We are pleased to welcome you to the 2022 Careers Breakfast.
Courtesy of our panel of talented St Catherine’s Old Girls, we hope to share with you what incredible opportunities lay ahead, beyond the Heyington Gates.
Our St Catherine’s Old Girls work in a range of industries from engineering to media.
During their presentations they will share with you details of their career paths and
provide you with a unique understanding of what a career in their area of expertise involves on a day to day basis.
We invite you to read about each speaker in advance of the event.
Phoebe graduated from St Catherine’s School in 1995 and following a Gap year in the UK, she completed her Bachelor of Business, Transport & Logistics Management at RMIT in 2000. Phoebe immediately left for London where she lived and worked for 10 years leading international teams in marketing and events unusually across three industries; investment banking at Deutsche Bank, law at Allen & Overy LLP and technology at Cisco. Her work and senior management roles provided opportunities to work all over Europe, UK and the Middle East.
Phoebe returned to Melbourne in 2010 and launched and sold two online retail and wholesale stores in 2017 following the birth of her second child. In 2018 Phoebe was appointed as head of programming for Global Table which is Asia Pacific’s largest agribusiness, sustainability and food innovation event that connected global industry leaders, innovators, startups, policymakers and corporates who are committed to transforming the food industry through innovation, investment, and trade and addressing how the agrifood industry is meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
In 2021 Phoebe commenced a consulting role with Beanstalk; a leading food and agricultural innovation consultancy across Indo-Pacific. The projects are solving some of the biggest challenges in food waste, food security, sustainability etc using innovation and technology.
Phoebe completed her Master’s in Environment & Sustainability at Monash University in May 2022.
Georgia is the CEO and owner of Bulla Park. Bulla Park is Australia’s largest organic mushroom farm. Georgia specialises in high-performance vertical farming embracing the use of technology and innovation to achieve fast growth and scale in agriculture. Bulla Park has 80 employees over two farms in Victoria and is focused on creating clean food with environmentally clean agriculture practices.
Georgia also sits on multiple boards as a Non-Executive Director; Deputy Chair of the Australian Mushroom Growers Association, Non-Executive Director of Rowing Australia, Second Bite and Australian Certified Organic, Advisory Board Member Law Squared and Climate Change and National Soil Strategy Committee for the National Farmers’ Federation.
DEVELOPMENT / HUMANITARIAN AID
Tamara Cannon is the Founder and CEO of Lille Frø, an Australian charity which funds education for children and skills training for adults living in extreme poverty in some of the remotest places on the planet. Tamara was born and grew up in Melbourne, Australia.
Graduating with a Law/Arts degree from Monash University, Tamara practised as a corporate lawyer for one of Australia’s leading law firms before becoming Senior Corporate Counsel at a large multi-national.
In 2008, Tamara packed up corporate life to work on her own project. While in Asia and with time on her side, Tamara pulled out a map, closed her eyes and pointed to a spot.Her finger landed on Mt Everest, Nepal. Captivated by the Himalayas, Tamara was inspired to climb the perfect peak. A search which led her to Ladakh in the north of India. On one climbing trip, Tamara met a little girl living in destitute circumstances. Like many children in her village, this child had never been to school. Tamara decided to pay for her education. Seeing first hand the difference she had made to this child’s life, Tamara realised she could not turn her back on other children in similar circumstances. The seed had been planted and Lille Frø had begun.
Tamara is reputedly the first foreigner to have visited many of the isolated communities living in sealed-off regions of Ladakh-home to some of the world’s poorest nomads.
In between building green houses at high altitude, visiting villages difficult to find on any map and helping to change the lives of thousands through Lille Frø, Tamara is working on her own writing and photography projects.
BUSINESS / COMMERCE
Melissa Sweetland is Chief Commercial Officer at MCEC and is responsible for the commercial strategy and the future growth of MCEC.
Previously she was Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President Engagement at RMIT. She joined RMIT from The Riverina Dairy where she was CEO. Melissa earlier worked at Hume Bank – a large, successful mutual bank based in regional Australia.
Prior to her move to regional Australia, Melissa held a number of Vice President roles at GE Money, including Vice President Marketing and Vice President Strategic Planning. She was also a management consultant both in London and Melbourne where she focused on the human aspect of change management.
