Making Their Mark Recipients

23 June 2015


Our Making Their Mark and Marking Service awards are held annually to celebrate our inspirational Old Girls.


Inspired by the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leaders Award, the Making Their Mark awards celebrate 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.


The Marking Service awards are inspired by the College motto By Love Serve and by a desire to celebrate women in the St Cuthbert’s family who have taken the spirit of our motto into their life and work.


The 2015 Recipients are:


Making Their Mark


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.


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.


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.



Marking Service


Louise Binns

Louise has devoted more than 30 years supporting and leading numerous charities, combined with her role as a lawyer acting as Counsel for the Child. She has made a huge contribution in her professional life to the protection of children and the care of families.


She has been involved with Bethany Home for Unmarried Mothers, Odyssey House for drug addiction and Preventing Violence in the Home. Now known as Shine, Louise made an impact for 14 years, including her chairmanship. Currently she is raising money for the Arts, including the Royal NZ Ballet and the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship. She works with the Blue Dragon Trust to help disadvantaged children in Vietnam; the Trust is an agent for change in the fight against child trafficking.


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