After completing my high school education in Newcastle I worked as a law clerk for a number of Newcastle law firms whilst completing my legal studies part-time at Macquarie University.
I was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1981 and have been in continuous practice as a solicitor in Newcastle for a period in excess of 30 years.
In 1993 I was accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales as a specialist in Family Law.
I am a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, Newcastle Law Society, the Hunter Valley Family Law Practitioners Association and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Outside of the law, my principal area of interest is yacht racing. I have been involved in competitive sailing for 45 years. My sailing interests involve yacht racing on Lake Macquarie together with various long distance ocean races off the east coast of Australia. I also participate in yachting regattas in the Republic of Ireland.
I am a member of the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club, the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (Lond).