Born in 1937 with schooling in Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh and Winchester I had problems with the eleven plus.
I left school and was ‘apprenticed’ to Folland Aircraft Ltd as an aeronautical engineer with a link to Southampton University. I graduated in 1960 and worked for Follands until the design office closed down. I retrained as a maths teacher with scripture in 1962 having just been married to Yvonne.
I found work at the Sir George Monoux Grammar School in Walthamstow. This period from 1963 to 1969 was the busiest for me as we also became parents to three of our daughters. After the school reorganised I moved to what became Middlesex Polytechnic/University, primarily to teach computing, and I retrained again at City University to gain a masters in Statistics and OR. I taught Statistics and computing at most levels, and notably to the masters in road safety engineering course, which was never quite profit making, but drew in mature students from local authourites. I also joined a research group in road transport studies and became involved in road safety, regression to the mean and congestion modelling.
After retiring in 2000, teaching was the exception rather than the rule, though I do miss the contact. I have espoused the alternative transport option by volunteering as a path ranger in the National Cycle network promoted by the Sustrans Charity. I also represent my church at deanery and diocesan synods where my concern is encouraging the church to care for the whole of the environment.