​Catriona Gregg

1979 Collegian

Catriona Gregg: front row, centre

I graduated from the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Design. I then travelled overseas where I was fortunate to continue my studies at the John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Wood in Dorset, UK.

I moved to London after I graduated and started to make furniture and luxury yacht interiors at the David Linley Furniture Co. I also completed work for private clients including a 16.5 metre-long English oak boardroom table which is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

I recently completed the fit-out for Greg Norman's 69.5 metre superyacht, the MY Aussie Rules.

I returned to Australia in 1990 and have continued in the field of bespoke furniture design. This includes the Dream of our Future gift commission for the MLC Parents' Association for the College's centenary in 2010.

My furniture is represented in public and private collections and exhibitions in Australia and the UK. One piece, Chaise Lounge, was purchased in 1992 by the Art Gallery of Western Australia for its permanent collection.

I am now involved in mentoring architecture students at the UWA School of Architecture in the process of designing and making furniture and a number of educational colleges. I am also the first female president in 125 years of the Fremantle Rowing Club and I love music and gardens.

Eminent West Australian potter Joan Campbell provided the advice that set me on the exceptional journey of my professional life. But MLC helped me by reinforcing the individual gifts everyone has and providing the opportunity to nurture them.

Everyone has individual gifts and abilities – success and enjoyment comes from the opportunity of being 100 per cent yourself in realising your own potential. Back yourself to take on the challenge. Your contribution is significant to you and to our community because of the integrity of the endeavour.

On MLC: Some of my fondest memories of MLC are walking across the lawn and hearing the ethereal sound of the College choir rehearsing Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring emanating out of the ground as the music practice room windows were at ground level over the adjacent drive. It was very beautiful.