I was born in Suffolk and left school when I was fifteen to join the Royal Navy. By my 18th birthday I was in Australia and in the middle of a tour of the Far East at the taxpayers’ expense! I then spent time on Fishery Protection and other duties.
After 10 years service I had become married to Adrienne and starting our family so I “swallowed the anchor” and became a Civil Servant. I worked at GCHQ for 38 years and retired two years ago, after a career that involved eight moves of house and four tours of duty overseas.
I was given the opportunity to become a Tour Guide at Bletchley Park in 2010 and found the story so fascinating that I spent 3-4 days there each month, taking visitors around the site, which is very rewarding work. The distance became too great and I switched to giving talks locally. They have proved quite successful and I now have a repertoire of ten presentations.
Talking about subjects that fascinate you is a good way of spending your retirement. And of course I also write screenplays and novels.
I live in Tewkesbury, still married to Adrienne, and we have two adult daughters.
About my talks...
My talks last for approximately one hour, including time for questions and a demonstration where appropriate. I give talks to all age groups and organisations. All presentations are illustrated by PowerPoint projection. I travel within a 40 mile radius of Tewkesbury
I ask a fee of £38; also I charge a fee of 30p per mile for travel, and parking charges where applicable.