an was born in Malawi in 1965 and grew up in the countryside of Zimbabwe. Throughout his schooling years he was deeply committed to any wildlife pursuits that came his way and was actively involved with the Natural History societies at both schools. After completing his schooling he then moved to England to further his education. This was the start to his professional career with wildlife. He worked at a number of wildlife centres but primarily at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park where he worked as a zoo keeper for five years. He completed, with distinction and the highest marks in the country, a City and Guilds diploma in Zoo Animal Management.
Having obtained his diploma he returned to Africa and started working at Thornybush Private Game Lodge in the then, Eastern Transvaal. He stayed there for eight years improving on his knowledge of wildlife and also how to deal with people and other aspects of the lodge industry. He has an enthusiastic interest in wildlife photography, an aspect he places with high importance to his wildlife interest.
He qualified as an Advanced Trails Guide with FGASA, has passed the theory aspect of the SKS Birding exam and is currently busy with the slide and sound assessment for the Savanna and Core bird exam. During his time at Thornybush he facilitated over 200 companies on team building programmes and feels well qualified to help students understand the principles of teamwork and working in close-knit communities. He also served as Chairman of the FGASA Lowveld North region for several years. He has also served on the Grietjie Nature Reserve committee for over 11 years, including as chairman from 2004-2008. From 2016 until 2018 he was employed as the Guide Training Project Manager for BirdLife South Africa.
He has been a member of BirdLife South Africa and the local Phalaborwa bird club since he moved to the area in 2000. He has been involved in surveys over the past eight years looking for the rare and elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl along the banks of the Olifants river, and has been lucky enough to have had several sightings of these beautiful birds.
He is deeply committed to providing a professional service to any client or guest. When it comes to training new guides he is determined to ensure that successful students will complete the course with the same set of values and carry these through to wherever they end up working as guides.