At the age of 32 I spent four years as Chief Executive of a public company, building major construction and property development in the UK, Germany, Ireland, Bahrain and Ghana. This was then sold to Tarmac, a major UK contractor.
I undertook a continuous work programme across sub-Saharan Africa, living and working in every Anglophone country as well as Mozambique and DR Congo. Much of my consultancy was aimed at kick-starting the mining of building materials for all forms of construction and finding cost-effective methods to produce and market the finished building materials in Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Seychelles, Malawi, Kenya, South Africa and Namibia..
I also founded the consultancy Integrated Professional Development Services Ltd., offering high-level development services to Governments in Africa and funded mainly by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Projects also included work for ILO Geneva, the World Bank and a number of private sector clients.
My public appointments include advisor to the Director General of the Capital Development Authority of Tanzania, special advisor to the Ministry of Works and Housing in Bahrain, Director of the major UK Housing Association Signpost Housing, and British Government Delegate to the 14th Session on the Commission on Human Settlements in Nairobi (1993).
I also founded the charity URBANAID AFRICA funded by DYFED (UK Government).