"My recent involvement in the NSW Taxi Industry has been from May 2016 when I was engaged as one of 4 NSW Business Advisors (attached to the NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner) to provide Business Advisory Services to the NSW Taxi Industry Networks in both Metropolitan and Regional areas. The areas I personally covered were from Eastern Suburbs to Strathfield in Sydney Metropolitan area and Riverina / Murray (South West) and New England / Tablelands (North West) in NSW regions.
My previous experience in the Taxi Industry related to providing commercial business finance for clients for assistance with the purchase of NSW Taxi licences. Also as a Commercial Manager in Banking, where one of my major clients was Legion Cabs in Sydney (when they were based in Surry Hills / inner city)."
Who is someone you admire, and why?
Dick Smith – because he was a visionary and took on major challenges and succeeded when everyone said it couldn’t be done, or didn’t want to take on projects that were difficult or politically sensitive.
He is outspoken on major issues of importance (both locally in Australia and globally) and is recognised as one of Australia’s greatest citizens – also he is acknowledged internationally for his achievements.
Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Professional sportsman – I was fortunate to play all sports at representative level (hockey and cricket at NSW and Australian teams’ level).
If we went to happy hour, what would you order?
Depends who I was with – most likely a cold beer to start (it's great tasting all different beers) then a red wine with a Cointreau and ice to finish. As you can see it would be unlikely to be just for 1 hour!
On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me...
If I am not playing representative sport or golf ... generally a sleep in, then a big breakfast cook up with family and the Sunday Telegraph, discussing a plan for lunch and walk (Manly, Darling Harbour, The Rocks or Brighton Le Sands)
What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year?
In late 2019 I was selected in Australian Masters Hockey team to play in 2020 World Masters Hockey Cup in Japan from 5-15th November 2020 (ie after the Olympic Games and the Para Olympics). Due to COVID 19 this has now been re-scheduled until the same time in 2021.
What would be your personal motto?
I have two that guide me –
"It’s never about being better than anyone else, it’s about continuously striving to be the best you possibly can." “Say what you will do” and then “Do what you Say” – always to a high standard / level.
Article from DRIVE A2B's May 2020 Issue here.