Hi , I'm Ben and I am one of the luckiest people I know! I live in the beautiful south west of Western Australia with my amazing family and I survived a 10 metre drop...
Yup that's 30 foot, it also forms the name I chose for my company. People ask me why I would name my company after the incident that lead to me being a quadriplegic. The truth is that whilst it has had some negative impact its has been the single most important moment of my life and the crucible that has shaped it. I have faced the worst version of myself, battled mental health issues, societies bias and come out the other end with one hell of a story to tell. I have served in the Defence Force overseas, worked on drill rigs, walked the Bibbulman Track End to End and much more!
If you want to learn more then drop me a line using any of the contact details on this page and lets organise a time.
Just by looking at me you probably wouldn’t notice my impairment. That's because mine is a more hidden one and before now only people who knew me well new about it.
In primary school l struggled, teachers used to yell at me, make me feel dumb and inadequate, one even hitting me on the head a few times because l didn't understand or wasn't quite getting things as fast as others or the way she thought l should.
So, at 8 years old l was diagnosed with mild dyslexia, this impairment was at times very traumatic and humiliating especially in front of my peers.
But at the end of the day my dyslexia never defined who l was. I stayed true to myself and carried on as best l could with a little extra help. I passed high school and after that gained a few diplomas in art which took me around the world where l managed galleries and organized exhibitions for people. More recently though l gained a diploma in counselling, because l love to guide and help others with their concerns and issues which leads me to where l am today.
I hope that through me you can feel stronger and more determined to succeed because of your impairment or disability.
" Never Judge others before you hear their story or their battles, always support others, show sympathy and compassion always "
Behind the scenes of 30 Foot Drop is me! Hi, my name is Bronwyn and I provide administration and communications support to Ben and Lisa.
Prior to moving to Busselton, I spent over 20 years working in the mining industry doing both FIFO and residential jobs with the latter having me enjoying the amazing Pilbara area living in Paraburdoo and Karratha. I have worked for Rio Tinto, Fortescue and BGC in a number of administration, HR and Training positions as well as operating haul trucks. I have been so lucky to see much of Western Australia during my time in mining but very happy to be settled in our beautiful Southwest.
Although not a life changer I was born deaf in my right ear which has provided me with some embarrassing and funny moments at the same time, just nodding and saying yeah when I have not heard something in a noisy pub or club has got me some weird looks! What has probably affected me more was Secondary Infertility, after having our son we wanted to complete our family with another baby, but life had a different path for us. The struggles both mentally and physically trying to conceive and suffering loss is hard and very, very emotional, unfortunately this is something that a lot of women feel like they have to keep to themselves and can’t talk openly about it, and at times I have felt this myself. After time I was able to accept what was meant to be and I am lucky to have a great husband and awesome son to share my life with.
If you have any queries about 30 Foot Drop you can get me at firstname.lastname@example.org.