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I was born in Geelong, Australia and educated at The Geelong College. I studied Civil Engineering at the Gordon Institute of Technology in Geelong, and Melbourne University, graduating in 1966. In 1972 I completed an MBA with distinction at Melbourne University.
From 1976 to 2011 I ran a successful consulting business, Fenwick Software, which implements commercial systems for business in the manufacturing, distribution, and waste management recycling industries. I have established an employee shareholder scheme and five of my long-term staff now own seventy–five percent, and manage the business. I remain chairman of the company.
At Melbourne University, I studied philosophy under the charismatic Father Eric Darcy. I am an alumni of the Cranlana colloquium, a facilitated program, inspired by the Aspen Institute in the USA, designed to promote open and informed, non-partisan dialogue on the philosophical, ethical and social issues central to creating a just, prosperous and sustainable society. My philosophies were given practical expression in the culture and practices of my consulting business.
I have been married to Jill, a school teacher and author, since 1966. We have three sons and three grandchildren. We live in East Melbourne, Australia.