Melissa is also a chartered accountant having started her career at Price Waterhouse.
NAME Jo Blankfield
GRADUATING YEAR 2002
JOB TITLE Small Business Owner/Singing Teacher
PLACE OF WORK F45 Training Ashburton / Scotch College
Jo has had a diverse professional life over the last 20 years. Originally studying music and law at university, specialising in classical voice, Jo fell into fashion styling during her first year of university. This led to a fulfilling career as a personal stylist, running her own business with a team of stylists and assistants. Jo was a national stylist for Westfield, running styling for several of their Victorian shopping centres with her team, and styling a number of their national tours with the likes of Gok Wan. She was also the go-to stylist for the Herald Sun for many years and designed and rolled out the uniform for Metricon Homes nationally. She also wrote a book, Your Body, Your Style about styling the everyday woman.
Whilst styling, she also built a career teaching singing and choirs at both St Catherine’s and Scotch College. She continues to teach at Scotch College and has moved away from styling, only seeing clients on demand, into the fitness industry. In March this year, Jo opened her first F45 Studio in Ashburton. The move from fashion to styling made sense as it was a passion she found in her 30s, and like styling, allowed her to make people feel better about themselves. With her entrepreneurial nature and drive, opening her own studio made the most sense. Jo realised early on that running her own businesses fulfilled her professionally and she has enjoyed the diverse balance of having careers in more than one profession at the same time.
After leaving school Toni commenced training in Beauty Therapy, and on completion of her studies, became self employed at the age of 18. Toni went to Paris to study make up artistry and supplemented her weekly income doing make up for weddings on the weekends.
By 23 years of age she changed course and ventured into the world of fashion accessories,at Metalicus, leveraging her creativity and love of sales. By 25, Toni was self employed again setting up Gypsy Rose, a 100% Melbourne made fashion accessory company that enjoyed success at Sportsgirl and MYER and hundreds of boutiques around Australia.
In 1992, 30 years ago,her friend Nikki Horovitz and Toni began their company – TONIC, specialising in wellness and travel organisation. TONIC is now a global brand sold in thousands of locations around the world. Their best selling product is the Australian made heat pillow filled with locally sourced lavender and barley. Over 1.5 million Tonic heat pillows have been sold. Our travel organisation is centered around cosmetic bags and jewellery storage. Our original Jewellery Cube has a design registration to avoid replication in the market. Tonic is available in a myriad of outlets including MYER, Bed Bath & Table, Peter Alexander, Anthropologie( INT) and Uncommon Goods(USA).
MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
NAME Maija Bell
JOB TITLE Head of Content
PLACE OF WORK Dan Murphy’s
LINKEDIN Maija Bell
With 12+ years’ experience covering brand strategy, marketing communications, digital marketing, social media and creative content, Maija Bell now leads the content team at Dan Murphy’s. Over her career, Maija has worked for a range of industries but always in marketing. This was an area that she was interested in from a young age, particularly watching TV commercials and how brands told stories to connect with their customers.
NAME Clare Gordon
GRADUATING YEAR 1996
JOB TITLE Osteopath
PLACE OF WORK Liforce
PLACE OF WORK WEBSITE www.liforce.com.au
Dr Clare Gordon has been an Osteopath for 20 years and has had her own multi-modality practice in Malvern for 14 years with other Osteopaths, Chinese Medicine and Remedial masseurs.
She has done 18 years of post-grad training and is now a post-grad tutor.
She mainly focuses on pregnancy and paediatrics, but treats people of all ages with all types of conditions.
NAME Louise Lampard
GRADUATING YEAR 1979
JOB TITLE Physiotherapist
PLACE OF WORK Epworth Hospital
My background has been in private practice, mainly in sports medicine.
I have been involved in the AFL and worked at Olympic Park Sport’s Medicine Clinic.
Currently I work in Rehabilitation mainly with people who have suffered trauma from an accident.
PUBLIC POLICY / DEVELOPMENT
NAME Diana Dunlop
GRADUATING YEAR 2014
JOB TITLE State Government Public Servant/ Registered Nurse Division-1
PLACE OF WORK The Department of Treasury and Finance
LINKEDIN Diana Dunlop
Diana entered the Victorian Public Service (VPS) through the Victorian Government Graduate Program after having graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from ACU. Diana is currently working at Invest Victoria, which is part of the State Government of Victoria’s Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF), reporting to the Minister for Economic Development (i.e., The Treasurer).
