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    Elspeth Barker 02Bronte Barratt OAM 03Lisa Butler 04Annabelle Chaplain 05Keri Craig-Lee 06Professor Sarah Derrington 07Phyl Drew 08Sheena Dyason 09Prue Galley 10Rhyll Gardner 11Sally Kehoe 12The Reverend Sarah Leisemann 13Merilyn Luck 14Doune Macdonald 15Dame Patricia MacKinnon DBE CBE 16Dr Alex Markwell 17The Honourable Justice Michelle May 18Daphne Mayo MBE 19Dr Deborah Mills 20Associate Professor Susan Pendlebury 21Una Prentice 22Dr Rosamond Siemon 23Amanda Stein 24Geraldine Turner OAM 25Natalie Wright 26

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    The Old Girls Association (OGA) is an integral part of the St Margarets school community. In 2014, the OGA created a project to recognise past students who have had significant achievement in their careers. The 25 notable past students included in this project have had careers in business, law, health care, the arts, the church, community and sport. The OGA is pleased to launch the project this year and plans to add other notable past students in the future.

    Libby Black President OGA 2014

    Elspeth Barker 02Bronte Barratt OAM 03Lisa Butler 04Annabelle Chaplain 05Keri Craig-Lee 06Professor Sarah Derrington 07Phyl Drew 08Sheena Dyason 09Prue Galley 10Rhyll Gardner 11Sally Kehoe 12The Reverend Sarah Leisemann 13Merilyn Luck 14Doune Macdonald 15Dame Patricia MacKinnon DBE CBE 16Dr Alex Markwell 17The Honourable Justice Michelle May 18Daphne Mayo MBE 19Dr Deborah Mills 20Associate Professor Susan Pendlebury 21Una Prentice 22Dr Rosamond Siemon 23Amanda Stein 24Geraldine Turner OAM 25Natalie Wright 26

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    At St Margarets 1 9 9 6 - 2 0 0 1

    Elspeth BarkerB Bus(Advertising & Marketing), Adv Dip Visual Communication

    Elspeth Barker is a Charleville girl who boarded at St Margarets from 1996-2001. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Advertising and Marketing at QUT and later attended the Design College Australia where she studied Visual Communication (Graphic Design). A firm believer that rural should not limit opportunities, she decided to bring graphic design to Roma and, in 2008, established Plash Creative a now successful graphic design and web agency in Roma. In 2010 Elspeth was the winner of a St Margarets Foundation Scholarship which enabled her to study a summer school in web design at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design in the USA, while continuing to run her young business from afar. As Vice President of The RNA Future Directions Committee and supporter of many local organisations including Commerce Roma and The Roma on Bungil Gallery, Elspeth has also been a founding member of the Carry the Day Campaign, designed to inspire women across Australia to be positive towards each other. In 2013 Elspeth spoke via skype at a career mentoring breakfast for Year 12 St Margarets girls and hopes to continue providing our school leavers with valuable and honest advice upon starting careers in business and the arts. Elspeth loves to travel and is passionate about furthering her design skills regardless of her rural location. Her next goal is to undertake a design course at Umea Institute of Design, Sweden.

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    Bronte graduated from St Margarets in 2006. She made her first open Australian swim team in 2005 at the age of 16. Ten years later, Bronte is still competing for Australia at the highest level. In 2007, she broke the oldest record in swimming for Australian women when she broke Tracey Wickhams 29 year record in the 400m freestyle. In 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games she was part of the Womens 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay team, winning gold in the final, and breaking the now-previous world record by a full six seconds. In 2009, she received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to sport as a gold medallist in Beijing. At the London 2012 Olympics, Bronte added to her medal tally, winning an individual bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle and silver in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay. Most recently at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (2014) Bronte won one gold and two bronze medals.Bronte is a member of the Australian Swim Team leadership group and an executive committee member of the Australian Swimmers Association. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Medical Imaging at Queensland University of Technology. Since leaving school, Bronte has continued to be a keen supporter of St Margarets and its swimming teams and an inspirational role model as a sportswoman and a leader.

