You will find details of my professional career on the NR group website www.theNRgroup.net .
I trained in forestry at Aberdeen University, during when I took a year off (1968-69) to do Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Nigeria. After leaving Aberdeen, I spent a year doing a diploma in Forestry at Oxford under an U.K. Overseas Development Administration (ODA) studentship, and then worked in 1972 with the Oxford Forestry Institute.
In 1973 I started working on contract for ODA for three years in Nicaragua on a species and provenance trials project, and then went to Honduras for seven years working on a seed project. During that time I met my wife Gilli, and we left central America with three children. I was then posted to Nepal in 1983 on another seed project. We lived there for four years, and left with four children.
My career took a change when we were posted to Brussels, where I helped to advise the European Commission on tropical forestry development policy. We spent three years there.
I was then posted to the Caribbean for five years, based in Barbados, acting as the regional forestry Advisor for the British Development Division in the Caribbean. During that time I was able to visit many of the islands, and also Guyana and Belize on the mainland.
We then returned back to England in 1997, where I was based at the Natural Resources Institute in Chatham, and also worked for several months at the Department for International Development (DFID - orginally ODA) in London. During this time I was made redundant from NRI, and started work as a private consultant based in Oxford.