Meet a few of our featured PLC Alumni, representing a range of fields of endeavour and achievement.

Class of 1993
Amy Muir
Architect

Amy was awarded both the Anne Butler Award and Association of Women in Architecture Award for her final design thesis.

Following graduation, Amy worked for Carr Design for seven years, during which time she was elevated to Director of Architecture. She co-founded Muir Mendes in 2011, (now Muir Architecture) and runs the practice as the sole director. In 2011, the Law Street House was awarded a National Commendation for Small Project Architecture and the Australian Institute of Architects Award for Residential Architecture – Victoria. This house has been widely reproduced in books and journals and featured on Extreme Homes USA. 

In 2012, Amy was invited to be one of five jury members on the National Architecture Awards Jury and the following year awarded a position on the Dulux Study Tour in recognition of her contribution to the industry. Amy was awarded the National Emerging Architect Prize in 2015 and 2016 in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession through design excellence, education, industry leadership and commitment to supporting the education of young architects.

Currently Amy divides her time between Muir Architecture, her role as an associate lecturer at RMIT, completing her PhD, and co-chairing the Victorian Small Practice Forum.

Class of 1992
Briony Pemberton
Art Conservator

A country boarder from Bairnsdale, Briony has nineteen years’ experience in conservation, exhibitions and loans management and preventive conservation. 

In London, Briony worked for two years at the Tate Gallery specialising in the conservation of British watercolours and drawings and co-curated Drawing Materials and Techniques: Works on Paper from the Oppé Collection 1750-1850. Returning to Australia, Briony worked at the State Libraries of Victoria and NSW before transferring to the National Gallery of Victoria. 

Since 2007, Briony has worked at the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne. In this role she has undertaken treatment programs for works on paper, prepared and deliver lectures and practical sessions for the Master of Arts (Cultural Materials Conservation) course at the University of Melbourne. In 2015, Briony restored the PLC pastel portrait of Dame Nellie Melba by Florence Rodway. Last year, she was a recipient of Copland Foundation Grant, in partnership with the National Trust Victoria, to conserve wallpapers from Gulf Station. The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation accepts fee-for-service clients and the scope of work is always interesting, often rare and of great historic importance. 

Currently, Briony is working on a significant Dutch map from 1663, one of the first to show the outline of Australia. Other highlights include treating the ‘Phar Lap Tonic Book’ owned by Museum Victoria. This booklet contained all the recipes that the trainer prepared for Phar Lap, and what many believe may have unintentionally contributed to the horse’s death as many of the recipes included arsenic.

Class of 2005
Dr Sally-Anne Richter
Veterinarian

Sally-Anne Richter has just been named top of her class nationwide in her most recent examinations, winning the Paul Gotis-Graham Award for achieving the top score on her Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists examination. 

Dr Richter who works at the Launceston Veterinary Hospital, combines her love of veterinary work with her passion for playing the bagpipes. 

In fact, the reason Sally-Anne chose to move to Launceston to work was because she could continue to play the bagpipes through the St Andrew’s Caledonian Pipe Band.

Sally-Anne started playing the bagpipes in the PLC Pipes and Drums when she was in Year 11 and has maintained her love of playing in and composing for Pipes and Drums bands ever since. 

Class of 1975
Fiona Balfour
Business Woman

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Monash University, a Graduate Diploma in Information Management from University of NSW and an MBA from the University of RMIT. 

Fiona's career has been in the information technology industry working in enterprise technology across Australian Aviation, Information and Telecommunication Services, Financial Services, Distribution and Logistics, Education sector, Marketing and Commercial systems and not-for-profits for over 35 years. 

She is currently an independent non-executive director for Metcash, Salmat, TAL (Dai-ichi Life) Australia, Airservices Australia and is a Council Member and Treasurer of Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga.

Balfour has received numerous honours for her work, including the Award for Excellence in Management from the Australian Telecommunications Users Group in 2003, the National Pearcey Medal in 2006. 

She was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2009 and a Fellow of Monash University in 2010.

