Conferred by Her Majesty the Queen "The Order of the British Empire" in 2004 for services to the Leisure, Tourism and Heritage Industry.
"Millennium Product" Award for the development of InterpreterTM by the Department of Trade and Industry in 2000 as part of the UK's Millennium Celebrations; Invented and developed the InterpreterTM Audio Guide System which has been subsequently used in venues where visitors require information, direction and entertaining. Designed original prototype and established full production in micro population assembly; produced all elements of design, sourcing, purchasing and build; established manufacturing from a business start up and developed strategies to encompass worldwide sales provision and distribution; sourced finance and venture capital, staff and operational essentials; successfully secured first client venue with the Queens Gallery in Buckingham Palace, closely followed by the D-Day Museum and consequent global exposure. The system is now used by over 21 million visitors a year on a worldwide basis
Over 40 years experience as a player, manager, coach and senior coach / director of rugby, coaching all ages from 5 to veterans, boys and girls, club, representative, schools and county sides. Experienced referee of all ages. Last post as Director of Rugby coaching Surrey 1 club with veterans, 3 x seniors sides, under 16, youth, mini & midi teams. Versatile in several sporting disciplines including rugby, football, cricket and swimming. Currently holds RFU licence and enhanced CRB accreditation.
Established as a successful Operatic Vocalist, performing in 20 countries and over 50 roles totalling more than 700 performances; produced several LP's and CD's and was responsible for the UK and European distribution of the Lodia Classical Record Label. Invited to Direct and co-ordinate the National UK Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem", Producer of numerous performances, concerts, events and exhibitions for many LGO's, charities and corporate organisations.
Awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Scholarship in 1981 to study at Juilliard School in NY, Cantica Studio in Kent.
Invited to sit on several committees and a trustee of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, a charity assisting in medical research and family history; working closely with the principle on the areas of organisational activities; fund raising; preservation of ancient documents & manuscripts and comprehensive business development reorganisation reports. Meticulously developed a bespoke system for the digitisation of original copies of very rare and extremely valuable books, utilising handmade materials to reproduce original facsimile bound products for sales as individual items, via CD and direct download for research and heraldic investigation.
Inventor of several SME products from footwear items the Stay-Ty ~ the wonder knot used for all footwear, sports shoes and boots; Stay-Safe a water safety device for pools, ponds and other water spaces; Acu Ball Health and Fitness massage balls in mini medium and large sizes; i-mait an Interactive hand held device with multi media (text, audio, video, pictures, drawings) for the information technology market; Bertram Ball Characters interactive multi media children's characters.