It was indeed a pleasure to welcome back to Churchie Old Boy Spiro Pippos (2003) to present to the Year 11 students on ‘What I Wish I Knew- the young man’s manifesto’. A recipient of Churchie Foundation’s Old Boys Overseas Study Scholarship, Spiro imparted knowledge he has gained on life experiences during his journey from the classrooms and sporting fields of Oaklands Parade to the London Business School. His key message to our young men was the importance of seizing opportunities and what he would have liked to have known when at Churchie and going through university.

At Churchie, Spiro immersed himself into all aspects of school life, most notably as the House captain of Mawson and as a member of both the 2nd VIII in rowing and the 2nd XV in rugby. He now has three degrees from two different institutions, BE (Mining) and BCom (Finance) at UQ and an MBA from the London Business School. Spiro has lived in six countries and consulted on natural resources projects in 40 different countries. During his career in mining, Spiro has led the turn around of three mining operations in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and Ghana by introducing mechanised development, erasing out of date mining techniques and spearheading both safety standards and quality control. A career change beckoned and Spiro can now be found working in corporate finance at RFC Ambrian in London.

In Spiro’s parting message he spoke of the ‘The Butterfly Effect’. That is, it counts from now … the harder you work the easier life will become in the future. He strongly encouraged our young men to reach out and use the resources available to them to take them further, to travel and travel often and importantly to follow their own path. “The best opportunities are rarely available through open doors – you have to build them and give them a good knock.”

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Featured Image (L-R): Chairman of Churchie Foundation – Bill Chatterton (1972), Director of Philanthropy – Stuart Fitzpatrick, Spiro Pippos (2003), Foundation/OBA Administration – Jennifer Garner, Old Boys Manager – David Miles (1985)