 

Class of 1975
Dr Catherine Crock AM
Physician

Dr Catherine Crock AM is the inspiring Executive Director and founder of the Hush Foundation. Since 1994, as a highly sought after and award-winning physician at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Catherine has worked closely with patients and families to reduce procedural pain for children and minimise stress and anxiety for sick children and their families.

She established the HUSH Foundation in 2000 and with leading musicians and composers, has produced the HUSH Collection and CELLO Lullaby, special compilations of soothing music that is played in hospitals in Australia and overseas, to relax and calm children, families and staff. Leading writers have also contributed to a delightful children’s book which helps young patients to adjust to hospital life and procedures through entertaining and imaginative stories and poems. 

Catherine has also collaborated with a professional playwright to develop plays which raise awareness of patient-centred care, communication and safety issues. In 2013, she was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women for her pioneering work in these areas where she has greatly contributed to better health outcomes by expanding the important role of the arts in the medical field.

Dr Crock has won innumerable awards including a Churchill Fellowship and in 2015, she received an AM for her significant service to medicine.

Class of 1983
Professor Liza Lim
Composer


Professor Liza Lim is regarded as one of Australia's leading and most influential international composers of ultra-modern music for chamber groups, opera and orchestral works. Her lyrical, colourful and dynamic works range from operas and orchestral works to large-scale, collaborative installations for specific sites and she has been commissioned by leading performers and ensembles to create her distinctive music which often draws on Aboriginal and Chinese cultural influences, for special locations and music festivals all around the world.

Liza was a boarder at PLC and through the encouragement of her music teacher Rosalind Macmillan, was composing from an early age. Student ensembles performed her early compositions and she started to win competitions, resulting in an Australia Council grant in her final year of school. This began a lifetime of collaboration with performers, in particular the Elision Ensemble, with whom she has worked closely for 30 years.

In 2008, after many significant international artist-in-residence positions and awards for her outstanding compositions, she joined the University of Huddersfield where she is Professor of Composition and Director of CeReNeM, a Centre for Research in New Music.

She lectures at universities and international summer schools, while continuing her unique compositions for performers in the exciting world of contemporary music. 

Class of 1989
Lisa Leong
Lawyer

Lisa Leong, is a lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills and has combined a successful career in law with her passion for radio, both here and in the UK.

Lisa attended Ormond College at Melbourne University where she studied Science/Law and joined law firm Freehills upon graduation in 1996. She worked as an Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer, and became the lead lawyer in the e-commerce division of the ANZ bank. 

Work in New York and London as a technology lawyer followed and during her time in London, Lisa began volunteering at various hospital radio stations. Through determination and perserverance, Lisa found work on commercial radio and suspended her legal work for a time to devote herself to her passion for radio. She eventually decided to pursue a career in radio and took up a place in the radio broadcasting course at the Australian Film and Radio School in Sydney.  

This lead to a fulfilling radio career on both the ABC and on commercial stations on the Gold Coast, Adelaide and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. After the birth of her daughter, Lisa returned to Melbourne  to her old law firm Freehills, where, drawing on her special career experiences, she brings a fresh approach to proactive client collaborations as a Client Development and Pursuits leader. 

Her love of broadcasting has not diminished however and she sits on the on the Australian Board of international children’s charity, Radio Lollipop, which provides radio and play services for sick children in hospital, and was previously on the ABC Advisory Council. She is a Board Director of Radio Lolllipop which operates at Monash Children's Hospital in Clayton. 

Lisa is also a very keen cyclist who rides with other corporate women, raising money for children’s charities.

Catherine Phillips
Class of 2009
Catherine Phillips
AFL Women's Melbourne Football Club Player

Catherine Phillips is one of the inaugural players in the AFL Women's football in 2017, playing for Melbourne Football Club. 

Catherine, who prior to playing for Melbourne FC, had virtually zero AFL experience, was a gold medallist winner in the 201 World Championships for Ultimate Frisbee.  Having first played Ultimate Frisbee in Year 11 at PLC, she honed her craft and has been a six-time representative for Australia and was the team Captain at the US Open title in 2015, where Australia was the first non-North American team to win the title.  She continues to play where she can, in amongst her many commitments.

Catherine completed her degree in mechanical engineering at Melbourne University and is working full-time in her profession, whilst training and playing in the evening for Melbourne FC.