Published on: 23 May 2024

The Christ Church Grammar School Old Boys’ Association (OBA) recently hosted a highly successful event as part of their new Business Networking Series. The event aimed to foster business relationships within the old boy community. It brought together alumni from various industries and graduating years, providing a platform for collaboration and professional growth.

Sam Collins (’16), a Senior Economist at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, opened the evening with a market update. Collins’s insightful analysis of the current economic landscape provided a solid foundation for the discussions that followed.

The main highlight of the event was the Q&A session, which featured a panel of four guest speakers, each bringing unique perspectives from their respective fields:

  • Varun Ghosh (’02), Labor Senator for WA, shared his insights on the intersection of politics and business
  • John Poynton (’68), Chair of Poynton Stavrianou, discussed leadership and strategic decision-making in the corporate world
  • Lachie Bisset (’08), Founder of North Street Store, recounted his entrepreneurial journey and the challenges of building a successful business
  • Liam Twigger, Deputy Chair and Executive Director of Argonaut and Chair of SportsWest, provided expertise on investment and sports management

The evening closed with an informal networking session, where attendees had the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new contacts over drinks.

OBA President Zac Vinten said it was inspiring to see so many old boys coming together to support one another and share their knowledge.

“Events like these highlight the strength of our community and the lifelong benefits of being part of the OBA.”

Membership in the OBA opens doors to a vast network of professionals, offering opportunities for mentorship, collaboration, and personal growth long after graduation. Life membership is an investment in one’s future, providing continuous access to events, resources, and a supportive alumni community. The Business Networking Series is set to become a staple in the OBA’s calendar, promising even more opportunities for old boys to connect, learn, and grow together. Those interested in securing their place in this vibrant community are encouraged to consider life membership and actively participate in upcoming events.

For more information on how to join the OBA or to stay updated on future events, please visit the OBA website.