I studied pure maths at university and then started my career teaching physics, maths and Japanese part time while I did community development and spiritual direction. I became fascinated with how business could make a positive contribution to society and have since been involved in many commercial and social enterprise start-ups. The business I helped set up and run as a model of how a workplace could be designed to have a significant positive influence on both staff and clients, ran successfully for 12 years with clients among Australia’s largest and best known brands in the commercial and NFP sectors. I then set out on my own to focus on the stuff that I’m best at. I’ve also served on various Boards, including stints as Chair of TEAR Australia and Donkey Wheel (Impact Investment) Foundation.
But what I’ve done is only one dimension of the story. For me, working has never been simply about earning an income. It has always been about making the world a better place. Ergo Consulting’s tag line said it well: a better day at work for people and a better future for the world.
Maria and I raised our four children in the Melbourne inner suburb of Brunswick. In more recent years we have chosen to see as much of the world as we can, following our aspirations now rather than waiting until retirement. For a number of years we also lived and worked out of our caravan for three months a year. Whatever our circumstances, we have practiced the art of contentment, making the most of any situation we have been in. In recent years our time has been split between the Sunshine Coast, Launceston, Melbourne and Barwon Heads, enjoying some of the best Australia has to offer. All this while building a business, raising a family and doing work that is characterised by pleasure, betterness and meaning.
There is some more professional information on my LinkedIn profile
For some insight into our ‘no regrets’ lifestyle, check out Why not?
I’ve written a little book, Notes on Generative Living: a personal manifesto. (PDF download)