Consultant at McDonald Murholme Lawyers
“Understanding is a kind of ecstasy.” Carl Sagan
I am the founder of Self Managed Family Office, an Accredited Business Law Specialist, an Accredited Family Business Adviser and co-creator and foundation director of the Family Business Consultants Network. My focus over 35 years has been helping businesses generally, as well as families in business, and so I have counselled in all facets of businesses, including the “work and family” balance. I have conducted my own legal practice, been a principal in a national mid-tier firm, and am now a principal in a boutique firm.
I have formulated, then carved, then implemented a vast array of business and personal succession plans, as well as Family Office concepts. I founded Self Managed Family Office as another way to empower families to control their own destiny and their own dynasty.
By way of life experience, I was a Scout Leader for 20 years, Board Member of Fitzroy Football Club in the 1980s and Brisbane Lions in the 1990s, Councillor and Vice-President of the Women’s National Basketball League and Councillor of City of Knox (including Mayor 1988/89). I was the Steering Committee Chairman, and then Chairman, of the FTG Community Bank and also Rowville Community Bank. I was also an international trial observer at the trial of Xanana Gusmao in Dili, East Timor. I then bring these experiences, and the creativity shaped by them, to our Group, and so to you.
I advise regularly in Melbourne and Sydney, but am not limited to those cities.