Was born in London and became an ex-pat a few months later when his parents travelled on the Union-Castle line to Cape Town and then by train on to Salisbury in what was then Southern Rhodesia – part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland – stopping on the way at Parys in the Orange Free State, where his paternal grandparents lived, and having him ‘Christened’.
Went to Allan Wilson Technical High School (a grammar school) in Salisbury, in what had become known as Rhodesia, where I achieved ‘O’-Levels and the ‘A’-Levels. I played rugby, initially as lock, progressing to be No 8 in the second XV. I was chairman of the Sixth Form Society and the Debating Society. I also swam for the school, and a club called Pirates. I played on the Water-polo team, and was an active member of the Christian Union. Outside of school, I was a member of the 2nd Salisbury Boy Scout troop, progressing through the ranks to Patrol Leader and Senior Scout.
Studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. I played snooker, squash, cycled, crewed on a dingy and one-tonner class keel boat, and was a member of the underwater hockey team.
After University, he took up Windsurfing, joined Western Province Boardsailing Club (WPBC), where he was elected to the committee two years in a row, and fulfilled the office of contest organiser, spending 48 weekends one year running contests
Moved to Johannesburg
Moved to Durban
Developed Creative Reservations
Moved back to UK