I started out at 16 on a musical learning curve, playing records and guitars in bands around town which quickly led to a fascination with all things music. This led to semi-serious study in the form of a BTEC National Diploma (UK) in Music Technology, where I was introduced to the technical sciences behind the cool sounds I was playing(!) which were based upon first principles in electronics, physics and maths – who knew!
The transition to full geek was complete when I swapped gigging and chasing rainbows for scientific study, culminating in BSc Honours degree in Audio Technology at Salford University (UK). A key component of the degree was acoustics, and I spent a gap year (Year 3) on industrial placement with WS Atkins in London, UK, who at the end of the placement year gracefully offered me a cash injection (much needed as returning final year student!) and full time job upon graduation.
Side note – at the time of the gap year, there was a chance connection with a Perth-based noise and vibration engineering company which arose through my University course mentor – letters were exchanged, however the gap year was not able to be completed in Australia at that time.
Fast forward 3 years post-graduation, I’d spent now 4.5 years in London, cutting my teeth on a host of building acoustic engineering and design projects – by the grace of my exceptional mentors. I’d maintained contact with the Perth-based company, with the stars aligning in 2006 whereby the move to Perth was made. Again under the grace of exceptional mentors, I was able to develop my passion for music, building acoustics and engineering skills to execute the design and delivery of RAC Perth Arena – having led the acoustic design, construction and commissioning program over a 5-year period to completion in November 2012.
The next 9 years were spent as Director of Sealhurst Pty Ltd which represented my own take on acoustic consulting as a business. It was over this time that Terry and I would become acquainted professionally as technical peers and from which the opportunity to join Lloyd George Acoustics would present itself, where I now happily reside.
The connecting theme has my passion for sound and our human responses to it – in a musical or purely technical context – and in buildings or in the surrounding environment. I feel fortunate to have been given these skills, for which I am truly grateful.
Outside of work you will find me hanging out with my dog Tobin enjoying building projects on our farm property; in my music studio “keeping the dream alive(!)”; playing ice hockey or going off-road on 4WD camping adventures in the outback.