Jessa Rogers was founding principal of an exceptional boarding school for Indigenous teenage mothers and their children, the Cape York Girl Academy, near Cairns. Fostering an ethos of an Indigenous sisterhood at the school, students learn literacy and numeracy, as well as parenting and life skills.
Ms Rogers is now undertaking a PhD in Indigenous Reconciliation at ANU.
IT guru Richard Eastes was integral in growing the car rental comparison site VroomVroomVroom from a small start-up company into a multi-national organisation with an annual turnover of $60 million and has become a high-profile innovator in Brisbane. His latest endeavour is GreenSocks, an online business that applies an Uber model to gardening services.
Maryanne Walsh is the inspirational principal of Centenary Heights State School in Toowoomba. In addition to its mainstream campus, the school also has a vocational TAFE program and includes an award-winning Flexi School, catering to at-risk youth who have become disenfranchised with mainstream education.
Roman Quaedvlieg was appointed Australia’s first Australian Border Force Commissioner, a key agency charged with targeting threats against national security. His appointment follows a career in law enforcement, for which he was awarded an Australian Police Medal in 2011. He has led investigations into major criminal activities such as drug trafficking.
Humanitarian Caitlin Wilson has dedicated her career to improving security in conflict-affected countries. She has 23 years of international experience spanning foreign policy, international development and strategic defence and is Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations based in New York.
Greg Dower is a pioneer in the field of podiatry. He co-founded Australia’s largest podiatry group, my FootDr, and has led the way in computer-aided design and manufacture of orthotic devices.
He has advanced podiatric technologies that have been adopted worldwide including leading the development of laser nail surgery and co-developing the world’s first rotational 3D foot scanner for complex medical grade footwear.
Singaporean Dr Lim Su Lin is best known for designing the 3-Minute Nutrition Screening tool to help identify those at risk of malnutrition leading to improved health services at many hospitals.
As one of the first dietetic practitioners in Singapore to undertake a PhD, Dr Lim completed her QUT doctoral studies as an external student in conjunction with her role as chief dietitian and senior assistant director of the Dietetics Department at the National University Hospital in Singapore.
It’s a place built for children’s laughter, where magic happens and memories are made. But it’s a place parents hope never to have to enter. Such is the paradox of Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice.
Hummingbird House is a ‘home away from home’ for children with a life-limiting illness and their families to gain respite, support and end-of-life care.
It was founded by Paul Quilliam, who with his wife Gabrielle, has spent the past five and a half years bringing this sanctuary to fruition.
Drawing upon his business expertise Mr Quilliam built connections across faculties, gained bi-partisan political support and secured sponsorship to build a world-class hospice which welcomed its first families in July this year.