I was born in the UK in Chippenham, Wiltshire. I am the eldest of three children (the one on the left).
My Mum was Swiss and my Dad was English. I’m Binational and bilingual, English/French
After leaving school I went north to Edinburgh where I trained as a Registered General and Mental Nurse.
On completion of my Nursing Studies I emigrated to Switzerland where my parents had moved.
I met my wife Anne-Claude in Lausanne and moved with her to Geneva where we got married in 1980. Our children, Jennifer and David were born in 1984 and 1987.
From nursing; mainly in Geriatrics, I worked as a nurse in the local Prison System before gaining the opportunity of training in IT. I went on to study for a BSc (Hons) in Maths and Technology with the Open University and then obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Technology Management. I’m a past member of the Swiss Informatics Society and of IMIA (The International Medical Informatics Association) where I was also an expert travelling both to the USA and to Australia for conferences and Working Groups.
After the reorganisation of the Geneva State’s IT services I managed a team of Office Support personnel and spearheaded the Geneva State’s switch to Microsoft Office 2000 in the difficult year 2K transition working closely with Microsoft both in Switzerland and in Florida. I then transferred to Systems Management in the Geneva State’s Department of Construction.
I took early retirement in 2011 and wanting to return to people from machines, I trained in Hypnotherapy, and obtained a NGH certification before opening a private practice near to the International Organisations.
I really enjoyed helping my clients.
In 2012 my wife and I decided to sell our house in Geneva and moved to the UK in 2013.
Anne-Claude stopped work and we have been enjoying our ‘retirement’, discovering the local countryside, it’s products and a very friendly and fun-loving population.
We’ve travelled a lot and have made several cruises over the past few years and have a few more cruises planned over the next few years.