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
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
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
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.
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.
Andrew Hill International
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.
The trading title is now utilised for some of my work in business
consultancy, web design and other design work and may also be extended
to educational consultancy following recent interest abroad in my
Central Bedfordshire College
By 1994 I needed some more reliable income and joined what was
then 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
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 served as an elected member of the College's Academic Board for
most of my time there and contributed actively to a wide range of
developments. 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.
I was Course Manager for Edexcel BTEC HNC and Level 3 Extended
Diploma in Computing programmes, teaching across many units including
Project Management, IT in Business, Web Design, Spreadsheets and
Digital Graphics. I retired in 2012 to pursue independent work.
LSDA E-learning Co-ordinator / LSN Associate / LSIS Associate
In November 2002 I was appointed as LSDA Regional E-learning Co-ordinator
on a part-time secondment basis 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. Through LSDA Q Projects I was responsible
for selecting and allocating grants to institutions to help disseminate
good practice in ILT and E-learning.
My role at LSDA 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. From
September 2005 I contributed 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
Recent activity has been the development of a web portal to support
the use of new tecnology in the Voluntary Sector as an LSIS Associate.
The Learning & Skills Improvement Service took over many of
the roles of LSN, the Learning & Skills Network, with whom I
had had contracts previously. Based on The Learner Journey, I created
a survey to find the needs of the sector and, from an analysis of
the responses developed a new version of my web tools site.
Education consultant 2006-
From November 2006 I have been working 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.
In late 2010 a new Foundation Degree programme was launched by
CIDBT including several new modules that I had helped to draft and
get accredited by Middlesex University and these included ICT Skills
for the Small Business Practitioner, providing 20 Credits at Level
4, for which I am the tutor.
I arrange and deliver ICT training at schools in Bedfordshire
and in May 2011 launched a new Staff ICT Skills Assessment tool
which is now being used by institutions abroad as well as in the
In my independent capacity I chaired the JISC RSC Eastern Region
E-learning Forum which meets once a term and arranges the very popular
E-fair events each July, where practitioners and experts share and
display their latest developments in using technology in education.
The E-learning Consultancy was launched in 2012 to cover my activities
in this field.
Middlesex University 2010-
In April 2010 I was appointed as an Associate Lecturer at the University
and work with their Institute for Work Based Learning as a Programme
Adviser. This entails guidance of students following distance learning
modules for degree and post-graduate study, including Project Management,
Recognition and Accreditation of Learning and Research methods modules
and assessment of their submissions.
I also work with staff at IWBL on CPD matters and set up and administer
a forum where members can discuss academic issues and access administrative
and other useful resources.
As part of my own training I have become familiar with assessment
standards and procedures at Levels 4 to 7 and have also completed
an MA in Professional Studies in E-learning Management, currently
awaiting my own results due shortly!