Me, myself, I:

A European citizen born in Manchester (England), resident Aachen, Germany working as an independent historian and writer. Undertook a  BA (Hons) degree at Lancaster University (Politics, Strategic Studies and Civil-Military Relations), tutored by professors Martin Edmonds, John Gooch and Zbynek Zeman. Afterwards, I joined Lloyd's of London as a graduate trainee in political insurance and forensic claims analysis. Stepped out to take an MBA (with distinction) from Aston University Business School, and specialising in operational research (Stafford Beer's cybernetic modelling) in financial institutions. Then became a reinsurance manager with the Allstate Insurance Company in Chicago working on actuarial audits related to re-engineering financial portfolios. Then joined the first British insurance company to be acquired by the PR China. Two year's later joined the board as a managing director. Then began part-time teaching history and leading battlefield/historical tours. Started an MPhil at Birkbeck College, University of London, but transferred to a PhD at the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, Cranfield University under Richard Holmes and Chris Bellamy. Previous teaching experience at the  Working Men's Education Association and Surrey University enabled a smooth transfer to lecturing at the RWTH-Aachen (Germany). Served as Chief Administrator and Senior Fellow with the American Academy in Berlin, under Henry Kissinger and Richard Holbrooke, setting austerity budgets against the effects of the global financial crash. Worked as an historical advisor to the Association of the US Army for seven years before becoming an independent writer.

Education

1981

 

B.A. (Hons)
Lancaster University
Lancashire, UK.

1988

 

M.B.A.
Aston University
Birmingham, UK.

2001

 

Ph.D.
History

RMC Shrivenham
Cranfield University, UK

Extra Pursuits

Steam Railways and Industrial Archaeology 

Standard gauge steam railways in Europe and the USA. Also a supporter several industrial sites.

Model soldiers and Wargames

Painting and collecting model soldiers from the Seven Years' War, American Civil War, and Second World War.

Please contact me:

Aachen-Manchester Project

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