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Ellie Whittaker


Ellie Whittaker is an inspiring Trinity alumnus who has successfully created her own unique and compelling brand, and effectively developed and grown her own textile design business. Ellie is a textiles designer whose work is highly sought after amongst the indie-children’s clothing market. She designs fabrics and collections for labels such as Alfie’s Children’s Apparel, Minoche, Kapow Kids, Goosebumps Boutique Bedding and Kippins along with Cotton On Kids and Target Australia. Her exquisite Ellie Whittaker Fabric Designs range was acquired by Spotlight Stores nationwide and went on sale in October 2018.

Ellie graduated from QCA in 2009 and shortly after gave birth to her eldest son. She then discovered the world of the WAHM (Work At Home Mum!) and began to see the need for unique Australian fabrics among the WAHM craft community. She grew up in a very crafty environment and was always strong in illustration, so when she discovered a site that would print her designs on-demand she developed a burning desire to figure out how to design fabric. She taught herself, through many, many hours of online learning and practice and then connected with these fellow ‘Mumpreneurs’, offering her designs and working together to create custom designs for their businesses. Her business has grown immensely from its humble beginnings and she now creates artwork for fabrics that are licensed and commissioned by companies like Cotton On Kids, Target and Spotlight.

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Rhys Thomas


Dr Rhys Thomas is currently working as a doctor at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, he is also an Associate Lecturer at UQ and simultaneously completing his training in psychiatry.

Rhys completed a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (BSc/MBBS) at the University of Queensland in 2014. He was elected President of University of Queensland Medical Society in his final year giving him the opportunity to get involved in advocacy. He started his training in Emergency Medicine and also worked in three rural communities - Mitchell, Kingaroy and Roma. He even got to work with the Flying Doctor Service, who provide specialist support to rural towns in Queensland, during his time in Roma. He has begun training as a psychiatrist and currently works in a service that specialises in adolescent mental health. He has additional interests in addictions medicine and medical education and training that he would like to pursue in the future.

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John Zakos


John is currently Program Director, Virtual Agents at IBM and an Honorary Professor at University of Technology Sydney. He is a highly creative Greek-Australian computer scientist with an entrepreneurial drive. His career contributions range from research through to strategic business development, leading the commercialization of emerging technologies in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.

He created his first artificial intelligence chat robot when he was only 14 years old as a student in his Year 9 computer studies assignment whilst at Trinity. Since then he went on to establish a fresh vision for interactive, humanized computing that resulted in world-leading innovation. He co-founded AI company Cognea in 2005 and it went on to became recognised as a world leader in delivering virtual human solutions, before being acquired by IBM in 2014. Holding a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, he has published his work internationally including holding multiple patents. Having worked in Tokyo and New York at IBM Research labs, Professor Zakos now continues to work on leading cognitive computing projects from back home in Australia.

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Eduard Wittig


Eduard is currently Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in New York. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm.

Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world providing a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. The firm had an annual revenue of US$37.71 billion in 2016. Eduard has worked for the firm since 2001, in London, in Australia (where he was made Managing Director in 2011) and now as Managing Director in the USA. Managing director is one of the top titles at the Wall Street firm. Eduard graduated from Trinity and went on to achieve a Bachelor of Commerce, Finance and Economics in two years at Bond University.

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Kelsey Wakefield


Kelsey represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics Australian Women’s Water Polo Team. She has won five National League Water Polo Titles with her Queensland team the Brisbane Barracudas.

She helped Australia to win bronze at the 2011 FINA World Junior Championships in Italy and silver at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Spain. Kelsey, the 2008 College Captain, also excelled academically and has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Griffith University.

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Jacob Lee


With no label, management or Booking Agent, Jacob Lee (primarily a songwriter & vocalist) has taken on the role of entrepreneur, surpassing 4 million Spotify streams through his second EP, 'CLARITY', released March 2017.

Jacob's first public success was in 2012 as part of boyband "Oracle East". Devised by Gold Coast radio station Sea FM in their search for a "Gold Coast Boy band". In 2011, he made it to boot camp of Season 3 of popular talent-search TV show, The X Factor (Australian TV series), at age 17 after Guy Sebastian believed he wasn't ready. In 2014, Lee appeared on the third season of The Voice Australia finishing in the top 6 of Will.i.Am's team!

