Douglas Simpson spent 44 years as a teacher and lecturer in Accounting and Economics. Previously he worked for six years as an accountant and manager. He graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Education. In 1990 he was accepted as a Fellow in the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants. Later in his teaching career he became involved with Vocational Education and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2006 with a Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education.
His service career in the RAAF Active Reserve for 15 years saw him attain the rank of Squadron Leader and he was the senior trainer of Maritime Operations Officers in Western Australia. As a Maritime Operations Officer, he worked with 92 Wing and P3C Orion crews performing in many deployments and exercises. He was deployed on operational service several times in Border Protection. He also served as Honorary ADC to two Western Australian State Governors over a period of five years.
His other interests have seen him heavily involved in emergency services and as a Justice of the Peace. Doug has been a Justice of the Peace for 21 years and, during this period, he gained Life Membership of the Stirling Branch of Justices. He spent many years working in the Magistrate’s Court of Western Australia as a JP dealing with Traffic and Violence Restraining Orders cases.