I was born and raised in Wolverhampton. On leaving school at Ellesmere College I undertook a training contract with a local firm of Chartered Accountants, leading to my qualification as a Charted Accountant in 1966.
In 1969, in order to gain wider experience, I took a position with an international firm of Chartered Accountants based in Zambia. This led to my receiving an offer from a major trading conglomerate in Zambia to be their chief accountant. In the nine years in this position I was involved in ranching, arable cropping, retailing and wholesaling, timber extraction and textile manufacturing.
In 1979, on returning to England, I carried out contact work for a Dudley accountancy practice. In January 1980 I joined the practice as a partner. I carried out all the roles required in a multi-discipline practice, particularly auditing and tax advice and compliance. One of the main rewards of my time with the practice has been the training and development of staff. Most of these trainees are still in the practice where their knowledge and experience is invaluable.
Now some 35 years later I am taking more of a supervisory/advisory role as the next generation develop their own plans for the future.
Away from work my main interest has been in rowing. I have been chairman and later president of my local rowing club where I have been involved in coaching crews for national competition. I also was appointed a National Umpire and spent 20 years umpiring at regattas nationwide.