I read English at Oxford before beginning a career as a strategy consultant in London. After a spell as Project Manager, I left to set up various businesses, including raising $5m in funding as Development Director for www.military.com in San Francisco, building a £1m property portfolio in Notting Hill and the Alps and financing the first two albums by Eden James, an Australian singer-songwriter who has now won record deals with Sony and EMI and reached number one in Greece with his first single Cherub Feathers.
In 1998, I had lunch with a friend of mine who had an apartment in the Alps and ended up renting the place for the whole season! That was probably the first real decision I ever made in my life. After ‘retiring’ at the age of 29, I spent seven years skiing and playing golf in France, Belgium, America and Australia before returning to London to settle down and start a family. That hasn’t happened yet, but I did at least make the decision to go ‘quality of life’, and a couple more happy accidents led to two great career opportunities.
The first came in 2009 when I happened to read an article in the paper about ‘Ten Ways to Beat the Recession’, one of which was private tutoring. I signed up with a couple of agencies and ended up with three clients within a week! The other was a random email in 2012 from a loose acquaintance inviting me to climb Mount Kenya and go on safari. I jumped at the chance and decided to buy myself a proper camera. As a result, I’m now a private tutor and a wildlife photographer. I teach for a few hours a week in south-west London and on assignment in places as far afield as Bodrum, Hong Kong and Nairobi. I also take several trips a year to take pictures of the world’s great predators, including bears catching salmon in Alaska, tigers in Rajasthan, polar bears in Svalbard and the Big Five in Africa. In my spare time, I enjoy skiing, tennis and golf. I still have all the same problems as everyone else, but at least I never get up in the morning wishing I didn’t have to go to work!
If you’re a parent or student and would like to have a chat about booking an initial lesson or a residential assignment, please get in touch. I teach either at my place in Putney or online (using Skype), and I charge £60 an hour.
Mobile: +44 7942 800 921
Address: 3 Ormonde Court, Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 6TW (show in Google Maps)
- If you’re coming by car, there’s free parking at Putney Leisure Centre on Dryburgh Road, or on Balmuir Gardens (except 0830-1830 Monday-Saturday) or on Howards Lane (except 0930-1630 Monday-Friday). You can also park in the driveway of Ormonde Court for up to 15 minutes if you’re just picking up or dropping off.
- If you’re coming by train, the nearest station is Putney, which is a nine-minute walk along the Upper Richmond Road (or you can take the 337 or 430 bus).
- If you’re coming by Tube, the nearest station is East Putney, which is a 15-minute walk along the Upper Richmond Road (or you can take the 337 bus).
- If you’re coming by bus, the nearest stop is Putney Leisure Centre (Stop L or Stop T) on the 337 and 430 bus routes, which is a one-minute walk along the Upper Richmond Road.
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I’m also a wildlife photographer. If you’d like to have a look at my favourite images, please visit any of the following sites: