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Introduction

A sort of potted history is featured here - a more traditional document is available on request. Whilst I do very much enjoy my present employment I am sure I can do better so interesting offers welcome!.

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St Albans School

I left St Albans School for Boys in 1970 with 10 O levels and 3 A levels in Pure Maths, Applied Maths and Physics. After a year at St Andrews University studying Pure Mathematics and Statistics the urge to earn money was great and I joined Scottish Equitable Mutual Life Assurance Society as a clerk in their Accounts Computer department in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh.

I had previously worked during summer vacations in 1969 and 1970 at Sun Life Assurance Society in Cheapside, London in their Group pensions department.

Stenhouse Fund Management

In March 1974 I joined Stenhouse Fund Management in York Place, Edinburgh as a Pensions Administrator, getting my first experience at dealing direct with clients and handling a wide range of enquiries and calculations of benefits for scheme members and providing actuarial advice to trustees.

British Waterways Board

Moving to Hertfordshire in June 1976, I was appointed Personnel Officer (Pensions) at the British Waterways Board and totally revised all their complicated pension arrangements, working closely with both the unions and the Board and achieving, against initial predictions, a massive majority vote by employees in favour of the new changes. This had involved redesigning the benefit structure, liaison with actuaries and investment managers and intense negotiations with the Superannuation Funds Office and the Occupational Pensions Board during a period of constant change in regulations in the industry. A highlight of this work was a Pensions Roadshow, lasting several months, in which I toured practically every BWB site across England and presented the new plans at venues large and small.

Leslie & Godwin

Leslie & Godwin, international brokers and one of the largest pensions consultancies in the UK, approached British Waterways Board and I was transferred to their employment as a Pensions Manager, where I completed the BWB transition then moved on to take on similar tasks for a portfolio of clients including The National Trust, The Royal Society of Chemistry, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and many more, including a considerable amount of work for a substantial company being taken over by Vickers. In 1978 a director of Leslie & Godwin resigned when the firm was taken over by an American outfit and asked me to join him as a director of Estridge & Ropner. In October 1978 I accepted this offer and set up a new pensions consultancy office in Newbury, Berkshire and also ran their London operation.

Estridge & Ropner

In 1978 a director of Leslie & Godwin resigned when the firm was taken over by an American outfit and asked me to join him as a director of Estridge & Ropner. In October 1978 I accepted this offer and set up a new pensions consultancy office in Newbury, Berkshire and also ran their London operation.

Osprey Associates

Several clients followed me from Leslie & Godwin and supported me again when I set up a new consultancy, Osprey Associates, with three colleagues. My Newbury staff also joined Osprey at new offices in the town and we built up a highly successful group of companies offering a range of business consultancy services, specialising in pensions consultancy and new business development. We developed a number of innovative products and services in these fields and expanded so that by the 1980s we had interests internationally.

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Several crucial clients were badly affected by the severe downturn in the economic climate in the UK and the disastrous activities of an American broker appointed to manage a substantial portion of our funds resulted in our splitting the group and each of the initial founders of the Osprey group pursued individual sections independently. I chose to reduce my involvement to a few small selected clients and to spend more time developing other interests, including writing and design work.

In 1990 I was taken on by the Rosemary Bromley Literary Agency with a view to publishing my first novel, The American Broker, based on the events I had experienced. Just as figures were being mentioned and a final edit was taking shape Robert Maxwell fell off his boat and an already tight market for new authors appeared not to have room for my story which simply could not compete with the big news at that time. I continued with consultancy and administrative services for a Sri Lankan client and hoped the market for new authors would pick up one day.

Dunstable College (now central Bedfordshire College)

By 1994 I needed some more reliable income and joined Dunstable College, initially on a part-time basis, and began teaching in early 1995. Finding that I thoroughly enjoyed this new activity and that I could put my knowledge and experience to good effect, I soon had a very full timetable of IT and Business Studies training.

Since 1996 I have delivered a wide range of courses and in that year I began to run the Staff Development programme for IT training too. In the absence of a good, modern IT course being available I designed the IT2000 series of units which covered all the aspects of IT training that I believed businesses and home users needed, and which were not being catered for by any existing courses offered. This course was validated by the Open College Network at levels 1, 2 and 3 in 1998 and has run ever since. It was particularly well-received at Vauxhall Motors where I delivered Staff IT training until 2001.

I have been an elected member of the College's Academic Board since 1996 and contribute actively to a wide range of developments. Recent highlights include the introduction of support for a better and more effective learning environment in my role as ILT Co-ordinator, the drafting and validation of a new Foundation Degree in Business for overseas students and as a founding member of the Eastern Region E-learning Forum.

LSN Associate

In November 2002 I was appointed as LSDA Regional E-learning Co-ordinator on a part-time secondment basis and I am now working to help other colleges in the region benefit from access to and use of the wide range of resources and materials becoming available to enhance the teaching and learning environment for students.

My role at LSDA has expanded in September 2004. This included interpreting data from NLN surveys in previous years to try and establish changes in individual perceptions of e-learning development. More interesting was the development of a Maturity Model and Self-assessment tool by which institutions, departments or individuals could assess where they stand in relation to the published e-learning standards. Since September 2005 I have been contributing to the development of a professional development framework, designed to provide all staff with the means to develop a portfolio of evidence, hopefully to be validated as a national qualification to support their e-learning practice.

LSDA became LSN in 2006 and in a world of an ever-diminishing number of expert advisors funded by this type of organisation I was fortunate to be retained for a further year, helping to plan and deliver at events concerning e-learning and Continuing professional Development. These included the very well-received e-tools events help across the country. From 1 April 2007 LSN term me an Associate - I await to see what that entails!

Education consultant

From November 2006 to April 2011 I worked closely with Colin Tennant and Associates, initially to create their new web sites and more recently to assist in the promotion and design of their new Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training degree course, launched in March 2007. Accredited by Middlesex University, this attracted several hundred enquiries and led to the enrolment of over 200 students on their BA and Foundation degree modules.

Middlesex University

I gained an MA at Middlesex University in July 2011 and have been working as a Programme Advisor and Associate Lecturer with their Work Based Learning department since April 2010 and have created a forum on-line for colleagues to share views and materials. I also assess students work on a range of modules including Recognition of Aquired Learning, Programme Planng and Project Management.

 

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28 June, 2011

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