Old Collegian Profiles

Duncan Bucknell —

IP Strategist, Lawyer and Patent Attorney

Class of 1989

After finishing Year 12 in 1989, Duncan went on to graduate with first class honours in Veterinary Science and Animal Science from the University of Melbourne. Whilst working as a full-time vet Duncan completed his law degree in two years at Monash University. He then qualified as a patent attorney whilst working at Allen Arthur Robinson’s and became a senior lawyer there before moving to Mallesons in a similar role. Duncan started his own consulting firm in 2003 focusing on intellectual property strategy. Duncan is a solicitor, patent attorney and trademarks attorney and consults to companies globally. Duncan still does a little vet work on his farm and for friends and enjoys spending time with family and keeping in contact with his closest friends from Whitefriars.

Michael Winterburn —

Head of Corporate Development, Associated British Foods

Class of 1995

Michael left Whitefriars in 1995 and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours in Finance). He joined the Investment Banking department at UBS and for six years worked in mergers and acquisitions advising various companies. Michael left the banking industry for the food industry, working for George Weston Foods in Melbourne and now for their parent company Associated British Foods in the UK as their Head of Corporate Development. Michael has lived in London for the last seven years with his wife Jessica and their three young children. Michael believes Whitefriars is unique in the way it nurtures the bonds between the students and the students and staff, leading to life-long friendships and very special memories.

Dr David Blakey —

Radiation Oncologist

Class of 1981

David graduated from Whitefriars College in 1981, and was College Captain that year. He then undertook a medical degree at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1987. After a period of residency at St Vincent's Hospital, David went on to complete his specialist training in radiation oncology at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in 1995. He was a consultant radiation oncologist at Peter Mac for the next 10 years, before entering private practice in the Frankston area in 2006. David, his wife and four children live on the Mornington Peninsula, and love the lifestyle there.

Paul Coffey —

Director, Paul Coffey Architects / Lecturer, RMIT University

Class of 1994

On graduation, Paul commenced a TAFE course in furniture design and fabrication that he completed while also undertaking a carpentry apprenticeship. During this time, he gained a deeper interest in buildings. As a result, Paul completed a Bachelor of Architecture at RMIT University, where he currently lecturers in the School of Architecture. Paul established Paul Coffey Architects and is the Director of the company, which primarily works within the Catholic education sector. Paul, his wife and two children live in Yarraville.

Brendan Earle —

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Director, St Vincent's Health Australia

Class of 1989

After gaining a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, Brendan joined Herbert Geer & Rundle, and is now a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills.Brendan specialises in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures and has a strong involvement in health. Brendan is a St Vincent's Health Australia Director and chairs the Melbourne hospital's Clinical Ethics Committee. He attributes his St Vincent's association to his Whitefriars education; the Carmelites' charism and the tradition of St Vincent's founders, The Sisters of Charity, are similar. Brendan and his wife, Dr Kylie Blackwell have three children and a Collie called Mollie.

Adam Given —

Teacher and Volunteer, Timor-Leste

Class of 2010

Whilst at Whitefriars Adam was heavily involved in music, playing the saxophone and clarinet, language and was also the Liturgy Captain. Whilst studying for a Bachelor of Secondary Education and Arts at Deakin University, Adam travelled to Tanzania in Africa as a volunteer Teacher with Tanzania Support for two months. After returning home he then departed for Timor-Leste in conjunction with the Whitefriars ‘Expand your Horizons’ program. From March 'til June 2015 Adam taught English in classrooms with around 45 - 60 children in Zumalai and also helped teach the Novices (trainee Priests) at the Carmelite compound in Hera, Dili. Adam says learning Indonesian at Whitefriars has been a huge asset in allowing him to communicate with the locals and being involved in the program has been a life changing experience.

Maurice Gonella —

Engineer, designer, pilot & Business Development Manager

Class of 1989

After completing VCE at Whitefriars, Maurice completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering at RMIT (Honours). He started working in the building automation industry whilst also taking on a personal project to build his own mud brick house. His next position was as an engine designer at Aerosonde, where he still works today. Aerosonde make 25kg unmanned (robotic) aircraft which collect data on wildlife, illegal fishing, conduct airborne science experiments, measuring wave height and sea surface winds, monitoring the weather in all its forms and have even conducted the first mission to penetrate the eye wall of a hurricane and conditions inside. They also provide surveillance tasks in areas of conflict. Aerosonde have been employed by NASA and the US military and Maurice and his family were posted to the USA to set up a North American operation at a NASA base. Maurice has been with Aerosonde for 19 years in many different roles, his current one being as Business Development Manager. Maurice still lives in his mud brick home with his wife Melissa and their three children.

Professor Eoin Killackey —

Professor of Functional Recovery in Youth Mental Health and Associate Director of Research at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Parkville

Class of 1991

Graduating from Melbourne University in Clinical Psychology and from Deakin University with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Eoin worked as a clinician in mental health. Working with Professor Patrick McGorry at the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) and now The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, his therapy research has focussed on the early intervention, recovery and prevention in adolescent mental health. He is investigating ways of helping young people from ages 15-25 who have had mental illness, return to school or work and find stable and secure accommodation. His role includes research, clinical skills, teaching and advocating for young people with mental health.Eoin is married to Stacey and they have two young children.

David Henderson —

CEO of software company Driver Design Studio

Class of 1994

After graduating, David commenced his Bachelor of Arts at Monash University. He then travelled and worked in the UK before completing his degree in Melbourne. David’s career has been varied and mainly in the business sector, primarily in banking however in the last 15 months he has set up a new business, Driver Design Studio. His business assists vehicle fleets to save fuel whilst also protecting the environment. Operating in Melbourne David and his wife Ana have recently moved to Bangkok to expand the business further and also have plans to expand into Burma where David has family.

“When you find yourself at a school that engenders a real sense of belonging and you believe in the power of what an embracive community like Whitefriars imparts, you can dare to dream and become anything that you want to be.”

Mr Greg Monks – Lawyer, Allegis Global Solutions, Singapore (Class of 1994)
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