UQ Alumni Awards

Introducing our 2020 Alumni Award winners

An international business leader, an entrepreneur and an Emmy award winner are amongst UQ's esteemed alumni community who have been recognised in The University of Queensland 2020 Alumni Awards.

Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Awards

Lawrence Au
Master of Business Administration 1982

“There’s no ego in learning. You will never learn enough.”

Mr Lawrence Au has been at the forefront of Asia’s financial industry for more than 35 years. He is a recognised thought-leader and has lived and worked in Hong Kong and Singapore for most of his professional career.

Mr Au was the Asia Pacific CEO of the securities services business at BNP Paribas and Northern Trust for 16 years respectively. During their formative years, Mr Au was the driving force behind successfully establishing these banks as market leaders in the region. In his final years as chief executive, he provided leadership to over 2,000 staff in eight countries and 10 offices.

He has also held senior roles in some of the world’s most influential finance firms, including J.P. Morgan, The Bank of New York and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Mr Au has been recognised with numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Asia Asset Management in 2016, Custodian Banker of the Year by The Asset in 2013 and Custodian Leader of the Year by Asia Asset Management in 2012.

In 2016, he published a book, Asia’s Financial Industry 1986-2016, which traces its development over the three decades and captures the key events during this process. His book, available in English and Chinese versions, is now part of the collections in a number of universities and public libraries across the globe.

Mr Au has also been active in mentoring young professionals and business start-ups, as well as supporting a number of philanthropic causes. He was also instrumental in setting up the Hong Kong Alumni Excellence Prize at The University of Queensland.


Mr Robert Caslick
Bachelor of Engineering 1998

St Leo's College

“When you share a good meal you also share dignity, respect and love and that was the genesis of the soup kitchen.”

Mr Robert Caslick is a Mechanical Engineer with a lifelong commitment to serving others, most recently as the founder of social venture, Two Good Co.

Upon graduating from a Bachelor of Engineering at UQ, Mr Caslick rose to the rank of lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy. He was appointed as the Marine Engineer on board HMAS Sydney for six years where he actively served in the Persian Gulf during the second Gulf War.

After leaving the military in 2004, Mr Caslick continued to work as an engineer and was involved in projects such as the development of Mary’s House, a domestic violence refuge in Sydney. While completing a Master of Design Engineering, he developed a light that assists the vision impaired to find braille – a product that has been commercialised and is still in production today.

In 2010, he established Australia’s first organic soup kitchen, feeding the homeless around Sydney’s Kings Cross. The premise of the organic soup kitchen was to share a meal, not just serve a meal because when you share a meal you also share dignity and respect.

To eliminate the constant need for fundraising, Mr Caslick established Two Good Co in 2015. Two Good Co sells soups and salads to CBD workers and uses the profits of each sale to make a second meal that is donated to the soup kitchen and domestic violence safe houses. Two Good Co collaborates with Australia’s top chefs including Kylie Kwong, Maggie Beer and Matt Moran to deliver meals and lifestyle products to 26 communities nationally. To date, over 164,000 restaurant quality meals have been delivered across the country.

In addition to providing a nutritious meal, the business makes a profound difference to women displaced from their homes due to domestic violence by offering them re-training and work opportunities.


Mr Paul Compton
Bachelor of Economics 1986
Bachelor of Commerce 1984

“To be a great leader you need to lead with both your head and your heart.”

Mr Paul Compton is a leading professional in international banking and finance with over 30 years' experience in the industry. Mr Compton now resides in New York City and divides his time between New York and London.

In his early career, Mr Compton spent 10 years at Ernst & Young in the Brisbane and New York offices.

After Ernst & Young, Mr Compton spent 20 years as an executive with JPMorgan Chase and Co. His roles included Investment Bank Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer.

As President of Barclays Bank Plc, Mr Compton is responsible for overseeing the Corporate and Investment Bank, which comprises Global Banking, Markets and Corporate Banking businesses. He is also accountable for delivering strategic projects across our wholesale businesses, embedding key partnerships, and driving success with our biggest and most important clients.

Prior to his appointment as President of BBPLC in March 2019, he served as Barclays Group Chief Operating Officer, and as Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Execution Services (BX), delivering operations and technology services to Barclays businesses globally.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Compton worked with the Barclays CEO, Jes Staley, to launch The Barclays Foundation. The foundation provides philanthropic support to vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 to lessen the social and economic fallout of the crisis.

Mr Compton is very generous with his time having held a number of volunteer positions for UQ including serving on the Board of Directors for The University of Queensland in America Inc. (TUQIA) Board, the committee for the inaugural UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner in New York and as a member of the UQ Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Alumni Ambassador Council.


Professor Phillippa Diedrichs
Doctor of Philosophy 2011
Bachelor of Science (Hons) 2004

“Eight out of 10 girls around the world opt out of important life activities, like putting their hand up in the classroom and going to the doctor, because they’re ashamed of their bodies and how they look. Appearance concerns, stereotypes and pressures are holding back the next generation of women. We have innovative technologies, policies and educational tools to disrupt this trend if we work together in partnership.”

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs is a key advocate for body image positivity and an exceptional academic scholar in the field of health psychology.

Professor Diedrichs’ work challenges cultural norms and systems to create a world in which people are not judged or limited by concerns, pressures and stereotypes about their appearance. To foster societal changes, Professor Diedrichs has developed cross-sector collaborations with industry and non-profit partners, and governments to achieve significant shifts in advertising, social media, education curricula, and government policy to create a more body-positive environment for young people.

The evidence-based programs that she has co-created to improve body image and mental health have been delivered across 6 continents to over 30 million young people in partnership with global youth organisations and businesses, including Unilever and UNICEF. Two notable examples are the long-standing academic partnership she founded with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and her work to co-develop the first evidence-based Girl Guides and Girl Scouts global badge programme, Free Being Me, now implemented in 136 countries.

Professor Diedrichs holds a number of influential roles with UK government bodies. She has been appointed by the Mayor of London to serve on Transport for London's Advertising Steering Group, providing advice and guidance on implementing its advertising policy. She has also served on the British Government's body confidence campaign advisory group, providing counsel on the prevalence, nature, and consequences of body image concerns among the British public.

Through her extensive advocacy work and research, Professor Diedrichs has received many accolades and she has strong academic record which is evidenced by her promotion to Professor within seven years of completing her university education.


Ms Deborah Riley
Bachelor of Design Studies 1993

“Bravery is something I wish that somebody had spoken to me about much earlier in my career. Just how much of it you need and how much belief in yourself and your skills you need to have.

