I live in Buckinghamshire and spent most of my working life engaged on civil engineering projects involving water and the environment. It was during a busy period in 1994 that I was diagnosed with cervical dystonia. Fortunately my condition was recognised very quickly and, with botulinum toxin injections, I was able to continue the work that I enjoyed.

I joined the Dystonia Society then and attended one of their conferences. The chance to share information with others impressed on me the value of the Society. When I had the opportunity to become a trustee of Society, this seemed a good way to give something back.
Much of my career was spent developing solutions to environmental problems to improve the quality of life. This included: constructing flood defences for the tidal Thames, stabilising slopes in Hong Kong to prevent landslides and numerous projects to provide better sewage treatment and waste disposal. Other professional interests included serving on the editorial panel of a water journal and advising on Cranfield University’s Water Engineering course.

Since retirement in 2011, I have been able to devote more time to my interests of gardening and fly fishing and working with local river conservation volunteers.