How long have you worked at UOW?
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students of management, especially in human resource management. I do research – I have a particular interest in family firms. I also do various admin and service tasks at UOW and beyond.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
I get a great buzz from teaching, especially when a student visibly ‘gets’ something after wrestling with it for a while. It’s great to see ‘the lights go on’. I also love going to seminars about other people’s research – and not just in my field. Universities are interesting places to work.
What’s the most challenging?
Some staff matters have stretched me a lot.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s OCTAL Award for 2017.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
I have two important writing goals at the moment. The first is helping some former students whose PhDs I supervised get some of their excellent work published in good journals.
Second, in 2002 I was co-author of a book on how a people learn to manage and lead family businesses – which is a trickier task than in non-family businesses. My co-author and I have been asked to write a review of how research on this issue has developed since our book. It’s very exciting to see how much has been explored since our book came out, although the request itself made me feel a little old…
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
There’s no single one. Seeing students graduate who found studying difficult or who had other problems is always wonderful. And knowing how much I’ve learned about so many topics just through working at UOW is a joy.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
It’s not a real secret, but I’m a keen painter in my spare time, and enjoy entering local art competitions. Recently I entered a portrait of my father in the Brisbane Portrait Prize. I think we should have a similar prize in the Illawarra. Sponsorship, anyone?
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
I have three: Paris, as I’m a francophile from way back. My son’s partner is French so there are reasons to visit often. Brisbane, because that’s where my family is. But coming home to beautiful Wollongong – even after Paris or Brisbane – is hard to beat.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
To study art in Italy and really use my Italian. You can only do so much with Duolingo…