co-FOUNDER & Board Member
After a successful career recording and performing music in his teens, Gary completed his first qualification at the Australian Film and TV School with luminaries like Phillip Noyce, Gillian Armstrong and Jane Campion. He went on to produce and direct both film and television in Australia and Britain.
In the early eighties, he was pivotal in the establishment of Sydney Public Television station Metro TV while studying law at Sydney University. In 1984, he completed his first public listing on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) of public company, ProMedia Ltd.
Over the next three decades through his family office, he has undertaken investments in education, compliance, new tech, media, telecommunications, and oil and gas. Gary has played an entrepreneurial role in around 30 IPOs in markets around the world. Many of these companies either continue to operate or have been sold. Before Public Democracy was formed, compliance training company Integrated Ltd was de-listed and sold to the Washington Post Group.
Along with his formal training in film and TV, law, economics, and broadcast engineering, his experience in compliance and corporate structure has allowed him to contribute at the Board level to many organizations over the last 30 years.
Gary has spent his career pursuing opportunities to simplify complex systems into practical and feasible models that support individual integrity, specific outcomes, and an understanding of universal connection. He has facilitated Australian Government policy development, advised governments on economic and technology policy globally, founded an independent school in regional Australia, created a protective sanctuary for wild horses, and been a pioneer in developing thought leadership around data-backed currency and the applications for micro-distributions of wealth afforded by blockchain technologies.