Emma attended Roseville College on a full music scholarship and later studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Jules Sylvester Scholarship. In 1995 Emma was awarded her A.Mus.A and in 1996 she received her L.Mus.A. She graduated from the conservatorium in 2001 with First Class Honours.
Emma has won numerous awards, including: Young Performer of the Year (1997), the National Orchestral Flute Competition (1999), Symphony Australia Young Performers Award (2001), and the National Solo Flute Competition (2002). Emma also won scholarships to study in Geneva (2003) and performed in Europe as part of the World Orchestra for Peace.
She returned to Australia in 2003 and at the age of 19 was one of the youngest musicians ever appointed to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. A year later she was awarded the position of 2nd Flute. Emma has performed as the Guest Principal Flute for symphony orchestras in Hong Kong, many states in Australia, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Her work has been recorded and featured on national radio stations.
In 2011 Emma Scholl performed with the Australian World Orchestra. She recorded a recital disc with ABC Classic FM for release in 2013. Emma also teaches at the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Australian National Academy of Music.
Scott, Sophie - Kincoppal-Rose Bay of the Sacred Heart
School attended: Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, New South Wales
Sophie Scott is the national medical reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
She was educated at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart and then completed a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Sydney. Sophie began her career as a journalist in the United States; she worked in several positions as a reporter, correspondent, television and radio producer.
In 1998, Sophie joined the ABC as a television newsreader in Tasmania. She won a research grant from the Australian Medical Writers Association in 2002. Gradually Sophie moved into the specialised area of medical reporting and became known for her sensitive and clear reporting style. Her stories now appear on the ABC’s radio and television news bulletins, Lateline, Stateline and The 7.30 Report. She also presents a weekly health show for ABC online called Healthwatch.
Sophie has won numerous awards for her work, including an Australian Museum Eureka Award for Medical Reporting (2004), a Thank You Day Research Australia Award for services to the media and for highlighting the importance of research (2005), and a Luminous Award for cancer reporting (2008). She is the Vice President of the Australian Medical Writers Association and is on the board of the Australian Medical Association Charitable Foundation NSW.
Sophie Scott has written two books; the second titled Roadtesting Happiness was published in 2010. She has two sons and also works as a public speaker and an MC.
Sellick, Siobhan - St Patrick's College, Campbelltown
School attended: St Patrick's College - Campbelltown, NSW
Siobhan Sellick is a Director at William Buck Chartered Accountants and Advisors.
She was educated at St Patrick’s College and later studied Accounting at the University of Technology. Siobahn was also awarded a Masters in Taxation Law. She began her career as a trainee accountant, working on tax accounting and tax compliance. In 1995 she became the Assistant Financial Accountant at Sedgwick Noble Lowndes.
From 1997-2012 Siobahn was the Executive Director at Ernst & Young in Sydney, providing tax advice and compliance services to individuals and businesses. As a Director at William Buck, Siobahn advises on a range of tax issues, including structuring for asset protection, estate planning, succession planning and compliance for individuals.
Siobhan Sellick was the recipient of the 2011 Lynne Sutherland Award for her work as a role model in promoting flexible work arrangements within her teams. While at Ernst & Young, she established the EY mothers group, which was an informal forum for women to discuss the issues they faced juggling family commitments and career development.
Shaw, Marie - Loreto College Marryatville
School attended: Loreto College, South Australia
Marie Shaw is a barrister who has served as a District Court Judge in South Australia and as Chief Counsel of the South Australian Legal Services Commission.
Marie boarded and studied at Loreto College, Marryatville. She won an American Field Services Scholarship and lived in Massachusetts for a year before returning to Australia to study law at the University of Adelaide. Marie completed her articles year with Frank Moran QC and continued to work at his firm as a criminal defence lawyer for the next ten years. She developed a strong commitment to equality, human rights and fair treatment in her early years as a lawyer.
As a member of the Independent Bar, Marie’s practice involved acting for indigenous people from the northern lands of South Australia, Darwin and Alice Springs. She was appointed a QC in 1996. The Rann Government appointed Marie a Judge of the District Court Judge of South Australia in 2005. As a judge she presided over a number of high-profile cases, including Barnes v Barnes in the High Court on will litigation, and Pope v DR Pope Nominees Pty Ltd, on discretionary trusts. From 2004 until 2010 Judge Shaw was Chief Counsel of the SA Legal Services Commission.
