Bridge has always been an important part of my life. I learned to play in the 1960s and it was not long before I was playing a weekly duplicate at the local bridge club. I met my wife Helen, now of more than 30 years, at a bridge club. When my children were very young I took a 5 year break from the game, however I returned in the late 1980s and have continued to play since that time.
I am now retired from Exeter University where I was Associate Professor of Education. I play tennis and squash socially and organise and run a small reading group which I enjoy particularly since it has forced me to engage with books that I otherwise would not consider. Two of my favourite authors are Philip Roth and Ian McEwan whose detailed observations of the human condition probably tell you more about me, than anything I could write in this profile.
In 2009 I wrote a report for the EBU that focused on its educational strategy. I have been pleased to see that many of the recommendations in that report have been implemented. I am now fortunate to be in a position to put something tangible back into the game and help secure its long-term future. The EBU faces many challenges and will need strong and clear leadership abetted by a common-sense approach to take it through this period.
Last updated: October 2014