After leaving Roundhay Grammar School in Leeds, I started work in an Architect’s office and attended Leeds School of Architecture in the evenings. I qualified as an Architect when I was 25 and in the late 60s, I moved with my wife Joyce and our two sons, David and John, to Middlesbrough.
I started my own architectural practice in 1971 and after a few years was lucky enough to start designing buildings for the airline and related industries. Our clients included British Airways, American Airlines, Swissair and Boeing. We built all over the world from England to Spain to the Philippines. Nearer to home we worked for Durham University on Teesdale.
I retired in 2009 as Chairman of the Architectural Practice on Teesdale that bears my name, and also as Chairman on the Teesside Bench of Magistrates. I am also a trustee of the Cleveland Alzheimers Residential Centre. Our two granddaughters, Jenny and Joanna, attended Teesside High School.