I have had a varied and interesting life. I was a research scientist and engineer in the Health Service and University for over thirty years. I specialised in patient safety, medical instrumentation and have over a hundred research papers and presentations to my name.
I retired in 2011 to become a full time novelist. My first novel, Heron Fleet, was published in July 2013. I am currently engaged on a series of Victorian whodunits set around Stockport in the 1840s.
I have been involved in single issue, local and national politics for over 25 years. I was a founder of the British Nuclear Freeze Campaign in the 1980s and have worked with groups in the USA involved in green politics.
I am a very experienced public speaker, from small groups to audiences of up to 2,000. I have been a key-note speaker at international scientific conferences both in the UK and abroad, as well as a regular speaker at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference.
I currently lead an open discussion group called Seekers’ Corner in Costa Coffee in my home town of Marple, Cheshire.
About my Talks...
I use a video projector, computer and screen so can include video and audio. As a result, my talks use a high number of pictures and illustrations. I have my own equipment, all PAT tested, which I will bring with me at no extra cost.
I am willing to travel within a 20 mile radius of my home in Marple, Cheshire. My charges are £50 (plus modest travelling expenses) for groups up to about 40. Larger groups are subject to negotiation. I make reductions for charity groups and fund raising events
My standard fee is £50 for a standard evening or daytime talk. I charge 40p per mile for car travel (essential if I bring my own equipment) or second-class rail fare