I am a linguist by education – French, German and some Italian. French is now much the strongest of my languages, maintained by ten years living and working in Belgium and the fact that I have been resident in France for the last five years.
My main area of expertise is education, together with ancillary disciplines, for which I was awarded the CBE in 1999. My years as a civil servant both in the UK and in Brussels made me familiar with the practice and language of administration, law, finance and economics. In Brussels, my working language was French and I was used to drafting in both languages.
In retirement, I have worked as an inspector of major independent school and as an educational and management consultant. I have also done translation in a wide variety of fields, as the occasion demanded, for the most part through personal contact.
I am active in the local community, singing in the town choir, as a member of the conseil presbytéral of the protestant church and regional delegate and as a member of the local historical society.
My main interests are walking, music and reading. I read fiction in English, French, German and to a lesser extent Italian. I am particularly interested in European crime fiction.