Ms Deborah Riley is a four-time Emmy award winning production designer and art director. Her portfolio includes award-winning film and television sets like Game of Thrones, Moulin Rouge! and the Matrix, as well as the closing ceremony for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

During her time at UQ, Ms Riley became interested in the drama of spaces and upon graduating from a Bachelor of Design Studies, pursued her interest in set production at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).

Her first breakthrough into film came in the late 1990s when she was hired as a set designer for The Matrix. The film broke new ground in the world of visual effects and won four Academy Awards. She later went on to work as Assistant Art Director and Art Director on a number of high-profile films including Anna and The King, 21 Grams, and Moulin Rouge! Her success from these productions saw her selected as an Art Director for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games closing ceremony, where she was responsible for the construction and delivery of the sets and props.

In 2013, Ms Riley secured a position as Production Designer for cult TV series Game of Thrones, a show which has been widely cited as one of the most successful television shows in history due to its film-like production values with intricately detailed set design and elaborate locations. During this time, she managed an art department in excess of 100 people, across multiple countries.

Ms Riley’s work on Game of Thrones has won her four consecutive Primetime Emmy awards for Outstanding Production Design, and nine prestigious awards including the three US Art Directors Guild Awards, Australian Production Design Guild Awards, BAFTA Television Craft Award, British Film Designers Guild Awards, and the Online Film and Television Association Awards. She was honoured in 2019 by the Australian Government with the G’Day USA Outstanding Achievement in Television and Film.

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Mr Lawrence Au

Mr Lawrence Au

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Mr Robert Caslick

Mr Robert Caslick

Image of Paul Compton in a business suit.

Mr Paul Compton

Mr Paul Compton

Image of Professor Phillippa Diedrichs against a wooden door.

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs

Image of Deborah Riley sitting on a couch with a dragon skull beside her.

Ms Deborah Riley. Image: Studio Commercial/David Silva

Ms Deborah Riley. Image: Studio Commercial/David Silva

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Lawrence Au

Lawrence Au

Lawrence Au
Master of Business Administration 1982

“There’s no ego in learning. You will never learn enough.”

Mr Lawrence Au has been at the forefront of Asia’s financial industry for more than 35 years. He is a recognised thought-leader and has lived and worked in Hong Kong and Singapore for most of his professional career.

Mr Au was the Asia Pacific CEO of the securities services business at BNP Paribas and Northern Trust for 16 years respectively. During their formative years, Mr Au was the driving force behind successfully establishing these banks as market leaders in the region. In his final years as chief executive, he provided leadership to over 2,000 staff in eight countries and 10 offices.

He has also held senior roles in some of the world’s most influential finance firms, including J.P. Morgan, The Bank of New York and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Mr Au has been recognised with numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Asia Asset Management in 2016, Custodian Banker of the Year by The Asset in 2013 and Custodian Leader of the Year by Asia Asset Management in 2012.

In 2016, he published a book, Asia’s Financial Industry 1986-2016, which traces its development over the three decades and captures the key events during this process. His book, available in English and Chinese versions, is now part of the collections in a number of universities and public libraries across the globe.

Mr Au has also been active in mentoring young professionals and business start-ups, as well as supporting a number of philanthropic causes. He was also instrumental in setting up the Hong Kong Alumni Excellence Prize at The University of Queensland.


Robert Caslick

Robert Caslick

Mr Robert Caslick
Bachelor of Engineering 1998

St Leo's College

“When you share a good meal you also share dignity, respect and love and that was the genesis of the soup kitchen.”

Mr Robert Caslick is a Mechanical Engineer with a lifelong commitment to serving others, most recently as the founder of social venture, Two Good Co.

Upon graduating from a Bachelor of Engineering at UQ, Mr Caslick rose to the rank of lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy. He was appointed as the Marine Engineer on board HMAS Sydney for six years where he actively served in the Persian Gulf during the second Gulf War.

After leaving the military in 2004, Mr Caslick continued to work as an engineer and was involved in projects such as the development of Mary’s House, a domestic violence refuge in Sydney. While completing a Master of Design Engineering, he developed a light that assists the vision impaired to find braille – a product that has been commercialised and is still in production today.

In 2010, he established Australia’s first organic soup kitchen, feeding the homeless around Sydney’s Kings Cross. The premise of the organic soup kitchen was to share a meal, not just serve a meal because when you share a meal you also share dignity and respect.

To eliminate the constant need for fundraising, Mr Caslick established Two Good Co in 2015. Two Good Co sells soups and salads to CBD workers and uses the profits of each sale to make a second meal that is donated to the soup kitchen and domestic violence safe houses. Two Good Co collaborates with Australia’s top chefs including Kylie Kwong, Maggie Beer and Matt Moran to deliver meals and lifestyle products to 26 communities nationally. To date, over 164,000 restaurant quality meals have been delivered across the country.

In addition to providing a nutritious meal, the business makes a profound difference to women displaced from their homes due to domestic violence by offering them re-training and work opportunities.


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Paul Compton

Paul Compton

Mr Paul Compton
Bachelor of Economics 1986
Bachelor of Commerce 1984

“To be a great leader you need to lead with both your head and your heart.”

Mr Paul Compton is a leading professional in international banking and finance with over 30 years' experience in the industry. Mr Compton now resides in New York City and divides his time between New York and London.

In his early career, Mr Compton spent 10 years at Ernst & Young in the Brisbane and New York offices.

After Ernst & Young, Mr Compton spent 20 years as an executive with JPMorgan Chase and Co. His roles included Investment Bank Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer.

As President of Barclays Bank Plc, Mr Compton is responsible for overseeing the Corporate and Investment Bank, which comprises Global Banking, Markets and Corporate Banking businesses. He is also accountable for delivering strategic projects across our wholesale businesses, embedding key partnerships, and driving success with our biggest and most important clients.

Prior to his appointment as President of BBPLC in March 2019, he served as Barclays Group Chief Operating Officer, and as Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Execution Services (BX), delivering operations and technology services to Barclays businesses globally.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Compton worked with the Barclays CEO, Jes Staley, to launch The Barclays Foundation. The foundation provides philanthropic support to vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 to lessen the social and economic fallout of the crisis.

Mr Compton is very generous with his time having held a number of volunteer positions for UQ including serving on the Board of Directors for The University of Queensland in America Inc. (TUQIA) Board, the committee for the inaugural UQ Rugby Benefit Dinner in New York and as a member of the UQ Faculty of Business, Economics and Law Alumni Ambassador Council.


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Professor Phillippa Diedrichs

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs
Doctor of Philosophy 2011
Bachelor of Science (Hons) 2004

“Eight out of 10 girls around the world opt out of important life activities, like putting their hand up in the classroom and going to the doctor, because they’re ashamed of their bodies and how they look. Appearance concerns, stereotypes and pressures are holding back the next generation of women. We have innovative technologies, policies and educational tools to disrupt this trend if we work together in partnership.”