Marie Shaw retired from the District Court in 2010 and resumed practice as a barrister. She is married and has three adult children.
So, Jannelle - Miriam College
School attended: Miriam College, Philippines
Jannelle So is a television broadcaster and journalist.
She was born in the Philippines and graduated from Miriam College as an honours scholar. In 1998 Janelle completed a Bachelor of Arts and was listed in the Top 10 Most Outstanding Students of the Philippines. She moved to the US in 2003 and completed a Certificate in Journalism at the University of California (2004).
Jannelle began her career as a public affairs show host and news anchor at IBC 13 in the Philippines (1996-2000). During this period she also covered the sports news for Vintage Sports, specialising in the coverage of basketball games for the Philippine Basketball Association. From 2000-2006 she was a columnist for the The Philippine Star.
Working as a freelance correspondent in California, Jannelle covered stories for ABS-CBN (2004-2006) and wrote columns for Balita Media. In 2006 she began hosting and producing Kababayan LA which is the first and only daily talk show for Filipinos living in America. Jannelle covers topics as diverse as US and Philippine politics, to the stories of Hollywood. Kababayan LA has been running for six years and its popularity has made it the longest-running Filipino daily show outside of the Philippines.
Jannelle So has won awards for her journalism, including an Honourable Mention from the Los Angeles Press Club at the 53rd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards. She has also been named one of the 100 most Influential Filipinas in the U.S. by Filipina Women’s Network. Various Filipino organisations have recognised her work, including the Filipino-American Library.
Janelle is on the board of Gawad Kalinga-USA and is also an active volunteer for Centre for the Pacific Asian Family.
Stanley, Professor Fiona AC - St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls
School attended: St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, Western Australia
Professor Stanley is an epidemiologist and the Founding Director of the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
She was educated at St Hilda’s and later studied Medicine at the University of Western Australia. Fiona began her career working at a paediatrics hospital clinic and at the Aboriginal Clinic in East Perth, which led to an interest in epidemiology. She travelled to the UK and USA for six years training in epidemiology, public health and biostatistics.
When Fiona returned to Perth, she established research programs at the University of Western Australia and in the Health Department. With colleagues, Fiona created the WA Maternal and Child Health Research Database (1977) and conducted research into birth defects and patterns of maternal and child health.
In 1990 she established the Telethon Institute, which is a multi-disciplinary research institute focussing on child health. During this time, Fiona and her team discovered the importance of folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent spina difida in babies. A public health campaign was launched by the Institute to promote the use of folate.
Over the course of her career, Fiona has published more than 300 scientific papers. In 1996 she was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia, and she was named Australian of the Year in 2003. The National Trust made her an Australian Living Treasure (2004).
Professor Stanley was the founding CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (2002). She is the UNICEF Australian Ambassador for Early Childhood Development and serves on a number of boards, including the ABC.
Currently, Fiona Stanley is a Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia. She also holds the position of Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she is Director of the 2013 Festival of Ideas. Fiona is married and has two children. In 2014 a hospital bearing her name, the Fiona Stanley Hospital will open in Murdoch, Western Australia.
Steane, Dr Dorothy - Ogilvie High School
School attended: Ogilvie High School, Tasmania
Dorothy Steane attended Ogilvie High School and was Dux in 1981. In 1990, she was engaged in research at the University of Tasmania into genetics of Eucalyptus trees. It was her high academic achievements coupled with a fine sporting record, which led to her being awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1991. Dorothy is currently a lecturer and academic researcher at the University of Tasmania.
Dorothy's reflection on her experience at Ogilvie High School
Coming from a family dominated by boys (my elder sister had left home by the time I was in grade 2 and my mother passed away in my last year of primary school) Ogilvie High School was a haven from the antics and torments of my older teenaged brothers. I made supportive friendships that have lasted the test of time.
