This award acknowledges an Old Girl who has achieved significant and sustained success in her chosen career.

The Nominees are:

Fiona Harris (’77)

Meredith Campion (Stoate ’79)

Joy Hopwood (’86)

Tresslyn Walmsley (Smith ’89)

Jessica Gethin (Walker ’97)


Fiona Harris (’77)

As the first member of her family to attend university, Fiona was determined to be successful within the business community. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Commerce degree from UWA, she began her career with chartered accountants KPMG and has gone on to become a successful company director for companies operating both in Australia and overseas.  Her achievements include being appointed to the boards of some of Australia’s most respected businesses including HBF, Alinta and Rothschild.  Together with her husband, Fiona established a successful consulting firm, Barrington Consulting Group, which has now been in operation for more than 20 years.  She has also worked with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Association of Superannuation Funds whilst being active within the community as mentor to the CEO of Foodbank and a board member of the WA Symphony Orchestra.  At any point in time, Fiona mentors around eight people and presently mentors a team for the PMH Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy.  She continues to be a role model for Australian women in business.

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Meredith Campion (Stoate ’79)

Meredith featured in the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining list in December 2013 and has been voted by her peers as one of Australia's best lawyers each year from 2010 to 2014 for corporate work and mergers and acquisitions.  She was very proud to have been included among these high achieving and diverse women, 16 of whom were from Western Australia. 
Meredith has practised in the areas of corporate and energy and resources law for almost 20 years and is currently an energy and resources partner at Avery & Overy, an international law firm that operates in 30 countries. She has been able to work on extremely challenging jobs including one that gave her the opportunity to work with colleagues in Paris and Beijing on an investment into a significant project in French-speaking Africa.  Being bi-lingual in French and English, she could contribute both her language and her legal skills to the successful completion of this work. 
Meredith is Avery & Overy’s Perth partner representative on their pro bono and community committee which provides legal pro bono assistance and raises funds for local and international charities. Meredith and the committee are currently working with Amref Health Africa, Africa’s leading health development organisation, to assist with providing education to children in Tanzania, which has one of the highest adolescent pregnancy rates in the world. This partnership aims to improve knowledge about reproductive health, reduce adolescent pregnancy rates and keep thousands more children in education.

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Joy Hopwood (’86)

Joy’s goal is for Australia’s mainstream media to show a more realistic representation of Australian life.  Ever since she started out as an actor in the 1990s and found that there were very few role models on television from multicultural Australia, she has been a huge advocate for diversity in the arts.  Joy was one of the first regular Asian presenters on ABC’s Play School, which led to guest roles on television shows like Home and Away and Good News Week, but these were few and far between.  This led her to produce her own work including her play The Wong Side of Life which has been transformed into an anti-bullying and anti-racism initiative shown in selected schools across Australia.  She also created the annual Joy House Film Festival which showcases short films about joy and diversity, and is supported by the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance’s Diversity Committee (of which she is a founding member).  Joy has been asked to write in various publications and her autobiographical story was published in the book Growing Up Asian in Australia which is currently taught in Australian schools.  Joy’s most proudest moments were being nominated twice for the prestigious Australian of the Year Awards for her community work as ambassador for the Cancer Council NSW and Mission Australia, and she also received a community award from Minister Joe Hockey and Ita Buttrose.

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Tresslyn Walmsley (Smith ’89)

Tresslyn is the 2015 WA Rural Woman of the Year for her “Oodles of Noodles” project which promotes udon noodle wheat grown almost exclusively in WA. Currently, WA produces one million tonnes of the wheat a year for export to Japan and Korea but Tresslyn’s aim, through her award winning project, is to increase production to about $350 million a year by creating local demand.
She attributes her successful career in agriculture to her mother, who was her role model, and the skills and empowerment she received during her time at St Mary’s.  After studying Environmental Science with honours at Murdoch University, she began her career in Three Springs at the Department of Agriculture.  During this time she had the opportunity to explore her personal goal of involving women in the grains industry by commencing the TOPCROP Families Project which focuses on increasing the participation of women in the decision-making of their farming businesses.  This saw Tresslyn awarded the 1999 Telstra Young Business Woman for WA in recognition of her TOPCROP work.  She is currently the CEO of InterGrain where she has worked since 2007.  She continues to seek opportunities to promote the role of women in agriculture by mentoring young women in the early stages of their careers.

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Jessica Gethin (Walker ’97)

Jessica has won praise from audiences and critics alike for her dynamic conducting and presence on the podium.  She is one of only a handful of female conductors in Australia.  An accomplished violinist herself, Jessica graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Music Performance, receiving the Faith Court Scholarship Prize for Performance.  Since then, Jessica has performed on stage in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.  She spent five years training at the Symphony Services Australia Conductor Development Programme, receiving a podium scholarship to study under internationally renowned conductors.  In 2011, Jessica commenced her appointment as Chief Conductor of the Perth Symphony Orchestra and in 2013 as Co-Artistic Director of the Perth Chamber Orchestra.  In 2015, she won a prestigious award for an emerging Australian conductor as well as receiving a nomination for the Western Australian of the Year Award in the Arts and Culture category.  Jessica has recently been selected as one of only six conductors internationally to take part in the Inaugural Institute for Women Conductors with the Dallas Opera in the USA later in the year.

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