I left school at 16 with just one qualification – a certificate for swimming the width of Streatham Baths – and got a job sweeping up the local weekly newspaper office but was made redundant a few months later.
Now, angry and more determined than ever to become a reporter, perseverance + creative CVs + scores of failed interviews eventually paid off. I got me into Fleet Street with the Press Association and later The Times where I spent five magical years.
Recognising I didn’t want to be a reporter any more, for the next quarter of a century I helped create Edelman, the world’s largest public relations company; this was followed by seven years at Medialink, the pioneer of video news releases for global television and in my recent times I have specialised in communications within the NHS and private healthcare establishment.
I have been exhilarated virtually every day by what I have witnessed, by the places I have visited, by the conversations I have had, with so many different people, and by the friends I have made. It has given me the strength to deal with the difficulties which inevitably everyone experiences during their lifetime; I have had the fortune to share the good (and less good) times with a wonderous wife Beryl for more than 60 years and we continue to do so in retirement.. She has been my ‘go to’ person when my brain stopped working and always she set it going again.