Approaching fifty and, after twenty-five largely enjoyable years with Barclays Asset Finance, it was time to do something different. Over a three-year period, I worked on several personal projects including writing three books, creating a blog, extending my cricket coaching experience and cutting a lot of grass at the club I have played at since a boy.
As enjoyable as that was – and continues to be – nothing quite matched the buzz of the business arena so what better than resurrecting some old relationships and developing many new ones.
Away from business, I’ve done every conceivable job at the cricket club but I am still a competitive soul. My primary roles are as Treasurer and Head Junior Coach but I still face the “bullets” each Saturday, albeit reduced to the 2nd X 1 these days.
The off-season used to be football but now it’s a combination of the mountain bike, walking and an obsession with growing vegetables; where that came from who knows? I also spend a lot of time groaning in the gym where it’s much warmer. My big passion in life is writing, either via my blog on any subject under the sun, or through my part in producing a monthly community magazine called The Trumpit – circulation 800 – watch out News International!
If I had one hero though, then that has to be Bruce Springsteen; his 1987 album Tunnel of Love ranks as my favourite from all the classics. The Boss is a genius and the live shows are incomparable. I also love reading and my favourite author is the American Richard Russo who writes largely about small town America penning Nobody’s Fool, a beautifully warm and funny novel that converted to my favourite movie starring Paul Newman.
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