Born in Edinburgh, Scotland (1951) I attended the local primary school and graduated from Forrester Senior Secondary in 1967. I was accepted into the British Army in the same year and attended the Army Apprentice College in Harrogate for the next three years. Graduating in 1970 as an Electronics Technician (Royal Signals). I saw service in Hong Kong, New Zealand, West Germany, England and Holland. Throughout my service I was a keen participant in the great game of rugby, playing for both military and civilian clubs.
In 1981 I left the army and migrated to Western Australia with my wife and son. An early introduction to rugby in WA with Wanneroo Rugby Club saw me participating in the glorious game once again. A career in the Western Australian Public Service (Dept of Health) enabled me to use and develop my years of telecommunications experience as the Department moved in to an extended period of technology upgrades. In late 1981 I was encouraged to join the Army Reserve and subsequently spent the next 35 years as an active participant. Promoted to Warrant Officer Class Two in 1985, then commissioned to the rank of Captain in 2005 and to Major in 2010.
I have been heavily involved in the training environment both in my civilian work and to a greater extent, with the Army Reserve. Certificate IV in Work Place Training and Assessment, plus a whole range of other qualifications and skills assisted me with the planning, management and implementations of the various training programs required to train and qualify the young men and women enlisting into the armed services.
Age eventually caught up and I retired from both work and the Army Reserve. With time on my hands I needed to find an activity to keep me active and a chance meeting with both Fraser and Duncan introduced me to the great work being done by p2srugby works. Though in its early formation, it was evident that there was a growing demand for action in this area. So I readily signed up as a volunteer coach.