I grew up in Kent, educated at Maidstone Grammar School, from where I won a scholarship to Christ’s College, Cambridge to read English Literature. I graduated with a first class degree in 1981, staying on to work on a PhD on Tennyson and 19th century lyric poetry. Realising I didn’t really want to be an academic I blagged my way into an in-house communications job using my writing skills.
I worked in London agencies for eight years, then turned freelance in 1992. I had young children and wanted to balance my often demanding working life with attention to those children’s needs (and I wanted to see them growing up).
We moved from London to the south east coast in 1994. It was easy for me to work between the coast and London (the fast rail link has radically cut the journey time). The children have grown, and moved on, while I have come to love the proximity of the sea, and enjoy being part of the vibrant East Kent and Sussex creative communities, as a musician, and a writer.
Professionally I’ve reached a point where I’d prefer to do work that I care about. I have to make a living, so I’m not going to be stupidly proud, but where possible I want to do things that help people, or make the world a better place, through business, in the workplace or elsewhere, and through culture.
Because of my work helping to establish the Institute of Internal Communication I was invited to become a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, which sits usefully with this ambition.
Nowadays I’m based in Rye in East Sussex. London is only a little over an hour away by fast train to St Pancras, from where the rest of the country is easily accessible.
I have a clean driving licence. I’m mostly interested in cultural things: literature, cinema, visual art, music of all genres, architecture. I love cooking, and so have learned a fair bit about food and drink. I cycle regularly to keep fit.
I check email regularly and email is my preferred point of first contact. You'll see the address at the bottom of every page on this site but for convenience click here and a message form should open in your default email client.
Or you can always phone me or send an SMS. The number is 07798 913129 (+44 7798 913129 outside the UK). You'll also find me on Whatsapp, Telegram, and Signal. You can also call me on Google's Duo. I'm not a fan of Apple software so no Facetime I'm afraid.
In the header you'll see links to my pages on Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In. These days I only use Facebook for promoting music.