Alumni Profile

Alumni Profile

James Vodicka (14) 

James Vodicka has established himself as an outstanding professional photographer based in Sydney. During school years James always focused on the creative element of his work. He began taking photos on family holidays and fell in love with the possibility of capturing moments and scenes to bring back home. James spent time painting and sculpting whilst at school and left photography for his holidays, until he won his first major photographic competition. There have been many awards since, along with many photographic travels.

James was recently announced as the 2016 Teenage Photographer of the Year by Australian Camera magazine.
Whilst James invests a significant amount of time in to this passion, he remains focused on his tertiary studies in Marketing and Media.

Lucy Milan (02)

Lucy Sparkles lives in London and owns Lucy Sparkles & Friends, which provides outstanding drama, music and dance classes and parties for young children living in Greater London and Surrey.

Lucy Milan Davis created Lucy Sparkles & Friends out of a love for children and a passion to provide them with classes and parties of a standard that they deserve. Lucy has not shied away from starting her own business but used her self-confidence and inspiration to run her own successful business since 2009.

Lucy Sparkles & Friends have most recently expanded the business to Canberra - "I am beyond thrilled to bring my brand to the home turf."

Melissa Mitchell (05)

Melissa Mitchell was a member of the Australian Swimming team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, whilst attending Year 11 at Barker College. Melissa managed her high level sporting commitments with the support of Barker College teachers, tutors and the entire school. "Barker protected and allowed me from being unprepared in the wider world outside sport and allowed me a grounded school life even while I lived an atmospheric existence travelling the world under intense pressure to perform at the highest level." Following the Athens Games, Melissa went on to win silver at the 2005 World Championships with the 4 x 200m freestyle relay and gold at the 2006 World Championships.

Melissa has since completed two degrees and holds a Sport Consultant position at the NSW Institute of Sport.

Adrienne Stone (86)

Professor Adrienne Stone received the 2016 Laureate Fellowship, the most prestigious academic award in the tertiary sector. This is a well-earned recognition of the high regard in which she is held in both Australia and internationally.

Adrienne graduated from university with degrees in Arts (Philosophy) and Law, followed by post graduate studies at Columbia University (NYC). Adrienne has held a Chair at Melbourne Law School since 2007 and now researches in the areas of constitutional law and constitutional theory with an emphasis on freedom of speech. Receiving The Laureate Fellowship has given Adrienne the opportunity to focus on questions relating to constitutions and constitutional laws in society. She also secured a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowship, which provides her with the resources to mentor women in research.

Adrienne holds many special memories from her time at Barker, including her times in the co-curricular activities of cricket and hockey, choir and musical productions.
" I really appreciated the fun and inclusive atmosphere at Barker and met truly, lovely people who have remained good friends."

Tim Reed (03)

Tim Reed is a professional triathlete currently holding the titles of; 2016 Ironman Australian Champion, 70.3 Asia-Pacific Champion and 70.3 World Champion.

Whilst at Barker College Tim excelled in fitness testing and beep tests so had an idea his future may include some type of endurance sport. Now Tim competes in 10-12 races per year and loves being his own boss, having the flexibility to spend time with his family. Additionally with Tim's great sponsors he is able to continue pursuing his professional career as a triathlete.

Matthew Baker (94)

Matt Baker is a respected jazz pianist/vocalist who has performed at jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls in Australia, Europe, USA and the Pacific. Matt now lives and performs in New York, with one of his most recent performances being at Carnegie Hall. His new album "Almost Blue" was released in June 2016.

Matt's first ever professional gig was at the Belaroma Café, Lindfield. Matt joined Australian Jazz group Galapagos Duck and played with his band at the Soup Plus Jazz Club in the city, often with vocalist Emma Pask. Matt was mentored by drummer John Morrison (brother of James), joined John’s big-band, Swing City and recorded his first CD with the trio in 1999. In the early 2000s, Matt's trio was invited to be the in-house band at the Montreux Jazz Festival Switzerland: he then performed there for four years straight. Matt was also a semi-finalist for three years in the Montreux Solo Jazz Piano competition. There were many trips to Europe and New York in his 20s, before moving there permanently. Since then Matt has toured with Judy Collins, Patrizio Buanne, played at Birdland Jazz club, visited the home of Oscar Peterson and played his piano, played privately for Quincy Jones, played solo at the Lincoln Centre and was written up in the New York Times the next day. Matt has always enjoyed playing Jazz. - "Jazz gave me the freedom to express, to be myself, to create and to break out of the traditional constraints of piano lessons, I felt I could take it anywhere. That said however, one of the biggest mistakes I made was thinking I could throw away classical studies and technical work when I began Jazz. When I later found how much I was lacking in technique, I picked up the classical again (scales, exercises etc) which I still practice to this day."

Libby Armstrong (Fisher 85)

Libby Armstrong is the proud owner of Sydney’s newest independent bookshop for young adults and children, Beachside Bookshop at Avalon in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Libby offers a clever edit of popular new releases for all readers - teens, kids, babies and adults alike, showcasing homegrown talent, promoting rising stars in Oz YA, stocking international favourites.

Following school Libby studied Journalism, with a goal of becoming a professional writer. This led to a 20-year career in the banking sector in Hong Kong and Singapore, with positions ranging from newsletter editor to the Head of Communications and Corporate Affairs in International and Institutional Banking. Libby's career highlight however has been opening the Beachside Bookshop in Avalon earlier this year. " I had this burning passion for many years which began in my 20s when I managed a Mosman bookstore. This is my Plan A! "

Ross Le (00)

Ross Kurt Le is an actor and writer, best known for his role as Alex in the LA TV Series , Stitchers.

After leaving Barker as a boarder in 2000, Ross Le started his study of Chemical Engineering at Sydney Uni. He soon switched to Business Administration at Macquarie Uni and graduated in 2005. Ross questioned his choices and his current accountancy career, and chose to leave everything behind to pursue his dream in an acting career.

Following attendance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, Ross found work on stage at East West players and at Circle X Theatre. He has also appeared on Castle (2012) and Run DMZ (2013), and is currently filming season two of Stitchers (2015-2016).

Tom Williamson (09) 

Tom Williamson will commence at Oxford University in October 2017, after being named NSW Rhodes Scholar. Tom intends to study a MSc in Economics for Development and a Master of Public Policy at Oxford. He has a passion for economic development, particularly in how to develop the private sector in emerging economies. At Oxford Tom is looking to build on his practical experience in development consulting through research on what works and what doesn't work in business training, consulting and microfinance programs.

Since leaving Barker, Tom has volunteered as a mentor to Sudanese refugees settled in Sydney, acted as a pro-bono consultant to non-profit organisations and volunteered as a legal researcher for the International Crimes Evidence Project, investigating alleged war crimes during the Sri Lankan civil war.

Tom said Barker taught him the importance of service and contribution. "That who you are as a person is more important than what you achieve. Just being around intelligent, passionate teachers and students over the eight years I was at Barker fundamentally shaped my aspirations and approach to life".