I was schooled by Jesuits in Liverpool, then trained in medicine, surgery and obstetrics at The University of Sheffield, graduating MB ChB. Residencies followed: in Medicine, Surgery, Pathology, Emergency Medicine and Neurosurgery. My ophthalmology training began in Leeds and continued at St Paul's Eye Hospital, Liverpool. I was then Fellow at Moorfields, Harvard Medical School Boston and The Johns Hopkins Medical School Baltimore.
I worked as Consultant Ophthalmologist; for the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind in St Vincent, West Indies, then at St John's Hospital, Jerusalem as Locum Consultant before taking a consultant post in South Yorkshire. I later moved as consultant to Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation NHS Trust. I am a member of the visiting faculty of ORBIS International, and have worked for them in India, Sudan, Mali, China and Haiti.
I am Honorary Lecturer in Ophthalmology and affiliated to The Ocular Biomechanics group in The Department of Engineering at Liverpool University as well as sometime Visiting Lecturer at Gresham College London.
My Thesis; An investigation of homeostasis in retinal vein occlusion was accepted by The University of Sheffield in 1992. I am principal or co-author on more than fifty peer-reviewed publications on various topics in ophthalmology.
My clinical practice is primarily broad-based general ophthalmology with specialisms in glaucoma, uveitis, macula degeneration and vascular retinopathies.
I am an executive member of The BMA NW Regional Council and hold the BMA accredited post of Deputy Chairman of the Medical Board of Wirral Teaching Hospital Foundation NHS Trust. I am founder and current chairman of the local APACHE charity.
I have a busy Medicolegal practice and am listed on the AVMA and NHSLA panels. I have also acted as an Expert Advisor to the GMC.
I am a director of Renuntiabo Ltd, which currently holds all IP and trademarks of EyeCalm – online clinical decision support system. This is a commercial application currently undergoing final trials before commercial roll-out. A further application: FactArray is under development.
I am director of start-up designing, developing and testing Eyewarm - an ophthalmological medical device.
I farm - part-time - on the banks of a remote lough in Ireland. The farm’s low-energy house was designed to facilitate "off-grid" living, supported by a large permaculture kitchen garden.
I am also working through basic certifications in bicycle and car [2CV and Landrover] mechanics.
My favourite leisure interest is listening to live music. I do play several musical instruments, mercifully without feeling compelled in any way to perform publically. I read on a wide range of subjects, enjoy art-house cinema and cooking with my children.
For Holidays I ski and to sightsee, but my absolute preference is for cycle-touring along ancient highways in Europe. To me this is an absorbing pastime, in execution and especially planning.
I can waste blissful hours in the innocent pleasure of distinguishing between seemingly identical "must-have" bicycle components before executing on-line purchase.