In January 2016, Lee accompanied Australian boyband Justice Crew around their New South Wales tour from Coffs Harbour to Sydney, Australia. Known for his meaningful, emotive lyricism, powerful melodies & mesmerising live show, Jacob is the only independent, Australian Artist to achieve features in official 'Spotify UK' & 'Topsify Germany' Playlists. Supporting Billy Gibbons (ZZ-Top), Jamie Lawson & Justice Crew, Jacob has now partnered with Stagelink to organise his first international, headline tour.

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Samantha Strauss


Samantha is a writer for television and film. She co-created the hit Australian teen drama series DANCE ACADEMY which screens in over 160 countries.

It has been nominated for two International Emmys and won the Most Outstanding Children’s Series Logie awards in 2012 and 2013. Samantha has been individually nominated for five Australian Writer’s Guild Awards and won twice. She’s been nominated for two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2011 and 2014. As a feature film writer, Samantha has created and written DANCE ACADEMY: THE MOVIE which will be in cinemas in April 2017. In 2015 Samantha wrote MARY: THE MAKING OF A PRINCESS, a biopic telemovie produced by Fremantle Media which was the highest rating drama on Network Ten in over a year.

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Maggie Naouri


Maggie trained at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), completing a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts in 2012. She was nominated for the 2016 AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role for her role as Anu Singh in Joe Cinque's Consolation.

Co-Written, Produced and Directed by Sotiris Dounoukos, Joe Cinque's Consolation was the top Australian production at the Australian Box Office in its opening week. Screening nationally around Australia, Joe Cinque's Consolation had its World Premiere as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival, where it sold out its two sessions in a matter of hours. It had its International Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Of Maggie Naouri’s nomination, Dounoukos said, “Maggie’s AACTA nomination for Best Actress is recognition of her immense talent and courage as a performer, and the complexity, authenticity and honesty she brought to the role. This won’t be the last time that we’ll all see her work recognised or celebrated.”

Maggie is best known for her role of Rose, on television’s Wentworth. During her time at VCA, Maggie appeared in numerous VCA theatre productions during her study including Tom Healy’s A Bright Room Called Day, Richard Murphet’s The Merchant of Venice, and Melanie Beddie’s Three Sisters. She also appeared in Lynton V. Harris’ Angoscia/The Freezer for Dreamworld. Maggie’s other television credits include Offspring and Neighbours.

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Philippa Nelson


Philippa is the founder of the Social Action Resource Network (S.A.R.N). S.A.R.N exists to equip and enable social action groups to better fulfil their vision and purpose in areas of social need.

Philippa is currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand and works primarily with social action groups in developing countries, helping them to identify problem areas and create solutions

through more strategic analysis. She also works to link them to key resources, in particular knowledge resources, that enable better operations, programs and impact in the community. She is currently developing a mentor network to create greater knowledge transfer between organisations and to link up groups that could potentially have mutually beneficial collaboration.

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Cherie Hugo


Cherie founded The Lantern Project, a national not-for-profit organisation that works to improve the health and quality of life of all older adults and Australians in aged care.

She graduated from Trinity in 1994 and completed a Bachelor of Health Science at Griffith University, Gold Coast. Cherie completed her Master of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1999 and jumped straight into working life as a clinical and private practice dietitian. She worked at John Flynn Hospital as the hospital dietician for ten years and Pindara Hospital for three years, simultaneously expanding her private practice and aged care facility visits over this time. Working with the elderly, it became increasingly clear that there was a problem in terms of nutrition in aged care.

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Hayden Whitworth


Hayden is currently Director of Strategic Partnerships at Christian Media Australia and CEO of Gold Coast radio station, Juice 107.3.

In his role with Christian Media Australia, Hayden helps national partners and clients to work with CMA's 45 Member Stations and the communities of some 3 million listeners they represent. He has been in this role for just under two years. Hayden is also CEO of Gold Coast radio station Juice 107.3, a station he re-branded and re-launched from the original small community radio station Life FM that it originally was. Approximately 169000 people tune into 107.3 each week on the Gold Coast and listen for an average of 13.4 hours. Juice1073 is a Community Radio Station operated by the Christian community to provide local families with the best available programming, local information and music, all backed with a Good Taste Guarantee so the whole family can enjoy quality radio without any awkward moments.