    Bronte Barratt OAMOlympian (2008 and 2012)

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    At St Margarets 1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 4

    Lisa Butler BA (Hons), MOP

    Lisa Butler (nee Foley) is the managing director and founder of The Talea Group, and author of best selling business networking book Networking Exposed. In her everyday work Lisa helps her corporate clients to enhance their business performance and returns by developing their communication capability. She is also a frequent keynote speaker at large conferences and events.Lisa qualified at Masters level in Organisational Psychology from The University of Queensland, and has over 25 years experience in learning and development and human resources, spending five years in law firms in Australia and the UK. As a second generation St Margarets girl (mum Denice was a senior in 1954), Lisa is still a passionate supporter and remains connected with St Margarets. Her daughter Georgina became a third generation St Margarets girl, and Lisa was a Director on the St Margarets Foundation Board. Lisa has also spoken at several Old Girls Association events.Lisa now lives in Sydney with her husband Travis and three children.

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    At St Margarets 1 9 6 6 - 1 9 7 4

    Annabelle ChaplainBA MBA FAICD

    Annabelle has been Chair of School Council from 2011-2014 and was the inaugural chair of the St Margarets Foundation. She attended St Margarets, with her two sisters, from 1966 to 1974. Her two daughters also attended the School.An early love of economics at school, and a fascination with business in Asia developed at university, Annabelle studied and worked in Taiwan, and then lived in Hong Kong before moving into an investment banking career of 25 years in Australia.Annabelle is Chairman of Queensland Airports Ltd, and a non-executive director of Downer-Edi Ltd, PanAust Ltd and EFIC, the Australian governments export credit agency.Married to Andrew for over three decades, with three adult children and a much cherished grandson, Annabelle continues to be passionate about providing opportunities for young people to thrive, and especially for young women to fly upwards.

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    At St Margarets 1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 5

    Keri Craig-Lee

    Keri Craig-Lee (nee Craig) was educated at St Margarets from 1970 to 1975. In 1976 she was a Rotary exchange student in the USA and studied fashion design and marketing. Keri returned to Australia and launched the Keri Craig label. She came from a fashion family and quickly succeeded in selling her label nationally and overseas. She opened several Keri Craig boutiques in Brisbane and Sydney.Her career success is evident in the number of trophies awarded. She was the first winner of the Retailers Association of Queensland (RAQ) Fashion Design Awards, the first winner of the RAQ Supreme Award, and the first inductee into the hall of fame in 1987. Keri was the first Queenslander nominated for a FIA Australian Fashion Award and received over 50 awards for excellence over her career. In addition to the fashion industry awards, Keri has also received many other accolades including the Zonta Woman of the Year, Tourism Ambassador for Brisbane and Expo 88 Ambassador. Keri sat on the FIA (Fashion Industry Australia) Council and the Immigration Board and in the eighties wrote her own fashion column for the Sunday Sun newspaper.Keri continues her love of the industry with the Keri Craig Emporium in Brisbane offering imported and local brand name fashions, a fashion caf and hand chosen home wares and gifts.Keri married Trevor Lee in 1986. They have two children, son Harrisson (1992) and daughter Cartier (1997). Cartier has attended St Margarets since Prep. They also enjoy Trevors two sons, Anthony and Michael, and their families.

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    Professor Sarah Derrington BA, LLB(Hons), LLM, PhD

    Professor Sarah Derrington (nee Johnstone) is the Dean of the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland. Appointed in 2013, Professor Derrington is the first female Dean of the School. A graduate of The University of Queensland, Professor Derrington commenced legal practice in 1990 when she was admitted to the Queensland Bar. She was an associate to The Honourable Desmond Derrington QC, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, and the inaugural associate to The Honourable Tony Fitzgerald AC QC, former President of the Queensland Court of Appeal. At the Bar, Professor Derrington practiced in the areas of shipping and maritime law, commercial law, insurance and insolvency law. She is a leader in international arbitration and maritime law, and her research interests lie in the areas of admiralty jurisdiction and practice, the carriage of goods by sea, and marine insurance. Professor Derrington was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2009 and of the Nautical Institute in 2013. She is the Immediate Past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Board of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the Australian Maritime College (AMC).She attended St Margarets in her senior years after previously attending St Annes School in Townsville, Mentone Girls Grammar in Melbourne and St Hildas, Southport. She particularly enjoyed German and Ancient History subjects and appreciated the direct