Born in 1960 and brought up and educated in the Waterloo/Crosby and Thornton regions of Merseyside. I joined the Merchant Navy straight from school in 1977 and spent nearly five years going away to sea, thoroughly enjoying myself travelling the world & getting paid for it. I left the sea behind me in 1981.
After a brief spell unemployed I became an Assistant Cook within the Social Services Department of Liverpool City Council, first in the hostels for homeless men & then in the Aged Persons Homes. I worked for LCC for 13 years attaining the position of Head Cook for the last four. In 1989 whilst working in an APH in Kirkdale, Liverpool I met the woman I knew was going to be my wife and we were married in 1991 and now have four children.
In 1997 I left catering behind and became a courier for a mail order company. Self employed I loved this job, but getting mugged two weeks before the Christmas of 1999 made me re-think things and I eventually gave it up after my daughter was born in 2000.
In 2002 I had kidney failure that nearly took my life and was in hospital for over three months. With the support of my family, I've recovered now. I started writing my first book in 2001 and completed most of it while I was in hospital and after a long trawl through various publishers, I found Blurb.com and it was published in 2009 followed by two more in 2010.
In 2013 I wrote and had published an unofficial history of the Shipping Company I used to work for and in 2014 my fifth publication was a collection of short stories as told to me by ex-seamen. I continue to write as a hobby and will soon publish a series of children's books as a joint venture with my daughter Emma.
March 2015 saw a new chapter open in my life in which I have gone for a complete career change. I have successfully applied to be a Support Worker for people with learning difficulties. I am looking forward to showing what I can bring to this job and what it can give me.
2016 brought my family many milestones but the stand out for me was re-newing my marriage vows to my wonderful wife Sandra. After 25 years of marriage it was a fitting way to celebrate our life together.
2017 saw me qualify as a professional Support Worker in passing my Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care. Together with the Employee of the Year award 2016 I am very proud of my achievements in my "New Career".
On the left of my photo, is an image of the front cover of my first published book. If you click on the image it will take you to a page where you can discover all the other books I have written including an un-official history of Buries Markes. The page includes details on how to purchase any of the books that are showcased.