I graduated from UNSW with a B.Sc. in 1970 and began work as a geologist with a Sydney-based consulting company Cundill & Meyers. I worked in Australia and Canada as an exploration geologist until 1972, when I took up a position as a lecturer in Computer Application in Geosciences at ANU. I completed a Masters in Computing Science in 1975 at the University of Canberra. In 1979, I moved to CSIRO’s Division of Land Use Research as a scientist working in quantitative ecology and conservation. I remained with CSIRO for 16 years in two Canberra-based Divisions, eventually managing a consulting group for the Division of Wildlife and Ecology (now Sustainable Ecosystems). In 1996, I was offered a position in the Australian Antarctic Division to start up the first international science data centre (the AADC). In this role, I built up a team of up to 16 people and established the AADC as the premier centre of its type in the world. In this role I was also responsible for all Australian Antarctic mapping and for designing the policy for Antarctic scientific data management and developing the Antarctic State of Environment System for the Antarctic Treaty System. I managed these development through the Joint Committee on Antarctic Data Management and the Committee for Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. In 2005, I setup Blatant Fabrications Pty Ltd to manage the development of scientific projects and ecological analysis software, PATN (patn.com.au). In 2005, I managed an AUS$2 million project to modernise the international standards organization called Biodiversity Information standards (www.tdwg.org). I have also managed the development of the ‘advanced interface’ to the Atlas of Living Australia (spatial.ala.org.au). I continue to advise the Atlas and facilitate outreach to the research community.
At this time in my life, I have considerable experience in computing, management and leadership. I have done over 50 consultancies to government departments, private companies and not-for-profit organizations. I have also given hundreds of lectures and a number of courses in aspects of science at the ANU, the University of Canberra, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Tasmania. I have published over 100 scientific, policy and management papers. I am a qualified evaluator in Emotional Intelligence and other psychometric tests. I have organised more than 20 international meetings and have extensive experience in international negotiations