Having majored in Physics for my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of London, and completed a Master of Science in Applied and Modern Optics at the University of Reading, I worked for a variety of companies and defence organisations before becoming a teacher of physics and science. After visiting New Zealand on sabbatical leave, we emigrated to New Zealand, settling in Christchurch. After a few more years teaching physics, I moved to the University of Canterbury as Science Outreach Coordinator.
With the intention of setting up my own business I gained a Diploma in Proofreading and Editing from the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies in September 2015. Proper Words, my proofreading and editing business, was set up in early 2016. Having retired from the University of Canterbury, I can now devote myself full-time to my editing work.