At Ogilvie I was able to focus on core subjects without any hormone-induced distractions; I didn’t feel the need to 'act dumb' in order to be popular with the boys (although I did get a certain degree of pleasure out of doing this at college – in grades 11 and 12 - and then trouncing the boys in our exams!). Ogilvie gave me a broad education with excellent, inspiring teachers in the subjects that I later pursued for my matriculation. It took me a long time to decide whether to choose a career in languages or a career in science, but I eventually chose the latter with the view that, although it is a male-dominated field, if you are good enough you will succeed. It is a fact of life that it is difficult for women to get ahead in male-dominated careers, but implicit in the education at Ogilvie High School was the knowledge that women are as capable as men – in fact, to get ahead we need to be more capable - and that we should not tolerate discrimination in any way, shape or form.
Stewart, Jan - St Mary's Anglican Girls' School, WA
School attended: St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, Western Australia
Jan Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of Lotterywest.
She graduated from St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School in 1965 and studied social work at the University of Western Australia. From 1978 to 1985 she was the Chief Social Worker at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and started her own family at the end of this period.
Her career in the lottery industry began in 1987, when Jan was offered a consultancy position to the Board of the Lotteries Commission of Western Australia. This job expanded and in 1990 she became the first Director of Community Funding. In this role Jan developed a range of innovative grant programs in the community service and philanthropic sector.
In 1992, Jan was appointed as CEO of Lotterywest. She was elected to the inaugural position of President of the Asia Pacific Lottery Association (1999) and in the same year, appointed to the Executive Committee of the World Lottery Association. Within the World Lottery Association, Jan was elected Vice President (2005) and Senior Vice President (2007).
The University of Western Australia awarded Jan a Chancellor’s Medal (2004) for her services to the university, particularly for her support to the University’s Perth International Arts Festival. She was also awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2009 Australia Day Honours ceremony.
Jan Stewart has held office in many community organisations including as Chairman of the Lady Gowrie Child Care Centre, and 10 years as a member of the Board of West College of TAFE. She is a member of the Governing Council of Hale School, and is the Western Australian representative on the national Save the Children Fund board. Jan has been a member of the University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Arts Advisory Board since May 2009.
Taylor, Dominique - St Mary’s College, Ipswich
Dominique Taylor is an environmental advisor and ecologist.
She was educated St Mary’s College in Ipswich and later studied science at The University of Queensland. Dominique graduated with Honors in Ecology and then spent time in Cambodia, working as a volunteer Scientific Research Coordinator.
In 2007 Dominique was employed as an ecologist for Umwelt where she was involved in land management, flora and fauna monitoring and other environmental commissions. She continued working as an ecologist and environmental scientist for various companies, including AustralAsian Resource Consultants and Peabody Energy.
Dominique was part of a CSIRO team that conducted research into the impact of feral pigs on the Daintree rainforest; her findings were published in Wildlife Research (2011). Dominique Taylor is currently a senior environmental advisor at the Minerals and Metals Group.
te Heuheu, Georgina QSO - Turakina Maori Girls College
School attended: Turakina Maori Girls College, New Zealand
Georgina te Heuheu QSO is Chair of the Board of Maori Television. She has achieved many ‘firsts’ as a Maori woman.
Georgina is a member of the Ngāti Tuwharetoa tribe of the central North Island. She was educated at Turakina Maori Girls' College and Auckland Girls' Grammar School, later studying English and Law at the Victoria University of Wellington, where she was the first Maori woman to receive a law degree. In 1972 Georgina became the first Maori woman to be admitted to the New Zealand High Court as barrister and solicitor.
From 1987 to 1996, Georgina was a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and practiced law in Wellington and Rotorua. She was elected to Parliament in 1996, becoming the first Maori woman to gain election as an MP for the National Party. For fifteen years Georgina served in a variety of parliamentary roles, including as Minister for Courts, Women’s Affairs, Pacific Island Affairs, Disarmament and Arms Control, and Associate Minister of Maori Affairs. She retired as a Member of Parliament in 2011 after serving five terms.
Georgina te Heuheu was awarded a Queen’s Service Order in 1993. She has previously been a Director of the Maori Development Corporation, Te Papa, the Midland Regional Health Authority, and a member of the Council of the University of Waikato. She was appointed by the Crown to the Board of Maori Television in 2012 and continues to serve on boards, including the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust. Georgina is married and has two adult sons.
