Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) and Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Mechanical Engineering
Are there any other notable experiences from your time at Monash you’d like to share?
There were many notable experiences, although I would say the two that had the largest impact on my professional career would be the 12-month work experience internship I completed at GM Holden half way through my studies. Along with completing my final year industry based Engineering project with Jomor Healthcare (who became my first employer after I graduated). I found having an education and experience that lead to a direct employment pathway very beneficial, and the ability to apply my learning in a real work place context was invaluable in fleshing out my learning and development as an Engineer and Designer.
If you could tell your graduate self one piece of career advice what would it be and why?
Work hard, believe in yourself, learn as much as you can, and be patient. A fulfilling career is built over decades of experience, not overnight. I remember being very impatient for real world professional success after I graduated. Although this was a great driver in pushing me to work hard I perhaps didn’t realise how long it would really take to build out a career.
What are the top 3 skills you need in your role as a Design Director?
The most important would definitely be Grit (positive goal focused effort for extended periods of time, often in the face of adversity). In addition to Grit, I believe an openness to new ideas and approaches to thinking is critical, along with a passion to improve the world we live in for the better.
Tell us about your experience since leaving Monash: how has you career progressed to date? Any professional achievements you’d like to share?
Since graduation I worked at Jomor Helathcare (a hospital & aged care bed manufacturer), were I was involved in the design and development of several innovative products and listed on numerous patents. This experience also exposed me to sales, marketing, manufacturing and business as the company was such a small operation. After this I worked at Cobalt Design in North Melbourne as a product design consultant. This role exposed me to product design and development across a range of industry sectors including scientific instruments, public transport, children’s toys, consumer durables, start-up inventors, and not-for-profit organisations. I was also fortunate here to be involved in numerous Design Awards winning projects. Since leaving Cobalt Design I have been the Design Director at Cumulo Group. Where I have been a key driver in launching several brands (BeetBox, Dittoki, Returnr & Returnr Marketplace), each exploring different products and business models that can drive better user behaviour to eliminate single-use packaging waste. At Cumulo Group I have once again been fortunate to be involved in several international and Australian Design Award winning projects.
How has your technical and operational experience assisted you in your executive roles?
My technical and operational experience has helped me to apply rigour and process in dealing with complex problems and situations. This has allowed me to make informed decisions in a timely manner that reduce risk where and as appropriate.
What are some of your passions and interests?
I am passionate about design and creative thinking, I believe strongly that design and creative thinking must be applied to the wicked problems that face humanity to ensure we survive and thrive into the future.
I enjoy road cycling, motorsports, and sports in general. I love watching and encouraging my children in their sports participation, and in encouraging their creativity in various forms.