Born in England, I have always had a passion for the countryside and outdoor pursuits, including: sea swimming, rock climbing, camping, scuba diving, mountain biking, parachuting, long-distance hiking, light aircraft flying, long-distance cycling, horse riding and go-karting.
I have also enjoyed numerous martial arts, including Kempo, Shotokan karate, kendo and taekwondo. I also like origami and am passionate about evidence-based thinking, origins and humanism.
An additional interest/hobby that I have enjoyed over many years has been restoring classic cars of my own (a 1968 Triumph Herald, a 1968 Morris Minor pick-up truck, a 1972 Ford Carpri, and a 1984 Alfa Romeo Giulietta). I maintain that my next project will be an E-type Jaguar.
I have a 1st class BSc (from Brighton University), an MSc (from Imperial College, London) and a Ph.D. in sub-arctic ecology (from Sheffield University); the latter of which was, in part, undertaken in Swedish Lapland and Denmark, and at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology’s stable isotope unit. I undertook my PGCE in Portsmouth in 2000, where I met my wife Marie; and we have lived, studied, and taught in numerous countries in various capacities. Our two children also attend the Senior school here at BSN.