When did you attend Bethany?
1971-1977.

What are you doing now?
University Professor in Western Australia.

What is your favourite memory of life at Bethany?
Too many to list – the whole experience.

Did you have a favourite teacher/subject?
Mr Paul Holmes and Geology

How did your experiences at Bethany help you in your career?
The general breadth of education received at Bethany enabled me to continue with further studies to PhD level. For the past 28 years I have worked in the University and consulting sectors in Germany, The USA, South Africa, Wales, Austria, Denmark, and for the last 21 years I have been at the University of Western Australia located in Perth, Western Australia.

I am currently an Associate Professor teaching and researching in the area of behavioural motivation in the broad field of sustainability.

What advice would you give a Bethany pupil looking to work in the same field as you?
I work predominantly in the social and environmental psychology fields.

  • I would recommend that budding academics secure as much domestic and international work-related experience as they can while continuing relevant studies to the highest possible level.
  • Surround yourself with like-minded persons, learn together with them and always keep an open mind about future possibilities in the area/s in which you are passionate.
  • Continue ‘education for life’ and ‘live your education’ remaining authentic to who you are as a person. Never compromise your personal values for short-term gains.

What piece of advice would you give your younger self?

  • Be open to the opportunities that come your way and grasp these with open arms.
  • Learn as much about the world as you can and identify what this learning means for you.

What do you value most about being connected to Bethany and The Bethany Network today?
Having the opportunity to share insights with younger versions of me.

Dr Dave Webb and books