Professor Phillippa Diedrichs is a key advocate for body image positivity and an exceptional academic scholar in the field of health psychology.

Professor Diedrichs’ work challenges cultural norms and systems to create a world in which people are not judged or limited by concerns, pressures and stereotypes about their appearance. To foster societal changes, Professor Diedrichs has developed cross-sector collaborations with industry and non-profit partners, and governments to achieve significant shifts in advertising, social media, education curricula, and government policy to create a more body-positive environment for young people.

The evidence-based programs that she has co-created to improve body image and mental health have been delivered across 6 continents to over 30 million young people in partnership with global youth organisations and businesses, including Unilever and UNICEF. Two notable examples are the long-standing academic partnership she founded with the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and her work to co-develop the first evidence-based Girl Guides and Girl Scouts global badge programme, Free Being Me, now implemented in 136 countries.

Professor Diedrichs holds a number of influential roles with UK government bodies. She has been appointed by the Mayor of London to serve on Transport for London's Advertising Steering Group, providing advice and guidance on implementing its advertising policy. She has also served on the British Government's body confidence campaign advisory group, providing counsel on the prevalence, nature, and consequences of body image concerns among the British public.

Through her extensive advocacy work and research, Professor Diedrichs has received many accolades and she has strong academic record which is evidenced by her promotion to Professor within seven years of completing her university education.


Image of Deborah Riley sitting next to a dragon skull.

Deborah Riley

Deborah Riley

Ms Deborah Riley
Bachelor of Design Studies 1993

“Bravery is something I wish that somebody had spoken to me about much earlier in my career. Just how much of it you need and how much belief in yourself and your skills you need to have.

Ms Deborah Riley is a four-time Emmy award winning production designer and art director. Her portfolio includes award-winning film and television sets like Game of Thrones, Moulin Rouge! and the Matrix, as well as the closing ceremony for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

During her time at UQ, Ms Riley became interested in the drama of spaces and upon graduating from a Bachelor of Design Studies, pursued her interest in set production at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).

Her first breakthrough into film came in the late 1990s when she was hired as a set designer for The Matrix. The film broke new ground in the world of visual effects and won four Academy Awards. She later went on to work as Assistant Art Director and Art Director on a number of high-profile films including Anna and The King, 21 Grams, and Moulin Rouge! Her success from these productions saw her selected as an Art Director for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games closing ceremony, where she was responsible for the construction and delivery of the sets and props.

In 2013, Ms Riley secured a position as Production Designer for cult TV series Game of Thrones, a show which has been widely cited as one of the most successful television shows in history due to its film-like production values with intricately detailed set design and elaborate locations. During this time, she managed an art department in excess of 100 people, across multiple countries.

Ms Riley’s work on Game of Thrones has won her four consecutive Primetime Emmy awards for Outstanding Production Design, and nine prestigious awards including the three US Art Directors Guild Awards, Australian Production Design Guild Awards, BAFTA Television Craft Award, British Film Designers Guild Awards, and the Online Film and Television Association Awards. She was honoured in 2019 by the Australian Government with the G’Day USA Outstanding Achievement in Television and Film.

UQ Alumnus of the Year

(Award created by Alumni Friends)

Adjunct Professor The Honourable
Matt Foley

Bachelor of Laws 1983
Bachelor of Social Work 1975
Bachelor of Arts 1971

St Leo's College

“The great Aboriginal poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal grasped the words, thoughts and actions to make a difference so I think that’s something for the newcomers starting out at uni to give some thought to.”

The Honourable Matt Foley is a barrister, former minister and social worker with a lifetime of service to the people of Queensland.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1971, Mr Foley held a particular interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. He worked for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service from 1974-1978. During this time he coordinated the Legal Service’s submissions to the 1976-1977 Lucas Commission, leading to the law reform of police questioning of Indigenous Australians and others facing disadvantage before the law.

His advocacy for Indigenous Australians and others facing disadvantage drew him to study law. He was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 1983, and later to the High Court of New Zealand.

From 1985-87 Mr Foley served as President of the Qld Council for Civil Liberties.

In 1989, Mr Foley was elected as the Member for Yeronga in the Queensland Parliament, where he served until 2004. Mr Foley served as a Minister in four governments including as Attorney-General and Arts Minister for the Goss and Beattie governments.

As Arts Minister, Mr Foley was the Minister responsible for establishing the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, the South Brisbane home of the Queensland Theatre Company including the Bille Brown Studio (now Theatre) and the Playhouse at the Cultural Centre in Southbank. He also introduced the Public Art Policy requiring artwork to be “built in” to the design and construction of new Queensland Government buildings.

He is passionate about gender equality and during his time as Attorney-General was responsible for the appointment of many women Justices to the Queensland Supreme Court. During this time, Mr Foley  introduced Queensland’s first legislation on de facto property rights for opposite and same sex couples. He also introduced the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 which revolutionised access to justice for people with a decision-making incapacity such as those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr Foley remains committed to his work, regularly delivering lectures to social work students, and continues to offer his professional services to the disadvantaged.

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Adjunct Professor The Honourable Matt Foley

Adjunct Professor The Honourable Matt Foley

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Adjunct Professor The Honourable Matt Foley

Adjunct Professor The Honourable Matt Foley

Adjunct Professor The Honourable
Matt Foley

Bachelor of Laws 1983
Bachelor of Social Work 1975
Bachelor of Arts 1971

St Leo's College

“The great Aboriginal poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal grasped the words, thoughts and actions to make a difference so I think that’s something for the newcomers starting out at uni to give some thought to.”

The Honourable Matt Foley is a barrister, former minister and social worker with a lifetime of service to the people of Queensland.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1971, Mr Foley held a particular interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. He worked for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service from 1974-1978. During this time he coordinated the Legal Service’s submissions to the 1976-1977 Lucas Commission, leading to the law reform of police questioning of Indigenous Australians and others facing disadvantage before the law.

His advocacy for Indigenous Australians and others facing disadvantage drew him to study law. He was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 1983, and later to the High Court of New Zealand.

From 1985-87 Mr Foley served as President of the Qld Council for Civil Liberties.

In 1989, Mr Foley was elected as the Member for Yeronga in the Queensland Parliament, where he served until 2004. Mr Foley served as a Minister in four governments including as Attorney-General and Arts Minister for the Goss and Beattie governments.

As Arts Minister, Mr Foley was the Minister responsible for establishing the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, the South Brisbane home of the Queensland Theatre Company including the Bille Brown Studio (now Theatre) and the Playhouse at the Cultural Centre in Southbank. He also introduced the Public Art Policy requiring artwork to be “built in” to the design and construction of new Queensland Government buildings.

