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Medical leader: BGS Old Boy Dr Michael Bonning '01 was elected president of the Australian Medical Association (NSW) in May. Dr Bonning is a former medical officer in the Royal Australian Navy and was the BGS Foundation Day speaker in 2016.

Queenslander: BGS Old Boy Tom Gilbert ’17 made his State of Origin debut for Queensland, helping the Maroons clinch the decider in Game III at Suncorp Stadium. After a strong 2022 season with the North Queensland Cowboys, Tom will join new NRL franchise The Dolphins in 2023 alongside fellow BGS Old Boy Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow.

Shooting Star: BGS Old Boy Scott Wharton ’95 was appointed CEO of The Star Sydney and Group Head of Transformation for The Star Entertainment Group. Scott is also Co-Chairman of Supply Nation and a former Executive at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

London Calling: After graduating with highest honours from the University of Pennsylvania, BGS Old Boy Ashmit Vyas '17 has accepted a place in the MSc Finance and Economics program at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Economic Development: BGS Old Boy and former Powderfinger bass guitarist John ‘JC’ Collins ’87 was appointed a director of the Brisbane Economic Development Agency. Collins will help build Brisbane’s global profile as a live music mecca in the lead up to the 2032 Olympics.

Outdoor Education: BGS Old Boy and veteran Outdoor Education teacher Jon Hodges ’83 was made an Outdoor Education Australia (OEA) Fellow at the National Outdoor Education Conference in September. The Fellowship is one of the highest honours in the industry and recognises “exemplary contribution above and beyond any paid professional role,” according to OEA.

Greener Business: BGS Old Boy Tom Ferrier '98 co-founded carbon reduction start-up Greener in 2019. Three years on, Greener is Australia’s leading cleantech start-up and has partnered with the Australian Retailers Association to design of a new digital solution to help small businesses tackle emissions reduction. Read more.

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