Nathan spent far too many years with his head in the books, earning a B.Sc. in human pathology and pharmacology, then his B.V.Sc. from the University of Melbourne.
After working in mixed and small animal practice, he decided to pursue his other passion – aviation. He has worked as a charter pilot and flight instructor, an aerial traffic reporter, a regional airline pilot and for the last 17 years has been employed by Qantas, Australia's national airline. He has worked in both the international and domestic arenas, the last 4 years as a Boeing 737 Captain.
His thirst for knowledge led him to complete a Graduate Certificate of Management.
His passion for safety has seen an overlap between his two careers. There are many lessons from aviation safety that can be applied in the medical and veterinary fields, particularly the human element.
He has completed a Graduate Certificate of Technology in Aviation Human Factors, and most recently a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
He has facilitated Human Factors courses for several organisations, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service, as well as speaking at medical and veterinary conferences, and to anyone who will listen.
He is also a regular broadcaster on Australian talkback radio where he co-hosts a veterinary program.