I’m a full-time, out and proud gay Civil Celebrant. In my spare time, I’m a kayak fisherman, keen vegie gardener, foodie and keyboard player. I’m happily partnered to husband-to-be, Clint and am a regular newsreader on JOY 94.9, Australia’s only LGBTI radio station. Most Saturday nights will find us at DTs in Richmond.
I’m the proud dad of four terrific sons and 7 fabulous grandchildren but Clint and I are also “parents” to our beloved kelpie, Bingo, aged two.
In my life, I’ve been to and seen heaps of weddings, commitment ceremonies etc. 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.
My career as a senior executive in state and local government for the last two decades (most recently as Assistant Director Data Analytics with the Victorian Ombudsman), has meant that I’ve written lots and lots of briefs and speeches for premiers, ministers and heads of departments. In doing so, I picked up some pretty advanced skills. I also gained 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 love telling stories and 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 kind of guy, genuinely interested in people.
I want to find out and tell your story. Often it’s your story that 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 any paperwork.
I love the fact that people invite me into their lives and entrust me to develop and then deliver some of the most important milestones in their entire lives. I get the best seat in the house and I never take that for granted.
Gay Celebrant Melbourne
BA (Honours), Diploma of Education, Diploma of Project Management, Certificate IV in Celebrancy