2020 PLC Perth Inspiring Old Collegian Awards Winners
Donna Shepherd AM (1980)
During the 2020 Speech Night, two new awards, Dr June Jones Award and the Dr Patricia Kailis Award, were presented to Old Collegians.
The winner of the Dr June Jones Award, which recognises an Old Collegian whose accomplishments demonstrate a significant, positive impact – locally, nationally or internationally, is an inspirational role model and has made a difference to the lives of others through their dedication in giving back to the community, is Donna Shepherd AM (1980).
Donna is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors at World Vision International and Managing Director of Creating Communities Australia. She is a humanitarian, entrepreneur, and consultant. Her passion for social justice saw her move into international development, working with El Taller is Tunisia and lecturing international development in masters programmes in the United States, Ecuador and Australia.
As Chair of World Vision International, Donna has stewarded the organisation to strengthen its global footprint in the world’s most vulnerable communities and fragile contexts.
She also launched the ‘It takes a world to end violence against children’ campaign in Addis Ababa in 2017.
This year, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to children through international humanitarian aid organisations.
Tamsin Venter (2008)
The winner of the Dr Patricia Kailis Award, which celebrates the achievement in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship for alumni aged 40 years and younger, was Tamsin Venter (2008).
Tamsin joined Shell as a graduate engineer and has been a trailblazer for women in Engineering at the company.
Her role has taken her all over the world, and in the past few years she has worked on the Prelude FLNG, the first project of its kind to develop the world’s largest floating structure and first ever floating LNG vessel.
Her most recent position as Reliability Engineer requires creativity and innovation for the FLNG, which is one of the most challenging oil and gas assets in the world.
She credits her education at PLC for giving her the confidence to perform at a high level in a technical role, as well as the ability to communicate effectively regarding highly complex concepts to a wide audience.
The PLC Perth Inspiring Old Collegian Awards are named in recognition of two outstanding Old Collegians and Western Australians who devoted their lives to improving the lives of others and giving back to the community.
Recognises Old Collegians whose professional or volunteer accomplishments demonstrate a significant positive impact – locally, nationally or internationally. As an inspirational role model, they have made a difference to the lives of others through their dedication in giving back to the community.
This award celebrates achievement in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship for alumni aged 40 years and younger. It recognises women who are pioneers in their field or fields. The recipient demonstrates trail blazing endeavours across community or professional life and has made her mark on the world through her commitment to furthering the interests of her chosen area of expertise.