Carter was in the White House, I was 16 and Thatcher had just become the UK's 1st Lady PM. I started my career in Banking, securing a role at Midland Bank PLC (now HSBC). Following my attainment of most of the Chartered Inst of Banking qualifications, there were few vacant branch manager roles for a young and enthusiastic whipper snapper like me (a manager of the time actually told me to 'stop being so enthusiastic!') It wasn't too long before I moved Banks and commenced a very successful period in selling, resulting in a 4 year successful sojourn into Wealth Advice. I experienced a variety of managers including one exceptional guy who invested time in my development and taught me how to do the job effectively. As a result, I realised I'd be more effective to the organisation as a 'coach' as opposed to a 'striker', to use a footballing analogy. Hence the start of a long career in L&D, to this date. I've worked in large and small organisations in the UK and Australia and hope that I have mainly made a positive difference to the lives of those around me, inside and out of work.
I lend to KIVA.org to help people start up businesses in less developed countries and host tea parties with my wife for 'Contact The Elderly'
Specialties: ]Training; all aspects of the Training cycle; Coaching; Assessing; Client Relationship Management.