Born in rural Victoria, Australia.
Graduated from Melbourne University in 1979 majoring in Botany, with a special interest in plant physiology. Obtained a Graduate Diploma in Education the following year and commenced work as a teacher with the Victorian Education Department in 1981, mainly teaching in rural secondary schools. Graduated from Victoria College in 1984 with a Diploma in Museum Studies and worked in local history museums and with the National Trust before taking up a position as Interpretation Officer at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) in 1985, a position he held until 1995.
In 1995 he accepted a position as Assistant Director of the Living Collections Section of the ANBG managing the Gardens landscape planning and facilities development unit. A special area of interest was the interaction between visitors and the landscape and a range of improvements to access paths, landscape features and visitor facilities were made. In 2000 this position was merged with the Visitor Services Section of the Gardens.
Source: Personal Communication