Alongside her full-time work, Diana sits on a number of healthcare boards, with an aspiration to continue to serve the Victorian community with her passion for healthcare and nursing. Diana is the youngest and only female Director and Vice President of St Andrew’s First Aid Australia as well as non-executive director of the Weary Dunlop Medical Research Foundation.
Diana was a boarder at St Catherine’s and graduated from the School in 2014.
POLITICS / LAW
NAME Sophie Mirabella
GRADUATING YEAR 1986
JOB TITLE Commissioner
PLACE OF WORK Fair Work Commission
PLACE OF WORK WEBSITE fwc.gov.au
Sophie is a Commissioner on the Fair Work Commission and was appointed to this position by the Federal Government in May 2021. The Commission is an independent tribunal regulating and enforcing legislative provisions relating to the workplace on matters such as employment termination, industrial action, enterprise bargaining and dispute resolution.
Sophie graduated in Law (L.L.M) and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and began her professional career as a solicitor and then a barrister working in general commercial law and taxation. Her passion for advocating on issues of conviction led her to the Australian Parliament. In 2001 at the age of 32, she was elected as the Federal Member for Indi for the Liberal Party. Over the next 12 years she served on the Coalition front bench and in Shadow Cabinet including as Shadow Minister in several portfolios and developing policy, including in Industry and Science, Early childhood Education, Women and Youth.
After her parliamentary service, Sophie returned to work as a barrister, was a non-executive director of the Australian Submarine Corporation and was appointed as a Public Policy Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Sophie lectured in public policy, government and media. She was enticed to leave the bar and combine her political and legal skills to work for the largest private company in Australia, Hancock Prospecting and its CEO Gina Rinehart and served for five years as General Manager of Government & Media Relations.
NAME Wendy Wilmoth
GRADUATING YEAR 1967
JOB TITLE Judge
PLACE OF WORK County Court of Victoria
Wendy was educated at St Catherine’s and then Melbourne University, graduating in Law and Arts, she later completed a Master’s degree in Law.
Wendy worked as a solicitor for five years, then spent nine years lecturing in Legal Studies to trainee teachers. During that time she also sat on the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, now part of the AAT. Wendy was appointed a Magistrate, and over the next 15 years sat in all jurisdictions of that court. For three years she was Deputy State Coroner.
In 2003 Wendy was appointed to the County Court and has sat almost exclusively in the criminal jurisdiction. Apart from her court duties she has chaired committees dealing with ongoing professional education and liaison between the court and media organisations.
Recently, through the Australian Women Judges Association, She has been helping with the settlement of women judges from Afghanistan, who had to flee their country when the Taliban took over last year.
NAME Emily Hamilton
GRADUATING YEAR 2009
JOB TITLE Senior Associate
PLACE OF WORK MinterEllison
PLACE OF WORK WEBSITE MinterEllison
Emily is a Senior Associate at MinterEllison who practises in administrative law, employment law and discrimination law. She has experience across all stages of the litigation process, including advising on and managing large and complex matters and appearing before the Courts and Tribunals in Victoria.
Emily assists public clients with advising on the use of statutory powers, procedural fairness issues, regulatory policy considerations and equal opportunity/discrimination matters. She has provided administrative law and discrimination law advice to a number of public sector agencies and departments, including in the context of complex matters.
In the private sphere, Emily has experience advising large employers in relation to issues of compliance with the Fair Work Act 2009, reviewing and drafting contracts of employment, workplace procedures, industrial instruments, and litigation.
FILM & TV
Fran Derham is a Creative Producer with extensive experience across TV advertisements, short films, documentaries, photography and most recently scripted drama. Fran has a clear understanding of audience and a strategic commercial vision for everything she creates. Her work is renown for it’s candid youthful feel and has a strong focus on empowering women.
Fran kicked off her career in 2011 with the award winning Feature Documentary First Love, which she both wrote and produced. Since then she has worked as an Associate Producer on children’s TV series Conspiracy 365 (2012), has been represented as a Director at The Directors Group and Guilty Productions, and has written and produced a series of independent surfing and scripted short films.