He is passionate about gender equality and during his time as Attorney-General was responsible for the appointment of many women Justices to the Queensland Supreme Court. During this time, Mr Foley  introduced Queensland’s first legislation on de facto property rights for opposite and same sex couples. He also introduced the Guardianship and Administration Act 2000 which revolutionised access to justice for people with a decision-making incapacity such as those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr Foley remains committed to his work, regularly delivering lectures to social work students, and continues to offer his professional services to the disadvantaged.

Indigenous Community Impact Award

Mr Cameron Costello
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2005

“There’s a growing awareness and collaboration from all areas of government to work with First Nations people to allow them to become active participants and active custodians, together.”

Mr Cameron Costello is a Quandamooka man and is currently the CEO of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC). QYAC is a Registered Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) created under the Native Title Act 1993 to manage the recognised Native Title rights and interests of the Quandamooka People. In this role, Mr Costello is responsible for balancing the competing demands of achieving sustainable economic outcomes while ensuring the interests of the Quandamooka People are represented. QYAC has three key strategic goals; to secure the Quandamooka Estate, to engage and protect the Quandamooka knowledge and to become self-sufficient.

Passionate about protecting the natural biodiversity of Country, Mr Costello works closely with the Quandamooka People and Elders, Government and industry to progress strategic plans while focussing on sustainable and culturally appropriate economic development. This includes jointly managing national parks and running successful 100% Aboriginal owned camp grounds on both Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island).

Mr Costello previously spent four years working with the Queensland Government as the Program Manager for Backing Indigenous Art, a four-year $11.2 million initiative for developing a sustainable Indigenous arts industry in Queensland. In this role Mr Costello worked on developing the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and the Djumbunji Press Printmaking Centre, as well as building a Skills and Opportunities Grants Program.

Mr Costello sits on the Boards of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, the Queensland Koala Advisory Council and is a Director of the Moreton Bay Foundation.


Podcast: Native Title rights and the future with Cameron Costello

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Mr Cameron Costello

Mr Cameron Costello

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Cameron Costello

Cameron Costello

Mr Cameron Costello
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) 2005

“There’s a growing awareness and collaboration from all areas of government to work with First Nations people to allow them to become active participants and active custodians, together.”

Mr Cameron Costello is a Quandamooka man and is currently the CEO of the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC). QYAC is a Registered Prescribed Body Corporate (PBC) created under the Native Title Act 1993 to manage the recognised Native Title rights and interests of the Quandamooka People. In this role, Mr Costello is responsible for balancing the competing demands of achieving sustainable economic outcomes while ensuring the interests of the Quandamooka People are represented. QYAC has three key strategic goals; to secure the Quandamooka Estate, to engage and protect the Quandamooka knowledge and to become self-sufficient.

Passionate about protecting the natural biodiversity of Country, Mr Costello works closely with the Quandamooka People and Elders, Government and industry to progress strategic plans while focussing on sustainable and culturally appropriate economic development. This includes jointly managing national parks and running successful 100% Aboriginal owned camp grounds on both Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) and Mulgumpin (Moreton Island).

Mr Costello previously spent four years working with the Queensland Government as the Program Manager for Backing Indigenous Art, a four-year $11.2 million initiative for developing a sustainable Indigenous arts industry in Queensland. In this role Mr Costello worked on developing the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and the Djumbunji Press Printmaking Centre, as well as building a Skills and Opportunities Grants Program.

Mr Costello sits on the Boards of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, the Queensland Koala Advisory Council and is a Director of the Moreton Bay Foundation.

Podcast: Native Title rights and the future with Cameron Costello

International Alumnus of the Year

Ms Fauna Ussumane Rugunato Ibramogy
Master of Agribusiness 2013

If you focus on the end goal nothing should distract you from achieving it. Stay focused, work hard, put in the necessary effort and the results will come.

Ms Fauna Ussumane Rugunato Ibramogy is an agribusiness specialist with 18 years of work experience in agricultural and rural development in Mozambique. She promotes a gender transformative approach and her work has made a significant impact in rural communities across Mozambique. She is contributing to the upliftment of rural households and communities using the “Market Systems Development (MSD) approach” which ensures sustainability of agricultural project interventions beyond the funding period.

Since 2016, Ms Ibramogy has been the National Program Officer for Economic Development at the Embassy of Switzerland in Maputo, Mozambique. She provides technical support and managerial guidance to two development programmes, the Innovation for Agribusiness (InovAgro) and Horti Sempre. These programs promote the use of certified seed and good agricultural practices to increase productivity and thereby address food security and income challenges. They also facilitate the participation of the private sector in uplifting the livelihoods of rural agricultural households through participation in commercial supply chains.

Under Ms Ibramogy's overall guidance, in 2018, InovAgro was voted the best market systems development programme within the Global Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and has led to an increase in income for more than 21,000 farmers in Mozambique.

Ms Ibramogy has been instrumental in the implementation of the Climate, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Integration Guidance (CEDRIG) within the Horti Sempre program in Northern Mozambique. CEDRIG assists Development workers/agencies or organisations to understand whether existing and planned projects are at risk from climate change.

Ms Ibramogy is committed to improving gender equality in the agricultural sector and has been the Country Office Gender Focal Point since 2017, where she leads discussions on gender equality, gender-based violence, and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Image of Fauna Ibramogy sitting at her desk.

Ms Fauna Ibramogy

Ms Fauna Ibramogy

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Fauna Ibramogy

Fauna Ibramogy

Ms Fauna Ussumane Rugunato Ibramogy
Master of Agribusiness 2013

If you focus on the end goal nothing should distract you from achieving it. Stay focused, work hard, put in the necessary effort and the results will come.

Ms Fauna Ussumane Rugunato Ibramogy is an agribusiness specialist with 18 years of work experience in agricultural and rural development in Mozambique. She promotes a gender transformative approach and her work has made a significant impact in rural communities across Mozambique. She is contributing to the upliftment of rural households and communities using the “Market Systems Development (MSD) approach” which ensures sustainability of agricultural project interventions beyond the funding period.

Since 2016, Ms Ibramogy has been the National Program Officer for Economic Development at the Embassy of Switzerland in Maputo, Mozambique. She provides technical support and managerial guidance to two development programmes, the Innovation for Agribusiness (InovAgro) and Horti Sempre. These programs promote the use of certified seed and good agricultural practices to increase productivity and thereby address food security and income challenges. They also facilitate the participation of the private sector in uplifting the livelihoods of rural agricultural households through participation in commercial supply chains.

Under Ms Ibramogy's overall guidance, in 2018, InovAgro was voted the best market systems development programme within the Global Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and has led to an increase in income for more than 21,000 farmers in Mozambique.

