Finance and Administration Manager
What is your background?
I grew up in the historic town of Brantford, Southern Ontario, Canada. This is where Chief Joseph Brant forded the Grand River to take up land given to the Six Indian Nations by the British Crown after they fought for them in the American Revolution. Other famous residents include the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, who moved to Canada from Scotland, and ice hockey hero Wayne Gretzky.
What do you remember best about primary school?
Playing sports and performing one of our class plays: “My Boomerang Won’t Come Back”
What qualifications do you have?
I went to high school in Brantford and studied Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in nearby Waterloo.
Where else have you worked?
During university I lived and worked in Japan, the West Indes and India, in various business advisory, commodity trading and finance roles. After graduating, I worked in PNG for five years. I then returned to Canada and worked in international banking and commodity trading until I migrated to Australia in 1983. Since then I have worked in a variety of finance positions in banking, international trade and non-government school financial administration Castlemaine in Victoria, Sydney and Byron Bay.
Why do you enjoy working at BCPS?
It’s great fun and I love the kids.
What aspirations still lie ahead of you?
I’d like to trek across PNG from the Sepik to the mouth of the Fly River in the south.
What occupies your time outside school hours?
My spare time is spent working on my cattle farm at Binna Burra, west of Bangalow, and following various football codes, supporting the Brisbane Broncos, the NSW Blues and the Dallas Cowboys.