Born and bred in the UK, I have Welsh blood (quarter) and am married to an Afrikaner South African woman. We have three boys under six and one on the way.
I studied Economics as an undergraduate and went to the London School of Economics to get a Masters degree in Environment and Development (before Bono and Al Gore were making the headlines). I then spent time living in Barcelona, trying to learn Spanish where everyone spoke Catalan. I have a Graduate Diploma in Law and was Called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 2005.
Naturally, I now work for a church.
As a former athlete, I rowed for the University of London and Great Britain at a junior level and at the Under 23 World Championships, before retiring in 1999. I was a lightweight (just) and liked my food too much. A crew mate from these days continued on and won gold in Beijing and silver in London (he was much better of course).
I now run a bit – around the house after the boys and half marathons (London marathon in 2010). I dream of a London 2012 comeback – in my back yard.
I have travelled a decent amount and have friends in various corners of the world working for the UN, governments, churches, charities, banks and businesses.
“Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.” -Chinese Proverb