Kevin Patrick Devers born 01/06/1950, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, so not Australian.
Childhood pretty much uneventful, probably much the same as others. Left Grammar School after completing A Levels and moved to London as soon as I could.
Eventually took on a series of Finance roles in various companies, culminating as Accounting Services Manager for the Holding Company of the Hawker Siddeley Group. An historic British company and great employer. Sadly we were taken over in the early 90's and I and my colleagues were made redundant.
Being at a difficult age and in the middle of a recession I embarked on a new career in the Public Sector, with HM Customs and Excise, thus following in the footsteps of Robbie Burns and Thomas Paine, both of which I came to outrank. On joining Customs I had to sign the Official Secrets Act and can't say much, other than I again worked mainly in Finance and enjoyed myself.
I moved, on promotion, to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as their Treasury Reporting Officer. The team I managed provided financial information to HM Treasury, Parliament and other bodies.
After a few years I moved into a Policy Unit, becoming a Senior Policy Advisor. Happily in an area in which Ministers had little interest. The role involved managing the Department's relationship with the Third Sector. In the course of this I met with some amazing people and organisations and then unfortunately, disappointing them. I had no money to give them.
On the way I fell in love, got married and had two wonderful children, who in their turn moved to Melbourne and Wellington. My daughter to teach in Elwood Primary and my son, Finance Director of an Energy Group based in Wellington. My family was completed with three Granddaughters and two Grandsons. I'm very lucky.
Serendipitously, the opportunity to take early retirement coincided with coming to the top of the queue for Residency in Australia and I and my wife followed in our children's footsteps and moved South, settling in Elwood.
Several years ago, a good friend did me the enormous favour of introducing me to U3A. After attending some great classes, meeting wonderful people, I'm looking to give something back.