I was born over a bakery in 1939.
Followed on into the family business in 1960 after attending Reading Bakery school and then gaining a scholarship to the National Bakery School gaining the National Diploma, City and Guilds Full Technical certificate.
When I joined the family business it was one shop, over following years it became a 7 shops and wholesale business.
In 1996 I was asked by the NAMB now the CBA if I would like to become and assessor for their newly formed training company which I continued doing until it was closed 5 years later.
I then became an assessor for Scottish Bakers, who had gained a contract to deliver training in England this became a leading training company for delivering bakery in England, and I am still doing this to this day
I sit on the Trade Liaison Committee of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, of which I am a Liveryman of this Company. I have helped to lead several Scholarship courses which are offered by the WCB to students and trainees. These have been held in both this country and Europe.
In 2008 I was a finalist in Trainer of the year, in 2014 I was made a life member of the Scottish Association of Master Bakers and in 2016 I was the winner for Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry at BIA awards.