After attending Saints from Year 2 to Year 12, finishing in 1984, Susanna studied Law and Economics at Adelaide University. Her first job out of uni was working for Supreme Court Justice Rod Matheson for one year which sparked her interest in litigation. She joined Finlaysons for two years and then worked for O’Loughlins Lawyers for two years before moving to Sydney in 1997 with her husband Luke. In Sydney she became a Senior Associate with Abbott Tour Lawyers and after three years she changed tact and began working for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission as a Senior Lawyer in their Enforcement section.
Right throughout school and following school Susanna continued her passion for singing and she sang during her uni years with Adelaide Chorus and then with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir whilst living in Sydney. Highlights with both choirs included backing vocals at concerts given by Icehouse, Barbara Streisand, for Hugh Jackman at the Sydney Carols, and the pinnacle for her was singing at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in 2000 in Sydney.
Susanna and Luke took some time off work in 2001 and drove 23,000kms around Australia with their camper trailer, visiting every mainland state and territory and they particularly loved the Kimberly region in WA. Following that trip they were fortunate to welcome their first child, Ellie in 2002 and their second, Charlie in 2005.
Luke is a Chartered Accountant who has always worked in mining, and in 2007 he was transferred to Connecticut, USA to work for a private global industrial minerals company, where he was CEO of the North American division. They loved living in the US so much that they extended their original return date and ended up living there for nearly 9 years. Because legal practice in the US is not compatible with the Australian system unless you sit for state bar exams, Susanna decided to just enjoy her time with the children and she pursued volunteer work. She became the Treasurer of the children’s school P&F, she chaired a local charitable House Tour and towards the end of their stay she did hospice volunteering, in memory of her dear mother Elizabeth (Bunty) who sadly died of cancer in late 2010.
Susanna and Luke always planned to return to Australia when Ellie was high school age and so they returned to Adelaide in late 2015. Ellie started in Year 8 at Saints last year and Charlie started Year 5 at St Ignatius College, where Luke went to school. With such a large hiatus in her legal career, Susanna wasn’t quite sure which direction she would pursue when she returned to Adelaide but was delighted when the role of Acting Enrolments Manager at Saints came up – she says that now she feels like she has really come back home!