I lead the SIMaid Team out of my home office in Adelaide. I'm married with three adult children and eight grand children. After graduating in agriculture I worked as an extension and R & D agronomist with the South Australian government before taking my family on a four year stint in rural development with SIM in Nigeria.
On return to South Australia I worked as a Youth Pastor before returning to government agriculture and landcare work. As I explored ways of providing practical help to the poor across the world I took up the opportunity in 2005 to head SIMaid, the aid and development arm of SIM Australia.
It has been exciting to see the growth of our suite of projects, network of donors and our capacity to assist our donors and field partners to make a difference for the global poor.
I live in Sydney, am married, and have four adult children although most are now out of the house.
Originally from New Zealand, I grew up in a small town of 900 or so people. It was essentially a rural - certainly rustic - upbringing which was no preparation for a move to Melbourne Australia in 1976 and about as far from the bustle of Sydney as you can get.
I previously worked in the private sector for more than ten years and prior to that I was employed by the Air Force. I was fortunate to enjoy a lengthy period with the Department of Foreign Affairs after which I was involved in the creation and running of a small technology company.
Over the years I have travelled extensively and enjoy edgy destinations - Iraq in 2007 was a highlight.
I am a keen writer and have a couple of publishing contracts currently under way. I am passionate about leading and mentoring youth and young adults, especially young men, leading activities for them to places as diverse as Kokoda, Hong Kong and Berowra!
I come from an event management background and have previously worked at a boutique events agency organising conferences and events.
At the end of 2010 I travelled Kenya for two and a half months, living and working in a children's home in Nakuru. I’m passionate about helping young women and girls all over the world to live with dignity and hope.
I enjoy travelling, reading and drinking chai!
I work part time for SIMaid whilst also serving as a Pastor in a south-western Sydney church.
I spent part of my childhood in Bangladesh where my parents served as missionaries. I have a real passion for serving the poor and disadvantaged and helped organise and lead our first SIMaid donor team visit to Bangladesh projects in October 2010.
I love to read, drink coffee, travel, and camp - no matter what the weather!
Education & Development Officer
Although originally from Adelaide I am happy to call Perth home, along with my wife and two young children. When I am not working or running around after the kids I'm playing Aussie Rules Football or continuing my lifelong journey to find the perfect coffee.
My background is a mixed bag of banking and finance, sales, radio and pastoral work, but my passion is to help those living in poverty who are unable to help themselves. Upon completion of my Bachelor of Ministry I began my Masters in International and Community Development.
After spending five years with World Vision I joined the team at SIMaid part time because I love the work that we do and the difference we make at the grass-roots level.
I assist the SIMaid team as a resource person providing advice on food security and natural resource management related projects. I oversee edible acacia research in the Sowing Seeds of Change project in Niger, lead a training project and promote SIMaid projects.
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