2013 Modern Women Committee
The Modern Women Committee 2013 launches 1579 St Hilda’s Women on International Women’s Day Staff and students launched this year’s 1579 St Hilda’s Women-The Modern Women Committee of 2013 on Friday International Women’s Day. We encourage our girls to be confident, creative and articulate women of our community, nurturing their passage to adulthood. In our commitment to imbue them with these skills, The Modern Woman Committee which was formed in 2011 provides an avenue for staff and students to grow as women leaders, sharing experiences and advice. This offers a platform for women to have discourse on leadership success shared by women who have walked the path themselves. To mark this special occasion for our unique community of inspirational women, the Senior Prefects decided to enhance and reflect the new mode of communication via video.
A series of celebrations were planned on the day at a luncheon with Junior, Middle and Senior girls followed by their respective school assemblies where we heard from girls and staff on what marks this day to appreciate womanhood, specifically being St Hilda’s women.
Jamie Crowe, School Captain along with Samantha Pearce, Head Day Girl were guest speakers, invited to present at the Gold Coast's 'Women in Business' International Women's Day Breakfast.
Here is a snap shot of their presentation along the short video produced by the Senior Prefects.
Mrs Maria McIvor
1544 girls and women set to celebrate in 2012.
A total of 1544 inspirational St Hilda’s girls and women marked International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March with the first of a series of events celebrating women and shared experiences.
Hosted by the student-led Modern Women Committee 2012, a panel session like television’s The View was the platform for discussions about what being a woman means.
"This event began a series of celebrations planned to appreciate womanhood, specifically being St Hilda’s women," said School Captain Vanessa Hogan.
"Each of the events will focus on the issues of self-belief, discussion about what being a woman means, what expectations are placed upon women and whether or not these expectations are valid."
The panel was made up of six alumni varying in graduating class and chosen profession. Each of the Old Girls discussed their life as a young woman during and after their years at St Hilda’s School. They spoke candidly about how their decisions have moulded them into the people they are today. After hearing from each panel member, students posed a number of questions to the panel members.
"The young women of St Hilda’s School have in common something special and no matter what the disparity between graduating classes, they will always be St Hilda’s girls," said Deputy Principal Mrs Maria McIvor.
A second celebration of 1544 Women–Modern Women Committee 2012 will be held on Friday 9 March and involve the enormous feat of an aerial photograph of all students on campus, grouped into formation of the number 1544 on the school oval.
PROFILES OF PANEL GUESTS
(House Captain 1984)
Karen has been involved in the sugar industry for most of her life. After completing a business degree and MBA and five years overseas in Germany, London and Tokyo, Karen served her `apprenticeship' in the family sugar business before being appointed CEO of the Heck Group (Rocky Point Sugar Mill and Distillery) in 1996. The Heck Group is a fifth generational Gold Coast family business and one of the largest landholders in South East Queensland.
In a recent role as an Executive Director of the Heck Group, Karen undertook a more strategic role, working with government agencies, corporate advisers and industry bodies to focus on sustainability issues and the future community and grower demands for the cane catchment.
Karen is currently on two-year sabbatical from the Heck Group while she completes her Masters in Psychology, spends more time with her two primary school ages boys and pursues various community projects.
Her community/voluntary work has focused on the health and well-being of women, particularly young women, rural and indigenous women, through mentoring programs, educational seminars and sport/ recreation programs. As a member of the organizing committee for the Women on Boards program, she has had significant interest in the promotion of women of all ages and professional levels on to not for profit, government, public and private boards. (
In 2006, Karen was one of only 90 people under the age of 40 to have been chosen to attend the Australian Future Directions Forum in Victoria. The forum, supported by the Prime Minister and the Chairmen of six major public companies, was promoted as a ‘selection of the best young minds in the country put together to formulate their wish lists for the future‘. Delegates were invited to participate in a Future Directions Forum on the basis of their potential to play a leadership role in Australia over the next 15-20 years and included current government ministers and heads of some of our major corporate and not for profit organizations.
Justine Hickey (School Captain 1984)
Justine has 20 years experience in investment and funds management, as an equities portfolio manager and in senior management. She was Head of Equities at Suncorp Investment Management in Brisbane until 2004 and previously a Portfolio Manager at Flemings Investment Management (now JP Morgan) in London. Justine is a director of Australian Ethical Investment Ltd, Rio Tinto Staff Superannuation Fund, RSPCA-QLD and chairs the Evolve Foundation. She is also a member of the investment committees of University of Melbourne and boutique investment manager, Dalton Nicol Reid.
She has a BCom from University of Queensland, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a member of the CFA Institute and the Responsible Investment Association of Australia. Justine’s personal interests are travel, walking, indigenous art and animal ethics. She lives in Brisbane, is married and has two ‘adopted’ shelter dogs.
Kerryn Newton (Sports Captain 1984)
Kerryn leads the board consulting division of Directors Australia working with boards on a range of governance issues to assist them improve their performance.Kerryn’s background is in law and business and she has worked in various legal, policy and management roles in the private and public sectors. In addition to her qualifications and broad work experience, Kerryn has extensive personal experience in governance and directorship through her membership on the boards on a range of companies in the private, public and not for profit sectors. She is currently a director of ENERGEX and a Commissioner on the Queensland Liquor and Gaming Commission.
Kerryn is a regular media commentator and speaker on issues relating to governance and boards.
Lauren Melville (Head Daygirl 1987 who has just returned from New York and is studying medicine)
Current parents as well as Old Girls Joanna West (1989) and Kate Bennett.