Past Student Awards

The Past Student Awards have been established to: 

  • recognise the many achievements of St Margaret’s Past Students, both professionally and personally
  • celebrate the diverse achievements of Past Students and provide an opportunity to share stories of success
  • increase connections between the School and Past Students to honour their legacy.

There are two award categories:

  • Distinguished Past Student (for alumnae who have passed their 20th reunion)
  • Young Past Student of Distinction (for alumnae in their 20th reunion year or younger) 

Nominations for the 2020/2021 Past Student Awards (PDF 1.2MB) are now open and close on Friday 26 March at 5pm.

Winners will be celebrated at the Past Student Awards on Saturday 24 April at 6.30pm. 

* Please note that as the Past Student Awards were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID, all 2020 nominations will be considered for the 2020/2021 Past Student Awards.

2019 Young Past Student of Distinction

Lucy Shaw_cropLucy Shaw (’09)

Lucy works in international development, currently focusing on the intersection of energy and development in Africa. After graduating from St Margaret's, she studied mechanical engineering at the University of Melbourne. While studying, she completed internships in laser research and oil and gas engineering, and joined Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm, after finishing her degree. In this role she advised leaders in state governments, energy and mining companies, and NGOs on business strategy in Australia and the USA. 

Lucy left BCG to pursue work in Latin America and Africa that would improve people's lives and help them to meet basic needs such as getting access to electricity and having secure access to food. She worked on solar projects in the Amazon in Peru, advised the Ethiopian government on improving agricultural productivity and helped companies in Africa provide electricity to more customers at a lower cost. She is currently a Masters’ student and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard studying development economics and an MBA, where she completes research on government debt in Africa, and how electricity infrastructure can be improved in the continent. 

View Lucy's acceptance speech below.


Young Past Student of Distinction 2018 Emma Sievwright (11) (PDF 1.2MB)
Young Past Student of Distinction 2017 Penelope Twemlow ('00) (PDF 1.3MB)
Young Past Student of Distinction 2016 Nisha Srinivasan ('00) (PDF 707.8KB)

Young Past Student of Distinction 2015 Gwyneth Olsen ('00) (PDF 650.8KB)

2019 Distinguished Past Student

Dr Krause_cropDr Hannah-Gerti Krause AO ('85)

Dr Hannah Krause AO completed her senior years at St Margaret’s and graduated from The University of Queensland with Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery in 1991. In 1995, in Ethiopia, she witnessed the problems low-income women faced from complications arising from limited access to obstetric care, an experience which encouraged her to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology.

She completed her obstetrics and gynaecology specialty training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and was made Fellow in 2003.  In 2006, she became a certified urogynaecologist.  She also has a Master of Philosophy at The University of Queensland.

Since 1995 and throughout her career, Dr Krause has sustained regular, self-funded volunteer medical missions in developing countries. In 2016, she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Honours list for distinguished service to medicine in the field of urology and gynaecology, particularly through surgical assistance to women in developing countries throughout Asia and Africa. 

Distinguished Past Student 2018 Helen Meredith ('53) (PDF 1.3MB)
Distinguished Past Student 2017 Associate Professor Louise Gustafsson ('87) (PDF 1.4MB)
Distinguished Past Student 2016 Professor Desley Deacon ('59) (PDF 2.3MB)
Distinguished Past Student 2015 Keri Craig-Lee ('75) (PDF 687.5KB)