I was born and went to school in Manchester and then went to Medical School at University College Hospital, London. I met my wife on a relief mission to Mexico City following the major earthquake in September 1985; we married in 1987, moved to rural Essex in 1990 and had 4 children from 1988 – 1994. We have lived in the same house since. Being father to four children, anaesthetist and last friendly face before sleep to thousands and “the old man” in my military medical career, I have learned a lot about supporting people in stressful situations. Ruth, my wife and mother to our four children, has spent her career as a GP in London and Essex, a volunteer doctor in our local hospice, a volunteer advisor at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and counsellor for Place2B. She has an interest in disability and mental health. We both have a strong belief in the value of work and in the benefits of a positive outlook on life. We have tried to live by these values and impart them to our offspring.
I trained as a coach at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. Since qualifying as a doctor in 1978 I have worked as a doctor in the NHS. I served as a Medical Officer in the Airborne forces in the British Army for 13 years in support of the parachute regiment and UK special forces.
I have trained many doctors in acute trauma resuscitation and anaesthesia in hostile and austere environments including Afghanistan and Iraq. I have also mentored trainee doctors in career management, resilience and progression in the NHS and the armed forces. I continue to practise medicine and also draw on my diverse life experiences in order to offer life, career and transition coaching to adults in many spheres of life.
I encourage my coachees to set courageous goals and extend themselves beyond their previous limits; the aim being to achieve a higher level of self awareness, fulfilment and joy and become ever closer to the best that they can be.
If you think that you might benefit from working with me to find your way to a better you, I would be pleased to hear from you.