Wes was born in Kalgoorlie in 1937.Wes attended Christ Church Grammar School as a boarder through 1948-50, later moving to Safety Bay and attending Fremantle Boys High School before leaving in 1952 to take up a 5-year apprenticeship as a Tractor Fitter with the Public Works Department. At the completion of his apprenticeship, he obtained the position of Service Manager with Wearne Brothers in Malaysia, an executive position he held for 12 years.
Following this, Wes held numerous professional roles with Atwood Motors, and the Fire and Rescue Service who he was with for 23 years prior to retirement.
In addition to his initial professional career Was has pursued his interest in men’s health and wellbeing since the early 80s. He has extensively and broadly trained in and experienced many therapy and self-discovery approaches and has organised, participated in, facilitated and lead men’s groups for over 35 years. Hhis many achievements in this space include initiating the Compass Men’s Support group, founded the MensWork Project, coordinated the Fathers-Day Project, founded the Men’s Health and Wellbeing Association (WA) Inc, initiated and facilitated many mixed gender community groups including, Becoming Bolder Instead Of Older, Writing Your Story – Writing Your Life, Secret Men’s Business for Women only, Secret Old Blokes Business, Before You Go, Exploring Your Social Atom and many other small groups as part of self-development programs for people in the general community.
Wes is widely respected in the Australian men’s movement and played a key role in the Australian and New Zealand Men’s Leadership annual Gatherings. He was responsible for coordinating the 10th annual ANZML Gathering in Perth in March 2001 and the 2012 5th National Elders Gathering held in Perth.
Since 2004 Wes has been organising and co-facilitating the Men In Bali Retreats, and in June 2015 received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his dedicated contribution to the health and wellbeing of men in WA.
All of Wes’ highs and lows have given him the strength, courage and conviction to want to continue working with people and make available his own life stories as part of a universal human journey. He continues to maintain a healthy lifestyle and active involvement in physical, personal and spiritual development pursuits.