Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 10.04.2017

Tom Perfrement

Class of 2011
OCCUPATION Strategy Consultant | L.E.K. Consulting
Lives Sydney, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 5-12
House Karri
Awards, medals or recognition 5-12
  • Australian Youth Representative to the World Bank & IMF (2016)
  • Bachelor Degree, UNSW Australia, Chemical Engineering, 2012-2016
Work history
  • Associate
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What does life look for you now?

I won a scholarship in my final year at Radford, which allowed me to move to Sydney in 2012 to commence a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree. I was drawn towards the numerical, problem solving nature of engineering. Yet it was my interest in chemistry and the ability of chemical engineers to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, which led me to choose the ‘universal engineering’ field - chemical engineering.

During my studies, I worked as a process engineer for Veolia Australia, Siemens and Evoqua Water Technologies and spent a few too many hours on the tennis courts playing for the Hawkesbury region and for UNSW.

In 2015, alongside Mhairin Hilliker (Radford College Captain 2011) and Bosco Chan (Class of 2011), we launched a nationwide, Not For Profit, mentoring scheme; MentorMe Australia. MentorMe aims to bridge the gap between high school and university via the process of mentoring. There is a growing recognition of the importance of mentoring, and via MentorMe Australia we would like to connect mentees with mentors who have essentially “been there and done that” with regards to future pathways.

In 2016, I attended the World Bank and IMF annual meetings in Washington D.C. This led me to an interest in the world of business and strategy and I subsequently accepted a job offer with an international management consulting company, L.E.K. Consulting, whom I currently work for in Sydney.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

I'm passionate about how businesses can adapt their strategy to be more sustainable

What is your favourite Radford moment?

The year 11 and year 12 geography excursions with Mr Moss were definitely a highlight. The sports carnivals were also a lot of fun.

What advice do you have for current students?

The best advice I could provide to any current student is to follow your passions. I would urge you to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance.

Find a mentor who can open your eyes to new possibilities. Few endeavours reap more profound rewards for all who become involved in the mentoring process – because mentoring works.

Where are you now?