Jackie Fairley (Je'79)

Dr Jackie Fairley, CEO of global biopharmaceutical company Starpharma, is in the vanguard of an exciting new development in the prevention of the Covid-19 virus. Starpharma’s new nasal spray, Viraleze, has just been launched in Britain through LloydsPharmacy. Viraleze’s active ingredient, a precisely designed large molecule called astodrimer sodium, was discovered a decade ago by Starpharma, and works by inactivating the virus as it enters the body through the nose. The molecule itself is too large to pass into the bloodstream but remains in the nasal cavity. Incredibly, this broad-spectrum virucide – known for its potency against viruses such as HIV, herpes and HPV – inactivates more than 99.9 per cent of Covid viruses within a minute.

Jackie has worked within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for more than 30 years, holding various senior management roles with companies such as CSL and Faulding/Hospira (now part of Pfizer) before becoming CEO of Starpharma in 2006. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with first class honours degrees in Science (pharmacology and pathology) and Veterinary Science. She also obtained an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and was a recipient of the prestigious Clemenger Medal.


Ben Rimmer (P'89)

Ben Rimmer is the new CEO of Homes Victoria, a Victorian government agency which is delivering the Big Housing Build, the largest social and affordable housing building program in Victoria’s history. The agency is working closely with industry, the not-for-profit sector and community members to fast-track new social and affordable housing.

Ben returned to Melbourne in 2015 to become CEO at the City of Melbourne after spending three years as Associate Secretary in the Australian Government’s Department of Human Services. He previously worked for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, where he focused on health reforms, early childhood and workforce participation among other issues. He has a long-standing interest in the not-for-profit sector and also worked in the London and Melbourne offices of the Boston Consulting Group. Ben is a graduate of the University of Melbourne with degrees in Arts/Law and of the University of Oxford where he took an MBA with distinction. He was also a recipient in 2014 of the James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship at Harvard.


My Anh Tran (A'93)

My Anh Tran was appointed a Judge of the County Court of Victoria in June 2020.She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford. She has worked for the County Court as a Judicial Registrar in the Commercial Division of the County Court since 2015. During this time she has overseen the expansion of judicial mediation in the Commercial Division, assisted with the creation of a pro bono protocol with the Victorian Bar, helped to reform case management procedures, and supported the implementation of electronic court files. Ms Tran commenced her term in the Common Law Division on 9 October 2020.


Sarah Leighfield (Highton '87)

Sarah Leighfield was appointed a Judge of the County Court of Victoria in June 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne and served at the Bar for 12 years before becoming a magistrate in 2016. Since then, she has led the sexual offences and committal mention lists for the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, mainly sitting on crime and family violence matters. Ms Leighfield commences her term in the Criminal Division from 10 June.


Mark McCarthy (Cu'97)

Artist Mark McCarthy was recently one of 28 shortlisted artists selected for the 2021 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, a biennial exhibition which showcases the best of contemporary Australian painting and reflects the sophistication and rich diversity of contemporary painting practices. The $30,000 acquisitive award which this year received over 600 entries from around the country, will be held at the Geelong Art Gallery and runs between Saturday 29 May to Sunday 22 August, 2021.

Groundswell-by-Mark-McCarthyMark is a multi-award winning Melbourne based artist. Since Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2001, He has held 10 solo exhibitions throughout Victoria. He has been a finalist in numerous art prizes in Victoria and Interstate. In 2004 was awarded the $20,000 John Leslie Art Prize for his landscape painting ‘Pigeon Cells’ and in 2011 he won the $25,000 Whyalla Art Prize, an award he judged in 2013. He is a recipient of a New Work Grant from the Australia Council.

Instagram: markmccarthy811

Details of the work shortlisted

Oil on linen
173 x 173cm


Stephen Minas (Glamorgan ‘93)

Stephen was recently elected as Chair of the Technology Executive Committee, the United Nations body which advises the state parties to the UN Climate Convention and the 2015 Paris Agreement on technology matters. Stephen is also a member of the Advisory Board of the UN Climate Technology Centre and Network, which provides technical assistance to developing countries (both bodies have been meeting virtually since the beginning of the pandemic). Stephen works as an associate professor of law at China’s Peking University and is currently back in Melbourne after some years working overseas.


Steph Fett (Ga'07)

Steph has just started a new role as Senior Communications Adviser at Australian law firm Clayton Utz. An admitted lawyer and communications professional, Steph’s career has been a varied one, in both the media and legal industry, specialising in the corporate social responsibility space. Previously she worked in Communications at the global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Steph’s roles have involved communicating internally and externally, media relations, corporate responsibility expertise and staff engagement.

Prior to that she was the environment program manager at News Corp Australia where she managed News Corp Australia's national environmental sustainability program, 1 Degree. Steph worked with partners and suppliers to reach environmental outcomes, on engagement of the 8,000 staff on environmental programs and to coordinate the Australian arm of News Corp's Global Environmental Initiative.


Hugh McKay (M'11)

Making the most of the lockdowns in 2020, Hugh McKay’s videography and photography business Mountain Duck Media has been really busy and continues to grow as we move ahead in 2021. “The past 5 months have been fantastic with other businesses returning to normal and looking to promote themselves and the return of weddings and events.”

Hugh’s career has taken a big change in direction from beginning a Product Design Engineering degree at Swinburne University back in 2013. After graduating and looking into Product Design Engineering jobs, he was not overly excited about moving back into a full-time office Job and a career in Engineering. However, Hugh always had an interest in film and making videos since he was young. He used to make videos of family holidays, birthdays or events and had also done a few small videos for friends including a wedding. He began doing some freelance videography work while weighing up options in Product Design/Engineering.

Within a few months he became quite busy with freelance work and was offered a part time role as a videographer in a small building group. Loving this change in career and excited about going to work each day, he found himself constantly researching new techniques and improving his craft. Hugh worked part time with a building group for over a year while also continuing to do some freelance work and several weddings. But when the Melbourne lockdown began in the winter of last year, Hugh was unable to continue commuting to Melbourne from his new home in Barwon Heads.

During this time he decided to rebrand his business and long term goals and begin Mountain Duck Media. With weddings off the table during lockdown, business could not yet grow, so Hugh made the most of a bad situation by focussing his energy on planning and getting systems in order. He built a website from his backlog of videos and created an online social media presence. Now, with the New Year and the virus mostly under control, Mountain Duck Media is thriving!


Ruby Barkmeyer (Ga'18)

Ruby became the latest Old Geelong Grammarian to represent the Melbourne Vixens in Super Netball, making her debut at Goal Attack on May 1 against the West Coast Fever. Ruby joins fellow Old Geelong Grammarians Emily Mannix (Fr'12), Tayla Honey (Ga'15) and Allie Smith (A'17) on this year's Vixens roster. From Kangaroo Flat, Ruby was a key member of the School's 2018 APS/ AGSV Netball premiership and has previously both Victoria and Tasmania at State level.

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