Past Student Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Past Students Awards are now open. These 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)


2018 nominations close on Monday 12 March, 2018 at 5pm (AEST) and winners will be announced at a dinner on Friday 20 April, 2018.

Nomination Form (PDF 1.2MB)

Dinner Invitation (PDF 467.4KB) 

Past Winners:

2017 Young Past Student of Distinction

Headshot_Penelope_TwemlowPenelope Twemlow ('00) 

Penelope Twemlow’s career started in the Australian Defence Force, where she was involved in projects and deployments around Australia and Southeast Asia. After she left the Defence Force, she held senior positions in the mining, oil, construction and gas sectors.

In 2015, Penelope was appointed CEO of Energy Skills Queensland, an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing innovative solutions to enable a skilled and safe energy industry.

She is also Chair of the Queensland Electrical Safety Education Committee, and founder and Chair of Women in Power, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes and improves the electrical and electro-technology industry by the advancement of women within it.

Penelope has received numerous accolades including the 2016 Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Award for Purpose and Social Enterprise and 2016 APAC Insider CEO of the Year.

Young Past Student of Distinction 2016 Nisha Srinivasan ('00) (PDF 707.8KB)
Young Past Student of Distinction 2015 Gwyneth Olsen ('00) (PDF 650.8KB)

 2017 Distinguished Past Student

Louise Gustafsson55 - CopyAssociate Professor Louise Gustafsson (‘87)

A/Prof Louise Gustafsson (nee Bender) graduated from The University of Queensland (UQ) in 1991, and worked as a hospital-based occupational therapist before transitioning to an academic career at UQ in 2002. She completed her PhD in 2006 and is now Head and Undergraduate Program Director of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS). 

A/Prof Gustafsson has made significant contributions to teaching and learning and has received a SHRS teaching award. Current research projects aim to understand the expectations and approaches to learning of students in SHRS and the academic integrity of occupational therapy students nationwide.

A national expert in stroke rehabilitation and recovery, A/Prof Gustafsson conducts research to improve outcomes and community participation for people living with stroke. Her work has been recognised with SHRS research awards and the Mary Rankine Wilson Memorial Award for Professional Excellence. 

Distinguished Past Student 2016 Professor Desley Deacon ('59) (PDF 2.3MB)
Distinguished Past Student 2015 Keri Craig-Lee ('75) (PDF 687.5KB)