I’ve had a long and interesting career to date. The diagram below gives you an idea ofÂ the path that I took .Â While most of this time was spent in the Public Sector, IÂ did spend a few years out in the Private Sector including running my own software engineering business from 2002 to 2004.
Highlights and achievements
I look back at my career with a fair bit of pride. The followingÂ were among my favourite achievements.
- 1991 “Celebrating at Sydney” -Â a weekend long graduate festival for the University of Sydney that included a banquet, a celebrity quiz night, guided tours, a food festival, a display of medieval martial arts, and a fireworks display. I was Project Manager.
- 1993-1997 TAFE Integrated Property and Planning System – a Geographical Information System for NSW TAFE that stored student demographics, facilities information, and asset data so as to facilitate educational planning, capital works and facilities maintenance. IÂ worked variously asÂ the Analyst, Systems Administrator, Data Capture SupervisorÂ and chief documenter on this project.
- 2001 Membership Central – a membership management system for unions and clubs with bank andÂ financial transaction integration. I was Senior Software Engineer on the project.
- 2007-2014 eTrack Practice Management System – a system that tracked time and expenses for billing, debtorsÂ and analysis purposes for almost 300 financial services workers at the NSW Audit Office. I completed its implementation andÂ subsequently managed the team that administered it.
- 2008-2014 IQ4Bis (later HaloBI) – a Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse system to provide an understanding of trends within the NSW Audit Office. I implemented andÂ subsequently managed the team that administered it.
- 2010Â “People Power” strategic planning group aimed at improving employee management within the Audit Office. I led the group.
- 2015 Implementation of ISO27001:2013 – this is the international standard for Information Security. I implemented this forÂ the NSW Audit Office.
- 2015 Business Continuity Plan – a plan for continuing Audit Office operations in the face of a crisis. I designed, documented and implemented the plan.
As a youngÂ adult I worked by day and attended the University of Sydney mostly by night where I majored in History and English. In 1988 I was surprised when my fictional account of the Celtic god Cernunnus won me the Aisling Society of Sydney Prize.
By 2004 I decided to undertake a Graduate Diploma of Education while also running myÂ own business. This was a precursor to two years as a High School Teacher, a profession that I thoroughly enjoyed but found financially arduous.
Just after some involvement with strategic leadership and planning in my workplace, I undertook a Masters of Management degree (also part-time). This provided me with the knowledge that I needed to steer a business.
Writing came naturally to me. Working in the Community Relations Office of the University of Sydney I quickly found myself assisting with the editing of graduate journals, newsletters and advertising material. I completely took over the production of Celtic Connections for two years.
As I fell back into computing the task of documentation alwaysÂ seemed to fallÂ my way. I enjoyed the challenge of turning technical concepts into something that anyone could read and understand. Towards the end of the 1990s IÂ found myself writing a few technical articles for computer magazines and then a couple of management text books at the beginning of the century.
As Information Services Manager for the Audit Office of NSW I wrote many a document. The biggest challenge was turning a complex business continuity plan into something that was easy to digest and use.
I am currently working on a number of novels and a new text book.
I love all things imaginative and creative. I wrote my first attempt at a novel when I was 12 years old. It was 112 pages and never saw the light of day.
An artistic youth, I taught myself oil painting and particularly enjoyed landscapes. But being somewhat shy, these also were rarely seen at the time. Even more so when the hormones kicked in and nudes became a favourite topic.
In the 1990s I became enamoured with computer graphics and created the following.
WhileÂ working and studyingÂ I alsoÂ kept painting.
I currently enjoy digital art, photography and video production. In respect to the latter I have produced workplace media that has included a film noir approach to promoting business system improvement and a buccaneer themed video regarding financial planning.
This is only a small part of what makes me me. Yes, many call me eccentric, but I am nevertheless proud of my accomplishments and feel that my unique qualities always benefit those around me.