Ms Ibramogy has been instrumental in the implementation of the Climate, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction Integration Guidance (CEDRIG) within the Horti Sempre program in Northern Mozambique. CEDRIG assists Development workers/agencies or organisations to understand whether existing and planned projects are at risk from climate change.

Ms Ibramogy is committed to improving gender equality in the agricultural sector and has been the Country Office Gender Focal Point since 2017, where she leads discussions on gender equality, gender-based violence, and sexual harassment in the workplace.

Colleges' UQ Alumni Award

Mrs Sally McPherson
Bachelor of Business Management 2003
Bachelor of Arts 2003

The Women's College

“When I got to college, I felt like I’d found my people. The friendships I made then, endure today.”

Mrs Sally McPherson is the CEO and founder of iSeekplant.com.au, Australia's largest online construction hire marketplace.

After graduating from The University of Queensland, Mrs McPherson started her career in event management. She moved to China where she worked on a number of events in the lead up to the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

In 2008, Mrs McPherson moved to Sydney, where her career evolved into retail, events and experiential marketing - working for two of the largest technology brands in the world - Samsung and Microsoft. During this time, she was awarded a Global Ideas Engineering Award for a successful experiential marketing campaign to launch the Samsung LED TV.

In 2013, Mrs McPherson left Sydney to launch iSeekplant with her brother Drew and two business partners. Since then, iSeekplant has grown to be the most visited online construction marketplace in the world, responsible for aggregating hundreds of thousands of suppliers and construction equipment assets in one central digital destination. iSeekplant is backed by investors including Seven Group Holdings (Ryan and Kerry Stokes), QIC, Position Partners and Macquarie Group Ltd and has evolved to provide marketplace lead generation, online advertising, consulting, digital marketing and financial services to its industrial services customer-base.

Mrs McPherson became the first female earth moving and construction industry blogger when she launched the iSeekplant blog, ‘The Flapping Mouth’, which is now the most widely read publication in the civil and commercial construction industry in Australia. iSeekplant has the largest social following in industrial services in the world.

Committed to the ongoing development of marketing professionals, Mrs McPherson established an internship program with her business where graduates from local universities can undertake a 16-week intensive program in search marketing tactics. iSeekplant has produced twenty-four graduates of this program, with six graduates now working for the business full-time, with another four intakes starting every quarter.

iSeekplant employs 48 people in Brisbane, and is predicted to grow its revenue by 110% in this financial year, and its headcount to 71 before June next year.

Image of Sally McPherson standing in front of truck wheel.

Ms Sally McPherson

Ms Sally McPherson

Sally McPherson

Sally McPherson

Mrs Sally McPherson
Bachelor of Business Management 2003
Bachelor of Arts 2003

The Women's College

“When I got to college, I felt like I’d found my people. The friendships I made then, endure today.”

Mrs Sally McPherson is the CEO and founder of iSeekplant.com.au, Australia's largest online construction hire marketplace.

After graduating from The University of Queensland, Mrs McPherson started her career in event management. She moved to China where she worked on a number of events in the lead up to the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

In 2008, Mrs McPherson moved to Sydney, where her career evolved into retail, events and experiential marketing - working for two of the largest technology brands in the world - Samsung and Microsoft. During this time, she was awarded a Global Ideas Engineering Award for a successful experiential marketing campaign to launch the Samsung LED TV.

In 2013, Mrs McPherson left Sydney to launch iSeekplant with her brother Drew and two business partners. Since then, iSeekplant has grown to be the most visited online construction marketplace in the world, responsible for aggregating hundreds of thousands of suppliers and construction equipment assets in one central digital destination. iSeekplant is backed by investors including Seven Group Holdings (Ryan and Kerry Stokes), QIC, Position Partners and Macquarie Group Ltd and has evolved to provide marketplace lead generation, online advertising, consulting, digital marketing and financial services to its industrial services customer-base.

Mrs McPherson became the first female earth moving and construction industry blogger when she launched the iSeekplant blog, ‘The Flapping Mouth’, which is now the most widely read publication in the civil and commercial construction industry in Australia. iSeekplant has the largest social following in industrial services in the world.

Committed to the ongoing development of marketing professionals, Mrs McPherson established an internship program with her business where graduates from local universities can undertake a 16-week intensive program in search marketing tactics. iSeekplant has produced twenty-four graduates of this program, with six graduates now working for the business full-time, with another four intakes starting every quarter.

iSeekplant employs 48 people in Brisbane, and is predicted to grow its revenue by 110% in this financial year, and its headcount to 71 before June next year.

Distinguished Young Alumni Awards

Dr Michael Bonning
Master of Public Health 2017
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 2008

“Taking every opportunity there is to further endow and support mental health services and making sure that they are accessible to all - I think that’s one of the most necessary things we can do for the health care system.”

Dr Michael Bonning is a medical doctor with extensive experience in health policy, non-profit and advising corporations.

Dr Bonning served 12 years as a Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. During this time, Dr Bonning worked on border protection operations, international exercises and search tasks and was deployed to the Middle East to undertake counter-piracy and counter-narcotics operations on behalf of NATO and Combined Maritime Forces.

While working for the Australian Defence Force, Dr Bonning built a policy advisory consulting firm and served on a number of Australia’s most prominent health orientated boards including the Federal Australian Medical Association (AMA) and AMA NSW, GP Synergy and the Postgraduate Medical Council of Queensland.

In 2013-14, Dr Bonning worked in Aboriginal health at the Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service in Sydney, an organisation which combines traditional values with a commitment to enhance health and wellbeing for Aboriginal communities of the Sydney South Western region.

Combining his love of the great outdoors and best practice remote and wilderness medicine, Dr Bonning also works as chief medical officer with international trekking group, Inspired Adventures.

Dr Bonning has a passion for quality patient care and has worked with many non-profit organisations including Beyond Blue, where he served on the Board of Directors. He has worked overseas and was formerly the Medical Director and senior director of medical affairs at DermaSensor Inc, a US based technology company where he led the clinical development, testing and regulatory approval of new medical devices.


Dr John Maunder
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 2016
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) 2012

King's College

“After being a patient myself, I feel that I’ve been set up with some of the skills to better engage with sick people and sitting down and connecting with patients is something that I really enjoy.”

Dr John Maunder is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and Medical Doctor.

In 2012, Dr Maunder graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Engineering. On his graduation day, he found out he had cancer. Dr Maunder was diagnosed with a form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer; one that can be treated but not cured.  

After graduating from Engineering, he realised his passion was in medicine and applied for a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at UQ. Despite having to undergo a rigorous regime of chemotherapy and other treatments, Dr Maunder was determined to finish his Medical degree which he did successfully in 2016.

