What is your role in The Oasis Townsville?
I am one of the directors and I serve to provide a conduit to the business community and to lend my corporate and business experience and expertise in support of the organisation’s aspirations and goals.
Tell us about yourself
I had a 34-year career in Banking and Financial Services before leaving the industry in 2006 as CEO of a regionally based mid-tier Accounting and Financial Services company. I served as CEO of Townsville Enterprise Limited for three years before consolidating my consulting business in 2015. I am a fellow of the Institute of Management & Leadership and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Why have you joined the team at The Oasis Townsville?
My father retired from his ADF service in 1972 as adjutant of 9th Field Ambulance and I have a calling to assist ADF personnel to better employ themselves when transitioning out of the ADF and to support them to become active and valued contributors to the Townsville community. Townsville has itself transitioned into a welcoming and accepting community for those ADF personnel who serve and reside here for just a brief period but more so to those who choose to make their lives in Townsville after leaving their ADF careers. For those ADF personnel, whether serving or ex. serving, Townsville is a better place for their commitment and contribution to our community and I would like to acknowledge that with my service to The Oasis.
What are you most proud of in your life?
Helping to raise three beautiful daughters and trying to instil in them the values that my father instilled into me, values that were forged from his ADF service. I think we would be a better community and country if our youth served a couple of their formative years in the ADF.
What’s the best fun you’ve had with family and/or friends?
I flew to Sydney in 2015 on a specially chartered Virgin flight, full of proudly passionate supporters, to experience the Cowboys win their first NRL Grand Final. It was an amazing and unforgettably fun weekend, from the very minute we gathered at the Townsville airport until we arrived back to our beloved and proud city. Thank you, JT and your amazing Cowboys cohort.