Accountancy was my life until I discovered
long distance walking.
I was an international tax consultant, now retired
as a tax partner with accountants Grant Thornton in London. I spent most of my
time explaining American bureaucracy to Brits and helping Americans do business
in the UK. During my career I was based in London, Oxford, New York, High Wycombe
Before joining Grant Thornton I was with KPMG in London, from
1969 to 1979.
I was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Lincoln College,
Oxford, where I took a degree in Arabic and Persian.
I travelled widely
in my youth, long before the days of cheap air travel. I visited over 30 countries,
from Morocco to Afghanistan, before I set foot in a plane. I have walked in Nepal,
Greece, the Alps, the US, Canada, New Zealand and Chile.
I have been married for over 40 years to
Susan. We now live in Nidderdale in Yorkshire.