Where are they now - Matt Teasdale (SPC 1993-98)
author: Lorrie Liston
The College reconnects with Matt Teasdale (SPC 1993-98) who works in the banking sector and has recently become a dad to his gorgeous baby daughter Lucille.
Where has life taken you since leaving SPC?
I attended Monash University and was very active in campus life! This included being elected to be on the Monash Student Council in 2000 as well as the Mannix College Student Committee, where I resided for three fun years. Following university, I worked in a small business, then returned to Monash to complete a MBA, at which point I joined ANZ Bank, where I’ve been for 11 years. I’ve had the good fortune of working in six different roles across many parts of the bank and currently head up our International Business Development Team, within our Commercial Division. The highlight though was marrying Fi Oliver (Ballarat Clarendon College) in beautiful Bali (attended by SPC mates Brett Ryan and Luke Jarvis) and recently having our first child, Lucille. At some point we would love to return to Ballarat for schooling.
What are your favourite memories of your time at St Patrick’s College?
Definitely the feeling of tradition and camaraderie amongst the boys, as well as the teachers. St Patrick’s truly has a great culture and sense of purpose. Playing as many sports as practically possible was also wonderful and important in learning a strong sense of competitiveness that certainly translates, and has helped me, in the corporate world.
Which teacher from your time at SPC had the greatest impact on you? Why?
Very hard to pick just one. Margaret McIntyre for inspiring my frequent trips to France, Geoff Brodie for my interest in business and Mr Farley for teaching me when to ‘zip it’ and an overall strong sense of discipline.
How has your education shaped your professional life?
St Patrick’s provided the perfect foundations, teaching me to be balanced and also curious about everything in life. My further university education and ‘on the job’ work education simply provided me with greater business expertise.
How has your time at SPC shaped your personal values and your family life?
The core college values I learnt at St Patrick’s of justice, commitment & endeavour, respect, diversity, responsibility, compassion and honesty have made a lasting impression on mine and my family’s life.
If you could pass on one message to the students of today, what would it be?
It may sound funny, but try and make your teachers look good and build meaningful relationships with them. Also start building your brand, which you want to known for and want to portray to the rest of the world. Be careful with social media and your digital footprint too – you don’t want something you post to come back and bite you later in your working life.