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I was born in London and worked as a Healthcare Scientist, and latterly as a Healthcare Manager in the NHS.
I am a graduate of The Open University BA(hons) Humanities - Art History & French.
I have a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies.
I am now retired from full time work. Until recently I freelanced for HE Translations, mainly helping with Social Media campaigns.
I volunteer for The Canal & River Trust as a Lock Keeper / Towpath Ranger.
I am happy using Microsoft Word and Excel.
I hold a full UK Car & Motorcycle driving licence.
I am happily married and have grandchildren living close by.
I am an enthusiastic, but fair weather, cyclist. I am Radio Amateur G4SDZ (mainly FT8)
We cultivate fruit & vegetables on our allotments.
I have an interest in film photography using cameras from the 1950s-80s. I have recently begun playing competitive pétanque with a local club.
My wife and I enjoy travel, particularly within Europe, by train.
I speak French, and have an elementary grasp of German & Esperanto.
Post graduate level / equivalent
Diploma in Management Studies
DeMontfort University, 1991
IBMS Special Examination – Clinical Chemistry
Institute of Biomedical Sciences, 1980
Graduate level (or equivalent)
BA(hons) Humanities – Art History & French (2:1)
Open University, 2013
Diploma in French
Open University, 2010
HNC Medical Laboratory Sciences (Clinical Chemistry)
Paddington College, London, 1976
‘A’ level equivalent
ONC Sciences (Medical Laboratory Sciences)
Paddington College, London, 1974
GCE (General Certificate of Education)
English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics;
The Stationers’ Company’s School, London 1972
Fellowship of The Institute of Biomedical Sciences 1981 - 2012 (until retirement).
Chartered Scientist status awarded by The Science Council 2004 - 2012 (until retirement).
Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine 2010 - 2012 (until retirement).
Associate of The Institute of Health Services Management 1987 - 1992
Canal and River Trust (East Midlands Region)
2015 - 2022 : Volunteer Visitor Attraction Risk Assessor
2012 - continuing : Volunteer Lock Keeper / Towpath Ranger
HE Translations (Leicester)
2017- 2022 : Freelance Sales Representative / Social Media Champion (p/t)
LiFE Multi Academy Trust
2021 : Site Lead - Covid19 Testing Centre
2018 - 2021 : Examination Invigilator (casual p/t)
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
1984 -2012 : Patient Safety Manager
Quality & Risk Manager (Compliance; Risk; Litigation - scientific & support services)
Various managerial & supervisory positions in pathology laboratories (Biomedical Scientist)
Other (NHS: London, Cambridgeshire & Nottinghamshire)
1972 - 1984 : Medical Laboratory Scientist : various trainee, operational & supervisory positions
Member of The Civil Service Club, London
Short Courses & Miscellaneous Qualifications
I have an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Certificate dated November 2018
2020 : The Open University (OpenLearn) : Neighbourhood Nature
2019 : University of Strathclyde : Working Lives on Britain's Railways, Railway History & Heritage
2018 : Griffith University (Australia) : Cities of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Why Heritage Conservation Matters
2018 : University of Kent : Politics, Art & Resistance
2018 : International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies : Be Ready:Staying Safe During Natural Disasters
2017 : Trinity College, Dublin : Strategies for Successful Ageing
2017 : University of Groningen : Introduction to Frisian
2017 : Cardiff University : Working with Translation
2017 : International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies : Introduction to First Aid for Adults
2017 : University of Glasgow : Antiquities Trafficking & Art Crime
2017 : Monash University : Mindfullness for Wellbeing & Peak Performance
2016 : National Museums of Scotland : Stereoscopy: an Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography
2015 : University of Leicester : Behind the Scenes of the 21st Century Museum
2020 : University of Amsterdam: Unravelling the Cycling City
2018 : University of California, Santa Cruz : History of Russia - From Lenin to Putin
2017 : Museum of Modern Art : Seeing Through Photographs
2016 : Universite de Genève : Introduction aux droits de l’homme
2016 : University of London : English Common Law: Structure and Principles
2015 : Duke University : Sports and Society
2015 : Duke University : Think Again - How to Reason
2014 : University of Edinburgh : Introduction to Philosophy
NHS Test & Trace
2021 : Self swabbing guidance (Innova & Orient); Covid test processing (Innova & Orient); Covid result logging (Innova & Orient); Infection control & prevention; Test centre meet & greet; Train the trainer (Innova & Orient)
