On this page, you will find profiles of our outstanding Alumni who have made their mark in the world.
Lucinda Hartley (Class of 1999)
Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Neighbourlytics
Lucinda is an urban designer, social entrepreneur and one of Australia’s leading voices on social sustainability. She is a co-founder of Neighbourlytics, a social analytics platform for neighbourhoods, pioneering the use of social data to measure the social value of places.
Neighbourlytics was selected from 800 applications for the highly competitive SheStarts accelerator.
Since launching their beta product in 2017, Neighbourlytics has collected data for over 200 neighbourhoods across Australia, Singapore and Europe, proving an unparalleled tool to provide city-makers with deep insights into the social health of local places.
This has since gained widespread recognition from Vogue Magazine, Qantas Magazine and the Guardian.
Lucinda was recently awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship and Myer Innovation Fellowship to establish a data-driven social impact measurement tool for cities.
Prior to Neighbourlytics, Lucinda spent a decade innovating for urban development – from slum upgrading projects with UN-Habitat to delivering over 100 neighbourhood improvement projects through her placemaking consultancy: CoDesign Studio. Under her leadership, CoDesign launched Australia’s largest community-led placemaking program: The Neighbourhood Project. Lucinda has received dozens of planning and design awards including being named by The Age as one of Melbourne's 'Top 100' most influential people.
She continues to advocate for inclusive, connected cities. Lucinda holds positions as a member of the Global Placemaking Leadership Council, was appointed as an advisor to the Victorian Planning Minister for Fishermans Bend (Australia’s largest urban renewal precinct) was recently made an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Xia Niu (Class of 2005)
Veterinarian Xia was a house captain and recipient of the Caltex Best All Rounder award in year 12. She enjoyed participating in various extra-curricular activities, including the wind trio, concert band, orchestra, debating team, swimming and cross country. She studied a bachelor of veterinary science at the University of Melbourne which also involved veterinary student placements in the US. Since graduating in 2010 she has been working in clinical practice both in Tasmania and Melbourne. “Fintona fostered a sense of community and the idea that everybody matters.”
Tanya Nunes (Class of 2009)
Business Consultant Tanya was School Captain in Year 12 and says she was grateful for her time at Fintona, as it helped to foster her love for science and interest in business. After her time at school, Tanya completed a Bachelor of Science (with Honours) and a Masters in Marketing at the University of Melbourne. She is currently working at Ernst and Young as senior consultant in their Advisory practice, and has a strong focus on the public health sector.
“My time at Fintona allowed me to build lifelong friendships and encouraged me to pursue my passion in health and life sciences.”
Hannah Sturrock (Class of 1992)
Advertising Hannah started at Fintona in Year 7, eventually graduating in the top 1% of the state in English Literature. She took a gap year after year 12, travelling solo across Europe, returning to complete a BA Journalism at RMIT. But international adventure beckoned so she returned to London, working in production, design and advertising roles for ten years. Back in Australia, Hannah is now Managing Partner at awarded independent advertising agency, The Hallway, working with clients like ANZ and Google. This year she was named as one of AdNews' 30 Emerging Leaders and selected for The Marketing Academy leadership development scholarship. She travels between Sydney and Melbourne most weeks.
"Fintona was a special place that cultivated my confidence and independence. My life and career has been rich, exciting and rewarding as a result of this commitment to be interested in the stories that surround us, across brands, businesses and individuals.”