Horst arrived in Australia, from Austria, 25 years ago in 1996. He originally worked in management in the hospitality industry and changed to the IT industry by completing an advanced Diploma in Business Systems. Horst then moved into global IT procurement, followed by APAC all commodities procurement operations manager as well as Tactical procurement manager for 9 years with UBS, a global Swiss Bank. After receiving a redundancy, due to the relocation of his team and function to Singapore, he took on the office and operations manager role with George Newton & Co, a Chartered Accountant and Tax Agents company. From there Horst took on a role as a contractor with TSS (TfNSW Shared Service) as a contract administrator, where he helped to roll out a new procurement system and trained all new joiners, which was helped by a Cert IV in workplace training and assessment.