About me

Curriculum writer, educationalist, speech writer, moderator, data miner, facilitator, coordinator, arranger, let's do it, traditionalist, student, linguist, tutor, assistant, supporter, pillar, comforter, defender, mainstay, subscriber, booster, connected, resourcer, learner, .... all of these

Industry experience in education, retail, technology, B2B, corporate and academia.

A student of motivated teams and of ways of humanising the workplace, I can point to great success in developing high performers who are excellent in their job by getting in synch with the customer and the people we serve. I closely study the natural law of things and work to align the team accordingly.

Widely read in all things that energise me and skilled in presenting any new knowledge back to an audience. I seek a learning and growth environment for all team members and have an expectation that they seek personal development in any areas that similarly energise them.

Recent work

July 2011 - 2017

Premium Account Support Manager
Officeworks
  • Manage a team that provides premium after-sales support to the National Sales team.
  • Analyse data outputs to ensure workflows are at their optimum in quality.
  • Manage the operational execution of the annual Back To School campaign, nationally.
  • Implement quality control checks to ensure data integrity in relation to account set up, order processing and stock requests.
  • Promote cultural health across all business departments by setting up sharing forums, and proactively participating in as cross-department projects and initiatives as possible.

June 2010 - July 2011

Contracts & Pricing Manager
Officeworks
  • Complete tender responses for large contract opportunities.
  • Analyse existing pricing contracts to ensure commercial profitability.
  • Implement successful contract wins.
  • Monitor ongoing compliance to supply agreements, reporting on performance standards being met.

Jan 2008 - June 2010

Commercial Accounts Manager
Officeworks
  • Initiate a new customer acquisition strategy for Officeworks through relationship marketing.
  • Research and test the sales offer and report on the success of the new strategy.
  • Reset entrenched ‘way of doing business’ practice through training and modelling and side-by-side support.

 

Feb 2001 - Jan 2008

Business Analyst
Officeworks
  • Key project analyst to implement a new application platform into all Buying Departments.
  • Blueprinting, requirement writing, testing and training of the new platform to all affected Team Members.
  • Part of team to merge newly acquired business into Officeworks structure.

May 1999 - Feb 2001

Sales coordinator
Officeworks
  • Team lead in all departments of the business
Other work

Jan 2011 - current

Education Publisher
Meridian
  • Curriculum writer of Middle School resource materials, with particular focus on use of Google Earth and Maps; and various humour packs.
  • Publications

1998 - 2011

Magazine Publisher
Interactive Books
  • Publisher of bi-monthly magazine for school computer coordinators, distributed via direct email
Earlier work

1995 - 1997

School Principal
Mt Burr Primary School
  • Primary School Principal and strong advocate of community involvement

1989 - 1991

Tutor & Research Assistant
Monash University
  • Tutor for Aboriginal Studies students completing Bachelor requirements at the Aboriginal Resource Centre
  • Research Assistant for Eve Fesl, Director of Aboriginal Resource Centre

 

1979 - 1995

Principal, Superintendent, Linguist
Aboriginal School in the Pilbara and Central Australia
  • Various education and language roles in remote Aboriginal Communities, and Aboriginal schools in rural areas.
Education

1991 - 1995

University of Adelaide
M.Ed(Admin)

1978

Monash University
Dip.Ed.(Secon)
  • Teaching methods of TESL and Social Studies

1974 - 1977

Australian National University
B.A.(Hons)
  • Honours thesis in Aboriginal Languages of the Western Desert
Other Interests

2017/2018

Dandenong Ranges Toastmasters
President

March 2015 - current

Toastmasters International
Member