Meet our Alumni
Stephanie Smith (78)
Stephanie Smith is a Principal Architect (Lendlease) and Executive Architect for the Renzo Piano One Barangaroo. Stephanie has been in these roles for more than three years now and whilst there was a steep learning curve it has also being one of the most challenging roles of her career.
After finishing at Barker, Stephanie enrolled in an Architecture degree at the University of Sydney but first went to Paris to work as an Au Pair and learn French. Whilst in Europe Stephanie went to an architecture summer school in Scandinavia and later worked for several French architects she had met on the tour. Stephanie has since co-founded Design practice Innovarchi, worked with John Andrews, Herman Hertzberger and Renzo Piano all well known international architects, and has received several awards, grants and scholarships. Stephanie completed her Masters of Architecture (Research) at Queensland University with a study of aboriginal housing in north western NSW. The results of her thesis are now part of a book titled "Settlement: A History of Australian Indigenous Housing"
Alex Blackwell (01)
Ms Alex Blackwell grew up in Wagga Wagga, NSW and boarded at Barker between 2000 and 2001. She is the most experienced player in the Australian Women's Cricket team, having made her international debut in 2003 and built a career around her powerful and precise stroke play.
In 2006, Alex and her twin sister Kate made cricketing history when they became the first set of identical twins to plpay cricket for Australia. Alex is no stranger to success; she captained Australia to the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in 2010 and was a member of the team that won that same title in Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2014.
Alex has two ICC Women's World Cup trophies to her name, having helped the national team win in 2005 and 2013. Battling through injury and fluctuating selection at an international leave, Alex fought her way back into the test team again and again giving her the title of the first Australian woman to play 250 games for her country in 2017.
Dr Rachel Thomas (98)
Dr Rachel Thomas is a practising doctor and healthcare innovator, with a special interest in wellbeing and mental health. She is passionate about encouraging women into areas such as Science, Technology, and Engineering. And about challenging stereotypes, having moved to London from Sydney as a model. She is involved with students in teaching and mentoring, actively involved in health-tech start-ups, and speaks regularly to Schools and Institutions on innovation and technology in healthcare, highlighting the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Dr Rachel writes in popular press and has two books published - Practical Medical Procedures at a Glance, and Medical School at a Glance, both by Wiley-Blackwell.
She studied Medicine and Surgery at Oxford University, and is currently completing a Masters in Neuroscience and Psychology of Mental Health at Kings College London, with a specific interest in resilience and wellbeing. She also completed Biomedical Engineering (Hons 1) and Science degrees at Berkeley and Sydney University.
Dr Rachel currently works in Harley Street, as well as in the National Health Service (NHS, the public healthcare system in the UK) and will continue doing clinical work as she really enjoys seeing patients, particularly in the area of mental health optimisation.
Monique Alfris (01)
Monique Alfris (Class of 2001) is working to help improve the lives on India's urban poor. Monique studied engineering at NSW University and International Business at Sydney University. With a passion for Renewable Energy Engineering, and experience in property sustainability, Monique has co-founded the not-for-profit organisation Pollinate Energy to bring life-changing products to people who need them most: the millions in poverty in India's urban slums.
The people in these slum areas use a small kerosene flame for light so our first product was a solar light and mobile phone charger. Pollinate Energy provides small loans to buy the solar lights and in turn their customers save on their energy bills and after about six months break even whilst owning the light that will continue to work for five years.
Jonathan Venter (13)
Jonathan Venter is a talented young racing driver who has set his aim on the world stage. Jonathan grew up around cars and racing, so much of his life has been around the racetrack.
He won an Australian Championship and three state titles in karting all before the age of 15, also representing Australia at the Rotax World Championship in 2010. Following this Venter became the youngest driver to race Bathurst (Mount Panorama) at only 16 years and 4 days. He has raced at Bathurst three times in Formula Ford securing multiple podium and race wins and competed in the Bathurst 12hr three times: 2013 (BMW1 series), 2014 (Porsche Carrera Cup Car) and 2015 in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.
Recent career highlights include: 2016 Most decorated driver in the GT Asia series (Raced for Bentley), and 2017 Factory Audi deal for Blancpain Endurance Series (most recognised and competitive GT3 championship in the world racing with Audi #1 team). Jonathan is currently aspiring to become a paid, professional driver for a big manufacturer racing in GTs around the world.
Angelique Tot (13)
Angelique Tot is a classical Soprano singer based in Sydney. She is currently attending UNSW completing her fourth year of a double degree - Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Her most recent casting was as Kate in Pirates of Penzance with Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Sydney.
After completing her undergraduate degree Angelique would like to do Masters of Music in Opera Performance at the Royal College of Music in London. She is inspired by the standard opera repertoire such as Carmen, La Boheme and Don Giovanni but would also love to be involved in Oratorio works, premiering new pieces and performing 21st century Operas.