After completing high school I was one of those people who really wasn’t too sure what they wanted to do. A chance meeting lead to me getting a job with a great company involved in music event production, which I loved and decided to pursue. I ended up founding a music event & hospitality consultancy business, which I operated for a number of years working with great International and Australian talent, before I sold in 2016.
I have always had a huge soft spot in my heart for animals, as in my two dogs are treated like spoilt human children haha. So in 2017, when the opportunity to join VetPeople came up, I was thrilled and have thoroughly enjoyed playing a small part in a wonderful industry filled with great people who share the same passion as I do.
I also have a bit of a side-hustle leading the Australian Rules program at St Ignatius College Riverview, a sport I coach along with Basketball. Along the way, I co-founded The Banksia Project, a men’s mental health charity and proudly volunteer for Animals Australia.
Why Do You Love Animals?
It’s their unconditional love for us. Our pets are our best friends and are always there for us in good times and bad.
And, what’s not to love? They are cute, cuddly and hilarious
Why Do You Do What You Do?
In another life, I would love to be a vet. But in this life, I don’t think I could handle some of the tougher parts of the job. Which is part of reason why I have so much respect for the clinicians we work with. It’s not easy what they do day in day out. They are amazing people.
But working at VetPeople still lets me feel like I am part of a great cause that is the veterinary industry.
If You Weren’t Doing What You Do… What You Be Doing?
Probably working in sport full time. Though I kind of already do that on a part time basis, which makes my answer a little boring.
I would love to be a musician, playing multiple instruments and with a Chris Martin level amazing voice
“Be Yourself… Everyone else is taken.”
Interesting Quote To Live By?
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment”
– Henry Thoreau
What Would You Like VetPeople To Achieve In The Next 2 years?
I would like for VetPeople to continue its growth into new regions so that we can work with and help more clinics, vets and nurses all over Australia.
I would also like VetPeople to try its hand in something new, such as selling a great product for animal lovers or offering a broader suite of solutions for our clients.
Light Hearted Stuff
Funniest Job You Had When You Were Younger
This is easy, when I was 13/14, I got a job holding a sign up for a clothing retailer in Chatswood (Sydney). I had to walk across the same set of traffic lights for 4 hours holding the sign up and trying to get people into the store. Some family members and possibly some friend’s got wind of what I was doing and turned up to give me some words of ‘encouragement’ Needless to say, I only lasted one shift… And I may have even cut that shift short.
I actually had some good ones when I was younger. My grandpa used to have a gardening business, so I used to go out every school holidays with him mowing lawns from when I was pretty young. I think the kids at school thought I was mad doing that, but I had the last laugh when I saved up enough money to buy a motorbike in year 6 haha.
Any Hidden Talents?
No I really need some party tricks I can pull out to make myself more interesting at a dinner party. If you have any suggestions please send them my way.
So many. Amongst some of my friends, we like to use related words to describe something we’re doing. So going for a ‘Stevie’ (Wonder) means going for a walk. Going for a Usain (Bolt) means sprinting. We also change the way words are pronounced. Eg; Me becomes moi. Grey becomes Gry. Kick becomes Kyke. Very strange for those listening to us I’m sure.
I really enjoy a good laugh so spend a fair bit of time circulating funny emails and memes around between friends and co-workers. And for some reason I always worry about not closing the garage after I drive off, so I often circle the block to double check haha.
Do you have a celeb look-alike?
I get Sam Worthington a bit. There is one other, but I’m not going to mention it.
There are a lot. Different people have different names for me, few of which make any sense, but I’m happy to go with and respond to;
The Flea, The Fly, Flan, J-Flan, Flanners, The Flan Man, Squirtles, Graeme, Grey, Flanna-brains & Stanley
My dad seems to have a new nickname for me every 6 months. Recent ones include;
Doug, Douglas, Teddy, Ted (the bear from the movie), Bill & Bull (12th man)