Meet the Featured Storyteller

Ian spent 42 years working in the Australian and New Zealand telecommunications and energy industries mainly as
an IT project manager. On 10 September 2013 he experienced a life-changing moment so profound, it would lead
him to give up paid work in May 2014 to commence a full-time volunteer career.

It was during his work as a volunteer for not-for-profit youth programs such as the Raise Foundation, Kidshope and
COACH, Ian noticed a gap in comparable services for mature adults.

However, it wasn’t until his own moment of challenge that he realised just how urgently these services were
needed, especially for men, a demographic that has historically struggled with vulnerability and asking for support.
In response he developed the Mentoring Men program in June 2018 and it was officially launched as a registered
charity by Julian Leeser, Federal Member for Berowra in November 2018. In just three years, Mentoring Men grew to
become an Australia-wide, free mentoring service to support men.

With the Mentoring Men organisation now independently up and running, in December 2022 Ian launched another
“passion project” called Kintsugi Heroes. Complementing his previous volunteer work, Kintsugi Heroes aims to show
how those major moments of challenge we face can change the course of our life, making it even more beautiful and
fulfilling than ever before.
Kintsugi Heroes is a weekly podcast of inspirational interviews with people who have discovered beauty, despite the
incredible adversities they have faced. It’s a no-holds-barred approach that doesn’t sugar-coat the difficult road to a
life of fulfilment and hope. One of the first podcasts published was Professor Gregory Smith’s inspiring story.

Ian’s story has been covered on national TV, has been referred to in both Federal and NSW State Parliaments, and
included in the Moments in Time book as well as numerous podcasts, newspapers, and radio shows.


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