I have a passion for technology, innovation and teaching. I am an academic and entrepreneur and I use my cross-discipline knowledge and experience to solve problems and identify opportunities. I am a lecturer, tutor, facilitator, programmer, and manager. I have qualifications in environmental science, social theory, teaching and research, and business management. I have scoped, planned, raised capital and established several businesses, and been involved in their ongoing management and development. My work is varied and I am happiest when I am developing ideas, collaborating, and solving problems.
10 years university lecturing in environmental science, sustainability, geography, GIS, and planning. Creating new courses, coordination, lecturing, tutoring.
Business planning and management including establishing a range of businesses from identifying innovative opportunities. Ongoing operation and management.
Full stack development of innovative projects using PHP, MySQL, jQuery, AngularJS, NodeJS. Including scoping, specification development, and management.
Extensive project management in software development and research including team management, budgeting, forecasting and monitoring and evaluation.
In 2007 after selling my import business I identified an opportunity to start a new business selling wholesale hospitality and kitchenware products. In 2014 this became my major focus and this business continues to expand its range and is moving into new growth areas.
From my event management work I developed a business plan for a new business to live stream events and started this business with fellow event professionals. My role included business planning, capital raising, and the development of a live streaming portal.
I was project manager on an ambitious project that aimed to develop a social virtual world and apply it to a range of common online activities. Although ultimately unsuccessful this project was a very interesting experience that exposed me to the world of MMOGs and related software development.
I regularly presented at public events and conferences on topics related to environmental management and sustainability including at World Environment Day festivals and Youth Environment Conferences.
Following the online publication of my work on social capital I have assisted in research planning for people all around the world who are working on social capital research. My online publication receives 50,000+ visits per year and continues to be a highly regarded resource on social capital theory.
I completed a program run by the University of the Sunshine Coast that provided a background on higher education research and practical skills in research planning, funding, and execution within the university environment.
I started and managed an import and online sales business for wholesale natural fibres, primarily bamboo fabric. After building a successful business it was sold in 2007.
I completed a program on the foundations of university teaching provided by the University of the Sunshine Coast which focused on improving teaching practice and the scholarship of teaching.
I completed a certificate IV in business (small business management) with a focus on business planning and management.
As director and principal web developer for my company Decompression (2004 to current) I have developed a wide range of projects from ecommerce websites to asset management systems, at times managing a large team of developers and designers.
For 10 years between 2004 and 2014 I taught in a variety of roles at the University of the Sunshine Coast in subject areas such as environmental science, planning, sustainability, ethics, and cultural studies.
Graduated masters degree with major research project on the role of social capital in natural resource management. Coursework included environmental management and planning, social impact assessment and social planning for development.
Graduated bachelors degree with a double major in Geographical Sciences with a strong focus on physical geography and human geography, including biogeography, climatology, hydrology, GIS, remote sensing, environmental management and planning.
I graduated high school in 1995 and then spent a few years working in event management and training programs before completing my bachelors degree.
I have strong environmental values and I like to volunteer my time or services when I can. I have assisted many community groups over the past 15 years and it continues to be an important part of life. I have also helped many students and people with research projects. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and helping others.
When I have time I provide snooker coaching, mostly to juniors or older players who want to improve their skills. I also volunteer my time to referee in 8 ball competitions and have refereed in touch football competitions in the past. I enjoy helping people and I love to see people improving their skills.
I am married with two school age children: Charlie and Asha. My family is a very important part of my life and I really enjoy family time.
I like to get out on my mountain bike and explore the local area and it’s a great way to keep fit. I race sometimes but mostly I enjoy social rides on weekends with friends. I generally ride a few times a week all year round and also play cricket over summer.
I'd like to hear from you if you have a question or comment or if you would like some advice about your project whether it be social capital or other research, environmental science, or a new technology or software development project.Get in touch