My family are from Birmingham and the Black Country. The name refers to a seam of coal which ran under a good part of south Staffordshire and parts of Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
I went to schools in Wednesfield when it was part of Staffordshire and used to see narrowboats full of coal being taken from the Cannock Chase coalfield to feed the industry in the Black Country. Initially trainined to be an accountant at Bass Mitchell and Butlers, in Springfield Brewery, I then changed career and qualified as a Solicitor, spending most of my time in Magistrates’ Courts, rising to be Clerk to the Justices and the Chief Executive.
I retired in 2005 when Magistrates’ Courts were taken over by the Civil Service. Lecturing is a particular pleasure and much enjoyment comes from occasional lecturing at Teesside University in the Business School. During this time much voluntary work has been undertaken, particularly with Scouting, Forensic Science and for over thirty years as a member of the Rotary Club of Darlington.
Some of my interests are shown on the pages of this site.