I’m a full-time, out and proud gay Civil Celebrant, occasional kayak fisherman, vegie gardener, foodie and keyboard player. I’m happily partnered to husband-to-be, Clint and am also a regular newsreader on JOY 94.9, Australia’s only LGBTI radio station. Each Thursday night, Clint and I devote two hours of our time to work with a small group of other volunteers to feed and clothe up to 100 homeless people in Melbourne’s CBD. I donate $20 to this group from each wedding I conduct.
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 two.
Over the years, I’ve seen lots of weddings, commitment ceremonies etc. and I have often thought I could do a better job than the person conducting some of these ceremonies. However, it was a casual conversation in early 2014 with Suzanne, one of my best friends, that changed my life when she suggested I become a Celebrant. By the end of that day, I’d enrolled in the Celebrants’ course.
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 (unless I’m asked to)!
I’m a friendly and engaging person, 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.
I was thrilled to have been nominated by one of my brides for the ABIA Celebrant of the Year Award in 2017. I became a Finalist, and my brides voted me an average of 99.89 out of 100 points.
As a Celebrant, I love the fact that people invite me into their lives and entrust me to develop and then deliver one of the most important milestones in their entire lives. I get the best seat in the house and I never take that for granted.
Melbourne Marriage Celebrant
BA (Honours), Diploma of Education, Diploma of Project Management, Certificate IV in Celebrancy