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2020-present Otso Ltd
2013-2020 Germany
1997-2013 Finland
1990-1997 ADF.Navy
1978-1990 ADF.Army




Royal Military College of Australia


Community Participation & Service

2021 Volunteer & Memberships:
  • Australian National Maritime Museum Volunteer Darling Harbour NSW 2000
  • Bondi Golf & Diggers Club Member North Bondi NSW 2026
  • Bondi Icebergs Club Active Swimming Member Bondi Beach NSW 2026
  • North Bondi sub-Branch of the Returned Services League sub-Branch ex-Service Member North Bondi NSW 2026
  • Royal Australian Navy Sailing Association ex-Service Member Darling Point NSW 2027
  • Regular participant at Australia-Germany Research Network events. Topics I've raised for discussion include Urban Mobility, Smart Cities, the Hydrogen Economy, and engineering challenges of transitioning societies towards renewable fuels such as "Green Hydrogen". Social media: AGRN LinkedIn Group
    Volunteer at CoderDojo with family to help promote HTML, Scratch, and Python coding in the community.
    Overview:
    The inspiration to form Helsinki RFUC came during some rugby discussions over a few pints in Molly Malone’s Irish Bar in Helsinki between some rugby friends in 1999. The club logo shows the nationalities involved in the formation of the club: Finnish, English, French, South African and Australian.
    The club colors are taken from the Finnish Flag, blue and white.
    My role:
    In the early years from 1999 and together with the other founding members leading and inspiring local young talent to learn the rules of game, to actively train, and to win.
    Royal Australian Navy Service 1990-1997, and Australian Army Service 1978-1990.

    Information Sharing

    If it’s too good to be true it probably is” – except for 100% free HERE WeGo Offline Maps
    As a former HERE Technologies employee now back in Australia I would like to share information about HERE WeGo Offline maps.

    Download HERE WeGo
    100% free and with zero catches, anyone can download onto their hand-held device the HERE WeGo App that includes offline maps, from Apple IOS and Android App Stores:
    Apple IOS
    Android
    For Australians planning to explore their State, or visit Interstate, you can download needed HERE WeGo Offline maps onto your favourite devices.

    Storage Requirements
    How much storage do these maps need? For example, you can have the whole of Australia as an offline map downloaded onto your device into just 808MB of storage space.

    Is that a lot? don’t worry, your device probably has at least 40x that as total storage, so you are likely to have enough free storage space.

    HERE WeGo Offline Maps:
  • Australia - 808MB
  • Australian Capital Territory - 56MB
  • New South Wales - 280MB
  • Northern Territory - 71MB
  • Queensland - 213MB
  • South Australia – 126MB
  • Tasmania - 66MB
  • Victoria - 225MB
  • Western Australia - 139MB

  • Tip 1. If you only travel interstate once or twice per year, only download your home State onto your device, and add other States as needed. Delete other States once back home to free up storage space.

    Tip 2. If your State prohibits visual navigation by hand-held devices, don’t worry, HERE WeGo app features 100% free Driver Assist audio turn by turn navigation, in a wide range of languages.

    Drive economically, drive safely - drive with navigation assistance and lower your carbon footprint!

    Small Business Entrepreneurial Enterprises

    Restaurant & Cafe Ada

    Overview:
    A business unit of Slottsbacken Ltd, the Restaurant & Cafe Ada enterprise provided superior and compelling quality food and beverages in an historic seaside garden setting. The physical assets consisted of an historic circa.1908 building and designer extension (2007) on 500m2 grounds adjacent Tammisaari guest harbour.
    Product and Service lines:
    82 seat Cafe & Restaurant including 32 seat terrace. Digital marketing and bookings online via domain www.otso.com.au
    Finnish menu with food and beverage price quality ratio at or exceeding one Michelin Star.
    Separate Staff house maintenance and upkeep.
    Off site function catering.
    Special function events.
    Year round operation.
    My role:
    General Manager role included communicating on behalf of Slottsbacken Ltd with the Board, our Customers, Raseborg regional and local Tammisaari entities. Also Leading the development of the short and long-term business unit strategy, creating and implementing the Cafe Ada vision and mission, Profit and Loss, Digtal Marketing, web site design creation and evolution.
    My responsibilities:
    1. Business Administration: Overseeing daily business operations, including managing bookings, creating and managing budgets, improving revenue, and supply logistics.
    2. Training managers and staff, hiring employees, and evaluating performance and productivity. 3. Maintenance including the upkeep of the interior and exterior of the guesthouse, grounds, and managing domestic workers and gardeners
    4. Events Planning including estimating costs, purchasing of supplies, preparation of guest-rooms and supervision of grounds staff.
    5. Providing of information on tourist attractions in the vicinity as well as on personal safety precautions.
    6. Developing and implementing growth strategies includiung liaison with Raseborg Council on the needs of tourists of different cultures and traditions, locally, and globally.

    Fagerska Gården Guesthouse & Business Leasing

    Overview:
    A business unit of Slottsbacken Ltd, the Guesthouse (AirBnB equiv.) Fagerska Gården enterprise provided superior and compelling quality short-term accomodation as well as long-term commercial and residential units in an historic setting. The physical assets consisted of four historic circa.1770-1865 buildings on 2000m2 grounds adjacent to the historic (1550) Tammisaari market square.
    Product and Service lines:
    6 x Self-catering units totalling 33 beds. Digital marketing and bookings online via domain www.fagers.fi (similar function to AirBnB)
    3 x Specialty Shops with commercial leases.
    2 x Units with Residential leases.
    2 x Units for adminsistration and operational logistics.
    My role:
    General Manager role included communicating on behalf of Slottsbacken Ltd with the Board, our Customers, Raseborg regional and local Tammisaari entities. Also Leading the development of the short and long-term business unit strategy, creating and implementing the Fagerska Gården vision and mission, Profit and Loss, Digtal Marketing, web site design creation and evolution.
    My responsibilities:
    1. Business Administration: Overseeing daily business operations, including managing bookings, creating and managing budgets, improving revenue, and supply logistics.
    2. Training managers and staff, hiring employees, and evaluating performance and productivity. 3. Maintenance including the upkeep of the interior and exterior of the guesthouse, grounds, and managing domestic workers and gardeners
    4. Events Planning including estimating costs, purchasing of supplies, preparation of guest-rooms and supervision of grounds staff.
    5. Providing of information on tourist attractions in the vicinity as well as on personal safety precautions.
    6. Developing and implementing growth strategies includiung liaison with Raseborg Council on the needs of tourists of different cultures and traditions, locally, and globally.

    Cooking

    In a nutshell:
    I love to cook and with my family spent one week in Italy/Tuscany/Siena/Chianti: at Badia a Coultiborno"For 1.000 years Coltibuono has been an important farm and its land has been producing excellent wines and oils. A visit is to experience and understand fine local food and wines. It means spending a holiday in a villa that was previously a monastery, situated in an expansive landscape, rich in symbolism and at the same time, quiet and intimate. Badia a Coltibuono, a charming destination on the hillside of the Monti del Chianti can be reached via roads filled with special emotions. Easily accessible from Florence, Siena, or Arezzo, it is a place that will leave an unforgettable impression for a memorable holiday."

    Our cooking course was hosted by direct relatives of the Medici family, and all of the creations instructed on represented authentic Tuscan cuisine. The full menu for our week long course was comprehensive, not that difficult to learn, and achieved an absolutely delicious result.