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 are now open for the 2022 Past Student Awards. Winners will be celebrated at the Past Student Awards Cocktail Event on Saturday 23 April 2022. Download the nomination form here (PDF 1MB). Nominations close Friday 25 March 2022.



               2021 Young Past Student of Distinction

Ashley McCarthy-Griffiths

Ashley McCarthy-Griffiths (’12)

Ashley is an engineer who sets the technology direction for BHP’s coal operations. She is passionate about combining technology and engineering to solve our world’s challenges by creating solutions that provide a sense of belonging and are inclusive for the community.

Ashley was recently recognised as the 2021 Queensland Exceptional Young Women in Resources runner-up for combining her volunteering and work experience. She strives to be a role model and raise the profile of STEM by breaking down the associated stereotypes to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in STEM.

At BHP, Ashley works with executive leadership teams and front-line staff to identify and understand their current challenges and strategic priorities.

Ashley leads a not-for-profit organisation called Power of Engineering, working to build a diverse engineering talent pipeline across Australia. Power of Engineering has reached over 12,500 students, with 80 per cent of students participating now considering a career in engineering.


               2020 Young Past Student of Distinction

Mikaela Seymour

Dr Mikaela Seymour (’09)

Mikaela has pursued a career in health care, development and rural medical equality and is currently a doctor working in the Western Province, Papua New Guinea, as a member of the Aerial Health Patrol team.

Graduating from Griffith University in 2015 with a Masters of Medicine (MD) and a Bachelor of Medical Science, Mikaela completed a Masters of Surgical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and the Global Surgery Course at Oxford University. She is currently completing a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University and Global Health Engagement Grad Cert, Uniformed Services University Health School, Washington.

Mikaela is the founder of Bush Dokta Initiative (Project Yumi Charity), connecting PNG and Australian health care workers, supporting grassroots health projects in Papua New Guinea. In 2018 she was awarded Australian Medical Association Doctor in Training of the year for her contributions to health care in the Western Pacific region.

Young Past Student of Distinction 2021 Ashley McCarthy-Griffiths ('12) (PDF 1MB)

Young Past Student of Distinction 2020 Mikaela Seymour ('09) (PDF 1.1MB)

Young Past Student of Distinction 2019 Lucy Shaw ('09) (PDF 1.1MB)

Young Past Student of Distinction 2018 Emma Sievwright ('11)

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)


                    2021 Distinguished Past Student

Doune Macdonald 

Professor Doune Macdonald ('76)

Professor Doune Macdonald is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at The University of Queensland following her position as Head of the School of Human Movement Studies (2004-2013). She completed her undergraduate and honours degrees in Human Movement Studies at UQ before teaching Health and Physical Education in Queensland and NSW, including two years at St Margaret’s.

Joining the academic staff in Human Movement Studies at UQ in 1990, Doune obtained her PhD through Deakin University. In 1998 she won an Australian Award for University Teaching and in 2011 the UQ Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Award. Doune was also Lead Writer for the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education released in 2015.

Doune holds a number of leadership roles in international professional and research organisations, research journal editorial boards, advisory panels, and university and school directorships. She served on the St Margaret’s School Council (2007-2012) and currently sits on the boards of Brisbane Grammar School and Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.


                     2020 Distinguished Past Student

Kate Gibson

Kate Gibson ('96)

Kate Gibson is an international criminal lawyer and has been practising before the international criminal courts and tribunals since 2005. She has defended accused before the international courts, in cases arising from the conflicts in Rwanda, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the former Yugoslavia.

In 2018 Kate was appointed as a lawyer with the United Nations Fact Finding Mission for Myanmar, working to document crimes committed against the Rohingya since 2016. She has trained lawyers and judges in international criminal law and procedure in Rwanda, Libya and throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Kate holds an LL.M (First) in International Law from Cambridge University. She is published and teaches in international criminal law and transitional justice.

Distinguished Past Student 2021 Professor Doune Macdonald ('76) (PDF 1.1MB)

Distinguished Past Student 2020 Kate Gibson ('96) (PDF 1.1MB)

Distinguished Past Student 2019 Dr Hannah-Gerti Krause AO ('85) (PDF 1MB)

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)