Communications and Creative Manager at Compassion Australia.
Husband. Father. Activist. Follower.
This page is intended to give you a brief idea of who I am and why I do what I do.
A little bit about myself
To begin with, my biggest hope is that this blog would be a place that serves, challenges, inspires and equips you to do incredible things for the sake of others.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to explore over 30 countries across this amazing world – as a traveler, student, humanitarian worker and communicator. Along the way I’ve worked with a number of incredible organisations and campaigns, including World Vision, Compassion, The International Nepal Fellowship and Micah Challenge.
I’m a storyteller who thrives in complex cross-cultural settings, where I am able to soundly grasp the situation facing a community or individual, and then communicate this for audiences ‘back home’ and around the world in a way that helps viewers truly understand the situation and inspires them to take action.
I am convinced that each of us has been made for a purpose. Each of us is created with a unique blend of skills, gifts, passions and opportunities that the world needs us to discover and live out if we are to flourish and see others around us reach their full potential.
This used to be my ‘personal blog’ until I figured out it made more sense (and was a whole lot more fun) to write with some of the incredible change-makers I get to meet around the world, whom I am lucky to call my friends.
You can read more about why I started this blog and discover our most popular posts on our Start Here page.
I grew up in Sydney, Australia, with an incredibly supportive and loving family.
Every summer after leaving school, I saved, traveled, and then immediately started planning for the ‘next trip’. Starting with a short stint in Thailand after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, I went on to visit and study in some of the world’s poorest countries, and yet was constantly surprised and inspired by the stories of hope I stumbled upon. That’s how I discovered my passion for sharing these stories with the rest of the world.
In the process I completed a Bachelor of International Studies at Sydney University. Whilst studying I took up several different youth roles for World Vision Australia and Micah Challenge Australia, as a youth-volunteer and activist.
In 2009 I met Brittany (my best friend, co-conspirator and now wife!), moved to Newcastle, and began working for Compassion Australia for two years as the Child Advocate Network Coordinator. I also served as the Missions and Justice Pastor for The Grainery Church.
My wife and I moved to Nepal in July 2013 after working with refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. Brittany is working full-time for the International Nepal Fellowship, whilst I work on short contracts and assignments for World Vision Australia and several other organisations – writing, leading trips, advising on youth engagement strategies and curating this blog.
We are blessed with one amazing daughter, Zipporah, who came to us from Ethiopia, a country we hope to one day work in, and a culture we are committed to raising our daughter with a deep love for.
Spiritually, I’m amazed and caught up in the hope filled counter-cultural teachings of Jesus but I love to engage with people of all faiths and backgrounds.
I’m also a speaker and consultant, with a passion for working alongside social organisations and campaigns to produce stories that cut-through the noise (feature articles, blogs, short films etc.) and campaign strategies that rouse audiences to take action.
I also specialise in trip leadership and coordination (having lead numerous trips for donors, advocates, volunteers and media that have raised tens of thousands of dollars) and connecting businesses and philanthropists with projects and causes that create not only real impact for beneficiaries but demonstrate a company’s strong commitment to corporate social responsibility.