Old Collegians Leading in Their Fields
Below you will meet four of the many De La Salle Old Collegians who are leading change in their chosen field of work. We’re extremely proud of the connection we continue to have with our alumni – they are a vital part of the past, present and future of our school.
“Having the opportunity to discuss and participate in conversation where staff treated students as young adults developed vital tools for adult life including confidence and self-possession.” Paul Gelsumini
Greg Barns, Class of 1979
Lawyer and Activist
Barrister, author, political commentator and former national chair of the Australian Republican Movement Greg Barns has always been an outspoken champion for human and civil rights. After graduating from Arts/Law at Monash University Greg practised at the Victorian Bar, going on to occupy a number of exciting positions including national president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and legal adviser to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He is a passionate advocate for asylum seekers and is a weekly columnist with The Hobart Mercury as well as a contributor to a number of other global publications and media outlets.
He has long represented the rights of the most vulnerable. “I hope I have helped people, such as young offenders, who are at a crossroads move in a positive direction,” he says. Greg has also been open in his acknowledgement of the College as a formative influence on his career and personal success; “I am committed to real social justice which I learned at the College.” Greg, who joined the Tasmanian Bar in 2003, has written three books on Australian politics and is currently chair of the Prisoners Legal Service in Tasmania and an ambassador for Beyond Blue.
Paul Gelsumini, Class of 2004
TEN TENORS, TOURING MUSICAL DIRECTOR AND TENOR
Paul started at De La Salle in the primary school in 1996 and says that he consistently had access to opportunities to grow as a musician during his time at the College. Paul finds life as a Ten Tenor to be remarkable; “A typical day would be to wake up in a new city after a flight or bus ride, head into a hotel in a gorgeous town and then get straight into the theatre for rehearsals/touch-ups before performing!”
Paul has also made television appearances globally with the Ten Tenors, including on Oprah, at the FIFA Opening in Poland, and for Sydney’s Carols in the Domain. Paul completed a Bachelor of Classical Music, majoring in Voice and Performance, after which he moved to Italy for private vocal coaching with a Puccini master. He then undertook a Diploma of Music Theatre before joining the Tenors. Of the College’s lasting impact, Paul says that “having the opportunity to discuss and participate in conversation where staff treated students as young adults developed vital tools for adult life including confidence and self-possession.”
Rohan Laging, Class of 1997
A commitment to life-long learning and love of variety paved the way for Rohan to take on two exciting senior roles: staff specialist at The Alfred Emergency and Trauma Centre, and Emergency Director (Clinical) at John Fawkner Private Hospital. After graduating from Monash University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, achieving honours, Rohan was motivated to continue his study in emergency medicine. He attributes his interest in this area to the huge diversity of the work involved and the broad base of medical knowledge the specialisation requires – it was an exciting challenge. “The tension and time critical nature is completely different from other medical fields,” he says.
In 2012 he became a fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and an Emergency Physician, although he continues to pursue further study; “Being the director of a private emergency department has given me scope to undertake further training around leadership and hospital functioning.” During his time at De La Salle Rohan travelled by train to and from Williamstown each day and says he made strong connections with other students that have continued to this day.
Jules Lund, Class of 1996
FOUNDER OF TRIBE/TV AND RADIO HOST
By the time he was just 23, Jules had hosted his own national radio show, a music television program and the global ESPN X games. Jules’ wit and wicked sense of humour have since rewarded him with an impressive list of credits including a nine year stint on Getaway, ten years hosting the TV Week Logies Red Carpet and five years on-air with Southern Cross Austereo.
As Australia’s leading authority on citizen marketing, Jules Lund is riding a wave of momentum after founding his own tech company, TRIBE. Launched in November 2015, TRIBE is a digital marketplace that connects social media content creators with leading brands to transform word of mouth recommendations. Jules became obsessed with social media in 2013 while leading ‘The Fifi & Jules’ Facebook page to become the most engaged brand-page in the country. Jules’ social insights have since made him a unique asset, being invited around the country to present to Australia’s biggest agencies on the power of ‘social influencer marketing’. Of his time at De La Salle, Jules says, “I’ll always be grateful for those teachers, particularly in Graphic Design, Photography and Art, that helped me identify an outlet I enjoyed. Twenty years later it’s these skills I’ve returned to in designing the TRIBE app.”