As a young man, I trained as an Army Apprentice for two years before being deployed in the UK and overseas, including a tour in Northern Ireland in the late seventies. Subsequently I joined the police, and enjoyed roles in uniform, plain clothes, child protection, training and management. During those times, I witnessed first hand the effects of rioting in the early eighties, the miner’s strike of 1984, child abuse, and fighting crime at the ‘sharp end’.
You cannot fail to be affected by those experiences, some of which are etched into your subconscious mind. However, the positives far outweigh the negatives and I worked with some incredible people over the years.
I have also been fortunate to travel widely in my professional capacity, often training people, imparting the skills and knowledge I have learnt. Volunteering for a tour of duty in post-war Iraq as a police advisor was by far one of the most rewarding.
I now run my own business and have put what I have learnt into practice, continuing all the time to learn new things and adapt to an ever changing world. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, I love being on the sea and you’ll often find me on my kayak making the most of the water on the finer days.
About Mastering the Wolf
You may think that the reference to a Wolf in the title of my book is about a predatory, lone animal. In fact whilst wolves have a ferocious side to them, invariably it is relative to their protective nature of being pack animals. The wolf is an intelligent, mostly non-aggressive and friendly animal with strong emotional attachments to its family. Growing up and in my chosen occupations I was, in fact I had to be, emotionally detached. It is only in recent years and from a deeply personal experience that I learnt the importance of emotions. Throughout the book you will find that emotional thread.
Family has always been important to me, and I am a proud father, stepfather, and grandfather. I consider myself extremely fortunate because I now have the most amazing soulmate and best friend in my wife Gill, a very special woman.
The numerous personal and professional challenges I faced and dealt with over the years have moulded me into who I am today. I like to think I am a better person for it, and hope my book will inspire someone, somewhere to realise that they too can be enlightened when they acknowledge and accept their emotional journeys are what builds their resilience and strength.