Teo, Hsu-Ming - MLC School, Sydney
School attended: MLC School, NSW
Hsu-Ming Teo is a cultural historian, novelist and lecturer.
She was born in Malaysia and migrated to Sydney with her family when she was seven. After graduating from MLC School in 1987, Hsu-Ming studied medicine at the University of Sydney for one year but later enrolled in arts to study history. She was awarded the University Medal (1994) and completed her PhD in history (1998).
In 1999 Hsu-Ming won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for her first novel Love and Vertigo, which was also short-listed for the inaugural Tasmania Pacific Region Literary Prize and the Dobbie Award for women's fiction. It has since been translated into German, Italian, Mandarin and Thai. Her second novel, Behind the Moon (2005) was short-listed for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards (2006).
She was a member of the NSW Premier's Literature and History Committee (2004) and was a judge in the 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Hsu-Ming has been on the advisory council of the Man Asian Literary Prize since 2007 and judged the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize.
Hsu-Ming Teo is a senior lecturer and the Head of Modern History at Macquarie University. She is an editorial board member of several journals. Hsu-Ming is currently working on her third novel, and her non-fiction text Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels will be published in November 2012.
Tso, Karen - Loreto College Coorparoo
School attended: Loreto College Coorparoo, Queensland
Karen Tso is a television journalist and the co-anchor of a major CNBC Europe business show.
After graduating from Loreto College Coorparoo, Karen received a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University. She studied journalism at the University of Westminster and the University of Technology in Sydney before joining the ABC in 2002.
During her five years at the ABC, Karen reported business for Business Breakfast on television, radio current affairs program PM, and worked as a commentator on ABC Local Radio. She also anchored the first live nightly finance segment on Lateline and pioneered live breaking stock market coverage on ABC's Midday News and Business, and ABC's Asia Pacific service, ASPAC.
Karen joined the Nine Network in 2005 as a finance reporter; she also presented the evening edition of Sky Business Report on Sky News Australia (2006-2007). In 2009 she took up a position with CNBC Australia, anchoring the business show Squawk Australia. She moved to Singapore in 2010 to co-anchor Asia Squawk Box. Karen was highly commended at the 15th Asian Television Awards 2010 in the Best Anchor category.
At the start of 2012 Karen Tso moved to London to co-anchor Squawk Box Europe which is a three hour show that sets the business news agenda in the region every trading day.
Twigg, Emma - Napier Girls' High School
School attended: Napier Girls’ High School, New Zealand
Emma Twigg is a world champion rower and an Olympian.
She was educated at Napier Girls’ High School and later completed a degree in communications. Emma has been rowing since 2001 at the Hawkes Bay Rowing Club. Her event is the Women’s Single Scull and she has been New Zealand’s top sculling woman for the past six years.
In 2005 she won the Junior World Champion title, followed by the Under 23 World Champion title (2007). She represented New Zealand at both the Beijing Olympics and the London Olympics. In 2011 Emma won Gold at the Lucerne World Cup and she received silver medals at the Hamburg World Cup (2011) and Munich World Cup (2012).
After coming fourth place at the 2012 Olympics, Emma decided to take a break from rowing. As an ANZ Ambassador for the Olympics, it was a natural step for Emma to start working for the ANZ in the sponsorship team. Emma's current role allows her to keep training and on average she rows 200km each week.
Emma Twig has been included in the 2013 New Zealand Rowing Team in the women’s single scull. She recently won the Women’s Premier final at the NZ Rowing Champions.
Warby, Ros - Loreto Kirribilli
School attended: Loreto Kirribilli, NSW
Ros Warby is a solo dance artist and leading Australian choreographer.
She was educated at Loreto Kirribilli and studied dance at prestigious ballet schools and modern dance studios in Monte Carlo, London, Denmark, Netherlands and the USA. Ros returned to Australia in 1989 and commenced performing with several companies and artists, including Dance Works, Dance Exchange, Lucy Guerin and Deborah Hay.
