I was brought up in the rough and tumble streets of Redfern in the heart of Sydney. The son of a publican, where I spent many an hour observing the exploits of Sydney’s working class as they drank their sorrows away.
Dad’s love of running pubs waned when he had four young boys ready to grow without the need to witness first hand Sydney’s seedy drinking, gambling and smoking culture.
The family moved to Rockdale and Dad and Mum lovingly renovated an 1840s cottage. Dad lives there still, Mum’s soul watching over him from her favourite orange tree in the back yard. Varied family experiences helped me grow: holidays to the Gold Coast and Canberra, nature parks and rural NSW were a staple for the six of us.
Sport also played a major role in our development. Street cricket and footy came before more formal cricket for me as I developed my skills which resulted in national selection and many overseas tours.
My career was at polar odds to our family’s blue collar calling, with University and a pubic service job with the ATO. I quickly climbed the ranks, got my degree and in 1999 decided to move into the community sector at senior executive levels.
I moved to Canberra, met and married my darling wife, Mardi, and spent the second phase of my career working in the for purpose sector.