My life

Things that have shaped my life:

Living in South Africa (1975-77).

Falling head over in heels in love with Allison.

The birth of the my three children.

Losing my uncle, Adrian, to a brain tumour.

Losing my mother-in-law, Anita, to cancer.


Suffering a subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Leaving law (2010).

Starting my 2nd business aged 43.

Finding a voice.

But, through all the ups and downs, I have never lost my thirst for life. What has sustained me, apart from the obvious, is my innate curiosity, staying true to my values and wanting to learn something new every day.

Right now, I couldn’t be happier. I have found a place where my zest for the climb has focus. In the past, I felt lost as a person: “Who am I?”

I know that each person is fighting their own battle, and whilst I can’t say that I win mine every day, I know that I am better equipped now than I have ever been.

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One Response to “My life”

  1. John says:

    Things that have shaped my life:

    Hearing “Marrakesh Express” by Crosby Stills & Nash on the radio at 13 and sparking a lifelong obsession with music

    Leaving school at 16

    Meeting Jo in a pub in 1977. Mutual friends had told me I’d get on with her. We argued. We’ve been married 34 years. We still argue :-)

    A colleague persuading me to continue my part-time studies and go for qualification as a solicitor

    My year at Manchester Poly on my Solicitors finals course and finding my self-confidence (some would say “arrogance”) ;-)

    Turning down a job offer to return to Sussex after moving to Manchester

    Turning down a job offer in Manchester because … well, still don’t know why but would not be where I am today if I’d accepted it

    Taking the plunge to leave the public sector for private practice

    Going for a drink with my colleague, Phillipa, after court one Wednesday 8 years ago. Ten minutes later, we had decided to leave the firm where we were partners and start our own business.

    And, of course, the birth of each of my three children – three very different characters but three adults I am immensely proud to say I helped raise

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