What is your role in The Oasis Townsville?
My role with the Oasis Townsville is Chief Financial Officer. A role which includes creating and managing budgets, accounting and finance issues. I bring to the table 40 years’ experience in private practice as a Management, Taxation, Chartered Accountant.
Tell us about yourself
I joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) when I was 18, my passion and interest was to become a RAN. Clearance Diver for which I subsequently trained. I was deployed to Vietnam during the early transitional period from the French to the United States military. Further deployment included the Indonesian Confrontation with Malaya. Upon leaving the Navy I re-educated myself obtaining a Bachelor of Economics in Commerce JCU and commenced a career in accounting being self-employed for over 40 years.
Why have you joined the team at The Oasis Townsville?
As a returned veteran and ex-ADF member I am aware of some of the issues ADF personnel experience transitioning to civvy street. I wanted to take this opportunity to contribute in helping the Oasis achieve success regarding the Oasis mission.
What are you most proud of in your life?
I have had many equally proud moments in my life. Overall, I am proud of having had the persistence and focus on whatever I have needed to do to achieve my goals whether it was becoming a Jackaroo, a Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diver or a Chartered Accountant.
What’s the best fun you’ve had with family and/or friends?
The best fun I have had with my family is competing in triathlons and in particular
Ironman triathlons, (3.8 km swim,180.25 km bike ride followed up by a 42.2 km run. I have completed 7 of these races and my wife has completed 8, finishing with the infamous Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon. My wife, Vivien and our children competed in several smaller triathlons. Both of us have also competed at the National level in body-building championships where we each won our respective age group categories, mine being 70+ age group title.