Dr Maunder has a strong desire to give back to the community. During his cancer treatment, he raised a tremendous $100,000 through cancer awareness events including the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Dr Maunder is passionate about orthopaedic surgery and currently works at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. He is also a lecturer in the School of Medicine at Griffith University. He is the current President of the Sunshine Coast Junior Doctor Society.

A leader in many fields, Dr Maunder represented Australia in the Triathlon at World Championships in Switzerland in 2019.


Ms Tamara Richardson
Bachelor of Science 2018

“Education changes lives. Cultural education changes communities.”

Ms Tamara Richardson is the Director and Founder of PACE 48, a multinational youth led platform that promotes access to cultural education across 48 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ms Richardson created PACE 48 in 2016 after struggling to find cultural education resources. What initially started as a Facebook page, with the intention of sharing short videos on cultural content, has evolved into a cultural education organisation, with permanent offices in Asia and Oceania. Through this platform, Ms Richardson has grown to be a voice for intercultural relations all over the Asia Pacific region.

For her work in championing cultural diversity and cultural education, Ms Richardson was appointed an Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations, Asia Pacific in 2016 and has been actively engaged in the international treaty space since.

In 2017 Ms Richardson was chosen as an Australian representative to the UNESCO Asia Pacific Youth Dialogue in China and in 2018, she was the Australian Government’s youth delegate to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in the UK. In 2019, she was one of twenty delegates who spent a week in North Korea to participate in discussions with the leadership of the Korean Workers Party about building peace and security along the Korean Peninsula, and subsequently addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on the work of PACE 48.

Ms Richardson has won several awards in recognition of her accomplishments. She has been a keynote speaker for several educational conferences and events around the world including at TedxUQ and has written for UNESCO and UNICEF on culture and sustainable development.


Mr Charlie Shandil
Bachelor of Science 2013

“Leaders have a responsibility to ensure that they can stoop down and allow people to stand on their shoulders. If you are in a position of leadership, don’t take it for granted. Put your people first – lift them – because by doing that, you’ll also be shaping the type of leader they become.”

Mr Charlie Shandil has held leadership positions across the public, private and non-profit sectors. He began his career in the finance sector with General Electric (GE), and then went on to work for some of Australia’s largest banks including CBA, Suncorp and ANZ where he held a variety of roles across loans, insurance and wealth management.

Passionate about giving back to community, Mr Shandil established a small non-profit organisation that showcased theatre productions to raise funds for disadvantaged young people. Within twelve months he had grown a team to 50 volunteers, raising tens of thousands of dollars for sick children and young people in Queensland.

Mr Shandil then went on to hold various executive and directorship positions within several non-profit organisations focusing on health, education and humanitarian causes. He is currently a Board Director with Ondru, a non-profit organisation that utilises art to inspire change on social justice issues. As a result of his achievements in the NGO sector, he received the Macquarie Global Leadership Award for his commitment to social innovation.

Currently, Mr Shandil is a Director at the Australia Government where he has worked on consecutive Prime Ministers’ highest priorities for over a decade. As an executive, he has had the opportunity to work across a range of policy issues including global governance, national security, immigration and innovation. In testament to his public sector leadership, Mr Shandil received the distinguished CA Leadership in Government Award judged by a panel of Commonwealth Secretaries.

Building on his civic sector experience, in 2019 Mr Shandil was appointed as the inaugural Obama Foundation Leader (Asia Pacific) by former US President, Barack Obama. In this role he hopes to bring together leaders from across sectors to work together to make tangible impacts across a range of issues.


Ms Holly Tattersall
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration 2019
Bachelor of Business Management 2010

“Empowering women in digital careers goes beyond creating a job; it creates social equity, moves the needle in the right direction for other under-represented groups, improves the economy and ensures technology is being built by all people, for all people.”

Ms Holly Tattersall is an entrepreneur committed to empowering women in the digital industry. She is the Founder and CEO of Women in Digital and Digital Talent Co.

In 2014, Ms Tattersall established Women in Digital, a purpose driven organisation that supports women working in technology. The program aims to support and inspire women to be strong, confident and skilled and to act as a ‘change agents’ to encourage more female leaders. Today, Women in Digital provides mentoring, training, educational resources and career opportunities for females in the digital industry. What began as a mentoring program, is now a 13,000-strong community which has run events around the world including Silicon Valley in the US and Tel Aviv.

Designed to work in partnership with Women in Digital, in 2016 Ms Tattersall founded Digital Talent Co., a boutique recruitment agency run by digital and business specialists. Digital Talent Co. offers clients an enhanced service, connecting high quality talent with leading employers in the digital space

A key focus for Digital Talent Co. is to work with organisations who have identified a need to diversify their workforce. An example of this is that of Cisco Queensland; where Ms Tattersall worked over a 12-month period to increase their gender diversity from 6% to 37%. She remains committed to this vision as an active supporter of Cisco’s MentorMe program, which aims to raise the profile of careers in IT for female university students.

In 2018, Women in Digital established its annual awards gala, providing an opportunity to celebrate the excellence of women across the industry, acknowledge leading companies and innovators and inspire the next generation of digital leaders.

In recognition of her leadership, Ms Tattersall was the recipient of the 2016 AIM Emerging Leader Award. She was also listed in the 2016 40 under 40 Top Young Entrepreneurs in Brisbane for Business News Australia. 

Image of Dr Michael Bonning

Dr Michael Bonning

Dr Michael Bonning

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Dr John Maunder

Dr John Maunder

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Ms Tamara Richardson

Ms Tamara Richardson

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Mr Charlie Shandil

Mr Charlie Shandil

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Ms Holly Tattersall

Ms Holly Tattersall

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Dr Michael Bonning

Dr Michael Bonning

Dr Michael Bonning
Master of Public Health 2017
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 2008

“Taking every opportunity there is to further endow and support mental health services and making sure that they are accessible to all - I think that’s one of the most necessary things we can do for the health care system.”

Dr Michael Bonning is a medical doctor with extensive experience in health policy, non-profit and advising corporations.

Dr Bonning served 12 years as a Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.  During this time, Dr Bonning worked on border protection operations, international exercises and search tasks and was deployed to the Middle East to undertake counter-piracy and counter-narcotics operations on behalf of NATO and Combined Maritime Forces.

While working for the Australian Defence Force, Dr Bonning built a policy advisory consulting firm and served on a number of Australia’s most prominent health orientated boards including the Federal Australian Medical Association (AMA) and AMA NSW, GP Synergy and the Postgraduate Medical Council of Queensland.

In 2013-14, Dr Bonning worked in Aboriginal health at the Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service in Sydney, an organisation which combines traditional values with a commitment to enhance health and wellbeing for Aboriginal communities of the Sydney South Western region.

