Hi – I’m Mike. I live on the western edge of Leicester in the East Midlands of the UK.
I was born in London in the mid-1950s, so I’m officially both a baby-boomer and an old bloke.
I worked in the National Health Service all my working life (apart from a very short, hateful spell in a brewery office).
I qualified as a Biomedical Scientist and worked in, supervised and managed, Clinical Chemistry & Haematology laboratories – this, along with some experience of microbiology, blood transfusion & histopathology, stood me right to move into Quality Management of scientific services, and then into Compliance, Complaints, Litigation and Clinical Governance.
My job title when I retired in 2012 was Patient Safety Manager.
I retired with severe job related clinical depression and anxiety.
Since retirement from full time work I’ve volunteered on the canal system, mainly as a volunteer lock keeper, but also as a towpath ranger, and a risk assessor.
I’ve also worked very happily for HE Translations looking after their social media and doing various sales related tasks.
I’ve had a spell as an examination invigilator at a local secondary school.
I enjoy cycling, allotment gardening, sketching (badly) and I’ve got an amateur radio licence.
I have a wife, two children and six grandchildren.
You can see my full CV at https://gaylers.me/about-2/ – it’s very boring!