became involved with cats and the Cat Fancy by accident about 18 years ago with the gift of a tiny seal point Siamese kitten who became the mother of my first "show" kitten – a blue point Siamese. Since that first show I have been actively involved with the Cat Fancy as a breeder (chiefly Orientals and Siamese but also briefly Devon Rex), exhibitor and worker – being regularly involved in the running of shows and assisting on the executive of a number of Clubs. I am currently the Secretary of the Oriental Cat Club of NSW and President of St George District Cat Club and hold Life Membership with both those clubs. I commenced judging with Group 2 (1996), followed by Group 3 (1998) and in 2005 I completed my Group 1 training. As of 1 January 2007 I will be a fully licensed Allbreeds judge. I have enjoyed immensely judging in most states of Australia and in the North and South Islands of New Zealand. In my other life I am a solicitor with my own practice in the small regional town of Mittagong. In my rare moments of spare time I enjoy exploring antique shops, gardening, reading and learning about one of my other great hobbies – marine and tropical fish.