I believe the best way to tell a story is with both words and pictures. For every experience there is a story to be told. Over the past three decades I have been fortunate to explore, work in and experience many cultures and environments. These are some of the stories from my life. If you are looking for your own experience or have one that needs sharing, I’d love to hear from you.
I am a veteran, security consultant, expedition guide, adventurer, photographer, and keynote speaker.
I was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania. From a young age I showed an interest in the military and in 1993, at age 18, enlisted into the Australian Regular Army.
On completion of his initial employment training for the Infantry, I was posted to the First Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) in Townsville. In 1997, while serving in 1 RAR as an infantry sniper, I applied for and was selected to join the elite ranks of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment (SASR).
Serving in the SAS for over 10 years, I specialised in mobility operations, sniping, personal protection duties, special reconnaissance and training of local indigenous forces.
With numerous deployments during my service in the Special Forces including Operation Gold at the Sydney Olympic Games, East Timor, Iraq and five tours of Afghanistan, I have extensive experience and knowledge in operating under pressure, working in and leading teams in some of the world’s most hostile and unforgiving environments.
In 2007, while serving as an operational team leader in Afghanistan, I suffered
serious injuries during an IED attack. Evacuated home to Australia, I focused intently on my recovery and rehabilitation. Displaying my trademark determination and tenacity, I successfully made a full return to duty and deployed back to Afghanistan just six months later.
Discharging from the Regular Army in 2009, I continued to work in complex and highrisk environments, namely as a team leader and security manager at the Australian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan during the period 2009 to 2016.
My 25-year career in the military, security and adventure travel fields have given me a unique skill set and the experience to provide practical solutions to even the most complex and challenging situations.
Now Director of Point Assist, a distinctive firm that specialising in documenting and sharing lived experience.
My signature speaking shares messages around “The Value of Experience”, “Thriving Through Trauma” and “The Power of Adaptability”, including reflections from the frontline and my own brushes with death
and what this has taught him about living life.
Learning from my own life less ordinary, I believes that this sharing can help others evolve, achieve and live fully.