I was born in Melbourne and spent my first 13 years there. As a family we then moved to New Zealand, and I went to high school and University in Auckland. Back in the 70’s there weren’t many Aussies living in NZ. My career in tourism started in 1983, and my first job was working at the Rose Park Hotel in Parnell, Auckland. This led to me applying for a job with an inbound company, Newmans Tours, that had many “bus tours” staying at the hotel. For the next 11 years at Newmans I worked my way up through several roles in NZ (Auckland), Australia (Brisbane) and the USA (Los Angeles). I returned home to Auckland in the mid-90’s, working for Southern World’s sister company I.D Tours, and was then offered the role as General Manager for the Sydney Office for Southern World in April 2000. Being just a few months before the Sydney Olympic Games, I jumped at the chance and haven’t looked back.
Outside of work (sort of), I met my wife Sian through the tourism industry. We’ve been married since 2004, and have two beautiful girls Rhiannon (born 2007) and Grace (born 2009). I’m clearly outnumbered by women at home and at work, but (mostly) love it that way. Our spare time at the weekend revolves around the girl’s activities – netball for Rhiannon, soccer for Grace, swimming lessons for both. I’m an AFL “Aussie Rules” football tragic, and after 37 years of saying “this is our year!”, finally it was in 2017 that my team Richmond won the premiership. Being from Melbourne originally, I love most sports including rugby league (NZ Warriors), rugby union, cricket, tennis, baseball (LA Dodgers), and even soccer. I try to stay active to keep a step ahead of the kids and a younger wife. Over the years I’ve completed 4 marathons (Rotorua, Auckland, New York twice), but age hasn’t been kind to my knees so my running days are over. We love to travel, both in Australia and overseas, but also enjoy staying home in Sydney, one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in the world.