After leaving Barnard Castle School. I went travelling to explore the world and its culture. I secured a place at Northumbria University. Obtaining a foundation of business studies, administration and finance skills. I undertook a commercial apprenticeship as a PA to the Managing Director of Shark Sports. Before moving on to develop my skills as a procurement specialist. In 1988, I managed the procurement and operational responsibilities of BenchMark Technologies.
Acquired by DuPont Inc., DuPont Pixel Systems developed the electronic imaging department. This morphed by MBO into 3Dlabs Inc. Ltd - the worlds’ premier 3Dgraphics semiconductor supplier. In 2000, I decided to impart my skills, knowledge and expertise. Of setting up businesses and a new industry. Of being in the vanguard of off-shoring 'bleeding edge' technology. By enabling others to reach similar levels of achievement. In the private and civil society sectors and inspiring postgraduates.