I was born in 1961 and raised in northwest NSW with two elder siblings. My father was a Postmaster so we moved around a bit but lived for 12 years at Walgett during the 70's and early 80's. Attended The Armidale School (TAS) as a boarder and was Senior Prefect and Head Chorister there in 1979 and enjoyed roles in many musicals and Gilbert & Sullivan productions.
After school I joined the NSW Police and worked at stations on Sydneys northern beaches before moving into the Public Relations Unit in HQ. I resigned in the mid 80's to run a family business (Hotel) at Tumbulgum and after four years travelled to Europe. In 1989 we moved with my new son Rohan, to Armidale where I attended Uni (Arts - Drama, French, Linguistics) and was also employed at TAS as a Housemaster in charge of 60 boys aged from 13 to 18 years! Over the next 10 years I worked in Admin at TAS, welcomed two daughters to our family and continued to sing and act in numerous shows including well known musicals, Old Time Music Halls, and for 7 years was a member of the travelling Colonel Ponsonbery Theatre Restaurant.
In 1999 we moved to Terranora NSW where I was Registrar at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School for 3 years. My kids, Rohan (24), Nicola (21) and Sally (18) all attended Lindisfarne. I left in 2002 and started The Tender Center at Carrara which was a great success. However, due to a serious family illness we sold and in 2004 I again joined the NSW Police this time in an admin position and am still there today!
It was at their fundraising BBQ at the Tender Center that I met The Blenders and I began singing Barbershop in 2003 and immediately loved the camaraderie and support that defines the Barbershop community. I enjoyed many of their Regional and National successes and numerous fun TV appearances and local gigs. I have also continued to do some acting with community theatre, most notably as Henry Higgins in Tweed Theatre Company's 2010 production of My Fair Lady. I still live in Tweed Heads and don't mind the long drive to rehearsals as I can learn my songs on the way! :)
I have been a member of several quartets including No Harmony Intended and Spike (both with Charlie Voges) and more recently Forte who placed in top 10 at the last 3 National conventions. As a founding member I am enjoying the growth of our new chorus and am looking forward to my next quartet collaboration at Sound Connection and our participation as a chorus for the first time at Nationals in Perth in October. Good luck guys!