The careers and lives of Redlands 10,000+ Alumni are diverse, intriguing and successful.
Many of our past students achieve remarkable accomplishments through their chosen professions, and Redlands would like to pass on our congratulations to these individuals.
Here you will find a small selection of the diversity and success achieved by our Redlanders. We encourage you to contact the Alumni office to share your own stories.
Darryl left Redlands in 1958 to take up a full scholarship at the Royal Ballet School in London, where she then became a member of the Company for 8 years.
In 1987, Darryl went on to become the Education Office for the Royal Ballet and then the Director of Education in 1999. She was responsible for the Royal Opera and the Orchestras of the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet.
In 2006 Darryl was awarded an MBE for Services for Dance.
Diana Horvath, Class of 1961
A leader in the Healthcare Management and Research field, Diana has had an illustrious career in Healthcare Management.
In 1993 Diana was made an Officer in the Order of Australia and was awarded the Sax Medal by the Australian Hospital Association. More recently, Diana was awarded a Federation Medal by the Australian Government. She was the first female Chairman of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Commissioner for the Health Insurance Commission, President of the Australian Hospital Association, a member of Trade Policy Advisory Council of Australia and a Board Member of Macquarie University.
Chief Justice Helen Murrell was appointed as the first female Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court in 2013. Chief Justice Murrell was enrolled as a Solicitor in 1977 and called to the NSW Bar in 1981 before been appointed silk in 1995. She was appointed a NSW District Court judge in 1996 and went on to be President of the NSW Equal Opportunity Tribunal and to set up the first NSW drug court in 1998.
Chief Justice Murrell has worked in criminal, administrative, environmental and equity law, and has an ongoing interest in the therapeutic jurisprudence and a strong involvement with judicial education, sitting on the Council of the National Judicial College of Australia.
Carol Chandler, Class of 1974
Carol Chandler is an award-winning author who has been published in some of Australia’s most highly regarded literary magazines. Her short story collection, ‘Anonymous Caller’, was awarded first commended for best first book in the IP Picks Awards. Her novella, ‘Black Mountain’, was shortlisted in the Seizure Viva la Novella IV. She has received the award of Writing Fellow from the Fellowship of Australian Writers and co-edited Written in Sand, a community poetry and visual arts project. Black Mountain is a psychological thriller and is now available from independent bookstores and online. Determined to uncover the truth behind her brother’s sudden death, a young woman returns to the haunting landscape of her youth to confront the town she thought she’d left behind and the secrets they’d rather stay hidden. ‘Black Mountain is a deftly written novella – effortlessly building tension as it draws the reader in. Simultaneously delicate and visceral, this is a compelling work.’ Judges’ Citation, Shortlisted Seizure Viva la Novella IV.
Karyn Gojnich (Davis), Class of 1978
Karyn commenced Sailing at the age of 8, and her dedication paid off by taking her around the world and to three Olympic Games.
Karyn was one of the first female sailors to represent Australia when she competed in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games where she placed sixth in the 470 class – the best result of the Australian Sailing team at those Games.
Karyn is currently on the Committee of RSYS and is one of the Vice Presidents of the Oceania Sailing Federation.
Rachael Beck, Class of 1989
One of Australia’s most in-demand performers in musical theatre and television, Rachael has worked with such stars as Hugh Jackman and in hit shows including Cats, Singing In the Rain, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Hey Dad and The Flying Doctors.
Rachael is also an Ambassador for the Australian Children’s Musical Foundation, a not for profit organisation that aims to provide musical instruments to children in disadvantaged, remote and Indigenous communities in Australia.
Janusz Hooker, Class of 1987
Janusz has successfully juggled a corporate career with his love for Rowing, that culminated in him winning a Bronze medal as part of the Australian Quadruple Sculls at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
In his corporate life, Janusz is the Chairman of LJ Hooker Limited and is passionate about Youth Education, co-founding the Foundation for Kids in New York City and the Kids to Coast program in Australia.
Catriona Rowntree, Class of 1989
A multi-talented media figure, Getaway reporter, sort-after compere and MC, Catriona studied Journalism at Macleay College after working as a researcher with BRM, 2GB and Prime Television.
Catriona’s success in television and radio, with a particular focus on the travel industry, saw her go on to publish a travel book in 2006.
Sophie Falkiner, Class of 1992
Sophie is a well known Australian television presenter, having worked on shows including The Great Outdoors, Confidential, and Wheel of Fortune.
Having completed a Bachelor of Media Studies at Macquarie University, Sophie has also worked on Sydney Weekender, Today Tonight, Sunrise and Kerry-Anne.
Kathryn Robinson, Class of 1992
Kathryn is a highly regarded journalist, television and radio presenter. Holding a Bachelors in Economics and a Masters in Journalism, Kathryn has worked as a News and Finance reporter on a number of Australian television shows including Sky News, Ten News, Ten Breakfast, Sydney Weekender and The Project.
