Where are they now?

A special feature from “120 Inspirational Loreto Women”

 

To be part of the Loreto  Normanhurst community is a precious gift. Many members of our alumni  have gone on to generously share their gifts with others, making positive contributions across Australia and around the globe. They are Loreto people who are “constant, efficacious and loving”.

 

JANE STANTON – (Class of ’88)

Jane is President of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) which has a global membership of approximately 140,000. Jane is a past recipient of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia President’s Prize which rewards outstanding service to the accounting profession. During her period as an Office Bearer of CAANZ, she focused on raising awareness of mental health issues in the profession, including speaking about her own experiences with anxiety and depression. Jane has leveraged her professional skills to establish a successful governance career, focused on entities aligned to her interests and values, including the University of Notre Dame Australia and the Women’s Alcohol and Drug Advisory Centre.

“In the early 1990s, I spent several months teaching at Loreto Day School Sealdah in Kolkata, India. This was a life-defining experience. I came home determined to make a difference by using the opportunities provided by my Loreto education.”

 

DR ARLIE LOUGHNAN – (Class of ’93)

Arlie is an academic at the University of Sydney where she specialises in criminal law. She recieved a Fulbright Scholarship to study at New York University and cmpleted her PhD at the London School of Economics. Arlie is a gifted academic, born teacher and has a huge capacity to give. Professionally, amongst other posts, she mentors young women students and junior colleagues, supporting them to realise their goals, and encouraging them to aim high but to always pause for reflection on their achievements. Arlies is the author of “Manifest Madness: Mental Incapacity in Criminal Law” (OUP  2012) and is in the process of completing her second book on criminal responsibility. Arlie is passionate about ideas, history and the role of law in creating a more just society.

“No one personifies ‘women in time will come to do much’ more than my sister, Arlie.” (Jocelyn Loughnan Walsh)

 

NEERJA IRENE FERNANDEZ – (Class of ’04)

“My parents worked hard and sacrificed to ensure that I received the best education, sending me to Loreto.” Irene was one of give percent of women to graduate from UNSW with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. In 2009 she joined a mining services company, working in various locations across Australia. During this period she successfully advocated to increase female intake, resulting in an increase from ten percent to 40 percent in subsequent years. In 2015 Irene completed an MBA at MBSM/University of Edinburgh and at 28 years old was appointed site leader (and the only female in operations management team), managing over 30 employees from two manufacturing plants. 

“My Year 12 physics teacher once said, ‘in order to make change you need to be in the position to make it’. I hope I’m making positive change, helping pave the way for women entering the  industry”.