I have a Law degree and qualified as a Solicitor more years ago than I now care to remember. I retired for the first time in my late 30s and came to work for the EBU as Secretary to the various Committees. After nearly 8 years I returned to practising as a Solicitor, but retired for the second time after the financial crisis hit.
I returned to work for the EBU in February 2017 to take over from Peter Jordan on the Competitions desk – that will be a hard act to follow!
I learned to play bridge when I was about 9. My mother was of the generation which was taught bridge as a social skill, but she cordially hated it, and as soon as my father thought I was old enough he taught me the rudiments and I started to play in the social bridge sessions they had with a neighbouring couple. My father was keen and although he played duplicate only about twice in his life, he continued to play regularly at his local U3A bridge club until he was 97.
I now play once or twice a week for most of the year, at several clubs in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and in most of the EBU knockout competitions.
I’m married to Katherine, who is a Chartered Accountant working for Oxford Brookes University. We live in a village half way between Aylesbury and Buckingham. Katherine plays bridge (Peter was her first teacher), but not much at the moment. We managed to win the Berks & Bucks Married Pairs twice – a delightful event (just think of a bridge event in which every single player is married to his or her partner!) which is sadly no longer in the calendar.
Away from bridge we like to spend as much time as possible walking and generally chilling in the Welsh borders.