Kathryn is currently with the ABC featuring on a number of television shows including The Drum and One Plus One.
Sophie Cape, Class of 1993
Sophie was an Australian champion downhill ski racer prior to having to retire from the sport following a serious fall. Continuing her sporting journey, Sophie went on to become a sprint cyclist for the Australian Institute of Sport, with the Olympics in site until a change of career direction was required following injury.
In 2010 Sophie graduated from the National Art School, winning the school’s prestigious drawing prize. Following this Sophie was picked up by Olsen Irwin Gallery and continues to represent the gallery, showing her works both internationally and domestically and in 2014 Sophie was awarded the Portia Geach Memorial Award.
Annalise Law, Class of 1994
Annalise is the owner and founder of the Kanga group, an internationally leading product promotion and marketing business.
In 2009 Annalise won the Telstra Businesswomen of the Year award for Business Owner category, was listed in the BRWs 100 fast starters list, and was recognised in the US Advertising Specialty Institute Awards for fastest growing distributor globally in 2010.
Victoria Roberts, Class of 1995
A superb athlete, Vicki had to choose between continuing as an Australian Netball representative for her 7th year, or to pursue her love of Rowing. The deciding factor was that Netball was not an Olympic sport, and Vicky opted to pursue her Olympic dream in Rowing.
Vicki lives by the motto “Dream, Believe, Achieve’, which took her to the heights of Captain of the Women’s 8 at the Sydney Olympics.
Elizabeth Allen, Class of 1995
A successful poet, Elizabeth has had her works published in many Australian literary journals and magazines.
Elizabeth is the author of ‘Forgetful Hands’ (Vagabond Press, 2005) and ‘Body Language’ (Vagabond Press, 2012), which won the Anne Elder Award.
Ben Heraghty, Class of 1995
A Rhodes Scholarship finalist and winner of a Fulbright Scholarship to Harvard University, Ben has used his Law degree as a platform to explore Government, public policy, and management consulting at an International level.
Ben is currently the Vice President, Strategy and Planning for Brambles Asia Pacific, and on the Board of Directors for Cure our Kids.
Nick Fisher, Class of 1998
A prominent skier, Nick first competed on the international circuit in 2001, and made his World Cup debut in December 2003 in Ruka, Finland.
Nick went on to the compete in the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Freestyle Skiing where his outstanding performance saw him make the Finals.
Amy Dickson, Class of 1999
Grammy nominated Amy Dickson made history by becoming the first saxophonist and the first Australian to win the 2013 MasterCard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Classic Brit Award. Amy began lessons at age 6 and made her concerto debut 10 years later.
Amy continued her career with studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Royal College of Music in London and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Recognised widely for her remarkable and distinctive tone, she has performed through the world in venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House.
Lachlan Mackay, Class of 2000
Representing the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union team whilst at Redlands, Lachlan went on to Captain the Australian U/21 team before making his debut for the Wallabies in 2005.
Lachlan has since gone on to play with the NSW Waratahs and the Western Force before relocating to Europe to join French club Brive. Lachlan signed with Leeds Carnegie in 2010.
Anna Lunoe, Class of 2000
Anna is recognised globally as a top DJ, having also worked as a vocalist, songwriter, producer and radio show host. Currently based in LA, Anna has toured the US, Australia and Europe, and conquered some of the globes biggest festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Hard Day of the Dead, Splash House and Electric Forest. Having recently performed back home in Australia at the Sydney Festival, Anna is continually showing herself to be a leader amongst her industry.
Emma Colenbrander, Class of 2006
Emma is the co-founder of Pollinate Energy, a social justice business established in 2012, bringing sustainable light and energy sources to marginalized communities through India. With a mission statement focused on improving the lives of Indias urban poor, Emma and her team have reached over 46,000 people through India so far, with ambitions of reaching each tier-one city in India over the coming years.
Emma was a worthy recipient of the 2015 Womens Weekly “Women of the Future” recognition award for her unwavering efforts in this project. www.pollinateenergy.org
Jack Frerer, Class of 2013
Jack is an Australian composer of music for concert, film and dance, as well as an instrumentalist, producer and filmmaker based in Manhattan, currently studying composition with Grammy and Academy award winning composer John Corigliano at The Juilliard School with the Adrian Weller Scholarship and the Steuermann Memorial Prize. Jack has written pieces and arrangements for a variety of ensembles and performers, and has had works performed around Australia, Europe and the US. In 2016, his trio Last In, First Out was given both first prize and the audience prize in the Alba Rosa Viëtor Composition Competition in Utrecht, was a winner of the Indiana State University Music Now competition, and was third prize winner of the Belvedere Festival composition competition. In 2014 Jack won the inaugural Matt Withers Young Australian Music Composition Competition open to all Australian music majors under 30, became the youngest ever finalist in APRA and Tropfest’s Tropscore, and was one of three Australian composers selected to partake in the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic’s Emerging Composers Workshop. Jack has also been an ASCAP Morton Gould Award finalist.
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