My career took several unexpected turns or twists, leading to new and interesting personal development experiences.
It all started on the general news desk of a daily newspaper where my first published story was about a large smelly fish that washed up on a popular swimming beach.
Then joined SAB Miller (new owner of Fosters) as a graduate trainee and ended up as Brand Manager with a portfolio that included Amstel Lager from the Heineken stable in Amsterdam.
Not long after I first passed the blind taste test it was time for another change, crossing the line to join Ogilvy & Mather as Director of Client Service.
Over the following 15 years my experience in advertising and brand consulting included CEO of Ogilvy in Cape Town, a year at George Patts in Sydney and then as a founding partner at Principals.
In 2000 I crossed the floor again and with a private equity partner took on the leadership role at MediHerb, a premium herbal solutions company. This venture resulted in the successful sale of MediHerb to a larger entity in natural health, Integria Healthcare.
After 12 months as non-executive director responsible for the Integria brand portfolio, I accepted the Brisbane based CEO role from which I formally retired in November 2011.
My current role is with Global Therapeutics as Strategic Advisor where I work with directors on the long-term growth strategy, including close involvement in business development and brand marketing.