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A Malaysian government diplomat for four decades, Tan Sri Hamidon Ali (BA(Hons) 1974) has recently retired after a last assignment as Malaysian Ambassador to the UN in New York. His diplomatic postings were to France, China, Japan, Switzerland, Singapore and Indonesia.
Bob Rich (PhD 1972) has taken down his counselling psychologist shingle after 22 years, but remains a professional editor and writer. Read some of his work at www.bobswriting.com
Deborah Glass OBE (BA 1980, LLB 1982) has recently begun a 10-year term as Victorian Ombudsman. Ms Glass took up the position after a decade at the Independent Police Complaints Commission of England and Wales, which culminated in her being appointed its Deputy Chair. She previously worked in Switzerland and Hong Kong.
Fran Reddan (BA(Hons) 1985, DipEd 1986, BEdSt 1990, MEdSt 1994) has been Principal of Mentone Girls’ Grammar School for the past eight years. Widely recognised as a driver of innovation in education, Mrs Reddan is also Vice President of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.
Mrs Jay Bonnington (GradCertBus 1999, MBA 1999, GradDipBusAdmin 1999) has worked in the construction, engineering and manufacturing, electricity and financial services sectors in Australia. She currently serves as a non-executive director on a number of boards including St John of God Health Care, HESTA Superannuation, Utilities Trust of Australia, Australian Rail Track Corporation, JS Bonnington and Associates Pty Ltd and Metropolitan Fire. She is also a trustee of the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation and The Queens Fund, and chair of The Salvation Army's Audit Committee (Southern Territory). She was National Chief Executive Officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Australia until 2005.
After 18 years advising on private wealth management in Singapore and Malaysia, Roger Allan (BBus(Bkg&Fin) 1995) has recently returned to Australia. Mr Allan worked for such companies as UBS AG and Coutts & Co.
John Raciti (BA(Craft) 1997) founded the Monash Alumni LinkedIn Group in 2007, several years before others realised the potential of the online networking platform. Mr Raciti is a leader in protecting businesses and governments from online fraud.
Frank Chamberlin (GradDipDirMktg 1999) established the successful direct marketing consultancy, Action Words, which complements his teaching of marketing masters students at the Caulfield campus of Monash University.
Sonia Smallacombe (BA 1991, GradDip 1992) is a social affairs officer with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. The 16-member Permanent Forum is an advisory body to the UN’s Economic and Social Council and discusses economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights of Indigenous people. A key part of her job is organising and reporting on the two-week Permanent Forum meeting of more than 1500 Indigenous people from all over the world in May each year.
Since graduating in 2002, Katrina Bramstedt (PhD 2002) has moved into the challenging world of organ donation. Working at Bond University School of Medicine, Associate Professor Bramstedt is a clinical ethicist specialising in organ donation and transplantation. She has also edited several books, including Finding Your Way (Hilton Publishing 2012) and The Organ Donor Experience (Rowman & Littlefield 2011).
Charles Ong (MOrgLead 2007) combines running his management consulting firm by day and lecturing at night with a continuing commitment to national service in Singapore. A regimental sergeant major with the national army, Mr Ong spends at least two weeks each year taking part in military training and activities.
Priykant Sahay (MIMSPro 2007) may have left Monash, but he remains in the university sector. After six years as a business analyst at Deakin University, he is now working as a business architect at the University of Sydney.
After graduating with first class honours and being awarded the University Medal for Excellence and the Dux of Marketing, Laura Parr (BBus(Mktg) 2011, BBus(Hons) 2011) began her post-university career as a graduate consultant at Forethought Research. She has recently taken up a retail sales role with AustralianSuper.
Victoria Smith (MAppLingLangTeachers 2012) has recently been promoted to Assistant Director of Samford University’s Academic Success Center (Birmingham, Alabama).
Catherine Vines (MCounselling 2013) completed a Masters in Counselling last year, giving her the skills and confidence to manage clients with multi-trauma experiences. She is hoping to undertake further study in psychotherapy next year.