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A highlight on the College calendar is the annual Standing Committee Luncheon. This special event acknowledges the Standing Committee, the original assembly of prominent citizens and community leaders who established, promoted and fundraised for The Women’s College from the early 1900s. Named in their honour, this luncheon proudly acknowledges the past efforts of generations of committed College alumnae and friends, while raising funds to support annual academic prizes for current residents.

Complete with an engaging speaker, the annual Standing Committee Luncheon serves to honour our benefactors and champions, and to inspire future generations of women to commit their time and resources to this invaluable cause. As tradition continues, the proceeds from the luncheon provide the primary source of income for the Standing Committee Prize which is awarded to a Second Year resident who has achieved outstanding academic results in Science.


Sally McPherson (alumna 1999 – 2003)
Chief Executive Officer, iSeekplant.com.au

This year’s guest speaker is alumna and 2020 Colleges’ UQ Alumni Award winner, Sally McPherson (1999-2003), Chief Executive Officer, iSeekplant.com.au, whose vision in 2012 was to take the construction industry online so that people working on infrastructure and mining projects could find the machines and services they needed in the closest proximity. We look forward to hearing about Sally’s career in a male-dominated world.

Guests will enjoy a delicious two-course lunch (main meal and dessert) including a glass of wine with your meal followed by coffee and tea. A cash bar will be available to purchase additional drinks. Your ticket also includes a $10 donation to support our annual academic prizes and a chance to win some lucky door prizes.

Event Program:

11:30am – Doors Open for Registration and Stall Opens

12:15pm – Two-course lunch and Guest Speaker Address

1:45pm – Coffee and Tea.  Raffle, silent auction and lucky door prizes drawn.

2:15pm – Event Concludes

Cost:  Tickets can be purchased individually or gather a group of friends to form a table. Tickets are $55 (individual) or $50 per person (if booking a table of 8 guests).

Raffle & Stall: During the event, guests will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in a multi-draw raffle, bid in a silent auction and support the popular handmade stall featuring a wonderful assortment of craft, baked goods, plants and preserves.

Dress Code: Smart Casual or Business Attire

Parking:  Limited parking is available on-site at the College. Please use the Thynne Road car parking station or metered street parking on Sir William McGregor Drive.

RSVP & Payment: No later than Friday 25 June by 4:00pm unless booked out.

The Women’s College has a COVID Safe Plan for this event. If the event is cancelled due to a COVID-lockdown, your ticket will be refunded.

RSVP Notes:

  • All tickets (individual and table of 8) must be paid for prior to the event and by the RSVP date. Payments can be made via direct transfer or credit card online.
  • For group table reservations, the person completing the RSVP form will be considered the ‘table host’. Please provide additional details for all other guests to assist with table lists, seating arrangements and name badges.
  • If you would like to purchase tickets for more than one table of guests, please complete a new RSVP form for each table (with associated payment).

Enquiries: Please phone the College on 07 3377 4500 or email – events@womens.uq.edu.au