A medieval and ancient historian by training, (Lancaster University 1969-72, Leeds 1972-75, where I completed, as my MPhil thesis, an edition of the Continuation of the Eulogium Historiarum, 1361-1413), I was born and brought up
in Bromley, Kent (now misattributed to Greater London!). I came to Keele University in
1976 as Examinations Officer in the then Senior Tutor's Office, (later
Academic Affairs, and now a part of Planning & Academic Administration). In 1983 I transferred to the Registry, principally in its
Personnel Office. I became Assistant Registrar in 1984, and was Acting
Head of Personnel for 5 months in 1992. After a period of a joint
appointment in the Registry and the newly separated Personnel Department, the
duties of my post, apart from a secondment to Academic Affairs, were
entirely in the Secretariat area, (Registry and finally University Secretary's
Office), from 1993.
From 2000 - 2004 I was Head of Secretariat and, in particular, responsible for:
My other main interests, apart from cricket (Kent C.C.C.), birdwatching and the "wooden walls" navy, are in classical music, the Carolina Panthers American Football team (Super Bowl runners up 2016) and UK politics. I have supported Leeds United through thick and thin since I first saw them play, at Charlton, on my 14th birthday. But now, living within easy reach of Crewe Alexandra's ground, I am what was at first a Championship (aka First Division) season ticket holder. ("This is unlikely to produce a conflict!" I wrote in 2002/03, but since then both teams' fortunes have fluctuated, in Leeds' case largely due to the parlous financial position the club found itself in.)
In 2004/05 and 2005/06 I had to contemplate two meetings in the season. Surprisingly the Alex took 7 points out of 12. Then in 2006/07 Leeds lost their Championship place and everything went downhill for both clubs for a while, including spending the 2008/09 season in the same, third division. Crewe finished that season back in the 4th tier of national football in which Dario Gradi found them, while Leeds failed in the play offs again. In August 2011 I wrote "we start a new season, full of hope as ever, with Leeds in their second year back in the Championship and Crewe's young, home produced, side, minus last year's Golden Boot winner, Clayton Donaldson, hoping for a good year in League "2" " Well! After a false start, the great Dario Gradi recognized the right moment to move upstairs and Steve Davis led us to a play off win at Wembley, 2-0 over Cheltenham, in front of 14000 Crewe fans, not all as regular in attendance as Sue and me - below. A great day!
In 2012/13 we had a creditable mid-table finish on our first season in League 1, and won the Johnstone's Paints Football League Trophy, our first national cup win, in a return to Wembley. Another great day! Since then we seem to have been in a perpetual relegation struggle ...... which we lost in 2016, playing next year in League 2.
From January 1995-2010 I was Chairman of the Governing Body of Newcastle Community High School, now known, following award from September 2007 of Specialist Science College status, as NCHS - The Science College. From February 2010 the school was part of the South Newcastle Federation with neighbouring Clayton Hall Business & Language College, with a single governing body, of which I was Vice Chairman (NCHS) until stepping down in September 2013. Both have since become Academies, a concept I could not have supported. The school itself is near the University campus, and I served there as a Governor from 1981-2013. In October 2005 I commenced a four year term, renewed in 2009, as representative of Newcastle-under-Lyme Secondary Schools on Staffordshire Schools Forum, from which I retired in May 2013. h
I am the Secretary of the North Staffordshire Branch of the Classical Association, whose web pages I maintain, as I do that of All Saints' Church, Madeley, [above]. From April 2005 to 2010 I was Churchwarden there, and also lay chairman of the PCC, a position I still hold.
I was for several years a member of the University Chapel Committee,(Secretary 1992-96, Vice-Chairman 1998-99). I am still Joint Wine Steward of the University Senior Common Room, having served now twice as Chairman, and am responsible also for the SCR's web pages.
In May 2007 I became a Labour member of Woore Parish Council in Shropshire, where I have lived since 1999, and served as Chairman of the Council from 2007-15, which I represent on the Market Drayton Area Local Joint Committee. I have announced my firm intention to stand down at the 2017 election. I am also the Secretary of North Shropshire CLP, and Election Agent for Ian McLaughlan, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for North Shropshire in the 2010 General Election.
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