Meet our Alumni
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".
Emma Chelsey Barnes (08)
Emma Chelsey studied Drama whilst at Barker College and was actively involved in many theatrical and musical productions. In 2009, straight out of high school, Emma successfully auditioned for one of the country’s top acting schools WAAPA, that boasts Barker alumni including Sean Moore (08) and Jarod Draper (14) and graduated in 2011.
Since then, Emma has made her mark in the Australian industry with roles in film, television and theatre. Emma is best known for her work in films Mercy, In Transit, The Heart Thief and Zelos as well as roles on television in Home and Away and Comedy Inc.
Emma is currently developing her own comedy television series Belle Vue and has interest from several US managers.
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.
Michael Scott Mitchell (78)
Michael Scott-Mitchell is one of Australia’s leading set designers and a prolific artist working across theatre, opera, dance, film, television, events and exhibition design within Australia and internationally.
His contribution to the Australian performing arts has been recognised with Helpmann awards, Australian Production Design Guild (APDG) awards and Green Room awards, to name a few.
His other major work includes the Cauldron and Ceremonial Stage for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and the Opening Ceremony of 2011 CHOGM in Perth. Michael’s Cauldron for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games is the youngest heritage listed item in Australian history.
Michael offers the following advice for today’s Barker students. Take full advantage of the extraordinary facilities that the School offers – particularly in any area of the visual or performing arts. Find every opportunity to explore and express your creative impulses and areas of enquiry and, wherever possible, record these explorations for future reference: in particular, where applicable, to the NIDA application process!
Bill Coaldrake (70)
Professor William Howard Coaldrake MVO FAHA was invested as a member of the Royal Victorian Order for “services to the Royal Collection”. This award is the personal order of Her Majesty The Queen and recognises distinguished service to Her Majesty.
Over a period of some 20 years, Bill Coaldrake persuaded the Royal Collection to allow him to uncover, document and finally restore a grand model of the Taitokuin Reibyo, or Taitokuin Mausoleum. This large-scale replica of an architectural icon of old Edo, was made in Tokyo in 1909-10, then given to King George V. The original building, along with much of Tokyo, was destroyed during WWII. Bills father, Canon Frank Coaldrake, was the first Australian missionary to enter Japan after the war. At this time Tokyo was a desolate place and the Taitokuin mausoleum had become part of the desolation. Bill discovered a perfect scale model of the Mausolem existed in the Royal Collection. Bill was the driving force behind the transportation of the model back to Japan and reconstructed at Zojoji temple in Tokyo. The model is now on display to the public as a symbolic connection between old Edo and the British royal family.