Leading Lights

Andrew Conway

Andrew Conway

Peer Year 1997
Civics

Andrew was the youngest person in Australia to be appointed CEO of a public entity and has played a direct role in shaping corporate regulation. He has represented Australia at international events including APEC, the G20 and World Trade Organisation summits. He was recognised for his contribution to accounting and finance regulation with his appointment as Professor of Accounting at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Andrew is the Director of a not-for-profit community broadcasting body and was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2001 through the Order of Australia for community service.

 

Daniel Kickert

Daniel Kickert

Peer Year 2000
Sport

Over the 14 years of his career as one of Australia’s finest basketball players, Daniel had played for eight different teams across five countries. Graduating in 2006 from Saint Mary’s College in California as the all time leading scorer in the program’s history, Daniel went on to become the sole member of the elite basketball shooting club with the first eligible 50-40-90 season in NBL history. He has competed for the Australian Boomers and helped his team win gold medals at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He most recently signed a deal with the Sydney Kings.

 

Jessica Lye

Jessica Lye

Peer Year 2002 
Science & Technology

Jessica’s management of the AUSVEG Vegetable and Biosecurity program sparked a passion for agriculture, taking her to rural areas across Australia. Focusing on biosecurity in Victoria’s potato and vegetable industry she often worked with growers from non-English speaking backgrounds to help ensure the Victorian horticulture industry is safeguarded against pests and disease.

In 2016, Jessica received the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award (Victoria), which identifies emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.

 

Ben Roche

Ben Roche

Peer Year 2006
Health

Born with Cerebral Palsy, which affects his balance, muscle control and fine motor skills, Ben discovered soccer at a young age but struggled to be included. Feeling isolated and bullied,  he chose to embrace his disability and lead from the front. At 12, he got the opportunity to train with the Australian Paralympic Football Team. Since then Ben has represented Australia, competed in 3 World Cups, won a Silver Medal at the FESPIC games and been nominated for numerous awards. Ben is most proud of the programs he has launched which help kids focus on physical and mental health, community and inclusion.

 

Patrick Thomas

Patrick Thomas

Peer Year 2001
Service

Patrick manages World Vision Australia’s Africa and Middle East Grants Team, which oversees community development initiatives across some of the world’s most fragile countries. He has held roles within international NGOs, and worked alongside EU and UN agencies as well as various Ministries within the Afghan Government. His work has involved establishing human rights curriculums for women; programs to improve agricultural practices, including water technology; and the provision of opportunities for vulnerable groups to engage in meaningful work. In 2017, Patrick was awarded a Community Service commendation by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

 

Caroline Tran

Caroline Tran

Peer Year 1988
Broadcasting & Journalism

Caroline Tran is a music radio broadcaster, program producer, podcaster and writer with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She is a passionate champion of Australian music and has worked within the ABC network for almost 20 years. Caroline first dabbled as a volunteer at a Sydney jazz community radio station and worked her way to hosting and producing programs on Triple J, Radio Australia and Radio National. Since 2014, Caroline has hosted weekly programs on the ABC Digital station, Double J. While music is her passion, connecting with and learning from people through radio gives her the biggest buzz.

  

The Pierce Brothers

Pierce Brothers

Peer Year 2006
Entertainment

Acclaimed artists, multi–instrumentalists and brothers, Jack and Pat are taking
the music industry and the world by storm. With irresistible energy and a
world class live show, they are playing sell out venues around the globe and
have sold over 50,000 EPs independently from busking and touring alone. The
Pierce Brothers share their talent and the stage with big name performers
and have signed record deals with Warner, Sony and a publishing deal with
Mushroom. They have enjoyed success in the ARIA charts in 2014 and 2015
and are about to release their debut album.

  

Renae Sayers

Renai Sayers

Peer Year 2003
Science & Technology

A love of performing, storytelling, star gazing in her backyard as a child, and
an email to NASA fuelled Renae’s fascination and passion for Science. Now
a much sought after International Science Communicator and professional,
Renae shares the wonders of Science in an energetic and exciting way,
travelling the world, collaborating, performing and teaching. Renae’s résumé
includes Theatre and Events Coordinator at Scitech in Perth, Science
Communications for the Edinburgh International Science Festival and Science
Circus Scholar at Questacon. She is employed by Curtin University to assist in
growing the Australian Planetary Science Community with NASA.

 

Liam Shiels

Liam Shiels

Peer Year 2009
Sport

A talented professional sportsman drafted by Hawthorn Football Club at
the age of 17, Liam has played over 120 games at the highest level of AFL
up to the start of the 2016 season. Liam’s awards include Best First Year
Player and Most Improved Player. He has also represented Australia in the
International Rules Team. Liam is a valued senior player at Hawthorn and
has played an important role in each of their consecutive premierships won
in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

 

Michael Sukkar

Michael Sukkar

Peer Year 1999
Civics

Leadership through service defines Michael in his life and his career as a
Federal Member of Parliament. Before entering politics, Michael practised as
a lawyer and consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ashurst Australia. In
2013, Michael received his party’s endorsement to be the candidate for the
federal seat of Deakin, which he won at the 2013 election. As the Federal
Member for Deakin, Michael has championed many local causes by delivering
funding for better roads and transport, community facilities and public safety
and support for small business and families.

 

Louise Swinn

Louise Swinn

Peer Year 1993
Arts

From an early age, Louise displayed a talent for writing and a voracious
appetite for reading. Her passion for publishing began as a child when
she would write, illustrate, bind and catalogue books for her own pleasure
and that of her younger sister. Louise is co-owner and Editorial Director of
Sleepers Publishing House. A much sought after literary professional, Louise
freelances as a book reviewer for newspapers including The Age and The
Australian. She is a founding member of the Stella Prize, a major Literary
Award celebrating the writing of Australian women.

 

Silvana Tedesco

Silvana Tedesco

Peer Year 2000
Business

A leading fashion designer in Australia with her own label and business,
Silvana is sought out by celebrities and socialites for her exquisite gowns.
A creative and entrepreneurial woman with a firm belief she was born to be a
leader, Silvana began designing at the age of 17. She has explored the fashion
world and worked in numerous industries, from skate labels to high-end bridal
wear. Silvana is thriving in the bridal industry and is passionate about ensuring
every woman who invests in her pieces feels fabulous, instilling a feeling of
beauty and confidence within.