Making Their Mark Awards

This year, our awards breakfast was held on Tuesday 28 June at the College and we had a fabulous morning hearing from our recipients. The message was clear, the role of mentors and friends in your life are critical in building a successful career , not only do they help when navigating the difficult times, but are there to help celebrate success.

We were delighted to receive a tasty breakfast from ‘Eat my Lunch’ and be able to give a hungry child a delicious, nutritious lunch.

These awards are held annually to celebrate our inspirational Old Girls. We look forward to receiving your nominations, please click on the form attached or email

Making their Mark  Award Criteria

  • For Old Girls who are making their mark in their chosen field
  • Demonstrates outstanding achievement
  • Demonstrates the courage to take on significant challenges
  • Shows leadership qualities
  • Are in early or mid-career


Making their Mark and Marking Service Information

Inspired by the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leaders Award, the College celebrates St Cuthbert’s women who are making their mark in all areas of society: in the fields of arts, community, culture, business, sport, equity, ethnic affairs, education, research, public service and the environment.

 2016 Recipients:


Julie Thomas

Born with a congenital heart condition, Julie had to stay in bed for the first 4 years of her life. Her reading skills developed over this time, as she became a voracious reader and then began composing her own stories.

She worked in radio, writing 72 commercials a day, then moved on to television and film where she wrote, produced and ‘script doctored’ everything form sports programmes and documentaries to dramas. Her first novel was written over 7 years, between 4am and 8am before heading to her job.

She is now a full time author, having published a number of books, the most successful to date is the ‘The Keeper of Secrets’. It was initially self-published on the internet and created such an impression and sold so many copies, it was picked up by Harper Collins New York and published as a paperback.

Other books published include: Rachel’s Legacy, Blood, Wine and Chocolate and a number of e-books. Levi’s War is due to be published next year.


Laura Myers

Laura is a successful designer and entrepreneur who has created the label, Atea Oceanie, in the highly competitive world of fashion.

Her vision was to fill a gap in the market for quietly confident pieces, made from quality fabrics; Laura’s mantra for each piece within the range is “everything with everything”. Her pieces are timeless and transcend time zones and seasons, as she separates her label from the relentless pace of the fashion industry.

Her business has grown exponentially and has been wholesaling since 2014. The collection was picked up by Barney’s in the US for Fall Winter 2015.

After leaving the College, Laura attended Ivy League Brown University. She has worked with a number of fashion houses and advertising agencies and gained an understanding of niche markets and branding along the way.



Angela Bull

Angela’s career has crossed successfully from the legal world to management roles in significant New Zealand corporates.

She made her mark in the area of strategic property development, as general manager of Foodstuffs North Island; New Zealand’s largest retailer with approximately 150 supermarkets and $6 billion in annual sales, managing a team of 30.

Current appointment as CEO of Tramco Group Limited, a property investment company managing three property portfolios which include substantial land holdings across Auckland, the Viaduct Harbour and elsewhere in the North Island.

Angela’s achievements are outstanding, her leadership abilities allow her to lead large teams and her pragmatism, professional approach and strategic style has earned her the respect of her colleagues in a highly competitive market place.



2015 Recipients:

Simone Roggen

Simone is an internationally renowned violinist, a graduate with a Masters of Music from the University of Auckland and the Lucerne Conservatory in Switzerland. In March 2012 she was offered the place of leader with the Faust Quartet and is often invited to be guest soloist or concertmaster with orchestras worldwide. For example, in 2012, she was the soloist in Brahm’s Violin Concerto in Paris and won the position of co-soloist in the Geneva Chamber Orchestra.

In her second year at university, Simone had to stop playing the violin for two years because of an injury to her left hand. This removed her confidence and instinctive approach to performing. Her achievements are significant, considering she had to relearn how to play the violin and overcome a new demon – stage fright.

Simone created the Klangzoon Project which is funded by the Migros Foundation. It brings music to the lives of the disadvantaged as they visit shelters for the homeless, orphanages and homes for the disabled.

I live to make music. It is the most direct way to touch the heart of humanity. Offering something pure and intangible to take away with them. In this small way I try to give something good back into the world.” Simone Roggen


Dr Laura Young 

Laura completed her medical degree at Auckland University, she then trained as a Haematologist at Auckland Hospital and became a fellow of both the Royal Australasian Pathology and Physicians’ Colleges.

Laura completed a PhD, investigating the genetics of thrombosis relating to the serpin class of proteins, with clinical and laboratory components. She continues to have active research interests at Auckland Hospital including both investigator initiated and pharmaceutical multi-centre trials.

She now juggles her roles as Senior Lecturer at Auckland University, with patient care and research in her field, writes clinical guidelines, speaks as a guest lecturer at both national and international haematology conferences alongside bringing up a young family.


Antonia Watson

Antonia has built an enormously successful career in the Accounting and Finance arena worldwide. She is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in financial services and is highly experienced across a wide range of management and financial functions.

Antonia’s current role is as CFO of ANZ New Zealand where she leads a team of nearly 200 people across Auckland and Wellington and is a key member of the ANZ New Zealand Leadership Team.

She chairs the ANZ New Zealand Staff Foundation, a charitable trust which provides grants to community organisations throughout New Zealand, with over $3 million distributed so far to over 530 charities and community projects and is on the board of UDC Finance Limited.

Antonia has always championed diversity in the workplace and in the community.