More about me

I was born in the UK in Chippenham, Wiltshire. My parents moved a lot.

When I left home, 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. My Mum is Swiss and my Dad was English.

I met my wife Anne-Claude in Lausanne then 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 having the opportunity of training in IT. First as a Programmer then 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 was a member of the Swiss Informatics Society and of IMIA (International Medical Informatics Association) where I was also an expert and travelled 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 decided to take early retirement in 2011 and wanting to return to people from machines I trained in Hypnotherapy, obtaining a NGH certification and opened a private practice near to the International Organisations.

I really enjoyed helping my clients and although I also trained in Massage and Reiki I was never asked for these treatments probably because of reticence towards a male massage therapist. It’s a shame because I really enjoy giving relaxing massages.

In 2012 my wife and I decided to sell our house in Geneva and move to the UK. We sold the house in April 2013 and moved to a suburb of Grimsby in North-East Lincolnshire a few days after the sale.

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 have 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.

I suspect we might choose a different style of vacation in the near future.


29 thoughts on “More about me

  1. I really enjoyed reading about you, Graham. You’ve certainly moved about a great deal. I’ve only visited the Grimsby area a couple of time, both times to visit the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre. You’ve also done a lot with your career, particularly all the study you’ve done since qualifying as a nurse. I think you’re well deserving of a peaceful retirement now, with time to pursue other interests. I wish you and your wife all the best in that. I’ll look forward to reading more of your stories. Millie.

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  2. Hi Graham,
    I was just about to nominate you for the Blogger Recognition Award, when I noticed the comment above. I’m not sure whether that’s a reply to a previous comment of mine or to the pingback I sent.( I’ve not seen a reply in my Reader.) Anyway here’s the link to my post for the rules:
    I’d love you to accept, but if you can’t, no worries…Millie.

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      1. We should get together and write an article about the woes of ‘sporadic Internet connection’. Louise and I are both plagued by it! Hope yours is working OK by now. (I’m late responding to comments because I’m in Malta this week.) Thank you for accepting the award! I’m very happy that you did. 🙂

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      2. Yes we’ll chat later. We are heading into Newfoundland the day after tomorrow. I’m only able to connect for 10-15mins a day. 😦


  3. Wow Graham. You have had so many different and interesting careers. It’s great you’ve been able to do all these different jobs and be so successful at them. Truly an impressive bio. The 76 day cruise sounds awesome too, but I can see how you might be sick of living on a ship after three and a half months, even though you were able to see many neat places. Wishing you success in all your plans in retirement and your continued travels 🙂

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  4. Hi Graham,
    Realised I haven’t seen you around for ages, wondered if you are okay.
    I notice you had ill health then a break, I hope you are fully recovered now.
    I also notice that you were in Geneva when I worked in Ferney-Voltaire and lived in Echenevex, Pays de Gex.
    Feel free to contact me at:

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