Born of Welsh parents in Herefordshire, England, he emigrated to Australia in 1966. He became involved in speech clubs in 1968 and Small Group Facilitation in 1998. His whole working life has always been involved with administrative work, like purchasing, accounting, facilities management and debt collecting. He was granted membership of the National Institute of Accounting in 1979. Since his childhood living in the countryside he has had an attraction to nature and gardening, and has been a beekeeper since 1981. He is constantly on the lookout for people with enough second language skills to consider serving their language group by translating CMI materials. He has three grown children and now lives near (60 km north west of) Sydney with his Australian wife Diane.