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Loreto Normanhurst Careers Evening
Tuesday 7 April
7-9pm     LRC and Curran Theatre

Our guests on this informative evening include:
CLARE O’HARA                       FASHION INDUSTRY/DESIGN
Clare is an ex-student (2001) who currently works full time for a design agency specializing in
importing wholesale fashion and on selling to Australian retailers. She is a graduate of KvB
Institute of Design where she completed a Diploma of Fashion. She has worked in numerous
roles within the fashion industry including design assistant, sales/buyers assistant,
merchandiser/importer overseeing production in China. In 2007 Clare launched her own fashion
label together with her sister, “O’Hara Designs”. In addition to working for a design agency, Clare
designs leather goods and accessories, and in 2008 “O’Hara Designs” were selected to be part of
the 2008 Rosemount Fashion Festival Emerging Designers Event.


BARBARA STEPHEN                     PUBLIC RELATIONS/FILM & TV PRODUCTION
Barbara is an ex-student (2001) who completed a bachelor degree in Arts Communications
(Public relations and organisational communication) at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. After
a stint in Public relations for local government and events such as the Bathurst 1000, she
returned to Sydney and commenced work as a Production Assistant. Within 6 months Barbara
was producing creative content for large scale international events such as the Rugby World Cup,
Commonwealth Games, FINA World Championships and most national sporting competitions.
Barbara completed a Director’s course and took up work in the television industry. She has been
the field producer on major network reality programs (Australia’s Next Top Model and the
Chopping Block). Barbara is now the line producer on a childrens 3D animation series and is
also working on an animation feature.


ANNA PHILLIPS                     FOOD INDUSTRY

Anna Phillips, the principal of ‘on the plate’ has been involved in the food industry for over twenty-
five years, having qualified as a Home Economist in 1981. Her work includes food research,
recipe development, cooking demonstrations and classes, TV and Radio presentations, product
promotion and food styling. Anna’s career has largely been involvement with the seafood
industry. In addition to teaching, she has continued her twenty five year involvement with the
media. She has appeared as a seafood cooking presenter on Channel 9’s ‘Fresh’, and has been
a regular food presenter at the Mandurah Boat Show and Motor show in WA in addition to the
Royal Easter Show – NSW and the Good Food Shows. Currently Anna is the major journalistic
contributor, food stylist and consultant for a consumer seafood magazine called ‘Quick and Easy
Seafood’’. Anna has co-produced a BBQ Seafood Cooking Video and has also co - authored an
Australian Seafood Cookbook ‘From Water to Plate’ launched in October 2003. Anna is an active
member of the Food Media Club of Australia.
ROB MACDONALD                    ADVERTISING/FILM & TV PRODUCTION

After studying Media & Communications at Macquarie University, Rob worked in the UK in
publishing for titles allied to the film and television commercials production industry and was a
founding part of an online start-up providing services to the international production industry.
Rob returned to Sydney in 2001 and worked in advertising, but his lifelong love of film saw Rob
make the move into the unpredictable world of Australian film and television. During this time he
worked with some of Australia’s brightest talent on dramas for Warner Brothers in the US, the
ABC, SBS and the global sci-fi hit Farscape.

Rob founded Mum’s Spaghetti, an independent creative production house. He has produced,
written, directed and edited countless corporate videos and TV Commercials. Rob recently
completed his first feature documentary as director and is currently co-writing and producing a
new drama series for the ABC which he will direct.

VERONICA CHAMBERS                EVENT ORGANISER & PUBLICIST

Veronica is an ex-student who started her career as an event organiser and publicist in the music
industry, working in record companies and doing exclusive publicity for clients such as Iva Davies
from Icehouse, the Tamworth Golden Guitar Awards and tour publicity for Kasey Chambers.
Veronica then moved on to work in PR consultancies specialising in media relations and
management for major events such as the Sydney New Year¹s Eve celebrations, NSW Australia
Day and the 2004 Olympic & Para Olympic Welcome Home Parades. Veronica also worked on
promotional campaigns for Carlton United¹s VB Summer Series of Cricket and publicity for The
Shoot Out Film Festival and the television screened documentary, Lockout.
Currently Veronica assists in looking after artists in a musician management company,
coordinating publicity for tours and is one of the Event directors for an annual music festival.


SUE MCCARNEY                     CATERING & COMMERCIAL FOOD PREPARATION

Sue is a past parent who has been associated with the hospitality industry for nearly 30 years.
Sue began her love of cooking when, with the enthusiasm of her friend, decided they would start
catering for location shoots with Channel 7. What began as small jobs in the Epping studios soon
grew into location catering for large productions such as television commercials.
Sue also worked in the field of corporate catering, and after 5 years in this field she fulfilled her
dream of owning and operating an extremely popular cafe.
Since selling her business, Sue has ventured into consulting work, being responsible for the
design, and total management of a new café; worked in a cafe-deli which has won numerous
local business awards and a glowing review in “Good Living”; and written articles for an industry
magazine. Her most recent project was the invitation to open a new salad/juice and yoghurt kiosk,
where she is responsible for the creation and preparation of the menu items.


