Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 23.10.2019

Mark Whitby

Class of 2000
OCCUPATION Managing Director
Lives Canberra, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Kurrajong
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Education
  • Bachelor Degree, University of Canberra (UC), Information Management, 2001-2004
  • Graduate Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Director's Course, 2009-2009
Work history
  • Managing Director, Alivio Group, 2009-Present
  • Public Servant, Department of Health and Ageing, 2005-2009
  • Taxi Driver, Self Employed, 2001-2011
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What does life look for you now?

I have been married to my amazing wife Erica since 2013 and have three incredible children named Cora (born 2014), Elle (born 2017) and George (born 2019).

For work, I am a founding partner and Managing Director of Alivio Group, a Management Company in the hospitality and tourism sectors. This role allows me to be an advocate for all things Canberra. I am particularly interested in entrepreneurial businesses and people and am constantly inspired by the calibre of ideas that are created and developed in Canberra.

I am a Director on the Radford College Board and have a keen interest in education and lifelong learning. I also used to be the President of the Radford Collegians' Association.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

I am very interested in tourism, property development and most things related to Canberra. I love to travel and recently discovered that I also love running. So to combine these interests, my bucket list includes the desire to one day run an iconic marathon somewhere in the world like New York or London (and to run it in less than 4 hours!).

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

An architect, fighter pilot or professional baseball player.

What is your favourite Radford moment?

My favourite moment would have to be playing soccer at Radford for over 6 years with George Huitker as coach. He was an amazing coach that taught us more about life and being part of a team than he focused on the technical side of playing soccer... it just so happened we were also very good at winning premierships too!

Year 9 camp is also a pretty hard memory to beat!

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

Currently it would be Richard Branson - I have just about read everything that he has ever written. I'm fascinated by his story, his success and the fun that he has managed to have along the way. A mantra I work towards is that work should be interesting and fun.

From school days, it would have to be George Huitker. He taught me a lot more about life then about soccer.

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