All About Me


  • Born 1948 at Valentine, Lake Macquarie, & raised at Belmont where there was a coal mine at the end of the street. Worked as a metallurgist for BHP, CRA Minerals Research & Bougainville Copper (TPNG) for a total of 7 years, so he has first hand experience of the dark side of heavy industry & mining.

  • After enlightening travels through Asia & North America, a career change followed into agricultural & rural development. This began with completion of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (including agricultural economics) at Massey University, New Zealand, leading to various appointments as an agriculture advisor in PNG, Solomon Islands & Vietnam.

  • A stint owning & operating a plant nursery & landscaping business in USA gave Ian insight & deep empathy into the world of small & micro-business. He continues the belief that a truly free small & micro-business environment must be fostered, because this sector is the road to a sustainable future.

  • On return to Australia in 1989, a masters degree in development economics at the University of New England (UNE) was completed, followed by consulting & training in rural development, forestry & project management at The Australian National University & UNE.

  • With wife, Tin Hta Nu, they worked in Vietnam for four years training government officials in rural development & project management for AusAID, UNDP, World Bank & German bilateral aid.

  • Moved house from Armidale to Kendall in 2001 & now live on 5 hectares of river flats, “walking the talk”. Ian designed & had built their passive solar house with solar hot water, photovoltaics etc such that the house uses about one third of the NSW average household electricity usage. They have developed the property extensively with tree plantings & fruit orchards. Fruit & Asian vegetable sales are made at the weekly Kendall Vege Bazaar established by Ian & Tin. The Bazaar grew from the Kendall CSA (community supported agriculture) which Ian started in 2005.