Arts, Education and Law alumni can be found in every field of endeavour
Our alumni work in fields as varied as policy advisers, opinion leaders, awarded educators, gifted musicians, famous artists, and pioneering social change advocates. We continue to be amazed by their impressive achievements.
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2018 Griffith University Outstanding Alumus
2018 Outstanding Alumni: AEL Group winner
Katarina Carroll APM
- B Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice 1996
- Executive Master of Public Administration 2013
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll has a distinguished public safety career in policing and the fire service, and became Australia’s first female fire commissioner in 2015. This achievement followed a 32 year policing career where she was a trailblazer for women in the male-dominated policing and fire services.
Commissioner Carroll was the recipient of the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award for her contribution to improving public safety in Queensland and being a role model to women and girls aspiring to develop similar careers.
- Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre (2004)
Louise Bezzina is renowned for her significant enhancements to the Queensland Arts industry.
As a visionary artistic director, Ms Bezzina quickly made a name for herself pulling together the Mackay Festival and producing work for the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts before founding Bleach* Festival on the Gold Coast in 2012. Some of her recent accolades including being named the 2018 Gold Coast Woman of the Year in recognition for her role in transforming the city’s cultural scene as founder and Artistic Director of Bleach* and, being identified as one of 11 inspiring women of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Dr Ian Freckelton QC
- Doctor of Philosophy (1998)
Dr Ian Freckelton QC is one of Australia’s leading scholarly and practising lawyers, he is currently a Senior Silk at the Victorian Bar and a Judge of the Supreme Court of Nauru.
Dr Freckelton QC has appeared in numerous high-profile matters including; the Lindt Siege Commission of Inquiry, the regulatory processes involving Dr Patel, the Eastman Judicial Inquiry, the Aged Care Royal Commission, the Bourke Street Inquest and the Barwon Children’s Case
His highly distinguished 30-year career is filled with accolades, numerous academic writing achievements and has been cited by all major courts in Australia, as well as by a number of international courts. He is particularly well known for his outstanding contributions to the international development and evolution of coronial law, and his work in the technical and complex law of evidence.
2017 Young Outstanding AEL Alumnus of the Year
International lawyer, co-founder and Director of GO1. Entrepreneur and founder of The Schoolbag, described by the World Economic Forum as a ‘Global Shaper’. Australia’s 2016 Youth Representative to the United Nations and 2014 Australian Young Innovator of the Year. Arts, Education Law Young Outstanding Alumnus for 2017 is awarded to Griffith Law School Alumnus, Chris Eigeland.
Previous Arts, Education and Law Alumni Award Winners
Primary school science teacher Rebecca Johnson has published over 80 educational books and has won national awards for curriculum design.
Queensland Conservatorium graduate Dami Im has soared to international fame and is one of Australia’s most iconic pop idols.
Serving the public
Katarina Carroll APM
Commissioner Katarina Carroll has dedicated her career to public safety, serving with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) for over 30 years.
As CEO and Executive Producer of A Stark Production, Avrill has established herself as a leading independent producer and creator of global children’s film and television content.
Member for Logan
Linus Power is MP for the Logan Electorate. He currently holds the position of Senior Government Whip, and serves on the Transport and Utilities Committee.
Leader in law
As National Practice Group Leader of Clayton Utz’s Real Estate team, Nikki has played a lead role in some of Australia’s most high-profile urban renewal projects.
Tony Albert has achieved extraordinary international success since graduating from a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art.
The voice of Siri
Karen Jacobsen is an international entertainer, singer, motivational speaker, voice over artist and songwriter. She is the voice behind Apple’s infamous Siri.
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