CLEO HIGGINS-O’REILLY            TEXTILE DESIGN/HUMAN RESOURCES

Cleo is an ex-student (1982) who gained a Bachelor of Design (1st class Hons) from University of
Technology, Sydney. She worked as a freelance textile designer for 5 years where her designs
were sold in Sydney, Melbourne and New York to companies as diverse as Sportsgirl, Just Jeans
Group and Gant. During this time, Cleo also had a number of exhibitions and taught a range of
painting, dyeing and fibre-arts classes in community colleges around Sydney including Ku-Ring-
Gai Arts Centre, Roseville and the Orange Grove Community College, Rozelle.

Seeking a more corporate focus, Cleo found a ‘bridge’ into clothing manufacture and became
Human Resources officer for a business shirt manufacturer. Her interest in the business side of
the Textile, Clothing & Footwear Industry lead to roles liaising with Unions and working with
management in a number of business sectors. She now works for Rothschild in Australia, as
Head of Human Resources and is a Justice of the Peace in New South Wales.




EMILY SARKS              FASHION DESIGN/MAKE UP

Emily is an ex-student (2001) whose initial desire to perform in front of the camera has lead to a
career in make-up, costume design and fashion. Upon leaving school, Emily acquired skills in
make-up artistry, from high glamour to special effects. Being in the right place at the right time
with a desire to learn, she became an assistant to a stylist and costume designer. She then
began working as a freelance costume assistant and stand-by. Following on from a stint in the
costume department of a number of Australian and American movies, Emily ventured into the
world of fashion. Emily is a graduate of Ultimo TAFE where she finished 1st in the state for her
final project, and was the winner of the David Jones Young Designer of the Year Award at the
Sydney Cup Races in 2007. She has now set up her own company “Stolen From…” . She
designs and makes all of her own clothes which she sells online as well as at various market
stalls around Sydney.

GABBY JACKSON            VENUE & EVENT MANAGEMENT

Having completed her schooling at Loreto Normanhurst in 1992, Gabby went on to graduate with
a BA Leisure Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Gabby was first employed by International Sports Facilities Management, a boutique organisation
producing masterplans & development strategies for new & existing sports stadiums and
organisations such as Acer Arena & the NSW AFL.

In 1999 Gabby was approached to join the venue management team at the newly developed Fox
Studios as the Bookings Coordinator. After 18 months Gabby was promoted to Event Manager,
responsible for major events such as the Mardi Gras Party, Mercedes Australia Fashion Week,
Art Sydney and countless rock and roll tours including Coldplay, No Doubt, Green Day,
Powderfinger and The White Stripes. In 2004 Gabby took on the newly created role of Marketing
& Strategic Development Manager to promote the Hordern Pavilion & Royal Hall of industries to
the events and entertainment industry as Sydney's premier live music and major events venues.

ELIZABETH BLACK          EVENT MANAGEMENT

Elizabeth is an ex-student, and graduate of the University of Technology, Sydney, Bachelor of
Events and Leisure Management. She works with the Royal Agricultural Society of New South
Wales as the Wine, Dairy and Fine Food Coordinator. In addition to Wine, Dairy and Fine Food
shows, Elizabeth is part of the team that organizes the Sydney Royal Easter Show every year. It
is the largest annual event staged in Australia.

ZOE NAYLOR               ACTOR/JOURNALIST

Upon graduating from Loreto Normanhurst in 1994, Zoe was awarded the Channel 7
Communications Scholarship to attend Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. She completed the
final year of her BA (Communications) at University of Technology, Sydney, and was the recipient
of the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Broadcast Student Award. Zoe has gone on to work in
radio and television, working on and off screen for programs such as National Nine News, A
Current Affair and Gladiators. In 2002 Zoe undertook a Masters in Drama from the Queensland
University of Technology and quickly made her mark in the theatre community for her work in the
Removalists (La Boite) and Song of the Yellow Bittern directed by Maeolisa Stafford. During this
time she also trained at the Phillip Gaulier Drama School in London. Zoe’s first big television
break came with the role of Regan Mcleod in Mcleod’s Daughters, which she followed with the
lead role, Jane Durant, in the critically acclaimed New Zealand drama Orange Roughies. She
has also appeared in American productions and the Australian feature film The Book of
Revelation. Zoe works as an actor, journalist, presenter, producer, voice-artist, model, emcee
and public speaker.

				
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