My main passion is birding! I’ve been watching birds for over 50 years since my uncle, who was a local RSPB leader, would take me along on trips when I was only 8! Over the years I have been fortunate to travel extensively to all seven continents ( including 87 countries)  and develop my interest in bird migration and other wildlife -  including mammals, snakes and more recently butterflies and moths.

I am a keen photographer and over the past 10 years have organised birdwatching holidays for small groups of friends to a number of exciting destinations including Borneo, Japan, Columbia, Georgia, Morocco, Spain and Madeira.

After working for two well know Insurance Companies I began my own business when I was age 25. My career involved financial management for Businesses, Individuals and Trusts. My work allowed me to travel and work in South Africa and Europe and I worked with several Newspapers, Radio 4 Money Box, and Breakfast TV on a few occasions.

I have always lived in Kent, growing up near Maidstone, then living and working in West Kent, before moving to the wonderful seaside town of Walmer in 2010. I’ve been a member of SBBO for nearly 40 years and contribute to the bird sightings in the recording area. I’ve seen lots of great birds here and also found a few unusual species for the Bay including two Alpine Swifts and two Red-backed Shrikes!

I am currently also a Trustee for a Charitable Trust that funds research projects into Epilepsy in children and young adults. I am also involved with the Board of a UK PLC which I enjoy. Having sold my last business in 2021, I will cease a part-time consultancy role very soon, which will give me some free time which I hope can be used for something worthwhile (other than grandparent duties!).

I have always wanted to become more involved with the Observatory and following my retirement, I hope that I will be able to make a positive and valuable contribution to the work of the Trust.

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