I was born and spent my entire working life in the North West of England, where I taught at school, college and university levels. I became Head of Department of Social Sciences at a University, specialising in the study of social inequality, social mobility and sport. During my academic career I published many sociological studies on these themes.
When the opportunity came to take early retirement, my Swiss wife and I took the decision to leave England and move to the Swiss Alps, where we have lived since 2013. It had been a dream of mine since boyhood to live in the mountains and, as fluent speakers of German, my wife and I found our beautiful home in a small, yet easily accessible village high in the Bernese Oberland.
Now also a Swiss citizen, I love the opportunities for year round hiking and walking, which are on our doorstep and the convenient position of Switzerland for visiting France, Italy, Germany and Austria. While I feel fully at home in Switzerland, however, I cannot shake the habit of listening to on line commentary of all Bolton Wanderers' games during the football season!