National Counter Terrorism Security Office / Highfield e-Learning
2019 : Action Counter Terrorism e-Learning (Counter Terrorism Policing)
2018 : Prevent e-Learning Training Course
The Open University
2010 : Starting With Law (Y166)
Staffordshire University / Insitute of Biomedical Science
2020 : Biomedical Scientist Return to Practice Programme
Institute of Biomedical Sciences
2004 : Certificate of Extended Practice - Quality Management
2021 : Behind the Iron Curtain
NHS Skills Development & Training
NHS Core Learning Unit / Skills Academy for Health / University Hospitals of Leicester
2010: Equality & Diversity; Understanding Personal Safety & Security Awareness; NPSA Being Open;
University Hospitals of Leicester / Q-Learning/Leadership Academy
2010 : Leadership Development for Senior Managers
University Hospitals of Leicester / Leicestershire Partnership Trust
2010 : Conflict Resolution & Personal Safety Awareness
University Hospitals of Leicester
2008 / 2010 : Child Protection Introduction; Root Cause Analysis; Safeguarding Children; Interview Skills
Safeguarding Children e-Academy / University Hospitals of Leicester
2009 : Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect - Foundation
University Hospitals of Leicester / NHS Connecting for Health
2008 : Password Management; Information Security Guidelines
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust / Michigan Risk Associates
2009 - 2010 : Root Cause Analysis (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
Coventry University / University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
2005 / 2007 : Major Incident Management (Emergo)
Brainbench / Glenfield Hospital NHS Trust
2001 : Netscape; Operations Concepts;
Mindleaders / Glenfield Hospital NHS Trust
2001 : Business Communication - Forms of Writing; Networking Essentials ; Negotiating Techniques ; Computer Security Awareness; Data Warehousing Concepts;
Manchester Metropolitan University
1998 : Advanced Internet Training (Level 3) East Midlands Chamber of Commerce 2018 : Integrating Social Media into Your Business
Institute of Health Services Management
1987 : Certificate Examination
Canal & River Trust
2018 &2020 : Safeguarding; Acting Safely (Volunteers); Working on or Near Water; Safe Lock Operation; Lone Working;
Manual Handling 'Mind Your Back'; Diversity & Inclusion; Customer Service Success;
2016 : CAATS Lock Keeping Duties
Trust for Conservation Volunteers / Canal & River Trust
2016 : Hedge Laying
British Waterways / KNW Training
2012 : H&S Induction Training
2017 : Basic German Language Skills
2016-7, 2019- 2022 : German
GoHighbrow.com / NHS
2016-7: A Brief History of Architecture ; Groundbreaking Contemporary Artists ; Philosophical Ideas ;Ancient Philosophies; Medieval Philosophies; Renaissance & Modern Philosophies; Heroes of Greek Legend; Significant Futurists ; Street Artists You Should Know
Online Travel Training
2010/2014/2016 : Affordable Car Hire ; Great Rail Journeys ; Viking River Cruises ; Botswana Tourism ; Great Southern Rail ; Lounge Pass ; Rail Europe ; Warner Leisure
2014 : Dog First Aid
2018 : Photography - Ditch Auto; Start Shooting in Manual. 2019 : Composition for the New Photographer
2017 : RMIT University : The Art of Photography
City & Guilds of London / The Home Office
1982 : Amateur Radio Certificate
And what else have I done?
Eaten horsemeat; visited Norway; had kidney stones; driven a Lada; grown Jerusalem Artichokes; sworn in French; owned MZ motorcycles; slept in a tent; toured South Korea; learned Morse code; watched TV in black&white; been on a cruise; built a box kite; visited the Soviet Union; crashed a Ford Escort; had food poisoning; abseiled; been to Seattle; owned a Daf 32; had my tonsils removed; toured a car factory; made cake; Square Danced in Texas; tasted canal water; listened to RNI; seen birth & seen death, driven at 100mph; seen a kidney full of hair; played Go; sketched in Dusseldorf; failed exams; passed exams; visited mortuaries; eaten andouillette (once); taken Citalopram; spoken Esperanto; cried; analysed the fat in faeces; visited Croatia; used Prestel; ridden a Pedersen bicycle; sold stuff on eBay; failed to learn any Italian; been on a ferry across the Mersey; joined (and left) a political party; listened to Pink Floyd; driven in Spain; owned a dog; attended Quaker meetings; canoed along the River Severn; joined a trade union, had Weil's Disease; been a radio DJ; walked around Vilnius; seen Don Williams live; listened to satellite radio; smelled blood; crashed a motorcycle; read poetry; laughed out loud; planted trees; been burned by Nitric Acid; played the cello (badly); lost a credit card in Toronto; married; lived.