Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs!! It’s been about 10 years now since my move to Australia, and that is one I do not regret.
After studying engineering in France and the UK (Bristol then Cardiff), my first professional steps were taken as an engineer in the UK designing various things from ground based aircraft refuelling systems to radio-telescopes. The later was quite a change and landed me in such exotic places as Hawaii, Chile and Antarctica (all in the name of research of course)… After going around the world about 17 times in my jocks and riding a bicycle (yes, you can do that at the South Pole), it was time to go home (Cardiff, Wales at the time) and start thinking about my next little big adventure. One of my Cardiff mates one day was talking nonsense about this working holiday visa thing in Australia, but then I wondered… Australia?!? It’s got to be warmer than Cardiff! And within 2 months, I was off again with my trusted backpack and my working holiday visa in my pocket…
Keen to stay away from the big cities (we’ve got too many of those in Europe) I spent most of my time in Western Australia exploring the south-west and the north, worked on Rotto and also helped out with some coral/algae research in Coral Bay… and that’s how I got into acoustics. Turned out one of the guy helping with the research in Coral bay was working as an acoustic consultant and he asked me if I wanted to help him out with a few things when we got back. I said:”Why not mate… what’s an acoustic consultant by the way?”. Trained on the job and thankful for all the math and physics stuff I learned at Uni, my curious mind couldn’t get enough of all this acoustic stuff and I got hooked. After about 9 years in the game, and having worked for various groups and also the government, I have learned many things and always look forward to the next challenge.
Now, the bosses (that’d be my wife, Daniel and Terry) keep me rightfully busy and so when I’m not working (on the house or in the office), I spend my time running around after the kids and/or after/with the dog, try and fly quad-copters (drones), program my Arduino and play music (guitar, harmonica or didge).