I am married with two sons. I worked as a geologist in mountains and in the Sahara Desert of Libya (1956-60), in the Amazon rain forest of Bolivia (1961), in Algeria and France (1962-5), The Netherlands (1965-6), Trinidad (1966-69) and Nigeria (1969-73). From 1973 I worked at an international consultancy (including work on Algeria) based in North Wales and from 1989 until 1992 in Peru and Indonesia.
I carried out voluntary work for Oxfam and other overseas NGOs from 1989 and for Amnesty International on Algeria from 1994 until 2004. I continued voluntary work for an Algerian mother whose son had â€˜disappearedâ€™ and who had persuaded other Algerian mothers and families to bring the loss of their disappeared relatives to international attention.