Combining his love of the great outdoors and best practice remote and wilderness medicine, Dr Bonning also works as chief medical officer with international trekking group, Inspired Adventures.

Dr Bonning has a passion for quality patient care and has worked with many non-profit organisations including Beyond Blue, where he served on the Board of Directors. He has worked overseas and was formerly the Medical Director and senior director of medical affairs at DermaSensor Inc, a US based technology company where he led the clinical development, testing and regulatory approval of new medical devices.


Image of Dr John Maunder

Dr John Maunder

Dr John Maunder

Dr John Maunder
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 2016
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) 2012

King's College

“After being a patient myself, I feel that I’ve been set up with some of the skills to better engage with sick people and sitting down and connecting with patients is something that I really enjoy.”

Dr John Maunder is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and Medical Doctor.

In 2012, Dr Maunder graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Engineering. On his graduation day, he found out he had cancer. Dr Maunder was diagnosed with a form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of blood cancer; one that can be treated but not cured.  

After graduating from Engineering, he realised his passion was in medicine and applied for a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at UQ. Despite having to undergo a rigorous regime of chemotherapy and other treatments, Dr Maunder was determined to finish his Medical degree which he did successfully in 2016.

Dr Maunder has a strong desire to give back to the community. During his cancer treatment, he raised a tremendous $100,000 through cancer awareness events including the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Dr Maunder is passionate about orthopaedic surgery and currently works at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. He is also a lecturer in the School of Medicine at Griffith University. He is the current President of the Sunshine Coast Junior Doctor Society.

A leader in many fields, Dr Maunder represented Australia in the Triathlon at World Championships in Switzerland in 2019.


Image of Tamara Richardson

Tamara Richardson

Tamara Richardson

Ms Tamara Richardson
Bachelor of Science 2018

“Education changes lives. Cultural education changes communities.”

Ms Tamara Richardson is the Director and Founder of PACE 48, a multinational youth led platform that promotes access to cultural education across 48 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Ms Richardson created PACE 48 in 2016 after struggling to find cultural education resources. What initially started as a Facebook page, with the intention of sharing short videos on cultural content, has evolved into a cultural education organisation, with permanent offices in Asia and Oceania. Through this platform, Ms Richardson has grown to be a voice for intercultural relations all over the Asia Pacific region.

For her work in championing cultural diversity and cultural education, Ms Richardson was appointed an Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations, Asia Pacific in 2016 and has been actively engaged in the international treaty space since.

In 2017 Ms Richardson was chosen as an Australian representative to the UNESCO Asia Pacific Youth Dialogue in China and in 2018, she was the Australian Government’s youth delegate to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in the UK. In 2019, she was one of twenty delegates who spent a week in North Korea to participate in discussions with the leadership of the Korean Workers Party about building peace and security along the Korean Peninsula, and subsequently addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on the work of PACE 48.

Ms Richardson has won several awards in recognition of her accomplishments. She has been a keynote speaker for several educational conferences and events around the world including at TedxUQ and has written for UNESCO and UNICEF on culture and sustainable development.


Image of Charlie Shandil

Charlie Shandil

Charlie Shandil

Mr Charlie Shandil
Bachelor of Science 2013

“Leaders have a responsibility to ensure that they can stoop down and allow people to stand on their shoulders. If you are in a position of leadership, don’t take it for granted. Put your people first – lift them – because by doing that, you’ll also be shaping the type of leader they become.”

Mr Charlie Shandil has held leadership positions across the public, private and non-profit sectors. He began his career in the finance sector with General Electric (GE), and then went on to work for some of Australia’s largest banks including CBA, Suncorp and ANZ where he held a variety of roles across loans, insurance and wealth management.

Passionate about giving back to community, Mr Shandil established a small non-profit organisation that showcased theatre productions to raise funds for disadvantaged young people. Within twelve months he had grown a team to 50 volunteers, raising tens of thousands of dollars for sick children and young people in Queensland.

Mr Shandil then went on to hold various executive and directorship positions within several non-profit organisations focusing on health, education and humanitarian causes. He is currently a Board Director with Ondru, a non-profit organisation that utilises art to inspire change on social justice issues. As a result of his achievements in the NGO sector, he received the Macquarie Global Leadership Award for his commitment to social innovation.

Currently, Mr Shandil is a Director at the Australia Government where he has worked on consecutive Prime Ministers’ highest priorities for over a decade. As an executive, he has had the opportunity to work across a range of policy issues including global governance, national security, immigration and innovation. In testament to his public sector leadership, Mr Shandil received the distinguished CA Leadership in Government Award judged by a panel of Commonwealth Secretaries.

Building on his civic sector experience, in 2019 Mr Shandil was appointed as the inaugural Obama Foundation Leader (Asia Pacific) by former US President, Barack Obama. In this role he hopes to bring together leaders from across sectors to work together to make tangible impacts across a range of issues.


Image of Holly Tattersall standing on a street.

Holly Tattersall

Holly Tattersall

Ms Holly Tattersall
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration 2019
Bachelor of Business Management 2010

“Empowering women in digital careers goes beyond creating a job; it creates social equity, moves the needle in the right direction for other under-represented groups, improves the economy and ensures technology is being built by all people, for all people.”

Ms Holly Tattersall is an entrepreneur committed to empowering women in the digital industry. She is the Founder and CEO of Women in Digital and Digital Talent Co.

In 2014, Ms Tattersall established Women in Digital, a purpose driven organisation that supports women working in technology. The program aims to support and inspire women to be strong, confident and skilled and to act as a ‘change agents’ to encourage more female leaders. Today, Women in Digital provides mentoring, training, educational resources and career opportunities for females in the digital industry. What began as a mentoring program, is now a 13,000-strong community which has run events around the world including Silicon Valley in the US and Tel Aviv.

Designed to work in partnership with Women in Digital, in 2016 Ms Tattersall founded Digital Talent Co., a boutique recruitment agency run by digital and business specialists. Digital Talent Co. offers clients an enhanced service, connecting high quality talent with leading employers in the digital space

A key focus for Digital Talent Co. is to work with organisations who have identified a need to diversify their workforce. An example of this is that of Cisco Queensland; where Ms Tattersall worked over a 12-month period to increase their gender diversity from 6% to 37%. She remains committed to this vision as an active supporter of Cisco’s MentorMe program, which aims to raise the profile of careers in IT for female university students.

In 2018, Women in Digital established its annual awards gala, providing an opportunity to celebrate the excellence of women across the industry, acknowledge leading companies and innovators and inspire the next generation of digital leaders.

