About me

I was born in Wales in 1954 but grew up in northern England. I studied geology at university, gaining a BSc from Sheffield University and a PhD from University of Wales, Swansea. I taught at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon from 1980-84, where I met my wife and where our two boys were born.

From 1984-94, I was based in Swansea, where I was a consultant for the oil industry. I did fieldwork in a number of African and Asian countries and wrote numerous synthesis volumes on the geology of different countries. In the late eighties, I began writing in my spare time. I had two novels, Heart of Stone and Rock of Refuge, published under the pseudonym of John Haworth.

In 1994, I was asked to return to Lebanon to rebuild the Department of Geology at AUB and we were there as a family 1994-98. During that time I managed the department, taught and also did research. I travelled extensively within Lebanon and got to know all the major geological localities very well, partly through interest, and partly through setting innumerable student mapping projects. My wife and I were also involved in setting up a large environmental project in the Bekaa with A Rocha Lebanon.

In 1998, we returned to the UK. Needing to go back to Swansea where there were few geology jobs, and fancying something of a change, I began to make a new career in writing and editing, in particular for the Christian market. I retained my geological interests, in particular in Lebanon/the Middle East, however, and led field trips for Wheaton College, Illinois in the Middle East and the UK.

In September 2004 I started teaching again, at Gower College Swansea (Gorseinon), on the edge of Swansea, and for 10 years taught geology and environmental science. In summer 2014 I took the opportunity to take early retirement from the college in order to take up the voluntary position of Mediterranean Conservation Science Coordinator with A Rocha International.

In order to most effectively do this my wife and I moved to the south of France where we are based midway between the two A Rocha France centres at Courmettes and Tourades. I have ceased my official role with A Rocha International but am now on the Administrative Council (Conseil d’Administration) of A Rocha France, and we continue to volunteer at Courmettes. My wife and I are also both heavily involved in the church family of the English-language Holy Trinity Church Cannes.

We maintain an informal and unofficial blog which we try to update on a weekly basis. We have two married sons and four grandchildren.



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