Published on July 3, 2019

Luke Mansfield (1999) is a true global citizen. After leaving HVGS, he headed off on a Rotary Youth Exchange in Turkey, which proved to be an incredible cultural experience. On his return, and with a Bachelor of Business under his belt, Luke joined the Australian Public Service, proving to be one of the best decisions of his life.

Luke Mansfield Everest base Camp
Luke at Everest Base Camp

“Joining the APS has led to so many unique and interesting experiences,” Luke says. “From talking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders in remote parts of Australia, to visiting refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East, being in an incident management room during a riot, giving evidence before a UN Committee in Geneva, participating in free trade agreement negotiations, speaking at major conferences, hosting foreign dignitaries, and more – the experiences have been endless.”

Luke is currently overseeing Australia’s refugee, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs programs and leading about 870 staff located around Australia. No small order!

A passionate advocate for mental health awareness, Luke also trekked to Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity.

“My high school years at HVGS gave me a grounding for the many opportunities that have followed.”

Luke Mansfield

“I will always be grateful to the teachers and fellow students who gave me terrific guidance, support and friendship along the way,” Luke says.

Luke will soon be graduating with an Executive Master of Business Administration, specialising in global leadership, from the Queensland University of Technology.