In recognition of her leadership, Ms Tattersall was the recipient of the 2016 AIM Emerging Leader Award. She was also listed in the 2016 40 under 40 Top Young Entrepreneurs in Brisbane for Business News Australia. 

UQ Graduate of the Year

(Award created by Alumni Friends)

Ms Josephine Auer
Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Hons) 2019

“Look at challenges as opportunities rather than difficulties and never lose sight of what really matters in life; it’s always exciting to accomplish big goals, but using those accomplishments to give back, lift others, and create positive change is truly the greatest reward of all.”

Ms Josephine Auer graduated from a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics with Honours Class I and the University Medal (2019).

While maintaining a perfect GPA of 7, Ms Auer simultaneously trained at an elite level in athletics, competing in the Commonwealth Games Trials for 1500m Track in Field in 2018.

During her undergraduate studies, she gained industry experience with internships at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), and leading finance firms including QIC, Morgans and Synergies Economic Consulting.

She has been committed to giving back to others by mentoring younger students and addressing her graduating cohort as Valedictorian.

She is currently a research assistant at the School of Economics where her focus is on environmental public policy projects. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Mathematics in preparation to further her career with a PhD in Economics.

Image of Josephine Auer on her graduation day.

Ms Josephine Auer

Ms Josephine Auer

Image of Josephine Auer on her graduation day.

Josephine Auer

Josephine Auer

Ms Josephine Auer
Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics (Hons) 2019

“Look at challenges as opportunities rather than difficulties and never lose sight of what really matters in life; it’s always exciting to accomplish big goals, but using those accomplishments to give back, lift others, and create positive change is truly the greatest reward of all.”

Ms Josephine Auer graduated from a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics with Honours Class I and the University Medal (2019).

While maintaining a perfect GPA of 7, Ms Auer simultaneously trained at an elite level in athletics, competing in the Commonwealth Games Trials for 1500m Track in Field in 2018.

During her undergraduate studies, she gained industry experience with internships at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), and leading finance firms including QIC, Morgans and Synergies Economic Consulting.

She has been committed to giving back to others by mentoring younger students and addressing her graduating cohort as Valedictorian.

She is currently a research assistant at the School of Economics where her focus is on environmental public policy projects. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Mathematics in preparation to further her career with a PhD in Economics.

UQ Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year

Ms Rebecca Greiner
Bachelor of Psychological Science student

“The most effective piece of advice a coach has given me was to ‘chill out and go have an ice cream’. I’ve learnt you don’t have to take things seriously in order to be successful. You just need to be sincere – in your words and in your actions. That’s how you keep yourself accountable.”

Ms Rebecca Greiner is an Australian field hockey player and Bachelor of Psychological Science student.

Ms Greiner represented the Hockeyroos at the 2019 FIH Pro League, in which Australia took out the silver medal. She was also part of the Brisbane Blaze squad that won the inaugural Hockey One competition.

At state-level Ms Greiner captained Queensland to a gold medal at the Australian Under 21 Championships, and also contributed to The University of Queensland Hockey Club’s runner-up finish in last year’s 2019 BWHA season.


Mr Angus Scott-Young
Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation student
Bachelor of Commerce 2019
Bachelor of Science 2019

“Sport, especially rugby, has always been an important part of my life, but I also have a passion for understanding the natural and health sciences.”

Mr Angus Scott-Young is a professional rugby union player for the Queensland Reds.

He was Vice-Captain for the Australian Under 20s National Rugby Team from 2016 – 2017 and won two club premierships with the UQ Heavies Premier Grade in 2017 and 2019. In 2019 Mr Scott-Young was Captain of the Queensland Country NRC Rugby team.

He has played 46 games for the Queensland Reds since making his Super Rugby debut in 2018 and in 2019 was the Reds Defensive Player of the Year.

Mr Scott-Young also excels off the field having completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science degrees with a GPA of 7. In 2019 he was awarded the Thomas Henry Nevitt Memorial Prize for Dux of Bachelor of Commerce. On top of his rugby career, he is currently studying a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UQ. 

Image of Rebecca Greiner playing Hockey.

Ms Rebecca Greiner

Ms Rebecca Greiner

Image of Angus Scott-Young playing Rugby.

Mr Angus Scott-Young

Mr Angus Scott-Young

Image of Rebecca Greiner playing Hockey.

Rebecca Greiner

Rebecca Greiner

Ms Rebecca Greiner
Bachelor of Psychological Science student

“The most effective piece of advice a coach has given me was to ‘chill out and go have an ice cream’. I’ve learnt you don’t have to take things seriously in order to be successful. You just need to be sincere – in your words and in your actions. That’s how you keep yourself accountable.”

Ms Rebecca Greiner is an Australian field hockey player and Bachelor of Psychological Science student.

Ms Greiner represented the Hockeyroos at the 2019 FIH Pro League, in which Australia took out the silver medal. She was also part of the Brisbane Blaze squad that won the inaugural Hockey One competition.

At state-level Ms Greiner captained Queensland to a gold medal at the Australian Under 21 Championships, and also contributed to The University of Queensland Hockey Club’s runner-up finish in last year’s 2019 BWHA season.


Angus Scott-Young

Angus Scott-Young

Mr Angus Scott-Young
Doctor of Medicine student
Bachelor of Commerce 2019
Bachelor of Science 2019

“Sport, especially rugby, has always been an important part of my life, but I also have a passion for understanding the natural and health sciences.”

Mr Angus Scott-Young is a professional rugby union player for the Queensland Reds.

He was Vice-Captain for the Australian Under 20s National Rugby Team from 2016 – 2017 and won two club premierships with the UQ Heavies Premier Grade in 2017 and 2019. In 2019 Mr Scott-Young was Captain of the Queensland Country NRC Rugby team.

He has played 46 games for the Queensland Reds since making his Super Rugby debut in 2018 and in 2019 was the Reds Defensive Player of the Year.

Mr Scott-Young also excels off the field having completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science degrees with a GPA of 7. In 2019 he was awarded the Thomas Henry Nevitt Memorial Prize for Dux of Bachelor of Commerce. On top of his rugby career, he is currently studying a Doctor of Medicine at UQ. 

Madonna King:
Conversations with our winners

Each week listen as journalist, Madonna King (Bachelor of Arts 1985) interviews this year's UQ Alumni Award winners.

In our first installment, Madonna discusses designing Game of Thrones and being brave with Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award winner, Deborah Riley.      

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Image of UQ Alumni podcast logo

Madonna King:
Conversations with our winners

Each week listen as journalist, Madonna King (Bachelor of Arts 1985) interviews this year's UQ Alumni Award winners.

In our first installment, Madonna discusses designing Game of Thrones and being brave with Vice-Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award winner, Deborah Riley.