Since 1990 Ros has created and danced in numerous solo performances in Australia, Europe and the USA. These performances have been seen at the Venice Biennale, London’s Dance Umbrella, London’s Royal Opera House, Melbourne International Arts Festivals, Adelaide Festival, and New York’s Dance Theatre Workshop. In 1991 she trained in the Alexander Technique and became a certified teacher (2001).
The ABC commissioned Ros to make a cinematic version of her performance Swift (2003), which screened at international festivals worldwide. She has won numerous awards for her performances, including an Australia Council Fellowship (2002-2004), the Best Female Dancer Helpman Award (2007), the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (2007), and Best Female Dancer Greenroom Awards (2000 & 2007).
In 2012 Ros became a visiting research scholar at the University of California in the Department of World Arts, Culture and Dance. Her latest work Tower Suites, featuring dance, voice, cello and film, premiered at the North Melbourne Arts House (2012).
Ros Warby is based in Los Angeles with her partner and two children.
Watkins, Alison - St Michael's Collegiate School
School attended: St Michael’s Collegiate School, Tasmania
Alison Watkins is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of GrainCorp.
Alison boarded at St Michael’s Collegiate and later studied Commerce at the University of Tasmania. She started her career as a chartered accountant and then spent ten years at the international strategy firm McKinsey & Company. In 1996 she became a partner and was in this position for three years before moving to the ANZ Banking Group.
Between 1999 and 2002 Alison held several senior roles at ANZ Banking Group Limited. These included: Group General Manager, Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, where she worked closely with the CEO and Board to develop ANZ's strategy; and Managing Director, Regional Banking, where she was responsible for the bank’s regional and rural customers in Australia and New Zealand.
From 2007, Alison held a number of Directorships including: CEO of Berri Limited (2002-2005), Director of Just Group Limited (2004-2008), Chairman of Mrs Crocket’s Kitchen (2006-2007), Director of Woolworths Limited (2007-2010), CEO of the Bennelong Group (2008-2010) and Director of the Nature Conservancy Australian Advisory Board (2007-2011).
Alison has also been involved in a range of community boards, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the World Swimming Championships. She is a former Victorian President and National Board Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Alison has long had an association with agriculture. She was raised on a farm in Tasmania, and held several leadership roles in the food industry over the past decade. She and her husband operate a cropping and cattle property in Victoria's Western District, they have four children.
Alison's reflection on her experience at St Michael’s Collegiate
‘I was given some wonderful leadership opportunities, and developed independence and resilience. I can point to three or four teachers who played a formative role in helping me achieve academically, and become more creative and confident in putting my views forward.
I have daughters at two wonderful girls’ schools in Victoria, Lauriston and St Catherine’s, and am so impressed with the opportunities that girls in schools like these have today, including a much stronger focus on the opportunities after school for women. My advice is, at school, embrace the opportunities you have, take risks and just generally have a go. You are in such a supportive environment, compared with what life after school can be like, and the confidence you can build at school will stand you in great stead’.
Watt, Dr Helen - Iona Presentation College
School attended: Iona Presentation College, Western Australia
Helen Watt is a bioethicist and Senior Research Fellow at the Anscombe Bioethics Centre in London.
She was educated at Iona Presentation College, later receiving a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia, majoring in Italian. Helen studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and completed her PhD on the Origin of the Human Person.
From 1993-1996 Helen was a Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University. Her research interests include the ethics of life, death, birth, conception, and reproduction. She has written and edited numerous articles and books, including the text Fertility and Gender: Issues in Reproductive and Sexual Ethics (2011).
In 2001 Dr Helen Watt became the Director of the Linacre Centre in London. When the Linacre Centre changed its name to the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Helen took up the position of Senior Research Fellow (2010). The centre is a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research.
Wright, Diane - Shelford Girls' Grammar
School attended: Shelford Girls’ Grammar
Diane Wright is a Counsellor, Family Therapist, and the Founder of Anam Cara House.
Diane studied at Shelford Girls’ Grammar and later completed her Bachelor of Arts. She initially taught religious education in schools before studying Counselling. Diane was a Host Parent for Interchange Respite Care (1989-1998), and it was during this time that she identified the need for specialised care respite centres.
