Vanessa Bennett (class of 1991) was recently elected as the President of the Old Barker Association.

Since leaving Barker, Vanessa spent almost 20 year working in financial services before moving into high performance coaching for senior executives and small business owners.

She is currently the CEO of Next Evolution Performance - a high performance coaching business focused on helping leaders, individuals and teams to maximize performance and to decrease their overall effort to ensure that high performance is sustainable.

Prior to this, she was the Head of Sales for Dimensional Fund Advisors and prior to that she held senior sales roles with Macquarie Bank.

Vanessa also qualified as a group fitness instructor whilst completing her undergraduate university studies and has always taught classes on top of her professional career. She still instructs and has been with Fitness First for 15 years as a senior group fitness instructor and mentor. She is also a keen runner.

In her spare time Vanessa enjoys travelling and spending time with many of her close friends from her Barker days.