I am an Australian and I host the “Aussie, Kiwi and South Pacific Atheists” group on AN as well as another working group of Australian AN members who have just submitted a 300 page submission on religion to the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
I began my career as a secretary. Later, I studied sales and marketing and moved into executive positions in some of Australia’s largest international companies. I have organized several large international conferences and have been a guest speaker at conferences around Australia (mainly on tourism marketing).
After retiring from the business world due to poor health, I entered university as a mature age student (stupidly thinking that would be less stressful!). I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in literature, history, social science and cultural studies. I achieved a First Class Honours Degree for my thesis on “Celtic Identity in Multicultural Australia” and was awarded the University Medal for Academic Excellence. I won two scholarships to complete a PhD but had to abandon it two years in, due to ill health. I am now fully retired and live with my elderly mother in a small mountain village about two hours drive from Brisbane, Queensland. I continue to do some PR and media work on a voluntary basis.
I attended a private church school, but apart from a brief flirtation in my teens (both with Christianity and the minister’s son), I have never really been a Christian. Members of my family, however, belong to the Assemblies of God church. I have been interested in the literary history of religion for around 20 years. Although I have read extensively, I still don’t rate myself as an expert by any means.
I am a member of the Atheist Foundation of Australia and the Brisbane Atheist's Meetup group, and a founding member of my local area's atheist group.
I also have several atheist-themed blogs on myspace, which can be linked to from my AN About Me page.