Meet our Alumni

Alumni Profiles

Steven Robinson AO (1977)

Steven is the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2009 for "his service to Australia's international interests through a significant and sustained contribution". This is an acknowledgement of his now 38-year career of public service in the foreign affairs portfolio.

As an Ambassador, Steven's principal role is to represent and promote Australia's relationship with the Philippines with a particular focus on articulating international policies and promoting Australian trade and business activity. 

Dr Alex Spencer (96)

Alex is a Senior Immunologist at the University of Oxford who usually works developing vaccines against malaria but since April this year has been working as part of the team developing a COVID vaccine.  

Alex has always been interested in vaccine development as it has the power to transform and save lives.  Working in this area she knew an outbreak of an unknown disease could occur but hoped that would never happen. Alex has found the speed of the SARS-CoV2 spread across the world terrifying but she has been excited by the new data and information being shared daily which has assisted those working to develop a vaccine.  The challenge has been staying on top of all the information whilst also working long hours to develop the vaccine.

Rosemary Curtin (89)

Rosemary is a professional musician playing the viola as a permanent member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and enjoys the opportunity to perform locally and around the world. Earlier in her career Rosemary toured regularly with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a British chamber orchestra. In 2017 Rosemary represented the SSO joining the New York Philharmonic and more recently has taken part in seasons with the Australian World Orchestra. Rosemary is also the President of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Musicians' Association representing her colleagues regarding future programming and rehearsal schedules, chairing auditions and attending to the wellbeing of musicians.

Rosemary enjoys performing Baroque and Classical series in groups of up to 30 musicians but notes there is something very special about being one of a group of 100 musicians sharing the stage and feeling the full force and power of a large symphony orchestra.

Caitlin Plummer (15)

Caitlin received a scholarship for professional career development in New York and London and is now studying at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne). She continues to excel recently receiving two Music Theatre Scholarships, the Grace Marion Wilson Trust Scholarship and the Cassidy Bequest Scholarship. 

When she has graduated Caitlin plans on auditioning for as many musicals as possible whilst continuing open dance classes, singing and acting lessons where she can. Caitlin has aspirations to one day be a leading lady on Broadway but would be fulfilled working with any good material, no matter how big or how small the production is. The goal is to work as much as possible!

Sergio Insuasti (13)

Sergio is studying for his Masters of Music in Performance at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London where he aims to solidify and perfect his technique in solo performance as a violinist. He has enjoyed many performing opportunities including the Sydney and Australian Youth Orchestras participating in International Tours and also Fellowships with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. Sergio has performed with multiple orchestras in countries including Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland and The Netherlands. He also enjoyed his debut performance with the Australian World Orchestra as a pre-professional musician and hopes to play with them again as a fully-fledged professional Violinist in the near-future.

Warwick Young (83)

Warwick is an Actor, Filmmaker and Army Officer who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to veterans and their families through the Arts, on Australia Day 2019.  He has found the different aspects of his career rely on similar traits of creativity, flexibility and discipline. Warwick contributed to the design and delivery of the Australian Defence Force Theatre Project, a joint venture between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Sydney Theatre Company.  The project was designed to provide wounded, injured and ill members of the ADF an opportunity to utilise theatre as a form of therapy to overcome injuries, both physical and psychological.  The success of the project led to the implementation of the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program which was rolled out in November 2015.

Among many qualifications, Warwick completed his Master of Screen Arts - Directing degree at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 2013, during which he wrote and directed the short film Stuffed, for which he was awarded the 2013 European Union Film Award.

Warwick has served in the Army for 29 years and is currently a Colonel, posted as the Deputy Commander of 5 Brigade.

Jon Tse (05) 

Jon Tse is an entrepreneur who has established some successful businesses since leaving Barker, including his most recent venture which is helping the environment too.

His first business was Zookal, which launched the concept of textbook rental to university students around Australia. Fast forward five years and they have over 30 staff, three offices around the world, raised over $25M in capital and most importantly made a big impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of university students. He is still on the Board of Directors, still owns his Zookal shares and continues to advise them.

Earlier this year he decided to go back to doing what he likes best – building companies from the ground up, and launched his second company, Karst Stone Paper. Stone paper is a new type of paper made without one single tree and it was also waterproof. The paper is 100% recyclable and Karst Stone Paper has a 60% smaller carbon footprint than regular paper. Modern day consumers are looking for more sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives. He is proud of the company's stone paper stationery products.