Life beyond Radford

Last updated 26.06.2018

Jonathan Keele

Class of 1992
OCCUPATION Small Business Owner
Lives Gladesville, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Jarrah
  • Bachelor Degree, University of Canberra, Applied Science Resource and Environmental Science, 1993-1996
Work history
  • Field Operations, Hancock Prospecting, 1997-1999
  • Tech Officer, Ecowise Environmental WA, 1999-2001
  • Co - Owner, Newman Pharmacy, 2001-2017
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What does life look for you now?

After Uni i traveled to WA and spent 15 years there. I started working for Hancock Prospecting doing aerial geophysical surveys and traveled all around remote Australia. I then moved north working as a contractor to BHP monitoring the water quality of their mining operations in the Pilbara . I got into small business (Retail Pharmacy) and property development while in Newman which was a huge roller coaster with the mining boom and then bust. I have returned east and i am now in Sydney with my kids in primary school. I sold out of my WA pharmacy in 2017 and concentrated on property development in the booming Sydney market. i am about to marry for the first time. I have two children and two step children.
I am on the look out for further business investments in Sydney as i enjoy working for myself.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

Family my kids. My dogs

When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?

A National Park Ranger

What is your favourite Radford moment?

I really enjoyed year 9 camp.

Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?

I remember fondly 9GH and Mr H's English class.
I liked Mrs Pitt's outlook on life and her Geography class.
In the end it was Mrs Richmond small business class that ended up providing me with the most benefit in later life

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

I never set out to do what i have done it was just a number of choices that presented themselves along the way, and the sense of adventure to follow them to and one opportunity lead to the next,

Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

No as in the end i only spent a number of years in related employment, but it was my degree that gave me the initiative to look beyond Canberra and ultimately lead to my progression in life.

Where are you now?