I was born in Kempsey to a sixth generation farming family and have lived in Oxley most of my life. I had a dream of playing A.F.L professionally, and spent my final year of High School in Adelaide in the hope of launching that career.

After school I joined the military – initially the Infantry and then the Air Force, where I served as a communication electronics technician. I was deployed overseas on three occasions, firstly to East Timor, and then to the Iraq theatre. The military is also where I met my wife Brigitte, and we now have three young sons.

I’d always dreamed about being a physiotherapist, and when I left the Air Force, I went to the University of Newcastle. Upon graduating I started my own physiotherapy business which has grown to be one the largest allied health companies on the Mid-North Coast.

I’ve served with the R.F.S – both in the local brigade and as part of a remote firefighting team – during the floods and fires of recent years. I was named the 2021 Australia Day Macleay Volunteer of the Year for my work in building shelters for fire victims, and I’ve organised a whole range of local sporting events. I believe in giving back to the community I belong to. I thank you for giving me the honour of serving as your local MP.