After growing up in London, I travelled widely writing articles for The Cape Cod Times, then studied for a BSc at London School of Economics and trained to be a teacher. For five years I taught English at a west London secondary school where I set up a business mentoring scheme and evaluated its impact for an MA in School Improvement.
After moving with Kate and young May and Joe to Milton Keynes in 1996, and a short spell teaching at Stantonbury Campus, I began developing and delivering employability education and training activities for charity Worktree (then ‘Countec’). Inspired by City-As-School in New York, I set up and ran within Countec a work-based ‘school without walls’ for excluded teenagers.
With funding from UK government research scholarships, I have visited the Netherlands, Germany, USA and Australia, to observe projects for disengaged teenagers and advise on employer engagement strategies. In recent years, I have travelled to Uganda, China and India to deliver Employability Now workshops and Facilitator Training for Worktree. I like teaching the employability skills STEPS and developing facilitators to make effective use of positive feedback.
In my spare time I enjoy playing football and bashing at piano or sax.