Most recent producing credits include It’s People Like Us directed by Eva Orner (2016) for the TAC and ski film Finding the Line (2017) which she Executive Produced. From 2019 to 2021 Fran shifted her focus to scripted drama and developing her slate by working with Joanna Werner at Werner Film Productions on teen surf series Surviving Summer, which hit Netflix screens worldwide in June 2022.
Judi Levine has had an extensive producing career in feature films and documentaries, and has been associated with award-winning film projects since her first short film Plead Guilty, Get A Bond with Chris Haywood and Lillian Crombie won an AFl award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film.
In addition to producing in Australia, Judi’s work has led her to projects all around the globe. Levine produced The Sessions starring Oscar-winner Helen Hunt, and Oscar-nominees John Hawkes and William H. Macy. The Sessions won Audience Awards at the Sundance, San Sebastian and Mill Valley Film Festivals, and a Sundance Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast. In 2020, Levine completed the romantic comedy Falling For Figaro starring Joanna Lumley and Danielle Macdonald, which opened to critical acclaim in the UK and USA, and released in Australia in July 2022.
Most recently, Judi produced the WA feature film How To Please A Woman starring Sally Phillips, which opened nationally in May 2022. Among her projects in development, Levine recently partnered with Keshet Int’l to produce Sylvia and the President, about the first movement for the rights of people with disabilities; a project about the brilliant Australian composer/pianist Percy Grainger, and a dark series about a sect that trains women to be high-powered executives.
Levine is particularly excited about her current project Just Like Us (working title), which is a documentary she began in 2001.
NAME Anne Brooks
GRADUATING YEAR 1969
JOB TITLE Associate Professor and Head of Clinic
PLACE OF WORK University of Melbourne and RVEEH
A/Prof Anne Brooks AM, LMusA (Clarinet performing), MBBS, MD, MMed, PhD, FRACO, FRACS, FRACP, FAAO (USA), FRCOphth (UK), AFRACMA
Associate Professor Anne Brooks (’69), was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2021 for significant service to ophthalmology, and to eye health organisations.
Head of Clinic 3 Special, and ophthalmologist to the Glaucoma Unit and Surgical Ophthalmology Service at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Anne is also a nine times Trainer of Excellence award recipient.
After St Catherine’s she completed a Licentiate of Music (Clarinet Performing) and studied Arts as well as Dentistry before settling on a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne where she won many awards including the Carnation Prize in Paediatrics.
She received a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Melbourne, for her thesis on Investigations into Corneal Abnormalities as well as other awards and qualifications. In 2019, she received the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) College Medal, the first female to receive this honour. Anne is published widely, has chaired many committees and associations, taught and lectured extensively.
She enjoys spending time at her farm with husband Murray Frazer PhD, her pets, music, gardening, tennis and the beach. Their two daughters Dr Elita Frazer and Dr Georgina Frazer are both veterinarians. Anne is a strong advocate for women in leadership.
NAME Emma Thompson
GRADUATING YEAR 2015
JOB TITLE Doctor
PLACE OF WORK The Royal Melbourne Hospital
LINKEDIN Emma Thompson
Emma graduated from St Catherine’s in 2015 and started undergraduate medicine at Monash University in 2016. She deferred her course in 2020 to complete an Honours Degree in Biomedical Ethics at Oxford University, and then returned to graduate in 2021.
Emma now work as a junior doctor at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Over the past seven years, she has spent time in remote communities in Africa and Nepal to set up and run medical clinics offering testing and treatment for common communicable diseases, and also worked for the Department of Health in the COVID-19 response. These experiences have made Emma very passionate about equitable access and quality of healthcare for all patients within a local and global context, and so far she has found the opportunities and challenges that come with a career in medicine rewarding and enjoyable!
After graduating from St Catherine’s in 2002, Yasmin completed a Bachelor of Nursing. She then went on to complete further qualifications in lactation consulting and maternity nursing. Yasmin has also spent time volunteering as a Registered Nurse with the American Red Cross.
Yasmin always aspired to study medicine as she found herself drawn to the processes of diagnosis and the formulation of the treatment aspects of medicine. She completed a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and completed her internship and residency at St Vincent’s Health. Through her experiences as a doctor she has discovered a strong interest and passion for psychiatry, research and mentoring. Yasmin is also passionate about women’s mental health advocacy. She now works as a psychiatry registrar at Cabrini Women’s Mental Health and is currently studying a Master’s of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne.