From 2002, Diane worked tirelessly to establish a community residential respite facility in Geelong. She rallied the Geelong community to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to convert the St Mary’s Presbytery into a hospice. Diane’s vision, persistence and lobbying saw Anam Cara House opened in 2007. The hospice offers support and respite care to those who are affected by life limiting illness, including support services for carers and their families. Diane is the Founder, Director and President.
For over 20 years Diane has worked in palliative care and with people with disabilities throughout rural Victoria. She completed her Masters in Counselling while working in the Colac and Geelong communities as a counsellor, family therapist and civil celebrant.
Diane Wright continues her counselling work and actively serves on many committees and boards. She is married and has children and grandchildren. In 2011 Diane opened the second Anam Cara House in Colac, it caters for people who are at the end stage of their lives. Diane has been honoured on the QV Women’s Centre Shilling Wall, and in 2008 she was given an Outstanding Woman Achievement Award by the Zonta Club for women’s advancement.
Xu, Lisa - Mentone Girls' Grammar School
School attended: Mentone Girls’ Grammar School, Victoria
Lisa Xu is a nuclear medicine technologist and a milliner.
She was educated at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School and studied biomedical science at Deakin University. Lisa did postgraduate study at Monash University while working as a medical scientist. She completed a Masters of Medical Radiations in nuclear medicine (2010).
Since 2010 Lisa has worked as a nuclear medicine technologist at St Vincent’s Hospital where she uses radioactive drugs for diagnostic and examination purposes.
Lisa also has an interest in the arts and fashion, which was sparked and fostered at school. Initially, she began making hats and fascinators for herself and for her friends but this hobby soon expanded into a business. In 2011 Lisa opened her Lady of Leisure Millinery. She now stocks hats in Australia and has many international clients. Lisa’s label featured in Melbourne’s Spring Fashion Week and she was awarded the Ballarat Cup Lady of the Day and Millinery sashes (2012).
Lisa Xu continues to create stunning hat collections while working in her day-job at St Vincent’s Hospital.
Young, Simone AM - Mont Sant' Angelo Mercy College
School attended: Mont Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, New South Wales
Simone Young is an acclaimed music conductor. She is the General Manager and Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, and Music Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic.
She began studying music at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College where the music teachers helped to spark Simone’s passion for music. At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music she was trained in composition, piano and conducting. In 1983 Simone worked as a repetiteur at Opera Australia and learnt from several influential conductors.
Simone moved to Europe to work with the Cologne Opera, Berlin State Opera and the Bayreuth Festival. Her first appearance as a conductor was at the Hamburg State Opera in 1996. She was Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway from 1999-2002.
In the traditionally male world of conducting, Simone has broken many barriers. She was the first woman to conduct Wagner’s Ring Cycle (1999), the first female conductor of the Vienna State Opera (2003), and the first female conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic (2005).
She returned to Australia in 2001 to become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Opera Australia (2001-2003). In 2005 Simone began her current roles with the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Philharmonic, which are contracted until 2015. In 2006, she took on the role of Professor of Music at the University of Hamburg.
Simone Young has won numerous awards for her music and conducting, including: a Centenary Medal (2001), a Member of the Order of Australia (2004), the Goethe Institute Medal (2005), and the Bernard Heinze Memorial Award (2011). She has received honorary doctorates from Monash University and the University of NSW.
Simone is married and has two children. She returns regularly to Australia to conduct orchestras.
Young, Susan - Mitcham Girls' High School
School attended: Mitcham Girls’ High School, South Australia
Susan Young is the Executive Dean of Victoria University College.
She was educated at Walford Anglican School for Girls and at Mitcham Girls’ High School. Susan trained and practised as a high school teacher before specialising in adult and further education. She developed a Graduate Certificate in Training – Action Learning, which was used by many organisations across Australia.
After studying Educational Management, Susan became the National Director for the Re-Framing the Future Project (1997-2004). This project was an initiative of the Australian Government and saw the implementation of a national training system. Susan co-authored a variety of publications as part of her directorship role.
From 2004-2007, Susan was a Director in the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology. Her career has been dedicated to helping individuals continue their lifelong learning. In 2007 Susan became the inaugural Executive Dean at VUC.