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John Brogden Speaks at NCV

Monday 31 March, 2014
by Jonathan Billingham
The Autumn Formal Dinner - An inspiring talk, friendship, food & farewells

John Brogden speaks at NCV Formal DinnerIt was an honour to have Mr John Brogden AM come and speak to the NCV community at the 2014 Autumn Dinner. Mr Brogden is the CEO of The Financial Services Council and the Chairman of Lifeline, in addition to a number of other board and advisory appointments. His address to NCV residents, staff, alumni and board members traced his own political career and battle with depression.

Mr Brogden was the leader of the Liberal Party and Opposition Leader in the New South Wales Parliament from 2002 to 2005. When he resigned from the leadership he suffered a severe episode of depression and attempted suicide. The long road to rebuild his life and start a new career was marked by a passion to use his experience to help other people. Mr Brogden used his address to the NCV community to challenge common perceptions of ‘mental health’ and highlight areas where our nation could improve the conversation and practices around caring for those suffering from what he describes as a ‘physical illness of the brain’.

As well as the opportunity to hear from an eminent speaker, NCV Formal Dinners are a time to showcase the talent of our residents. The musical item for the evening was a wonderful piano duet performed by Serena Ma (NCV 2009-current) & Joni Mok (NCV 2011-current). Together they played a piano adaptation of the 1st movement of W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No.40 KV 550.

The dinner itself was a three course meal featuring a delicious main course: Orange, Lime & Plum Seared Supreme of Duck with a Caramelised Pear, Dauphine Potatoes & Broccolini. As a vegetarian alternative the College served Spanakopita, Dauphine Potatoes & Broccolini.

The Master of New College and NCV, Professor Trevor Cairney, took the opportunity to thank two departing staff members for their service to New College. The Bursar, Mr Ken Barnes is retiring after a lifetime of dedicated service in financial professions. Mr Barnes has faithfully served New College as the Bursar for nine years and was a key member of staff in the creation of New College Village (read more).

The other imminent departure is that of the NCV Dean. Dr John Quinn will be moving to Melbourne with his wife Premilla and three daughters to take up a post as a Senior Research Fellow at The Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University. The Master acknowledged the work of John and Premilla in the NCV community on the occasion of their last NCV Formal Dinner. A further acknowledgement of John and Premilla’s contribution to the life of NCV will take place at a function on Friday 4th April, where all residents will have the opportunity to say farewell at a Drinks and Canapés event.

NCV is a place that cares for the wellbeing of its residents. It is not just a provider of accommodation of UNSW. Formal Dinners are one way that the College seeks to inspire its residents. The work of the NCV Dean and the Pastoral Care team of Senior Residents are ways that the College seeks to constantly provide support to members of our community.

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