NAME Fiona Kay
GRADUATING YEAR 1993
JOB TITLE Manager Barwon Region Programs & Hospital Coordinator
PLACE OF WORK Tweddle Child and Family Health & Epworth Geelong
Fiona graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing in 1996 and commenced nursing in Trauma at the Alfred in 1997. She has worked in trauma, orthopaedics,burns/ plastics, general surgery, cardiac nursing, paediatric emergency nursing and worked her way into leadership positions, becoming Hospital Coordinator at Royal Children’s Hospital in 2007.
Fiona has gone on to coordinate a number of other organisations and currently holds a Hospital Coordinator role at Epworth Geelong. She also works at Tweddle managing a team who support families under child protection or who’s parents have an intellectual disability.
NAME Susie Nilsson
GRADUATING YEAR 1986
JOB TITLE Research Director, Biomedical Manufacturing
PLACE OF WORK CSIRO
LINKEDIN Susie Nilsson
Professor Susie Nilsson is the Research Director for the Biomedical Manufacturing program with CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Agency. Her portfolio encompasses the production of new products and processes for the biomedical sector – medical devices, diagnostics, drugs, vaccines, and efficient processes to produce them. This covers regulated biomanufacturing, biologics research and development, chemical biology, diagnostics and devices and bioactive small molecules and polymers.
Susie has an extensive history in biologics and specifically haematopoietic stem cell research. She completed her PhD at Melbourne University and post-doctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts prior to taking up a position at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute then the Australian Stem Cell Centre. She moved to CSIRO in 2009 and was appointed as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She became a group leader at the Australian Regenerative Medical Institute, Monash University in 2013 and a CSIRO Science Leader in 2014. Her current role sees broad scientific contributions include overseeing the production of biologics for Phase I clinical trials, recently exemplified by the production of two COVID-19 vaccine candidates, the building of a new cGMP facility for producing products in mammalian systems for Phase I and II/III clinical trials and the secondment of staff to CSL to assist with the National effort in vaccine production to address the pandemic.
NAME Jane Halliday
GRADUATING YEAR 1966
JOB TITLE Principal Research Fellow, Epidemiologist
PLACE OF WORK Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
PLACE OF WORK WEBSITE Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Professor Jane Halliday: BSc (Hons), PhD; FPHAA (Fellow of the Public Health Association of Australasia); AM (Member of the Order of Australia, for significant services to medicine and reproductive epidemiology). Principal Fellow, Genetics Theme, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and Honorary Professor, University of Melbourne, Department of Paediatrics.
Jane began at the at the MCRI as a part-time clinical research assistant in the early 1980s, in the Genetics Department, completing a PhD in epidemiology in 1994, focused on prenatal genetic testing. She became Manager of the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection Unit, Department of Human Services (part-time) and Epidemiologist in charge of the Victorian Birth Defects Register (part-time). During this period, she also built her MCRI research team, becoming a Group Leader, and gained 21 years of personal support funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC).
Her research interests include: 1) evaluation of genetic health services related to prenatal diagnosis and screening for birth defects; 2) measuring the impact of potentially harmful prenatal exposures (e.g. alcohol, assisted reproduction technologies) on the health and wellbeing of babies, children and young adults, integrating knowledge in epigenetics, genetic, environmental and psychosocial risk factors. Since 1997, she has received grants amounting to almost $17.5million and produced 220 peer-reviewed publications.
ENGINEERING / BIOMEDICAL
NAME Melissa Louey
GRADUATING YEAR 2007
JOB TITLE Research Fellow
PLACE OF WORK Bionics Institute
LINKEDIN Melissa Louey
Melissa Louey works as a Research Fellow within the Neurobionics team at the Bionics Institute. She is part of a multi-disciplinary team developing novel methods to assess and support people with Parkinson’s Disease.
Before joining the Bionics Institute, she was a biomedical engineer at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, working in clinical gait analysis in children with cerebral palsy.
Melissa was recently awarded her PhD with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her project focused on uncontrollable movements in the upper limb shown in children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy. Melissa is an alumna of The University of Melbourne and has a Bachelor of Biomedicine and a Master of Engineering