Des PerkinsDes Perkins attended Salesian College from 1977-1982, and during his time played football and basketball, participated in debating and in school drama productions and was House Captain of Mannix in his final year. Des is the youngest of four siblings who attended Salesian College, including his sisters Mary and Liz, who did HSC in 1976 and 1977 as part of the co-educational period with Sacred Heart Girls College, and brother Ted, who graduated in 1978.
In 1983 Des went to work in the purchasing and contract management field within the electricity industry (the SEC) and remained there through the privatization period until 1997.
Following this, he began his career in the overseas aid and development industry. He continued his work in logistics and contract management, where Des was responsible for arranging the procurement and shipping of equipment for a number of projects, including a water supply and sanitation project in the Republic of Kiribati and for a health project on the island of Taveuni in Fiji.
Des has overseen and visited projects overseas including those in Cambodia, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, and the Philippines. These projects have focused on vital areas including education, health and infrastructure (building construction and water supply and sanitation).
In 2008 Des moved from Australia to commence full time work in the Philippines where, as the Admin and Operations Manager of the AusAID funded STRIVE Program, he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of a project which aimed to give all Filipino children access to a quality education system. Des returned to Australia in June 2011 after completing his project work in the Philippines.
Des has had ongoing involvement with the College since 1990 as part of the Old Collegians Amateur Football Club, where he was a player and a reserves coach. Des was also a Committee member, Secretary and President at various stages throughout his time at the club.
Des joined the Advisory Board of the College in 2002 and remained on the Board until his move to Manila in 2008. Des is married to wife, Paula, and has three sons, Lachlan (Class of 2014), Connor (Class of 2015) and Eamon (Class of 2018).
Hall Of Fame Inductee - Overseas Aid Projects