I was born in Derbyshire, England, and grew up in a coal mining community. After completing a secondary education, I trained to be a schoolteacher and became qualified at college in Nottingham, England. Throughout my career, I worked with children of all nationalities, initially in the United Kingdom and later, Hong Kong.
I have a great interest in the teaching and learning of mathematics. My prize qualification in these areas of interest was being awarded a master of education degree at Exeter University in England.
I have a lovely wife, Susan, and two beautiful daughters, Rebecca and Emileen. Each have two children.
I am now retired and enjoy many interesting hobbies. I am battling with cancer but am determined not to let it get the better of me so I can live my life to the fullest with my wife and family. I can make this dream come true!