Hello! I’m a Bristol-based septuagenarian, devoting my ‘Third Age’ to a portfolio career drawing on my personal and professional experience.
I’m a freelance writer on a variety of topics. Examples are personal finance; confidence for speakers and other stage performers; and public transport. My book Back to the Black (2010 and 2015) is about a financial crisis I had and what I learned from it; and The Wedding Speech Handbook is due for publication later this year.
I am also a personal performance coach: I specialise in helping people who need to perform ‘on stage’ from time to time, whether that’s a theatre stage, a conference platform or the top table at a wedding.
Finally I blog (not as often as I might), on this site and on Huffington Post, about subjects that interest me.
A native of Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, I spent my university years at Imperial College, London.
I then had a 25-year career in the chemical industry, eventually ending up as Managing Director of a sales and marketing company in the Swedish-owned Holmen group.
I left to set up and run a training consultancy, where I designed and delivered courses for major corporate clients in Scandinavia in business communication skills – e,g, how to deliver impactful presentations or run effective meetings, telephone skills and the like – combined with polishing English-language competence.
I then spent five years working with a major UK health charity, in fundraising and in media relations.
Nowadays I live in the great city of Bristol, in the West of England, avoiding retirement (I prefer the word ‘reinvention’) and working on a variety of projects.