After completing a Bachelor of Education at James Cook University with majors in biophysical geography and marine biology Fred taught at the high school level for seven years.  Fred’s first real involvement in environmental education was when he took on the role as the school based coordinator for the G.L.O.B.E (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) program, an initiative of the then Vice President of the United States, Al Gore. It was from this moment on that Fred wanted to focus on education for environmental sustainability. 

Fred joined the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as its Senior Education Officer in 2001, this career move gave him the opportunity to focus on two of his passions in life, the marine environment and education.  For the last 10 years Fred has been the Director of ReefHQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium and the Australian Government’s national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. 

In 2018 Fred was appointed the Director, Education Stewardship and Partnerships for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, a major component of this portfolio is engagement with the reef tourism industry, the Authority’s primary partner in showcasing the outstanding universal values of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to millions of visitors each year.