SMBG – Where are they now

Dr Sally McDonald

Alumnae Year 1974

Achievements since leaving school:

Graduated in Medicine at Monash University in 1980.

Completed residency at Dandenong Hospital.

Married with two daughters, who both attended St Margaret’s School.

Life long addiction to horses and still riding dressage on her horse, Merlin.


Joined a two doctor practice as a GP in Upper Beaconsfield, it grew to a six doctor practice in Berwick and now in Pakenham.

Chair of the South Eastern Health Providers Association.

On the Board of South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local.

Travelled to Nauru to provide help with medical services.


Catherine Downey

Alumnae Year: 2006

Achievements since leaving school:

Graduated in 2010 Bachelor of Pharmacy, Gold Medallist (Dux of the whole degree) Dux of second, third and fourth year.

Completed the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice at Monash University in 2012.

Presenter at the Medicines Management Conference 2013 in Cairns.

Team manager of the triumphant SMS/BGS Junior School HPV team from 2008-current.


After graduating completed internship at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Was then offered a permanent position there and has since worked in a number of different areas within the hospital.

Currently writing up a project, with the aim of having it published in an academic journal.


Alicia Greenhill

Alumnae Year: 2002

Achievements since leaving school:

Bachelor Biological Sciences (Hons).

PhD in plant molecular pathology.

Undergraduate scholarship to La Trobe University.

Victorian Dept. Primary Industries Cadetship.

Australian Postgraduate Award (PhD scholarship).

Student prize to attend Fungal Genetics.

Conference in California, 2009.

Won best speaker at Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference in Auckland, 2013.

Presented work on – The Science Show, Radio National.

Currently a representative on the Regional Council of Australasian Plant Pathology Society.


Working for an agricultural research company as a Study Director.


Jessica Shearer

Alumnae Year: 2005

Achievements since leaving school:

Bachelor of Psychology and Business (Hons) at Monash.

Joined the ANZ graduate program for eighteen months working across HR, strategy, I.T.


Joined ANZ Private Bank and worked in client experience and innovation in Sydney.

Migrated to London and joined HSBC’s global digital marketing team working on the mobile and tablet program.

Migrated to Hong Kong with HSBC to work on a large Asia Pacific project.






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