- Enterprise Resource Planning Systems – IT, Steel Distribution
- Year Joined:
- 2006 Ryde, 2003 Avonhead
For the last three decades or so, I have been implementing and supporting ERP systems for a variety of employers. I was headhunted from Christchurch for a position in Bluescope Steel’s Business Information Services division and now work from their Head Office in Alexandria as the Bluescope Distribution and Lysaght Applications Team Leader.
Since immigrating to Sydney, my wife started teaching piano as well as working as an Archivist in the King’s School Museum. She is now Events Manager for the Bishop of Parramatta.
My daughter Anna has sung in the Sydney Opera House, with her school choir and acted in a musical at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, again with her school troupe and she recently came third in the Parramatta Art Show with her oil painting. She intends to study for an International Studies degree at the Macquarie University, when she returns from Rotary Youth Exchange in Finland.
David, my son, was an Army Cadet at Timor Barracks and is now an Intelligence analyst in the RAAF.
At Parramatta Cathedral Bernadette and I are Eucharistic Ministers and I am also a reader. I married Bernadette in January 1989, having met her at a Rotaract Champagne Breakfast – she was impressed that I brought French Champagne, while everyone else had cheap carbonated swill. She was doing weight training at the time and boasted she could lift 80Kg. I made the mistake of saying “I weigh 80kg – I bet you can’t lift me!” When this slip of a girl lifted me off the deck, I could see all my mates were about to enjoy a laugh at my expense, so I bent down and kissed her. She got such a surprise she let me go. We still tell our children their mother “picked me up at a party and dropped me the same day!”
I joined Rotaract in the mid-1980s and community service has been a constant ever since. When I turned 30 I was kicked out of Rotaract for being too old, no-one invited me to join Rotary, so I joined Jaycees instead. Junior Chamber is a personal development organisation that teaches meeting procedures, public speaking and debating. I was President of North Christchurch Chapter.
When I turned 40 I was again ejected from Jaycees as being too old, and for a couple of years I was not involved in community groups apart from my parish Church. We moved to Auckland for three years, and arriving back in Christchurch I decided to approach the nearest Rotary Club with a view to joining. After three years in various roles in Avonhead Rotary, I moved to Sydney.
My first act after settling into my new home in Ryde was to approach the Rotary Club of Ryde with a letter of introduction from the Board of Avonhead Rotary. I had already been doing make-ups there during my initial temporary assignment at BlueScope, and through my wife (who was Nanny for Nick Greiner's children in the 1980s, and had been in Ryde Rotaract with Ross' daughter Regina), I already knew PP. Ross Rocca, and so Ryde Rotary was an obvious choice.
I have been Community, Youth, Projects and Membership director, and President of Ryde Rotary. I am currently Assistant Governor for the Northern District Zone.
Why I joined Rotary: To meet new people, and to serve the community. Rotary membership serves as a filter – you can be sure your average Rotarian is a more community spirited person than the average person you might meet elsewhere, and that gives you a shared basis for forming new friendships. My first act after settling into my new home in Ryde was to approach the Rotary Club of Ryde with a letter of introduction from the Board of Avonhead Rotary. I had already been doing make-ups there during my initial temporary assignment at BlueScope while still a member of Avonhead Club, and through my wife (who was Nanny for Nick Greiner's children in the 1980s, and had been in Ryde Rotaract with Ross' daughter Regina), I already knew PP. Ross Rocca, so Ryde Rotary was an obvious choice.