Alumni & Friends Class Notes - December 2021

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Bridgman, David (1996-1997)
David is continuing to travel and build a career in Beverage Alcohol Sales.

Carroll, Charles (2010-2012)
Charles worked for the Minister for Defence, the current foreign minister and then moved to London to work at the campaign consultancy, Crosby Textor. Charles now runs communications for the proprietor of one of the UK's biggest newspapers.

Cosgrave, Margie (1982-1983) 
Margie worked in secretary, personal assistant and administrative roles at the Australian National Gallery (now NGA) and then in a series of charitable organisations in Victoria and Queensland. Margie’s career also included aquaculture farming and teachers aiding. Margie is now freelance copyediting and proofreading.


Couzens, Jennifer (1991-1993) 
Jennifer completed Grad Diploma in Applied Linguistics at ANU, before completing a Diploma of Education at the University of Melbourne. Jennifer worked for 3 years at Geelong Grammar School’s Timbertop Campus, before moving to a position at Ballarat Clarendon College, a renowned regional school in Victoria. Jennifer is married with three boys (14yo + 11yo twins) and is soon to be working at Ballarat Grammar.

Goss (née Smedley), Challis (1990-1991)
After her Burgmann College years, Challis went on to complete a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons 1A) at UNSW, then moved to the UK to complete a Masters in Heritage Conservation. Now based in Sydney, Challis currently runs her own architecture practice specialising in adaptive re-use projects and is a mum to twin daughters in Year 7.

Hamilton, Angus (2013-2015) 
Angus recently had a film selected for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, based out of New York. The film, titled 'Flight of the Helmeted Honeyeater' celebrates the incredible story of the Helmeted Honeyeater, Victoria's state faunal emblem, and the people who have been devoting their time to saving this critically endangered bird.


Khan, Abdullah (2011)
Abdullah works as Secretary for local Government in the Balochistan region of Pakistan.

Masters, Nigel (1971-1974)
Nigel taught at Melbourne Grammar School for more than thirty years, before retiring to farming in Warragul. Nigel married a teacher and had three children.

Maywald, Bonita (1972-1976)
Bonita had a career in the Public Service from 1991-2013. She now has two children, four grandchildren, and has helped publish community books.

Maywald, Peter (1972-1975)
Peter worked in administrative review and complaint resolution (human rights and Ombudsman), was the Chief of Staff to various state and territory ministers, and has worked as a consultant on governance and international relations.

Nimmo, David (1974-1976) 
David worked in the Department of the Senate as a parliamentary officer until 1989, then worked as a Solicitor in Canberra until 2013. Following this, David joined the Defence Department as a lawyer and moved to Melbourne.





Russell, Nigel (1984-1986) 
Nigel lived and worked as a lawyer in Vietnam for twenty years. He set up the office of Allen’s in Ho Chi Minh City and founded and chaired the Australian International School, also in Ho Chi Minh.





Sethi, Abhimanyu (2015-2018) 
Abhimanyu was recently admitted to the Western Australian Supreme Court and now practices as a criminal defence solicitor.






Smith, David (1991-1992) 
Since 2018 David is the Director General of the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Zagreb, Croatia; a Public Scientific Research Organization with 1000 employees and 11 Divisions, covering research in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Marine and Environmental Science and ICT.

David completed his undergraduate studies in Economics and Science at ANU in 1994, and was awarded first class honours in Chemistry in 1995. He went on to complete a PhD at the ANU Research School of Chemistry winning the Deans Prize for the best thesis in chemistry in 2000. In the years that followed, David was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia and in the Department of Chemistry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany.

From 2004, David held a number of academic leadership positions at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, including: Research Associate in the Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry; Senior Research Associate in the Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry; Leader of the Group for Quantum Organic Chemistry at the Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry; Assistant Director of the Ruđer Bošković Institute, responsible for International Collaboration and Projects; Senior Scientist in the Division of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry; and, Divisional Head and Senior Scientist in the Division of Physical Chemistry. David was also Special Advisor to the Croatian Minister for Science, Education and Sports, in the area of Research and Development in 2016.


Photos (from top): 
Margaret Cosgrave (1982-1983)
Jennifer Couzens (1991-1993)
Angus Hamilton (2013-2015)
David Nimmo (1974-1976)
Nigel Russell (1984-1986)
Abhi Sethi (2015-2018)
David Smith (1991-1992)



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