I grew up in Bradford close to the Yorkshire Dales. My mum and brother are both professional violin players and my Dads a composer. I grew up playing the cello getting a distinction at grade 8, but I was always more interested in sport and spent as much time as possible playing rugby, cricket and any other sport some of them at county level.
I studied Mechanical Engineering with Business at Sussex University while captaining the rugby team and setting up a floor restoration business – Floorless wood floors. On the whole I enjoyed living in Brighton but my developing passion for rock climbing took me to Sheffield where I became a teacher completing a PGCE in Design and Technology.
After a few years of teaching and pushing my limits on the crags around the Peak District I became a Head of Department in a challenging school. My passion for climbing developed into an insatiable appetite for Mountaineering and Skiing. Realising fitness and strength were crucial for success I started competing in triathlons and went on to finish several long distance triathlons including Ironman Klagenfurt.
I wanted to be closer to the Alps to climb and ski so my wife and I decided to move to Switzerland and continued our careers at Le Rosey – A prestigious Swiss International School. I took a job as Head of Expeditions and thoroughly enjoyed leading expeditions around the Alps and the world.
During holidays and weekends I went on several personal expeditions to climb and ski some high, steep and hard routes. I had a dream to climb all the 6 classic North faces of the Alps including the Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses which I realised in 2015.
All my experiences in the mountains were leading me toward becoming a British Mountain Guide which I started in 2015. Unfortunately it was also when I was starting a family and soon into the scheme I realised it was not possible to work full time commit to the guide scheme while still being a good father.
I decided to leave my job and commit to becoming a mountain guide but it soon became clear that having two young kids while going through the scheme was not conducive to a happy family life. I failed an assessment and have chosen to put my personal goals on hold to focus on being a being a good father to my 2 beautiful daughters.
With a change of heart I became a Director in an International school in Montreux which suited family life better. I have also been involved in setting up different entrepreneurial ventures and coaching others and speaking at different events.