I qualified as a tourist guide in 1996, and since then have developed a number of interests. The principal ones are
- Birds and animals.
- Steam trains and steamships.
- John Logie Baird (inventor of television)
- Henry Bell and the "Comet" (Europe's first commercial steamship)
- Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
- Loch Lomond.
- Helensburgh – my home town.
I was born in Glasgow in 1943 and shortly before my 8th birthday we moved to Helensburgh, a town on the Firth of Clyde about 25 miles north-west of Glasgow. Apart from 4 years spent living in the "Far East" (in other words Edinburgh, as far as someone born in Glasgow is concerned), I have been in Helensburgh ever since.
I have degrees in economics from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, and I have lectured in economics and also worked as a self-employed financial adviser. I qualified as a Scottish Tourist Guide in 1996, and I work principally with German-speaking groups.
From 2002 to 2008 I was a director of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association, serving as Chairman for three of these years. I also have a variety of interests in Helensburgh. I am a member of Helensburgh Community Council, being a past Chairman and currently Treasurer. I am also Treasurer of Helensburgh Heritage Trust, having previously served as Chairman for 19 years, and I have acted as business adviser to the Young Enterprise groups at local schools. I have also served on the Council of the Friends of Loch Lomond.
I have been involved in the production of three books. "By The Banks of Loch Lomond" appeared in 2003, and in the previous year I was the editor of "200 Years of Helensburgh". In 2010 I brought out "The Vanished Railways of Old Western Dunbartonshire", a book of historic photographs. Two years later I produced a DVD for schoolchildren on Henry Bell (the first recorded Provost of Helensburgh) and the "Comet" (Europe's first commercial steamship). Two years later came a video, the subject being "The Helensburgh Area in the Second World War".
In 2014 I received the accolade of Citizen of the Year in the Helensburgh and District Community Spirit Awards.