After an exciting childhood living in various parts of Europe and the Far East I followed my father into the Armed Forces in the late 1980’s.

I worked in a variety of roles and locations over the next 24 years, each with its own unique leadership and management challenges, prior to deciding to pursue a new direction in life in late 2011.

During my first career I led teams of personnel from 20 to 1500 strong and, along the way, I was lucky enough to gain a BSc and an MSc from Cranfield University, plus an MA from Kings College London for good measure. I am also a graduate of the Joint Services Command and Staff College.

Since changing careers I have been incredibly fortunate to have been offered a way to turn my leadership and management experience to other uses, including working with the great team at MLA College. I have recently gained Chartered Manager accreditation from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and am working with the CMI to further my own professional development.

Alongside Leadership and Management my other great passion is what I term Intelligent Understanding which I describe as: identifying, extracting, and gaining the truly valuable knowledge that we need, from the mass of information available, to make the very best and most informed decisions.

I believe that, as we stand on the threshold of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, achieving this level of understanding is probably more critical now than at any time our history. I guess my interest in this subject stems from the fact that I have been driven by a need to know and understand why things are the way they are; from my earliest days as a, probably quite annoying, small child to the somewhat less hirsute man I am today.

My other interests include Napoleonic naval history and bicycles of all forms and I have a small sideline as a qualified cycle mechanic.

I had the great fortune to be appointed OBE in the New Year’s Honours list 2013, bringing the twin delights of a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Her Majesty the Queen, and to be dubbed Old, Boring, and Eccentric by my beloved children.