Anne Empson (1978)

2021 Alumnae Award for Contribution to MLC School


Anne Empson (1978) enrolled at MLC School in 1971 into Year 5 and completed the HSC in 1978. In 1979 Anne joined the MLC School Old Girls’ Union and later was a member of the School’s Foundation Board. For 40 years, from 1991 to 2020, Anne was a member of the MLC School Council, initially as the Old Girls’ Union representative and more recently in her role as the Schools Relationship Manager for NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church.

Anne graduated from the University of NSW in 1981 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and later became a CPA. In 2009, she graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Graduate Diploma in Theology. Most recently, Anne became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, specialising in Governance. She has worked in accounting, management and governance at a senior level in the profit and not-for profit sectors, in both multi-national and small companies.

As well as her membership of the MLC School Council, Anne also represented the Uniting Church on the Boards of Pymble Ladies’ College, Ravenswood School for Girls, Knox Grammar School and Kinross Wolaroi School. She currently sits on the Board of Margaret Jurd College. Anne’s role as the Uniting Church’s Schools Relationship Manager was to work to strengthen the relationship between the church and its schools and to support the Councils that run the schools on behalf of the church.

After the incorporation of the NSW/ACT Synod Uniting Church in 2020, Anne became the Quality and Compliance Manager for the Safe Church Unit of the Uniting Church – a role that ensures the safety of children and vulnerable adults within church communities. She is also the Treasurer of the Sydney Presbytery of the Uniting Church and sits on the Board of Paddington Child Care Centre and the Sydney Presbytery Standing Committee.

Anne has a genuine love for MLC School. Besides her business and philanthropic contributions to the School, she is part of a multi-generational MLC School family – her mother, sisters, nieces and cousins are all Old Girls. She has always shown interest in the girls’ sport and co-curricular activities, regularly showing up to sports games and other School events. Every year she attends the Sapphires’ Luncheon to support her Old Girl mother, Pamela Empson (Waters, 1954), maintain a connection with the School.