08 May 2009
Joined Comsteel as a Trainee Chemist.Completed a P/T BSc. Tech in 1966.
Married 1963 ( Bev)-Son,Peter 1967; Daughter ,Robyn 1970.
Appointed Chief Chemist in 1968 but after about three years decided to remove the white coat and move into broader management.This change lead to positions responsible for Business Planning and Development,Operations, Marketing and Sales(Wollongong), returning to Newcastle in 1981 as AGM prior to appointment in 1982 as Group General Manager Comsteel , later Comsteel Vickers..
In 1986 we decided to establish our own business having two arms, one being Management Consulting,obviously drawing on the exerience and range of contacts developed over the previous 10 years; the second was to push into the then emerging areas of recruitment and outsourcing.
This was a good experience with work as diverse as Project Management of two Hydrgraphic vessels for the RAN,involvement with major accounting firms on Corporate analysis and rescue, to representing the German Submarine builder in trying (unsuccessfully) to introduce fuel cells to the Collins Fleet.
We essentially retired from full time involvement in 1996/97 but the Company continued until 2001 when it was sold.
Numerous study programs were completed along the way at Melboune,Armidale and of course locally. Carryover interests consist of a Directorship of Nationwide Superannuation Fund and Chair of the Board of the Australiasian arm of CSE Global ( CSE Uniserve) a listed Singaporean Company.
Since retirement I have taken up golf and now occasionally chase a white ball around Horizons, where I am a member.This at times means I get involved in bushwalking
Bev has been involved with Red Cross for over 20 years and does voluntary work at the local nursing home. Add these to her role as an interested and much loved Grandma and active Church involvement and time continues to be at a premium.
Essentially 50 years that have been interesting at every turn and have provided us with opportunities at home and abroad - wouldn’t have believed it all possible at the starting line- Dec.1959.
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