Graduate Profiles

Maureen Jordan

After gaining a Bachelor of Law in 1993 and then a Graduate Diploma the following year, the demands of a young family prompted MAUREEN JORDAN to start a business where she could work flexible hours. Today, Jordan is CEO of Switzer Media + Publishing, a leading supplier of business and financial information.

During her 20-year involvement in media and publishing, Jordan has held editor-in-chief roles for esteemed financial publications and has authored several books.

RUSSH

In 1996 Jordan was inducted into the Australian Business Women’s Hall of Fame and has also been invited to speak at Parliament House to share her experiences and advice with small business owners.

One of her more recent projects, of which she is particularly proud, is a bimonthly magazine called Russh, which Jordan says is at the cutting-edge of fashion and now sells in London, NewYork and Paris.

Matt Bird

Filmmaker Matt Bird and scenes from his films

2011 was the first year MATT BIRD made it into the renowned short film festival Tropfest. It was also a winning year. Bird’s film, A Desperate Deed, collected awards for Best Editing and Best Original Score. The film was written, directed, produced and edited by Bird who said it was rewarding even though he was limited to a tight budget.

Graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Media Arts and Production), Bird has directed more than half a dozen films over the past decade as well as numerous TV commercials, music videos and network television programs. This has given him the chance to work with some of Australia’s best acting talent, including Pia Miranda and Underbelly’s Gyton Grantley.

Bird is currently wowing international crowds with a thriller he has written and directed, Cold Sore, which to date has screened at more than 20 festivals across the United States.

The film won Best Short Film at the Indie Spirit Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the Boston International Film Festival.