Born in Enfield, North London, I attended The Latymer School, Edmonton (at that time the top co-educational grammar school in the country), where I was a Latymer Foundation Music Scholar and eleven times school prizewinner. Aged fourteen, I won a Local Authority Junior Exhibition Award to the Royal College of Music, London (RCM), where I studied piano. Here, I graduated with First Class Honours in the Bachelor of Music degree as the top pianist of my year and was the winner of twelve prizes and awards. After postgraduate study at the RCM (resulting in the award of the degree of Master of Music in Performance Studies: Applied Research) and Christ’s College, Cambridge, I was elected to a Junior Fellowship at the RCM, and as a result was presented to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
My subsequent education has mostly been undertaken in the international programmes of overseas universities, where I have studied via distance learning, and represents the broadening of my academic interests to embrace areas including business, law, education, history and theology. Among other academic credentials, I have earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica, and a Doctorate (PhD) in Humanities from the International Program of the Universidad San Juan de la Cruz, Costa Rica. I additionally hold a Doctorate in Education with specialization in Higher Education from the former Universidad International in Panama, and a further Doctorate in Humanities in History from the Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica, for which my thesis was on the British Old Catholic Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew (1852-1919). I have also received several earned and honorary academic awards in the area of theology and religious studies, and in 2008 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity by St Ephrem’s Institute of Eastern Church Studies (based in Sweden and Norway), in recognition of “outstanding works on Church History”.
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I maintain a very wide range of interests beyond my work. One particular passion is for High Victorian and Edwardian domestic architecture and the sympathetic restoration of houses from this era. While my family and I were living in Norfolk, I completed work on a former lodge house dating from 1837 which was restored with a fully-appointed domestic chapel in its grounds. More recently, we have completed a much more extensive project involving a late Victorian family house in Shropshire. Our style remains in essence the haute boheme that I absorbed in younger years. It is a style where everything has a personal significance, and that leads naturally to the collection – even the curation – of interesting things that are redolent of meaning and experience.
I spent the earlier part of my life in London, the home of my family for many generations, and have interests in aspects of its local and social history and the history of its transport systems. I was admitted a Freeman of the City of London in 2000.