[Image description: Kevin and Joanna stand smiling at the camera. Their arms are around each others waists. They are on the lawn/driveway in front of their house in summery clothes.]
Joanna and I. We met in 1982 and I didn’t know until then that humans could live together without screaming at each other. She’s been helping me rehabilitate ever since. Apologies if my combative habits die hard – we’re working on it.
I thought I had a pretty good idea of how the world works. Then in the early 1990’s I became one of the small number of people to get a Top Secret Australian Eyes Only (AUSTEO) government security classification. The most amazing thing I then learned was that high level corruption exists in all societies. The only solution is transparency and citizen scrutiny. Read to the end for a funny story.
When the time comes I’ll have more to say about what I learned (I’m not yet ready to risk jail like other brave whistle-blowers). Meantime I salute Edward Snowden and warn everyone to take an active interest in their freedoms AND the freedoms of others a la Pastor Niemoller.
5 career highlights.
1. Running my own consultancy and Chinese translation business
- International projects in management, education, micro-credit and health care (1995 – current)
2. Queensland Prisons ombudsman role (appointed to one prison) 1999 – 2002
3. China Country Programs Manager, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
- Negotiated and implemented projects in China and Tibet
- World Bank desk, AusAID
- Commodity markets, debt portfolios, trade and non-trade barriers (1989 – 1995)
4. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia
- Policy, speeches and briefs for Prime Minister Bob Hawke (1988 – 1989)
5. NSW Prisons – teacher
- Designed and implemented one of world’s first computer studies courses for prisoners. (1983 – 1987)
I was lucky to be born at the best time of human history for education. I got two degrees and a Dip Ed for free. My first university study was in Medicine but I dropped out within the year and then did BA with Hons in Indian history/politics (and Hons psychology to 3rd year). I continued to do extensive study in science and medicine. This enabled me later to become a professional science and medical translator.
My second degree was in Economics with a law major.
I’ve got more than the equivalent of a degree in Chinese with my qualification as a professional Chinese to English translator. And here, my huge thanks go to my teacher Sue Tang at Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Here’s a nice article Neelima Choahan wrote about me. neelima-choahan-mccready-story (PDF)
In retirement I’m passionate about Deaf rights and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and sailing. I miss the singing I used to do in the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, but you can’t do everything.
Funny story – I got shoulder-tapped for a job interview with ASIS in my last year of Honours history at Sydney University. They flew me to Melbourne, set me up in a nice hotel, took me to a couple of nice three course meals and gave me a battery of tests and interviews. They refused to say who they were. I knew they were some sort of Govt spook organisation. I told them I wasn’t a yes man and not nationalistic and I applied for out of pocket expenses when I got back. I didn’t get the job or the out of pocket expenses, but years later in a different job I got Top Secret (AUSTEO) classification. Then I found out who they were. LOLs
Get in touch if you feel like it by removing gaps and reconstructing:
kevin 1 mccready at g mail dot com