Early Years • Born in the UK • High school in South Africa (SACS) • University of Cape Town, studying engineering • First job: computer programmer
But I wanted to be in the music business… I went back to England and formed a band. We were signed by CBS Records… and our ﬁrst single, “Strange Girl” was Record Of The Week in Melody Maker.
The band broke up and I started designing clothes By a stroke of luck Twiggy saw my designs and offered to model them….
But all I really wanted to was produce records… Here is one person I produced…
It was the 60’s so I travelled overland to India to get enlightened… I sold my VW bus in Greece, then hitched rides, caught public transport and met a lot of interesXng people along the way…
When I arrived in Australia I got a job running Albert ProducXons… Here are some of the hit records I was involved in at that Xme. The rules I learned then are applicable in every business and as valid now. I built the label from the ground up; signed the acts and learned the hard way: I learned how people funcXon -‐ and make decisions. Once I understood that I needed to understand how the ecosystem worked and then changed how I operated to ﬁt in with it, the business part was easy. I started to have hits.
Then I became a band manager I took seminal Australian punk rock band, The Saints, to the UK and had more hit records.
I was asked to return to Australia to run a publishing company I had the good fortune to become Managing Director of ATV Northern Songs, the company that owned the song catalogue of The Beatles. And then I signed and produced a band that I sXll think are one of the most musically inﬂuenXal acts to come out of Australia…
I set up a joint venture with the entertainment giant, MCA Music I signed acts, produced records, videos, TV programs and more. I joined BMG and developed the enhanced CD and the 1st e-‐commerce music website in Australia….
And along the way… Founded a charity… Led a trade delegaXon to Russia… Developed a deer farm… …and was awarded an Order of Australia…
Then I lea music to work in business As VP of MarkeXng rolled Co-‐founded Australia’s out home shopping over 40 ﬁrst mulX media internet countries radio staXon. I became CEO of ASX listed company, Lake Technology, inventors of Dolby Headphone and Dolby Virtual Speaker and the Lake Contour Processor Aaer selling Lake Technology to Dolby Laboratories, I was global strategic development consultant for the consumer division of Dolby. Then I co-‐founded a video analysis company
And currently… I’m currently Entrepreneur In Residence (Strategic My consulXng company provides Development) at ACES and strategic advice to companies on wrote the strategy and business model innovaXon and iniXal business plan that led markeXng strategy to help them to the successful capital become adapXve and resilient. I am raising and spin out of one co-‐founder of a startup in the new company so far, and I wellness devices sector, together am working on a second. with the key management team from Lake Technology