I’m a full-time, out and proud gay Civil Celebrant, occasional kayak fisherman, vegie gardener, foodie and keyboard player. I’m thrilled to be engayged to my feyoncé Clint, and most Sunday afternoons will find us at DTs, one of Melbourne’s iconic gay pubs.
Not only am I the proud father of four terrific sons and 7 fabulous grandchildren but Clint and I are also “parents” to our beloved kelpie, Bingo, aged three.
I’m the first celebrant in Australia to complete the Certificate in Gay and Lesbian Weddings (US GWI).
As a former senior executive in state and local government for the last two decades (most recently as Assistant Director Data Analytics with the Victorian Ombudsman), I’ve written way too many briefs and speeches for premiers, ministers and heads of departments. But doing so has helped me pick up a few skills and has given me a deep understanding of how major events and important ceremonies are structured and presented. It’s been a natural step for me to put that knowledge and those skills into practice as a celebrant.
I’m driven by drafting and delivering high quality, personalised, bespoke ceremonies. As a former English and Drama teacher, I know how to work with people to put together ceremonies that are authentic, interesting, polished, enjoyable and memorable. And I know how to deliver them appropriately, tailored to the audience.
I don’t do boring or beige, unless I’m asked to!
I’m friendly and engaging, and I’m genuinely interested in people. I want to find out and tell your story, as it’s often that which makes your ceremony different from others. It also helps that I’m an organised professional, when it comes to putting things in order and taking care of the legal paperwork.
In 2017, I was thrilled to have been nominated for the ABIA Celebrant of the Year Award. I became a Finalist, and my couples voted me an average of 99.89 out of 100 points.
Melbourne Marriage Celebrant
BA (Honours), Diploma of Education, Diploma of Project Management, Certificate IV in Celebrancy, Certificate in Gay and Lesbian Weddings (US GWI)