About me

I don’t need to write much here about my first twenty-two years – because it’s all in JACKAROO: A Memoir -- available in soft cover and as an ebook.

Briefly, I am a fundraiser and author. In the past I've been a jackaroo, rural journalist, boarding school housemaster, advisory board member, consultant, columnist, volunteer and small acre farmer.

After completing agricultural college, the principal asked me to join the Board and establish a foundation to raise funds to develop the college. My stint as honorary director of the Glenormiston Foundation led to a career in raising money professionally for schools, colleges and tertiary institutions.

In 2010, I volunteered for six months in Vietnam with a street kids’ charity -- Blue Dragon Children's Foundation -- through Australian Volunteers International (AVI), working in the communications and fundraising office. The Foundation has supported 1,500 kids and has a staff of 84.

Upon returning home from Vietnam in October 2010, I became director of Advancement (alumni relations, events and philanthropic fundraising) at Melbourne Business School.

It was during my time in Hanoi in 2010 that Penguin Australia became interested in my first commercial manuscript. The rest is history. JACKAROO: A Memoir was published on 27 June 2011. I hope you enjoy the read. Please feel welcome to sign the guest book and/or send an email to say what you think of the book: email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In October, 2013, I walked the 800 km Spanish Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trek. The aim pilgrimage is the subject of a forthcoming book.