Having been a grand mal epileptic for over 50 years and having overcome many of the adversities associated with epilepsy I have been keen to use my positive experiences to help others with the condition. Recently I have written a number of articles for Epilepsy Action about my various experiences that are available on the website in the column The Man with the Memoirs, but I feel I have much more to offer.
Being fortunate to have received an excellent education in Australia along with a tertiary degree in the US, I have spent almost 40 years of my professional career in business, banking and global financial journalism, becoming Editor and now Editor Emeritus of The Banker magazine, part of the Financial Times Group. Over the last 25 years I have written extensively about countries across the globe and also had seizures in many countries and different environments, from hotels to planes crossing the Pacific.
Although very difficult at times, I have been able to combine my family and career with my epilepsy and I am keen to apply my broad range of experience to help others overcome their difficulties and build successful and sustainable lives.
While my exposure to Epilepsy Action has, until now, been limited to my membership and writing articles on its website, I believe, as I am now retired, there is an opportunity to use my business and editorial background, as well as my personal experience with epilepsy, for the benefit of the organisation and its members.
I believe I have a unique exposure to both the business world and the condition itself and hope that through this combination I can provide a useful contribution to Epilepsy Action as an elected Council member.