Lee Bremner

Class of: 2004
School: Aotea College
Scholarship Partner: Ernst & Young

At school Lee was without a doubt an outstanding academic with a passion for music. While still a secondary school student she won the 2003 KMMTA piano competition and had the fantastic opportunity of participating in the NZ Secondary Schools composition workshop with her composition selected to be played by the NZSO. Lee's accomplishments as a pianist caused her to consider studying music at a tertiary level. Lisa O'Rourke, Ernst & Young's Human Resources Co-ordinator at the time said, "We were impressed at the variety of sporting, community and career minded activities Lee did while maintaining excellent grades at school. Her professional manner and interest in Ernst & Young and the role she would take in the company demonstrated a willingness to achieve."

Lee Bremner studied her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Linguistics and Philosophy at Victoria University in Wellington, graduating in 2008 and winning the Maurice Goldsmith Prize for Best Philosophy Graduate. In 2009 she travelled to the Netherlands where she worked for NGO United Network of Young Peacebuilders in the Hague as an Advocacy and Communications Intern. In 2010 she returned to New Zealand and completed her Honours in Philosophy, being awarded 1st Class Honours and worked as a tutor for the philosophy department and then a Commercial Manager for a small science-start up that develops innovative recycling technology. Lee's role included marketing, business development, project management, and client management.

Lee is currently the co-ordinator of International Programmes at Victoria University of Wellington